Monday, September 8, 2014

Simple photo tips

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.


  1. to look at the background is very important, you can ruin the perfect and sadly mostly unique moment with weird things in the background, like ole socks on the floor or a dad who forgot to close the door to the bathroom. I hope for a lot of wonderful Reilly&Denny photos :o)

  2. Pawsome tips! We didn't know the term "continuous burst". Mommy needs to find a new camera for work and wanted one with continuous photos -- so I guess that's the term she is supposed to look for. Thank you.

    I am going to appeal to have this post censored.
    from TOTALLY OUTRAGED Bertie.

  4. Continuous burst sounds like a great idea. We must find out where that setting is on our camera. Have a marvellous Monday.
    Best wishes Molly

  5. We have just a $89 Coolpix Nikon. That is the best we could do. I guess our pictures are o.k. I don't think I can use that as a reason readers are going down hill.
    Thanks for being a friend
    Sweet William The Scot

  6. Excellent tips! That first one makes a HUGE difference in the shot!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley
    Mayorz For All Paws
    POTP For Greta!!!

  7. This is a great post, Mum needs all the help and advice she can get on taking photos, its lucky I am just so cute and can't take a bad photo !
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

  8. My big sister Kylei takes professional photo's she always tells my mom the same thing, she takes 10 or more just to get one good one.
    stella rose

  9. Great tips! I find I have to stand up, squat down, stand up, repeat, to get my dogs to look at me! Sometimes I do jumping jacks...that's when they really look at me, because I'm acting like a complete weirdo :)

  10. What great tips! Mom says she's going to find out if her camera has the continuous burst feature.

    Love ya lots♥
    Mitch and Molly

  11. Wow, you two do take the most amazing pix ever, so your Mom definitely has the right touch! My peeps like to have me jump up on a chair so I'm the right height and get better lighting. Whatever, we just want the treats afterwards! BOL
    Looking gorgeous today.
    Grr and Woof,
    Sarge, Pol Comm

  12. No way can SHE get on our level and get back up. We just aim, shoot and hope for the best.

  13. Very good tips. Mom makes nutty noises to get our attention
    Lily & Edward

  14. Very awesome tips!! Our Mama uses that "where's Daddy" with us too...and is TRYING to get away with just awarding us at the end of the photo shoot!!
    Dory, Jakey, Arty & Bilbo

  15. And WHAT is wrong with slobbers???!!!
    Sorry, I don't sit for the flashy beast for anythings BUT treaties!! I don't work for free man!!!
    And if Ma gets on my level, well, then she's fair game!! Wrastle time!!! Dog pile on Ma!!! Hey, if she can gets a pic off before I gets to her, good on her! BOL
    then you guys are good boys...
    Ruby ♥

  16. I hope my mum was paying good attention ... she often has something coming out of my head because she took a photo of me with a rock, pole or in a recent incident ... a snowman - in the background. She's silly. She agrees ... when she is on my level she gets much nicer shots.

    Tail Wuggles, Rubie xxx

  17. Thanks for all the great tips. Mom loves Canon, she just has a simple Canon point and shoot too. She loves it and wants to get a new one just like it, but it has been discontinued:( She is going to try to figure out if hers has that continuous burst thingie, that would be very helpful:)

    Beautiful photos as always.

    Woos - Phantom, Ciara, and Lightning

  18. Poor Dweeb. We take more pictures than we post, too. My mom holds a treat in her camera hand and I get it when all the pictures are done. It's a win-win for both of us.

  19. These are awesome tips and awesome pics my friend. Just love them! Mommy said last night thank goodness for digital cameras. She can snap off a 100 pics just to get that one perfect pic without wasting money. Awesome! Have a great one my friends. XOXO - Bacon

  20. Reilly and Denny always look great so it must be the background...

  21. Mom says patience and burst are must haves for pet pics. She is working on using manual mode as much as possible, so we have lots of redo pics these days, but she is getting the hang of it.

  22. Excellent tips, thank you guys. We're gonna pass them onto our dada, he is the keeper of the camera in our house, mom just uses her phone.
    Wally & Sammy


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