Tip of the Day – Recalling action

Tip of the Day – Recalling action

Image 1 of 5 of Dutchie’s Session in the series Creating Variety in Your Dog Photography Sessions

Welcome to the first post for Dutchie’s session! Dutchie the Cavoodle was just 4 months old at the time of our session but her mum had done heaps of training with her already – though I still found it a little tricky working with her as as since her mum is Belgian, she was taught all her commands in Dutch!

The easiest way by far to get the dog running towards you for an action shot like this is to have the owner put the dog in a “stay” at a distance, then walk to where you are, crouching down next to you before giving the recall command. Ideally, they should run straight towards you, though it doesn’t always pan out that way! Despite her age, I was lucky enough with Dutch that her stay and recall were awesome, so this is the technique I used for this shot.

Some other ways you can get the dog running towards you is to get the owner to throw a ball or other toy directly at you, or if the dog has a good retrieval, throw a toy and photograph them as they are running back with it in their mouth. If you have two owners, you can have one person hold the dog at a distance and the person (who the dog responds to best) next to you. The person holding the dog lets them go and runs sideways out of the shot, and the dog hopefully runs towards the other person and your waiting camera.

There’s usually always ways to achieve what you want, it’s just a matter of working to the dog’s strengths and being creative with your handling techniques. And patience, lots of patience!

Canon EOS 1D X, Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II @ 190mm, ISO 320, 1/2000 sec, f/4.5⠀⠀

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