Dog Photography Tips: Photographing Your Chihuahua

Dog Photography Tips: Photographing Your Chihuahua

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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.

Interesting shots

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.

Technical

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?

 

 


9 Comments

  1. Lisa reid
    March 13, 2017 / 7:56 pm

    Coco loves to pose for pics I always use a plain background and no flash just good lighting.

  2. March 13, 2017 / 10:10 pm

    Let ur chi smell ur camera click the camera for noise or put next to chi so they not scared / tryin takin pic in natural light not camera flah as pic could be harsh also dont use camera flash as ut gives ur chi red eye and harsh pic.

  3. Donna Price
    March 14, 2017 / 7:12 am

    1. You need to introduce by letting them sniff and get used to it and also take some shots (not necessarily of dog) to get them used to sound if load.
    2. The background is best to be simple as too much and you’ll lose my children, don’t want that to happen. Beach or grassy is best and make sure your chi is focus of it.
    3. You are best to use natural light as the flash could damage chi’s eyes and it will cause Red eye which will spoil it

  4. Samantha Storer
    March 15, 2017 / 12:16 am

    You need to introduce by letting them sniff and get used to it and also take some shots (not necessarily of dog) to get them used to sound if load.
    2. The background is best to be simple as too much and you’ll lose my children, don’t want that to happen. Beach or grassy is best and make sure your chi is focus of it.
    3. You are best to use natural light as the flash could damage chi’s eyes and it will cause Red eye which will spoil it

  5. Jennie Archibald
    March 19, 2017 / 10:02 am

    1. You need to let your dpg necome comfortable and used to the cameta by introducing them to the camera by letting them sniff and get used to it and all taking some shots to get them used to sound.
    2. The background is best to be simple. If its too ‘busy’ you will lose the focus of the actual photo. Beach or grass is best and make sure your dog is the focus of the photo as chis are small they need to stand out.
    3. You are best to use natural light as the flash can cause doggy red eye which will not make for a lovely photo!

  6. Paula Longfield
    March 19, 2017 / 1:39 pm

    I have 3 Chihuahua’s, they love the impromptu photo shoot. Their all happy to pose too.

  7. March 19, 2017 / 2:19 pm

    Best way is to introduce the camera slowly/at the dogs own pace, familiarising her/him with the look, let them sniff, investigate.
    A simple background is best for a good photo.
    Best to not use flash as this can cause red eye/flawed photographs with animals. Good lighting is essential for a good photo

  8. Caroline
    March 19, 2017 / 3:04 pm

    Leave the camera around so the dog can sniff it and get use to it being around.
    Nice plain background so the chihuahua stands out.
    Use other light rather than the camera flash to avoid red eye.

  9. Alexandria Horne smith
    March 20, 2017 / 11:19 am

    When my chis were younger and unsure about the camera I would let them smell it and get used to the smell, sounds etc and then I would take a photo of them with me in it so they could see I wasn’t scared!
    The background is best to be simple so the chi stands out more and I wouldn’t use the flash as it can frighten or damage the chis eyes! I have some cracking photos of my two boys!!

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