This article was written by TOBALIE in cooperation with Michaela Krenn

What kind of photo equipment is needed to take beautiful dog photos? When is the best time to take beautiful portraits of your dog and what should be considered regarding the composition of the picture when taking dog photos? In this article you will find out how to perfectly stage your darling and much more. 5 tips for all who want to photograph their dog themselves! 

The choice of photographic equipment

Basically it can be said: it does not have to be the most expensive camera, nor do you need five different lenses to take great pictures of your dog for private use. Even with your smartphone you can take nice snapshots of your dog.

But for all hobby photographers among you, who already own an professional camera and want to dive a little bit more into the world of photography, here are some tips for you: invest in a fast lens! Because even the most expensive camera will not give you the results you want if the lens is not chosen properly.

How do I recognize a fast lens?

You can tell by the size of the aperture. Setting the aperture determines the amount of light that reaches the image sensor. The larger the aperture, the smaller the value (e.g. f/1.8) and the more light falls on the image carrier. This allows you to create beautiful effects such as a blurred background, a beautiful depth of field and a great bokeh effect. 

No worries: A really great fast lens with an aperture of e.g. 1.8f does not cost that much and is available in all price segments.  

What else do you need to take great photos of your dog?

Regardless of the technical equipment, the most important thing is good preparation for the photo shoot, the reward and a lot of patience.

But you do not need a photo studio, nor special day lamps or filters. A camera, a good mood, your dog and if necessary a helping hand will be absolutely sufficient to create authentic photos of your dog.

The choice of location

Basically everywhere where your dog feels comfortable. Often it is outdoor, because most dogs like to be outside, to move freely and to let their character run free. So it is ideal for you if you want to hold on to your four-legged friend with his enchanting nature.

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Observe the lighting conditions

But much more important than the location itself is the right time to take pictures! Because there is still the misconception that it is best to set off with your camera under a bright blue sky and bright midday sun in order to be able to take pictures of your black dog. 😉

But that’s exactly when you should cuddle up with your dog on the couch at home and wait a few more hours. Or go for a morning walk with your camera. Because the best dog photos are usually taken at sunrise or shortly before sunset.

Then the light is nice and soft, you avoid bright light and you don’t have to struggle with hard edges or shadows. This often leads to the fact that the fur is simply completely overexposed or even with black dogs not much is to be recognized except a black, large spot.

In summary: The light is ideal at sunrise, in the late afternoon or early evening and in summer and autumn also at sunset to take great photos.

The right perspective

An exciting perspective has a great influence on the overall effect of the picture. In dog photography it is especially important to pay attention to a few things.

  • Photograph at eye level
    This is meant literally. 😉 There is definitely a reason why dog photographers often roll around on the floor for great photos. Because it makes a huge difference whether you photograph your dog from squatting, standing or lying on the ground. Not only can you create a beautiful bokeh, but you also keep the correct proportions of the dog. Also avoid photographing your dog from above at an angle, as this can distort the proportions.

  • Set the focus on the dog look
    Try to put the focus on the dog’s eyes. This requires a bit of practice and patience, as the focus tends to “slip” a bit, but it looks beautiful when, with a little practice, it finally works. Because what could be better than capturing the beloved dog’s eyes?
  • Try out close-ups
    If you are already a professional in taking portraits of your dog, then why not try your hand at taking close-ups? You can also practice these at home, for example, when your dog is lying on the floor completely relaxed. Also try to take pictures of your dog’s paws or muzzle.


Of course you can also create great portraits of your dog without professional equipment and alone in familiar surroundings. If you follow a few tips, you will not only have a lot of fun taking pictures, but you will certainly be able to capture many multi-faceted snapshots of your dog! Have fun trying it out and great dog photos!