Difficult images to be used in pet portrait paintings.

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These are samples of pet images that aren’t suitable for portrait paintings.

Portraits focus on the faces, either for a person or a pet. Therefore, the image to be used as a guide for a portrait painting needs to accomplish certain lighting, composition and focus standards.

This doesn’t mean that now a person needs to be a professional photographer. But with a little patience and knowing a few tricks, practically any person can take beautiful photographs of their pets and at the same time, providing more than ideal photographs for a painted portrait.

The purpose of this article is to show the most common mistakes, which in turn are easy to correct or avoid.

Distortion: The camera lens’ can produce a lot of distortion when it gets too close to the model. The result is a “funny-like-face.” The head is giant and the rest of the body is tiny. Solution: 1. gradually move the camera away from the model while you’re shooting — don’t get too far so you don’t loose the face details. 2. Take dozens of photos, trying different angles, lowering the camera, raising the camera. Use some creativity and be patient. Then choose the best ones.

Focus and motion: blurry, unclear and dark images. This can happen for many reasons, some of the most common are: photos taken with cell phones or cameras of low resolution, in environments with very low lighting. Solution: 1. Put the camera on a tripod. 2. Take pictures outdoors (at dusk or at dawn are excellent hours for photography, where the sun is not too intense – this produces a very soft lighting). 3. Use indirect sun light (this can be near a window with curtains that let in a good amount of light). Also in places where there is soft flush shade (not too dark) or on days that are a bit cloudy.

Composition: Distant images. Images where you can not see the face well. Solution: 1. Take dozens of photos, trying different angles, lowering the camera, raising the camera. Use some creativity and be patient. Then choose the best ones.

In summary, a decent camera, mounted on a tripod or placed on a firm base and in a well-lit place where the sun does not strike intensely on the model, is an elementary combination for taking good pictures. Using a little creativity and having patience to take many photos and then to choose the best ones, is something that any professional photographer does.

I hope this will help.