15 Gorgeous Dog Photos (And How They Were Taken)

With the world’s greatest dog show, Crufts, kicking off in the UK today, I thought I’d put together a collection of fantastic dog photos – including some information on how they were taken, and why I think they’re great. Enjoy!

brown puppy cute eyes dog

By Brian Hathcock

I love the fantastically-sharp focus on the eyes in this pic, and the shallow depth of field, making everything but the head blurry (by using a wide aperture of f/2.5). Taken with a Nikon D70

running puppy golden
‘My Little Dog’

By -=RoBeE=-

I love the low viewpoint, and this little cutie is caught mid-run by using a fast shutter speed of 1/4000 sec. The background is also nicely blurred, keeping our focus on the dog, by using a wide aperture of f/2.8 and a long focal length of 150mm. Taken with a Canon 40D. A lovely shot indeed!

puppy portrait

‘Chicca’s Nostalgia’

By Krisdecurtis

Beautiful soft light, gorgeous catch-lights in the eyes – and the full frame filled with that beautiful face. A great doggie portrait.

Dobermann lieing down
‘I’m Not Afraid Of A Dobermann (1)’

By wYnand!

We get a totally different perspective with the use of a 10.5mm fisheye lens – those paws look huge! An aperture of f/8 keeps all of the dog in focus – and what a gorgeous dog it is! Shot with a Nikon D70

dog great expression of surprise during play fight

By Xanboozled

Just the most amazing expression caught on this dog’s face, I love it! Keeping the camera down low so it’s on the same level as the dogs, and a quick shutter speed to catch those chomping jaws – brilliant shot!

jumping dog on beach
‘My Dog Can Fly’

By J. Star

Perhaps the best dog jump ever! A wide 10mm lens makes sure we see lots of the lovely surroundings, and fast shutter speed of 1/500 sec freezes that joyous jump! Taken with a Nikon D50.

Dog in low light in front of building
‘Es Tu Pais’


By Rodrigo Basaure

A combination of a night scene, street photography and a beautiful dog – you know you’re on to a winner with that combination! I love the light, low viewpoint, and – of course – that playful dog!

beautiful dog eyes portrait
‘Look Into My Eyes’

By ~Darin~

What sharp focus on the eyes! A great contrast of light and dark, and the 55mm focal length getting in nice and close to this gorgeous dog. Taken with the Canon Rebel XT

cute dog portrait close up with compact=
‘Wilbur’s Got Guard Duty’

By Mommamia

This photo was taken with a Canon Powershot A610 compact camera – just shows you that you don’t need an expensive DSLR to take an awesome photograph! Again, getting down low so the camera’s on eye level with the subject, and good focus on those lovely eyes – great shot.

dog running in snow
‘Leo Running’

By Leo-Avalon

The billowing fur, caught beautifully mid-run, coming towards camera…it’s almost a doggy Baywatch shot! Absolutely gorgeous. A fast shutter speed of 1/2000 sec was used to freeze the action, and a long focal length of 150mm means we get in tight. It’s also a good example of breaking the ‘rule of thirds’ to good effect – the dog right in the center of the shot brings a lovely symmetry to the whole scene. Taken with a Nikon D70

dog waiting for owner in lovely light
‘He Waits’

By It’sGreg

What fantastic light – creating a great sense of depth and emotion in this photo. The black and white adds to the almost melencholy mood as well – a lovely shot.

sunset dogs
‘The Sun Sets’

By The Pack

The best dog silhouette photo ever! The technical photo aspects aren’t available, but they’re not needed¬† – this photo works purely because of the fantastic use of light and composition. Brilliant.

dog from below on stairs

By Vaughan

Another example of a compact camera taking a beautiful shot – this time a Canon Powershot S230. I think the key to the success of this shot is the ultra-low perspective – it’s just such a different viewpoint to the norm, as we normally look down on dogs, rather than from underneath! It’s also beautifully composed within the ‘rule of thirds’, and has an overall lovely light feel to it. Gorgeous.

dog reflection
‘a MAn anD a DOg’

By 27147

A truly beautiful shot! The shallow depth-of-field is obtained by using a wide aperture of f/1.2, meaning our eyes are drawn to the sharp dog and its reflection. Great textures and composition, too. Shot with a Canon 1DS Mark III.

dog shaking with slow shutter speed
‘Etter Badet’

By Randihausken

By using a relatively slow shutter speed of 1/30 sec, this shot has so much suggested motion! If a really quick shutter speed of around 1/1000 sec had been used, then we wouldn’t have the blurry motion at all, and the photo would therefore be a totally different shot. The black and white keeps us focused on the action, and there is ‘room’ in the shot for the water to fly into. A great photograph – taken with a Sony A100


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  1. This is a great post–all these pics are excellent! Thanks for sharing :)

  2. And thank you for taking such a brilliant pic – your dog sure can fly!

  3. Beautiful. Enjoyed this post.

  4. claris /

    awesome pictures! i really enjoyed ur posts and learn a lot from here as a beginner..keep it up with the good works!

  5. Thanks, Claris, will do :)

  6. Amazing Shots !!
    Here are 2 dog images I had taken earlier, I hope you can give some suggestions for the further improvement :)

    Link 1 :

    Link 2 :

  7. They’re both beautiful, especially the second one – that’s a fantastic shot! So sharp, and great composition. I’ve posted a link to it on our Facbeook wall :)

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