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How do you take photos at a show????????

I thought my camera went nuts and went out looking for a new camera. Found one I liked but decided to research it online before buying it which turned out to be a good thing.
We took pictures at the dog show this weekend and they are worse than horrible!! Would a SLR work any better at shows or would a camera that uses film be better? I have my SLR film using camera packed away with all the lenses and think I'll get it out and give it a try next time we show. It's got one heck of a long and powerful zoom lens so that would probably be better anyhow but after digital it's kind of like going back to the dark ages.
This is the first time Lightning has been back in the ring in over a year and he got winners dog and best of opposite both days. A puppy I sold to a show home (he's over a year so not quite a puppy anymore) looked so beautiful in the show and he took reserve and the pictures.....arrrrrrggggghhhhhhhhhhh are.......oh heck, I'll just show you. Help...what kind of camera do you use at shows?
This is me in the ring with Gabby (who used to be MyKee on my website) and it's one of the better pictures!!!
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I don't show dogs, but I bought a digital slr to take photos of my son at wrestling meets which probably has the same lighting as an indoor show. It works wonderfully. Some of the entry level dslr cameras are really reasonably priced with a lens (or two) and they take very nice photos.

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Jan, I've got a very inexpensive digital camera and I've managed to get some awesome shots. What I've learned is that you can add what's called a "slave" flash - it sits on top of the camera as an addition to the built in one. It will throw light further and help illuminate the dog. Another trick is to take the photo near an open door - the natural light will help add illumination that you don't get normally. Also, I aim my camera at a spot that the dog will be at and then click when they get there rather than following them around with a moving camera. My dad went to a show to watch us the other day and he's got a super expensive fancy set up and mine ended up being better than his. Also you might want to see if you've got a "pets and kids" setting. That's probably a faster shutter speed. The only thing I hate is how long mine takes to cycle between flashes. I hate waiting but it does force me to set up the shot. Oh and always, always, install fresh batteries. It makes a world of difference in how focused you are able to get the shot. Good luck!


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Jan, a digital SLR or a film SLR should work much better than a regular point-and-shoot. The reason the picture is blurry is that you're moving. The point-and-shoot has a lag response and doesn't shoot as quickly as a digital SLR, thus the blurring effect. Also, when shooting a point-and-shoot in conditions where a flash is required the likelihood for blur increases almost exponentially.


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What Lina said. You can put your P&S on manual.. and crank up the ISO high. You are trying to capture movement in a dark room. You need a high ISO and flash. Sometimes the flash annoys people in the ring, however.

Its def not the camera... although an SLR would be a much better choice. Its just the settings you used. The camera is just a tool and we have to use it correctly to get the shot.
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That is so true, Melissa!

Yes, that is the main thing - you have to know how to use your camera. My camera isn't top of the line, but it's nice quality. It just takes some practice to figure out which settings are best for which purpose. I had the WORST pictures for about 6 months and my husband noticed I had it set on Manual Focus, and I was thinking it was on Automatic Focus the whole time. Doh! No wonder! I would take a series of gorgeous puppy shots on a variety of settings, trying to figure out the best, and when I would upload them to the computer every single one would be blown out (too light) or blurry or something else wrong. After we changed that simple setting, it was amazing to get some good photos again.

Spend some time playing with your camera and take some pictures indoors and outdoors in various light conditions. It's like any tool in that you have to figure out how to work it most efficiently to get the best results.
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Jan, a digital SLR or a film SLR should work much better than a regular point-and-shoot. The reason the picture is blurry is that you're moving. The point-and-shoot has a lag response and doesn't shoot as quickly as a digital SLR, thus the blurring effect. Also, when shooting a point-and-shoot in conditions where a flash is required the likelihood for blur increases almost exponentially.
Lina, I'll show you two pictures. Both are still pictures. One is of my husband before the show. I knew when I shot the picture that I was shooting toward the sun so it wasn't going to be great..but I like it anyhow. The other is of Bandit's son and that's at the show and also a still picture. No movement at all. We're wondering if there's something in there to block digital camera shots since there's a show photographer? Is that even possible to do?
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What Lina said. You can put your P&S on manual.. and crank up the ISO high. You are trying to capture movement in a dark room. You need a high ISO and flash. Sometimes the flash annoys people in the ring, however.

Its def not the camera... although an SLR would be a much better choice. Its just the settings you used. The camera is just a tool and we have to use it correctly to get the shot.
Yikes I need camera lessons to keep up with what you just said.
I gave the camera to someone while we were in the ring and she moved the lever over and took short videos (no flash) and thought she was taking photos. Now those look good......for the 3 seconds they show. Maybe I should stick to videos with my camera and get still shots from that when at shows. That's kind of moot for now though. This was the first time we showed in over a year and it probably won't be until the beginning of next year that we show again but I'd really like to get ready to know what the heck I'm doing with a camera then.

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Jan, the picture of Bandit's son, the dog may not have moved but the camera may have moved. That is the biggest problem I am having with my camera, trying to keep completely still while pressing the shutter. Try using a tripod.

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Jan, I've got a very inexpensive digital camera and I've managed to get some awesome shots. What I've learned is that you can add what's called a "slave" flash - it sits on top of the camera as an addition to the built in one. It will throw light further and help illuminate the dog. Another trick is to take the photo near an open door - the natural light will help add illumination that you don't get normally. Also, I aim my camera at a spot that the dog will be at and then click when they get there rather than following them around with a moving camera. My dad went to a show to watch us the other day and he's got a super expensive fancy set up and mine ended up being better than his. Also you might want to see if you've got a "pets and kids" setting. That's probably a faster shutter speed. The only thing I hate is how long mine takes to cycle between flashes. I hate waiting but it does force me to set up the shot. Oh and always, always, install fresh batteries. It makes a world of difference in how focused you are able to get the shot. Good luck!

Lisa, what kind of camera do you have? See the photo of Gabby sitting on his table? That was right next to a wall of doors.

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