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Tip of the Day – Silhouetto

Silhouettes - I love them! Capturing and editing them is such a massive topic with so much to consider, but it’s all covered in RealShoots Episode 10. In fact, the second editing video is nearly...

Tip of the Day – Tiny dancer

Beautiful little Pippa was only 6 months old at the time of filming RealShoots Episode 10 and she was just soooo tiny! So tiny in fact, that if the grass was anything longer than a...

Tip of the Day – Make it positive

Ahh, Bunji - the action man! He much prefers ball chasing and Jaspah-herding to standing around posing in front of the camera, and made me work super hard to capture some close up portraits. His...

Tip of the Day – Don’t run out of ideas

There’s nothing quite like a good old ball-chasing flat-out run to get some great expressions from a dog. I love the intense look of focus and the pure joy that chasing a ball usually elicits....

Tip of the Day – Look away

I’m usually all about expression and eye contact, but in some cases it’s nice to shoot images where the dog isn’t looking at the camera, to help create variety and show off some different physical...

Tip of the Day – The group shot

Ah, that elusive but all important group photo. I find that clients usually say “oh we really don’t mind if you don’t get a group shot, it would be impossible surely!” but secretly a group...

Tip of the Day – Instinctual captures

When working with multiple dogs, I like to capture “matching” shots of each dog in similar spots, poses or angles. I feel these work well if the owner is putting together wall art or albums....

Tip of the Day – Remove distractions

Another tip for working with multiple dogs today. I know this photo is of just one dog - the beautiful Jaspah. But that’s because the other dogs were being held on-lead away from Jaspah while...

Tip of the Day – A versatile lens

When working up close with dogs during a multiple dog session, and the dogs are different sizes, which lens is the best to choose so you aren’t constantly switching? I find the focal length range of...

Tip of the Day – Multi dog action

Action shots of dogs can be tricky at the best of times, but when you have multiple subjects, it compounds all those difficulties drastically. Which dog do you focus on? How do you get them...

Tip of the Day – Disappearing act

Shooting in urban locations can often mean you struggle to get a clean shot without the dog’s owner in the frame. Simply by also taking a clean background image (without moving a muscle or changing...

Tip of the Day – Do your thing

I am often asked how to pose people and their dogs, but in most cases, I don’t do much direction when it comes to these types of shots. Usually, it’s just a case of picking...

Tip of the Day – Dog on a rock

Embrace those random opportunities! At Baxter’s shoot, I had no plans to shoot at the little creek that ran next to the open field, but when Baxter’s mum found this scene, we had to try...

Tip of the Day – Perfect panning

Panning shots are something a little different that I don’t do on every shoot, but they are super fun to capture and rewarding when they work well. With panning shots, instead of running towards you,...

Tip of the Day – How low, can you go?

When mentoring pet photographers in person, I am constantly telling my students to get down lower. I usually end up saying “nope, lower”. Then “lower, right down on the ground!”. 😆 To get those really low...

Tip of the Day – Crisp and clean backlight

This image is the subject of the second editing tutorial in RealShoots Episode 9. In the 37-minute tutorial video, you can see step-by-step of how I brought this image to life by pushing light into...

Tip of the Day – Blur it out

Urban areas can be challenging to shoot in as there is just so much going on visually! Instead of heavily featuring the location, concentrate on getting some more great expressions from your doggy model, using a...

Tip of the Day – Spontaneous interactions

I was all ready to start shooting action when I saw Baxter and Nicole having a little cuddle on the grass. Natural interactions like this between dog and owner always result in the most genuine...

Tip of the Day – Directing the gaze

Whenever I'm using treats, I'm not just holding them there for the dog to look at. I am using them to direct their gaze, then I am rewarding them for looking at the treat (and...

Tip of the Day – Height of the stride

When dogs run, their heads move up and down depending on the point in their stride. When photographing dogs with big ears, floppy lips and big tongues (Great Danes are a prime example), catching them...

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