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Tip of the Day – Look Down

When shooting in a busy environment - look down! Some of the best backgrounds come from shooting down towards the ground, with the focus on the eyes and using a shallow depth of field to...

Tip of the Day – Replay Scenarios

Putting some thought and preparation into capturing action shots of dogs really pays off. Instead of waiting for behaviours to happen, create a repeatable scenario that you can play out multiple times, to give you...

Tip of the Day – Look Up

Shooting in a busy environment? Look up! Getting below your subject and shooting up towards trees or buildings simplifies the background, creates an interesting (often humorous) angle and creates variety in your images....

Tip of the Day – Work with the Environment

Learn to work with what your environment gives you. Your choice of focal length and the way you choose to use the light can make the difference between an average shot and a brilliant one....

Tip of the Day – Shoot at Water Level

When capturing dogs in action in and around water, shoot directly across or up towards the action. This ensures that splashes and droplets of water will be sharply defined against the blurred-out background or the...

Tip of the Day – Control Flare

Do you get unwanted or excessive flare, and/or have focusing issues when shooting with heavy backlight towards the sun? There’s an easy solution! Make sure there is no direct sunshine falling on the end glass...

Tip of the Day – Underexpose Silhouettes

For perfectly exposed silhouette shots, underexpose the image to bring out the colour in the sky and make your subject black. Dial in some negative exposure compensation, or switch to Manual exposure for more control....

Tip of the Day – Get Low for Action

When capturing a dog running directly towards you, get down as low to the ground as you can. This helps with isolating them against a busy background, or if you are shooting with them running...

Leash Removal Using Patching Editing Demo

BEST VIEWED FULL SCREEN IN HD (click icon at bottom right of video) Please note this is a demo only (not a tutorial) and as such, there is no commentary or sound. The video plays in...

Great Dane Head Swap Photoshop Editing Tutorial

BEST VIEWED FULL SCREEN IN HD (click icon at bottom right of video) Group shots of dogs can be pretty tricky to nail in-camera at the best of times. With three off-lead Great Danes in a...

Irresistible Words Review

Like countless bends already traversed, the stony path curved ahead of me, the scenery beyond hidden by thick bushes. New sandals chafed my heels, my camera hung heavy from my sweaty hand and the sun was dipping quickly towards the...

Peter’s Mentoring Session with Diesel the Border Collie

As is always the case in summer in Queensland, the humid and stormy weather played havoc with scheduling Peter's full day of mentoring. Initially booked for December, it was March before we made it happen,...

Jodie’s Mentoring Session with Shay the Border Collie

Aspiring pet photographers book mentoring sessions with me for a range of reasons. Sometimes, they might need a bit of practice working with a dog that is not their own. Sometimes they might want to...

Christine’s Mentoring Session with Juno the Border Collie

Launching into a career in pet photography can be an incredibly exciting but often overwhelming process. Not only do you need to develop the photography and editing skills, there's also the whole "running a business"...

Winter Wonderland Creation Photoshop Editing Demo

BEST VIEWED FULL SCREEN IN HD (click icon at bottom right of video) At the annual Mally Muster fundraising event for Brisbane rescue group Shamroq (Siberian Husky and Alaskan Malamute Rescue of Queensland), myself and fellow...

Mel’s Mentoring Session with Skadi the Koolie

I was watching one of my favourite shows the other night - Vikings - when I heard a familiar name pop up - Skadi! The Norse goddess of winter and mountains, Skadi is also the...

Mel’s Mentoring Session with Pepper the Dalmatian

After being in business for nearly 6 years, I just couldn't believe I'd never had a session with a Dalmatian, so when it came time to choose a model for my mentoring session with Mel...

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