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How to take great pet pictures : recipes for outstanding results with any camera
Nichols, Ron.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
Buffalo, N.Y. : Amherst Media ; London : Turnaround, 2002.
Physical Description:
79 pages : color illustrations ; 23 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
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TR727 .N53 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Photographing beloved family pets can be fun and rewarding--but also challenging. This book lays the foundation for taking fantastic pet photos by covering all the basics, from choosing a camera to deciding between color and black and white film for the portrait. After discussing all of the necessities of photography, various aspects of animal behavior and reasons why animals are difficult to photograph are explained. Also covered are techniques for composing pet portraits and turning snapshots into beautiful pieces of art. Incorporating a person into the picture, taking pictures of exotic animals, and inspiration for displaying and sharing photos round out this comprehensive guide to pet photography.

Author Notes

Ron Nichols is a photography instructor and animal enthusiast. He lives in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 5
1. Tools of the Tradep. 8
Selecting a Camerap. 8
Point and Shoot Camerasp. 11
Single Lens Reflex Camerasp. 12
Single Use Camerasp. 13
Digital Camerasp. 14
Camera Lensesp. 14
The Versatile Zoomp. 14
The Wide Anglep. 15
The Normal Lensp. 17
The Telephoto Lensp. 17
The Macro Lensp. 19
Choosing Filmp. 19
Color Print Filmp. 20
Color Transparency Filmp. 22
Black and White Filmp. 22
2. Your Pet's Behaviorp. 24
Your Pet as a Photographic Subjectp. 24
Starting Youngp. 27
The Professional's Approachp. 28
Providing a Safe Environmentp. 28
Emotional Well-Beingp. 29
Physical Well-Beingp. 30
3. The Right Lightp. 32
The Golden Hoursp. 32
Backlightingp. 34
Overcast Daysp. 35
Indoor Lightingp. 37
Window Lightp. 39
4. Composing Pet Photosp. 40
Techniques for Instant Improvementsp. 40
Seek New Perspectivesp. 40
Get Close!p. 42
Don't Hit the Bull's-Eye!p. 45
Slow Down, Shoot Morep. 47
5. People and Their Petsp. 50
People and Pet Portrait Challengesp. 50
Keeping Both Subjects Sharpp. 50
Eliminating Dead Spacep. 52
Backgroundsp. 52
Instructions for Humansp. 54
Expect Some Surprisesp. 55
6. Pet Candidsp. 56
If at First You Don't Succeedp. 56
Being Preparedp. 57
Some Useful Lensesp. 59
Flash Falloffp. 59
Capturing Candids Indoorsp. 61
7. Exotic Exposuresp. 62
Pet Safetyp. 62
Natural Light, Natural Successp. 63
Closer Is Betterp. 65
Macro Lenses for Micro Petsp. 66
8. Sharing and Caringp. 68
Editingp. 68
Enlargementsp. 69
Seasonal Cardsp. 70
Personalized Calendarsp. 71
Shirts and Mugsp. 72
Photo Contestsp. 72
Internet Web Sitesp. 72
Books and Magazinesp. 73
Scrapbooksp. 73
Framing and Mattingp. 74
Glossaryp. 75
Indexp. 78