Pet Portraits by Sue!
The better the photos, the better the portrait.Please submit several sharply focused, true-to-color pictures that show your friend
from different angles so I don't miss any detail. If you don't currently have photos you'd like to use, here are a few tips for getting those great
- Use ISO 200 or faster film, and shoot a full roll of 12 or more (it can take a lot of film to come up with the right shots, but the results will
be worth the effort.)
- Try to get down to the animal's level, or bring the
animal up to eye level by putting him/her on a table or chair. And get lots of
close-ups that show the animal's face--especially those expressive eyes--in detail. Try to avoid head-on shots;
three-quarter profiles often turn out the best.
- There's something about a
camera that makes a lot of pets come in to lick the lens, or turn away, or
generally not hold still for a good shot. It can help if you have a friend
either holding or distracting your pet (food and squeaky toys can
- If possible, photograph outside in indirect light (like on a hazy
cloudy day). The flash can flatten and distort (not to mention cause that old
red-eye look), but it does tend to show color accurately.
Try shooting in
different lights and from different angles, and you're sure to come up with some
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