brother/sister portraits

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  1. chammer

    chammer TPF Noob!

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    figured the puppies been getting all the attention, so i did brother and sister portraits. brother happens to be daddy to the puppies as well. :)

    1. Fiona
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    2. Gilligan (daddy to the puppies)
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    i know the lighting sucks. i tried to find lights around the house, but sadly there's nothing i can use. looking for any ideas on angles/poses that would work i guess as the human version of a portrait. since there's no shoulders/arms/elbows would cropping out just their heads work best, or does only full body shots work?
     
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    I am definitely NOT an expert in animal photography. However, the shot of Fiona looks better (to me) than that of Gilligan for whatever that's worth.
     
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    I don't know man. You say the lighting sucks. I kind of like the lighting personally. Good job
     
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    Fiona is very pretty - nice job capturing her :)
     
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    Both dogs are captured well. Their expressions are charming, endearing, and fun to look at. Focus looks good, but the color balance or white balance looks a bit too yellow to me, and I think the framing is overly tight,especially on Gilligan. The tight framing is causing tension, but it'd be a simple matter to create a larger canvas in PS and put the dogs into a slightly larger black field.

    I think the shot of Gilligan would look awesome if the framing were a bit looser--he's a good looking dog. If you post-process Gilligan's shot to frame him more loosely and if you cloned in a small catchlight on his eye to camera-right to match the catchlight in the camera-left eye, his shot would look very Purina-like.
     
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    Very nice photos. I wish I was around more animals to take good pictures like those of the dogs.
     
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    thanks guys!

    derrel: thanks for the tips. i'll give it a try by cheating in photoshop! the tight framing was due to where they were placed. it was a small corner table with a blanket draped over it and laying across a handrail, and i didnt want any of the background of the room showing in the frame. :(
     
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    How did you get them to stand there lol? My sisters dog won't sit still for all the treats in the world...
     
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    bigtwinky No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    looks like the white balance is off in the second one, unless the dog is yellowish instead of white :)
     
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    OK that's it. I'm taking photo's of mine this weekend. If I can ever get them sitting still that is.. jacks aren't known for being still often :D
     
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    it was a quite smallish table, and these two are the ones currently showing so they're used to standing still in one place which helps a lot. well, that and the doggie treats my gf was holding standing out of frame didnt hurt either. :p

    yea...i left wb on auto and adjusted in lightroom. i felt i made the first too cool and left the 2nd too warm, but i was more looking for a quick edit to get them posted for any advice on how to do a proper doggy portrait. im not experienced enough to know what the norm is for pet photographers. :(

    yah, but im sure you can get some great action shots from him! :)
     
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    Being a bully lover myself, I just keep looking at those beautiful dogs and can't concentrate enough to criticize. I think they look great as they are... :mrgreen:

    Ron
     

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