|Barked: Mon May 16, '05 5:40pm PST |
|Here's a few tricks that I've learned. I hope they help..
First.. Always keep the camera nearby and ready to take a picture. I find the digi cameras are wonderful because I can take dozens of photos in one evening and any that I don't like, just delete..
If you want a portrait type of photo, wait until the dog is relaxed and in a quiet setting. Have a solid color background and don't make a big fuss when taking the picture. Focus close enough to fill the camera screen with the subject.
Get down to dog's level and take the picture straight on instead of standing up and focusing down.
To get that "alert look" just before you snap the picture, have a clicker or something like a squeaker. Extend your arm to the side and upwards (having camera focused and ready) then make the clicking noise and snap the picture when dog looks towards the sound. That way, you can try to avoid the red eye, but still get the alert look as the dog reacts to the clicker and looks up.. or, if you don't want head raised, just extend arm and hand out to the side on level with dog's eyes.
A good photo editing program really helps too, if there is lots of background that needs to be removed. Here's my "work page" to give you an example:
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