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How to Photograph Your Dog: 3 – Puppy Play

Rowan’s first visit to a dog park was great fun, both for our pup as well as her owners. While a number of big dogs trotted all around the fenced-in park, Rowan found a more quiet spot of grass where she quickly engaged in wrestling Bear, another Lab pup better matched in size. They nipped, chased, rolled, pounced, paused, and then went at it again, seemingly with limitless energy and enthusiasm.



How to Photograph Your Dog: 2 – The ALMOST Perfect Picture

What I’m hearing from readers is this: In your dog blog, don’t tell us how to take professional pet portraits; […]



How to Photograph Your Dog: 1 – Transitions

Welcome to my new, bi-weekly photo “dog blog” celebrating canines and cameras. Here I plan to write about dogs, photography, and life. Specifically, I hope over time that this column accomplishes three things:

Shares ideas about way to photograph your pet
Documents the growth of our new Labrador retriever puppy from the first week at home onward, as well as showcasing other dogs
Reflects on how photography of our “best friends” can teach us about life, particularly examining how dogs influence our lives and, recursively, how we affect theirs.



High Concept Photography

An example of a high concept image, this depiction of McClures Beach at Point Reyes National Seashore rises above the literal, conveying ethereal mood through a dream-like representation of sunset. Nikon D2X. Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM lens. f/16, .5 second. ISO 100. Sigma Circular DG Polarizer Filter. Gitzo GT2451EX tripod with Gitzo ball head. Photo © David FitzSimmons. All rights reserved.

In “The High Concept Image,” a recent feature in Outdoor Photographer, nature photographer Ian Plant intelligently challenges photographers to capture creative, thoughtful images that move beyond “snapshots,” rising to the level of “art.”

Ian’s description of the high concept image is in contradistinction to the “low-concept image,” which he points out is generally more “documentary” or “literal” in nature. Seeing nothing wrong with such grab shots, he does, however, push photographers to look for new ways to depict the world. He invokes legendary photographer Minor White, who once said “One should photograph objects not only for what the are but for what else they are.”




More amazing animals—from cute cottontails to a babbling bunting—posed for portraits. Good thing photographer and writer David FitzSimmons recorded what each of the Curious Critters had to say!

In 2011 I released my first children’s picture book, CURIOUS CRITTERS, which featured close-up photographs of twenty-one animals. All the shots were taken with Sigma gear. The book really took off with children and families across North America. Within four months we sold out. To-date, we’ve sold over 100,000 copies.



Rivers as Lines

Famous for its salmon and grizzly bears, Russian River Falls is beautiful in and of itself. Shooting from waist-level emphasizes the cascading water in the foreground and the half-S-curve leading into the mountains behind. Russian River Falls, Alaska. USA. Nikon D800E. Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 IF EX DG HSM lens at 24mm. Sigma PZ filter. F/16, 1 second, ISO 50. Gitzo GT2451EX Tripod with Gitzo GH2780QR head. Cable release. Single image processed in Photoshop CS5, resulting in four TIFFs across 4.5EV, combined as HDR in Photomatix Pro 4.2 using Exposure Fusion. Processed further in Photoshop CS5, NIK Viveza plug-in applied. Photo copyright David FitzSimmons 2013. All rights reserved.

Photography is all about abstraction. As you reduce three-dimensional scenes into two-dimensional photographs, your world flattens and becomes filled with […]



Holiday Lights: Theme and Variation

’Tis the season to be jolly…and to have some fun with your holiday photography! After a recent snow storm, I […]



Vivid Vizcaya

The exquisitely appointed Vizcaya Museum and Gardens is a photographer’s paradise. The former home of businessman James Deering, who made his fortune manufacturing agricultural machinery, is filled with architecture begging for megapixels of detail, super wide angle views, and impeccable HDR techniques.



Playing in the Sand: Part Two

In “Playing in the Sand: Part One,” I discussed how to turn a cloudy day on the beach into an exploration of photographic possibilities. I showed that each wave follows a different pattern on the beach, allowing photographers to experiment with their own seascape themes and variations.



Playing in the Sand: Part One

While I usually preach getting low to create unusual angles, with wave photography raising your tripod to head-height allows the swirling water to occupy a large percent of the image area. Nikon D800E. Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 IF EX DG HSM lens. f/16, 1 second. ISO 200. Sigma 82mm Circular DG Polarizer Filter. Gitzo GT2451EX tripod with Gitzo ball head. Processed in Photoshop CS5, Nik Viveza plug-in applied. Photo © 2013 David FitzSimmons. All rights reserved.

Have you ever risen early in the morning for a sunrise photo shoot only to be faced with fog? Often a feeling of disappointment sets in; I suggest, however, that such moments are full of opportunities—chances to try something new.