November 2017

Tip of the Day – Observe and create

Getting to know your client and their pets is one of the best parts of the session. It’s not just the stories they tell or the things they say, it’s also how they interact with...

Tip of the Day – Better stays on-leash

Photographing dogs on-leash is a great way get them to stay where you want them. Ask the owner or handler to hold the leash straight up, and stand next to them, with their body as...

Tip of the Day – Backlight Balance

When shooting action with backlight, it’s really important to remember you need to balance the direct sun light coming from behind the dog, with another light source illuminating the front side of them. Too much...

Tip of the Day – SpiderPro Camera Holster

This final tip is a video tip - direct from the latest episode of my series. In Episode 4: Elli & Freya in the Forest, I talk about my latest favourite shooting accessory - the...

Tip of the Day – Ultimate treat bag

Have you been searching for the perfect treat bag for dog photography? I have a bunch of different bags (I actually counted, I’m talking 7. SEVEN!) but by far the most useful and best designed...

Tip of the Day – Sun Seeker

Today we’re focusing on my favourite app for location scouting - Sun Seeker. This handy iPhone app has been a life changer for me when location scouting. It works by giving you a live “augmented reality”...

Tip of the Day – Long leash

When it’s impossible for your doggy subjects to be off-leash - perhaps their recall isn’t great, or the law requires it - having alternative options such as a long leash is a must. But not just...

Editing Quick Tip – Adjustment Brush Auto Masking

In this video I share the one setting that will change your life when it comes to using the Adjustment Brush in Lightroom. It's especially helpful for silhouettes like this one, where you want to...

Editing Quick Tip – Straight Line Leash Removal

In this super quick  video, I demonstrate the quickest and easiest way I know to remove the leash if the background is not too complex, and if the leash forms a straight line....

Editing Quick Tip – Head Swap using Auto Align Layers

Editing Quick Tip (well, I tried to make it quick!) of the day - using Photoshop's Auto Align Layers feature to make head swaps quicker and much easier! The before and after slider below shows the...

Tip of the Day – Game callers

Number one is game callers. Getting the dog’s attention towards you and the camera is crucial in obtaining expression - and expression is what transforms your “photo of a dog” into a “photo of THAT...

Tip of the Day – The Golden Ratio

The concept of the Golden Ratio dates back millennia to Greek and Roman mathematicians and has been utilised in maths, art and architecture ever since, particularly by the great Renaissance artists. If you're a geek like me and these...

Tip of the Day – Diagonals and triangles

Somewhat related to “leading lines” - using diagonals and triangles in your images can help to draw the viewer’s eye into and through the image, “pointing” to important parts. Important elements can be placed along...

Tip of the Day – Juxtaposition

Composition using the juxtaposition of one element with another is something not often used in pet photography, as we're often shooting in natural environments. Juxtaposition is the technique of placing two contrasting, very different subjects in...

Tip of the Day – Fill the frame

Filling the frame is a compositional technique that is exactly how it sounds - filling the frame with your subject! Instead of using other methods to place the subject in the frame, surrounded by space...

Tip of the Day – Creating depth

Today we’re discussing depth. Giving the impression of three dimensions via a two dimensional medium is always a challenge. Adding depth to your images can be done in a number of ways and helps your...

Tip of the Day – Symmetry

Symmetry, also referred to as symmetrical balance, often goes hand in hand with centering, which was the very first element of composition we covered. Symmetry occurs when there are equal weights on both sides of an...

Tip of the Day – Balancing elements

Balancing Elements is our focus today. Placing your subject off to one side when using the Rule of Thirds or another compositional technique can sometimes leave the image feeling a bit “empty” on the other side....

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