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Alwayshere
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Apr 03, 2013 05:20 |  #1

Hello,

This is my first post, so sorry if I posted in the wrong place.
I'm a newby in photography, but I'm here to learn.

Here's a first picture of my dog, Happy. What do you think?

Thank you!

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Apr 04, 2013 07:35 |  #2

Alwayshere wrote in post #15785950external link
This is my first post, so sorry if I posted in the wrong place.
I'm a newby in photography, but I'm here to learn.

Welcome. You'll want to post photos in the "Sharing" forum. This is talk.


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plumgoo
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Apr 05, 2013 11:49 |  #3

Hiya Alwayshere, welcome aboard! Since this is the Talk section, let's talk... I see you have a small doggie, and Happy's fur is one of the two most difficult colors (black or white). I have a small black poochie (Havanese) and I SLOWLY learned that in order ot take photos of the little guy... photos that I would my happy with.... I needed to make sure that he was in an area where the surrounding terrain color was in contrast to his fur's color. He's black, and the best background color I have seen is bright green grass.

I've taken many shots of him on the concrete footpath, but the background color (though in high contrast) seems to add little to the "pop" factor of the photograph.

Lastly, Happy looks like one heck of a cute pooch.


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Alwayshere
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Apr 05, 2013 12:01 as a reply to plumgoo's post |  #4

thanks plumgoo, she's a small beast actually :)

i'll try to change the surroundings as you suggested and come back with more pictures in the sharing forum as gatorboy suggested


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RPCrowe
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Apr 17, 2013 13:41 as a reply to Alwayshere's post |  #5

Some pointers

A gravel or cement walk is not the best background for a white dog. However, a bit of post processing will help this image.

1. The color balance is off it needs to have some yellow removed.
2. The image of the dog is too small, you need to get closer or use a longer focal length lens or crop the image
3. I like to shoot small dogs from their eye level which means either getting lower or putting the dog on an elevated platform of some type
4. I like to get rid of the leads with the crop tool
5. The dogs beard is quite discolored, I would spruce that up a bit in post processing (beetter though to shoot a clean dog)
6. The eyes are the most important facet of any portrait, dog or human. I try to ensure that there is not hair obscurring the eyes.

Here is your image with a bit of Post Processing:

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Green outdoor backgrounds are good for just about any dog...

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Black is a nice BG for indoor shots...

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But other colors are nice also...

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Sometimes props can be used...

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Dogs with a color other than white are a bit easier to shoot...

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Alwayshere
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Apr 17, 2013 14:02 |  #6

wow... thanks a lot for your reply, I appreciate it!
I'll consider your comments in my next photos


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MeirDavid
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Jun 14, 2013 07:04 |  #7

hai dude

I think so Your pet is most beautiful creation by a god

it's very expressive

i like it very much




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Jun 16, 2013 14:28 |  #8

Welcome from me too, Alwayshere. Yes, here we talk, mostly about how to photograph pets, often about how to manage the pet to get a good shot. Your picture of Happy is quite nice as is, but you'll find we are generally working on improving our skills further. To that effect, there's good advice above. Managing the depth of field can be used to either emphasize the context of the pet or blur it to place attention on the subject or making a distracting background disappear. We also work on getting the pet to move so that the direction of light adds to the texture of the coat, and/or use a flash/reflector to add to the quality of light. The distance of the background from the subject helps to manage perspective as well as the amount of background blur. Use of toys or sounds can give the pet an attractive expression. Etc.

The best thing about photography is that there's always more to learn. The great thing about POTN is that there are good people here to talk to.

Enjoy Happy's company and you'll get many good shots.


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Gungnir
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Jul 17, 2015 18:01 |  #9

Images of dogs doing nothing, with little expression, taken from your normal standing height don't do them justice at all.

What does your dog absolutely love doing which makes it's eyes light up and it's tail wag so fast it generates lift? Use same thought process for all of his\her distinct character traits and emotions then get down on your dog's eye level and capture him\her doing it.

Enjoy it. Make him\her enjoy it, the successes and failures. Make your dog love seeing your camera.


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Jeshua8a
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Sep 19, 2015 17:03 |  #10

Nice pics




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