Tip of the Day

Tip of the Day – Make it high reward

Co-operating with you while you’re taking photos should always result in some super special rewards for your dog. Depending on what drives them and what they value most, have a reward that only happens once...

Tip of the Day – Short and sweet

Because you are probably going to be taking many, many of photos of your own dog over the years, there’s no need to engage in extensive sessions like you would with someone else’s dog. Keep...

Tip of the Day – Start off slow

Your dog’s initial introduction to your camera should be the same as if you’re meeting a new dog for the first time. Depending on if it’s an 8 week old pup, or a 10 year...

Tip of the Day – Disappearing act

If your doggy subject needs to be on-leash for safety or just to keep them in place, but you still want to include a large swathe of background, but there’s nothing to secure them to,...

Tip of the Day – 135mm love

My love affair with my 135mm lens continues…⠀ ⠀ While not the perfect lens for every situation, this lens excels with certain subjects in certain locations.⠀ ⠀ I always shoot with it at ƒ/2 (what’s the point, otherwise?) and...

Tip of the Day – Relaxed posed portraits

For posed portraits of people with their dogs - shots where they are looking at the camera and smiling, as opposed to candids where they are interacting with their dogs - there’s one important thing...

Tip of the Day – Contrast for focus

Do you struggle to capture sharp action shots? Do you find your camera struggles to lock focus, and when it does, it gets “left behind” when the dog is running fast? Well, the issue just...

Tip of the Day – Portrait format action

Do you always shoot “run to me” action shots like this in landscape format? I certainly do! But when you want to include something in the background that doesn’t fit into the regular view, why...

Tip of the Day – Golden half hour

That truly warm, golden light only happens in about the last half an hour to 15 minutes before the sun goes down. They talk about the golden hour, but more accurately it’s closer to the...

Tip of the Day – Unposed

Using your powers of observation during a shoot is so important. Always be watching what your doggy models are doing, how they are interacting with their owners and the world around them. Capturing spontaneous moments...

Tip of the Day – Observe and create

Getting to know your client and their pets is one of the best parts of the session. It’s not just the stories they tell or the things they say, it’s also how they interact with...

Tip of the Day – Better stays on-leash

Photographing dogs on-leash is a great way get them to stay where you want them. Ask the owner or handler to hold the leash straight up, and stand next to them, with their body as...

Tip of the Day – Backlight Balance

When shooting action with backlight, it’s really important to remember you need to balance the direct sun light coming from behind the dog, with another light source illuminating the front side of them. Too much...

Tip of the Day – SpiderPro Camera Holster

This final tip is a video tip - direct from the latest episode of my series. In Episode 4: Elli & Freya in the Forest, I talk about my latest favourite shooting accessory - the...

Tip of the Day – Ultimate treat bag

Have you been searching for the perfect treat bag for dog photography? I have a bunch of different bags (I actually counted, I’m talking 7. SEVEN!) but by far the most useful and best designed...

Tip of the Day – Sun Seeker

Today we’re focusing on my favourite app for location scouting - Sun Seeker. This handy iPhone app has been a life changer for me when location scouting. It works by giving you a live “augmented reality”...

Tip of the Day – Long leash

When it’s impossible for your doggy subjects to be off-leash - perhaps their recall isn’t great, or the law requires it - having alternative options such as a long leash is a must. But not just...

Tip of the Day – Game callers

Number one is game callers. Getting the dog’s attention towards you and the camera is crucial in obtaining expression - and expression is what transforms your “photo of a dog” into a “photo of THAT...

Tip of the Day – The Golden Ratio

The concept of the Golden Ratio dates back millennia to Greek and Roman mathematicians and has been utilised in maths, art and architecture ever since, particularly by the great Renaissance artists. If you're a geek like me and these...

Tip of the Day – Diagonals and triangles

Somewhat related to “leading lines” - using diagonals and triangles in your images can help to draw the viewer’s eye into and through the image, “pointing” to important parts. Important elements can be placed along...

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