Dec 21 2011
Photographing your dog can be an very rewarding experience. Done well, it will allow you to immortalize that significant member of your family. As with anything, it's best to proceed with a goal in mind so you know where to begin. What are you trying to accomplish? Are you trying to capture your pet's fun side? Are you trying to setup a funny photo using a stand in such as a cowboy hat? Is this an interactive portrait between your pet and your child? Sit down and write this goal, because it will help you in preparing properly. Nothing is worse than spending an hour going to your favorite scene with equipment in hand and realizing your forgot a favorite prop.
Now that you have decided onset your goal, it's now time to decide onthe proper setting. Indoors vs. outdoors. Near the fireplace with an open fire in the background, or in a studio. At the lake or in the back yard. As you think about the proper setting, think about how your pet will react to that setting. If you decide the public park is the perfect place, you must consider about your pet's resistance to distractions. Is he/she able to resist running after another animal or person? The more you understand your pet the better off you will be.
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Hopefully, you've brought everything you are going to requireneed, right? Now, it's time for setup. Be organized; get everything arranged in a logical order. The last thing you want to be doing is searching for equipment when you need to be shooting pictures – most dogs have no attention span and you have got to be ready to snap that picture when the moment is there. How is you animal's personality? Is he/she super excited? If yes, then perhaps some light exercise would be in order - nothing too heavy, but just enough to help him/her calm down. Give your pet some last minute grooming,just touch-ups. If you are ooutside, how is the wind? Is it too strong? Is the sun too bright? Remember, overcast is much better for lighting.
One of the most important things to remember is to get down to your pet's level, as much as you can. In addition, when you are at your pet's level, it's easier for you to get it's attention. If you've never crawled around on the ground before, you might feel a bit foolish, but trust me, it makes all the difference in the world. If you prefer to hire a professional simply Google your city for a professional. In San Antonio I used the term San Antonio pet photography and San Antonio dog photography and had several great web sites to pick from.
When selecting a photographer make sure to inquire about what in given for the package listed. You should ask for a DVD and reproduction rights so you can use the images as you want for personal use. If you are wanting to shoot for business use then the rules change and you should expect to pay more for commercial use rights than limited personal use rights.