Tip of the Day

Tip of the Day – Include Something Memorable

When shooting for a client, include favourite toys if they play a big part in the dog’s life! Photos like these are fun to look back on and jog happy memories in years to come....

Tip of the Day – Expression in Silhouettes

Use body language and posture to tell a story when shooting silhouettes. Capture a nice clear outline of your subject - side on to you is often the best way to do this. Without seeing...

Tip of the Day – Manual Exposure for Changing Backgrounds

Shooting in manual exposure mode has many advantages. When shooting action against a changing background, where the dog is moving around constantly, keeping the correct exposure fixed manually means consistent exposures when the background changes...

Tip of the Day – Space to look into

If the dog is facing off to the side and not directly towards you, make sure you leave enough negative space in the image for them to “look into”. Composing your image with negative space...

Tip of the Day – Prepare for the Unexpected

Keeping your shutter speed high at all times is invaluable when the unexpected happens! I was shooting some candid portrait shots of my new kitten on my deck when she came racing towards me sideways...

Tip of the Day – Find Cool Background Textures

Always keep an eye out for cool, interesting or unusual ground surfaces. Using a very shallow depth of field and shooting downwards for that “puppy dog eyes” look creates a beautiful soft out of focus...

Tip of the Day – Capture Expression in Adoptables

When taking photos of adoptable dogs looking for new homes, go the extra mile to try and capture some personality and create an emotional connection. Your images will stand out above all the regular standard...

Tip of the Day – Continuous Autofocus

Even the most well-trained dogs are never completely still. I recommend always shooting in continuous autofocus mode. That’s AI Servo in Canon and AF-C in Nikon. Consider learning how to use back button focusing so...

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 – Background Visualisation

To visualise what a background will look like when it’s out-of-focus, try deliberately blurring your eyes. If you can’t do this (not everyone can) focus closely on your hand, keep the same focus, then remove...

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 – Backlighting Black and White Dogs

Another lighting style that can work well for black and white dogs is backlighting - making sure the shaded side of the dog - the side you’re shooting - is receiving plentiful, even light from...

Tip of the Day – Prioritise shutter speed

Fast shutter speeds are the key to obtaining sharp action shots! On overcast days or in low light, crank up your ISO as much as you can to allow for a fast shutter speed -...

Tip of the Day – Cat Curiosity

Use the natural curiosity of cats to get their attention with new and interesting toys - feathers, bits of string, mouse shaped toys - anything to get them looking!...

Tip of the Day – Foreground Bokeh

I just love foreground bokeh in an image! To create it, place your subject in a slight dip, or get down super low to the ground. Make sure whatever you’re shooting past (usually grass) is...

Tip of the Day – Include Details

When shooting for a client, to obtain variety in your session, focus in on the little details like these feathered legs of a Golden Retriever. These kinds of shots make great album fillers!...

Tip of the Day – Avoid Side Light

Full sun in late afternoon can really make black dogs shine! The hard light brings out the contrast between the shadows and the specular highlights of a shiny coat. Shoot with the sun behind you...

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