Tip of the Day – Stack stimuli
I use various methods to get engaged expressions from my doggy subjects. Sometimes that’s yummy treats, sometimes it’s crazy noises (either from my mouth or from various noise-maker tools) and sometimes it’s just a matter of having the dog’s owner moving around behind you.
When just one of these things isn’t quite enough to get that full engaged, curious expression I strive for, I stack these methods for extra impact!
In this shot, I was shooting close up with a wide angle lens. I was holding treats directly over the lens, with Benji’s mum standing directly behind me. And just at the right moment, I made a little squeaky noise, to get this awesome expression and head tilt.
If just one stimulus doesn’t cut it, consider stacking them for awesome expression!
Canon EOS 1D X Mark II, Canon EF 24-70mm ƒ/2.8L II @ 24mm, ISO 640, 1/800 sec, ƒ/2.8
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