How to Take Great Pictures of Your Dog — in 1956

Watch this amazing Kodak primer on dog photography; not much has changed!

Michael Leaverton  |  Nov 18th 2014


With cameras now tucked into everyone’s pockets, never in history have we had more opportunities to take pictures of our pets. At Dogster and Catster, we don’t shy away from telling you how to do that:

In 1956, things weren’t that different: People were still telling you how to take pictures of your pet. Of course, the cameras weighed 55 pounds, required you to twist a crank to get them started, and could burn down the neighborhood if handled improperly. But still, people valued a quality photo of the family dog, a well-composed shot to place on the mantel to remind them of dear Fido, banned to the backyard for months at a time.

It was a different era.

The 1956 video below from Kodak on how to photograph your dog, however, shows the love. And some pretty good tips, which span the ages. We broke them down:

1. Distract the dog with a boy born in 1950

He should be well-behaved, thanks to Pop putting the fear of God in him on a nightly basis.

2. Use a favorite ball or bone

But don’t use your father’s special ball signed by Sandy Koufax because there will be hell to pay.

3. Use a simple background

Tip: Don’t imply mom’s flowered wallpaper is “simple,” unless you want to eat a boiled shoe tonight.

4. Distract the dog with a basket of kittens

You’ll find the kittens under your house, where that stray you’ve been ignoring for years is on her seventh litter.

5. Take many photos

Three should be sufficient, but if you hit the numbers this week, live a little and take four.

6. Always use Kodak film

Uh, about that …

Watch the commercial:

Once again: