|Tips on Photographing Pets
|Several of your favorite photographs are used to capture every detail of the pet's personality. Take many pictures. This way
you'll have many different angles and poses to choose from. If you're using a digital camera, use the highest resolution
setting on your camera. If you're photographing a pet, try to have someone hold the pet while you take the photos. It's easier
to take pictures when someone stands behind you and gets the pet's attention. Don't worry about hands and arms in the
picture, as these can be removed. Just try not to cover important details of the pet. Hold treats near the camera while trying
to capture the best pose. Try to get your pet's favorite expression. This will help identify their personality and it will be obvious
in the painting.
Get on the same level as your subject as photos taken from above can't be used for a portrait. Try to get as close as
possible and still get a clear picture. The background isn't important as this won't be added unless you desire a particular
backdrop for the painting. A closeup of the subject is what I'm looking for.
Lighting is very important. Taking a photo of your subject in natural lighting is best. Morning and mid to late afternoon sun
will create the best shadows. Don't use a flash as this can cause red eye. Try to get the light to shine on the face to
show all the features, and take several photos at different angles. Photos taken at an angle are much more interesting.
The eyes "make the painting." I work from several different photos, but the eyes are the most important feature and
capture the personality of your subject. Try to take several close shots of the head and eye detail.
The more photos I have to work with, the better the painting. Also, if I have good reference photos, there is less guesswork
involved and you will end up with a true likeness of your pet. It's always great to meet the subject in person, but many times
this can't happen because the client may live out of town. I work from the photos you provide but may borrow pieces from
other photos of the same person or pet. For example, for one client, he really liked the pose of his dog in one photo but the
dog's ears were turned back. I used the primary photo with the good pose and used the ears from another photo to create a
more pleasing portrait. The client was very happy with the end result. The more photos I have to work with the better because
I want you to be completely satisfied. I'll scan your photos and use the scans as reference so that your photos will not be
handled during the painting process. Unless, of course, they are digital photos. These can be sent on disc or by email. All of
this can be discussed further if you have any questions.
I hope these few photo tips helped. Let me know if I can answer any other questions. I look forward to working with you.