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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...

Tip of the Day – Work with their quirks

Okay, let’s get this out of the way. This is a super weird expression! Why is Benji’s mouth all twisted up like that? What’s going on with his lips? Is he barking, or …? This...

Tip of the Day – Background fix

One of the instructions I give to my dog owners when shooting “run to me” action shots like this one is to move out of the way after they throw the toy towards me. Sometimes,...

Tip of the Day – Shutter speed minimum

When photographing dogs in action, a fast shutter speed is absolutely essential to capture the movement sharply. But exactly how fast does it need to be? How fast is fast enough?⠀ ⠀ As a general rule, when...

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 – 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 – 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 – 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...

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...

Christine’s Mentoring Session with Juno the Border Collie

Launching into a career in pet photography can be an incredibly exciting but often overwhelming process. Not only do you need to develop the photography and editing skills, there's also the whole "running a business"...

Mel’s Mentoring Session with Skadi the Koolie

I was watching one of my favourite shows the other night - Vikings - when I heard a familiar name pop up - Skadi! The Norse goddess of winter and mountains, Skadi is also the...

Nicola’s Mentoring Session with Zephyr the Border Collie

Border Collies are a favourite breed of mine to use for mentoring sessions. Often well trained, confident in new surroundings, athletic and not bad to look at either, it makes it easier to teach photography concepts...

Putra’s Mentoring Session with Blue the Border Collie

I seem to be developing a habit of using Border Collies for mentoring sessions! They really are ideal though - usually well trained, active, gorgeous looking and willing to please. Just what I need when...

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