Tip of the Day – Backlighting Fluffy White Dogs

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 or bushes to reduce the intensity of the light. Often the edges of the dog will be overexposed, however this can be reduced by deliberately under-exposing the image. When editing, fill the Shadows and increase the contrast by increasing the Whites while bringing down the Highlights. I often finish it off by using the Dodge tool in Photoshop to brighten the white fur even more to make it as white as it can be without blowing out.

This is a pretty big topic with lots of tips in one, so I may have to expand on this in future with a blog post! Comment below if you would find that useful!

Canon EOS 1D X, Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM @ 105mm, ISO 400, 1/1000 sec, f2.8

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  • Charlotte Gottfried

    Wednesday, 11 January 2017 at 7:18 pm Reply

    Thank you so much! I am the student that emailed you about some questions, and I am so glad that you told me to look on your website. Since I am a kid, I am starting a non profit dog photography business called Paws 4 A Pic Photography (cgswimmer4.wixsite.com/paws4apic). Your page has helped me so much. Thank you for all you do. 🙂

    • Charlotte Reeves

      Thursday, 12 January 2017 at 1:09 am Reply

      Hey Charlotte! Wow, nice work on the photography business and website – all looks great! Happy to be of help and best of luck with it all! 🙂

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