TIPS ON PHOTOGRAPHING YOUR PET
It may be possible to produce a picture from the poorest image sent over the internet, but for a really first-class portrait I need at least one good, clear photograph. If possible it would be better if you sent several photographs and for you to point out the one that will be the main reference for the sketch. Also indicate any particular aspects you would like included - or left out - as the case may be. Please keep the following points in mind when choosing your selection to send.
If you do not have satisfactory pictures of your pet and wish to take new ones, the following hints may be of help to you.
Use ISO 200 or 400 speed film or faster to stop motion. Shoot plenty of pictures, at least a full roll. If you get one or two really good shots from the lot, you will have done very well.
Get as CLOSE as possible without blurring the image. . Fill the frame with your pet, not scenery. If your lens is adjustable (zoom) use a long focal length (telephoto.) This will give you a big image without crowding the animal, thus eliminating distortion. Take some close-ups of the head to show detail.
Focus on your pet's FACE and head (unless you want a whole body drawing).
Get down to your pet's level, or use a chair or table to raise your pet up to camera level. Do not shoot down on your pet from above; such pictures are always disappointing.
Talk to your pet, create expression, interaction, a cocked head expression. Your goal is to have an expressive look that describes your pet. This will add so much personality to your portrait. Look for actions or expressions that best describes your pet. (Ask what actions bring a smile to your face).
Lighting: Outdoors on a bright cloudy day or with hazy sun is ideal. In bright sunlight use supplementary flash to lighten shadows. Flash is ok, but the lighting may be flat and uninteresting. However, some flash shots should be taken for color; flash color is often the most accurate. Don't be afraid to experiment; try a variety of lighting arrangements and angles.
Be patient, and don't give up. Remember, the better the photograph, the better the sketch!
If your pet has distinct markings make sure to feature them.
The best view of your pet is usually THREE-QUARTERS.
Try to keep the background LIGHT or uncomplicated.
Take photos from SEVERAL ANGLES or different poses
We can only work with what we can see, if you have a particular expression, etc. that you want in the portrait be sure that it is in the photos.
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