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Photographing Your Puppy

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Capturing special moments with your puppy on camera is part of the joy of living with a puppy – but taking a great picture of your puppy is not always  easy. The following are some tips on taking photos

 

 Taking Indoor Photos


It’s easier to control your puppy’s environment when indoors, and this may make for a better photo. If you choose to photograph your puppy inside, you will need to think about lighting and glass.Lighting: If you take a photo indoors without using a flash, it may turn out looking yellowish, probably not the best portrayal of your puppy. To light the room without using a flash you can use a strong light, like one from a video camera. Shine the light on your puppy – it should be slightly above where the camera is. The angle of the light should be close to the angle from your camera, but just slightly off to prevent “red-eye” in the picture. If the light and camera are on exactly the same angle, the camera will pick up the blood vessels at the back of your puppy’s eye. The result may be a photo of your puppy with red-eye, not a very cute look. If the angle of the light and the camera are too different, then you will have shadows in your photo.Glass: Mirrors, picture frame glass, windows and television sets may all provide glare it’s best to take photos away from these objects.

 
Taking Photos Outside

There are many distractions outside, but outdoor photos appear more natural. When taking photos outside remember:Safety first: If you are taking photos of your puppy outside he should always be leashed.
Natural light is best for taking photos of your puppy, and if you take the photo in the morning you can usually avoid the redeye photo.Try to find an area outside that has light shade –this prevents shadows in your photo. It will also help prevent you from getting the “perfect” picture of your puppy, only to find out when it’s developed that your puppy’s eyes were closed tightly against the sun.To prevent your puppy from blending into his surroundings take the photo when you’re in an area where the background color contrasts with his coat.If your puppy’s coat is dark, use the flash outdoors to bring out the detail in his face.If you want to block out the background slightly, get closer to your puppy when you shoot the picture. You can also, depending on your camera, close the lens aperture slightly and increase the exposure. General tips for getting a great pictureHave a helper: You should have someone hold the leash so you can concentrate ontaking pictures. Shooting directly up or down at your puppy will make him look distorted in the photo. Try to keep the camera at, or near, your puppy’s eye level. The further you are from your puppy, the more you can raise the camera because the distance will make up for the angle.
Get down to your puppy’s eye level – snapping the picture just below his eye level and zooming in closely will give greater detail.Some of the best photos catch puppies in their natural environments and in the middle of everyday activities.

 
Tricks For Getting The Photo

Use toys or treats to get your puppy’s attention, or to get him to remain still for the photo. Hold treats next to the camera lens, just out of range, and in the photo it will look like your puppy is looking straight ahead.Generally, the more relaxed your puppy is the better the photo will be. Give him his favorite toy and snap pictures as he plays with it.
 
 
 
Tips

The hardest part is getting the dog to sit still. So the best time to take the picture is when your dog gets tired or becomes sleepy. Put the proper color of sheet to be used as backdrop over the couch.When your pet is getting tired,let it rest there. When the dog is starting to fall asleep, get its attention again by blowing a whistle or giving a treat.When the pet becomes all perked up snap the shots immediately.

 

• Professional animal pictures usually capture the whole body to see any problems, proportion and size.

 

• If you are just having fun with the dog, you can just capture the unique things about the puppy. You can have an up-close head shot and your dog might give you a nice smile.

 

• To make the picture from a dog’s viewpoint, make the camera at the animal’s eye level or below. You can either elevate your dog or you lie down on your stomach to achieve this. You can still capture the entire body of your while still zooming in.

 

• It is suggestible to use digital cameras to save money form pictures that certain moments didn’t seem right. Digital cameras give you the freedom to snap away without wasting money on film.

 

• The best time to take pictures of pets outdoors would be earl mornings or late at the evening. The natural lighting during this period will make the photos better.

 

• What use would be a picture of your dog when it looks bad? If your pet is feeling ill, reschedule the photo shoot.

 

• To get great action shots of your pet while doing his or her favorite activity get some one to assist you. The other person can interact with the dog while the other snaps away.

 

These are only some of the tips that can get you that great photo of you and your pet. This will help preserve the memories you have cherished and enjoyed.

 

 

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