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Pet Photography: Tips On Photographing Your Rottweiler

Author : Rick Valence

The best advice is to definitely use a digital camera and take a lot of shots. The more you take, the more you have to chose from and get one that’s really special to you. Also try a lot of angles and positions. Some standing up would be good if the dog is sitting but otherwise laying/sitting at their eye level will help get a good shot, too.

One of the trickiest parts can be lighting. If you are photographing outside on a sunny or slightly overcast day, your lighting will be great. You still want to use your flash whether or not you are outside so enough light hits their face. Depending on their markings, a lot of Rotties have very dark faces and can be hard to see in a photograph. Though a lot of people take the dark faces as the dog being hard to read or maybe threatening, your image that shows their face well can be precious and counter these false ideas.

If you want to be able to photograph your dog more than once, make sure the experience is positive. Give lots of praise and reward with a treat when they behave well. If you keep some small treats in your hand you can more easily get your dog to sit or lay down, then you can shoot a few frames and reward them. They will start to love getting their photo taken.

Another way to get them to pose well or to get some of their expressions you are accustomed to is to talk to them as you photograph. If you have a close bond with your dog, you know what words spark their interest and can get them to perk up. That can be a perfect moment to snap and capture one of the expressions you get to see and enjoy.

Also important to consider is location. For most Rottweiler’s, especially young ones, they love to run and play. Outside may be the best bet to get good images, especially if you can find a nice big park or outdoor area. Avoid shooting towards cars or where anyone else is playing; try to find a secluded area so your images don’t have a lot of distraction in them.

Make sure you are prepared before you start. Have your battery fully charged and a large memory card with lots of space. You want to be able to move and play with your dog and not be worried about the technical side. Also make sure you have your camera around your neck or tightly on your wrist in case your dog gets excited and jumps on you. Otherwise, you might be sending your camera in for repair!

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Rick Valence is a camera repair specialist at C.R.I.S. Camera Services in Chandler, Arizona. Along with being a camera and photography enthusiast, Rick enjoys digital camera repair blogging in his spare time and traveling around the world to find exotic regions and experiences to photograph.

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