Useful Photography Tip #65: The Secret to Get a Dog to Look At Your Camera

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Fujifilm x pro 1 atlantic ave test (12 of 13)ISO 400

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A lot of us have dogs, and we all love our pups–but capturing their gaze is extremely tough sometimes. Chances are that if you point the camera at them, they’ll look away. The answer to fixing the problem is very simple. Think about this for a second: What do dogs love?

Balls to play with? You attention? Oh we know: food!

The way to get a dog to look at your camera to is stand back a bit with a very dominating posture and body language. Then bring out the camera, look through, then put a doggy treat right on top of the lens. The dog will look at the treat and do nearly whatever you want it to–just as long as it gets the treat.

To speed things up, try choosing a focusing point beforehand and composing a scene in your head. Then place the point over the dog’s eye and shoot. Be fast though, because some dogs are more anxious than others. For even better results, get down low and on their level.