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Best Dog Photography Lens

Best Lens For Dog Photography

Best Dog Photography Lens

I’ve been shooting dogs for years and have learned a thing or two that I thought would be helpful to share with others who want to take snazzy photographs of their pets.  Separating the snapshot from the artwork is obvious to most but we often do not know why we like certain images over others. If you look at images from a technical standpoint as discussed in a future blog, you can see it plain as day. And lens selection is one of the key elements that shapes a concept into art. Here are a few general tips to check out and see if they are right for you:

Best Lens For Dog Photography + Pet Photography

  1. Wide Angle Lenses (16-28mm-ish): Generally great for architectural shots where you want a lot in focus.  I find this lens works when I am trying to incorporate a building or wide scenery as part of the shot.  However, I see dog photography more as portraits and the wide angle lens is a nice supplemental item in your bag.
  2. Telephoto Lenses (100-300mm – ish): Use a pro lens here as the compression that is created from these blows out the background and you get that beautiful bokeh that many people love.  However, with pet photography, you are too far away from the animal.  This is a great lens for shooting humans or objects that “stay” but animals want to know what you are doing and they creep up on you.
  3. Prime Lenses (50mm, 85mm):  This is my sweetspot. They do not focus on you as a prime lens lacks the zoom.  Your feet are the zoom.  I find a 50mm 1.2 lens is the best choice for pet photography as it is the right length for portraiture, proportions are nice, you can use a 1.2 or 1.4 lens in very low lighting conditions, and you get that bokeh and soft light around sunrise and sunset.

More to come on lighting, what time of day to shoot, and technical elements that help turn photographs into artwork.  Cheers!