Tutorial: Off-leash (not really)

6.29.2017 Tech

As a location dog photographer my number one priority during a photo session is the safety, well-being, and comfort of the dog. In my suburban location about 18 miles south of Washington, D.C., this means more than 95 percent of my subjects are on a leash during the session. However, looking through my gallery on my website, you would never know it. Digital leash removal is an essential skill for any dog photographer.Having images in the gallery that give the appearance of a carefree,... Continue Reading >

2017 Grand Imaging Awards Announced

1.20.2017 News

The 2017 Grand Imaging Awards were announced in January at Imaging USA in San Antonio. The program honored the top photographs entered in PPA’s International Photographic Competition in 2016.Pet photographer Barbara Breitsameter, M.Photog.Cr., CPP, of Poppy Blue Photography took home the Grand Imaging Award for “Send in the Clowns.”  Honors were also given to first-place winners in each of 10 categories.AnimalsBarbara Breitsameter, M.Photog.Cr., CPP, “Send in the Clowns”View... Continue Reading >

Animal eyes

3.14.2016 Tech

Shape and location affect catchlightsAnimal eyes reflect light differently than human eyes. The breed and species of an animal, the angle of the eye itself, and how convex (spherical) the eye actually is are all elements that determine where the catchlights in the eye fall relative to where the light sources are placed.© Angela Lawson With the dog’s face forward, the catchlight from a fill reflector on camera left reflects in the center of the nearest eye and offset toward the nose in... Continue Reading >

Unleashed moments

March 2016 issue Profiles

Kaylee Greer’s approach captures dogs at their bestWhen Kaylee Greer photographed Guinness the chocolate lab in January 2014, she came prepared in the usual way: with a generous supply of dog treats, plenty of peanut butter, and toys to keep the subject engaged. Things that weren’t in her arsenal: a shot list, a detailed plan, or any preconceived notions as to how the commercial shoot would go.“I just go in and fly by the seat of my pants, I guess,” says Greer, laughing. “But I... Continue Reading >