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Such a natural puppy portrait. Excellent timing and composition. Very well done ! The eyes could do with a little catch light, and the picture would probably benefit from a little fill in flash. The highlights on each side of the picture are a bit of a distraction, but apart from all that I like it alot !
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Hi Jenni, - welcome to the site.
I chose the cute one first!
Its a really nice shot, great expression, has the AAaawww factor, nicely exposed with accurate colours. I love that youve got down to ground level for this.
A couple of suggestions you may like, or not as the case may be:
The focus of attention here is the dogs face and expression, and in these cases, the eyes are everything. They are a little underexposed, so you might consider fill flash for future attempts. Set the camera mode to Av, select say f/5.6, force the flash to pop up manually and take the shot. This will fill in the face with a little more light, and, as an added bonus, provide the all important catch lights in the eyes.
Its OK not to have the entire dog in the shot, once youre featuring the face, - I do like the pose, but its worth exploring other possibilities when you get in closer.
Ive loaded a mod to show what I mean by all of this. Using Photoshop CS4, Ive brightened the eyes (shadow/highlight tool); added small catch lights using a small soft white brush; sharpened the eyes a little; cropped to place the head optimally on thirds, which involved a little leg surgery; and then included a simple frame.
As a last suggestion, place your name or logo in the frame and not the image, - you will soon hear this from two other gentlemen who will make this comment (!).
A lovely shot, good work, and I hope you find this both helpful and constructive.
Thank you very much for the feedback Phil & Willie.
I will have a play in photoshop CS4 and see what I can do, I'm a bit of a beginner, only know how to do a few bits and bobs. Really like the Mod.
My dog is a complete poser so I will get some more practice!
A super shot Jenni, if you get the chance to shoot again, try with a reflector throwing some light back into the face or even better a nice evening light , it would give a lovely warm feel to what is a super image . Three other very minor comments , somethong blue behind his ear , the ball on the right and the little bit of collar all are very slight distractions , again super shot Jenni.
This is a nice attractive well composed shot. It fails only on those dark eyes. Just switch on the camera gun, that is what it excels at - fill in. You may find the camera will balance it perfectly for you, but the flash would light the eyes and put a catchlight in each.
Watch any good pro - weddings and so on - there wilol be a powerful camera mounted flash in use in bright sunlight to light the shadows, and also used in low light to add brightness and detail in eyes.
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