Photograph black dogs in full sunlight
Otherwise you can overexpose the image as their coats often confuse the camera meter.
Practise retrieving shots with a dummy
Throwing a dummy is often a good way to get lots of opportunities of your gundog running. I prefer to shoot them with nothing in their mouth as I don’t find dummies that attractive in pictures however, once you have mastered photographing the dog retrieving, move onto a real dead bird which is a lot more photogenic.
Mark Lord, Mark Lord Photography + The Sporting Picture
Long retrieves are your friend
When you send dog for a retrieve, make it a long one to give you more time to get the shot! By knowing your dog, you’ll have a good idea of the line it’s likely to take. Then you can set up and get the shot you want, as even be ready to receive the dummy or bird when they get back to you.
Make silly noises
If you are taking portrait shots you want your dog to look at you in that interested, ears pricked sort of way. This might involve making some really stupid noises but your dog won’t mind and it will help you get their attention to get that shot!
Becky Harding, Hound & About Photography
Use aperture control to control depth of field and separate the subject from the surroundings.
This gives your image real impact as it concentrates on the substance of your photo and eliminates distractions. Set your camera to Aperture mode and use a small number, say f4 or less if your lens allows. Try to use a telephoto lens and make sure you focus sharply on your subject. The resulting image should show your gundogs in sharp relief against a softly blurred background.
Try out your phone camera
Your phone is quite capable of producing good images. However, because it’s not often possible to change the settings and the lens covers a large area, you must get close enough for your dog to fill the frame. Focus on the dog’s face, or better still, the eyes by tapping on the screen if you can. Chose a nice contrasting background and aim so your dog is a little off centre.
Nick Anderson, Nick Anderson Photographic