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Tip of the Day – Increase your chances

At this country field location, I found the long grass made getting a clear shot very difficult when shooting action. I was able to tweak my camera’s tracking settings a little to help (not all...

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 – Contrast for focus

Do you struggle to capture sharp action shots? Do you find your camera struggles to lock focus, and when it does, it gets “left behind” when the dog is running fast? Well, the issue just...

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 – 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 – 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 ready with continuous focus

Image 2 of 5 of Scully’s Session in the series Creating Variety in Your Dog Photography Sessions Always be “ready for anything” when photographing dogs. Shooting in continuous focus (AI Servo on Canon and AF-C on Nikon)...

Tip of the Day – Shallow slice of focus

Image 3 of 5 of Chloe’s Session in the series Creating Variety in Your Dog Photography Sessions When she was younger, Chloe had a reputation for being mischievous and just a little bit naughty, but being...

Tip of the Day – Complimentary backgrounds

Image 2 of 5 of Billy’s Session in the series Creating Variety in Your Dog Photography Sessions The seaside headland where I was shooting Billy’s session has some really cool rocky features - pink and red...

Tip of the Day – Move the focus point

Select a single focus point and carefully place it over one eye when shooting “puppy dog eyes” shots like this. Leaving the focus up to the camera often results in the dog’s nose being in...

10 Tips for Taking Better Action Photos of Dogs

Flying ears, flapping tongues and crazy eyes. Action photos of dogs are often hilarious and always incredibly popular, but as you may have discovered, they’re not always the easiest to capture. Obtaining sharp action shots...

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 – Continuous Autofocus

Even the most well-trained dogs are never completely still. I recommend always shooting in continuous autofocus mode. That’s AI Servo in Canon and AF-C in Nikon. Consider learning how to use back button focusing so...

Tip of the Day – Prioritise shutter speed

Fast shutter speeds are the key to obtaining sharp action shots! On overcast days or in low light, crank up your ISO as much as you can to allow for a fast shutter speed -...

Tip of the Day – Know Your Camera

Read your camera’s manual cover to cover and experiment with different focusing settings to find the best combination for you. High-end cameras especially have a multitude of selectable focus points, focusing modes and tracking settings....

Tip of the Day – Use Continuous Focus

When attempting to photograph a dog running directly towards you, track continuously (use AI Servo / AF-C) and shoot continuously in burst mode, at the highest frame rate your camera is capable of. Try to...

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