Working with Natural Light

Tip of the Day – Balance the backlight

This week on Tip of the Day, we’re focusing on the challenges of photographing black dogs.⠀ ⠀ Whatever your surroundings, when backlighting black dogs it is so important to balance the light coming from behind them, with...

Tip of the Day – Towards the light

Image 2 of 5 of Ella’s Session in the series Creating variety in your pet photography sessions ⠀ Urban areas are heaps of fun for creative compositions. Since urban elements like walls and buildings are fixed though,...

Tip of the Day – Face towards the light

Image 1 of 5 of Chloe’s Session in the series Creating variety in your pet photography sessions ⠀ Welcome to the first post for Chloe’s session! Last week we focused on Dutchie, a 4 month old puppy....

Tip of the Day – Semi Silhouettes

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.⠀ ⠀ The aim when you’re shooting silhouettes is to...

Tip of the Day – Indoor reflectors

When shooting indoors I usually try and face the subject towards the light source such as a big window or doorway. Look out for natural reflectors in the room however - in this case there...

Tip of the Day – Spot Focus Point

For dogs with hair over their eyes, face them upwards towards the light to get some light and catchlights into their eyes. If your camera offers it, use a very fine focus point (Single-point Spot...

Tip of the Day – Find Shade at Midday

If you simply have to shoot in the middle of the day, try to find some shade. Harsh overhead sunlight is never pretty. Building shade can be great - just make sure you face your...

Tip of the Day – Graffiti Walls

Graffiti walls make super cool backdrops for colourful and fun dog photos! Unfortunately graffiti walls are often located in places with less than ideal lighting like down alleyways or behind buildings. To obtain the most...

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