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Old 12-07-2011, 04:27 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Congrats on ordering the T3i; I'm sure you'll love it, and Elements too. When you get a chance, you might want to consider picking up the 50mm f/1.8. It's a steal at around $100 and it's wonderful indoors and out for natural light photography.

The book Understanding Exposure as well as Scott Kelby's Digital Photography series are great places to start. JESSICA SPRAGUE.COM also has a great editing class (online) that covers a lot of the basics. Lynda.com has great classes too.
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Old 12-21-2011, 03:53 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I got the camera yesterday and was playing around with it last night! Had to share a pic with you guys! Yes, Riley is in need of grooming (he's going on Friday so he will be fresh for the holiday's with my family in NC)....but I LOOOOOOVE the pics! I'm amazed! I cant wait until I REALLY learn how to use this camera!

Oh! Riley had the "mad face" in the pic! He was growling at the camera! Not a big fan of having his pic taken??
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I got the camera yesterday and was playing around with it last night! Had to share a pic with you guys! Yes, Riley is in need of grooming (he's going on Friday so he will be fresh for the holiday's with my family in NC)....but I LOOOOOOVE the pics! I'm amazed! I cant wait until I REALLY learn how to use this camera!

Oh! Riley had the "mad face" in the pic! He was growling at the camera! Not a big fan of having his pic taken??
Wow--great pic! I can't wait to get mine next year.
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Think he was in awe with the new camera hence the expression lol.....nice shot and congrats on the new cam
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This is a great thread. I love the pics and tips. Thanks to all for sharing. Paul
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Any secrets you can share regarding photographing a black toy poo?

My little guy is so black you can't see his eyes and looks like a black furry blob. I just bought a nice new camera (not a point and shoot) one that I can manually adjust the settings and has 16 megapixels. And I love it but, I'm learning to use it. Any help with be greatly appreciated!
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Tips RE: Black Poodle

Set your in-camera metering to "spot" metering, and take your meter readings off just your dog (i.e. for most cameras, point your focus point at the dog and do a half-press of your shutter button). This will slightly over-expose your background but you can bring that back when you process your images.

You can also bring the dog's exposure up during processing.

Recommend shooting in RAW for this.

Also, getting light in his eyes will help define his face. I.E. you don't want the light behind him or off to the side, but coming more from the front, angled.

If you post an example and let us know what software you're using, then I can give you a few more tips. It's basically something every wedding photographer has to master because of shooting a white dress and black tux together...difficult at first but once you know what to do, not too hard.
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I hope I do this right...http://www.poodleforum.com/members/1...well-photo.jpg

Here is another one...http://www.poodleforum.com/members/1...5413-guido.jpg
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The first one looks properly exposed. It appears as though flash was used, which is considered "less than ideal" by serious photographers. If it was night, then bouncing flash off the ceiling or a nearby wall is a good alternative. In daylight, you would rotate your pup so his face is lit. Same with the second image. That one is under-exposed and a bit out of focus, which is a common problem for dslr auto-focus...if light is low where you're focusing, they are not as likely to grab perfect focus. Investing in an inexpensive 50mm f/1.8 lens will also help a lot...then you can open up your aperture really wide to let in lots of light while keeping the shutter speed high enough to avoid motion blur. I'm in the process of writing a series of articles on exposure at Hubpages...the first two are up and might help further: lilypoo on HubPages

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Can anyone recommend specific models of cameras? I'm wanting something that can take decent photos of dogs, obviously, in natural light and that is fairly easy to operate. Something that can get good action shots is a plus.

I also would prefer not to have to do a lot of processing afterward, as I have no idea what I'm doing. I'm mainly wanting decent quality photos to take of my clients dogs as we are working and training to post on my website, etc.
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