Tip of the Day – Complimentary backgrounds

Tip of the Day – Complimentary backgrounds

Image 2 of 5 of Billy’s Session in the series Creating Variety in Your Dog Photography Sessions

The seaside headland where I was shooting Billy’s session has some really cool rocky features – pink and red and rose coloured rocks – and grainy yellow coral sand. I thought these colours in the background would work really well to offset Billy’s black fur, so I switched to my 35mm lens and set it to f/1.8 for a super shallow depth of field, to help blur the background details.

Billy loves his tennis ball, so I grabbed it and used it to help focus his attention towards the camera, with the wide open sky behind me to help create big catchlights in his dark eyes. I made sure I rewarded his attention by throwing the ball frequently – always remember to pay your models!

Canon EOS 1D X, Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L, ISO 500, 1/1250 sec, f/1.8

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