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Live Call Replay: Simplifying Manual Exposure for Pet Photographers

This live call was held in mid-October 2020 in the pop-up Facebook group for the Hair of the Dog Academy's Unleash Your Style Challenge. This presentation was supposed to be much shorter, but in typical Charlotte style - it escalated! 🙈

If you've ever tried to get your head around the "exposure triangle" and totally failed to grasp the concept, deciding to forever shoot in aperture priority mode, this video is for you!

You'll be happy to know, this is an exposure triangle free zone! 🙅🏻‍♀️

This video is also for you if you already shoot in manual exposure but can never seem to decide on which are the "best" settings - experiencing ongoing issues such as blurry images, underexposure, overexposure and poor image quality.

Pet photography is a fairly specific genre that combines aspects of portraiture, but can also incorporate action or "sports" photography. Dogs and other furry subjects are tricky subjects to capture well, and when there's so much else to think about (like getting them to stay in one spot, for a start), your exposure settings are often the last thing on your mind - which makes shooting in Manual exposure a real challenge!

But there is light at the end of the tunnel! 🔦

Following my simple guidelines for setting aperture, shutter speed and ISO can make the process of manually setting exposure straightforward, to the point where it becomes completely automatic and intuitive. Practice certainly helps, but so does having a clear starting point for settings!

In the training, I share my exact formula for setting manual exposure, along with vital information about why it's important to shoot in manual, what advantages manual has over automatic exposure modes.

I also share when and how I started shooting in manual, some handy camera hacks, some eye-opening stats showing my most commonly used settings, and most importantly - a step-by-step guide for determining correct exposure and selecting the best aperture, shutter speed and ISO - based on the available light, your subject, the type of shot and what you want to achieve.

(Oh, and you also get to see my new puppy - Enzo the Australian Shepherd. The video may be worth watching just for him. 😆)

This replay has been edited for conciseness (and to remove those inevitable live oopsies like internet drop-outs, husband drop-ins and doggy interruptions) and the result is a complete, concise training package that I am so excited to share!

And best of all, it's free training, which makes signing up a no-brainer. If you're still reading this, it's time to grab this resource now. 👉

See you there!

- Charlotte 📷 🐶

P.S. There is also a fun, free, interactive challenge so you can test your newfound knowledge - yay!

What People Are Saying:

Wow. Finally I had some lightbulb moments! Thanks so much Charlotte! Your training was the best I’ve ever done!

Karen Bailey, Ottawa, Canada