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Here at Chihuahua Power we love dogs of all shapes and sizes, however, we are all about chihuahuas. Not only are these amazing little dogs smart, mischievous and packed full of character, but they also make for an amazing photo too! Dog photography is not always easy so we have put some top tips together to help.
All dogs smile, but the way a chi smiles is just so goofy, and it’s a joy when you catch them doing it.
So, if your dog photography needs a brush-up then follow our tips below making sure that you send them over to us for sharing on our gallery and social media.
Don’t be shy with the shots
One of the most basic tips for photography in general is to take plenty of images, that way you can be sure to have the perfect one. You may feel that you are being a bit too click happy, but this is the best way to capture the photo you want.
Introduce your dog to the camera
A great way to get the perfect image of your dog is to allow them to get used to the camera. This is especially true if the click is particularly loud. Let them have a sniff of the camera, and then start to take some shots, not necessarily ones that are aimed at them.
Your dog will soon get used to the noise and feel comfortable enough to get on with their own thing, that you can then take a photo of them!
Have a simple background
The simpler the background, the more that your dog will stand out. White beaches and green grasses are going to offer the best contrast for your pooch, and make sure that your dog is the main focus of the image.
Don’t aim for perfection
It isn’t easy to get a photo where your dog is just right, however, this is the beauty of dog photography. It allows you to capture your chihuahua whilst they are at rest or busy playing, a few blurry lines or a touch of stray hair isn’t going to spoil the photo.
Have a friend to help
Not sure that you will be able to take the picture and get your dog’s attention? Have someone else on hand to help. This could be with a favourite toy, a treat or simply to distract them away from the camera. Just make sure that it is someone that your pet is used to.
Be creative with your shots, some of the best shots we have had sent to the gallery have been the more unusual views, taken up close, from above or the dog doing something unusual. Get down to their level, chihuahuas are small so they need to fill the frame.
Lighting is Everything.
Take the photo in good light and avoid using the flash on your camera or phone and direct sunlight. Flash will make the photo look harsh and will probably give you the doggy equivalent of red-eye. Direct sunlight can be difficult to handle so avoid unless you are confident.
Go for a more diffused light; outdoors in the morning or late afternoon, indoors near a large soft lit window or in a bright room.
Taking a photo in poor light will make the photo grainy or noisy, if you are going to take a photo indoors and away from natural light then add some additional lighting. Point the lights at the ceiling or wall so it bounces and diffuses rather than have it pointing direct at your dog.
Catch them on the fly.
Often with dogs or animals it’s the unstaged one that can look the best. So, there are times when you can safely ignore most of the above advice and still get a fantastic shot. It can be the shots you’re not expecting to take that come out with that wow factor.
Keep the original intact and do any editing on a copy. We will have a post on editing coming up soon.
Do you love your Chihuahua dog and want to show them off to the world? If you do, then why not share your perfect pet picture and see how much attention your pooch gets?