Tip of the Day

Tip of the Day – Drinking Dogs

Shiny wet noses, big slobbery pink tongues and water splashes galore combine to create images brimming with silliness - drinking shots are a fun addition to any collection of dog shots. Have all your settings...

Tip of the Day – Minimise Clutter

When shooting in urban areas, look for ways you can place the dog in scenes or in front of buildings where the angle of view minimises clutter. This may mean elevating the dog on a...

Tip of the Day – Making Blue Skies Blue

Editing tip: if the sky in your image is a very pale blue and you’d like to bring it out more - in Lightroom - go to the HSL (Hue / Saturation / Luminance) panel...

Tip of the Day – Tethering Two Dogs

When photographing multiple dogs that don’t stay, find something safe and secure to tether them to. With the leads the exact same length, they will reach the limit end of their lead and automatically be...

Tip of the Day – Dog and Owner Silhouettes

Silhouettes are a great way of capturing the relationship between dog and owner, especially if the owner is camera shy. Beautiful sunsets make all the difference to these kinds of shots....

Tip of the Day – Use Noises for Expression

Expression is so important in pet photography. To get those alert, interested and often humorous looks from the dogs you’re photographing, work on your repertoire of crazy noises! I like to practice them in the...

Tip of the Day – Look Down

When shooting in a busy environment - look down! Some of the best backgrounds come from shooting down towards the ground, with the focus on the eyes and using a shallow depth of field to...

Tip of the Day – Replay Scenarios

Putting some thought and preparation into capturing action shots of dogs really pays off. Instead of waiting for behaviours to happen, create a repeatable scenario that you can play out multiple times, to give you...

Tip of the Day – Look Up

Shooting in a busy environment? Look up! Getting below your subject and shooting up towards trees or buildings simplifies the background, creates an interesting (often humorous) angle and creates variety in your images....

Tip of the Day – Work with the Environment

Learn to work with what your environment gives you. Your choice of focal length and the way you choose to use the light can make the difference between an average shot and a brilliant one....

Tip of the Day – Shoot at Water Level

When capturing dogs in action in and around water, shoot directly across or up towards the action. This ensures that splashes and droplets of water will be sharply defined against the blurred-out background or the...

Tip of the Day – Control Flare

Do you get unwanted or excessive flare, and/or have focusing issues when shooting with heavy backlight towards the sun? There’s an easy solution! Make sure there is no direct sunshine falling on the end glass...

Tip of the Day – Underexpose Silhouettes

For perfectly exposed silhouette shots, underexpose the image to bring out the colour in the sky and make your subject black. Dial in some negative exposure compensation, or switch to Manual exposure for more control....

Tip of the Day – Get Low for Action

When capturing a dog running directly towards you, get down as low to the ground as you can. This helps with isolating them against a busy background, or if you are shooting with them running...

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