Camera settings for dog photographers

This will be a hard one for me…the language barrier is high, but I will do my best to be understandable. If you have any questions, or find me impossible to understand, feel free to write a comment! I will google the terms in english, and I won’t give up until I get it right 🙂

So…you have an expensive SLR and you use it in…auto? You buy the possibility to fine-tune your images, and then think a machine will read your mind and choose the best settings for what you want? Let me tell you a secret…when it works it’s nice. But as soon as you want to do something a little bit out of the ordinary – fail. Because how is your camera supposed to know that you WANT the object in the background to be in focus, or you WANT the photo to be really dark and just a hint of light outlining the dog, or you WANT the dogs legs to be a little blurry to get the feel of speed?

It’s time to take control over your camera!


A good looking photo needs the right amount of light. Not too much – that makes the photo too bright and “overexposed”, not too little – that makes the photo too dark and “underexposed”.

To get the correct exposure there are three basic variables: shutter, aperture, and ISO.

I think of the camera as an eye.

The shutter is the eyelid. Most of the time the eyelid is closed, and then we open it to let light into the eye (camera), and close it again. The longer it stays open, the more light gets in. This is called “shutterspeed”.

The aperture is the pupil in the eye, the hole that lets in the light. It can be big or small. Big = much light gets in. Small = less light. Logical.

ISO is how good your nightvision is. High ISO = good nightvision and can see with less light. Low ISO = needs more light to see.

These three components are dependant on each other, and need to “match” to get a correct exposure in your photo (the right amount of light). Sounds complicated? We’ll do it one step at a time!

Just want to get some tips you can use with your compact och your phone?

Download this free PDF!

No settings, no hard stuff, just better photos in five steps!

I will walk you through shutter, aperture, ISO, and how to adjust the exposure to black dogs and white dogs to get them looking great.


Coming up: shutter speed! How do you freeze time?

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