Tip of the Day

Tip of the Day – Get Some Help

For awesome “jump” shots - get some help! Ask someone to throw the ball up for the dog a couple of times to see how and when they jump. Then set yourself up and concentrate...

Tip of the Day – Small pupils

When photographing cats indoors, face them towards a window to make their pupils constrict and bring out the colours in their beautiful eyes....

Tip of the Day – Blast that backlight

One of the benefits of photographing furry black dogs, is you can blast them with backlight and you’ll not end up with blown out highlights in the rim light on the fur! Make sure you’re...

Tip of the Day – Manual Exposure

Shooting in Manual exposure mode will give you more reliable results when shooting in difficult lighting situations, such as backlight. Depending on the metering mode, automatic exposure modes will often tend to overcompensate for a...

Tip of the Day – Balancing Backlighting Exposure

When photographing black dogs with backlight (the sun behind the dog) it's super important that the front, shaded side of the dog is also well illuminated from a secondary light source such as a large...

Tip of the Day – Basket case

Cats and especially kittens love to play in and around objects, especially when they have a rough or scratchy texture. I purchased some square baskets cheaply for this purpose and often take them along to...

Tip of the Day – Position on the Edge

Another method of dealing with dogs with no concept of “stay” is to position them on the edge of something. It could be a step, a bench, a garden bed, a boulder - whatever you...

Tip of the Day – Filter the Sun

When photographing white dogs with backlight, to avoid blowing out (overexposing) the furry edges with rim light coming through from behind, try to filter the sunshine through the foliage of trees or bushes, rather than...

Tip of the Day – White Balance in Lightroom

*Lightroom editing* If the dog has some white fur, easily set white balance in Lightroom with this simple trick. In this video, we start off with As Shot white balance. I cycle through Cloudy, Shade...

Tip of the Day – Black and White Dogs

We’ve talked about black dogs and white dogs, but what about black AND white dogs? Since black and white fur presents so much contrast, it’s even more important to keep the lighting even - which...

Tip of the Day – Tethering

My number one method for dealing with dogs with no concept of “stay” is to either have the owner or a helper hold them on leash and stand off to the side - or to...

Tip of the Day – Backlighting Fluffy White Dogs

White fluffy dogs are one of my favourite types of dogs to photograph! Rather than shooting in full sun, I love to backlight them - just as long as the sunshine is filtered through trees...

Tip of the Day – Minimise those shadows

Being aware of your lighting is so important when photographing black dogs. I can’t emphasis this enough! Shooting on a sunny day in full sun is one foolproof lighting method for black dogs as it...

Tip of the Day – Details with a Macro Lens

If you’re shooting a lot of detail shots - noses, paws, eyes - you’ll probably get a lot of use out of a macro lens. They can also be fiddly to nail the focus at...

Tip of the Day – Use Continuous Focus

When attempting to photograph a dog running directly towards you, track continuously (use AI Servo / AF-C) and shoot continuously in burst mode, at the highest frame rate your camera is capable of. Try to...

Tip of the Day – Pushing a Sunset Photo

This shot is the subject of a “before and after” blog post on my website. Head to the blog on learnpetphotography.com.au to see the “before” image - you won’t believe the difference!...

Tip of the Day – Converging Lines

Converging lines can be found in both nature and the constructed world and can lend a sense of time and place to an image. Leading lines add interest and help draw the viewer into the...

Tip of the Day – Blind Shooting

Want to create some dynamic, fun action shots? Try shooting blind! Shooting blind is a term commonly used to refer to shooting with a digital SLR without looking through the viewfinder. It’s especially handy when...

Tip of the Day – Owner Interactions

When including owners in the shot, put them at ease by asking them to interact with their dog. My favourite dog and owner images are natural, candid captures of belly rubs, kisses and paw shakes....

Tip of the Day – Position on the Edge

Another way to get two dogs lined up perfectly next to each other, is to put them both on the edge of something. Steps, benches, platforms, tables - they’ll usually sit right at the edge...

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