Working with Natural Light

Tip of the Day – Backlighting background watch

Backlighting can be tricky to master! When you have strong light coming from behind your subjects, it can be a challenge to get your background looking good. All that bright light back there creates hot...

Tip of the Day – Open shade

When you’re working with natural light you should always be paying attention to the direction, intensity, quality and colour temperature of the light. This is especially important for black dogs. But what is good light? Open shade...

Tip of the Day – Towards the light

Image 2 of 5 of Ella’s Session in the series Creating Variety in Your Dog Photography Sessions Urban areas are heaps of fun for creative compositions. Since urban elements like walls and buildings are fixed though,...

Tip of the Day – Face towards the light

Image 1 of 5 of Chloe’s Session in the series Creating Variety in Your Dog Photography Sessions Welcome to the first post for Chloe’s session! Last week we focused on Dutchie, a 4 month old puppy....

Tip of the Day – Semi Silhouettes

The aim when you’re shooting silhouettes is to have the dog outlined completely against the sky. Sometimes it’s impossible to get down low enough and their feet or lower legs aren’t quite against the sky...

Tip of the Day – Sunflare

When you’re shooting into the sun, flare can sometimes be unavoidable. As long as it’s not important if the subject has lots of detail and correct colour, it can be used to convey a mood...

Tip of the Day – Find Shade at Midday

If you simply have to shoot in the middle of the day, try to find some shade. Harsh overhead sunlight is never pretty. Building shade can be great - just make sure you face your...

Tip of the Day – Highlight Clipping

It can be really easy to accidentally "blow out" the highlights of white dogs in full sun. Blown out highlights result in no image data in the whitest parts of the image. To prevent this,...

Tip of the Day – Twilight Shooting

If you’re shooting in a wide open area on a clear day, don’t stop once the sun goes down! Twilight is longer on clear days and usually during summer, and the light is soft, giving...

Tip of the Day – Cloudy Day Action

Cloudy days provide beautiful soft, diffuse light. However, the intensity (strength) of light is less. Keep an eye on your settings - it might be necessary to crank up the ISO to allow for fast...

Tip of the Day – Golden Hour

When shooting on a sunny day, time of day is so important, as it changes the colour temperature of the light. For this shot, the light was at it’s warmest, with the sun right on...

Tip of the Day – Reducing Sun Flare

A little bit of sun flare can lend elements of light and warmth to your backlit late afternoon shots - but don’t let the flare ruin your image by completely washing it out! Know how...

Tip of the Day – Include the Landscape

To create variety in your session, pull back and include the surrounding environment, if you’re shooting somewhere picturesque! This was shot on a dog-friendly beach on the Gold Coast with the high rises of Surfers...

Tip of the Day – Editing Clear Sky Silhouettes

Shooting a silhouette at sunset on a cloud-free day and want to add some interest to the image? Since you don’t have to worry about what your subject looks like - you can go a...

Tip of the Day – Full Sun Action

Struggling getting action shots in focus? Give your camera lots of help by shooting in full sun. Early morning or late afternoon should still give plenty of light and the quality of light means the...

Tip of the Day – Face Towards the Light

Light is important, but don’t write off a cool scene just because the sun isn’t in exactly the right spot - find a way to make it work! The sun was at 45 degrees to...

Tip of the Day – Dog and Owner Silhouettes

Silhouettes are a great way of capturing the relationship between dog and owner, especially if the owner is camera shy. Beautiful sunsets make all the difference to these kinds of shots....

Tip of the Day – Underexpose Silhouettes

For perfectly exposed silhouette shots, underexpose the image to bring out the colour in the sky and make your subject black. Dial in some negative exposure compensation, or switch to Manual exposure for more control....

error: Alert: Content is protected