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As a Guide Dog of America Puppy Raiser it’s a regular occurrence taking a group of puppies for an outing at the mall, restaurant, airport…etc. for socialization and training. At the end of training and socialization we almost always get our puppies together for a puppy group photo. When it comes to working the camera, positioning the dogs, getting proper lighting, leaving your dog in a stay position I’m a complete amateur. So, I ask myself…”why are my pictures so much worse then the professionals I see online on a daily basis?”
A little over a week ago we took our puppies to the MainPlace Mall for obedience and socialization training. When we were done I snapped a puppy group photo with my camera phone.
Here are 4 steps I will do my best not to repeat when taking our next puppy group photo.
The 4 Steps To Avoid In A Puppy Group Photo
- Forget your camera – It seems simple enough, but every time there is a Kodak moment I leave my digital camera at home and use my inferior cell phone camera (if I use anything at all).
- Own a black lab – My camera skills are already inferior, but to make matters worse Stetson is a black lab…half the pictures I’ve taken of him don’t show any of his features. Take a look at the sample picture. You can see every feature on the yellow labs, but the black labs look like a smudge.
- Put your finger in front of the camera lens – If you notice the sample picture there is a mysterious black shadow in the top right corner…that would be my finger.
- Be the last to put your puppy in a sit-stay for the photo – The puppies stayed in position for a decent amount of time, but I was the last to get Stetson in position and one by one they began standing and walking away. I didn’t have time to position myself or get the entire bear (behind the dogs) in the picture.
Are you a professional photographer or a budding amateur? What can you suggest to make for better quality pictures?