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Tip of the Day – Narrow angle of view

A long lens is invaluable when shooting in busy, cluttered environments. The narrow field of view (only 10 degrees with a 200mm focal length) helps isolate the subject against a small area of background. With...

Tip of the Day – Use a bench seat

Group shots are nearly always a little challenging! If your subjects are small enough, like this foursome of gorgeous Cavaliers here, try popping them up on a bench to stop them from moving around. Use...

Tip of the Day – Puppy attention spans

Puppies are super fun to photograph but can be challenging! They are usually curious and responsive to all manner of things, but take care not to over-use effective noises to get their attention as they...

7 Tips for Photographing Puppies

Downy soft fur, needle sharp teeth, little waggly tails and puppy breath… is there anything more adorable than a puppy? As tricky as it can be to obtain great images of dogs, capturing awesome shots...

Tip of the Day – Urban elevation

I may have mentioned this before, but it’s a good tip and bears repeating! If your subject doesn’t have a good “stay” consider elevating them on the edge of something. In urban environments there are...

Tip of the Day – Negative space

Use negative space to improve your composition. If your subject is looking or facing towards one side of the image (not front on), always leave more space on that side of the shot. It gives...

Tip of the Day – Indoor reflectors

When shooting cats indoors I usually try and face them towards the light source such as a big window or doorway. Look out for natural reflectors in the room however - in this case there...

Tip of the Day – Details

As soon as I saw Ollie’s magnificent tail I just knew I needed a great shot of it to include in his mum’s final gallery. It was late in the session but patience pays off...

Tip of the Day – Reducing flare and haze

When shooting with backlight, carefully position yourself so you are shaded to reduce flare. In this late afternoon shot, since the shadows were so long, I was able to crouch down in the shade of...

Tip of the Day – Lap dog pose

An alternative pose for dogs and owners, putting little dogs on laps can sometimes help to keep them calm and still. People don’t always like their faces in photos, but are happy for parts of...

Tip of the Day – Depth through layers

I often think the medium of photography is all about the process of condensing three dimensions into two, while retaining a sense of depth. One of my favourite ways to do this is by including...

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...

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