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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 of a hyperactive jack russell


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, 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.

Using the owner in the dog photography images


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.

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