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Tip of the Day – Multiple Dogs in Action

When photographing multiple dogs in action, decrease the aperture (larger number) and try not to zoom in as much, to increase the depth of field and have more chance of getting them both in focus....

Tip of the Day – Capture Details

Focus in on the little details! Macro lenses are great for capturing cute physical features such as this shiny little black button nose....

Tip of the Day – Drinking Dogs

The secret to capturing super fun drinking shots? Be prepared! Have all your exposure and focusing settings on your camera ready to go before turning on the tap. Once dogs start drinking, you have a...

Tip of the Day – Layer with bokeh

Use foreground layers to add extra dimension to your images and create interest. Foliage is great for this, foreground bokeh is so pretty!...

Tip of the Day – Cloudy Days

Stuck with shooting on a cloudy day? Put extra effort into how you use the features of your location, and in getting expression from your subjects, to make up for unexciting lighting!...

Tip of the Day – Urban Colour

When shooting in urban environments, keep an eye out for ways you can incorporate colour into your shots! Coloured walls, sculptures and buildings can offer splashes of colour to spice up a collection of images...

Tip of the Day – Full Sun Action

Struggling getting action shots in focus? Give your camera lots of help by shooting in full sun. Early morning or late afternoon should still give plenty of light and the quality of light means the...

Tip of the Day – Face Towards the Light

Light is important, but don’t write off a cool scene just because the sun isn’t in exactly the right spot - find a way to make it work! The sun was at 45 degrees to...

Tip of the Day – Side Views

The dog doesn't always have to be looking at you! Shooting from the side is a great way to introduce variety in your sessions and emphasis other features such as markings and gorgeous full tails....

Tip of the Day – Always Be Ready

Always be ready to capture the random moments. Even though I wasn’t set up specifically to shoot action - the fact that I always shoot with a high shutter speed and use continuous focus full...

Tip of the Day – Owner Detail Shots

When shooting for a client and they’ve indicated they’d to be involved in some of the photos, but aren’t a fan of photos, find creative ways to incorporate them without focusing on their face or...

Tip of the Day – Get Some Help

For awesome “jump” shots - get some help! Ask someone to throw the ball up for the dog a couple of times to see how and when they jump. Then set yourself up and concentrate...

Tip of the Day – Small pupils

When photographing cats indoors, face them towards a window to make their pupils constrict and bring out the colours in their beautiful eyes....

Tip of the Day – Blast that backlight

One of the benefits of photographing furry black dogs, is you can blast them with backlight and you’ll not end up with blown out highlights in the rim light on the fur! Make sure you’re...

Tip of the Day – Manual Exposure

Shooting in Manual exposure mode will give you more reliable results when shooting in difficult lighting situations, such as backlight. Depending on the metering mode, automatic exposure modes will often tend to overcompensate for a...

Tip of the Day – Balancing Backlighting Exposure

When photographing black dogs with backlight (the sun behind the dog) it's super important that the front, shaded side of the dog is also well illuminated from a secondary light source such as a large...

Tip of the Day – Basket case

Cats and especially kittens love to play in and around objects, especially when they have a rough or scratchy texture. I purchased some square baskets cheaply for this purpose and often take them along to...

Tip of the Day – Position on the Edge

Another method of dealing with dogs with no concept of “stay” is to position them on the edge of something. It could be a step, a bench, a garden bed, a boulder - whatever you...

Tip of the Day – Filter the Sun

When photographing white dogs with backlight, to avoid blowing out (overexposing) the furry edges with rim light coming through from behind, try to filter the sunshine through the foliage of trees or bushes, rather than...

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