5 TIPS FOR PHOTOGRAPHING BLACK DOGS
I had an email come through the other day from Victoria over at Spanish Stray Dogs UK, asking for some help with their black dogs. For some reason they don't seem to get rehomed as easily, and she'd asked me to write some quick tips for their audience.
I think there's a bit of a misconception with the black dogs that they might not be as friendly, or they're more dangerous, which obviously isn't true!
They are however, notoriously more difficult to photograph, so I've put these tips together in the hope they'd inspire you to take and share lots of lovely photos of your black doggos.
1. CONTRASTING BACKGROUND
Keep things simple, black dogs on a black background can look stunning, but if you really want your doggo to take centre stage, find a contrasting background. Greens, blues, yellows, reds... these sorts of colours will make your black dog stand out from the background, which is exactly what we're going for!
Make sure you can see their eyes! Eyes are a window to the soul, and making them easily visible in the photo of your dog helps the viewer feel connected and creates emotion in your image.
Bright sunlight isn't ideal... If it's directly over head it can create hard shadows under their snout which isn't desirable. Try sitting your black dog in the shade, or even better get your camera out on a cloudy day! Overcast days give a beautiful soft light which is perfect for photos. If you're inside, try sitting your dog near a window, or move outside if it's just not bright enough.
4. GOLDEN/BLUE HOUR
I know you can't always wait for an overcast day (though there are plenty of them in the UK!), so if it is sunny, consider the time of day you're taking the photo at. The hour after sunrise and the hour before sunset can give you some amazing light for photographing in. Golden hour in particular can help you to produce some stunning photos, and is a perfect aid in photographing black dogs.
5. INCLUDE A PERSON
I said earlier there can be a misconception with black dogs that they're maybe not as friendly, photographing them having a cuddle with someone can quickly remove that misconception. Even a photo of them playing can convey a bit of personality in the image and change the viewers opinion.
Black dogs are great for silhouettes - If you can find a horizon line and shoot towards the sun in golden hour you're definitely onto a winner!
Lunar Photography - Equine & Dog Photographer in Derbyshire.