Bully Girl Magazine is known for some of the amazing photos of bully breed dogs, that grace the cover and inside pages of the publication. It's no secret that great photos get more attention than ordinary photos. The secret that you might not know, is that taking amazing photos of your bully breed dog, is not as hard as you may think.
What you will need:
- a Bully Breed Dog - Obviously, you will need the dog to take a photo of.)
- a Camera - this doesn't have to be a top of the line DSLR. Nowadays, most smartphones take better photos than some of the entry level DSLR cameras.
- Free Time - I know you're probably busy with work, family life, and who knows what else..., but amazing photos don't normally happen with just one click. Plan to be shooting for at least a half an hour, and if you get something faster than that, then good for you!
That's it, as far as what you need! There is no amount of expensive equipment, that will all of a sudden make every photo you take, an amazing one. It just takes a dog, a camera, free time, and dedication.
Ok so here we go! These are some steps you can take to make your photos go from ordinary to amazing.
5 Ways to Take Amazing Photos of Bully Breed Dogs
- DON'T LOOK DOWN! Never shoot down at the dog! The number one reason most photos look ordinary, and some even look horrible, are because a lot of people don't realize that you need to get on the ground to shoot a bully breed dog. That also goes for any dog. Dog's are short creatures, and the perspective will be off if you shoot from above. You should get down to about eye level of your dog, and a few feet away, depending on the camera or lens you are using.
- STACK YOUR DOG! All bully breed dogs are not show dogs, and therefore I know they will all not stack up (stand in a presentable manner, as if they were in a dog show ring), but you should try anyway. You dog might surprise you. It will be 10 times easier to take an amazing photo of a bully breed dog that is standing still, than a dog that is running around the yard. If your dog absolutely will not stack, no problem. You will 2 options: 1) get a friend to hold him still on a leash, while you get his attention for the photo. 2) follow him around the yard, until he naturally give you a good pose for the photo.
- PICK A GOOD LOCATION! Not everyone has a huge 2-Acre backyard full of green grass, but there are plenty of dog friendly parks, and other locations that you can use to take an amazing photo of your bully breed dog. Use it as an excuse to get out of the house, and spend some time with your dog. The photos will look much better than the pictures of the dog in front of the couch in the living room. Wherever you shoot, make sure that the dog is the focus of the photo. Eliminate other distracting elements from the picture, so that your dog stands out.
- LIGHTING IS IMPORTANT! - Use the sunlight to your advantage! Shoot during the daytime, and use the sunlight to help brighten your photos. Avoid shooting in dark areas, and watch out for shadows that may be casting on the dog during the shoot. If someone is handling the dog on a leash, ask them to stand as much out of the shot as possible, to avoid their shadow on the dog. Also, avoid using smartphone or cheap DSLR flashes. They will blow out the dogs eyes in the photo, and it is not a good look.
There you have it! These 4 tips should help you take amazing photos of your bully breed dog, but they will also apply to any dog that you need to take a photo of. At the end of the day, you can always have Bully Girl Magazine take the photo for you too!