Archive for September, 2015
Today my puppy pal Bobby came to play and Deb took some pet photographs of us! Bobby is a Border Collie Dog and lives in Cumbria too, but he’s a bit younger than me and as you can see he has black, white and brown hair, (I think it’s called tri coloured) not red and white like me . We had a great time chasing each other around the garden. Sometimes we did high flying judo moves in mid air and sometimes we played hide and seek. I played a joke on Bobby and pretended I was dead just so that I could jump up and catch him! Deb laid down on the grass too I thought she wanted to play but she was doing her pet photography! It is a good idea to lie/kneel down to your dogs level and focus on their eyes using a fast shutter speed (or sports mode on your compact) to capture a good photos of them playing.
Speak Soon Woof! Woof! Maggie
Deb my mum is a pet photographer in Cumbria and we thought you might like to know how she composes pet photographs to make them interesting so that maybe you can try to take some creative photographs of your own pet.
Whilst capturing pet photography Deb usually places me or my face (the main focal point of the photograph) off centre to create an interesting composition. Imagine two vertical lines and two horizontal lines across your camera viewfinder when composing your shot and place your focal point where the lines cross, like this –
As you will notice Deb has placed my eyes were the lines intersect with my nose on the vertical line to create a pleasing composition.
Sometimes she uses landscape format placing the longest side of the photograph at the bottom of the frame, like this –
Sometimes she chooses portrait format by turning her camera so that the longest side of the image is vertical, just like this –
Experiment with both to see which works best for your pet portraits.
By capturing wide angle shots (standing back and setting her lens as wide as possible) Deb captures photographs of me with an interesting background to create a sense of space and set the scene. As I am a Red and White Border Collie Dog and I like to stalk sheep , so Deb captured a wide angle shot to show one of my behaviour traits. In Cumbria there are lovely landscape scenes which Deb uses as a backdrop for wide angle shots but you could practice this pet photography technique in your garden or local park.
Wide Angle Composition
She also captures close ups of me by zooming in and/or standing close when composing her photo to show finer details like my yellow eyes and red fur off well.
Close Up Composition
I hope you will enjoy trying out these pet photography composition techniques.
Have a look at some of Deb’s pet photo galleries https://debsdogphotos.wordpress.com/photo-galleries/
Speak Soon Woof! Woof ! Maggie