Tip of the Day

Tip of the Day – Digital trickery

Getting a great shot of two dogs together often involves a little digital trickery. If the dogs do not have a good stay, put them both on lead and have the handler hold the leads...

Tip of the Day – Capture interaction

I love a good dog-and-owner silhouette. Since facial expressions are not visible, tell the story of their relationship in a different way. Having them facing each other and interacting is one way to do it!...

Tip of the Day – Water safety

When shooting at the beach, the best spot for the light may be IN the water! Be prepared to get wet but make sure your camera is well secured (neck strap at the very least)...

Tip of the Day – Move the focus point

Select a single focus point and carefully place it over one eye when shooting “puppy dog eyes” shots like this. Leaving the focus up to the camera often results in the dog’s nose being in...

Tip of the Day – Semi Silhouettes

The aim when you’re shooting silhouettes is to have the dog outlined completely against the sky. Sometimes it’s impossible to get down low enough and their feet or lower legs aren’t quite against the sky...

Tip of the Day – Funny expressions

Be ready to capture those funny in-between expressions, as your clients will often love them! We worked really hard to get Sammy’s mouth closed as it was sooo humid and hot in Costa Rica. We...

Tip of the Day – Over the shoulder

Sitting little dogs up on their owners shoulders like this can be a good way of getting them to stay where you want them. It also means you can include the owner in the image,...

Tip of the Day – Candid moments

Candid moments between dogs and their owners are often the most genuine. Instead of “posing” people - ask them to go sit down somewhere (where the background and light is pretty) and just ask them...

Tip of the Day – Choosing action locations

Shooting action directly under the shade of trees doesn’t usually provide enough light. The ideal location is a big grassy area open to the sky, with trees or bushes to the west, shading the area...

Tip of the Day – Leading Lines

Use perspective to lead the eye to your subject. Man made structures such as roads, fences, railings and walls are all great as they provide straight “leading lines” in your shot....

Tip of the Day – Narrow angle of view

A long lens is invaluable when shooting in busy, cluttered environments. The narrow field of view (only 10 degrees with a 200mm focal length) helps isolate the subject against a small area of background. With...

Tip of the Day – Use a bench seat

Group shots are nearly always a little challenging! If your subjects are small enough, like this foursome of gorgeous Cavaliers here, try popping them up on a bench to stop them from moving around. Use...

Tip of the Day – Puppy attention spans

Puppies are super fun to photograph but can be challenging! They are usually curious and responsive to all manner of things, but take care not to over-use effective noises to get their attention as they...

Tip of the Day – Urban elevation

I may have mentioned this before, but it’s a good tip and bears repeating! If your subject doesn’t have a good “stay” consider elevating them on the edge of something. In urban environments there are...

Tip of the Day – Negative space

Use negative space to improve your composition. If your subject is looking or facing towards one side of the image (not front on), always leave more space on that side of the shot. It gives...

Tip of the Day – Indoor reflectors

When shooting cats indoors I usually try and face them towards the light source such as a big window or doorway. Look out for natural reflectors in the room however - in this case there...

Tip of the Day – Details

As soon as I saw Ollie’s magnificent tail I just knew I needed a great shot of it to include in his mum’s final gallery. It was late in the session but patience pays off...

Tip of the Day – Reducing flare and haze

When shooting with backlight, carefully position yourself so you are shaded to reduce flare. In this late afternoon shot, since the shadows were so long, I was able to crouch down in the shade of...

Tip of the Day – Lap dog pose

An alternative pose for dogs and owners, putting little dogs on laps can sometimes help to keep them calm and still. People don’t always like their faces in photos, but are happy for parts of...

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