A teacher put an SLR camera in my hand for the first time in high school.
It was one of those “kid, ya got something” moments.
The same teacher taught me “SCUFI,” or “shoot closeup for impact.”
That’s become so important to me with dog photos, especially when I’m looking for that magic moment between you and your dog.
We’re tasked with fill the frame for this week’s edition of the worldwide pet photographers blog circle and SCUFI is a great way to do that.
Impact in dog photos
You know how much I love the landscapes where I live or have lived.
It’s my favorite way to fill the frame: dog plus beautiful Spokane landscapes.
Recently, I’ve started taking a cue from New Zealand dog photographer Craig Turner-Bullock, who does a masterful job of celebrating the landscape and beachscape of his area. He makes hand-free panorama images, which he calls Dogoramas, and they are just dreamy.
A video of his teaching made me grab my camera and go outside.
And I did it again with Desi at the lake last week.
But that’s just me getting distracted from talking about closeups! Squirrel!
I ended up lucky this week with the perfect puppy session to get close up, fill the frame with my subjects, and celebrate the bond between mama and dog.
Look at these two dolls:
Sevro, named for the character in Pierce Brown’s sci-fi trilogy Red Rising, is a 10-week-old pitbull-border collie mix. His mama, Brenda, is an old friend who helped us train Bella when she was just a puppy.
Brenda is a terrific dog trainer in Spokane, WA, and Bella’s inability to listen is so not her fault. (It’s a Maremma sheepdog thing.)
Sevro already sits, stays and walks on leash.
He is one of the most gentle, calm puppies I’ve ever met and I can clearly see how much he and Brenda already love each other.
These two needed so little direction.
All I had to do was say, “Brenda, pick up your puppy and love him.” They filled my frame with sweet, magical moments.
When she sat Sevro down for a stay, I zoomed right in with my 70-200, squeaked and meowed a few times, and this happened:
Wide angle to get super closeup
A long zoom is a great way to get closeup and take away any distractions in the background.
If you’ve been following along, you also know my penchant for super wide angles and how I get so closeup sometimes that I have to wipe puppy nose smears off my lens.
I just love the curious, goofy effect from filling the frame with puppy face.
All around the circle
I loved filling the frame and getting closeup with Sevro. It also gives me the opportunity to get lots and lots of kisses, drawing in magical puppy breath.
Now let’s see how the other photographers in the blog circle filled the frame in dog photos.
Click the link at the bottom of Shae’s post to get to the next post and so on. When you get back here to Sevro and his magical moments, you know you’re home.
Right where you belong.
If you’re ready to book a session for dog photos — closeup or panorama — head over to my contact page where you’ll find all the ways to get in touch.