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Title:
Professional techniques for pet and animal photography
Author:
Muska, Debrah H.
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Publication Information:
Buffalo, NY : Amherst Media, [2003]

©2003
Physical Description:
124 pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781584281009
Format :
Book

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From posing a wiggly ferret to encouraging a frog to sit in one place, this guide's specialized techniques will benefit both existing animal photographers and newcomers looking to diversify their portrait business. Discussed are the personality traits best suited to the business, ways to create a people and animal friendly studio, and tips for making clients and their pets feel at home in the studio through the selection of decor, backdrops, furnishings, and props that wear well and are easy to sanitize. Technical advice includes which lenses and cameras lend themselves to animal portraiture, the advantages of shooting digitally, and the best shutter speeds and apertures for the job. The unique challenges of pet photography are covered, such as how to get the best expressions from pets with attention-getters suited to each type of pet. Special techniques for working with dogs, cats, horses, birds, ferrets, reptiles, and other creatures are provided.


Table of Contents

About the Authorp. 6
Introductionp. 7
Why Animal Portrait Photography?p. 7
Opportunitiesp. 8
Owners and Breedersp. 9
Chapter 1 Becoming an Animal Portrait Photographerp. 11
Knowledge and Confidencep. 11
Getting Startedp. 13
Attitudep. 13
Knowledge of Animal Behaviorp. 13
Personalityp. 15
Photographic Skillsp. 16
Chapter 2 The Animal-Friendly Studiop. 18
Structural Designp. 18
Accessp. 19
Interiorp. 20
Exteriorp. 20
What to Wearp. 21
Chapter 3 Technical Essentialsp. 22
Camerasp. 22
Filmsp. 23
Lenses and Focal Lengthp. 23
Filtersp. 25
Shutter Speed and Aperturep. 25
Posing Tablep. 27
Chapter 4 Background Choicesp. 28
Ease of Usep. 28
Colorp. 30
Texturep. 33
Relating to the Subjectp. 35
Chapter 5 To Prop or Not to Propp. 36
Without Propsp. 36
Image Enhancersp. 39
Props for Professional Animalsp. 39
Chapter 6 Compositionp. 41
Positioning the Animalp. 41
Body Positionsp. 41
Head Positionsp. 43
Cropping the Animalp. 44
Positioning the Camerap. 46
Positioning the Eyes within the Framep. 47
Chapter 7 Working with Dogsp. 48
Initial Contactp. 48
Handling the Subjectp. 49
Positioningp. 51
Sitting Positionp. 51
Laying Positionp. 51
Head or Bust Positionp. 53
Applying Attention-Gettersp. 53
Sight Houndsp. 53
Tonguesp. 53
Enhancing Particular Breed Characteristicsp. 55
Minimizing Undesirable Traitsp. 58
Working with Mixed Breedsp. 59
Applying Attention-Gettersp. 59
Chapter 8 Working with Catsp. 60
Initial Contactp. 61
Handling the Subjectp. 63
Positioningp. 64
Sitting Positionp. 64
Laying Positionp. 66
Head or Bust Positionp. 67
Enhancing Particular Breed Characteristicsp. 69
Minimizing Undesirable Traitsp. 71
Working with Mixed Breedsp. 72
Applying Attention-Gettersp. 72
Chapter 9 Working with Horsesp. 75
Keeping Up Appearancesp. 75
Dates and Timesp. 75
Shooting on Locationp. 76
Initial Contactp. 76
Handling the Subjectp. 78
Applying Attention-Gettersp. 78
Visual Stimulip. 78
Soundp. 78
Foodp. 78
Other Horsesp. 78
Positioningp. 79
The Standing Positionp. 79
Stock-Type Horsesp. 79
Pleasure-Type Horsesp. 79
Full-Body Profilep. 80
Stock-Type Horsesp. 80
Pleasure-Type Horsesp. 82
Full-Body Frontal Imagesp. 82
Stock-Type Horsesp. 82
Pleasure-Type Horsesp. 83
Head, Neck, and Chest Imagesp. 83
Freestylep. 83
Enhancing Particular Breed Characteristicsp. 85
Minimizing Undesirable Traitsp. 86
Working with Mixed Breedsp. 87
Chapter 10 Other Animalsp. 88
Birdsp. 88
Positioningp. 88
Full-Body Imagesp. 88
Head and Neck Imagesp. 88
Ferretsp. 90
Reptilesp. 91
Positioning Propsp. 91
Frogsp. 92
Rabbits and Other Furry Little Creaturesp. 92
Chapter 11 Multiple-Animal Sessionsp. 94
Working with Two Subjectsp. 95
Working with Three or More Subjectsp. 96
Working with Littersp. 99
Applying Attention-Gettersp. 101
Sleepy Picturesp. 101
Chapter 12 Capturing the Imagep. 104
Challengesp. 104
Blind and Deaf Animalsp. 104
Fear of Lightningp. 104
Aggression and Fear Bitingp. 105
Elderly and Sick Animalsp. 105
Light and Dark Animals Togetherp. 107
Going with the Flowp. 107
Down to Subject Levelp. 107
Timing is Essentialp. 109
Chapter 13 Selling Yourself and Your Workp. 110
Initial Client Contactp. 110
Sales During the Sessionp. 112
Preview Presentationp. 112
Chapter 14 The Final Printp. 115
Analyzing the Imagep. 115
Communicating with Your Processing Labp. 115
Print Enhancement from Minor to Majorp. 116
Minor Enhancementsp. 116
Major Enhancementsp. 116
Finishing Touchesp. 116
Chapter 15 Additional Marketsp. 117
Stock Photographyp. 117
Commercial Usagep. 117
Show Photographyp. 117
Chapter 16 Promoting Your Studiop. 119
Word of Mouthp. 119
Paid Advertisingp. 119
The Internetp. 119
Direct Mailp. 120
Humane Organizationsp. 121
Displaying Your Imagesp. 121
Press Releasesp. 121
Professional Organizationsp. 121
Other Studiosp. 121
The Animal Connectionp. 121
Conclusionp. 122
Indexp. 123