RealShoots Episode 9

Tip of the Day – Disappearing act

Shooting in urban locations can often mean you struggle to get a clean shot without the dog’s owner in the frame. Simply by also taking a clean background image (without moving a muscle or changing...

Tip of the Day – Do your thing

I am often asked how to pose people and their dogs, but in most cases, I don’t do much direction when it comes to these types of shots. Usually, it’s just a case of picking...

Tip of the Day – Dog on a rock

Embrace those random opportunities! At Baxter’s shoot, I had no plans to shoot at the little creek that ran next to the open field, but when Baxter’s mum found this scene, we had to try...

Tip of the Day – Perfect panning

Panning shots are something a little different that I don’t do on every shoot, but they are super fun to capture and rewarding when they work well. With panning shots, instead of running towards you,...

Tip of the Day – How low, can you go?

When mentoring pet photographers in person, I am constantly telling my students to get down lower. I usually end up saying “nope, lower”. Then “lower, right down on the ground!”. 😆 To get those really low...

Tip of the Day – Crisp and clean backlight

This image is the subject of the second editing tutorial in RealShoots Episode 9. In the 37-minute tutorial video, you can see step-by-step of how I brought this image to life by pushing light into...

Tip of the Day – Blur it out

Urban areas can be challenging to shoot in as there is just so much going on visually! Instead of heavily featuring the location, concentrate on getting some more great expressions from your doggy model, using a...

Tip of the Day – Spontaneous interactions

I was all ready to start shooting action when I saw Baxter and Nicole having a little cuddle on the grass. Natural interactions like this between dog and owner always result in the most genuine...

Tip of the Day – Directing the gaze

Whenever I'm using treats, I'm not just holding them there for the dog to look at. I am using them to direct their gaze, then I am rewarding them for looking at the treat (and...

Tip of the Day – Height of the stride

When dogs run, their heads move up and down depending on the point in their stride. When photographing dogs with big ears, floppy lips and big tongues (Great Danes are a prime example), catching them...

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