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Tip of the Day – Balance the backlight

Whatever your surroundings, when backlighting black dogs it is so important to balance the light coming from behind them, with the light falling onto the front of them. To make sure enough light is falling on...

Tip of the Day – Dark eye catchlights

Black dogs often have very dark eyes that without good lighting, can tend to disappear into fathomless dark blobs with no detail. Catchlights are essential. To ensure you get catchlights in the dog’s eyes, make...

Tip of the Day – Wide angle 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, with the sun low in the sky behind you, is...

Tip of the Day – Hidden twilight tones

Twilight shots can look fairly dull in a raw file, lacking the colour and vibrance you experience in person. Those beautiful pink and purple pastel tones are all there hidden in the RAW file data...

Tip of the Day – The importance of expression

Capturing expression in dogs is the number one thing that differentiates the work of a “pet photographer” with the work of a general photographer. An image can be technically perfect with beautiful lighting but still...

Tip of the Day – Interactions

When shooting images of dogs and their owners, focusing on natural interactions between them is a good way of capturing their bond. If they have taught their dog some tricks, having them run through those...

Tip of the Day – Contrast for action

Camera auto focus and tracking systems work by locking focus on areas of contrast in an image. Hard light, such as full sun, creates the most contrast. Shooting in the late afternoon with the sun...

Tip of the Day – Dogs on logs

I love shots of dogs up on logs, it’s a great way to keep them in the one place. I always encourage the dog to jump up and balance on the log under their own...

Tip of the Day – Practice!

10. Practice! Like most things you want to get better at in life, the key to obtaining consistently great action photos is to practice! Anything that you can get your dog to do repetitively – say, jumping for...

Tip of the Day – Re-create the action

9. Re-create the action Anything that involves rapid motion and direction changes can be tricky to capture, but there are ways of making the movement of dogs more predictable and easier to capture. You could start by...

Tip of the Day – Shoot continuously

8. Shoot continuously Shooting at multiple frames per second - the highest frame rate your camera is capable of - helps increase your success rate and gives you more shots to choose from. This increases your...

Tip of the Day – Focus!

7. Focus! Obtaining sharp focus in action shots is possibly the most important aspect of them all – and the hardest! Depending on your camera body, you’ll have various focus point options. I’ve found for action, a...

Tip of the Day – Be steady and stable

6. Be steady and stable It may seem obvious or even trivial, but this is such an important step! Holding the camera as steady as possible is instrumental in the success of sharp action photos. The...

Tip of the Day – Choose the right lens⠀

5. Choose the right lens Dogs in action are usually easiest to follow from a distance, using a long lens, preferably a zoom. My favourite lens to use when shooting action is a 70-200mm f/2.8 telephoto...

Tip of the Day – Get down low

4. Get down low This is important for all aspects of pet photography, but especially for action. Shooting at dog level gives a more accurate perspective and sense of scale. It allows you to capture expressions...

Tip of the Day – Use a fast shutter speed⠀

3. Use a fast shutter speed The number one reason that people end up with blurry images when taking action photos is a shutter speed that is too slow to freeze the motion. You simply MUST...

Tip of the Day – Pay attention to the light

2. Pay attention to the light Plentiful light is a crucial ingredient in creating sharp, in-focus action photos. Why? Because lots of light allows you to use a fast shutter speed and helps the autofocus system...

Tip of the Day – Find a good location

1. Find a good location Large open areas are the best option - think beaches, large open parks, fields or paddocks. Avoid shooting under the shade of trees, but trees in the background will help to...

Tip of the Day – Spot the difference

Image 5 of 5 of Ella’s Session in the series Creating Variety in Your Dog Photography Sessions We have an image that at first glance, might not seem to have been edited very heavily. This is...

Tip of the Day – Backlighting basics

Image 4 of 5 of Ella’s Session in the series Creating Variety in Your Dog Photography Sessions A quick and easy backlighting tip for you today! For best results, backlighting should be done when the sun...

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