Introduction: How to Take Pictures of Your Dog

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Taking pictures of pets is not easy. They always seem to look away or move at the last second. Getting good pictures of man's best friend can be down right frustrating, but here are some tips to make your photo taking experience a good one with your pet!

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Step 1: Take Full Advantage of Lazy Days.

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Has your pet ever had a day they just laid around all day and didn't want to play? Take this opportunity and stick a camera in their face! There is no better time than now to get those adorable pictures of you dog sleeping. Most of the time, when they're tired, they will even look straight at the camera lens giving you those pictures that your friends will swear you must have paid to get you pictures professionally done.

Step 2: Don't Be Afraid of Angles.

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Get a photo of your dog's paws or nose. If your dog's ears perk up every time they see you, get a picture. Not only are these pictures a little more artistic and fun, but they also become more sentimental.

Step 3: Get Your Dog's Attention.

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Take your pet outside to somewhere they always go (the park, your backyard, etc). This gets them in their element where they are more likely to listen to you instead of explore. Get your camera ready and say their name. Try making weird noises at them, too. They will focus their attention on the new sounds you're making and may even tilt their head for a cute picture. Holding toys and treats in your hands seems to work wonders as well.

Step 4: Take a Picture With Them.

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Ever heard of the term "myspace pic"? It refers to the way people turn their cameras and take pictures of themselves. Do this with your dog! This gives you a chance to hold your dog and make sure they're sitting still for the picture. This is a really good idea for small dogs who tend to be hyper.

Step 5: Have Fun!

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If your dog sees that you are having fun with them, they will have fun! Pictures always seem to turn out better when you and your dog have enjoyed spending the day together. Your pet loves to spend time you and get all that attention, so grab your camera and be creative!


BayForever (author)2017-01-06

I just got a new camera today and I would love to take some cute pics of my Rot this should be intresting

By the way I love all of the pics

MichaelR5 (author)2015-01-27

Good luck with my dogs, trying to get them to look but stay still. I often get down on the floor and play with them, because I want them to be happy and I enjoy playing like a dog. If I say their name or make a noise, with our without my camera, they come over immediately and I'm more likely to get tongue prints on my camera, than a good photo. But, I keep trying. My best shots are when they're tired, like after a long walk. Especially once they find their comfortable spot, whether that is a lap, couch, etc. I really want to get a shot of them running towards the camera, but don't have a safe, enclosed space, which is large enough and close enough to let them get comfortable.

camping crazy (author)2013-07-06

These do work great!!

miafrieda (author)2012-01-11

gorgeous face!

ilpug (author)2011-11-11

I have gotta do this! today is a perfect "lazy day" for my dogs.

elizmarshall (author)2009-09-29

Aw, I'm so glad! Your pictures look great :]

LoneWolf (author)elizmarshall2010-09-09

Thanks!!! I appreciate it :)

LoneWolf (author)2010-03-14

Nice Instructable. I like drawing dogs off photographs so this is helpfull.

marc92 (author)2009-09-29

These ideas work great.

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