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Tip of the Day – Water safety

It’s Barkarica week! I’ll be sharing photos from our last pet photography retreat all week. This is Splash at Matapalo beach at Barkarica in Costa Rica, February 2017.⠀ ⠀ When shooting at the beach, the best spot...

Tip of the Day – Block the Flare

If you struggle with lens flare (that washed-out look) when shooting with backlight - remember that it’s caused by direct sunlight striking the end of your lens. When shooting late in the day in an...

Tip of the Day – Become the Pawparazzi

From the archives - this week I’m digging up some old work to share! This photo is from July 2011 and has been re-edited. To create variety in your pet photography sessions, especially when working with...

Tip of the Day – Cloudy Day Action

Cloudy days provide beautiful soft, diffuse light. However, the intensity (strength) of light is less. Keep an eye on your settings - it might be necessary to crank up the ISO to allow for fast...

Tip of the Day – Golden Hour

When shooting on a sunny day, time of day is so important, as it changes the colour temperature of the light. For this shot, the light was at it’s warmest, with the sun right on...

Tip of the Day – Include the Landscape

To create variety in your session, pull back and include the surrounding environment, if you’re shooting somewhere picturesque! This was shot on a dog-friendly beach on the Gold Coast with the high rises of Surfers...

Tip of the Day – Multiple Dogs in Action

When photographing multiple dogs in action, decrease the aperture (larger number) and try not to zoom in as much, to increase the depth of field and have more chance of getting them both in focus....

Tip of the Day – Always Be Ready

Always be ready to capture the random moments. Even though I wasn’t set up specifically to shoot action - the fact that I always shoot with a high shutter speed and use continuous focus full...

Tip of the Day – Owner Detail Shots

When shooting for a client and they’ve indicated they’d to be involved in some of the photos, but aren’t a fan of photos, find creative ways to incorporate them without focusing on their face or...

Tip of the Day – Making Blue Skies Blue

Editing tip: if the sky in your image is a very pale blue and you’d like to bring it out more - in Lightroom - go to the HSL (Hue / Saturation / Luminance) panel...

Tip of the Day – Dog and Owner Silhouettes

Silhouettes are a great way of capturing the relationship between dog and owner, especially if the owner is camera shy. Beautiful sunsets make all the difference to these kinds of shots....

Tip of the Day – Control Flare

Do you get unwanted or excessive flare, and/or have focusing issues when shooting with heavy backlight towards the sun? There’s an easy solution! Make sure there is no direct sunshine falling on the end glass...

Great Dane Head Swap Photoshop Editing Tutorial

BEST VIEWED FULL SCREEN IN HD (click icon at bottom right of video) Group shots of dogs can be pretty tricky to nail in-camera at the best of times. With three off-lead Great Danes in a...

Pet Photography Mentoring in Half Moon Bay, California

For a moment, it felt like I'd been transported back home to the eucalyptus forests of south-east Queensland. The tangy scent of gum tree leaves as they crunched gently under my feet, the subdued grey-greens...

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