Tip of the Day – Line of sight

Tip of the Day – Line of sight

Have you ever tried to photograph a dog who would much rather look at anything and everything except you? Or perhaps they concentrate sometimes, but only when there are zero other distractions around?⠀

Niku falls into the second category. I did manage to get focus from her with noises and treats, just as long as there were no birds, other dogs or people doing interesting-looking things in the nearby vicinity! When you’re shooting in public areas, it can be hard to minimise those common distractions.⠀

The good news is, you can turn these situation around, take control, and use the distractions to your advantage!⠀

As you’ll see with Niku in the shooting tutorial of Episode 6, instead of trying to get her attention back to me, I instead intercepted her line of sight to create the illusion of eye contact. This technique works SO well, especially when the dog is looking at something a distance away, and is very fixated on it, and you can use a telephoto lens.⠀

This shot was taken using this exact technique!⠀

Canon EOS 1D X Mark II, Canon EF 70-200mm ƒ/2.8L IS II @ 85mm, ISO 320, 1/1000 sec, ƒ/2.8⠀

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