Thursday, 7 January 2016

If There Is One Thing I Have Learned About Photography...

Over the last 2 years of blogging, I have came a long way in the photos I take of my pets. Before I started the blog, I never really thought much about photography. Heck, I was just a 'point and shoot' kind of gal. But, I have learned much since then... especially from fellow bloggers. And if there is one thing I have learned about photography, it is that you get a much better photo by getting down to their level.

What the heck is she talking about?

Let me show you.


Take this photo for example... given the fact this image was taken using my old cell phone, and it is incredibly hard to take a bad photo of any pet, the fact remains that this photo was taken while I was standing up.

Now, take a look at this one...

If There Is One Thing I Have Learned About Photography...

This photo was taken when I got down to their level. Getting down to their level while taking photos makes a huge difference. You are able to see so much more of them, you are getting right there, face to face, as you snap that shot.

Another example...

dog toys

This photo was taken while standing up. Beautiful photo of course, but...

Photography tips

Taken while I was sitting down on the ground - her level. You get so much more!

And the last 2 examples -


Image above was taken while I was standing up.



And this image was taken while I was down at her level.

So, as I mentioned above, if there is one thing I have learned about photography, it's that getting down to their level makes a huge impact. Now, there are some exceptions of course. For instance, when I am taking a photo of them enjoying a dog treat, I like to stand up, and have the camera focus more on the treat rather than the dog. Mostly for product review posts etc...

Stay tuned in future posts, where I will share more on different photography tips I have picked up over the last couple years.


Have you ever tried getting right down to the level of your pets while taking their photos?
Did you notice the same difference I did?


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22 comments:

  1. Those are all awesome shots! I either get down on their level or I put them up on something so they are on my level. Sometimes I will do "down the nose" shots, where I have them sit and I'm hovering over them but not too often! :D

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  2. Well, I think your photos are awesome! I sometimes get down on their level, but there are also times that I have to stand up...like when I am trying to get product review shots and I am the only one there! It would be so helpful if we had a photographer to follow us around...BOL!!

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  3. Mom is almost always down at our level for photos, which is why most of her pants wear out in the knees way too soon! A photography hazard she says!

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  4. I agree that the photos do turn out better like this. Although, there are times when you can get some nice ones from different angles... even above them. I like trying to get below too, but that can be pretty challenging!

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  5. Skipper spends a lot of time on the ground or floor taking photos of Bentley and Pierre. (Short dog problems) It does make a huge difference in the photograph. I love your examples!

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  6. I try and get down sometimes, it depends on the effect I want!

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  7. That is a great idea. I need to try this when my hubby is home because if I get on the florr, I may not get back up :)

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  8. It is funny what you start noticing the more you know. Great photos!

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  9. Those are great shots. I have given up on photographing my dogs. They hate it and just run away.
    Shots of tails and butts are not too exciting

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  10. You're so right. You should see our mom crawling around on the floor to get pictures of us.

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  11. I had heard that at one point, and try to do it more, and I agree. But sometimes when I get down on their level they take that as an invitation to come and get in my face! LOL
    Jan, Wag 'n Woof Pets

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  12. I love level photographs. Like you said, bad dog pictures are impossible!

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  13. Thank you!! It is amazing how an angle or the right light can make all the difference. Of course they are all beautiful because the subjects are so sweet!!

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  14. Those are some great tips! Sometimes its difficult to get that low, but it does make for some great shots. When I have the pups I sometimes have the camera sitting on the floor. Thanks for sharing and I can't wait for more photography tips.

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  15. Yep that is excellent advice and I have done that a number of times...the problem is........with a Shetland Sheepdog, when I get down on HIS level...he IMMEDIATELY starts "herding" me because that's what he does! lol
    DakotasDen

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  16. Yes! I love taking photos from their eye level. Or even lower to get a funny shot. :) Great photos!

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  17. Yes, I learned thus lesson too! One of my favorite pictures was the result of laying in the grass to get the shot. :)

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  18. As a photographer, this is always my #1 recommendation for taking great pet and kid pics...although these days with RA it's getting harder for me to get down there...and back up!! There is so much more personality to capture at their level, isn't there? Great pics, Jenna!

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  19. I agree, getting down on the pet's level gives a great perspective. I'm excited to read your upcoming tweets, I definitely have my struggles, especially with lighting! Grrr...
    Love & biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

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  20. Great tip! The photos are great.

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  21. I must of read this last week and not finished commenting, or I have esp. :) Anyway, I like all the pictures.

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