SoulPup Episode 4 – How to Take Perfect Pet Pics
I’m awful at taking pictures of Louie. Fortunately, Atlanta pet photographer Leesia Teh offered tips to take stellar portraits. Your dog may just become the next Instagram star!
- Look to the light. If you catch your pet doing something cute, try to capture the action near an open window. That’s the most flattering light, and you reduce the chance for blurry photos, particularly with black dogs.
- Black dogs require additional lighting magic. Teh suggests taking black dogs outside, preferably in open shade, so that you can capture their eyes as well as the detail in their coat.
- Get on the dog’s level. Don’t be afraid to lie down on the floor or kneel next to your dog, then position the camera really low. Be patient. Look for opportunities to engage and make eye contact. A lot of times, dogs don’t like the camera up in their face — even if it’s a phone. If you just lower it a little bit and make eye contact with them, it can really help. Once you regain that connection, slowly raise the camera again.
- Keep toys handy. Treats or squeaky toys will help keep dogs engaged. Use what works!
- You can get a decent photo with a camera phone. Although a Canon DSLRs is her primary tool of choice, Teh says that you can get great portraits with camera phones, especially outdoors.
Need inspiration? Check out Leesia’s stellar portraits, or follow some of our Insta favs: @dogsofinstagram, @Eggnogthebulldog, @dogsofinstagram, @ohhelloowen, @smilingbrinks, and @thegraypotato_. (Prepare to be sucked in for hours.)
All the best!
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