Tip of the Day – Get down to their level

Tip of the Day – Get down to their level

Getting down to the level of the dog applies when both photographing them, as well as being photographing with them, especially when the subject is a little dog and even more importantly, when it’s an elderly or injured dog that doesn’t enjoy being picked up.

This was the case with Jake the 17 year old Jack Russell here. Lucky, his parents were cool with lying on their bellies to shuffle up either side of the little guy. I often just ask people to look at their dog while I am photographing them, even if they’ve specifically asked for “posed portraits” as this often encourages more interaction and natural expressions.

When photographing two subjects or more, it also helps to increase the depth of field a little, or take multiple images focusing on different group members to allow for head swaps later. No head swaps required here though.

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Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L @ 70mm, ISO 800, 1/500 sec, f/4.5

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