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SHOOT THE DOG™: Dogs doing what dogs do

Most dog photography is of dogs in “pet” mode.  The photographer is using a relatively short lens and is interacting directly with the dog while shooting, often keeping the dog’s attention by waving a yummy treat in front of his face.  This results in a photo with the dog looking towards the camera with total […]

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SHOOT THE DOG™: Add the 4th dimension to your photography

We think of photography as capturing “a moment in time”, but how long is a moment? With a fast enough shutter speed you can freeze action without blur, and the resulting photos can allow us to see events that happen too quickly to see with the eye.  But the camera can also record events happening […]

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SHOOT THE DOG™: Using perspective

The difference between a good photograph and a great one is often the little “tricks” used in the setup and camera work.  I wanted to get a shot of Gavin (GCH CH Lakota’s Hitman Of Cantar) gaiting that would knock your socks off, and since we were near the beautiful beach in Ventura, CA I […]

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SHOOT THE DOG™: Visualizing speed

I was going to go forward from the last SHOOT THE DOG post on shutter speed to discuss aperture and how it can affect the look of your photos. But I took some photos at the dog park the other day that are great for illustrating the effects of shutter speed on action photography.

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SHOOT THE DOG™: Speed control

In my last post to SHOOT THE DOG, you learned how the exposure meter of your camera works and why it sometimes does a good job of creating a properly exposed photo, while other times it doesn’t.  I hope you’ve invested in a gray card to keep in your camera bag – I can’t think […]

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SHOOT THE DOG™: Black, white, or gray

If you’re working on improving your photography, you’ve been shooting 1,000 pics a week as I suggested in the first blog in this series (SHOOT THE DOG: Oh Romeo, Romeo), and hopefully you can now hit that shutter release with speed and precision even if the rest of the buttons and dials on your camera […]

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SHOOT THE DOG™: Total exposure

When you shoot a photo, you have to get the exposure right or you won’t get the shot you were hoping for.  If you shoot in an automatic or program mode, most cameras now can do a pretty good job most of the time.  But there are lots of situations where the camera makes the […]

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SHOOT THE DOG™: Three Easy Pieces

I was out with my dogs and camera at the dog park yesterday, and there was this very energetic Italian Greyhound racing at top speed from one end of the field to the other, over and over, back and forth.  I took lots of shots with a fast shutter speed to freeze the action, and […]

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SHOOT THE DOG™: Fundamental Tools

If you spent a little time over the last few days pounding out your first assignment of thousand shots per week (you have, haven’t you?), then it’s safe to assume that you can now put that camera to your eye and find the shutter release (that’s the little button you push to take a picture) […]

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SHOOT THE DOG™: Oh Romeo, Romeo

This is the first of what will be a continuing series of posts about photographing dogs.  I get lots of questions from people who ask how I captured a particular image, or what kind of lens I use, or if I think Nikon is better than Canon, or did I take photography classes, or whether […]

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