My Favorite Subjects
Everyone has their favorite subjects to photograph. For some it's nature, for others the cityscape. Our favorite photography subject says a lot about who we are as a person, what peaks our interest and what grabs our attention. Even diverse photographers will often have a consistent theme to their work throughout changing subject matter. When I look though my photographs over the past few years, I am struck by the amount of photos I have of my two favorite subjects: my two dogs! I am constantly trying to capture their lovely little personalities in my photographs. For every nice picture I have of them, I have ten that didn't work because they looked away or stopped doing the things they were doing as soon as I approached them with a camera. I've found a few tricks that helps me with my guys; here are a few:
- Try to take the photograph from your pet's point of view - instead of standing and angling your camera down at your pets, try and get on your hands and knees or even your belly.
- Take photographs using natural light. Their fur stays truer to their natural coloring, and you don't have to use a flash, which can upset some pets (my doggies don't like it).
- Stay positive and upbeat, give lots of praise and pets. If your pet is getting bored or frustrated give them a break - it's hard to capture their personality when they are not in a good mood.
- When possible, remove collars and leashes to get a pic of your pet au naturel. This only applies when you are in a securely fenced area and there is no chance of your pet getting loose. It is not worth the risk to your pet's well being to do so otherwise.
When I look as my photos of my dogs through the years, I can see the passage of time. I can see my little guy passing through his puppy stage, his scruffy adolescence with freakishly large paws and no grace to speak of. I see my little girl in all the silly sweaters and costumes I've made her wear. I see my house become a home, and us become a family.