Tip of the Day – Windy ears

Tip of the Day – Windy ears

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

In the final part of this theme we are focusing on Ella the Hungarian Vizsla, who was photographed for my book Tails of Brisbane. I just loved working with Ella – you can see more of this gorgeous girl on her account @ellathevizsla

This shot is a “puppy dog eyes” style but can you pick what makes it a bit different? It’s actually backlit, though very subtly. I was shooting in an open area with a screen of trees behind Ella, and the sun coming through from behind those trees. Ella’s face is totally in the shade which means no ugly bright spots, and she’s looking up to the clear blue sky which results in nice big catchlights. It was also a windy day so there’s some windy ear action going on as well!

All these elements (light, location and expression) combine to create a shot that’s just a little more exciting than your regular puppy dog eyes shot. Always try and find ways to make your images stand out!

Canon EOS 1D X, Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L, ISO 640, 1/1600 sec, f/1.8

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