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A tip for photographing black dogs

Do you have a black dog?  If you do, I'm willing to bet you have more than a few pictures of him/her looking like a big black blob.  Am I right?

So I'm going to tell you a little secret about photographing black dogs... are you ready?

You need light.

Whether it's natural or artificial light, you need it to avoid the big-black-blob syndrome.

This is Jack.  He is black as black can be - not one strand of hair any color but black!  During his session, we stepped into the narrow side yard, and I immediately paused and fist-pumped because of the beautiful late afternoon sun streaming in over the fence.  So I had Jack face the light, and look how it lit up his eyes and black fur!

photographing black dogs

And now a bonus tip: a simple, non-black background will help your dog stand out.  In the image above, the brown wooden fence and greenery are a nice contrast to Jack's fur.

So next time your dog mysteriously turns into a black blob in your camera, look for ways to get more light on him/her.