Jack Liu runs UBC's hottest Instagram account. Although he doesn't want the account to become about him — he said it's just a way “to make someone's day a little better” — he's definitely a seasoned dogspotting vet. Here are some tips from the pro himself on how to get the best possible pics of pups, borks and big old boofers.
1. Go during the day
While night is ideal for stealth photography, “it's definitely better during daytime — just as long as there's enough light, it works,” said Liu.
2. Don't use a flash
Unlike humans, doggos can't brace properly for a bright flash, leading to some miserable expressions. Some dogs also get “laser eyes” from the reflection on their retinas.
The other reason is pretty simple: “I feel like dogs don't like the flash,” said Liu.
3. Be ready for action
You might only have a moment to capture a particularly rambunctious pupper. You don't want to lose points for blurriness.
“Sometimes there's a split second when they're still and you just have to tap on [the camera] a bunch of times,” said Liu.
4. Fake treats are magic...
Just pinch your fingers together like you're holding a delicious bit of sausage and position them on top of your camera.
“They just sit down and look up,” said Liu.
5. But real treats are even better
The other day, Liu was trying to take a picture of Jack, a 12-year-old deaf Collie mix. Jack may have trouble hearing, but his nose works just fine. Liu opened his jacket where he keeps his treats, and the dog spun around and looked up immediately.
Congratulations, you're now well-prepared to venture into the world of dogspotting. Please use your newfound powers for good.