Skip to Content

44*365: Photographing Dog Shows

Share with fellow dog lovers!

Since the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show is on television Monday and Tuesday, I thought today I’d post a tip about photographing dog shows. We’ve never been to a national dog show (these were taken at the huge dog show in Houston) but whether you’re using these tips to take photos at a local or national dog show or at an adoption event at your local mall, the use is the same.

Most of all, you’ll want to make sure your camera is shooting fast enough so that you do NOT need to use your flash.

If your flash shoots automatically, be sure that you turn it off. Not only is it distracting to the dogs but it will also result in flat photos.

That means speeding up your shutter speed. If you have a DSLR, you’ll be able to adjust that shutter speed but even if you’re using a point and shoot or your cell phone, you’ve got some options. Set your camera on the “Sports” setting for a fast shutter speed and often continuous focusing.

If you’ve photographed a dog show, whether a formal show or a fun indoor adoption event, share your tips and your photos below! Just click the + link to add your photo to your comments!

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Kirby the Dorkie

Sunday 19th of February 2012

I just got my new camera a few days before Kirby had to compete in his first rally trial so I realized AFTER the event that I need to work on faster shutter speed.  The shots of the dogs moving didn't come out as clear as I would have liked.  :(

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.