Before and After | 52 Week Project

For those of you that have been around for a while you know that I used to participate in a 52 week project with pet photographers from around the world. Last year, I worked on other projects and didn’t participate but now I’M BA-ACK! (I’m saying that in Oprah’s voice.)

The theme changes weekly and this week the theme is before and after. I thought I’d show you a bit of post processing.

There are a couple of questions people have about pet photography sessions. The first is, do you need to have your dog off leash during the session? It’s natural to make that assumption since most dog photos I post have dogs that are sitting, standing, and running without a leash. The truth is about 99% of the dogs I photograph are on leash. I just photoshop the leash out.

Here is a before and after photo of leash removal.

Leash removal.
Before and after leash removal.


Another question I get is what do we do if it’s cloudy during our session? We love our blue skies in Denver and people are concerned if it’s a hazy day that the photos will look drab. I love shooting in cloudy weather! When it’s cloudy there are no harsh shadows and the light is soft and pretty. Sometimes the sky is a bit bland but even that is something that can be fixed in photoshop.

Here is a before and after sky replacement on a hazy day.


Sky replacement
Before and after sky replacement.

Post processing can also be used to fix shaved spots from recent IV’s, eye boogies, drool and anything else that’s distracting. The ultimate goal is to create a portrait that focuses on your dog or cat.

I hope you enjoyed the before and after, up next is Pet Love Photography, serving Greater Cincinnati and the San Francisco Bay Area.



52 Week Project | Exposure | Week 5

Whoop, whoop, it’s Friday!

It’s been a while since I’ve participated in the 52 Week Project and the project has changed quite a bit. The project is now focused on a more technical aspect of photography.

This week’s theme is exposure: optimize your raw exposures.

The idea is to create the best photo in camera. You want it to have highlights that show detail and shadows that show detail. Anything too light or too dark and you will lose data.

We are supposed to turn on a feature in our camera that shows the “blinkies” when you take a photo. The blinkies are a warning that a highlight is overexposed, you can see below where the red arrow is pointing the black portions show you what’s overexposed. If you look at the photo on the back of the camera without that feature turned on you can miss that assuming a portion of the photo is white instead of overexposed. That happens frequently with snow, or white fur.

I admit that I rarely turn this feature on, I find it annoying. If I’m taking a photo of something that is white on white, I might turn it on but most of the time I’m just very careful with my exposure and sometimes shoot a tiny bit darker in light situations to avoid missing data.

Example of the blinkies.
Example of the blinkies on Canon

This is a photo of Boo in his dog house. It snowed two days ago and you can see the snow is still like fresh powder. Boo only goes into his house for snacks. He’s an inside dog, he’s sleeping under my desk right now, but we got the house thinking he might like it in the summer to stay cool. Not so much. So now I bribe him with snacks to get in there if I want to take a photo of him in it and he usually stands  just inside and and pokes his head out.

Anyway…. this photo is straight out of camera. It had a tiny amount of blinkies on the left hand side in the snow but when I changed the aperture it was a little too dark and the snow was a bit gray. I made the choice to use this photo instead of the other. I’m ok with a tiny bit of detail missing in snow if Boo Radley isn’t underexposed.

Straight out of camera
Straight out of camera

This is the same photo with some small edits. I lowered the highlights, removed some eye boogies, and brightened up his face a tiny bit.

With minor edits.
With minor edits

I wanted to try it again with flash. You can look at the first photo above to see how many blinkies there were in the photo. I would have changed the settings to get rid of a few of them but my husband came home and Boo ran out of the dog house. There is no treat better than dad coming home. Just goes to show you sometimes it’s more important to get the photo instead of making it perfect. But, if you have time and a patient model it’s great to try it again.

Flashing Boo in his dog house straight out of camera
Flashing Boo in his dog house, straight out of camera.

Here is the same photo with some minor edits. I decreased the highlights, and cleaned up Boo’s eye boogies.

Flashing Boo Radley in his dog house with edits
Flashing Boo Radley in his dog house with edits

This is my favorite photo of Boo Radley in his dog house. It was from a previous blog about symmetry. I love the fence in the background, the snow falling off the roof and Boo giving me that very focused treat face.

Symmetry in dog photos
Symmetry in dog photos

Up next is Spotty Nose Pet Photogray, Los Angeles, CA.


Have a great week!


Warmth | 52 Week Project | Week 38

Happy Friday!

Warmth is the theme for the project this week. We can make our photos look warm or project warmth in another way.

The leaves haven’t started changing just yet in Colorado but it won’t be long before the Aspens are sporting their beautiful gold leaves in the mountains so I had to rely on a little bit of post processing to get the color.

I’m excited for fall and looking forward to a few drives with the dog and the camera this year. Boo is just barely starting to behave on a leash so if I’m lucky I’ll be able to get a photo of him someplace besides the back yard, assuming I’ve brought enough treats.

He looks like he doesn’t appreciate my last comment.

denver pet photographer 52 week project
Warmth is the theme for the 52 Week Project

Up next is I Got The Shot Photography. Click all the links until you get back to StinkDog Photos.

Have an awesome weekend.



Fall sessions are booking fast, contact StinkDog Photos for your dog photography portrait session before the leaves fall!

Sky | 52 Week Project |Week 36

Happy Friday!

Sky is the theme for the 52 Week Project this week. I have to say the sky is one of my favorite things living out west. In Colorado it’s clear most of the time (we love to brag about our 300 + days of sunshine) and we get these spectacular sunsets.

I tend to have the sky showing in a lot of my photos already so this was a fun week for me.

Here is Boo Radley in silhouette with a beautiful sunset.

Boo Radley's silhouette with a midwestern sunset
StinkDog Photos captures a midwestern sunset with dogs silhouette.

Have a great week.




Fall is fast approaching and sessions are filling up fast. If you would like a pet photography session book it now!

Night Time | 52 Week Project | Week 34

The theme for the 52 Week Project is Night Time.

And of course I’m waiting until last minute to do a photo for the project.  Maybe instead of setting up a shot in the dark for Boo I should have just shown a picture of myself at the computer. Doh!

Boo At Night
Night Time



Up next is I Got the Shot Photography.

Have a great week.