We spend a lot of time around our pets and sometimes we can hardly do without them. Pets such as German shepherd dogs are part of the family and they fill our hearts with joy and admirations. The more we get used to them, the more we become inseparable and occasionally we enjoy taking their pictures which give us company when the dog is not around.
It is not uncommon to find pet pictures framed on our desks or a wall in our home or offices. But unlike human, most dogs do not understand the buzz around them when we want to take their photos and they won’t just pose for the camera. However, using the following tips can help you to capture great photographs of your German shepherd dog.
Understand Your Dog’s Personality
Whether you want to photography your dog at a local dog run or before the start of a planned German shepherd training program, you need to understand the dog’s personality. Every pet at home has a unique personality, a trait that distinguishes it from the other pets at home. Establish such unique personality of your dog and then plan to take shots that capture this personality.
For example, the dog may have a special place where it goes to lazy-sleep after meal or the dog likes teasing another pets at home. You can set up your photo shoot to capture such moments which bring out your dog personality. If the dog is inquisitive, hyperactive and likes racing and playing with a particular toy, you can choose a location such as a local park where the dog can ran around naturally without getting too much concerned about the photo session.
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Use Natural Light
When taking the dog’s photographs, it is recommended that you use the natural light and avoid using camera flash. A flash burst can cause red-eye pictures and besides, a dog that is not used to taking photographs can be frightened by flash bursts. Outdoor setting brings out great photos but if you have to take the photos indoors, make sure the room is well lit with natural light, probably through a large window. For great capture, focus your camera on German shepherd eyes to bring out the natural expressiveness of the dog.
Consider the Photograph Context
If you are going to take the photo in outdoor settings, the location and its relation to the dog will be very crucial. For better photographs, it is important for the dog to be comfortable and at ease with the location. Your goal is to take photos of a relaxed and calm dog rather than a nervous and restless dog. Choose a location that is familiar to the dog such as a place that you visit often or a place that evoke special memories for you and the dog. Also, consider the background of your shots, you don’t want to end up with distracting backgrounds on the photographs. Plain backgrounds such as a well lit room with white walls, patch of green grass or a plain carpet can make good choices.
Focal and Capture Distance
Generally, German shepherd dogs are larger in size compared to other home pets but you will still need to consider the focal and capture distance between the camera and the dog. Don’t shoot the image while you are too far away from the dog. Getting close to the dog should be easy if the dog is familiar with you but if not, try to get a camera that is equipped with a zoom lens. The idea is to get close and personal photo shoots that best captures the size and the personality of the dog. The focal and capture distance should bring out a nice blurry background with fewer distractions so that the dog is center of attention.
Photo Capture Level
The best photos of German shepherd dog are taken when the camera is at dog’s level. Avoid shooting the photo at a ‘human perspective’ level while standing up and looking down. The photograph may appear far away from the subject and out of angle. However, getting down to ‘dog level’ allows you to get a glimpse of dog’s normal perspective which adds up a real element of intimacy on the photograph. Take a series of shots using continuous mode (burst mode) camera from different angles which you can later sample for the best. You can also take advantage of wider angle lens to take creative dog photos.
Contribute To Better Photographs
You can contribute to better dog photos by being playful with your dog during the photo session. A better way to do this is to use the dog’s toys and stimulate the dog to look longingly at the camera by holding a special treat. You may let the dog play with the toys and then take shots when the dog is unaware. You are likely to end up with great natural photographs when the dog is unaware of your presence than having the dog pose for shots.
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