DOG SHOTS pet photo workshop

Need help with black dogs?


We all know that black dogs are hard to find homes for — mostly because it’s hard to get good photographs. We want to show their happy, playful sides but many times all we get are the dark blurry blobs with glowing red or green eyes.  No wonder we can’t find them homes!

Here’s an example of a black lab mix that we photographed a couple of years ago.  We know that black dogs need more light.  If you’re using a reflector (and I strongly suggest that you do!)  be sure you are using the SILVER side, not the white side.  And try putting the reflector directly between you and the dog.  So you’re bouncing light right in to the dogs face.  Don’t blind them with reflected sun, do this in the shade on a bright day.  Another trick is to put them on a reflective surface like a light gray concrete sidewalk, like Annie is on.  Or if you’re indoors, a light colored floor.

Now TURN OFF the flash.  If you’re using your manual settings (and you should!) raise the ISO until you can use a fast shutter speed.  I often sit on the ground and sit behind the reflector. I use a flexible round silver reflector about 40″ wide, like this one. And I rest my hands with the camera on the top, (obviously) pointed at the dog.

If the dog is nervous because of the big silver disc in front of him, give him lots of treats and try not to move it around too much.  I’ve even laid it on the ground and let them eat treats right off the reflector, so they know not to be afraid of it.  Wait until your dog is in position, take a test shot so you know the light is just right, then make a crazy noise to get his attention and SNAP! you’ve got a winner.   Remember, FRIENDLY is the key word. Incorporate a toy, a bright colored bandana, or pretty collar to make her look like a member of the family.

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Need more help with your photography?  We’ve got classes coming up!  Saturday, March 12 at our studio in Dallas we have our DOG SHOTS class.  One day only with live models and lots of hands on shooting. We’ll walk you through how and why to use the manual settings on your DSLR and even help you with dog body language and composition.  We’ll be shooting outdoors and indoors using natural light.  The class is $395 and includes your lunch.  Call the studio if you’d like to sign up – 972-250-2415.

black lab photograph

Dog Shots Workshop September 13th!


Sunday, September 13th we’re planning our popular beginner workshop: DOG SHOTS at the Teresa Berg Photography studio in Dallas. If you’ve got a DSLR and you need some help with composition, lighting and managing those four-legged models, this is a great place to start.  Many of our attendees are doing photography for shelters and rescue groups but not getting the results they want.  Some are thinking of opening their own business some day and are just “testing the waters” and some are just pet lovers who are tired of struggling with their cameras. If any of these describes YOU, then join us in Dallas, September 13th. It’s very “hands on” –you will use YOUR equipment and work through beautiful shots with live models, step by step. And meet other people who love it as much as you do! The class is $295, and we only take 10 people, so when it’s full, it’s full. Call the studio to sign up:  972-250-2415. Credit cards or paypal cheerfully accepted.

pet photography workshop