Episode 16

Episode 16

The Ins and Outs of Dog Photography with Dawn Rabinowitz, Ep # 16

 

Dawn Rabinowitz is the guest on this episode of The Dog Show. Dawn is the premier dog photographer and has worked with everyone who is anyone in the industry. She has an impressive portfolio that ranges from the covers of Working Dog Magazine to Canine Chronicle. Dawn uses her heart to guide her as she photographs dogs and their handlers in some of the most interesting situations. She has been privileged enough to go on building searches with the military and police due to her highly regarded reputation in the industry. If you are interested in learning more about photography or want to hear about how she is able to educate the public with her images then listen to this episode of The Dog Show.

 

How did Dawn get to where she is today?

 

Dawn has spent time, money, and effort to get where she is as a photographer. She sees her own dog as her passport which has opened doors and helped her achieve her status as one of the best dog photographers in the industry.  She uses her heart to guide her and becomes part of the landscape, she tries to blend in and stay out of the way and let the dogs really shine through in her photographs. This strategy enables her to get the best shot. She loves that she is able to educate people with her images. She has been on building searches with the military and has worked with the police, all due to her level of trust established in the industry. Listen to Dawn tell her story on this episode of The Dog Show.

 

What is more important education or equipment?

 

Dawn feels that education trumps equipment, hands down. It’s fun to have great equipment, but if you don’t know how to use it you still won’t get great shots.  Photographic education teaches you timing and how to react at the moment and engage in the subject. It is important to learn how to dial in your timing. The reason is that the best camera that you have is the one you have with you at the moment. Dawn feels so strongly that education is important that she even got certified as a professional photographer. Dawn has fantastic advice for learning how to photograph, so listen to this episode of The Dog Show to hear more.  

 

What is her advice to someone that wants to learn how to shoot?

 

If you want to learn how to take great images it is important to get out of automatic mode in your camera. Learn how to use the manual mode of your camera so that you can select the ISO, shutter speed, and aperture. You can pay for a good course or even learn from YouTube. The most important things to look for in a teacher are; ensure that they are a good and knowledgeable photographer themselves and they need to be a good teacher. If you are interested in learning more about photography, listen to this episode of The Dog Show to hear Dawn’s advice on the best way to learn.

 

What does Dawn Rabinowitz suggest as a good camera for a beginner?

 

Dawn is a Canon girl. She learned on a Canon and she continues to use one to this day. She feels that although the camera is important, the lens you use is even more important.  The lenses are your brushes as if you were a painter. The Canon Digital Rebel line is a wonderful starting camera for the amateur photographer. Dawn recommends B and H photo as a great resource if you need help choosing a camera for yourself. Dawn discusses lighting and even her favorite equipment that she uses. Find out which lens is her favorite when working with dogs by listening to this episode of The Dog Show.

How to live in the present moment as a photographer

It seems like everyone walks around with their camera phones or their cameras out at every big, meaningful event. But when was the last time you looked back at all of your pictures of fireworks,  friends’ weddings, or concerts? The truth is nobody really cares about all of your pictures of these things, so why aren’t you just enjoying the moment? It can be hard to stay focused and in the present moment especially when you are a photographer. Dawn admits that she often uses her camera as a shield to block out the rest of the world. Dawn shares the strategies that help her stay focused on the here and now on episode 16 of The Dog Show.

Outline of This Episode

  • [2:22] How Dawn got started in the industry
  • [8:44] Dawn’s history photographing working dogs
  • [18:18] The first time she met Paul
  • [24:16] What is more important education or equipment?
  • [29:06] what is her advice to someone that wants to learn how to shoot?
  • [32:40] What does she suggest as a good camera for a beginner?
  • [36:37] How important is lighting?
  • [37:58] What camera and lens does Dawn use?
  • [43:18] Is there a difference between a regular camera and a $40,000 camera?
  • [46:22] Who is her favorite photographer?
  • [60:22] How to live in the present moment as a photographer
  • [69:55] What does Dawn see as the next big thing in photography?
  • [76:51] What is coming up for Dawn?

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