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I can never get used to Gimp........... lol

It makes no sense to me, some say that it is so much simpler than photoshop...... but to me, photoshop is simple :D

paint.NET is very similar to photoshop - even the layout and tools... it is also a free software and got a support forum :)
 

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I can never get used to Gimp........... lol

It makes no sense to me, some say that it is so much simpler than photoshop...... but to me, photoshop is simple :D

paint.NET is very similar to photoshop - even the layout and tools... it is also a free software and got a support forum :)
I've never used Gimp but I also think Photoshop is pretty intuitive. At least for what I need it to do.

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Great thread.

I am a new member of this forum and a relatively new Spoo owner. This thread is wonderful. I am a photography hobbiest and read many photography how to articles and some of the comments here are every bit as informative as many of the tutorials I have read. Thank you.
 

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I think most of the comments on this thread are way above my head and way beyond me in talent, but I do have a question. It's probably a rather silly one, but here goes. How the heck do you take pictures of a little black never still ball of fuzz? Honestly. If I use the flash she looks aweful and if I don't she has no eyes. I am also just using my phones camera. I have a nikon coolpix something or other as well...but it takes photos so slowly that my subject matter is out of frame before the shutter is finished snapping the dang photo. So far, I have only had luck taking photos of her if my son holds her or if she's sleeping but that's it.

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I think most of the comments on this thread are way above my head and way beyond me in talent, but I do have a question. It's probably a rather silly one, but here goes. How the heck do you take pictures of a little black never still ball of fuzz? Honestly. If I use the flash she looks aweful and if I don't she has no eyes. I am also just using my phones camera. I have a nikon coolpix something or other as well...but it takes photos so slowly that my subject matter is out of frame before the shutter is finished snapping the dang photo. So far, I have only had luck taking photos of her if my son holds her or if she's sleeping but that's it.

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Hi Figgy,
The problem with flash and dogs, or most animals for that matter, is 1, phones and most point and shoot cameras have the flash right next to the lens. 2, dogs, and most animals have a highly reflective coating on the backs of their eyes which is why they have this demonic glow when you take a picture of them with a flash.

There really are only a couple of remedies for this. Two of which require some moderately spend gear. First you need to use a camera with a separate flash so you can move the flash away from the lens and won't get reflections off the back of the eye. That camera should also have the ability to shoot in RAW format that lets you recover these dark dark areas known as the black poodle. The other remedy is free but not convenient and that is to shoot in really good, bright light. Usually outside in bright light
Here are some examples:
iPhone pic with flash. Typical result: Blacks gone and demon reflections




Indoor with a RAW capable camera and a flash that is about a foot away from the lens




And outside in what is known as "Cloudy Bright"



Outside bright sun



Outside in "The Golden Hour", which is about and hour after sunrise or and/or before sunset



And finally a combination of outside in sun with the with the sun behind the subject and a flash to brighten what would normally be in deep shadow.



I hope some of this is helpful. I know photography can be a bit overwhelming especially if you're trying to shoot something that matters to you and it's difficult to shoot.
 

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Great suggestions by Rick.

Also, try to avoid having too much contrast in the shot. A black poodle against a white wall will be more likely to turn out underexposed than a black poodle against, say, a brown couch of medium lightness. But that can vary if using a cheap/old point & shoot or phone.

When photographing indoors, open the blinds and turn on all the lights in the room, but dont have any light sources in the shot.

Good luck.
 

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This! This is so my problem. I wasn't sure what the technical terminology was to explain this but now I know. (Thanks!) My parents are getting me a new camera for Yule (I think) and my mother is really picky about the flash aspect.
 

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This! This is so my problem. I wasn't sure what the technical terminology was to explain this but now I know. (Thanks!) My parents are getting me a new camera for Yule (I think) aaudacity temp mail originnd my mother is really picky about the flash aspect.
The problem with flash and dogs, or most animals for that matter, is 1, phones and most point and shoot cameras have the flash right next to the lens. 2, dogs, and most animals have a highly reflective coating on the backs of their eyes which is why they have this demonic glow when you take a picture of them with a flash.
 
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