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Old September 10th, 2007, 01:27 AM
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A couple of pet photo tips

I found this today I thought the first was real cute, never tried it though

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Ever wonder how the pros get those adorable pictures of dogs and cats nuzzling for ads and commercials? It's easy to get your pet to kiss your kid for a picture using an old trick of the pros.

The trick: a dab of butter or margarine in just the right spot. You can't see it, but your pet can smell it and won't be able to wait to lick it off your child's cheek.

Another trick: To get your dog's attention for a picture, rattle keys or squish a squeaky toy. If you're looking for that super-alert look, throw the toy in the direction you want your dog to look. That's what dog-show photographers do.

Digital photography makes it easy to get great pictures. You can take hundreds of pictures and print just the best without going broke on film or developing costs.
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Old September 10th, 2007, 08:57 PM
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Ah-haaaaaaaa the old butter on the cheek trick eh? Very sneaky...

Thanks Growler ~ I'm going to try the key thing with Declan ~ I rarely get him to look at me (unless I have a leash or a bowl of food in my hand that is).
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Old December 13th, 2007, 12:55 PM
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lemon juice

I've always heard that to keep dogs from panting, put bit lemon juice on their gums or lips. They suck on it causing mouth to be closed. neat, huh?
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Old December 13th, 2007, 02:09 PM
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Learn to use your camera without looking through the viewfinder.

I shoot a lot of pictures by walking along and holding it down at the knees, pointing in the general direction with auto focus and blazing away.

Hence, something different like this:



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Old December 13th, 2007, 02:23 PM
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no viefinder?

I guess you're not a photographer.
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Old December 13th, 2007, 03:10 PM
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I guess you're not a photographer.
Nice, well-reasoned addition to the conversation. Congratulations.

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Old December 13th, 2007, 03:26 PM
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I guess you're not a photographer.
I think you should have a look a Ricks pics in some previous posts before you say something like that.

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Old December 13th, 2007, 03:27 PM
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i meant no disrespect, just most photographers don't shoot from hip
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Old December 13th, 2007, 03:40 PM
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Rick, you're a much better photographer than me! I love all the work you've posted thus far. Nothing wrong with your method.

jadams007, best to not assume all artists do things the same way. How is it any different when the press hold cameras over their head to photograph above a crowd??

When a person comes along with something different, it doesn't make him/her any less of a photographer than one who works old school.

Go watch Turner Classic Movies channel and watch some old films. You'll see lots of unconventional camera angles that made some directors famous.
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Old December 13th, 2007, 04:01 PM
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just my opinion, you have one too
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Old December 13th, 2007, 04:09 PM
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Of course...

But it's still not nice to say something negative.

Instead, why not post your work? Everyone here loves pictures and I'm sure no one would say anything negative to you.
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Old December 13th, 2007, 04:13 PM
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i meant no disrespect, just most photographers don't shoot from hip
As an ex-photojournalist, I can tell you a keen eye can easily tell that National Geographic, for one, along with a great many news magazines, are littered with pictures from photographers who weren't looking through the viewfinder as they were pressing the trigger.

You would do so to change angles/perspective OR because the moment will pass if you take the time to reflect and compose, particularly in photo journalism. So, you blaze away . . . usually with a wider angle lens.

You would probably best describe it as spot news photography. It's not something you need to do all the time or even half the time but it can be part of your repetoire for candid shots. Over your head right down around your ankles.

The shot below is "run and gun," a no-look from around the knees, just walking in my yard with the dogs, putting the perspective more at their level while bringing more of the background horizon into the picture than might have been the case from eye level.



As you go through the day checking the gathering of daily news shots at places like LA Times, New York Times, BBCNews and various other websites, eventually you'll see examples.

I guess you're not a photographer. just my opinion, you have one too

Well, as I said, it was a zero contribution to the conversation and a pretty stupid thing to say to anyone on this board in any event. Whether it was me or not isn't particularly relevant.

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Old December 13th, 2007, 08:04 PM
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Rick, whenever I'm telling anyone about the fantastic photos that members post on this forum, I always look for your posts to bring up as examples to show. I have really enjoyed the beautiful shots you've shared here and on your website.
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Rick, whenever I'm telling anyone about the fantastic photos that members post on this forum, I always look for your posts to bring up as examples to show. I have really enjoyed the beautiful shots you've shared here and on your website.
Ditto. Of course as I've mentioned before I usually end up jealous of your 'backyard'.
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Rick, whenever I'm telling anyone about the fantastic photos that members post on this forum, I always look for your posts to bring up as examples to show. I have really enjoyed the beautiful shots you've shared here and on your website.
Thank you . . . . . although the defence was more on behalf of everyone on the photography forum, as opposed to just myself.

Our friend made an "injudicious" observation - a more polite way to say what I said earlier - that probably doesn't have a place in this particular forum, a place where duffers come to sport their wares for fun.

Please return to your regular programming.

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Lots of great ideas here... photographing pets and other animals can be challenging, but it's
always lots of fun. Getting below the subject and looking up can work... I took this one of JR sitting
on the roof of a shack. I used a fisheye lens to create what I thought were some interesting effects.
Rick's advice is best: get out the camera and shoot away!

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Old November 17th, 2008, 08:31 PM
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if you get good with digital you never have to look exceot to see if w hatever is in frame or to zone focus or zone expose i shoot all the time without looking enpuigh practice and you can prettty well tell what ya got and with digital who cares about framing you can crop away afteer you d load it the fact i can take umteen billion pics without burning through $$$ processsing still gets me hot lol

exposure tip whits dogs 1 over black dogs one stop under
for portraitds make sure your exposing for the dog not the backround
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Lots of great ideas here... photographing pets and other animals can be challenging, but it's
always lots of fun. Getting below the subject and looking up can work... I took this one of JR sitting
on the roof of a shack. I used a fisheye lens to create what I thought were some interesting effects.
Rick's advice is best: get out the camera and shoot away!



lol mighty dog!!!! surveying her universe
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I shoot a lot of pictures by walking along and holding it down at the knees, pointing in the general direction with auto focus and blazing away.
I do this all the time...I often set my camera to multiple shots (fast shutter release, multiple photos per second) and hold it down in the general area of where I want the shot from. If I take enough, one is bound to be what I wanted! This works well to avoid having to lay in the snow (not fun!) or mud or whatever when you want a shot from down low (among many other situations).

Honestly...anyone who doesn't do that doesn't seem like a photographer to me. Photography is art, it's all about experimenting and doing new things. There no such thing as an incorrect "method" of photographing something...if it turns out well and you like it, it's a great shot!

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I shall try to the butter and the lemon juice trick next time

usually keys work great until they get bored of it.

bringing their favourite toy helps too. but at the end of the day, nothing gets their attention like treats!
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