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Eddie Tucker Art - Paint 4 U

Pet Art - Photgraph your Pet

The Camera  

  • Use a good quality camera.

  • With a digital camera set the resolution to High quality (2M pixels and above).  

  • Camera phone images are often not good enough for portraits when blown up.

 

The Picture  

  • The better the quality of the photograph the better the end result portrait.

  • If possible take the photo outside without a flash. (see section or in the garden).

  • Include as much detail as possible.

  • Ideally take your photographs with your back to the sun.

  • Your pet should fill the frame, a lot of space around the pet means the image will be smaller and the quality lower.

  • A 3/4 head shot is better than having a straight on photo for most breeds, as this stops the noses looking too flat and gives dimension to the face.

  • Ideally you should be able to see highlights in your pet’s eye(s).

How to take your pet's photo for their portrait

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Indoors or the Garden  

  • Photographs are clearer outside – though cats are often best photographed indoors.

  • Try to take the photos when the sun is not too bright and try to avoid heavy shadows.

  • If your pet is black, try to take the photos on a cloudy day.

  • If your favorite pet pose is a flash photo, then send other photos without flash to show the natural colouring.

 

Posing your pet  (getting it to sit still)

  • Act naturally - its no big deal. Try to act as if it is nothing special, let them see the camera and check it out.

  • The portrait can be commissioned from multiple photos, so if your pet is not quite right on one we can work from several photos to produce a better portrait.

 

Get the pose  

  • Try getting someone else to take the photo whilst you distract the animal with toys, squeakers or food.

Take a photo to use as a Pet portrait, ensuring the best quality picture to work the portrait.

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