The same way people portraiture requires imagination and inspiration to create something different, so does dog photography. Have you tried photographing dogs but wished you could have added something to make them stand out more? Phil Harris has created a short video to give you 10 quick and easy tips and tricks to achieve that.
In the video above, Harris demonstrates several easy and affordable hacks that you can implement not only in photographing dogs, but also in any other kind of social photography. When you're not shooting in a studio, where all the lights are perfectly set up, it's always handy to be aware of different things you can bring with you to add something unique to your images by using easily available materials and tools.
A simple idea Harris demonstrates, that I hadn't thought of before, is to use your phone light to add a small and unobtrusive light source, which, if used correctly, will bring out dog's features without taking away the beauty of natural light. Not everyone has the access to a full studio lighting setup, so it's good to have a few tricks up your sleeve when you're shooting on a location and don't want to alarm the dog with overwhelming pieces of equipment.
Harri's dog is a perfect model who stays still and calm throughout the demonstration, so perhaps that's the next tutorial waiting to be done! We all know that while our furry best friends might be adorable and photogenic, more often than not they will be more interested in playing with us than sitting around and waiting for their picture to be taken.
Have you ever given dog photography a go?