While it may seem like the dogs I’ve photographed are all well-behaved with a good “stay” command, most of the times this is not the case. The worst probably being my own dog, Kobe. Although his charming smile makes for great photos, when presented with the opportunity to run free on the beach or park he will take it… EVERY TIME. So he is kept on a leash 99% of the time to save myself from embarrassment and frustration.
When photographing any dog, their safety is my top concern during a session. That is why using a leash is ideal as it allows me to position and keep them in a certain spot, while not having to worry if they will run off unexpectedly. The only time we take the leash off, is if I am shooting in an enclosed yard or if the owner is extremely confident in their dog’s recall command.
The downside to leashes is that it can be very distracting and an eyesore in photos. If you are looking to print a giant 30×40 canvas for your living room or fill an album with photos, the last thing you want is their leash and background clutter taking the focus off your pet. Photoshop allows me to remove leashes and other unwanted objects in post-processing so that you can’t even tell it was there to begin with.
Here of some examples of photos I’ve taken straight out of the camera and the final image after Photoshop cleanups:
I spend a good amount of time editing each session to get the very best out of each photo. Because cameras don’t capture a picture exactly how we see it with our eyes (even with correct exposure), some post-processing is required for correction. The end result are beautiful photos you can enjoy for years to come!