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My Hubby is home this weekend and so we took Gentry outside to TRY to get some good pictures of him. It's sooooo hard to get decent shots of him because he's so dark! If any of you photographers out there have any advice I would LOVE to hear it. Enjoy!

I love this idea I had, but Gentry wasn't as thrilled about the mirror as I was. I'm going to work on this though because I think it's a good idea!








Oh and he got a new collar this weekend. It's so pretty!!
 

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I like this angle. I think he looks so charming!


And I know he's not a Poodle, but he's so cute!!
 

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Both are very cute!
 

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Good shots! Yes it is very hard taking pictures of Black dogs. I found it easiest to get face shots in the afternoon between 1-3 and the sun shining into the face. Almost as if you were in a photo studio with the lights on you.
Sam is 8 1/2 in this shot just taken a few weeks ago. Because he is so black he ends up as a blob in most photos.
 

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Very nice!

Dark dogs are difficult to shoot. Not sure how far away you were from the dog, but you might try using fill flash. By that I mean using your external or built-in flash. Love the mirror idea!
 

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Thanks for the advice! I was standing pretty far away using my 300 lens. I think the pictures turn out better. I think maybe I'll have to have Hubby hold extra lights while I run the camera. That might help!

It was about 1:30 in the afternoon when we took these. I was so happy when I woke up this morning and the sun was so bright reflecting off the snow! I was hoping it would be enough light... but it wasn't... though it did help a bit. Here is a shot from last week, about 2:30 in the afternoon. (We were on the way to pick the boys up from school).



It's pretty dark compared to the ones we took today. I Photo shopped it like crazy! I didn't do anything to the ones from today... I've GOT to figure this out! It drive me crazy when I can't get good pictures :)
 

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Very nice - Rockporters is right - a fill flash would help. Always make sure the sun is at your back and if you don't have snow to reflect light into his face, a white sheet will help reflect light.

If you have a really nice shot and the face is dark, IF you have a "raw" file (especially if it's a Nikon file), you can send it to me and I'll try to do a little post processing on it. I have a couple programs that do a nice job.
 

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He is a great looking dog! If you get a polarizing lens filter it can really help bring out the contrast in colors. I know in Hawaii, most photgraphers use them, just because how bright it is 99% of the time.
 

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Love your pictures ! I think you did a great job . We do the same as you try and get the same time of the day eveyrtime. the reds are really hard to photograph as well. To get the color correct that is....I think you did super...
 

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Thanks for the advice! I was standing pretty far away using my 300 lens. I think the pictures turn out better. I think maybe I'll have to have Hubby hold extra lights while I run the camera. That might help!

It was about 1:30 in the afternoon when we took these. I was so happy when I woke up this morning and the sun was so bright reflecting off the snow! I was hoping it would be enough light... but it wasn't... though it did help a bit. Here is a shot from last week, about 2:30 in the afternoon. (We were on the way to pick the boys up from school).



It's pretty dark compared to the ones we took today. I Photo shopped it like crazy! I didn't do anything to the ones from today... I've GOT to figure this out! It drive me crazy when I can't get good pictures :)
I really love this one. It shows off his expression so nicely. Handsome boy!
 

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Love his name!! Perfect name for a gentlemanly dog. :) I love the mirror idea too, great job! Yeah, blacks are harder and I find that we need "fill flash" light even during sun light unless the sun is in the "perfect" angle on the dog. But, looks like you did a very good job with getting his details in the pics.
 
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