Tip of the Day

Tip of the Day – Depth through layers

I often think the medium of photography is all about the process of condensing three dimensions into two, while retaining a sense of depth. One of my favourite ways to do this is by including...

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 – 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 – Include the bloopers

Include the bloopers! Dogs are great at surprising you with weird expressions and after every shoot you’re sure to end up with some bloopers. I’ve found pet parents often love these. This shot of Cleo...

Tip of the Day – Fast Prime Lenses

My favourite lens for shooting indoors with natural light is the 35mm f/1.4. It’s wide enough so you can shoot while up close to your subject - good for cats and kittens where you’re also...

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...

Tip of the Day – Puppy Dog Eyes

For a simple, soulful portrait, you can’t go past that “puppy dog eyes” view from above. A super shallow depth of field (fast prime lenses are the best) and sharp focus on the eyes draws...

Tip of the Day – Negative Space

Include negative space to add interest, but make sure the subject is looking in or at least facing towards that direction or it may look accidental....

Tip of the Day – Urban Exploration

Shooting in urban areas forces you to explore, improvise and experiment. Unexpected things can pop up just around the next corner, so you keep an open mind and a positive attitude. This awesome etched metal...

Tip of the Day – Composition

More on composition today. Pop quiz: which element of composition does this image predominantly use?...

Tip of the Day – Shade the lens

Capturing backlit shots can be really challenging. Most lenses usually struggle to find focus when they face directly into the sun. When you add a moving subject, this often results in the autofocus system not...

Tip of the Day – Deaf and blind dogs

When working with deaf or blind (or both, in this case) dogs, it can be very challenging to obtain expression. Instead of defaulting to noises and visual cues, target other senses. Some may sense vibration...

Tip of the Day – Spot Focus Point

For dogs with hair over their eyes, face them upwards towards the light to get some light and catchlights into their eyes. If your camera offers it, use a very fine focus point (Single-point Spot...

Tip of the Day – Declutter

Not everyone lives in a show home! When photographing cats indoors, do a quick clean-up of the room you're shooting in. Often there will be clutter in the background that can easily be removed before...

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 – Keep on leash for control

Even in locations that allow dogs off leash, sometimes it’s just easier to keep dogs on leash for more control - especially if they don’t have a good stay or recall. If nothing is available...

Tip of the Day – Let puppies play!

Puppies can be deceptively fast, infinitely random and not very cooperative when it comes to taking photos! Let them play and stay well back with a long lens. If they come over to check you...

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 – Graffiti Walls

Graffiti walls make super cool backdrops for colourful and fun dog photos! Unfortunately graffiti walls are often located in places with less than ideal lighting like down alleyways or behind buildings. To obtain the most...

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