Mini - Schnauzer

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  1. Keagle

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    Okay - so I wanted to try out my pet portraits. Unfortunately, they insisted on keeping her on a lead. I thought about cloning it out, but haven't tried it. This wasn't paid - I asked them to bring her round so I could practise taking some piccies on her! I'm thinking of printing this one out and giving it to them.

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    Thank you,
    Kurt
     
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    Cute dog and I like your composition, but nothing looks in focus to me. Were you using a slow shutter speed?
     
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    the grass is a bit...Kryptonite, and nothing is sharp
    no exif data in your pic, so technically I cant help...
    the lead is a minor detail comparatively.
     
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    Trim the hair a bit around the eyes, so you and the schnauzer can see each other, use a regular lens (50mm) and shoot at about f 5.6 for depth of field to make sure that all of the dog from snout to ears are in focus.

    skieur
     
  5. Keagle

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    Woah - thanks for the quick replies, and constructive too! :d Aye - I was using 1/30sec. Joxby - thanks! :) I'll bear that in mind...with the grass! :) Skieur, thanks for that bit of advice! :) I wasn't sure about the focus either.

    Here's the EXIF:

    ISO: 100
    Length: 70mm
    Aperture: 5.7
    Shutter: 1/30

    Thankie :)
     
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    It's not out of focus, it's motion blur. You were shooting at 1/30th of a second.

    Open your aperture and bump your ISO.
     
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    Just to elaborate on that, you can't hand hold at 1/30th of a second, the shutter is just too slow, 1/100th of a second will give you a decent chance of eliminating any motion blur, either from yourself or poochie.
    Exif is hugely usefull to you and anyone who offers advice, It would tell whether you'd used a program mode, or if you had the confidence to set manual settings.
    To get you up and running, under the lighting conditions at the time of this photo, assuming you used auto, shutter needs to be faster, you need a little depth of focus, opening up the aperture for more light will lose depth of focus, up the sensitivity (iso) to 400, use aperture priority mode, set the aperture to f/5.6, and the camera will choose the shutter speed for correct exposure...hopefully 1/100 or above.
    Lock your arms/wrists/stance tight, be still, tell poochie no bone if he moves.
    You can faff about with colour/contrast/hair style stuffz when your confident of getting a nice sharp good exposure.
     
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    Don't cut the hair away from the eyes... the fall of hair over dogs like this is the same as sun glasses to a human. And it's part of the dog. we have a bunch of Bouviers that are the same way... sometimes I get the eyes and sometimes I don't because the hair is over them. That's the nature of dog photographery, knowing what is natural for the dog you are shooting.

    Besides motion blur (was it windy? That looks like hair movement blur as well), you have a short depth of field with the f5.6. You want a depth of field that will let you focus on the eyes (or where the eyes should be ;)) and get in focus from the ears to the tip of the nose. I like shooting at f11 to f13 but f8 will do for shorter focal lengths if you get the eyes in focus.

    Cute dog. Sometimes it's better to leave a leash on a dog, paticularly outside if they aren't in an inclosed area. Keep in mind though if you shoot a well behaved dog, that not only take the leash off but also the collar... unless the collar is part of the personality of the dog... for instance a spike collar on a real tough looking dog. I usually try to take the collars off though. Watch out for dog tags too. You don't realize how much they ditract until you look at the image and see the light reflecting off of them.

    You did get down to her level, which is good. Keep practicing. Dog portraits can be fun.

    Mike
     
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    I know :) I use Opera, if you right click on the picture, go to Image Properties and it shows the EXIF. Not sure if it shows this in IE/FF. This was shot in Manual. Thanks for the tips though! :)

    Here it is if you can't see it :)

    File change date and time: 2007:10:28 17:04:08
    Image input equipment manufacturer: Canon
    Image input equipment model: Canon EOS 350D DIGITAL
    Software used: Adobe Photoshop CS3 Windows
    Person who created the image: Kurt
    Exposure time: 0.0333333
    F number: 5.6
    Exposure program: 3
    ISO speed rating: 100
    Shutter speed: 4.90689
    Aperture: 4.97085
    Exposure bias: 0
    Maximum lens aperture: 4.34375
    Metering mode: 5
    Flash: 9
    Lens focal length: 70
    Focal plane X resolution: 3954.23
    Focal plane Y resolution: 3958.76
    Focal plane resolution unit: 2
    Custom rendered: 0
    Exposure mode: 0
    White balance: 0
    Scene capture type: 0
    Thanks for all the pointers! It was slightly windy - and thanks for the advice on the aperture settings. I'll try get the dog and do a reshoot! ;) Perhaps I'll try taking the lead/collar off and let her run about a bit.
     
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    It is possible to handhold at 1/30 of a second but no small dog will stay sufficiently still to be sharp using that shutterspeed.

    skieur
     
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    Schnauzers are a pain to photograph, firstly because (well, mine is a very contrasty salt and pepper, luckily here you appear to have less of a contrasty version :)) due to the contrasting shades throughout the fur the focus catches anywhere and everyone, except the eyes (Murphy's Law) and secondly because they are stubborn as anything (that is why we love them right?).

    You will need to push your shutter speed I would say to 1/125th at a minimum to cover any slight movement (either from yourself or the pooch)

    In my opinion you might want to reshoot before printing.
     
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    Thankie for all your advice! Yup - will try do a reshoot on the weekend when it's a nice day! Thanks :) Heh - less contrasty Schnauzer :p
     

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