RealShoots Episode 8

Tip of the Day – Eye glow fix

There’s only so much you can do with natural light before it becomes unusable - just not bright enough - even if you use a very large aperture and a prime lens to maximise the...

Tip of the Day – Switch to prime

In dim light, prime lenses are your best friend. Towards the end of Benji’s session, the light was fading fast due to a large dark cloud over the sun, already low in the sky. Switching from...

Tip of the Day – Natural frames

Looking at the settings for this image, you might be wondering why on earth I was shooting at ƒ/2.8 with a lens capable of ƒ/2. That is a very good question and the only answer...

Tip of the Day – Work with their quirks

Okay, let’s get this out of the way. This is a super weird expression! Why is Benji’s mouth all twisted up like that? What’s going on with his lips? Is he barking, or …? This...

Tip of the Day – Colour splash

When shooting in urban areas, look out for splashes of colour you can use - especially walls and doors. It doesn’t even need to be a large expanse of colour, especially if you shoot with...

Tip of the Day – Hold up the leash

When photographing dogs on-leash in urban areas, leash placement is critical to help minimise the editing required to remove the lead. While it’s a relatively simple task to edit out a leash against a forgiving...

Tip of the Day – Short leash

This is one of my favourite go-to dog and owner shots to take during a client dog photography session. Benji is a well behaved boy, but not all dogs walk this nicely on a loose...

Tip of the Day – Focal length variety

One of my favourite ways to create variety within a session is to keep working the same location, but change lenses for a fresh new perspective. Sometimes you don’t even need to change lenses to...

Tip of the Day – Stack stimuli

I use various methods to get engaged expressions from my doggy subjects. Sometimes that’s yummy treats, sometimes it’s crazy noises (either from my mouth or from various noise-maker tools) and sometimes it’s just a matter...

Tip of the Day – Background fix

One of the instructions I give to my dog owners when shooting “run to me” action shots like this one is to move out of the way after they throw the toy towards me. Sometimes,...

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