If you want to learn to create out-of-this-world photos that capture the heart and soul of a dog, you’ve come to the right place. Whether you’re a professional looking to up your dog photography game, or an amateur striving to take better pictures of your four-legged best friend, Dogtography is your guide to crafting jaw-dropping photographs that are exploding with personality. And there is no better teacher than Kaylee Greer, one of the world’s most in-demand dog photographers. Kaylee travels the globe photographing dogs for some of the biggest pet brands on Earth, teaches industry-renowned workshops, and stars in Nat Geo Wild’s original television mini-series Pupparazzi, chronicling her colorful adventures photographing dogs across America.
Dogtography is jam-packed with tips and tricks and—just like Kaylee and her award-winning photographs—an infectious personality. In this book, you’ll learn Kaylee’s best-kept secrets, including camera settings, lens choices, and post-processing techniques. You’ll explore tried and true methods for working with dogs of all shapes and sizes, unlock the power of positive reinforcement, and discover the gift of giving back to dogs in need through the magic of photography.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Chapter 1: Speak Dog
Chapter 2: Camera Settings
Chapter 3: Lenses
Chapter 4: Dirty Little Secrets
Chapter 5: Sunshine Wrangling
Chapter 6: Catchlights
Chapter 7: Location
Chapter 8: Expression
Chapter 9: Shooting Action
Chapter 10: Group Photo Techniques
Chapter 11: The Canine Variety Power Hour
Chapter 12: Illumination Nation
Chapter 13: Post-Processing
Chapter 14: Giving Back
11 x 9in
Soft Cover- without flaps
Gloria September 29, 2020
The cover of this book, and especially the first inside photo in this book are more than enough to charm you into reading it. They are enormously fun, warm-hearted pics of our best friends. Any of us who have dogs love to photograph them, and this book is one of the best tools we could have in that regard. I actually want to begin re-reading it already.
Early on she advises us to “speak dog“! That not all dogs, or even most dogs, are well behaved and perfectly trained. Therefore, we need to know how to work with them. After taking many family portraits, I would say much the same is true of humans :-). Also early on in her delightful book the author tells us not to shoot on auto. I give the same advice to any photographer who will listen :-). So much better to shoot in manual mode.
One of my favorites of the tips she gives is to have the dog tilt her head for the portrait. How do you do that if you don’t actually speak dog? She suggest using trigger phrases such as, “do you want to go for a walk?“. Of course, she also warns us to follow through on our promise to the dog or lose the power to get the head tilt :-). I love that Greer tells us her hard-won pointers because I suspect the secret to a good pic is in the little things.
Later on she talks about shooting multiple canines and gives us lots of good advice there as well. For example, she talks to us about the difficult job of achieving focus when you have more than one model. Of course, this comes up often for any photog, not just pupparazi, so I was delighted to have such sage advice. She states the obvious solution which is to increase your aperture, but also the problem that you then don’t get a nice blurry background. Then she tells us her favorite technique which is to focus on alternate dogs over several shots, and then combine them in Photoshop – brilliant solution! This book is full of such useful assistance.
Greer gives us, kindly, an entire section on using flash, both on-camera and off-camera as well as studio lights. I can never get enough advice on how to use artificial lighting. Even better, she says that if flash isn’t our thing, sticking with natural light is just fine. Good for me to hear since that’s mostly what I use.
At the end of the book she gives a great tip, especially for me because when I shoot my dog she always has a leash on. Greer tells us how to shoot the photo so that the leash will be easily cloned out in Photoshop. I just love this book and it got even better as I went along. In her concluding remarks the author makes a plea for us to make a difference with our photography by shooting shelter dogs. I have looked into this myself, before our pandemic, and now will definitely pursue it when going to a shelter is safe. She is right, it’s a way for us to give back.
You gotta love that the author is called a pupparazzi by National Geographic. That should be enough to recommend this book to anyone interested in taking unusual and fun dog photos. I will depend on this book for a long time, when I want yet another shot of my or someone else’s canine buddy.
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