Move in Close Versus Zoom from Afar for You Dog Photography - dummies

Move in Close Versus Zoom from Afar for You Dog Photography

By Kim Rodgers, Sarah Sypniewski

Instead of zooming in, set your camera lens to the widest focal length possible and move as close as you can to your dog. The wide-angle close-up creates a really cool image that makes viewers feel like they’re actually right in the middle of the photo.


24mm, 1/250 sec., f/2.8, 100

This image was taken inches away from Truffle’s face, which exaggerates her big, round, pug eyes. It’s a totally different perspective from simply zooming in from a distance. Most people think that wide angles are reserved for capturing vast, flowing landscapes, but experiment with shorter focal lengths and very close proximity — you won’t be disappointed!

Sometimes, dogs that are okay with the camera when it’s several feet away get scared when that distance shrinks to mere inches. To keep Truffle from bolting as you move in close, go slowly, repeat a “stay” (or “sit” or “down”) command, and treat along the way. Give the command, move a few inches, treat. Repeat the sequence until you reach your desired closeness.

If your compact digital camera has a macro mode, give it a try for achieving these wide-angle close-ups. In macro mode, you can focus on your subject at a much closer distance than in any other mode, making it ideal for close-ups and details.