Tip of the Day – Expression is king

Tip of the Day – Expression is king

I simply cannot emphasise the need for capturing expression enough, when photographing dogs.

Expression makes all the difference between taking a picture of a dog – and creating that dog’s portrait.

Expression is what draws you into the image, allowing you to make that all-important connection. Expression gives you an insight into their personality and makes you want to get to know them, find out what makes them tick or just give them a cuddle! Expression generates emotion and tells a story.

Without expression, your image of a dog is just that. A picture of a dog.

Eye contact is not essential for capturing expression – but it definitely plays a large part in helping create it – especially when shooting with a wide angle lens close to the dog. Would this image have the same impact, if Niku was not looking directly into the lens of the camera?

Of course expression can be created in other ways too – body language, line of sight, composition, interaction – but eye contact? It’s my books, it’s the #1 way to create that all-important expression in your dog photography.⠀⠀

Canon EOS 1D X Mark II, Canon EF 35mm ƒ/1.4L II, ISO 160, 1/1000 sec, ƒ/2⠀

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