Tip of the Day – Keep faces close
For posed portraits (which people do sometimes request), if you are working with dogs of different sizes, try to bring the larger dog down to the smaller dog’s level, and bring any people in the shot down as well. Keeping faces close together will give the image cohesion and create a connection – essential if everyone is looking at the camera instead of at each other.
Long lenses are your friend here as they isolate your group against the background. Increasing the depth of field slightly helps keep everyone in focus. Always face your subjects out into the light source, which if you are shooting in the shade or with backlight, is a wide open sky – sometimes it’s easier to remember to face them OUT from “sources of shade” – which in this case is the forest behind.
The crazy noises you’ll be making to get the dog’s attention often have the side effect of making the owner smile and laugh as well, which gives much more genuine expressions.
Canon EOS 1D X, Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L @ 160mm, ISO 2000, 1/500 sec, f/4
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