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Personal Photography Of Our Golden Retriever “Tucker” Plus A Few Snow Photo Tips

Tucker Playing in Raleigh Area Snow Storm 2015

The collage above is of our Golden Retriever "Tucker" playing in the snow that hit the Triangle area on Thursday, February 26th, 2015. A commercial photoshoot that I had in Pinehurst is being rescheduled, so I took advantage of being at home with my cameras.

I don't claim to be a pet photographer or an action photographer, but I feel that some of my photography skills worked out well for the shots above. I'll share a few tips and ideas below that will hopefully be beneficial to you.

The Gear Used (Tip - It's not all about the gear.):

Canon 5D Mark III
Canon 24mm f/1.4 Wide Angle Prime
Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 Zoom Lens

For the action shots on the first third row, here are a few key takeaways:

1) I used the 70-200mm f/2.8 zoom lens.
2) I had the camera set to AV mode and my f/stop on f/5.6.
3) I set the auto focus to AI SERVO which helps with moving subjects.
4) I set the camera to rapid fire rather than one click at a time.
5) I over exposed by 2 stops because of all the white snow.
6) I had my wife, Brenda, throw a Frisbee 2 or maybe 3 times (I forget.).

For the wide shots on the second row, here are a few key takeaways:

1) I used the 24mm f/1.4 wide angle prime lens.
2) I had the camera set to AV mode and my f/stop on f/8. I probably should have shot with a more shallow depth of field.
3) I set the auto focus to AI SERVO which helps with moving subjects.
4) I held the camera just above my knees and shot without looking through the viewfinder.
5) I overexposed by about 1 stop. FYI, row 2 is NOT edited at all other than cropping. So I'd say the exposure was correct.

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David Williams

About The Author: David Williams is a professional still photographer and videographer focusing on corporate and commercial work. His love for still photography began in 1982 while still in High School. David started making money at photography in 1982. David and his wife Brenda started working together in photography in 1988 when they met and were married in 1989. Brenda is the photo editor for the business. David and Brenda have two daughters in their 20's. Please be sure to get a quote for services if needed: our goal is to respond as promptly as possible. You may also call David direct at 919.628.2902. You may share this content using the larger social icons above this bio section. You may find David on various social platforms by clicking the smaller icons to the left of this paragraph under David's headshot. Please visit our home page as well.