February 2017

Tip of the Day – Sunflare

When you’re shooting into the sun, flare can sometimes be unavoidable. As long as it’s not important if the subject has lots of detail and correct colour, it can be used to convey a mood...

Tip of the Day – Play and shoot

Create variety in your dog photography sessions by shooting action. Playing directly with your subject while shooting results in engaging expressions and helps to tell their story. Shooting blind (not looking through the viewfinder) takes...

Tip of the Day – Include the bloopers

Include the bloopers! Dogs are great at surprising you with weird expressions and after every shoot you’re sure to end up with some bloopers. I’ve found pet parents often love these. This shot of Cleo...

Tip of the Day – Fast Prime Lenses

My favourite lens for shooting indoors with natural light is the 35mm f/1.4. It’s wide enough so you can shoot while up close to your subject - good for cats and kittens where you’re also...

Tip of the Day – Prepare for candids

It’s easy to get stuck taking the same style of shot every time. Instead, be prepared for candid moments as they happen. Telling a story with your images draws people in and gets them thinking...

Tip of the Day – Puppy Dog Eyes

For a simple, soulful portrait, you can’t go past that “puppy dog eyes” view from above. A super shallow depth of field (fast prime lenses are the best) and sharp focus on the eyes draws...

Tip of the Day – Negative Space

Include negative space to add interest, but make sure the subject is looking in or at least facing towards that direction or it may look accidental....

Tip of the Day – Urban Exploration

Shooting in urban areas forces you to explore, improvise and experiment. Unexpected things can pop up just around the next corner, so you keep an open mind and a positive attitude. This awesome etched metal...

Tip of the Day – Composition

More on composition today. Pop quiz: which element of composition does this image predominantly use?...

Tip of the Day – Shade the lens

Capturing backlit shots can be really challenging. Most lenses usually struggle to find focus when they face directly into the sun. When you add a moving subject, this often results in the autofocus system not...

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