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I have 2 problems... We have 3 black puppies available from our litter this year. 1. How do you take puppy pictures anyway???? Mine on my website are awful...can't get them to stop and say cheese!!! 2... They are black!!! Help!!???Susan
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Take the photos outside in bright sun light. Oliver's brother Tucker is all black and that is the only way we could get good photos.

Sally,((Oliver)) Comet and Pennie too!
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I have found that the best photo tips for taking photos of black dogs is to take the pictures in natural light. Do not use a flash on a black dog, nor have the sun directly behind you either.

This link may be of help to you: http://www.animalleague.org/blogs/photography/?p=10
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Shooting a moving target is hard and at that age it's tough to get them to hold still and say cheese You may want to try holding them. I just looked back through pictures I've taken of the dark puppies we've had and many of them look like a black blob A couple are just plain dumb luck and show the dog. I think this one defies all the rules. The sun was on the grass behind him and he was in the shade. I probably shot 200 or 300 pictures just to get it
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Great shot Jan.
I think the best tip would be use a digital camera and shoot away----you can always delete but you might get a great shot as well

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No question it's probably the most difficult subject. Downsizing onto the internet doesn't help either. I bought a dedicated flash which does help a lot over the built in pop-up flash. A diffuser helps too. This shot was taken in a pretty dark room and it's downsized a lot. Still not great detail but better than what we used to do.

http://www.adorama.com/NKSB400AFKA.html this flash recycles as fast as the camera does too which allows you to take a bunch to have some to pick from. If you are using a D40 there is a button right behind the shutter release that you hold down while turning the thumb wheel to the right a couple of clicks which ups the exposure about a stop to get more detail in the black.

This is a 2 week old with just opened eyes. The diffuser throws the light all around the room instead of being so harsh and straight forward. The eyes are unretouched in this shot and I never liked hitting a puppy in the eyes with a flash anyway but the diffuser makes it easier on our eyes so feel like it's easier on their eyes too. A telephoto lens lets you get further away from the puppy to which should ease the intensity of the flash to them. This is with the 55-200.
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Picasa photo editor

I like the Picasa Photo editor. You can down load the program for free off line from Google. It is extremely user friendly and you can do so much with it. You dont have to be a rocket scientist either. You can take a dark picture, lighten them up and make it so you can see the details. This might be something that could help. When you are finished editing you just go to "file" and click save a copy.

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Great shot Jan.
Thanks Sally. Blame dumb luck and the camera. I just clicked the button

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I like the Picasa Photo editor. You can down load the program for free off line from Google. It is extremely user friendly and you can do so much with it. You dont have to be a rocket scientist either. You can take a dark picture, lighten them up and make it so you can see the details. This might be something that could help. When you are finished editing you just go to "file" and click save a copy.
Do you have any pictures of dark dogs you've used Picasa on? I'd love to see them. I downloaded it and it grabbed all of my pictures and doubled up a couple of thousand pictures on my hard drive so I shut it down and never went any further with it.

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I haven't used Picasa in a while since we switched to Mac, but it used to not do anything with the photos on your hard drive but locate them and give you a list. One way to check would be to check the size of the contents of your hard drive before and after importing a bunch of photos. I really liked Picasa and it took me a while to get used to iPhoto after we ditched the PC.

I agree, now that I have a black dog, they are really hard to photograph! Add a puppy that is constantly moving and you have a big challenge! I agree, use natural light-if not outside, then by a sunny window in the morning or late afternoon, take lots and lots of pictures, and it might help to have a tired puppy too!

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