Tip of the Day

Tip of the Day – Juxtaposition

Composition using the juxtaposition of one element with another is something not often used in pet photography, as we're often shooting in natural environments. Juxtaposition is the technique of placing two contrasting, very different subjects in...

Tip of the Day – Fill the frame

Filling the frame is a compositional technique that is exactly how it sounds - filling the frame with your subject! Instead of using other methods to place the subject in the frame, surrounded by space...

Tip of the Day – Creating depth

Today we’re discussing depth. Giving the impression of three dimensions via a two dimensional medium is always a challenge. Adding depth to your images can be done in a number of ways and helps your...

Tip of the Day – Symmetry

Symmetry, also referred to as symmetrical balance, often goes hand in hand with centering, which was the very first element of composition we covered. Symmetry occurs when there are equal weights on both sides of an...

Tip of the Day – Balancing elements

Balancing Elements is our focus today. Placing your subject off to one side when using the Rule of Thirds or another compositional technique can sometimes leave the image feeling a bit “empty” on the other side....

Tip of the Day – Negative space

Today we’re focusing on negative space - the area of your image not taken up by the subject. It’s a universal element of composition also widely used in design, sculpture and architecture, as well as...

Tip of the Day – Bring back the glow

Today we’re having a look at an image taken towards the end of Bella’s RealShoots session. The sun was almost about to set and if we were out in the open, there would have been...

Tip of the Day – Over the shoulder

When photographing little dogs and their owners, the size difference between them forces you to think creatively when it comes to posing them. One way to address this is to have the owner hold their...

Tip of the Day – Slow action

Action shots can sometimes be tricky to orchestrate when the dog isn’t interested in chasing a ball or toy. For dogs that are very treat motivated - developing a bond with them beforehand will ensure...

Tip of the Day – Seek shelter

Bella was our beautiful model for Episode 3 - isn’t she a cutie? When I arrived at Bella’s house it was raining - a summer storm - complete with thunder and lightning - was passing...

Tip of the Day – Rule of thirds

The “rule of thirds” is probably the most well known and widely used rule of composition - and for good reason - it’s probably the most easily understood and effective rule of them all. The basic...

Tip of the Day – Pattern composition

Pattern can be a tricky element to incorporate into pet photography as often we’re working in natural environments, but it can be done if you always keep an eye out out for opportunities - you’ll...

Tip of the Day – Framed composition

Another rather straightforward technique used to draw attention to the subject within an image, is framing. In this case, Clive here is perfectly framed within the chair - with the chair cushion forming a kind...

Tip of the Day – Leading lines

Using leading lines is a great way to draw the viewers attention to where you want it - your furry subject! Leading lines often go hand in hand with perspective created by man-made objects such...

Tip of the Day – Centered Composition

We’ll start off with the simplest element, which is often overlooked and even shunned because it is so basic. Centering is what most people who are starting out as photographers default to - after all...

Tip of the Day – Space out your subjects

Silhouettes are one of my favourite ways to incorporate owners into the session, without placing too much pressure on them. I like to explain to them that silhouettes will only show their outline - they’ll...

Tip of the Day – Switch to wide

Here’s a tip for creating variety when photographing dogs with their owners. If you’re finished taking a group shot with a long lens to capture natural interactions, ask them to stay where they are while you...

Tip of the Day – Keep faces close

For posed portraits (which people do sometimes request), if you are working with dogs of different sizes, try to bring the larger dog down to the smaller dog’s level, and bring any people in the...

Tip of the Day – Walk up and back

Shooting from a long way back and zooming in with a telephoto lens is a great way to include the surroundings, while reducing the pressure on people to “pose”. I often send them off for...

Tip of the Day – Capture genuine moments

I can’t emphasis enough, how important it is with pets and people to capture natural interactions, expressions and poses. Asking people to pose and micro-managing where their hands or arms are, or where exactly they...

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