Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Diva Dog: Getting good pictures of Lulu the beagle, and other dogs too

You know, when we first got Lulu, even when I first started this blog, I had no trouble getting pictures of Lulu. She saw the camera, would sit down and give me a smile.


See what I mean? That was before she even left the shelter.

Nowadays though, getting her to take a picture is a struggle. She turns her head, turns around, even runs in the other direction. I don't know if she is just sick of having to picture taken all the time or what.

This was a much better picture when I started.

So I've been looking up tips for taking better pictures of her. There are some great sites with info out there already. The two I like best are Dogster and Pet Travel Experts.

Both offer the following advice:

  • Get down to the pet's level
  • Focus on the eyes
  • Get the pet's character -- candid shots
  • Don't use a flash if you can help it
Some other good ideas: 
  • Use treats -- which works great for beagles, since there are treat crazy
  • Do whatever it takes to make your dog stand out in the picture -- simple backgrounds, well-lit.
  • IPhones and other cameras can take good pics of your dog:

You will need to get as close as you can without spooking your dog. The zooms really ruin the pics. You'll also need to make sure the lighting is good. If you want, you can just put the camera on video and then take freeze frames. It works well.

You don't need to get an expensive camera. Point and shoots work well. Many have kids and pets features that take good photos. But both blogs have good info if you're looking for some more advanced equipment.

Just remember -- patience is key, and especially with a beagle. Watch your animal and be prepared to hit that shutter button.

Happy shooting!


  1. LuLu hi!!! This is Dakota's! Mom has another blog too so that is why this name shows up.

    That was some great advice on how to take good photos. Yours are great!

    My Mom just uses her Droid, but she needs to start using her digital camera again. She is just too lazy!

    Have a great rest of your day!

    1. The Droid probably has a better camera than the iPhone. I know the newer ones do. Does yours have a flash?

  2. Hi Guys,

    I found you through Blogpaws - it's great to meet you!! :)

    I'm the same when Mum takes my picture, that's cos she never stops taking my picture!! :)

    Maybe she'll have to try the video freeze frame, that sounds like a good idea :)

    Great tips, love your site, love how clean it is too :)

    I hope you're having a fun day,

    Your pal Snoopy :) :)

  3. Thanks! You guys are my first comments! Very exciting.


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