This month we welcome a guest post from one of our lovely customers who has a keen interest in photography and owns the stunning Mus. This is what Tig has to say …
It doesn’t matter whether you’re using your phone or a camera, paying attention to a few details will help improve your photography.
Rule of Thirds: imagine that your screen is divided into three columns and three rows (you can display this grid in the camera app on your phone and in your camera).
Placing your subject along the intersection of the lines making up the columns and rows creates a more visually balanced image.
If your dog is looking to the side, give him some space to look into so that the photograph doesn’t feel so cramped.
Get down to eye level with your dog: this creates a stronger connection between the viewer and the subject. Alternatively, you can mix it up by taking a high angle or low angle shot of your dog.
Be aware of what’s going on in the background so you haven’t got trees or lamp posts growing out of the top of your dog’s head.
This is something you have to be especially aware of when taking photos with your phone because more of the background will be in focus, unless you are very close to your subject.
Focus on the eye, or the nearest eye to you, as humans are naturally drawn to look at another’s eyes. The exception, of course, would be if you wanted to draw attention to another part of the dog, or another part of the photo.
Try to avoid taking photos of your dog in bright afternoon sunlight – the light is overhead, harsh and quite unflattering. It will also likely make your dog squint.
Instead, head for a shady area and take your photo there. Ideally, aim for early morning or late afternoon, when the light is softer, and you might get some magical photos during the “golden hour”.
Getting your dogs attention
Most dogs don’t like looking at the camera – it’s like a big black eye staring at them – so it is sometimes necessary to ‘trick’ them into looking at you.
Try holding a treat near your camera to get them to look at you, or make a noise which would attract your dog’s attention.
Forsyth and Tedd’s Rattle and Treat tin is just perfect for this!
Mus is very food oriented, so the prospect of something to eat definitely gets his attention! Or, if your training mojo is strong, you could train your dog to look at you using a verbal command or hand signal.
Go Out and Have Fun!
Don’t be afraid to make mistakes – that’s the best way to learn
Try to capture your dog’s quirky character – all dogs have a moment of derpiness!
There are numerous photography resources you can find online, but I found these two to be particularly helpful:
Tig and Mus