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post #1 of 28 (permalink) Old 09-15-2008, 03:55 PM Thread Starter
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Tips for Photographing your Dogs

With the upcoming calendar deadline, I wanted to post some tips for photographing your dogs.

Try to find a place with a non distracting background. Nothing too busy, like a lot of clutter in the background.

Make sure you have ample light. Unless you actually have studio lights, I find natural light best as it doesn't have that red or green reflection in the dogs eyes which make them look like aliens.

Have TREATS!!!

If you have two people its usually better. One person can try to make the dogs sit or stay in place while you are with a camera. As soon as that person backs away from the dogs, you can snap away. I recommend a tripod. Then your hands ( or at least one) is ready to use squeaky toys, or treats while the other hand is taking the photo.

Light... The middle of the day is bad outdoors. You never want light coming frrom directly overhead, the sun or room lights. Early morning or evening before the the sun goes down is perfect, and just choose a spot where the sun is coming down on them at an angle. OR what I do often is pick a shady spot ( make sure you dont have a lot of sun spots on the ground) and then they will have pretty catchlights from the open sky.

Indoors just pretend the window is the sun and the light is coming through it onto them. You can typically do this at any time of day if the light is good. You dont want it to be too dark.

If you have a DSLR camera, dont be scared to boost up your ISO. This is basically what film speed you used to pick when buying film. I shoot around 400 ISO. If I am trying to catch action I may go higher.

A good way to catch action shots is to go outside and play. Put your camera on TV or T or S whatever is the shutter speed prioity. Either put your ISO on auto or up to 400-600. Put your shutter speed somewhere fast, over 1,000. Then throw a toy or bone acorss the yard, then snap away when Sparky brings it back. If this does not work, please see Teaching Your dog to Fetch. Just kidding, that doesnt exist.

Make sure to get down on your dogs level and not shoot too far from above. Unless you are doing that on purpose for effect.

Some ideas for pics:
shredding! Our Havs love this and some closeups of them going to town would be cute. You could even take these outside.

RLH.. action!

Just looking cute and smiling, we know the havs like to pose.

Themes. Julie is the theme QUEEN! Get creative and use props. Sailor Sparky?

Plant backgrounds are always pretty outside, dont forget that our dogs are small so you dont have to use huge backgrounds or props.

Everyone PM Dawna and tell her to read this. She has a FANCY camera, a Photographer friend and we see NO PICS of Bunni Blu and Cru. Lets PROTEST!

Btw she drew these examples. I would never make our Havs look like mice.
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Thanks for the tips Melissa.
Love the props! Dawna!

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Thanks for the tips Melissa.
Love the props! Dawna!
Ditto!

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Uh, nice drawings Dawna!
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Dawna, dont you know what Havanese look like?! You need to practice your photoshop skills.
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Btw she drew these examples. I would never make our Havs look like mice.
lmao when I reat that and looked at the pics I couldn't stop laughing for about 10min lol

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Your post is adorable, Melissa. Thank you for taking the time for all of this.

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Thanks Melissa - that's so helpful.


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What mice?! Those are perfect renditions of havanese. If Melissa hadn't told everyone they were drawings, you would naturally assume they are photographs of real havs!!
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What mice?! Those are perfect renditions of havanese. If Melissa hadn't told everyone they were drawings, you would naturally assume they are photographs of real havs!!
Using what type of camera????????

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