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Head Shots

Discussion in 'Camera and Photography Tips' started by cdpits, Jan 25, 2011.

  1. cdpits

    cdpits Little Dog

    Trying for a head shot of Calypso. Anytips on how to set up a good pic? I know the paw in there is a distraction and I needed to be lower but I liked the way her head was stretched out. Is it better to go for a close up or crop down?

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    One of Foxy , on the mend hanging out with Caly :)
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  2. Vhmiles

    Vhmiles Little Dog

    I like to go for the crop but I am still not very good at getting "great" shots yet! I see so many on here that are soo awesome..I just can't seem to make it happen! I think I need a better camera! They are beautiful pups!
     
  3. cdpits

    cdpits Little Dog

    Mods, thanks for moving my post! As soon as I posted I knew it was in the wrong forum.
    VH, I have the gear, but the camera is only as good as the operator & I am lacking in that dept.!!
    I have been nursing the injured dog & haven't had the camera out much so I need to do more practicing !!
     
  4. Olivia

    Olivia Good Dog

    My dogs, I have come to realize, are extremely vain and huge camera whores so I don't usually have too hard of a time getting decent pictures of them.

    If you have a decent DSLR, you can crop down and the picture quality should still be good.

    It depends on how you want her head to be in the photos...but you can always try have someone put her in a sit and stay with a treat...or something else to keep her still while you take pictures.

    Usually the best pictures of mine just happen naturally so I just try to make sure I have my camera close by.

    She's got a lovely face...I can see why you'd want some nice pictures ;)
     
  5. kady05

    kady05 Krypto Super Dog

    Well, what kind of "head shot" are you looking for? Seems like a side profile?

    My dogs are so used to me having a camera in their face, that they just kind of.. pose. Biggest thing is patience. And a good sit/stay (or down/stay) really helps. I make the weirdest noises possible, or use squeaky toys to get their attention.

    Like here's a side profile of Wilson that I just took. He just looked over at something and I snapped this:

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    Or you can do head shot type stuff.. I guess I would consider this one:

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    (I played with the colors a bit on this one)
     
  6. cdpits

    cdpits Little Dog

    Thanks for the suggestions!
    Olivia, thanks for the props, I think she is very pretty (but I am def. biased as I am sure we all are!)!
    Kady05, Wilson looks very handsome in his pics! Yes, I like the side shot better, the full on she always looks rather goofy hehehe! She has an extremely high toy drive & when I use a squeaky or make weird sounds, she comes unglued from her sit stay at mach 1. I will try getting some help when I do the next round and see if I have better luck!
     
  7. kady05

    kady05 Krypto Super Dog

    That's great that she has a toy drive, now just work on getting her to STAY put and you'll be golden ;) Helpers are always great. When I photograph the shelter dogs, my friend holds them and I take the pictures. This dog is pretty wild, but I still managed to get this one of her:

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  8. Mark-60

    Mark-60 Little Dog

    One thing I will suggest, is that you watch your backgrounds. Things growing out of their heads don't look that great. Also, get down low to their level. Other than that, just take a lot of pics. Eventually you will get a good one.

    Practice, Practice, Practice.

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    -Mark.
     
  9. cdpits

    cdpits Little Dog

    Pretty girl Kady, hope she finds her 4 ever home!
    Mark those are the kind of pics I am wanting to get, very nice! I love the last one the best! I will have to keep practicing, now that Foxy doesn't require my full attention, I will have a little more camera time!!
     
  10. Blaze N' Pits

    Blaze N' Pits Good Dog

    We just take tons and tons of pics... and wind up getting a couple really gorgeous ones... seems to work the best. We love to take outside pics in grass, by trees, get real low and take a head shot with the sky in the back, etc. Nature is beauty!
    We don't really have that great of a camera and the only editing we do is use the paint program to downsize and square off what we want in the pic.. we never mess with colors, etc. We wish we could figure out how to use photoshop though... I love the look of the dog in color and the background in black in white.. just looks awesome.
     
  11. kady05

    kady05 Krypto Super Dog

    This is one of the things I find difficult when photographing the shelter dogs, since we're limited on where we can take pictures. Drives me nuts sometimes!

    Here's Wilson's "no more pictures please!" pose. I actually like how it turned out.

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  12. leilaquinn

    leilaquinn Good Dog

    I know "things growing out of their heads" are not ideal, but i did like this one of Luigi with a Poinsettia hat ;)

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  13. Sweetie Darlin'

    Sweetie Darlin' Good Dog

    I'm trying to learn too. I'm realizing I need to start getting more interesting backgrounds as well as being mindful of things growing out of their head. :)

    I like this one...I think it really captures Rose's soul. Love her eyes.

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    Mark-60, how did you take these? The dogs are so crisp yet the background is so dark.

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  14. Patch O' Pits

    Patch O' Pits Good Dog

    It is often helpful to have a second person there to make noises hold a toy or a treat to help dog pose.

    LOL I am usually taking them myself so have gotten good at making goofy noises to keep their interest and ears perked up.

    Some examples of mine...
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    This is a head shot cropped with a filter applied to it to make it look like a carving of BODACIOUS
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  15. cdpits

    cdpits Little Dog

    I've always liked the pics you post of your crew Patch. They all look so attentive ! Th wood carving effect looks great.
     
  16. Mark-60

    Mark-60 Little Dog

    Mason was in bright light and the background was in shade. I used the Exposure compensation dial to underexpose Mason's face, this makes the background go almost black while leaving the subject well lit.

    Here is another example of the same idea.
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    -Mark.
     
  17. LailaBug

    LailaBug Big Dog

    I tend to accidentally cut out the edges of ears when I take head shots... But I have done a couple decent ones (for me at least lol) This is just one of them, I have posted this shot before so many of you have probably seen it. My late GSD, Asia.

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  18. Sweetie Darlin'

    Sweetie Darlin' Good Dog

    Thanks Mark. I'll have to try that. I need to start moving my dial off of auto! :)

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    LailaBug, I like your pic--looks like Asia was a sweet dog. :)
     
  19. Patch O' Pits

    Patch O' Pits Good Dog

    Thanks Cindy! Your girls are beauties and the work you do with then is fabulous. Be patient and you'll get the shots you want.
     
  20. cdpits

    cdpits Little Dog

    Thanks everyone for your help on this subject & the examples of your work and sharing your beautiful pooches. I will be trying a few things this weekend on my day off. Mark, I forget so many things I learned, thanks so much for your input on exposure comp. toally forgot about that one!
     

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