July 2017

Tip of the Day – Ask the question

In my pre-session questionnaire, I ask if people wish to be in some of the photos with their pets. I make it pretty clear I’m not a family photographer, but I always invite people to...

Tip of the Day – Look up

Lighting can be tricky in urban areas, with sources of shade from buildings from multiple directions at once. To ensure you obtain catchlights in the eyes always face your subject towards a light source. If...

Tip of the Day – Level up

It can be a real balancing act to feature very small subjects, such as little dogs like Chase here, in a scene where they are so dwarfed by everything around them. Large elements abound in...

Tip of the Day – Search for colour

Colour is another element that’s usually more readily available when shooting in urban areas. Rather than the earthy greens and browns of natural areas, in urban areas keep an eye out for different colours and...

Tip of the Day – Urban doorways

When shooting in urban areas, always keep an eye out for interesting doorways - those that are rustic, brightly coloured or contrasting with the surrounding wall, or have unique features. Doorways are handy for framing...

Tip of the Day – Embrace the black

Embrace the black - black dogs are absolutely perfect for silhouettes! Because they are already so dark, there is a greater exposure difference between them and the sky already so there isn’t as much need...

Tip of the Day – Watch for colour casts

Watch for colour casts! Black fur is very good at picking up colours casts from it’s surroundings. The most common issue I see with black dogs is when they’ve been photographed in the shade and end...

Tip of the Day – Balance the backlight

Whatever your surroundings, when backlighting black dogs it is so important to balance the light coming from behind them, with the light falling onto the front of them. To make sure enough light is falling on...

Tip of the Day – Dark eye catchlights

Black dogs often have very dark eyes that without good lighting, can tend to disappear into fathomless dark blobs with no detail. Catchlights are essential. To ensure you get catchlights in the dog’s eyes, make...

Tip of the Day – Wide angle shadows

Being aware of your lighting is SO important when photographing black dogs. I can’t emphasis this enough! Shooting on a sunny day in full sun, with the sun low in the sky behind you, is...

Tip of the Day – Hidden twilight tones

Twilight shots can look fairly dull in a raw file, lacking the colour and vibrance you experience in person. Those beautiful pink and purple pastel tones are all there hidden in the RAW file data...

Tip of the Day – The importance of expression

Capturing expression in dogs is the number one thing that differentiates the work of a “pet photographer” with the work of a general photographer. An image can be technically perfect with beautiful lighting but still...

Tip of the Day – Interactions

When shooting images of dogs and their owners, focusing on natural interactions between them is a good way of capturing their bond. If they have taught their dog some tricks, having them run through those...

Tip of the Day – Contrast for action

Camera auto focus and tracking systems work by locking focus on areas of contrast in an image. Hard light, such as full sun, creates the most contrast. Shooting in the late afternoon with the sun...

Tip of the Day – Dogs on logs

I love shots of dogs up on logs, it’s a great way to keep them in the one place. I always encourage the dog to jump up and balance on the log under their own...

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