ou’re having a good time with your friends. You want to remember this happy moment, so you get everyone in one place to take a photo. The shot looks good on your phone, so you put it back into your pocket. A few days later, however, you open the image on your computer, trying to decide on which social media platform you want to upload it first, but the bigger screen reveals a problem. That one friend — the one who ruins all of your group pictures — did it again. You laugh it off but make a note to kill him.
However, would it comfort you if I said that dogs experience the same problem? Take this gang for example. When Kikko, Sasha, and Momo are posing for their owner Yoko, Hina always finds a way to sabotage it. Like my friend Luke, Hina probably calls it ‘breaking the tension’ but we all know it’s a rebellion!
All dog owners know how hard it can be to take a pic of your pup. But pet photographer Mark Rogers said it’s possible.
You should start by letting your dog get used to the camera. “The click and flash of a camera can rattle dogs at first,” Rogers told Dog Time. “Let your dog give the camera a good sniff, then start casually shooting the surroundings.” If you use a film camera, you can do this before you load the film. Begin taking pictures of your dog only after it gets comfortable around the camera and starts doing their own thing.
“The idea is to keep things natural and relaxed,” Rogers explained. “What not to do: grab a ton of treats, abruptly shove the camera in your dog’s face, and repeat, ‘Mommy’s gonna take your picture!’ at a high pitch.”
As with most photography genres, take lots of pictures. The more shots you take, the better your chances of capturing something awesome.
Also, turn off the flash when you can. “Most amateur photographers do best with warm, natural sunlight. To avoid washed-out pictures, shoot in the mornings or evenings, on slightly overcast days, or in the shade on a bright day.”
Get to your dog’s level. “If you stand over your dog and look down, every shot you take is going to look like everyone else’s,” Rogers added. Take a knee, sit, crouch, lie on your belly, do whatever you have to do to get eye-to-eye with your dog.
Pay attention to the background. Something simple, like a white sandy beach or green trees, make your dog stand out in the picture. Also, mind the colors; no black backgrounds for black dogs, brown backgrounds for brown dogs, and so on.
Of course, these tips might not help if your doggo is consciously refusing to get their photo taken. But not every pup is like Hina!