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Are these good enough for pet photography?

 
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Jun 24, 2013 09:45 |  #1

would like some feedback if these are decent enough for me to branch out and go into pet photography business.

Any feedback/advice would be appreciated.
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Jun 24, 2013 09:46 |  #2

and another picture of my spoiled Chihuahua


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Jun 24, 2013 10:29 |  #3

anyone?


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Jun 24, 2013 10:30 |  #4

I find the lighting a bit harsh for the turtle, I think the light should be warmer and more diffuse. But the dog pics are awesome!


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Jun 24, 2013 11:40 |  #5

Hi. I agree about the tortoise lighting. The cut-out on the first dog pic is a bit clumsy, but the 2nd is super. Only crit is not getting the nose AND the eye in focus. In that sort of close up, a smaller aperture might be better. Like the focus on the eyes, but not keen on the blurred nose, and I guess on different breeds of dog this is a bit tricky to get rightl


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Jun 24, 2013 11:44 |  #6

The dog photos are, the turtle isnt. But you have to be able to deliver every time you go out when you start offering your services as a pro.




  
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Jun 24, 2013 12:01 |  #7

ok thanks everyone


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Jun 24, 2013 12:13 |  #8

Hannya wrote in post #16060296 (external link)
Hi.The cut-out on the first dog pic is a bit clumsy,

There was no cutout on picture nor any processing done in Photoshop nor in Lightroom. That's how dog's paws were on white fabric that I've used.
It does look like a cutout maybe because when I saved an image for the web I used very low quality so the shadows turned into "cutout".


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Jun 24, 2013 12:42 as a reply to  @ alexdesign's post |  #9

The tortoise needs more DOF, it would look better all sharp against a blurred background.

The dog pics are nice, but need the nose to be within the DOF. Focus on the eyes is pretty good, but in each pic one eye is slightly soft. Again more DOF is needed to get the whole face (eyes to nose) acceptable.

Shallow DOF is great for arty photographs in general, but when people are paying for pictures of their pet, they want more than just one eye in sharp focus.

Also, it would be hard to judge if you are ready to go into the pet photography business from just these shots, even if they were perfect. You have two very easy subjects there. A tortoise is hardly the most challenging pet to photograph, and the dog is yours, so used to you and probably having a camera pointed at it. You also chose a moment when the dog was at rest, again, being your dog, you can watch the dog all day until it is suitably tired, then take your shots.

Consider that, as a pet photographer, you will be dealing with animals that don't know you and are not always going to have seen a camera before. You may have to deal with a dog that doesn't like you, or the camera, and isn't going to just sit still for you and co-operate. Some owners are going to request pics of their pets running and jumping, catching frisbees, chasing balls etc., much more challenging than having them simply lying on a cushion.

Throw in the time factor, and that you may only have a short slot to get the shots in, and you are going to need to be able to nail the shots very quickly. You won't have time to keep trying and trying until you get the shot. You need to get out there and do some trial runs with dogs you have never met before, running and jumping around. You will need a diverse portfolio to advertise your service anyway, so get out there and practice on as many animals you can find. If you can get high quality shots of every single one, in a short space of time, then you are ready.




  
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Jun 24, 2013 13:12 |  #10

ok thanks Sandpiper. Very valuable feedback.


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Jun 24, 2013 14:58 |  #11

alexdesign wrote in post #16060387 (external link)
There was no cutout on picture nor any processing done in Photoshop nor in Lightroom. That's how dog's paws were on white fabric that I've used.
It does look like a cutout maybe because when I saved an image for the web I used very low quality so the shadows turned into "cutout".

Ah, that explains it, and now I look again I can see that! Is one cute doggie :-)


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Jun 24, 2013 17:37 |  #12

Close down your lens. Sharp eyes on the dog, but I feel the nose should be in focus as well. Too thin DOF.


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Jun 24, 2013 20:59 |  #13

This is my favorite pet photographer.
http://dogbreathphoto.​com …otography-client-viewing/ (external link)

Not that I am an expert in this area, but I really like her work.


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Jun 25, 2013 08:56 |  #14

Thanks everyone.

Heath, those are kick a.. photographs. Don't need to be an expert to see someone else's great work. I love it too. Thanks for sharing!


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Jun 25, 2013 09:12 |  #15

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This picture looks like soft nose and sharp eyes but great picture still


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