Tip of the Day – Switch it up

Tip of the Day – Switch it up

Creating variety during a dog photography session is something many pet photographers struggle with. Just how many ways is it possible to capture the same subject at the same location, anyway?⠀

An easy method I like to use to create variety within the one location, is to switch to a different lens. Previously in this spot, I’d been shooting with my 70-200mm lens. To mix it up a bit and create some different looks, I switched to my 24-70mm lens.⠀

Instead of posed portraits with a narrow slice of background, shooting at a much wider focal length includes more of the surroundings, showing the little creek we were at, the rushes growing on the edge of the water and the surrounding bushland. ⠀

Shooting wide helps set the scene and tell the story.⠀

I also use the opportunity of shooting wide to work up close with the dog. For this shot, I was using Kentucky’s beloved ball to grab his attention, direct his gaze and reward him for his attention by throwing it after I had taken the shot. Turning the photography experience into a fun game for your doggy subjects is a surefire way to obtain expression and keep them interested in working for you!⠀

Canon EOS 1D X Mark II, Canon EF 24-70mm ƒ/2.8L II @ 26mm, ISO 800, 1/800 sec, ƒ/2.8

And here’s the behind the scenes shot.

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