December 2017

Tip of the Day – Have an outcome in mind

A great way of keeping things fun and interesting when photographing your own dog is to decide on a personal project and aim towards achieving something tangible with the photos you’ve taken. Perhaps you could...

Tip of the Day – Keep it interesting

The last thing you want your photo sessions with your dog to be are routine. If they know that every afternoon at 4pm you’re going to be out in the backyard, asking them to “stay,...

Tip of the Day – Make it high reward

Co-operating with you while you’re taking photos should always result in some super special rewards for your dog. Depending on what drives them and what they value most, have a reward that only happens once...

Tip of the Day – Short and sweet

Because you are probably going to be taking many, many of photos of your own dog over the years, there’s no need to engage in extensive sessions like you would with someone else’s dog. Keep...

Tip of the Day – Start off slow

Your dog’s initial introduction to your camera should be the same as if you’re meeting a new dog for the first time. Depending on if it’s an 8 week old pup, or a 10 year...

Tip of the Day – Disappearing act

If your doggy subject needs to be on-leash for safety or just to keep them in place, but you still want to include a large swathe of background, but there’s nothing to secure them to,...

Tip of the Day – 135mm love

My love affair with my 135mm lens continues…⠀ ⠀ While not the perfect lens for every situation, this lens excels with certain subjects in certain locations.⠀ ⠀ I always shoot with it at ƒ/2 (what’s the point, otherwise?) and...

Tip of the Day – Relaxed posed portraits

For posed portraits of people with their dogs - shots where they are looking at the camera and smiling, as opposed to candids where they are interacting with their dogs - there’s one important thing...

Tip of the Day – Contrast for focus

Do you struggle to capture sharp action shots? Do you find your camera struggles to lock focus, and when it does, it gets “left behind” when the dog is running fast? Well, the issue just...

Tip of the Day – Portrait format action

Do you always shoot “run to me” action shots like this in landscape format? I certainly do! But when you want to include something in the background that doesn’t fit into the regular view, why...

Tip of the Day – Golden half hour

That truly warm, golden light only happens in about the last half an hour to 15 minutes before the sun goes down. They talk about the golden hour, but more accurately it’s closer to the...

Tip of the Day – Unposed

Using your powers of observation during a shoot is so important. Always be watching what your doggy models are doing, how they are interacting with their owners and the world around them. Capturing spontaneous moments...

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