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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...

Tip of the Day – White Balance in Lightroom

*Lightroom editing* If the dog has some white fur, easily set white balance in Lightroom with this simple trick. In this video, we start off with As Shot white balance. I cycle through Cloudy, Shade...

Tip of the Day – Black and White Dogs

We’ve talked about black dogs and white dogs, but what about black AND white dogs? Since black and white fur presents so much contrast, it’s even more important to keep the lighting even - which...

Tip of the Day – Tethering

My number one method for dealing with dogs with no concept of “stay” is to either have the owner or a helper hold them on leash and stand off to the side - or to...

Tip of the Day – Backlighting Fluffy White Dogs

White fluffy dogs are one of my favourite types of dogs to photograph! Rather than shooting in full sun, I love to backlight them - just as long as the sunshine is filtered through trees...

Tip of the Day – Minimise those shadows

Being aware of your lighting is so important when photographing black dogs. I can’t emphasis this enough! Shooting on a sunny day in full sun is one foolproof lighting method for black dogs as it...

Tip of the Day – Details with a Macro Lens

If you’re shooting a lot of detail shots - noses, paws, eyes - you’ll probably get a lot of use out of a macro lens. They can also be fiddly to nail the focus at...

Tip of the Day – Use Continuous Focus

When attempting to photograph a dog running directly towards you, track continuously (use AI Servo / AF-C) and shoot continuously in burst mode, at the highest frame rate your camera is capable of. Try to...

Tip of the Day – Pushing a Sunset Photo

This shot is the subject of a “before and after” blog post on my website. Head to the blog on learnpetphotography.com.au to see the “before” image - you won’t believe the difference!...

Tip of the Day – Converging Lines

Converging lines can be found in both nature and the constructed world and can lend a sense of time and place to an image. Leading lines add interest and help draw the viewer into the...

Tip of the Day – Blind Shooting

Want to create some dynamic, fun action shots? Try shooting blind! Shooting blind is a term commonly used to refer to shooting with a digital SLR without looking through the viewfinder. It’s especially handy when...

Tip of the Day – Owner Interactions

When including owners in the shot, put them at ease by asking them to interact with their dog. My favourite dog and owner images are natural, candid captures of belly rubs, kisses and paw shakes....

Tip of the Day – Position on the Edge

Another way to get two dogs lined up perfectly next to each other, is to put them both on the edge of something. Steps, benches, platforms, tables - they’ll usually sit right at the edge...

Tip of the Day – Drinking Dogs

Shiny wet noses, big slobbery pink tongues and water splashes galore combine to create images brimming with silliness - drinking shots are a fun addition to any collection of dog shots. Have all your settings...

Tip of the Day – Minimise Clutter

When shooting in urban areas, look for ways you can place the dog in scenes or in front of buildings where the angle of view minimises clutter. This may mean elevating the dog on a...

Tip of the Day – Making Blue Skies Blue

Editing tip: if the sky in your image is a very pale blue and you’d like to bring it out more - in Lightroom - go to the HSL (Hue / Saturation / Luminance) panel...

Before & After: Pushing the Boundaries

I took this image at the end of a mentoring session, just for fun, knowing that I was going to use the shot to demonstrate some editing techniques to my student. We were in the...

Tip of the Day – Tethering Two Dogs

When photographing multiple dogs that don’t stay, find something safe and secure to tether them to. With the leads the exact same length, they will reach the limit end of their lead and automatically be...

Tip of the Day – Dog and Owner Silhouettes

Silhouettes are a great way of capturing the relationship between dog and owner, especially if the owner is camera shy. Beautiful sunsets make all the difference to these kinds of shots....

Tip of the Day – Use Noises for Expression

Expression is so important in pet photography. To get those alert, interested and often humorous looks from the dogs you’re photographing, work on your repertoire of crazy noises! I like to practice them in the...

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