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Tip of the Day – Become the Pawparazzi

From the archives - I’m digging up some old work to share! This photo is from July 2011 and has been re-edited. To create variety in your pet photography sessions, especially when working with dogs off-lead,...

Tip of the Day – Space to look into

From the archives - I’m digging up some old work to share! This photo is from May 2010 and has been re-edited. Photographing dogs isn’t all about getting their attention and having them looking at the...

Tip of the Day – Black dogs should look black!

From the archives - this week I’m digging up some old work to share! This photo is from February 2010 and has been re-edited. Looking through the archives I found my original edits of this session,...

Tip of the Day – Warm It Up

Late afternoon golden hour light is meant to be exactly that - golden! Don’t be afraid to warm up your backlit shots when editing, giving a true representation of how the scene looked to you...

Tip of the Day ~ Attention Please!

What motivates your subject and gets their attention? For some dogs it’s treats, but for Pruna the Spanish Water Dog here, it was her ball! Pruna was one of the amazing models at our recent...

Tip of the Day – Dealing with Hair Over Eyes

Little dogs with deep set eyes and lots of hair are always a challenge to get the focus on the eyes! One way you can make life easier for yourself, is to face them upwards....

Tip of the Day – Subject Placement

Careful placement of your subject (or changing your angle, viewpoint or perspective through lens choice) when shooting against a background with bright highlight areas is important. Even if some areas of the background are blown...

Tip of the Day – Indoors Lighting

Indoor shots can look great, just as long as your subject receives enough light. Face them towards a light source - a large window, sliding glass door or skylight - rather than facing them into...

Tip of the Day – Filtering the Sun

When shooting with backlight, always seek out something to “filter” the light from the sun through. One of the main challenges of backlighting is getting your subject bright enough to match the background. Another way...

Tip of the Day – Expanding Perspective

Carrying on from yesterday’s post about focal length - understanding the effects of focal length on perspective comes in handy when photographing a small subject in front of a big background - like Indy the...

Tip of the Day – Compressing Perspective

Understanding the effects of focal length on perspective comes in handy when photographing a small subject in front of a big background - like Indy the Miniature Poodle here in front of the Brisbane Gallery...

Tip of the Day – Capture Expression

I can’t emphasise enough how important capturing expression is in dog photography! Expression is what sets your work apart and makes your images engaging, interesting and storytelling - rather than just a photo of a...

Tip of the Day – Twilight Shooting

If you’re shooting in a wide open area on a clear day, don’t stop once the sun goes down! Twilight is longer on clear days and usually during summer, and the light is soft, giving...

Tip of the Day – Include Something Memorable

When shooting for a client, include favourite toys if they play a big part in the dog’s life! Photos like these are fun to look back on and jog happy memories in years to come....

Tip of the Day – Expression in Silhouettes

Use body language and posture to tell a story when shooting silhouettes. Capture a nice clear outline of your subject - side on to you is often the best way to do this. Without seeing...

Tip of the Day – Manual Exposure for Changing Backgrounds

Shooting in manual exposure mode has many advantages. When shooting action against a changing background, where the dog is moving around constantly, keeping the correct exposure fixed manually means consistent exposures when the background changes...

Tip of the Day – Space to look into

If the dog is facing off to the side and not directly towards you, make sure you leave enough negative space in the image for them to “look into”. Composing your image with negative space...

Tip of the Day – Prepare for the Unexpected

Keeping your shutter speed high at all times is invaluable when the unexpected happens! I was shooting some candid portrait shots of my new kitten on my deck when she came racing towards me sideways...

Tip of the Day – Find Cool Background Textures

Always keep an eye out for cool, interesting or unusual ground surfaces. Using a very shallow depth of field and shooting downwards for that “puppy dog eyes” look creates a beautiful soft out of focus...

Tip of the Day – Capture Expression in Adoptables

When taking photos of adoptable dogs looking for new homes, go the extra mile to try and capture some personality and create an emotional connection. Your images will stand out above all the regular standard...

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