Want to propel your pooch to Insta-stardom? From #dogsinblankets to #tongueouttuesday, here are our four fur-vorite dog photography trends to try with your pup.
Let your dog be a dog! Commonly also captioned with #TOT, the best time to capture this shot is when your dog is panting after a run. Side note: your pup might sit still for longer than usual after a tiring jog. You can also give them a treat to get them licking their chops. And the fun doesn’t stop on Tuesdays. Check out #muttbuttmonday and #wetdogwednesday too!
Pro Tip: Try shooting with a wide aperture. This will create a shallower depth of field, which blurs the background behind your pup and draws the viewer’s eye to the areas of the image that are in focus (in this case their tongue).
1/160 sec | F4.4 | ISO6400
Who doesn’t love to snuggle up with their pooch? The #dogsinblankets trend is still up-and-coming, so it’s a good time to get ahead of the curve. It captures dogs in a typically human situation. Grab a blanket, quilt, or throw and create the same cozy vibes as Bogi here in this snowy mountain setting.
Pro Tip: First, use a camera with built-in image stabilization to avoid camera shake. As your pup probably won’t sit still for long, try using a faster shutter speed to freeze movement. Just remember to pair it with a wide aperture lens (F2.8 or wider) to make sure you capture enough light for good exposure.
1/60 sec | F4.0 | ISO5000
Another rising trend in the Instagram world for you to take full advantage of. Think “Lion King” and raise your pup high in the sky against a stunning natural scene. Expose your shot based on the background to maximize its effect. With both dog and view in focus, you can elicit maximum cuteness and wanderlust all at once.
Pro Tip: Consistency in your social feed is key. Use similar filters and camera settings so your images have a recurring aesthetic and style.
1/80 sec | F4.5 | ISO200
Calling all furry road trip companions! Most dogs are at their happiest in cars, so it’s no surprise that the camera—and Instagram—love #dogsincars. To pull this shot off, it’s helpful to have someone hold your dog in position. Just remember that some states have laws about dogs being crated in cars so you’ll have to shoot in a stationary vehicle.
Pro Tip: Keep treats and squeaky toys handy so it’s easy to hold your dog’s attention.
1/250 sec | F4.5 | ISO6400
It takes more than a cute pooch and trending hashtags to make a splash on social media. You’ll need high-quality photos and personality-filled captions to help build your pet’s persona. Here are a few other tips to keep in mind:
- Create a shot list around your concept. Your dog may not be willing to pose for long, so you’ll want a plan of attack.
- Diffused natural light is the most flattering for pets. Outside is best but if you’re inside, shoot next to a window.
- Shutter speed is super important in dog photography. A higher shutter speed will freeze your pup’s action and a lower shutter speed will capture movements, like a wagging tail.
Remember, pets are a law unto themselves. If they aren’t feeling a pose, costume, or theme, don’t force it. Let them lead the way and you might just get inspired to start a trend of your own.