Dog Photography in Norwich
Dog photography is something very new to me and whilst I have photographed running, cycling and walking, photographing dogs is certainly a different kettle of fish.
I was asked to capture some images for an ecommerce website selling innovative dog harnesses. Little Jack, our furry model, was a lovely hyperactive Jack Russell that moved faster than a house fly and refused to sit still. Dog photography certainly gives Nikon’s autofocus systems a work out!
Dog Photography Style
The style we were going for were a set of professional looking images that could be used as headers and context images for his website, www.dogsandgarden.co.uk. I was certain that I wanted to get photographs that looked more interesting than the standard snap shot of a little dog in the park. I chose to bring the owners Gary and Karen into the frames as much as possible to show the communication between dog and owner.
Walking down a path to give Jack a run about I noticed a long perspective driven back ground that was aching for a portrait photograph. Putting a flash behind the owner and on hidden behind a tree camera left gave a nice dynamic light that made them jump out of the image. I shot the above image at 1/160, f4 iso 320 with the lovely Nikon 85mm f1.8.
The shoot was great fun and a real treat to explore photographing a new subject. Whilst I take a million and one photos of my two cats (pinterest….) capturing the love between a dog and it’s owner is really enjoyable.
Photo Technique – How to capture fast moving objects
The photo of jack running towards the camera was a tough one to get because he was so fast! In the end I manually focussed on a spot in his path that I knew he would run down and adopted the ‘Spray and Pray’ approach of firing off a load of frames. As it was, the first two were the sharpest. Shot at 1/1600 Sec and f5.6, it was lucky that there was a lot of ambient light meaning I could drop the iso down to just 450. This gave a nice shallow depth of field but kept what we wanted crisp and sharp.