Tip of the Day – Let them explore
An often overlooked piece of the dog photography puzzle is providing an enjoyable experience for the dog. A nice way to ease into your photo session is to let your doggy subject explore the area first.
Not letting a dog have a really good sniff around first, is just like trying to photograph a person you have blindfolded and lead into a new environment. Not being able to see around them is very distracting and quite frustrating for them and will result in a less-than-cooperative subject!
The exact same reasoning applies to a dog in a new environment – not letting them sniff around is depriving them of a powerful means to interpret their environment – a dog’s sense of smell is it’s most powerful sense! Once they’ve explored the area and processed all the available information to help interpret their environment, they may just start responding better to your requests for their attention.
Canon EOS 1D X Mark II, Canon EF 70-200mm ƒ/2.8L IS II @ 200mm, ISO 320, 1/1000 sec, ƒ/2.8⠀
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