Puppy Love

One Photographer’s Quest to Capture the Perfect Pairing of Cameras & Canines
Featuring Nikon Ambassador Tamara Lackey

They say never work with children or pets. But Tamara Lackey, a professional photographer and Nikon Ambassador, used to photographing both kids and pets didn’t take that advice when she was called by Nikon for a project that included photographing puppies. Puppies—not trained dogs that are used to being a part of photo shoots, but puppies—40 of them to be exact.

Tamara says it was a dream project. When you’re an animal lover, nothing’s better than being surrounded by all those cute little doggies for two days.

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Puppy Love

more at Nikon

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Winners of Kennel Club’s Dog Photographer of the Year competition announced

The Kennel Club has announced the winners of its annual Dog Photographer of the Year competition. Now in its fourteenth year, the international competition received almost 7,000 entries from over 70 different countries around the globe, including Brazil, Canada, USA, China, Russia, Australia and New Zealand.

Dog Photographer of the Year 2019 Overall Winner and Oldies Category 1st Place Winner, Denise Czichocki, Switzerland
Title of image: ‘Dreaming Merlin’
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Puppy’s Category 3rd Place Winner. Lotte van Alderen, Netherlands
Title of image: ‘Dark dawn with Noah’
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Dogs at Play Category 1st Place Winner, Monica van der Maden, Netherlands
Title of image: ‘Dirty Dog’
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Dogs at Work 3rd Place Winner, Nadezhda Ivanova, Russia
Title of image: ‘Time for hunting’
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Rescue Dogs Charity Category 1st Place Winner, Anne Geier, Austria
Title of image: ‘Finntastic”
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Special Mention Oldies category, Monica van der Maden, Netherlands
Title of image: ‘Till the end of time’
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The Kennel Club
We are the UK’s largest organisation dedicated to protecting and promoting the health and welfare of all dogs. Besides being a voluntary register for pedigree dogs and crossbreed dogs, we offer dog owners and those working with dogs an unparalleled source of education, experience and advice on puppy buying, dog health, dog training and dog breeding.
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Winners of Kennel Club’s Dog Photographer of the Year competition announced
a lot more at the kennel club

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The Rise of Furtography

I’ve been photographing people’s pets for a long time now, almost 18 years. So much has happened over that time, including: moving to New Zealand from the tiny Island of Guernsey; publishing three bestselling books and winning Portrait Open Photographer of the Year at the 2018 Iris Awards.
But one single thing changed the trajectory of my business more than any other, so before I head to Wellington to share all things dog photography related at ExposurePRO, I thought I’d give you all a bit of background into what that was and how it is having an impact on my business every single day.
Text and images by Craig Turner-Bullock NZIPP M.Photog.

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The Rise of Furtography
by Craig Turner-Bullock

more in NZIPP Pro Report

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Lyric

Jess Bell is an owner and dog trainer, from Toronto. Her passion in life is animal photography. She states about her process, “I coated the dogs with colourful powder and then asked them for explosive movement to cause it to pour behind them. The appearance of the powder in each image is unique, reflecting each animal’s individual movement and structure.” The result was the the dynamic series, “Lyric.”

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Lyric
Animal Photography by Jess Bell
more at cooph

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The Kennel Club | Dog Photographer of the Year

Dogs are more popular than ever. In the hearts and minds of people everywhere, dogs are true companions and make a real difference to our lives. Join the international community of photographers who share our passion for dogs.

Dog Photographer of the Year 2018 Overall Winner and Oldies Category 1st Place Winner, Monica van der Maden, Netherlands
Title of image: ‘The lady of the mystery forest’
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Dogs at Work 1st Place Winner Tracy Kidd, United Kingdom
Image title: ‘Wayne’s Team’
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I Love Dogs Because… (Ages 12 to 17) 1st Place Winner Tamara Kedves, Hungary
Title of image: ‘One heart, one family’
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Dogs at Play Category 1st Place Winner Elinor Roizman, Israel
Title of image: ‘I’ll catch you’
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Judges’ Special Mention Dogs at Play category Alice Loder, United Kingdom
Title of image: ‘Black Velvet’
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The Kennel Club
more at Dog Photographer of the Year

It’s a dog’s life | Tips and techniques for better pictures

Andy Biggar used an old wooden doorway to create a natural frame around his subject. He used natural light with a diffuser.

Important considerations
• Always make sure you are photographing the dogs in a safe, quiet environment. The dog’s welfare should always be your frst consideration; risking the dog’s health for a photograph is never acceptable.
• Make sure you capture the dog’s character, whether in a portrait or action shot. Speaking to the owner beforehand will give you an idea of the dog’s personality.
• Keep low. Ensure your lens is at the same level as the dog’s eyes. This gives far more impact than looking down on the dog.
• Check the background. Make sure there is nothing unsightly which will cause a distraction in the fnal image.
• Visualise the shot you are trying to achieve in advance. Don’t just shoot and pray. It’s far more rewarding to know what you want to achieve and not just to rely on luck.

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It’s a dog’s life
Tips and techniques for better pictures by Andy Biggar
more in EOS Magazine