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Clipit's Guide To Photographying Your Dog

Everyone nowadays has a camera built into their phone, and don't we just love taking photo's of our dogs, horses and cats.

The fundamentals of good photography is a balanced composition, a sharply focused image and a good exposure that's neither too dark not too light. To create brilliant shots, you can control all three factors with a smartphone.

  1. Compose your picture The key is to fill the frame with your subject. You can do this by zooming in, but it's better to use your feet and get closer. When it comes to framing it up, leave a little more space on the side the dog is looking towards. This gives the subject 'room to move into" - a must for a great shot. You can take that shot either vertically or horizontally.

  2. Focus on the detail The most important element in any portrait is the eyes. The connect the viewer to the subject, and should be sharply focused. With a side-on profile or three-quarter shot, where the head's tuned to one side, the nearest eye to the lens should be sharp. To make this happen, tap the screen directly over eye after you have framed up.

  3. Correct the exposure After you've tapped to set the focus, most phones let you adjust the exposure. To do this on an iphone, drag your finger up or down on the screen to make the picture brighter or darker. Finally, when you take the shot, take care not to jolt your phone when you tap the shooting button. If your phone has the facility, use a physical button instead and gently press it to avoid spoiling your picture or causing a blurred picture. iphone can shoot using either of the volume buttons on the side, and this gives steadier shots than tapping the screen.

5 Top Tips

  1. When and where The best light is always in the morning, half and hour after sunrise. If you are shooting inside, it is always best to get near a window for natural light.

  2. Perfect your focus Getting a sharp shot is reliant on the type of camera/phone that you use. When shooting a dog from the side- focus on the point between the end of the dog's nose an its tail. If shooting a portrait of a dog's head, focus on eye.

  3. Clever with colour Certain colours of dogs are easier to photograph than others. Dual coloured dogs are best because their markings create lines of contrast, helping your camera to focus.

  4. Choose the background wisely Backgrounds have a massive impact on your photos. Backgrounds that work well are ones that provide a sharp contrast. Dark table top surfaces suck the life out of photos, while light, golden surfaces will reflect better into the dog.

  5. Get the ears forward! Always have someone at hand that can stand out of sight and make a noise while everyone else is quiet.

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