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Category : Beginner Dog Photo Tips

15 Jul 2019

What is the best camera for students? (2019)

I have been pointing my pet photography students to this entry level camera line since 2012 with great results. Even the oldest cameras in that line are super cheap…

13 Apr 2019
Action shot photo of a cute American Bulldog Terrier running along the Baltimore Inner Harbor at the Canton Waterfront Park. This photo was captured by the professional dog photographers at the Puptrait Studio in Hampden and is featured in a tutorial teaching aspiring pet photographers how to photograph running dogs like a pro.

How to Photograph a Running Dog

Photographing a running dog isn’t a simple task. In fact, taking great pictures of running dogs consistently can be down right difficult — as it requires a photographer to understand dog behaviors, how to use artificial light sources / light modifiers, how their camera functions in extreme conditions, and how to frame less than optimal scenes. But with proper understanding of the hurdles specific to these pet action shots and equipped with a few simple techniques on how to best […]

09 Mar 2019
A photo of a St. Patrick's Day dog costume. Bully puppy photo of a cute American Pit Bull dog celebrating St. Paddy's Day wearing a green derby / bowler cap and green dog collar in celebration of Ireland.

Dog Lover’s Guide to St. Paddy’s Day 2019

Sláinte! It’s March and you know what that means – St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner! St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated annually on March 17th. In 2019 the date falls on a Sunday. This is the last year until 2024 that St. Patrick’s day will be officially observed on a weekend date. What is St. Patrick’s Day? Saint Patrick’s Day, also colloquially known as St. Paddy’s day or in Irish as Lá Fhéile Pádraig (“the Day of Festival […]

17 Feb 2019
Collection of contemporary dog portrait art from the Paper Hat sessions

Dog Portrait Styles We Love to Photograph

Creative Pet Portrait Styles At the Puptrait Studio we tend to lean towards creating more ridiculous and whimsical imagery. When photographing more creative and surreal work, it’s just easier to work in studio. Unsurprisingly, the vast majority of our dog portrait commissions are for studio pet portraits. But that is not to say we can’t produce more conservative or traditional work. Puptrait photographers are artists at heart While commercial assignments aren’t uncommon for our studio, they’re not what we’re best known […]

15 Feb 2019
ready to hang dog art mounted on dibond

Styles of Dog Portraits

What is the best pet portrait? Ask a dozen dog owners their favorite style of dog portrait and you’re likely to get a dozen different answers back. Pet portraits can be created in a variety of different formats and mediums. Dog portraits can be painted, drawn, photographed – even created as rendered computer graphics (CG). Just as the medium for pet portraits vary, so too can the style. There are a lot of reasons to commission a custom portrait of […]

14 Feb 2019

How do I get my dog to sit for photos?

A lot of dog owners struggle to take pictures of their own dog. A fact we’re thankful for, as no one would hire us to take professional dog photos if it was easy. But you don’t have to be a professional pet photographer to start taking better pictures of your dog. For today’s dog photo tip we’re not going to discuss the technical aspects of photography, such as camera gear or lighting. Instead, we are going to focus on the […]

13 Feb 2019

Does Flash Hurt Dogs Eyes?

One of the biggest misconceptions when photographing dogs is that you should avoid flash photography. We’re here to tell you that despite what you may read on the internet that this myth is simply not true. It is OK to use flash when photographing dogs. We’ve photographed hundreds of dogs and have cleared these topics with veterinary professionals on numerous occasions. How to safely photograph dogs with flash is a topic that we have already covered in extensive detail on […]

11 Feb 2019
28 Jan 2019
Creative dog portrait costs and sitting fees are now more affordable than ever for Washington D.C. and Baltimore dog owners. The Puptrait Studio is a dog friendly pet portrait studio located in the heart of Hampden.

What internal part of the camera allows images to be viewed prior to capture?

Jake is photographing his pet puppy. He wants to preview the image the camera will capture. What part of the camera that is inside the camera will allow him to do this? Aperture Sensor Eyepiece Internal Prism The correct answer is: Internal Prism. The only reason I’m answering this here is because we noticed that people were hitting our website looking for it and the other options posted on the web were super wrong. And to be frank, as someone […]

22 Jan 2019
Fun sideways photo of a white American bully puppy wearing a cute blue and red crown made from upcycled newspaper.

Best Cameras & Lenses for Pet Portrait Photography (Updated 2019)

Pet photography gear guide from the pet portrait pros. Discussing basic camera bodies and lenses (and when to use them), and specific gear recommendations from master pet photographer and Puptrait Studio founder, J.B. Shepard. It has never been easier or more affordable to get serious about learning pet photography. But choosing what gear to get started with can be quite daunting. To help we’ve put together a quick walkthrough equipment guide for aspiring pet photographers. In this article we will […]