Lighting is very important when it comes to pet photography. Go outside where the lighting is natural and bright. Your camera will be able to focus easier and your images are more likely to be sharp. Remember not to shoot into the sun; your phone camera may have a hard time focusing clearly.
This leads to the next important point:
2. Turn Off The Flash
When shooting inside you are more likely to need the flash. Do you have photos of your dog with yellow eyes? Yellow eyes occur when your camera flash is aimed directly at your dog’s eyes. So, turn off your flash and use natural lighting as much as possible.
3. Get On Their Level
Get right down on the ground with your pet so you are at their level.
Look at most phone camera photos and you’ll notice that they are taken from your standing position looking down at the pet.
But to take a great pet photo, get down to their level. Your photos will be much more interesting as you show the world from your dog’s perspective.
4. Get in Close
If you want to get a closer shot of your dog, walk up closer to the dog rather than zooming in with your camera lens. Your photo loses quality when you use the zoom setting resulting in an image that is more grainy, less sharp. What happens is that the image is cropped as you zoom in, resulting in a loss in image quality.
5. Take more than one shot of the same thing
Remember you can always delete poor images so don’t be shy about taking a lot of pictures of the dog at one time. You are more likely to get a “keeper” and have several great options to choose from. I took many images of the dog playing but ultimately chose the last one as my keeper. I liked the water splashing, the clarity of his muscles, his body position and the expression on his face.
6. Keep your camera lens clean.
If you are anything like me, your phone is in your pocket, on the floor, in your bag and is always covered in dust or fingerprints or even dog hair. A clean lens will give you much more pleasing images.
7. Use the Rule Of Thirds
Good composition is important for great photos. One of the most common rules of composition is the “rule of thirds” in which placing the subject off centre makes for a more interesting image. Imagine a grid over your image using two horizontal lines and two vertical lines, as shown here. Then position the dog in line with one of the vertical lines or where the vertical and horizontal meet.
On the photo to the left you can see the grid lines with the dog placed on a vertical line and the eye placed directly on the horizontal line clearly showing the rule of thirds.