Action

Tip of the Day – Natural action

Image 1 of 5 of Billy’s Session in the series Creating Variety in Your Dog Photography Sessions. Billy’s afternoon session took place at a seaside location with a jetty, small sandy beach and a rocky headland....

Tip of the Day – Candid beach shots

Photographing dogs running free on the beach is my favourite thing ever! Okay so not really a tip… but seriously… some of my most favourite action shots are totally unscripted, candid shots. Being a quiet...

Tip of the Day – Grab those opportunities

Don’t always wait for the planets to align before taking your shot - just do it! Little Mickey here (yes, named for his awesome ears!) had grabbed this piece of bamboo and was running down...

Tip of the Day – Choosing action locations

Shooting action directly under the shade of trees doesn’t usually provide enough light. The ideal location is a big grassy area open to the sky, with trees or bushes to the west, shading the area...

Tip of the Day – Play and shoot

Create variety in your dog photography sessions by shooting action. Playing directly with your subject while shooting results in engaging expressions and helps to tell their story. Shooting blind (not looking through the viewfinder) takes...

Tip of the Day – Prepare for candids

It’s easy to get stuck taking the same style of shot every time. Instead, be prepared for candid moments as they happen. Telling a story with your images draws people in and gets them thinking...

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 – Be Ready

Always be ready for the unexpected! As much as we humanise them, dogs are animals, and animals do random things when you least expect it. Constantly observing the body language of your canine subject might...

Tip of the Day – Manual Exposure for Changing Backgrounds

Shooting in manual exposure mode has many advantages. When shooting action against a changing background, where the dog is moving around constantly, keeping the correct exposure fixed manually means consistent exposures when the background changes...

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 – Drinking Dogs

The secret to capturing super fun drinking shots? Be prepared! Have all your exposure and focusing settings on your camera ready to go before turning on the tap. Once dogs start drinking, you have a...

Tip of the Day – Always Be Ready

Always be ready to capture the random moments. Even though I wasn’t set up specifically to shoot action - the fact that I always shoot with a high shutter speed and use continuous focus full...

Tip of the Day – Get Some Help

For awesome “jump” shots - get some help! Ask someone to throw the ball up for the dog a couple of times to see how and when they jump. Then set yourself up and concentrate...

Tip of the Day – Blind Shooting

Want to create some dynamic, fun action shots? Try shooting blind! Shooting blind is a term commonly used to refer to shooting with a digital SLR without looking through the viewfinder. It’s especially handy when...

Tip of the Day – Drinking Dogs

Shiny wet noses, big slobbery pink tongues and water splashes galore combine to create images brimming with silliness - drinking shots are a fun addition to any collection of dog shots. Have all your settings...

Tip of the Day – Replay Scenarios

Putting some thought and preparation into capturing action shots of dogs really pays off. Instead of waiting for behaviours to happen, create a repeatable scenario that you can play out multiple times, to give you...

Tip of the Day – Shoot at Water Level

When capturing dogs in action in and around water, shoot directly across or up towards the action. This ensures that splashes and droplets of water will be sharply defined against the blurred-out background or the...

Tip of the Day – Get Low for Action

When capturing a dog running directly towards you, get down as low to the ground as you can. This helps with isolating them against a busy background, or if you are shooting with them running...

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"...

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