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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 – Embrace the black

Embrace the black - black dogs are absolutely perfect for silhouettes! Because they are already so dark, there is a greater exposure difference between them and the sky already so there isn’t as much need...

Tip of the Day – Watch for colour casts

Watch for colour casts! Black fur is very good at picking up colours casts from it’s surroundings. The most common issue I see with black dogs is when they’ve been photographed in the shade and end...

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 – Spot Focus Point

For dogs with hair over their eyes, face them upwards towards the light to get some light and catchlights into their eyes. If your camera offers it, use a very fine focus point (Single-point Spot...

Tip of the Day – Black dogs should look black!

From the archives - this week I’m digging up some old work to share! This photo is from February 2010 and has been re-edited. Looking through the archives I found my original edits of this session,...

Tip of the Day – Avoid Side Light

Full sun in late afternoon can really make black dogs shine! The hard light brings out the contrast between the shadows and the specular highlights of a shiny coat. Shoot with the sun behind you...

Tip of the Day – Blast that backlight

One of the benefits of photographing furry black dogs, is you can blast them with backlight and you’ll not end up with blown out highlights in the rim light on the fur! Make sure you’re...

Tip of the Day – Balancing Backlighting Exposure

When photographing black dogs with backlight (the sun behind the dog) it's super important that the front, shaded side of the dog is also well illuminated from a secondary light source such as a large...

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...

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