Tip of the Day – Practice!

Tip of the Day – Practice!

10 of 10 in the series 10 Tips for Taking Better Action Photos of Dogs

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 a ball or jumping into a lake – can provide a great opportunity to set yourself up for the shot and practice over and over, increasing your chances of success.

By breaking the process down into individual steps (the whole premise of this series!) you can work out which part isn’t working so well for you and concentrate on practicing to improve that one aspect.

I often take my own dogs out to practice – here’s some shots from a practice session of mine.

My final thoughts? There is no magic button. You have to put the work in. At least if you’re playing fetch in the process, there won’t be any complaint from your doggy subject!⠀


Fletcher in action: Canon EOS 1D X, Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II @ 125mm, ISO 500, 1/2500 sec, f/2.8


Opal in action: Canon EOS 1D X, Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II @ 110mm, ISO 1000, 1/2500 sec, f/2.8

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