Photo Guidelines

If you are wanting to purchase a pet portrait then the following information will be very helpful to you!

Try to use a picture with your pets head and chest in the view finder.

As you can see from the photo below left, the photographer stood a few paces back and took the photo. When you zoom into the head of the dog on the computer (right) to see it in more detail, its fairly blurry. By zooming in this doesn’t add more pixels, it just enlarging it digitally – not adding information within the photo. from an artists point of view we can only create what we see, so the more definition within the photo the more we have to play with when working from it. To alleviate this problem, step forward, crouch down to be on the dogs level and try to fill the viewfinder with the dogs head and chest.

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Below are some examples of the perfect photos:

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However, below are not very good photos to work from (Unless you want to keep the background environment in the portrait):

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Digital Camera, mobile phone or tablet picture?

Unfortunately not all mobile devices can produce a photo that is good enough to work from for a portrait. There are of course the exceptions such as lighting conditions and how close you are to your pet. Our advice is that if you do have access to a digital camera, whether its yours or you can borrow one form a friend and your pet is still alive, use the digital camera to take a wide range of photos so that you can be sure to provide us with the best possible photo for a portrait. Photos are key to a pet portrait, the better quality the photo, the better your portrait will be!

Emailing Photos – Try not to reduce the file size!

This photo below is a previous client’s dog. The original file size of the photo was 5760 x 3840 pixels. However, when photos are emailed they can often be reduced in file size so that they can be emailed faster, when we receive photos reduced to say 400 x 600 pixels, they come out like the image on the left. We would be missing out on a huge amount of detail when comparing the original file size. So if possible when you email the photos, please email them at their original size.

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If you are still unsure on what constitutes as a good photo then send it via email to us at alex@pet-portrait.co.uk. We will happily tell you if the image is suitable!