3 photography tips for a richer blog story

4 years ago

Here's the story, followed by the tips below.

Newsflash: A re-homed local mongrel dog has been caught on camera abandoning her pre-loved toy bear. Donna the local mongrel refused to share her bed with the teddy bear, so much so that she was willing to give up the bed to the bear.

When asked why she thought the bear too repulsive to be near, Donna replied that she couldn’t sleep with the bear there and the human clicking away on her phone camera on the other end. The human cannot be reached for comment. 

Not only Donna is rehomed in our flat. Most of Donna's toys including this bear are pre-loved too.

When we first took Donna home, she did not tear up her toys on the first day, no. It took her some weeks, but that meant we might have to have a toy budget for her to replace her toys, say every couple of months. I took to scouring the Internet and with a stroke of luck found this kind lady trying to sell a whole lot of stuffies at such a low price, we picked up a whole load off her!

She had gathered them so that she could sell them at the SPCA jumble sale to help the animals there, but the junk sale was cancelled. Imagine that we should turn up at her door step picking up her toys for our dog!

We never did need to replace that load of toys, Donna stopped ripping them up so much so they were always mend-able and playable again.

Our dog's joy at playing with her toys?


Photography tips and tricks

Don't stop snapping, go close to the subject, be quick to react

I was taking a picture of the dog sleeping with the teddy bear. But the dog got fed up, got up and moved further away to sleep in peace.

Normally, one would end the session there, but I hastily focused on the bear and clicked a few times before the dog exited the frame all together. Only one of the photos was sharp but that's good enough.


Turn the mundane into photo opportunities, make use of perspective

Mending my dog's toys is certainly one of the mundane items on the chores list. Taking the opportunity to plan a shot, makes this work less of a chore and more a work of art.

Little cost in terms of time and effort. One just needs to be strategic in positioning the actors, in this case, the toy being mended in relation to the sleeping dog.

I used simple photo apps to brighten the image, add the speech bubble to balance up the space, and create some dramatic tension between the characters.

Focus on the emotion, remove all distractions 

The shots with the toys tell the rich visual story of the dog's casual usage of her toys. They add detail and peripheral interest but are not the main star of the story.

That of course is the dog, Donna.

For this shot, The toy is held above her head but not captured in the frame. It is unimportant which toy it is. 

I chose to focus on her face and her clear anticipation of her toy being thrown.


Donna's human writes about photography, phoneography and living with the local mongrel called Donna at http://weliveinaflat.com

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