First understand you can send as many pictures as you like and we will do our best to sharpen and improve the images. As you can guess the higher the quality the better the final look. Here are a few more tips to get the shot which you will keep in your mind, heart and soon on a shirt, magnet or canvas wrap. By the way we encourage bribing your dog with as many treats as needed!!
Time it well. If you’re looking for action shots, have your photo shoot before the daily three-mile run. If you want a serene portrait, make it after.
Let your dog get used to the camera. The click and flash of a camera can rattle dogs at first. Let your dog give the camera a good sniff, then start casually shooting the surroundings. Once your dog has gotten used to the camera and starts doing his own thing, begin taking pictures. The idea is to keep things natural and relaxed.
Take lots of pictures. This is the first rule of photography, no matter what the subject. The more you take, the better your chances of getting a few amazing shots.
Turn off the flash. 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. For indoor shots, you’ll probably need a flash. You’ll get a more natural-looking shot if you use an off-camera flash and swivel it upward so the light’s bouncing off the ceiling.
Get down on 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.
Enlist help. A friend with a squeaky toy will come in handy if you want a head-on shot or a regal profile. However, keep your dog’s personality in mind with this tip. Some dogs get amped up really fast when their toys are around, so it can have the opposite effect of what you intended.
Get creative and playful. Lots of full-body shots taken from ten feet away can get mighty dull. Get up close so your dog fills the entire frame. Get even closer so you get the full effect of that long, wet nose. Photograph your dog head on, in profile, at 45-degree angles. And don’t get hung up on perfection; sometimes that shot with your dog’s tail out of the frame is the one you’ll have hanging on your wall for years. The best shots are often the spontaneous ones.
We find many people send us pictures from their cell phone. Here are a few tips specifically for mobile.