Backlighting

Tip of the Day – Backlighting basics

Image 4 of 5 of Ella’s Session in the series Creating variety in your pet photography sessions ⠀ A quick and easy backlighting tip for you today! For best results, backlighting should be done when the sun...

Tip of the Day – Windy ears

Image 1 of 5 of Ella’s Session in the series Creating variety in your pet photography sessions ⠀ This is the fifth week of this series and the last! Gee that’s gone quickly! I’d love to know...

Tip of the Day – Highlight detail

Image 5 of 5 of Scully’s Session in the series Creating variety in your pet photography sessions It's "before and after" Friday again! When shooting with backlight, in most cases it’s a good idea to deliberately under-expose...

Tip of the Day – Warm it up

Image 5 of 5 of Chloe’s Session in the series Creating variety in your pet photography sessions It’s “before and after” Friday again! (for those of you elsewhere in the world, it’s Friday in Australia so...

Tip of the Day – Backlighting compromises

Image 4 of 5 of Dutchie’s Session in the series Creating variety in your pet photography sessions ⠀ Backlighting can be a tricky lighting technique to master. Ideally, when you’re shooting towards the sun, it’s best to...

Tip of the Day – Shade the lens

When shooting with backlight, carefully position yourself so you are shaded to reduce flare. In this late afternoon shot, since the shadows were so long, I was able to crouch down in the shade of...

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 – Warm It Up

Late afternoon golden hour light is meant to be exactly that - golden! Don’t be afraid to warm up your backlit shots when editing, giving a true representation of how the scene looked to you...

Tip of the Day – Subject Placement

Careful placement of your subject (or changing your angle, viewpoint or perspective through lens choice) when shooting against a background with bright highlight areas is important. Even if some areas of the background are blown...

Tip of the Day – Filtering the Sun

When shooting with backlight, always seek out something to “filter” the light from the sun through. One of the main challenges of backlighting is getting your subject bright enough to match the background. Another way...

Tip of the Day – Reducing Sun Flare

A little bit of sun flare can lend elements of light and warmth to your backlit late afternoon shots - but don’t let the flare ruin your image by completely washing it out! Know how...

Tip of the Day – Backlighting Black and White Dogs

Another lighting style that can work well for black and white dogs is backlighting - making sure the shaded side of the dog - the side you’re shooting - is receiving plentiful, even light from...

Tip of the Day – Catchlights

Angle faces upwards to get gorgeous large catchlights in the eyes from a big wide open sky. Photo by @charlottereevesphotography Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon EOS 50mm f/1.4, ISO 500, 1/500 sec, f/2...

Tip of the Day – Foreground Bokeh

I just love foreground bokeh in an image! To create it, place your subject in a slight dip, or get down super low to the ground. Make sure whatever you’re shooting past (usually grass) is...

Tip of the Day – Know Your Camera

Read your camera’s manual cover to cover and experiment with different focusing settings to find the best combination for you. High end cameras especially have a multitude of selectable focus points, focusing modes and tracking...

Tip of the Day – Tethering Multiple Dogs

When photographing multiple dogs, unless they have a rock-solid stay, try tethering them both at equal lengths to a nearby tree or pole to keep them in place. Photo by @charlottereevesphotography Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon...

Tip of the Day – Foreground Bokeh

Use foreground layers to add extra dimension to your images and create interest. Foliage is great for this, foreground bokeh is so pretty!...

Tip of the Day – Side Views

The dog doesn't always have to be looking at you! Shooting from the side is a great way to introduce variety in your sessions and emphasis other features such as markings and gorgeous full tails....

Tip of the Day – Backlighting Black Dogs

One of the benefits of photographing furry black dogs, is you can blast them with backlight and you’ll not end up with blown out highlights in the rim light on the fur! Make sure you’re...

Tip of the Day – Manual Exposure

Shooting in Manual exposure mode will give you more reliable results when shooting in difficult lighting situations, such as backlight. Depending on the metering mode, automatic exposure modes will often tend to overcompensate for a...

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