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DID YOU KNOW?

That we are also professional dog photographers

PHOTO TIPS & GUIDELINES

CREATE YOUR OWN MASTERPIECE DURING YOUR NEXT DOG WALK!


Our in-house digital artists can work with most images that we receive, but we thoroughly recommend that you take a smaller selection of new images. This is something you can easily do with your smartphone during your next dog walk.

Taking photos in outdoor daylight is by far the best! Just follow our 5 easy tips - in less than 5 minutes, you will have a great series of photos that our expert digital artists will transform into a stunning unique masterpiece for you to proudly display.

X TAKEN TO HIGH UP

This is the normal default position for most when taking their dogs photo which is fine - but for our purposes it is taken to high up and the dog is to far away.

 ✔︎ TIP 1 - TAKE AT EYE LEVEL

The most important thing to remember when taking your dogs photo is to take it at their eye-level. Crouch or sit down when taking the photo.

✔︎  EXTRA TIP

If you have a small or light weight dog ask a friend to hold it slightly to one side - it will give the same required result.

X TAKEN TO CLOSE

Don’t stand too close to your dog when taking the photo as the photo may crop out the neck and ears. We can’t add these in afterwards, so if they’re not in the photo to begin with, they won’t appear on your masterpiece (which would just look silly).

✔︎ TIP 2 - TAKE IN DAYLIGHT

Outdoor natural daylight is the best light for any photo. You can take your photo in portrait or landscape mode. We don’t require the whole body, just the head, neck, and of course ears. This photo is nicely exposed in natural daylight with lots of detail showing and with an uncluttered background.

X TO BLURRY

We will not be able to use a photo that is blurry or unsharp - it often happens because your dog is excited and is making quick movements. Take a close look at your photos to make sure they’re not blurry. 

✔︎ TIP 3 - HOLD A TREAT

Get your dog to sit down whilst you hold a treat in your hand - it will definitely grab their attention!
An added bonus is that you can also get your dog to look in the same direction as your chosen costume. To be safe, make sure you have at least one good photo each looking left, right, and straight forward.

X TO BRIGHT

A bright overexposed photo doesn’t show all details as they’ll be ‘blown out', and we won’t be able to use the photo. As we can’t add the details back in again. 

✔︎ TIP 4 - FIND SOME SHADE

Lawns and parks are great places to take your photo as they will have a clutter-free background. If it’s a bright sunny day, look for shade and take the photos there.

X TO DARK

Whilst smartphones and digital cameras can take excellent pictures, sometimes certain light conditions can fool the camera and the image will be dark.

✔︎ TIP 5 - FIND A LIGHT PLACE

If the photo is too dark, take it in a lighter place or earlier in the day.
This image has it all - it’s taken at eye-level and is not too dark, bright, or blurry.
The dog’s head and neck are showing, and there is lots of detail in the face because it is in focus. This image will make a great renaissance masterpiece!