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Dog Portraits Photography Tips and Tricks For Pet Portraits

If you are visiting our dog portraits photography tips and tricks page, you must be thinking about commissioning a dog portrait in oil or pencil from us. Clients first step when thinking about commissioning a dog portrait is to look at a range of photos they already have, to see if any are suitable for a dog portrait. If you feel they aren’t quite good enough, new photos would be your next step. For clients who’s dogs have sadly passed away, have a look at our photography tips and tricks below to give you an idea of photos we work with for our pet portraits.

Sending photos actual size

Dog Photography Tips

Clients send us photos of their dogs on a daily basis and we are used to seeing an array of varying quality photos.

Often photos are sent using their mobile and when sending it can often ask what size you would like to send the images at. Similar to the image on the left.

We always try to encourage clients to send photos at their 'actual size' as this way we are able to see the full resolution photo.

When we are drawing or painting dogs, we zoom in to the photo to see the detail in the dog - ie eyes, nose, coat, tags etc and by allowing us to see the full resolution image, we can invariably add more detail into the portrait.

Avoid screen shots

Dog Photography Tips

Taking screenshots of photos to send via email seems to be very a popular way of sharing photos, however this really degrades the quality of the image. The image left is a screenshot and we know this is the case due to the black areas top and bottom. You can see the image should be a really good quality however it looks fairly low quality.

Cameras on mobiles these days take such incredibly high resolution photos, they can be sharp, full focus and thoroughly detailed. When you pinch and zoom and look at the photo most of the time you can see the amazing detail in the image.

However, by taking a screenshot, it is reducing the quality of the image, to the phones screen resolution.

We try to encourage clients to avoid sending screenshots and instead, find the photos in the photos app on the phone. From the photos app you can send individual or multiple photos via email without reducing their size or quality.

If clients need any help or guidance, they just need to let us know.


General Photography tips

Dog Photography Tips

When you are taking photos try to take photos outside, in natural daylight. Mobiles tend to struggle in low light and you can easily end up with a grainy and shaky, slightly blurry photos. The photo of Boo was taken on a sunny day which allows her coat to really shine.

Always get on your dogs level when taking photos, if you have a small dog like Boo on the left, you can place them on a table or wall to take photos. Please be careful that they don't try to jump down without your help, always have someone with you if this is the case.

Taking a step closer to your dog to fill the frame is preferable, rather than pinching and zooming on your mobile phone as this can reduce the quality of the photo. A zoom on some mobile devices uses a digital zoom, the further you zoom in, sadly less detail and pixels there are in the photo. Fill the frame with your dog just like the photo of Boo on the left.

Another good tip is take as many photos as you can - you can always delete them. It means you can pick your favorite photo for a pet portrait.

The Perfect Photo

The photo below of Boo is pretty much perfect for her. We can see the fur clearly, the photo is in focus, close in the frame and it doesn't cut any of Boo out, we can see her paws and tops of her ears. If you require any guidance when it comes to taking photos please do email us at anytime.

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