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Tip of the Day – Composition

More on composition today. Pop quiz: which element of composition does this image predominantly use?...

Tip of the Day – Shade the lens

Capturing backlit shots can be really challenging. Most lenses usually struggle to find focus when they face directly into the sun. When you add a moving subject, this often results in the autofocus system not...

10 Tips for Taking Better Action Photos of Dogs

Flying ears, flapping tongues and crazy eyes. Action photos of dogs are often hilarious and always incredibly popular, but as you may have discovered, they’re not always the easiest to capture. Obtaining sharp action shots...

Tip of the Day – Deaf and blind dogs

When working with deaf or blind (or both, in this case) dogs, it can be very challenging to obtain expression. Instead of defaulting to noises and visual cues, target other senses. Some may sense vibration...

Tip of the Day – Spot Focus Point

For dogs with hair over their eyes, face them upwards towards the light to get some light and catchlights into their eyes. If your camera offers it, use a very fine focus point (Single-point Spot...

Tip of the Day – Declutter

Not everyone lives in a show home! When photographing cats indoors, do a quick clean-up of the room you're shooting in. Often there will be clutter in the background that can easily be removed before...

Tip of the Day – Find Shade at Midday

If you simply have to shoot in the middle of the day, try to find some shade. Harsh overhead sunlight is never pretty. Building shade can be great - just make sure you face your...

Tip of the Day – Keep on leash for control

Even in locations that allow dogs off leash, sometimes it’s just easier to keep dogs on leash for more control - especially if they don’t have a good stay or recall. If nothing is available...

Tip of the Day – Let puppies play!

Puppies can be deceptively fast, infinitely random and not very cooperative when it comes to taking photos! Let them play and stay well back with a long lens. If they come over to check you...

Fletcher the Australian Shepherd

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A big hello and happy new year to all you lovely pet photography professionals and enthusiasts! I've started off 2017 with a million ideas and projects I want to pursue, but only limited time in which to do them....

Tip of the Day – Highlight Clipping

It can be really easy to accidentally "blow out" the highlights of white dogs in full sun. Blown out highlights result in no image data in the whitest parts of the image. To prevent this,...

Tip of the Day – Graffiti Walls

Graffiti walls make super cool backdrops for colourful and fun dog photos! Unfortunately graffiti walls are often located in places with less than ideal lighting like down alleyways or behind buildings. To obtain the most...

Tip of the Day – Be Ready

Always be ready for the unexpected! As much as we humanise them, dogs are animals, and animals do random things when you least expect it. Constantly observing the body language of your canine subject might...

Tip of the Day – Capture Happies

Images of dogs are more endearing to us when they’re focused on us, alert and happy. Images where the dog is exhibiting eye contact, ears erect and forward, head up and even tilted a little...

Tip of the Day – Centre Composition

Are you familiar with all the rules of composition? Centering is one of the most basic, but when done well, one of the more powerful techniques. It usually works best when your subject and/or background...

Tip of the Day – Block the Flare

If you struggle with lens flare (that washed-out look) when shooting with backlight - remember that it’s caused by direct sunlight striking the end of your lens. When shooting late in the day in an...

Tip of the Day – Silhouette Portraits

If your usual subject matter is dogs, you may feel a little lost when asked to photograph people with their pets! One way of creating low-pressure “pet and owner” shots that they will love, is...

Tip of the Day – Tongues

Never underestimate the reach, flexibility and sheer comedic value of the tongue of a Great Dane when in full flight. That is all for today....

Tip of the Day – Elevate Small Dogs

When shooting in locations with long grass, little dogs can become easily lost! Pop them up on a log or somewhere elevated to help keep them in place (using my ‘positioning on the edge’ technique...

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