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Taking the right photo is an extremely important part of the process when creating your pet portrait. This guide will explain what makes a good photo and what makes a bad one. Please feel free to email me your photos and I will let you know whether they are suitable or not. Please see some examples below of what makes a good photo and what makes a bad one.

This is a great example of a photo that would make the perfect portrait.

  • High resolution photo taken with a digital camera.

  • Taken outside in natural daylight. (NOT direct sunlight)

  • The photo is taken at the same level as the dog. (It may be easier for your dog to sit on a table or chair.)

  • When zooming in, we can see a lot of detail in the face and a good reflection in the eyes. A good way of testing whether a photo is detailed enough is to zoom in on the face. If you can see the individual hairs on the dog’s coat, then it is a high enough resolution for me to work from.


Bad Photo: Distance

This photo would not work as the dog is too far away from the camera, when zooming in no detail can be seen in the face.


Bad photo: Artificial Light

Photos taken in artificial light are not suitable as the quality is usually very low, the colour of the dogs fur is also often altered by unnatural lighting.


Bad photo: Action Shot

Dogs caught in action do not make for a good shot as they often appear blurry. (There are exceptions to this rule, if you are not sure please email me the photo to check.)

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