Tip of the Day

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 – Increase your chances

At this country field location, I found the long grass made getting a clear shot very difficult when shooting action. I was able to tweak my camera’s tracking settings a little to help (not all...

Tip of the Day – Use tools

Don’t be afraid to use the right tools to get the job done!⠀ ⠀ I really wanted to get Kentucky on the edge of the water for this shot, but I knew the temptation to dive into...

Tip of the Day – Perfectionist tendencies

perfectionist⠀ pəˈfɛkʃ(ə)nɪst/⠀ noun⠀ 1. a person who refuses to accept any standard short of perfection.⠀ ⠀ Yup - that’s me to a tee! In the quest to make my images nothing short of absolutely perfect, I sometimes go a little...

Tip of the Day – Unscripted candids

Photos of dogs with their owners are not all about perfect, posed shots of all the members of the group sitting there looking pretty (though, that can be nice too!). Some of my favourite dog...

Tip of the Day – Grassy issues

On my search for a new rural photo location, I specifically looked for a property with fields of naturally long grass - however I came to regret that when I started shooting. Those long pieces...

Tip of the Day – Switch it up

Creating variety during a dog photography session is something many pet photographers struggle with. Just how many ways is it possible to capture the same subject at the same location, anyway?⠀ ⠀ An easy method I like...

Tip of the Day – Portraits vs pictures

Capturing moments like these is what makes your photos not just “a picture of a dog”, but a portrait of that particular dog. I took this as we were actually trying to manoeuvre both dogs...

Tip of the Day – Lens check

Do you shoot in or around water a lot?⠀ ⠀ I love shooting action shots in water, but it does come with a unique hazard!⠀ ⠀ A lens hood will help to protect your lens to a certain extent,...

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 – 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 – Histogram highlights

Repeat this mantra after me - “White dogs should look white!”⠀ ⠀ Whenever I am photographing a white dog, I always aim to make them look properly white. So how do I achieve this?⠀ ⠀ I expose the image...

Tip of the Day – An important point

Let’s talk focusing!⠀ ⠀ To have complete control over which part of the dog your camera focuses on you should use just a single focus point. This enables you to put that focus point over the exact...

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 – 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 – 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 – Let them explore

An often overlooked piece of the dog photography puzzle is providing an enjoyable experience for the dog. A nice way to ease into your photo session is to let your doggy subject explore the area...

Tip of the Day – Find some colour

The best thing about shooting on a cloudy day is the soft quality of the light. With the light source being, in effect, the entire sky, the light tends to envelop your subject from all...

Tip of the Day – Expression is king

I simply cannot emphasise the need for capturing expression enough, when photographing dogs.⠀ ⠀ Expression makes all the difference between taking a picture of a dog - and creating that dog’s portrait.⠀ ⠀ Expression is what draws you into...

Tip of the Day – Line of sight

Have you ever tried to photograph a dog who would much rather look at anything and everything except you? Or perhaps they concentrate sometimes, but only when there are zero other distractions around?⠀ ⠀ Niku falls into...

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