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Tip of the Day – Lens check

Do you shoot in or around water a lot?⠀ ⠀ I love shooting action shots in water, but it does come with a unique hazard!⠀ ⠀ A lens hood will help to protect your lens to a certain extent,...

Tip of the Day – Backlighting background watch

Backlighting can be tricky to master! When you have strong light coming from behind your subjects, it can be a challenge to get your background looking good. All that bright light back there creates hot...

Tip of the Day – Shoot to edit

Right at the end of Niku’s session, the jetty was just starting to get a little less busy. I had switched to my super wide angle 16-35mm lens and was shooting up close and from...

Tip of the Day – Histogram highlights

Repeat this mantra after me - “White dogs should look white!”⠀ ⠀ Whenever I am photographing a white dog, I always aim to make them look properly white. So how do I achieve this?⠀ ⠀ I expose the image...

Tip of the Day – An important point

Let’s talk focusing!⠀ ⠀ To have complete control over which part of the dog your camera focuses on you should use just a single focus point. This enables you to put that focus point over the exact...

Tip of the Day – Settle down

Niku was a bit unsettled on the jetty but as soon as her mum Kay sat down, she decided to stand still instead of shifting around. Instead of disturbing her by asking Kay to stand...

Tip of the Day – Shutter speed minimum

When photographing dogs in action, a fast shutter speed is absolutely essential to capture the movement sharply. But exactly how fast does it need to be? How fast is fast enough?⠀ ⠀ As a general rule, when...

Tip of the Day – Crop last

What I love about cloudy skies is their ability to provide soft, even light, which makes it possible to shoot from virtually any angle, just as long as you’re in a fairly open area. This...

Tip of the Day – Let them explore

An often overlooked piece of the dog photography puzzle is providing an enjoyable experience for the dog. A nice way to ease into your photo session is to let your doggy subject explore the area...

Tip of the Day – Find some colour

The best thing about shooting on a cloudy day is the soft quality of the light. With the light source being, in effect, the entire sky, the light tends to envelop your subject from all...

Tip of the Day – Expression is king

I simply cannot emphasise the need for capturing expression enough, when photographing dogs.⠀ ⠀ Expression makes all the difference between taking a picture of a dog - and creating that dog’s portrait.⠀ ⠀ Expression is what draws you into...

Tip of the Day – Line of sight

Have you ever tried to photograph a dog who would much rather look at anything and everything except you? Or perhaps they concentrate sometimes, but only when there are zero other distractions around?⠀ ⠀ Niku falls into...

Tip of the Day – Flare fix

Have you ever struggled with flare when shooting with backlight? You can identify flare while you are shooting by looking through the viewfinder or reviewing the images on the back of the camera. Flared out images...

Tip of the Day – Bokeh love

Raise your hand if you love bokeh! *raises hand* Bokeh is defined as “the pleasing visual quality of the out of focus areas of an image”. When shooting with a shallow depth of field, if there...

Tip of the Day – Open shade

When you’re working with natural light you should always be paying attention to the direction, intensity, quality and colour temperature of the light. This is especially important for black dogs. But what is good light? Open shade...

Tip of the Day – Backlighting 101

It’s a Backlighting 101 tip for you today. This was taken in a large grassy area, with a screen of trees to the west filtering the late afternoon sunshine. When shooting with backlight using natural light...

Tip of the Day – Buzz look

This shot is a good lesson to illustrate why you should always be alert to what the dog is reacting to, and be ready to use that to your advantage. Bendy was getting a...

Tip of the Day – Walk by

This week we’re celebrating the release of Episode 5 of RealShoots - Bendy in the Village! This is a special one because I’m donating $10 from every Episode 5 purchase to Brisbane Greyhound rescue group...

Tip of the Day – Heads up

I love a good “dog and owner” walking shot, but sometimes dogs that walk really calmly with their owner get that “hang dog” look about them, which doesn’t make for a great image.⠀ To get expression...

Tip of the Day – Convey personality

Capturing expression is SO important when photographing dogs.⠀ With Greyhounds especially, getting those ears up and forwards is always a challenge. Those aerodynamic little ears are designed to tuck back behind their heads for speed. Also...

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