We often get asked how Mom takes such nice photos so SHE is going to share some tips. We tried stopping this post as the last thing we want is our buddies suffering more flashy beast torture but alas Mom and the bribe of a bully stick each won out. Now first off - NO we don't have any fancy kind of camera - just a little Canon Elph 300 - the point and shoot kind. Mom loves it because it fits in her pocket and is super light. Mom did buy a fancy camera last week - but it had a faulty on off switch so it is being returned and she didn't really like the quality of the photos.
Oh coarse Mom used this post as an excuse to take even MORE photos. Now getting pictures of the Dweeb actually facing the camera is NEVER easy as he is constantly worrying and looking all around him .....convinced that there are monsters or scary things just waiting to get him. In this photo he was upset because the rope on a nearby flag pole was flapping and making strange noises. So here are Moms tips.
1. Always get down at the dogs level to take the photo - taking photos standing above them tend to distort their size. Being at their eye level you also get them looking at you - not up to you
2. I use 'special' words to get their attention not treats. Words they love like walkies, car ride, cookie and where's dad are their favorites - it always makes their ears perk up and their eyes sparkle. I found treats actually distracts them to much and Reilly slobbers when he sees treats - sssshhhh don't tell him I told you that :)
3. Look at your background - nothing worse then taking a great photo only to find a trash can or electric wires in the background
4. Take photos on bright sunny days but in the shade - the shade stops them from squinting and it is bright enough to get good color
5. If you have it - set your camera to "continuous burst" where it takes multiple photos as long as you hold the button down. We often take 10 photos to get just 1 good one.
6. Find 'props' to use, like a log, bench, rock etc - it puts the dogs at a different level and adds interest to your photos.
7. Stay calm and relaxed - dogs pick up on your vibes so chill and they will relax too.