How to photograph Shih-Poo

This is the ultimate guide on how to photograph dogs and Shih-Poo. 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 Shih-Poo. Perhaps he or she has a unique expression, or does something that is very significant for a Shih-Poo? 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 Shih-Poo that is running, it is easier to do that from the side than if the Shih-Poo 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 Shih-Poo with some sky, garden or trees in the background. That makes a better picture.

Best cameras for photographing Shih-Poo

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

Product name
Canon EOS M6 Mark II Canon EOS M6 Mark II
Released: 2019
Type: Mirrorless
Sensor: APS-C (1.6x)
Canon EOS M50 Mark II Canon EOS M50 Mark II
Released: 2020
Type: Mirrorless
Sensor: APS-C (1.6x)
Canon EOS 1D X Mark III Canon EOS 1D X Mark III
Released: 2020
Type: DSLR
Sensor: Full frame

Best lenses for photographing Shih-Poo

Here are some popular lenses that might suit your needs when photographing dogs and Shih-Poo. 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-S 17-55mm f/2,8 IS USM Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2,8 IS USM 2006
Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3,5-5,6 IS Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3,5-5,6 IS 2009
Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3,5-5,6 IS STM Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3,5-5,6 IS STM 2012

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 Shih-Poo? 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.



A Golden Retriever puppy is sitting in his food tray


A small Maltese puppy in the grass


A snowy St Bernard


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


A Bulldog is laying on the floor resting


Dachshund puppy


A Siberian Husky at the lake


Best friends looking out over the lake


A cute French Bulldog puppy is sitting on his pillow


A wet Golden Retriever puppy


A ten week old Golden Retriever puppy


A Labrador Retriever is getting a small snack


A Dalmatian with tongue on nose


A cute puppy with necklace


A Doberman with tongue hanging out