One composition technique often used by professional photographers is the use of leading lines.
Leading lines are elements in your image that draw the eye towards your subject, in this case your pet. These can be man made structures such as roads, fences, walls, bridges and benches. Look for these elements when you are out with your dog taking photos - you’ll find them everywhere.
In these two images below I used a wall and a line in a road as leading lines
In the images below, a fence and a bench provide the leading lines directing your eyes in the direction of the dogs.
Sometimes you may find leading lines in nature - flowers, rivers, shore lines - look for them and use them to your advantage as great ways of improving your dog photography.
In the images here flowers and rocks are the leading lines.
Sometimes these lines are subtle! In the first image I have indicated the leading lines with arrows. In the 2nd image, the flowers all point upwards towards little Stella, the cute Chihuahua-Pomeranian mix standing behind the flowers
Now you have an idea of what to look for, have fun with your camera and your pets and see what leading lines you can find in your neighbourhood!
If you live in and around the Greater Toronto area or South East Florida and are interested in professional dog photography, please feel free to contact me. I would love to hear more about your furry friends and discuss a photo shoot with you!
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