Tip of the Day

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 – Urban Catchlights

When shooting in urban environments, dealing with all the sources of shade you’ll encounter, it can be hard to get your subject lit nicely. Even if you place your subject somewhere with limited light, try...

Tip of the Day – Know Your Camera

Read your camera’s manual cover to cover and experiment with different focusing settings to find the best combination for you. High-end cameras especially have a multitude of selectable focus points, focusing modes and tracking settings....

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 – Capturing Expression

Aim to capture expression in your images! Instead of always having the dog sitting looking at you with ears up - capture those little funny moments. A sequence of images where the dog’s expression changes...

Tip of the Day – Tethering Multiple Dogs

When photographing multiple dogs, unless they have a rock-solid stay, try tethering them both at equal lengths to a nearby tree or pole to keep them in place....

Tip of the Day – Hairy Dog Catchlights

For very hairy dogs, consider trimming the hair around the eyes - or ask the owner to if shooting for a client. Lots of hair around eyes can make focusing very tricky and can also...

Tip of the Day – Multiple Dogs in Action

When photographing multiple dogs in action, decrease the aperture (larger number) and try not to zoom in as much, to increase the depth of field and have more chance of getting them both in focus....

Tip of the Day – Capture Details

Focus in on the little details! Macro lenses are great for capturing cute physical features such as this shiny little black button nose....

Tip of the Day – Drinking Dogs

The secret to capturing super fun drinking shots? Be prepared! Have all your exposure and focusing settings on your camera ready to go before turning on the tap. Once dogs start drinking, you have a...

Tip of the Day – Layer with bokeh

Use foreground layers to add extra dimension to your images and create interest. Foliage is great for this, foreground bokeh is so pretty!...

Tip of the Day – Cloudy Days

Stuck with shooting on a cloudy day? Put extra effort into how you use the features of your location, and in getting expression from your subjects, to make up for unexciting lighting!...

Tip of the Day – Urban Colour

When shooting in urban environments, keep an eye out for ways you can incorporate colour into your shots! Coloured walls, sculptures and buildings can offer splashes of colour to spice up a collection of images...

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 – Side Views

The dog doesn't always have to be looking at you! Shooting from the side is a great way to introduce variety in your sessions and emphasis other features such as markings and gorgeous full tails....

Tip of the Day – Always Be Ready

Always be ready to capture the random moments. Even though I wasn’t set up specifically to shoot action - the fact that I always shoot with a high shutter speed and use continuous focus full...

Tip of the Day – Owner Detail Shots

When shooting for a client and they’ve indicated they’d to be involved in some of the photos, but aren’t a fan of photos, find creative ways to incorporate them without focusing on their face or...

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