Tip of the Day – Have an outcome in mind
A great way of keeping things fun and interesting when photographing your own dog is to decide on a personal project and aim towards achieving something tangible with the photos you’ve taken. Perhaps you could create a 12 month calendar from the best shots you’ve taken this year? How about a photo book divided into chapters showcasing all the cool places you’ve visited together?
Like the mechanic whose car desperately needs a service, or the builder whose house gutters need replacing, we photographers have a habit of neglecting the things closest to us in favour of activities that will earn us a living or directly result in work. Photographing your own dog for the purposes of a project will bring the focus back to yourself and the things that are important in your life.
Don’t let your time with your own dog suffer at the expense of photographing other people’s. You’ll thank yourself for it later. And if you have a challenging pup, persevere until you find the key, you’ll be surprised at what your own dog can teach you!
Sometimes it’s case of training yourself, not just your dog.
This is one of my favourite photos taken in 2017 of Fletcher and Opal together. Along with some a collection of other shots I’ve taken of them together, it’s going into a personal 2018 calendar for our house!
Canon EOS 1D X, Canon EF 70-200mm ƒ/2.8L IS II @ 95mm, ISO 200, 1/800 sec, ƒ/2.8
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