Tip of the Day – Space out your subjects

Tip of the Day – Space out your subjects

Silhouettes are one of my favourite ways to incorporate owners into the session, without placing too much pressure on them. I like to explain to them that silhouettes will only show their outline – they’ll be completely black in the image – so this takes the pressure off them somewhat as many people hate being in front of the camera as they feel pressured to smile or look a certain way!

With silhouettes, ensure the owners and dogs are not standing in front of each other. Space them out so that clear sky can be seen all around their outlines. Also try to position the dogs so they are side-on to the camera and looking to the side as well, so their side profiles can be seen rather than just a head blob with ears!

It should be possible to pick the breeds of these two dogs, without even seeing their colours or features. What do you think their breeds are?

Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L @ 155mm, ISO 400, 1/800 sec, f/2.8

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