Tip of the Day – Switch to wide

Tip of the Day – Switch to wide

Here’s a tip for creating variety when photographing dogs with their owners.

If you’re finished taking a group shot with a long lens to capture natural interactions, ask them to stay where they are while you switch to a wide lens and get up closer.

While it’s nearly impossible to get everyone in the group in focus up close with a wide angle lens and a big aperture, embrace the shallow depth of field, focusing on just one group member, with the others in the background out of focus. Move around and do this with each group member in turn, to create a collection of alternative family portraits, great for extra shots for an album.

Canon EOS 1D X, Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II @ 44mm, ISO 500, 1/800 sec, f/2.8

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