How to photograph Pug

This is the ultimate guide on how to photograph dogs and Pug. As always, when taking pictures of animals there are things to think about and below you will also find both camera and lens recommendations.

Try to really capture the personality of your Pug. Perhaps he or she has a unique expression, or does something that is very significant for a Pug? When it comes to cameras and lenses you can pretty much go with any kind of camera gear, but with a normal zoom lens you will never be wrong. If you want to capture the dog in action, for example running, this can demand a bit of your camera and lens in order for the autofocus to maintain the sharp and crisp details, in the eyes etc. When photographing a Pug that is running, it is easier to do that from the side than if the Pug is running towards you. The autofocus has an easier time following an object that is moving sideways than straight towards you.

Another tip while photographing dogs in general is to get down on their level, on ground level that is. If you are standing up and shooting your pictures downwards you might end up with a lot of lawn or floor in the picture. If you can get a bit dirty, try to lay down on your lawn and capture your Pug with some sky, garden or trees in the background. That makes a better picture.

Best cameras for photographing Pug

Perhaps you already have a camera but here are some popular camera alternatives that might be suitable for photographing dogs and Pug.

Product name
Nikon D5 Nikon D5
Released: 2016
Type: DSLR
Sensor: Full frame
Canon EOS Rebel T7i Canon EOS Rebel T7i
Released: 2017
Type: DSLR
Sensor: APS-C (1.6x)
Canon EOS Kiss M2 Canon EOS Kiss M2
Released: 2020
Type: Mirrorless
Sensor: APS-C (1.6x)

Best lenses for photographing Pug

Here are some popular lenses that might suit your needs when photographing dogs and Pug. You can also view all of our lenses or start by selecting your camera and then see which lenses that are compatible.

Product name Release date
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2,8 L II USM Canon EF 24-70mm f/2,8 L II USM 2012
Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3,5-5,6 IS II Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3,5-5,6 IS II 2011
Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3,5-5,6 IS USM Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3,5-5,6 IS USM 2009

Images of other dogs

Here are a few images of dogs that might inspire you. Perhaps these can give you ideas on how to best photograph your Pug? Click on the image you want to know more about. Each image has information with which camera and lens they were shot and with which settings.



Best friends looking out over the lake


A wet Golden Retriever puppy


A Doberman with tongue hanging out


A Golden Retriever puppy is sitting in his food tray


A ten week old Golden Retriever puppy


A Labrador Retriever is getting a small snack


A Bulldog is laying on the floor resting


A Siberian Husky at the lake


A Pembrok Welsh Corgi is running on the railroad tracks while it is raining


Dachshund puppy


A snowy St Bernard


A cute puppy with necklace


A Weimaraner looking up at the camera


A small Maltese puppy in the grass


Two rottweiler puppys behind a wooden fence