Tip of the Day

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 – Block the Flare

If you struggle with lens flare (that washed-out look) when shooting with backlight - remember that it’s caused by direct sunlight striking the end of your lens. When shooting late in the day in an...

Tip of the Day – Centre Composition

Are you familiar with all the rules of composition? Centering is one of the most basic, but when done well, one of the more powerful techniques. It usually works best when your subject and/or background...

Tip of the Day – Capture Happies

Images of dogs are more endearing to us when they’re focused on us, alert and happy. Images where the dog is exhibiting eye contact, ears erect and forward, head up and even tilted a little...

Tip of the Day – Silhouette Portraits

If your usual subject matter is dogs, you may feel a little lost when asked to photograph people with their pets! One way of creating low-pressure “pet and owner” shots that they will love, is...

Tip of the Day – Tongues

Never underestimate the reach, flexibility and sheer comedic value of the tongue of a Great Dane when in full flight. That is all for today....

Tip of the Day – Elevate Small Dogs

When shooting in locations with long grass, little dogs can become easily lost! Pop them up on a log or somewhere elevated to help keep them in place (using my ‘positioning on the edge’ technique...

Tip of the Day – Become the Pawparazzi

From the archives - I’m digging up some old work to share! This photo is from July 2011 and has been re-edited. To create variety in your pet photography sessions, especially when working with dogs off-lead,...

Tip of the Day – Space to look into

From the archives - I’m digging up some old work to share! This photo is from May 2010 and has been re-edited. Photographing dogs isn’t all about getting their attention and having them looking at the...

Tip of the Day – Black dogs should look black!

From the archives - this week I’m digging up some old work to share! This photo is from February 2010 and has been re-edited. Looking through the archives I found my original edits of this session,...

Tip of the Day – Warm It Up

Late afternoon golden hour light is meant to be exactly that - golden! Don’t be afraid to warm up your backlit shots when editing, giving a true representation of how the scene looked to you...

Tip of the Day ~ Attention Please!

What motivates your subject and gets their attention? For some dogs it’s treats, but for Pruna the Spanish Water Dog here, it was her ball! Pruna was one of the amazing models at our recent...

Tip of the Day – Dealing with Hair Over Eyes

Little dogs with deep set eyes and lots of hair are always a challenge to get the focus on the eyes! One way you can make life easier for yourself, is to face them upwards....

Tip of the Day – Subject Placement

Careful placement of your subject (or changing your angle, viewpoint or perspective through lens choice) when shooting against a background with bright highlight areas is important. Even if some areas of the background are blown...

Tip of the Day – Indoors Lighting

Indoor shots can look great, just as long as your subject receives enough light. Face them towards a light source - a large window, sliding glass door or skylight - rather than facing them into...

Tip of the Day – Filtering the Sun

When shooting with backlight, always seek out something to “filter” the light from the sun through. One of the main challenges of backlighting is getting your subject bright enough to match the background. Another way...

Tip of the Day – Expanding Perspective

Carrying on from yesterday’s post about focal length - understanding the effects of focal length on perspective comes in handy when photographing a small subject in front of a big background - like Indy the...

Tip of the Day – Compressing Perspective

Understanding the effects of focal length on perspective comes in handy when photographing a small subject in front of a big background - like Indy the Miniature Poodle here in front of the Brisbane Gallery...

Tip of the Day – Capture Expression

I can’t emphasise enough how important capturing expression is in dog photography! Expression is what sets your work apart and makes your images engaging, interesting and storytelling - rather than just a photo of a...

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...

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