Shoot a wet dog!

Get a pooch por­trait with per­son­al­ity us­ing this fun tech­nique

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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…

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