RealShoots Episode 4

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...

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