Pet Portraits (Am I on the right track?)

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  1. adversus

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    The snapshots I took of my friend's two dogs a while ago were well received, so I went about trying to frame some shots in the portrait style, hoping for something that would look great printed and framed.

    These are a couple of the ones I like. I tried to get down on their level avoid the "looking down" aspect. Am I on the right track as far as framing, composition, crops, etc?

    Not looking to make money, just honing my amateur skills :)

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    I love how in #3 he/she looks like a bad kid who won't let Mom or Dad take a serious picture. As a pet owner I would love it.. just because of the captured "emotion".
     
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    You did a great job :) This is something I would love to get into.
     
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    #2 & #3 are my favorites! Dogs are like dolphins, always look like they're smiling! I love his/her eyes, they're so 'chinky', I don't know another way to describe it.:confused:
    I think you're on the right track! They're all really great and the only fault I can find is #3's background is a bit on the dark side.
    I agree w/ jajomo, you really captured the emotion and it's not just a cute picture to go aww to. :)
     
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    i love the last one, I love how the ears and eyes look. Great job!!
     
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    D-B-J Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    great shots!!
     
  7. adversus

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    Thanks!

    I honestly didn't even realize I caught his (yes it's a he!) expression until I was flipping through them later that night.

    I was having trouble with exposure since the sun was on it's way down during my shooting, and tried to compensate as best I could in post processing (all shot in RAW, with processing done in Aperture).
     
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    I think they get better as they go down. i have found it seems to work if you are down on their level(which you are) but also shooting a bit down. that way you dont get distracting background and i like how it looks.

    Like this picture.
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    another few inches up and it was an ugly neighbors fence with weeds and junk everywhere.
    Also i think close up face shots are really great.
    maybe try a tighter crop on that last on


    great job catching the expressions. beautiful dogs:D

    Gian

    Edit: the slightly down angle and composition in 3 is great
     
  9. adversus

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    Thanks for the input!

    I did the slightly down angle on the last one (with the Husky mix, her name is Elka) because the background wasn't great (a deck hah). The others I felt the background added a bit to the setting, but I can see your point.
     
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    Also, for future shots, try not to cut off feet (or heads for that matter x_x)
    #3 the feet are slightly cut off.
     
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    #2 looks like he has a big smile:lol:
     
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    I love it #3 especially I'm gonna post one I took awhile ago I cut her ears off a tad but she still looks super cute :D

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