How many textures do you see in the photo above? What jumps out to you?
There are many considerations when photographing dogs and cats of different coat textures and colors. Lighting is always a key element. How do certain types of light reflect on and off the coat of an individual dog or cat?
The fellow above was easy to photograph. He never moved. But let's look at two examples of very different-coated dogs below that used essentially the same background and lighting (except for minor adjustments). Can a single set up work for a number of different-coated dogs?
In the case of this very multi-colored pup below, I did switch the lighting and brightened her up. She was a mover, and decided that looking into the camera was not on her dance card. I also gave her some space, leaving a good distance between myself and the platform so she would not become too nervous. We were able to get this one still moment, and I think her coat textures and colors came through.
In the end, showcasing coat texture is a very individual thing. Not only to each dog, but to each photographer. How much or how little is up to the photographer's choice, and ultimately, up to the owner in the final photo selection.
This week's theme is "texture." To see more interpretations of the theme, start with Lynda Mowat from Heartstrings Photography, serving the Waikato and beyond, in New Zealand. Then work your way around the blog circle by finding the link at the bottom of each blog. I hope you have all the textures you like as part of your weekend! Enjoy!