Before & After

Tip of the Day – Eye glow fix

There’s only so much you can do with natural light before it becomes unusable - just not bright enough - even if you use a very large aperture and a prime lens to maximise the...

Tip of the Day – Hold up the leash

When photographing dogs on-leash in urban areas, leash placement is critical to help minimise the editing required to remove the lead. While it’s a relatively simple task to edit out a leash against a forgiving...

Tip of the Day – Head swap

Do you find it tricky to get both dogs in focus when you’re shooting a group photo of two or more dogs? And also getting all dogs looking at the camera, with good expressions? Sometimes...

Tip of the Day – Shoot to edit

Right at the end of Niku’s session, the jetty was just starting to get a little less busy. I had switched to my super wide angle 16-35mm lens and was shooting up close and from...

Tip of the Day – Settle down

Niku was a bit unsettled on the jetty but as soon as her mum Kay sat down, she decided to stand still instead of shifting around. Instead of disturbing her by asking Kay to stand...

Tip of the Day – Crop last

What I love about cloudy skies is their ability to provide soft, even light, which makes it possible to shoot from virtually any angle, just as long as you’re in a fairly open area. This...

Tip of the Day – Flare fix

Have you ever struggled with flare when shooting with backlight? You can identify flare while you are shooting by looking through the viewfinder or reviewing the images on the back of the camera. Flared out images...

Tip of the Day – Disappearing act

If your doggy subject needs to be on-leash for safety or just to keep them in place, but you still want to include a large swathe of background, but there’s nothing to secure them to,...

Editing Quick Tip – Head Swap using Auto Align Layers

Editing Quick Tip (well, I tried to make it quick!) of the day - using Photoshop's Auto Align Layers feature to make head swaps quicker and much easier! The before and after slider below shows the...

Tip of the Day – Bring back the glow

Today we’re having a look at an image taken towards the end of Bella’s RealShoots session. The sun was almost about to set and if we were out in the open, there would have been...

Tip of the Day – The golden glow

One of the two editing tutorials in this episode, is this shot! ⠀ ⠀ In the tutorial, I take you through a complete edit - from white balance, contrast, tone corrections and local adjustments to really bring...

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 – Spot the difference

Image 5 of 5 of Ella’s Session in the series Creating Variety in Your Dog Photography Sessions We have an image that at first glance, might not seem to have been edited very heavily. This is...

Tip of the Day – Highlight detail

Image 5 of 5 of Scully’s Session in the series Creating Variety in Your Dog Photography Sessions When shooting with backlight, in most cases it’s a good idea to deliberately under-expose the image - not completely...

Tip of the Day – Warm it up

Image 5 of 5 of Chloe’s Session in the series Creating Variety in Your Dog Photography Sessions I’m a total sucker for a backlit shot, so when the sun was getting down nice and low to...

Tip of the Day – Twilight recovery

Image 5 of 5 of Dutchie’s Session in the series Creating Variety in Your Dog Photography Sessions Last post of the series, so it’s time for a “before and after” today! Twilight images can be really beautiful,...

Tip of the Day – Careful exposure

This fantastic jetty leads eastwards out into the bay, so late in the afternoon it receives the last bit of sunshine of the day. For this shot, I waited until the sun was down just...

Tip of the Day – Digital trickery

Getting a great shot of two dogs together often involves a little digital trickery. If the dogs do not have a good stay, put them both on lead and have the handler hold the leads...

Before & After: Pushing the Boundaries

I took this image at the end of a mentoring session, just for fun, knowing that I was going to use the shot to demonstrate some editing techniques to my student. We were in the...

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