Laura Macky Photography

Journey of a body on this earth

Expanding Horizons – “Doggone it”, I love photography!


I promised my Expanding Horizons would not always be about photoshop, so today’s installment will be discussing basic components that make up a good picture.  The included example photo was taken yesterday on my iPhone and is of our Granddog, “Ticky”.

One thing I’ve learned about photography, you can have the best equipment in the world and not take a great picture.  The converse is also true….you can have a mere smartphone and take a great picture.  To me, it’s about the lighting, angle, cropping and the story it tells.

The lighting was just right for this image.   Because of her light colors, they really stood out against the dark background which provided a nice contrast; and with the natural light I think it has a soft feel to it.

It was a bit far away as you can tell from the original, but I could tell right away that I liked the pose.  I could see both eyes and her head was turned slightly which added a lot to the feeling of the shot, plus her bent leg outside the bed was so cute.  🙂   The angle really helped the story of the shot I think.  Sometimes you see photos at eye-level of animals which is cool because it puts you in their world, or sometimes the shot is taken even lower as if we were in the insect world looking up at them which is a unique viewpoint as well.  In this case, the slight angle of Ticky looking up reflects the relationship between humans and man’s best friend.

Lastly, the crop…As you can see I cropped some of the ear to bring us closer to her face.  The human eye will naturally fill in the rest.  If you’re not used to recognizing this method of chopping off parts of bodies lol, try looking at pictures for this specifically.  You will be amazed how your eye has been filling in this gap without you even realizing it!

One other thing I did to help focus our eyes on her cute little face was to use a Neutral Gradient Filter over the red tail of her stuffed toy fish.  As you can see it was a bit brighter in the original.  I did all the edits on the iPhone by the way using the Leonardo iPhone app.  That’s one of my favorite go-to’s for adjustments.

I hope that gives you some helpful info!  Have a great weekend!  WOOF!





Author: lauramacky

Journey of a Body on this Earth

38 thoughts on “Expanding Horizons – “Doggone it”, I love photography!

  1. She’s a BEAUTY! And your picture of her is great too. 🙂

  2. Such a cute face!! Great edit. Seems there are better photo apps on the iPhone side than for the Android…

    • Aww…that’s a shame you can’t get that app. I really love it! iColorama is another good one. Glad you like Ticky. I’ll give her a pet for you. 🙂

      • Thanks!! I had iColorama until I sold the iPad. It was great, looking back through the site archive you can see where I had used it…

        • You know what John….I think you pointed me in the direction of that app! haha

          • I believe you are correct Laura! It would be so fabulous if the app were available for the MacBooks. Plenty of processor power for that obviously, an app that good should be available on more more than mobile devices.

          • I’ve often thought that a lot of smartphone apps are much easier to use than Photoshop for certain things.

          • Photoshop is insane. Far too complicated for me. I am considering purchasing the Nik photo software, if you are familiar with it, what is your opinion? It’s nothing close to PS, but I can use it much more easily and can have something half way decent on my Mac. I use a mix of free and paid apps at the moment…

          • I really didn’t like the Nikon software. 😦 I have Macphun and it’s pretty nice. There are two I have…Intensify (Color) and Tonality (B&W). You can do layers there and I think it’s pretty easy to use. You can get a free trial too. Oh wait…it might be Mac only but I’m not sure. PS is insane. I’ve been using it for hmm 5 years but it took forever to get up to speed.

  3. First, what an adorable capture and second, a nice job with the minimal processing!

  4. Love, love this capture, especially Ticky’s eyes! 🙂

  5. She is a beauty and you captured her personality beautifully.

  6. She is too cute!
    So true about equipment and what it takes to create decent pictures!

  7. This is so cute! It reminds me of those ads (a lot on Pinterest) of the older guy who says, “I don’t always……, but when I do…” I hope you know that ads I’m talking about because the way Ticky is posing reminds me of those ads–and I love them!

  8. Expanding your horizons…into pet photography, which is very popular here, Downunder (we love our animals). I think you’re natural affinity with them shows through, or else Ticky is very patient with you! I like this image, simple yet very effective in getting the message across. Liked. 😎

    • I’ve only taken a few photos of animals but when I do, I enjoy it. Mostly because I ADORE animals! Thank you so much for your comment here. I truly appreciate the feedback and insight! 🙂

  9. hard to resist
    dogs & their
    toys 🙂

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  11. Tricky is adorable!!! It’s all about composition. I’m still working on trying to remember that. I actually like unique crops that crop off body parts! lol And you are right our eyes do fill them in. Thanks again for your teaching and expanding our horizons 🙂

  12. You are so right! But it does help that our phones have lots of “smarticles”. I don’t know what I would do without the “crop” function! Love this one….adorable!

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