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Tip of the Day – Continuous Autofocus

Even the most well-trained dogs are never completely still. I recommend always shooting in continuous autofocus mode. That’s AI Servo in Canon and AF-C in Nikon. Consider learning how to use back button focusing so...

Tip of the Day – Cloudy Day Action

Cloudy days provide beautiful soft, diffuse light. However, the intensity (strength) of light is less. Keep an eye on your settings - it might be necessary to crank up the ISO to allow for fast...

Tip of the Day – Golden Hour

When shooting on a sunny day, time of day is so important, as it changes the colour temperature of the light. For this shot, the light was at it’s warmest, with the sun right on...

Tip of the Day – Background Visualisation

To visualise what a background will look like when it’s out-of-focus, try deliberately blurring your eyes. If you can’t do this (not everyone can) focus closely on your hand, keep the same focus, then remove...

Tip of the Day – Reducing Sun Flare

A little bit of sun flare can lend elements of light and warmth to your backlit late afternoon shots - but don’t let the flare ruin your image by completely washing it out! Know how...

Tip of the Day – Backlighting Black and White Dogs

Another lighting style that can work well for black and white dogs is backlighting - making sure the shaded side of the dog - the side you’re shooting - is receiving plentiful, even light from...

Tip of the Day – Prioritise shutter speed

Fast shutter speeds are the key to obtaining sharp action shots! On overcast days or in low light, crank up your ISO as much as you can to allow for a fast shutter speed -...

Tip of the Day – Cat Curiosity

Use the natural curiosity of cats to get their attention with new and interesting toys - feathers, bits of string, mouse shaped toys - anything to get them looking!...

Tip of the Day – Foreground Bokeh

I just love foreground bokeh in an image! To create it, place your subject in a slight dip, or get down super low to the ground. Make sure whatever you’re shooting past (usually grass) is...

Tip of the Day – Include Details

When shooting for a client, to obtain variety in your session, focus in on the little details like these feathered legs of a Golden Retriever. These kinds of shots make great album fillers!...

Tip of the Day – Avoid Side Light

Full sun in late afternoon can really make black dogs shine! The hard light brings out the contrast between the shadows and the specular highlights of a shiny coat. Shoot with the sun behind you...

Tip of the Day – Include the Landscape

To create variety in your session, pull back and include the surrounding environment, if you’re shooting somewhere picturesque! This was shot on a dog-friendly beach on the Gold Coast with the high rises of Surfers...

Tip of the Day – Urban Catchlights

When shooting in urban environments, dealing with all the sources of shade you’ll encounter, it can be hard to get your subject lit nicely. Even if you place your subject somewhere with limited light, try...

Tip of the Day – Know Your Camera

Read your camera’s manual cover to cover and experiment with different focusing settings to find the best combination for you. High-end cameras especially have a multitude of selectable focus points, focusing modes and tracking settings....

Tip of the Day – Editing Clear Sky Silhouettes

Shooting a silhouette at sunset on a cloud-free day and want to add some interest to the image? Since you don’t have to worry about what your subject looks like - you can go a...

Tip of the Day – Capturing Expression

Aim to capture expression in your images! Instead of always having the dog sitting looking at you with ears up - capture those little funny moments. A sequence of images where the dog’s expression changes...

Tip of the Day – Tethering Multiple Dogs

When photographing multiple dogs, unless they have a rock-solid stay, try tethering them both at equal lengths to a nearby tree or pole to keep them in place....

Tip of the Day – Hairy Dog Catchlights

For very hairy dogs, consider trimming the hair around the eyes - or ask the owner to if shooting for a client. Lots of hair around eyes can make focusing very tricky and can also...

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