What does Dog and Car Photography have in common? Nothing. Incorrect - Keep to find what car and dog photography has in common.
Both high-luxury photography
A Skoda Fabia is a great value car but isn't as desirable as a Lamborghini Aventador SV J. The same goes for photography.
Whether you're photographing a bottle for Amazon or shooting a designer handbag design for a marketing campaign - photography's got many levels.
When I'm photographing a dog, I want to photograph it where it's most comfortable, whether that's the owner's house or on a walk. Indeed!
Though I prefer photographing cars outside, I still shoot cars inside. Less with the pandemic. Still, people put a lot of love into their pets and cars - so, I've got to take excellent pictures.
After taking the pictures, I send the images to the owner to share with their friends. They might request a print of their dogs and cars.
You have to shoot low
Photographing a car from an eye level produces mediocre photos. That goes for dogs too! Usually, If you stand and have the dog facing the camera. It looks like a dog rescue picture.
Things change when you photograph dogs from a low angle. Do they? Yes - Though certain dogs might find you crouching low unnerving and camera shutter surprising, you can reward the pet with treats.
Though cars aren't sentient, you make the cars appear more prominent than when your level with the headlight/taillight. Compared to when you're standing up. The same goes for photographing dogs.
You create interesting stories
Have you got any exciting photography stories? Nah. That's alright - whether you do any arts, you can craft many exciting stories from visual to audio.
Whether I'm arranging various dog prints, I've shot at the fields or my time photographing at a car meet. You can highlight your favourite parts through photos.
With the advent of social media, photographs brought to the forefront of the internet. True. Most pet photos and car picture are average. You can stand out from the crowd with quality themed car and dog pictures.
It's a creative genre
Do you love some creative flair? Yeah. Same here - Whether I'm photographing a Golden Retriever in the garden, shooting a car at a dealership on a rainy day.
Though, time and weather conditions limit me. They give me focus. Whether; I can frame the Cyprus Wirehaired Pointer to give the subject some swag on a walk. To make the car's paintwork POP!
Lightroom Classic and Photoshop extend my toolbox to add my metaphorical signature.
It's a great conversation starter
How do you start a conversation? Talking. That's too obvious - Still, I love to talk about the weather and how the person's day is going.
Once I get to know the person, I query about their breed of dog. Or, ask the owner what cars they own and their favourite aspect of their vehicle.
I find it very engaging to have an enthusiastic conversation with the dog or car owner. Maybe both, then they get to learn something new, and we build rapport. Win-win!.
What does car and dog photography have in common? Surprisingly a lot. From technique, storytelling and a conversation starter. More than you realise.
Though, I've got my favourite to least favourite dog breeds. That goes for cars too; Whether I'm praising Golden Retriever's friendliness questioning the popularity of SUV's.
Do you prefer dog or car photography? Let me know in the comments below and share my video on your social media channels if you've found it helpful.
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