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Feb 05, 2013 14:58 |  #1

I recently started photographing adoptions for a local animal shelter. Im talking photos of the animals that get adopted and of the volunteers working with the dogs. I have just about 0 experience doing portraits with people, and a tiny bit of experience shooting my own dog. Last weekend was the first time, but im planning on doing this just about every weekend.
The location is the front of a petsmart store, so i cant have a real fancy setup. Here's last weeks photos
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This one is the worst, in was late in the day and i couldnt get any shade to shoot
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Any tips on how i can make next weekends photos better?
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FYI all these photos where taken with no flash...

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Feb 06, 2013 19:09 |  #2

First tip, embed photos in your post. They all look like they could use a little flash. (I'm not 100% sure though as I'm not an expert with flashes or portriture)


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Feb 07, 2013 08:53 |  #3

Yeah sorry about that, i should've done it right the first time. Btw im seeing now that when they posted the photos to their site they put a border over part of my watermark, ill be moving it to a new spot next time.

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Feb 07, 2013 15:21 |  #4

First three are very good for the intended purpose. The fourth, in bright sun, doesn't make any of the subjects good - let's hope that you'll have light clouds the next time!

What gear do you have in cameras, lenses, external flash, reflective material (e.g. sheet of white styrofoam)? On a sunny day, do you have other locations available, perhaps indoors? Is it possible to rig up material to provide shade?


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Feb 08, 2013 09:45 |  #5

Meanderthal wrote in post #15583947 (external link)
First three are very good for the intended purpose. The fourth, in bright sun, doesn't make any of the subjects good - let's hope that you'll have light clouds the next time!

What gear do you have in cameras, lenses, external flash, reflective material (e.g. sheet of white styrofoam)? On a sunny day, do you have other locations available, perhaps indoors? Is it possible to rig up material to provide shade?

Thanks for the reply, in gear i have 2 cameras, a rebel t3, and a 60d, i have a canon 55-250mm, 100mm macro, 18-50mm zoom kit lens, and a canon 50mm 1.8/f. I have a canon 430ex-2 flash gun... a few other minor things like a tripod, and such but no reflectors or shades. The last picture was taken around 3pm and there was no more shade where we were, and at the time, not knowing any better i thought "eh it'll be fine". Next time ill know better.

One question i have is how should i pose these people with the larger dogs? I think the best pictures i took were of the small dogs, where the dogs could be held closer to their face that way i could focus on the eyes. How should i do this with the larger dogs, should i look into setting up a table to put the dogs on? or should i get to people kneel beside the dogs like i did this time?


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Feb 12, 2013 10:43 |  #6

The 60D is a fine camera, and you have adequate lenses for this job. Experiment at home to see which lens gives you the perspective you like while being close enough to the subjects to maintain communications. The macro should take great pics, if you have the room.

Do keep it as simple as possible. A table would have to be covered with a cloth of suitable color, reaching below frame of the picture. Lifting a 150lb dog is a problem, and some dogs may not be comfortable on a table.

I'm not an expert on posing but for two persons prefer dog in the middle, person on each side, persons turned slightly toward center, looking either at dog or at camera. Owners will like the picture if they themselves look good, for which there are portrait photography books in the library. To get dog's attention, some mild noise maker might be useful.

Do keep safety in mind, of course, when suggesting poses. Watch the dog carefully for any signs such as nervousness.


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Feb 14, 2013 08:48 |  #7

Meanderthal wrote in post #15601904 (external link)
The 60D is a fine camera, and you have adequate lenses for this job. Experiment at home to see which lens gives you the perspective you like while being close enough to the subjects to maintain communications. The macro should take great pics, if you have the room.

Do keep it as simple as possible. A table would have to be covered with a cloth of suitable color, reaching below frame of the picture. Lifting a 150lb dog is a problem, and some dogs may not be comfortable on a table.

I'm not an expert on posing but for two persons prefer dog in the middle, person on each side, persons turned slightly toward center, looking either at dog or at camera. Owners will like the picture if they themselves look good, for which there are portrait photography books in the library. To get dog's attention, some mild noise maker might be useful.

Do keep safety in mind, of course, when suggesting poses. Watch the dog carefully for any signs such as nervousness.

Okay thank you the tips, i kinda figure i can work out the details as i go. I enjoy helping the dogs get homes, and i enjoy photography so i figured i can get some portraiture experience while helping the animals in the process.
Thanks again for the reply.


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Apr 16, 2013 23:46 as a reply to  @ dgiglio3087's post |  #8

Thanks for helping the shelter...

Here's a tip for getting a dog's attention... I buy squeakers like this which are supposed to be sewn into a stuffed toy. They run around three for a dollar at a local craft store but can be found on eBay in larger quantities.

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Holding the squeaker between my teeth, I bite down making a noise. The dog will usually look at where the noise is coming from which is in the area of my lens. I am able to get the dog looking straight at the camera, sometimes with a cute look on its face...

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Apr 19, 2013 09:18 |  #9

RPCrowe wrote in post #15836467 (external link)
Thanks for helping the shelter...

Here's a tip for getting a dog's attention... I buy squeakers like this which are supposed to be sewn into a stuffed toy. They run around three for a dollar at a local craft store but can be found on eBay in larger quantities.

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Holding the squeaker between my teeth, I bite down making a noise. The dog will usually look at where the noise is coming from which is in the area of my lens. I am able to get the dog looking straight at the camera, sometimes with a cute look on its face...

Hey Crowe thanks for the tip, ive never thought of that before. ill have to try that one :) . Since i created this post ive gotten a little better at the whole portraits thing... One of the hardest things for me is comunicating to the people what i need them to do. Since they didnt come to the adoptions with the intension of having their picture taken i kinda have to gauge wether or not they really want/dont mind having their picture taken, or if their just saying yes to be nice. And if their just saying yes to be nice, i usually just kinda make it quick and easy, where as the ones who really dont mind, i can get them to do more for me.


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Mar 25, 2014 13:48 as a reply to  @ dgiglio3087's post |  #10

I am lucky

I am lucky in that I have a ready-made background of rosemary on the slope in my yard...

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Mar 26, 2014 21:24 |  #11

wow, these are great! thanks for sharing!


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Apr 10, 2014 01:50 |  #12

RPCrowe wrote in post #15836467 (external link)
Thanks for helping the shelter...

Here's a tip for getting a dog's attention... I buy squeakers like this which are supposed to be sewn into a stuffed toy. They run around three for a dollar at a local craft store but can be found on eBay in larger quantities.

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IMAGE LINK: http://rpcrowe.smugmug​.com …882586&k=nkGkMk​D&lb=1&s=A  (external link)

Holding the squeaker between my teeth, I bite down making a noise. The dog will usually look at where the noise is coming from which is in the area of my lens. I am able to get the dog looking straight at the camera, sometimes with a cute look on its face...

Fantastic post! Our local shelter already has a fabulous petographer doing wonderful work, but I've wanted offer my services, ad well as I work to be more involved in the community's pet adoption and rescue programs. I've done quite a bit with parrots already, but dogs and cats are a different story! My Bassett mix rescue loves her squeaky toy, so that totally makes sense! I'm going to look for those this weekend. What about for cats? Since the one working well with the shelter and rescues does mostly dogs, I would love tips on photographing cats!


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Jan 20, 2016 23:40 |  #13

Nice shots! Cool :-)




  
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I have to use that squeaker idea!




  
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