Taking Photographs That Truly Show Your Dog's Personality
Isn't it exciting to take a photograph that reflects your dog's true character, their essence? In a fleeting moment, you recorded your beloved dog's feelings and personality for posterity with a click. Those are the photographs we cherish forever.
Blissfully Capturing Your Dog's Character With a Click
Where To Begin?
Bliss Tips for Taking Your Dog's Best Photograph
As our phones update with better cameras, the need to step up our photo taking game becomes obvious!
Our tips and hints also apply to taking photos with standalone cameras.
To help you snap those perfect precious photos (either phone or camera) we've compiled technical tips, nuts & bolts of taking great pictures of dogs and more.
The basics are covered on this page, with links to more info pages and PDF downloads as needed.
Side Note: Have you watched Exposure on Hulu or YouTube? Eight pro photographers were given phones to compete in photography challenges. So creative and inspiring! Watch season 1 on Hulu. Both seasons are on YouTube - link below.
First, what do you want to do with the pictures of your dog?
• Social Media sharing • Social Media Domination • Share with friends and family • Arts & crafts with photos • Print gift items from photos • For memory of your dog • Photograph friends & family dogs
If you're not sure, please don't let that stop you! Read the materials and start taking pictures. I promise you'll never regret taking lots of puppy and senior dog pics.
The 1st PDF Taking Blissful Dog Photos has templates for brainstorming your photo shoots and lots of prompts to help define your goals and how to accomplish them. The PDFs are formatted to use online or print and use.
Humankind has been manipulating canine genetics since that first friendly wolf puppy crawled up to a Neanderthal fire.
People wanted dogs to make their lives easier, so they bred dogs to achieve a certain result. Thus we have dogs bred to run fast and catch prey, dogs bred to alert humans to big prey, and dogs bred to guard the humans things.
Knowing what your dog's breed was intended for can make for a fun photo shoot. Even if your English Springer Spaniel never sees a game bird, the DNA is there. A stuffed bird or English manor vibe would worl as props.
Mixed Breed dogs may be a blend of identifiable breeds. You can use that ancestry, of course.
Link opens in new page to Dog Breed Info at AKC.org
Is your dog goofy, protective, intelligent, playful, silly, serious, regal, stately, bold, trickster, rugged, shy or spoiled?
YOU know how special your dog is. But, how do you share their unique essence via a photo?
Ask friends and family how they would describe your dog. Some of their responses may be expected, others may surprise you!
Use your dog's word to brainstorm for their photo shoot. Google the word and see if synonyms or antonyms add any ideas. Idea: Use the whiteboard or poster board idea write the words for your dog to pose with!
As you focus your photo, tap on the focal point, probably their face. A yellow square starburst appears to show your iPhone has set the Focus. You may have to tap again to keep the focus.
To lighten or darken your photo (aka set the exposure) slide your finger up, to lighten, or down to darken as you focus.
Next & My FAVE - Get To Know Portrait Mode
There are a LOT of pro effects you can achieve with Portrait Mode. We'll have an addition to this info when iOS updates.
Bliss Bit! I took the picture of Cinnabar in the banner on top using Portrait Mode and in Edit I played with the settings (darkened it, added Studio light) until I got this effect. This quick step took a throw-away image into one I am going to have printed! -Kathy
Is Your DPP a Photography Artist? Or Old School & Proud?
Dog Photography Personas (DPP) range from the Sheer Volume Optimist to the Balanced & Chill Photographer to the dyed-in-the-wool Old School Dog Photographer.
The best part of knowing your DPP is you can decide if it truly reflects your photography style or if you are really a different style at heart. Unlike the Myers-Briggs, you can change as you please.
Personally, I see a bit of myself in all of the Personas, except Old School, of course.
I've also found some shoots bring out more of one DPP, especially the Sheer Volume Optimist. Knowledge is power, hopefully our little fun quiz helps you with your dog photography or makes you smile or both. Enjoy!
You've learning how to take great pictures of your dog, now what? Our capturing memories info shares tips on what photos are Milestones Shots you won't want to miss.
Included are templates for you to use to chronicle your blissful dog's life. Like all of our PDFs, these are formatted to edit and use online or to print and use. Digital and analog...we've got you covered.
Milestone Photos you don't want to miss are covered, as well as some Firsts.
This is an ongoing series, with more additions coming soon! We'll be covering how to tame your Cloud Photo Storage and more. Full disclosure; Conquering the Cloud is the next one to force me to clean my own iPhoto Albums up.
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