And let's not forget patience. Sometimes it takes many repetitions to get the image that I want. I have to make sure that I don't get irritated with Jazzy when she jumps the gun or goes another direction than I want her to, and I have to know when she is done and try another day.
I've been working with Jazzy a long time and I know her quirks. I know how long I can keep her in a sit-stay before I have to give in and hand over the treat. She has learned that a photo session earns her many treats.
We often play "Go find it" in the house. I make Jazzy sit-stay and I hide treats in another room. When I tell her to go, she spends a few minutes looking for them. This comes in handy now that I want her to sit-stay so I can get in position with my camera.
I wanted her to be interacting with the key in the lock. I placed the treat on top of the lock which then earns me the, "Really mom, you put it there? That's so easy!" look.
|"Really mom, you put it there? That's so easy!"|
I tell her to "Go find it!" and off she goes. I have to alter her approach because she's jumping too soon, so I have her sit-stay a little further away from the door. This makes her walk and she's not as "jumpy".
|I noticed she was jumping too soon.|
|Having her start further away causes her to not jump so quickly or so high.|
After watching her body motions I play around with angles.
|My original concept was be behind her while she looked at the lock.|
|As you can see, it isn't quite showing her interacting with the key, so I changed my perspective.|
|She is really looking at the treat, but it does seem like she's focused on the key. I'm closer.|
|This is more the angle I want, now it's all about timing my shot. The photos are purposefully darker than my normal shots as it's supposed to be 3:00 am in this photo.|
I finally got the shot I want.... Wanna see it? Well, then you'll have to buy a book when it comes out.