I’ve been recently trying to create a photo book starring my new puppy and myself as a gift for my mom’s upcoming birthday. Having PhotoHand Books as a design company behind this project should have made it easy but I got stuck at step one – taking pictures of my beloved mongrel.
I have a lot of nice pictures of him sleeping but taking action pictures proved to be a difficult task. As I was falling behind my personal production schedule it suddenly hit me – I should have checked with the ultimate pro – Cesar Milan, the Dr. Spock of the canine world. And, of course, CesarWay.com had a list of simple common sense directions on how to take good pictures of dogs.
In a nutshell:
1. Dogs sense energy. Be positive.
2. If s/he won’t sit and stay, focus on what s/he DOES want to do.
3. Shoot lots of photos and sift through them later.
4. Use props – treats, toys, squeakers, balloons.
5. Late afternoon or overcast weather will give you the best lighting.
6. It’s about them – focus on their favorite places, habits, toys…
7. Lower the camera to your dog’s level.
These dog photography tips are based on the advice from Cesar Milan’s friend, photographer Seth Casteel who became famous after his photos of dogs swimming underwater went viral.
“I don’t care what religion you are — if you don’t keep your husband excited, someone else will,” says a boudoir photography customer who is a member of a Jewish Orthodox community in Brooklyn, NY.
The recent article in NY Post shows that the trend among brides, wives, moms and grannies to pose for sexy photos is spreading to communities with restricted life style. the photographer interviewed for the article claims that boudoir bookings for the Hasidic community in Flatbush, Brooklyn, now account for 35 percent of her overall business — she currently juggles around 40 such shoots a year. Her packages, which cost around $1,000, appeal to women between their 20s and their 50s, mostly married, but some single.
The boudoir photography trend started long ago. Instead of whining about how unfair it is to picture sexy flawless model in glossy magazines, women of all ages are determined to show that they’ve got it too, but only show it to their partners and probably to some trusted female friends. Boudoir photo books (a popular gift on Valentine’s day) are usually locked away.
With the help of a skilled photographer and magazine quality photo editing now available to consumers, she will shine in her natural beauty.
Candid photos are the best. Formal settings and posed shots are the things of the past. They were a must in the early years of photography when people had to remain frozen in front of the camera for extended periods of time due to long exposure necessary for making a decent shot.
Kids were notoriously difficult to photograph (they still are) as they have trouble staying still and frankly don’t feel the need to suffer for the sake of preserving images of themselves. This is why there are some weird vintage pictures where the controlling mother is disguised as a chair.
How about digital photography? Is there a need for strenuous posing in our day and time?
Modern cameras are fast at capturing images in action. There is no need for prolonged posing. Though family photographer still like to create arty images and can be good at making children pose for them.
If you want to replicate such achievements, you are guaranteed to fail.
Where you can beat a professional photographer is candid shots. Children feel more relaxed without pressure of a timed photo shoot and their true personalities shine.
Engage your kids in their favorite activities and keep your camera ready. You’ll get much more interesting shots than the cheesy smiles into the camera.