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4 Top Tips On Photographing Dogs At The Beach

Learn how to take better photos of your dog at the beach with the help of these simple photography tips.

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Dog at the beach

Every dog owner likes taking their dog to the seaside. Some beaches do stop dogs going on the sand so check before you step foot on it.


1. How To Start?

Your approach will be dictated to a degree by your pet. Some dogs will sit and pose happily for hours for a treat; others need to be worn out with exercise before staying put for any period of time. Take the approach that suits you best.

2. Think Like You Would For A Shot Of A Person

Treat photographing dogs as you would a person. Consider the background and the composition as well as the subject itself. Use camera settings to make the most of the opportunity too. Wide apertures to throw the background out of focus and slow shutter speeds for deliberate blur. Relatively slow shutter speeds work well too if your dog has gone for a dip and emerges to shake itself dry. Add some backlighting, perhaps with a blip of flash from the camera's onboard unit, and you have a nice picture.


Dog at the beach


3. Capture Movement

For action shots of your pet running, try manually pre-focusing on a particular spot and when your dog runs into it, press the shutter. You'll also need a reasonably fast shutter if you want to capture them running along the beach.

Having someone with you will definitely help when you're trying to capture action shots as you can ask them to call for the dog while you concentrate on shooting.

4. Longer Lenses

You may find that using a long zoom makes it easier to capture shots of your dog as they will be less aware of what you're doing and won't try and play with your camera and lens. With longer lenses, use a wider aperture to create a shallow depth-of-field.

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NeilSchofield Plus
15 1.7k 1 United Kingdom
20 Jun 2016 7:21AM
My two tips would be : get down low and shoot with natures modelling light behind you
20 Jun 2019 3:34PM
28 Aug 2020 2:53AM
My buddy Anubis; German Shepherd 2019; New Smyrna Beach, Florida, USA 108983_1598579493.jpg
24 Jun 2021 8:48AM
Getting low.


Nobby31 6 43 United Kingdom
11 Jul 2021 9:30AM
Sprinting on the beach
Nobby31 6 43 United Kingdom
11 Jul 2021 9:31AM
Happy German Shepard in the sand
Nobby31 6 43 United Kingdom
11 Jul 2021 9:35AM
When your dog takes you for a run on the beach
sparrowhawk Plus
13 282 3 United Kingdom
20 Jun 2022 7:55AM
sparrowhawk Plus
13 282 3 United Kingdom
20 Jun 2022 9:01AM

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