Photographing black dogs is not easy.

  1. The camera wants everything to be gray, 18% gray to be more precise. So the black dog would be gray. BTW, it’s the same with snow, the camera wants the snow to be gray and not white and bright.
  2. Black dogs are black (duh!). Black is the lack of reflection of the light. But we need light with both shadows and highlights to define the body, without these it would be just a ‘black blob’.

There are a few solutions:

  1. My preference is to switch to a Black & White photo like this one.
  2. Increase contrast but then the shadows become really black and ‘photoshop here we come…’
  3. Change the point of focus of the photo by making the tongue the most important

This dog lost his left eye when he was young, before being adopted by his current family.

Photographing a Black Dog: Vancouver, BC

Photographing a Black Dog


Before (left) and after (right) as processed with Darktable 2.0.3

Before (left) and After (right)

Camera: Canon 7DMk2 ISO 1250 and 1/320s
Lens: Canon 70-200 f/4L IS @200mm and f/7.1 Focus: 12m
Processed with Darktable 2.0.3: