Shoot a wet dog!
Get a pooch portrait with personality using this fun technique
Those of us with a dog and a Nikon can’t resist snapping up shots of our canine companions. But how many of us can say that we’ve really tried a full-on photo shoot with our furry friends? Well, with a little planning, a splash of water and a penchant for getting wet, you can transform that snap into a seriously refined and beautifully artistic shot. Albeit something of a silly-looking one.
Our friend Dorcas brought in her three-year-old cocker spaniel, Ruby, who was perfect for the shoot. She had boundless energy and floppy ears and jowls. But aside from the dog we also grabbed some Speedlights and stands, threw up a colourful backdrop and soaked Ruby in water. Then, after we applied some calculated camera settings, we fired the shutter to capture the action as she shook herself dry.
The high speed of the burst of flash freezes the action faster than shutter speed alone could, and our studio setting gives us a beautifully lit shot along with a clean and uncluttered backdrop. After we got some shots we were happy with, we turned to Photoshop to create a finished pet portrait that’s full of character.
It’s a dog’s life, for sure, but someone’s gotta live it…