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Have any of you tried pet photography?

If you have, you would know the difficulty in capturing pets because they are constantly moving around. With the guidance of the owner, you can get a pet to look at the camera with commands and calling out their name. I had the experience of photographing a handful of pets to build a portfolio. While difficult, especially with the last dog being blind, I found it tiring as well as satisfying.

I’ve talked to several people about pet photography. For those who have lost their loved ones, they have told me they wish they had professional photos done as a keepsake. Up until I had three cats, I never understood why people were so attached to their four-legged fur friends. I now know that pets are considered family and it’s tough when you lose one. I once gave one of the kittens away when my cat gave birth to three. I cried.

As I begin to practice more with pets, I managed to capture a few photos in HDR – high dynamic range. For those who know, HDR photos require more than one photo bracketed in different exposures. When merged, it will give a greater tonal range between highlights and shadows. To achieve this is extremely difficult with pets because they are always on the move unless resting. An example below is my pet cat in HDR.

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What separates a picture from a portrait is how the image is captured. A plain picture can be made extraordinary by changing the angle or zooming in to give it a different perspective.

For more images on animals and pet photography, click on the link here: http://goo.gl/IKwJQc

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Pets Always Make Me Smile

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I recently had the opportunity to do a photo shoot with pets – about five dogs as a matter of fact. While there were some demands put in place by the dogs themselves, they managed to cooperate enough for me to gets some professional shots. Here are some of the behind-the-scenes look at what happened.

The Setup – test shots.

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Can I have some treats first before we start?

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Good to go. Ready? Everyone on set, please.

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I’m princess. I brought some stuff to change into.

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Okay, everyone else’s turn. How about a blanket now?

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Great! Paco, what do you think?

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Thanks! This is so much fun, man. I’m so nervous. I like comfy blankets.

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Dogs needed to check out the basket first before using it
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How come the cat doesn’t have to pose with the rest of us?

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Anyone else want in on the basket?

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After dealing with five nervous and excited dogs, I came away feeling good about the whole event. The white dog was blind and could only respond to his name being called as well as following his nose and sniffing everything. It was a good day. Big thanks to Georgia, Murphy, Stella, Paco and Buddy for their involvement.

While I’m just starting up, I hope that my photography business will be a successful one. I would like to give back a portion of my sales to a pet shelter for every session I have with pets.

Please check out my Flickr account for some final images that I’ve chosen:

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