We got 2 dogs in the past year, so I’ve been spending some time photographing them. I’ve listed below 5 tricks I’ve picked up while photographing them. (All photos were take using my Nikon D810.)
For action shots (like when they’re running), a zoom lens in the 20 to 50mm range works well here (I used my zoom lens but you can also use the kit lens (18-55mm). Make sure to choose a fast shutter speed (over 1/200s) and a high f-stop (over 5.6f) and stand back a bit to get more things in focus.
The lighting was sadly not great in this photo unfortunately – I had to use ISO 6400. Other settings were 1/200s, 98mm, 5.6f.
We connect through our eyes, so generally you want them in the photo and you want them to be in focus.
Settings are: ISO 500, 50mm, 2.8f, 1/250s.
Settings are: ISO 200, 50mm, 3.5f, 1/500s
When you can’t see their eyes…
For our little puppy, Willow, she has so much dark fur around her eyes (but white on other parts of her body) that the photos often come out as a mass of black around her face. So, I like to use Lightroom to do a bit of spot adjustment – just around the eyes!
Settings are: ISO 500, 50mm, f/2.8, 1/250s
Here’s a screenshot of the before and after photos (it’s the above photo zoomed in to see Willow’s eyes) so you can see just how much of a difference some adjustments can make!
See this post for how to make spot adjustments in Adobe Lightroom.
Unlike humans, dogs don’t seem to be camera shy, so it’s quite easy to catch them being themselves.
Settings are: ISO 500, 50mm, 3.5f, 1/160s
Settings are: ISO 500, 50mm, 2.8f, 1/250s
If you have a well trained dog, then you can get them to do tricks too – this is my friend’s dog, Oakley. This works best if you have a second person to help you!
Settings are: ISO 200, 50mm, 3.5f, 1/1600s
I love these really zoomed in crops – I tried to follow the rule of thirds and to place key features like eyes on the intersection points.
Settings are: ISO 200, 50mm, 3.5f, 1/320s
Settings are: ISO 500, 50mm, 3.5f, 1/125s
Dogs have very neutral coloring, so adding some brighter colors (like reds and greens) into the background livens it up.
Settings are: ISO 800, 50mm, 4f, 1/250
Settings are: ISO 200, 50mm, 2.0f, 1/6400s
Settings are: ISO 200, 50mm, 3.5f, 1/125s
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