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5 Adorable Pet Photos [and How to Make your Shots even Cuter]

Posted: 03 Nov 2013 10:57 AM PST

A guest post by by Erin McNulty – Pet Photographer and author of Snapn Paws – currently 33% off at SnapnGuides.

Want to get photos of your pet that will make everyone say “aaawwww”? Here are five of my top tips for capturing cuteness.

1. Get down on their level

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One of the easiest and most often overlooked techniques is to be on the same level as your pet! By being at eye level with them, you will create a connection which translates into a more intimate, engaging photo.

2. Use Props

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Does your pet have a favourite basket, bed, or toy? If so, incorporate these into your photos. Make sure whatever prop you are using is one that your pet is happy and comfortable around, and don’t force any behaviour that makes them stressed or wary – this will show through in the photos

3. Engage in Play

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A lot of pets have a sixth sense for when a camera is being pulled out, and will immediately turn their back or engage in a vigorous grooming session to avoid it. By engaging them with a fun toy, you will distract them from the camera as well as capturing some great natural expressions.

4. Get up Close and Personal

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Want to create a more interesting shot of your pet? Focus in on the little things that make them so cute – whether it be their big puppy dog eyes, their magnificent whiskers, or their tiny little paws.

5. Let them be Themselves – and be Patient!

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Your best shots will always come when you observe and capture their behaviour, rather than forcing them into unnatural poses. It may take ten minutes or an hour to get that perfect shot, so be patient and calm – pets pick up on your mood!

Want to learn more about Photographing Pets? Check out Erin’s brand new eBook – Snapn Paws over at our sister site SnapnGuides (currently 33% off).

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The Power of Black & White

Posted: 03 Nov 2013 07:37 AM PST

The power of black & white photography

If you read my articles about long exposure photography and intentional camera movement in the landscape you may have noticed a common theme amongst the photos illustrating the articles – most of them were in black and white.

I’ve been thinking about the reasons that black and white photography appeals to me. Regular readers of my articles will know that I’m a big fan of tonal contrast in both colour and monochrome work. I use it as the basis of many of my compositions and it helps me create atmosphere and mood.

But things became clearer today when I read an interview with Joel Tjintjelaar, a well-known fine art photographer who works exclusively in black and white. He is one of the leaders in the discipline of long exposure photography (I interviewed him myself as a case study in my book Slow).

The power of black & white photography

In the interview Joel talks about photos representing the vision, or the essence, of the artist rather than reality. Black and white, in addition to being a beautiful medium in its own right (he uses words like mysterious, nostalgic and dramatic to explain its appeal) is a step removed from reality. Add in changes in tonal values achieved in post-processing, the surreality of long exposure photography techniques and the manipulation of light (also in post-processing) and you finish with a photo (or a work of art, depending on your world view) that is an expression of the artist, rather than the original subject.

Make sense? There are many ways of expressing yourself creatively in photography, and black and white is just one of them, but it certainly is a powerful medium. Trends come and go. Whether it’s the fast film, high grain techniques popularised by Robert Farber and Sarah Moon in the seventies, or the Photoshop based techniques of modern times such as using texture layers or HDR, most of these are ephemeral. They won’t be remembered as anything more than dated trends in decades to come. But black and white will endure.

The power of black & white photography

Learn more about black & white photography

Now that I’ve piqued your interest you’ll no doubt want to learn more about black and white photography. I’ll write about that in the future, but first I think it’s a good idea to go have a look at the work of some of the best black and white photographers out there. I’ve picked out five of my favourite photographers from 500px – looking at their work will help you appreciate the true power of the monochrome image.

Have a think about the following points while you look through their portfolios:

  • Why do you think these photographers have chosen to work in black and white? How would their images look if they were in colour?
  • How important is tonal contrast in the composition of their images?
  • How important are other elements of composition, such as line, texture, form and shape? How does black and white emphasise these elements?
  • How important is light in these images?
  • How far removed from reality are the photos in these portfolios? How do they express the photographer’s vision?

Here are the links:

Hengki Koentjoro

Hengki is an Indonesian photographer who creates beautiful black and white landscapes (read my interview with him here).

Sabrina de Vries

Sabrina is a young Dutch photographer who creates black and white portraits. Some of her work is in colour, so it’s a good chance to compare the way she works in both mediums.

Andy Lee

Andy is a professional film maker and photographer who works in black and white. Tonal contrast is a strong element of his work.

Joel Tjintjelaar

You should definitely take a look at Joel’s work. One of the interesting things about the way that Joel works is his painstaking attention to detail – he may spend 40 hours working on a single image before he is happy with it. This approach is very unusual.

Michael Diblicek

Michael shoots both the landscape and architecture. He is another photographer who uses tonal contrast really well (read my interview with him here).

Mastering Photography

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My ebook Mastering Photography: A Beginner’s Guide to Using digital cameras introduces you to photography and helps you make the most out of your digital cameras. It covers concepts such as lighting and composition as well as the camera settings you need to master black and white photography and take photos like the ones in this article.

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