Our giant schnauzer, Bleu, is a beautiful black dog who looks like a black blob in the pictures I take of him or occasionally looks like a space alien.  I decided to do a little research to see if I could take better pictures of him.  Here’s the scoop.

  • Use natural light.  This is the most helpful if you’re taking pictures on your phone.  If you’re inside, try to get them near a window.  Outside, a cloudy-bright day is the best so you don’t have deep shadows to deal with.  If you’re using a real camera with a flash, bounce the light from the flash off a wall rather than pointing it at your pet.
  • Focus on your pet’s eyes.  Keep the tack sharp.  The term "tack sharp" describes an image which shows the main subject in sharp focus, with clean lines, crisp details, and no blurring.  (definition from photographymad.com)
  • Use burst mode.  This lets you take lots of photos in succession and greatly increases your chance of getting at least one great pic.

Other helpful hints are:

  • Be patient
  • Shoot in them in their favorite lounging spot when they’re sleepy or have just awakened
  • Surprise them
  • Experiment

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