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Galathiel 02-13-2014 11:47 AM

Question for You Picture Takers
 
Can someone give me some tips on how to take a decent photo of my black pup? One of the main problems I run into is proportion. What is the best angle to shoot from? Either his head looks too big or if it's a face shot his nose looks bigger than it should (I presume both are because it's not in line with his body (ie, head turned toward me from the side, or frontal picture).

It makes for some funny looking caricatures, but not something you really want to share! Obviously I'm not a pro AT ALL and am only using a little point and shoot type camera or my phone. :)

DJEtzel 02-13-2014 11:48 AM

Get on the pup's level. I usually squat when I take pictures and take them from a little bit of a distance.

Liesje 02-13-2014 11:54 AM

Yep, get down! I often shoot on my knees or I'm actually on my belly. Or, I raise the puppy up, pose a tired puppy on a table (level with the camera).
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MichaelE 02-13-2014 12:02 PM

If you are using a camera with a zoom lens keep the focal length around 55mm or greater. A short focal length will distort the subject at close distances. It will make whatever is in the center of the photo look larger and out of proportion to the rest of the subject.

Short focal length lenses and setting on short zooms can give a 'fisheye' appearance.

Eiros 02-13-2014 12:06 PM

pups are hard to photograph because they dont sit still! I'm by no means a pro, but I love taking pics of my dog. I second getting on the same level as the pup! I find my favorite shots are around eye-level.

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OUbrat79 02-13-2014 12:07 PM

What kind of camera are you using? A lot of times with cameras you have to step back from your subject and then zoom in a little. The first setting on most lenses is wide angle, which is meant for landscape. If you shoot a person or pet with this setting it will make them look disproportionate. You don't have to be a long way away from your puppy but you do want to be far enough away that you have to zoom just a little. Doing that should help take care of the big head look.

ApselBear 02-13-2014 12:23 PM

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Originally Posted by Galathiel (Post 5015858)
Can someone give me some tips on how to take a decent photo of my black pup? One of the main problems I run into is proportion. What is the best angle to shoot from? Either his head looks too big or if it's a face shot his nose looks bigger than it should (I presume both are because it's not in line with his body (ie, head turned toward me from the side, or frontal picture).

It makes for some funny looking caricatures, but not something you really want to share! Obviously I'm not a pro AT ALL and am only using a little point and shoot type camera or my phone. :)

Maybe he just has a big head :rolleyes:

Come on and post some pics, that'll help these guys(or gals) diagnose angles, etc..

Mishka&Milo 02-13-2014 12:31 PM

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Originally Posted by DJEtzel (Post 5015866)
Get on the pup's level. I usually squat when I take pictures and take them from a little bit of a distance.


Agreed. Back when I had my good camera, I did this. I loved every picture taken at the dogs level.


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Galathiel 02-13-2014 02:23 PM

I'll try to take some more pictures. Last time I just deleted them all .. ugh. I do try to get down but I guess I'm just too close for one. I've been lazy so have been trying to take pics with my phone instead of getting out the camera (still just a point and shoot one, nothing special).

Oh, and he DOES have a big head, relatively speaking! ;) Just .. not bobble head size!

OUbrat79 02-13-2014 02:47 PM

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Originally Posted by Galathiel (Post 5016642)
I'll try to take some more pictures. Last time I just deleted them all .. ugh. I do try to get down but I guess I'm just too close for one. I've been lazy so have been trying to take pics with my phone instead of getting out the camera (still just a point and shoot one, nothing special).

Oh, and he DOES have a big head, relatively speaking! ;) Just .. not bobble head size!

Your phone is going to make his head look big if you are up close. Try backing up even with it and then crop your pictures a little. Also if your point and shoot camera has any kind of zoom at all use it. I always leave my camera out where I can grab it when I see something I want a picture of.


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