How to take the best photos of your dogs - Dog Photography | Thomas Rigamonti | Skillshare

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How to take the best photos of your dogs - Dog Photography

teacher avatar Thomas Rigamonti, The photographer from Italy

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5 Lessons (13m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Preparation

    • 3. The photo shoot

    • 4. My work

    • 5. Conclusion

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About This Class

This class is about maximizing your dog photo taking skills.

You'll learn how to prepare, chose your location and lighting for stunning canine photos and hopefully be inspired to take on photography as a hobby.

I believe my class is worth some of your time, because if you have a dog and you're stuck inside, what else do you have to do? Also, everyone likes a nice photo of a dog, so why not learn how to take one?

My class is for dog people who have a dog or two and would love to learn how to really get good at capturing the raw cuteness of their fluffy companions.

Who am I, and why should you take me seriously? Well, I don't know if you should take me seriously, but I know a few things or two about taking photos. I've been taking photos for over five years now and it's my passion. I feel like my love for photography has pushed me to learn a lot about the art form and now I feel confident enough to share a few things that I've learned.

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Thomas Rigamonti

The photographer from Italy


Hey there, I'm Thomas. I've been taking photos for over five years and haven't stopped since, it's my favorite passion and I thought it would be cool to share some things that I've learned so far.

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1. Introduction: Hello, everyone. Today I'm going to teach you how to take the best photos of your dogs. That may sound ambitious, but I'm gonna try. My best dogs are great and people who have dogs like me love didn't. However, sometimes when we try to take a good photo over fluffy friends for instagram or document, it often does not turn out to be the photo before I mean blurry. Unclear for just that. In this class, I will share the things that I've helped me take. Better photos of my dogs ranging from preparation, choosing location and setting lighting conditions for the photo shoot. At the end of show, some of my own photos briefly analysed and share some of the do and don't for dog. This class is for people who love dogs and want to take better photos of them. It could be just for fun or even for professional use. All right, that is it. From Maine. True Hope you stick around next is have prepared for your photo shoot 2. Preparation: Well, welcome back. This video is all about prep. If you want to take a good photo of your dog, there needs to be just a little bit of preparation. So even though taking a quick foot of your dog may seem easy enough, taking a really good one isn't so. First, get your camera anything from a professional camera to an iPhone. I tend to take photos of my dogs with my phone because I'm really satisfied with spinach body and it's fast, which you will learn is the key to a good photo of your. Before you start taking photos, make sure the lens of your phone is clean. I've taken so many photos that have turned out hazy or blurry because there was just a little smudge. And when you're dealing with unpredictable subjects like dogs, you rarely have a chance to take the same for twice. Remember, you can tell the model to reposition themselves, but dogs kind of do whatever they want. Step two treats getting a dog attention will make taking photos with them. Much is so prepare a little bag treats that you know your dog loves. This can be provolone or if your canine companion is a vegetarian may do a piece of rock anything that will truly get your dog. Step three. Choosing your location. So now that you've prepared, we need to find a good location. Currently with endemic and all, you should probably stay inside. My tips for finding a good inside photo shoot spot is a place with a good amount of life. A room with a few windows for just a well illuminated corner of your lift location is important because it sets the tone of the photo. You can take a picture of your dog in front of a white wall for a document or sent a picture of them in their bed for acute instagram post something that I think will take your doctor tiger feet to the next level is making sure that the temperature and intensity of the light matches your dogs for color. This will really help your photography, so let's say that you have a husky get some cool blue light shining on your dog instead. If you have to brown and black toxins like me, you should probably make sure that your life source is warm for more yellow. Additionally, making sure that everything in the scene complement each other also really adds to the foot . If you have a brown dog and set of warm light, don't have your dog sit on a white floor or be wrapped with ugly blue blank. Having everything matched really makes a photo pleasing to the eye, and if you do it just right, it makes your photo look all right. That is it for this lesson. Next is how to get your dog to stay still while you take the foot. 3. The photo shoot: this video is all about getting your dogs into position and setting up the shot. All right, so this is probably the trickiest part of Michael. Gets pretty hectic. Definitely requires we have cameras we ever treats. We have our location lights. Now we need to start of the show. Approach your dogs, get their attention by heading them, see and smell your Then give them a little piece to fully catch their attention. Bring them to the photo shoot spot that you've chosen in. Try to position. This didn't get pretty hard. It depends if your dog is common. Relaxed. The key to a good photo is having your dog stay still. So this is the main object. Now, if you have an old dog, this is easier. But if you have a puppy that is going 100 miles an hour, then be prepared to spend the entire day on this. My dog Stay pretty still. When they're digging for something, they even sit if they feel like so. What I'll do is show them my treat and get them to Steira. This tends to calm them down and Adam focus on trip. Once you have your dog's attention and have calmed them down. Then it's time for your inner photographer to go crazy. If the tree doesn't work, try anything from crinkling a piece of paper or snapping your fingers. You know your dog best. All right, The photo shoot Now Granted, dogs don't stay still for very long, so you need to act fast and pay attention. Take as many photos as you can and change the angle of your cameras to get the various perspectives of your dog. The key to being a good photographer is finding those angles that other people don't see. This is crucial. Everyone has that same photo of their dog. But if you can find that different angle perspective, then you can create something really cool. If your dog is patient, try and move the treat around to get your dog move its head up, down, left right. This enables you to get your dog in the perfect position. It's a very dynamic way of taking foot. Things can go wrong quickly. I've had my dogs jump for the treat and almost take a finger with, However, if you're patient and are able to move your camera to get the right angle and move your treat around so that you can really get that perfect shot, then their creativity. Julen. Now I realize this is starting to sound a little complex, and it iss you're taking a photo of an animal. What do you think? Graphic never lost camera made to the lions and tigers for status. Taking photos of animals is pretty hard. Taking good photos of animals takes time, patience and effort. But if you're really up to the challenge, then I feel like it's totally worth investing a little bit of your energy. Plus, if you have nothing else going on right now, why not? And the boredom? By becoming a professional dollars photographer payment reward your fluffy friends give him treats, a few pats and a good belly. And maybe they'll learn that if they stay still for a little bit while their owner is doing jiu jitsu with treats and cameras, they will get a good amount of blob and treats. All right, head, is it for this lesson? Next is my own work. I'll analyze some of my photos so that you can actually see all of my advice in action and hopefully being spot 4. My work: my work now. I don't want to be one of those people who go on and on about how they know how to do something, but never show their own work. In fact, I believe that showing one's work really gets the message across. So if you're a few pictures of my dogs that I've taken in these past few weeks having nothing else to do, this is a photo of Tommy Black Doxa. He's very flamboyant and intentions you will actually pose when he sees me take out my camera phone anyway. Half joking around, getting into the technical aspect of this photo. I wanted to focus on the temperature of the light in the shop and how it doesn't match. The light and tint is cold and sort of greenish. This doesn't compliment Tom's black and brown coat, and we'll see later when I show you some of my other photos. How light, intensity and temperature can really improve everything. This is another photo of Tom, but the light is warmer. This is because I shot the photo near a window and he was sitting on a realm so far, I used the light and the location to my advantage toe emphasize Tom's co color. This pitted a warm field of the photo, and I think it looks much better in the photos I showed before he was sitting on a white marble floor in your white cupboards that reflected the light from the window differently, calling a mismatched, cooler color and ends here. We have both my dogs Tom in and they're sitting under a wind. As we continue, you'll probably notice that natural light from a window is my go to source of ambient light for my dogs here. I didn't have a tree, but I saw them sitting in the sun and thought it would be a great photo. And this is what I meant when I said Pay attention. Paying attention during the photo shoot is important, of course, but also paying attention in general is crucial. Noticing potentially good photo taking opportunity. Now I'm not saying don't have a life and constantly observe your dies. But when you see something interesting or your dogs or doing something particular, then take a picture. What's to lose? Here's another photo of my dogs where I play with shadows. I kept Tom in the shadows and I put OBE in direct sunlight. This photo reminds me, was scene from the Godfather because of the play with light and dark. Notice how Tom is in the shadows, but his eyes are bright while Obi is in direct sunlight, but his eyes are pitch black. Anyway, I talked about how lighting is crucial when taking a photo, but also shadows can make your photos really puff and definitely become more interesting and contrast. Additionally, if you have two died with different coat color like me, shadows can really help get them both in the shop and still look great. I included these two photos of Tom because of how they emphasized paying attention and being patient. Tom was sitting on the arm Turner Living Room. They like the lighting and composition. So I snapped a few photos and then on the blue, he on. No, there was no way for me to know that Tom was going yawn, but he just did. I hope these photos in particular will help you understand how important it is to notice the little details, being patient and be quick when taking photos of their dogs. I think that it would take you years to recreate this photo, Tom yawning. But the fact that I was quick and attentive enabled me to snap a photo and capture a really cool moment. All right, that is it for this lesson. Next is my conclusion. 5. Conclusion: Unfortunately, this is the end of my class. I just want to emphasize that being prepared helps you take good photos. But sometimes just being aware and quick can get you very far dog. So that is all I have to ship. Thank you for your time today. I hope this helps you out if you're struggling to take a good photo of your dog or maybe inspired you to take on the challenge trying to get pictures of your pet, I said A class project just refund. I don't really like homework, and I don't think it's the best way to learn creative skills. In fact, I believe that to become a good photographer, you have to develop your photo taking skills on your own and do a lot of trial and air to find Rome. Stop. However, if you're interested in a little project, then feel free. Have a look at it anyway. I hope you enjoy it this small but hopefully inspiring talk photography class goodbye, as they say