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Tip of the Day – Blur it out

Urban areas can be challenging to shoot in as there is just so much going on visually! Instead of heavily featuring the location, concentrate on getting some more great expressions from your doggy model, using a...

Tip of the Day – Spontaneous interactions

I was all ready to start shooting action when I saw Baxter and Nicole having a little cuddle on the grass. Natural interactions like this between dog and owner always result in the most genuine...

Tip of the Day – Directing the gaze

Whenever I'm using treats, I'm not just holding them there for the dog to look at. I am using them to direct their gaze, then I am rewarding them for looking at the treat (and...

Tip of the Day – Height of the stride

When dogs run, their heads move up and down depending on the point in their stride. When photographing dogs with big ears, floppy lips and big tongues (Great Danes are a prime example), catching them...

Tip of the Day – Eye glow fix

There’s only so much you can do with natural light before it becomes unusable - just not bright enough - even if you use a very large aperture and a prime lens to maximise the...

Tip of the Day – Switch to prime

In dim light, prime lenses are your best friend. Towards the end of Benji’s session, the light was fading fast due to a large dark cloud over the sun, already low in the sky. Switching from...

Tip of the Day – Natural frames

Looking at the settings for this image, you might be wondering why on earth I was shooting at ƒ/2.8 with a lens capable of ƒ/2. That is a very good question and the only answer...

Tip of the Day – Work with their quirks

Okay, let’s get this out of the way. This is a super weird expression! Why is Benji’s mouth all twisted up like that? What’s going on with his lips? Is he barking, or …? This...

Tip of the Day – Colour splash

When shooting in urban areas, look out for splashes of colour you can use - especially walls and doors. It doesn’t even need to be a large expanse of colour, especially if you shoot with...

Tip of the Day – Hold up the leash

When photographing dogs on-leash in urban areas, leash placement is critical to help minimise the editing required to remove the lead. While it’s a relatively simple task to edit out a leash against a forgiving...

Tip of the Day – Short leash

This is one of my favourite go-to dog and owner shots to take during a client dog photography session. Benji is a well behaved boy, but not all dogs walk this nicely on a loose...

Tip of the Day – Focal length variety

One of my favourite ways to create variety within a session is to keep working the same location, but change lenses for a fresh new perspective. Sometimes you don’t even need to change lenses to...

Tip of the Day – Stack stimuli

I use various methods to get engaged expressions from my doggy subjects. Sometimes that’s yummy treats, sometimes it’s crazy noises (either from my mouth or from various noise-maker tools) and sometimes it’s just a matter...

Tip of the Day – Background fix

One of the instructions I give to my dog owners when shooting “run to me” action shots like this one is to move out of the way after they throw the toy towards me. Sometimes,...

Tip of the Day – Head swap

Do you find it tricky to get both dogs in focus when you’re shooting a group photo of two or more dogs? And also getting all dogs looking at the camera, with good expressions? Sometimes...

Tip of the Day – Increase your chances

At this country field location, I found the long grass made getting a clear shot very difficult when shooting action. I was able to tweak my camera’s tracking settings a little to help (not all...

Tip of the Day – Use tools

Don’t be afraid to use the right tools to get the job done!⠀ ⠀ I really wanted to get Kentucky on the edge of the water for this shot, but I knew the temptation to dive into...

Tip of the Day – Perfectionist tendencies

perfectionist⠀ pəˈfɛkʃ(ə)nɪst/⠀ noun⠀ 1. a person who refuses to accept any standard short of perfection.⠀ ⠀ Yup - that’s me to a tee! In the quest to make my images nothing short of absolutely perfect, I sometimes go a little...

Tip of the Day – Unscripted candids

Photos of dogs with their owners are not all about perfect, posed shots of all the members of the group sitting there looking pretty (though, that can be nice too!). Some of my favourite dog...

Tip of the Day – Grassy issues

On my search for a new rural photo location, I specifically looked for a property with fields of naturally long grass - however I came to regret that when I started shooting. Those long pieces...

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