Pet photo workshop for shelter/rescue volunteers

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A presentation designed for pro/amateur photographers to assist them in doing training for voluneers at shelters and rescue organizations. Contact Lisa Scarsi for more information at info@lisascarsi.com

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Pet photo workshop for shelter/rescue volunteers

  1. 1. Sit, Stay & Smile for Better Pet Pics By:
  2. 2. LET’S GET THIS PARTY STARTED – PART IDisclaimer What are you doing here?  Who am I?   Introduce yourself  My work   Cameras (whatchya  Slide Show got)   Skill levels   Goals
  3. 3. SOME OF THOSE CRAZY CAMERA TERMS  Feel free to interrupt   Depth of Field – how me with questions! much is in focus   Composition –(It will be sooooo placement or entertaining to watch arrangement of items me try to remember (the stuff in your shot) my place in the   Types of cameras presentation. )   Point & Shoot   SLR/DSLR – single lens reflex (can you take off the lens)   Phone(s)   Hipstamatic   Best Camera
  4. 4. THE GOOD STUFF – PART II LIGHT – IT’S ALL ABOUT LIGHT  Light 2 kinds: Artificial or Natural – each has its place   Artificial Light – any light that isn’t sunlight. It can be amazing!! – in a pro studio or in your home.   I do some studio & some natural.   You can make your own little studio at home. Use a lamp or get a video light.
  5. 5. THE GOOD STUFF – PART II DEMON EYE   On Camera Flash – use with extreme caution!!   Almost every camera comes with a flash that ironically will ruin many of your images.   Direct, harsh overpowering light.   Demon eyes on pets – it’s an eyeball thing.   Hard to avoid, shoot at an angle but best solution is turn off your flash.   (I did not take this photo)
  6. 6. THE GOOD STUFF – PART II NATURAL LIGHT - OUTSIDE   Natural light is sunlight.   Best sunlight ever you can get is filtered somehow like on a cloudy day.   Bright sunny light is not as good.   Think about leashes and safety if outside.
  7. 7. NATURAL LIGHT – INDOORS
  8. 8. NATURAL LIGHT – INDOORS Catch Lights – the eyes have it! Look for the light in the subjects eyes. Always makes your photos better.
  9. 9. THE GOOD STUFF – PART II COMPOSITION & DEPTH OF FIELD   What’s in your frame.   Cut the clutter.   The Rule of Thirds.   (again, I did not take this photo)
  10. 10. THE GOOD STUFF – PART II COMPOSITION & DEPTH OF FIELD
  11. 11. THE GOOD STUFF – PART II PET POSING (HA, HA, HA!)  Catch Them in Action  You move to vary the camera angle  Get down to their level  Act like an idiot and/or call of the wild
  12. 12. THE GOOD STUFF – PART II HOW TO’S FOR THE TOUGHEST SUBJECTS  Cats
  13. 13. THE GOOD STUFF – PART II HOW TO’S FOR THE TOUGHEST SUBJECTS  Black dogs with a smooth coat
  14. 14. THE GOOD STUFF – PART II HOW TO’S FOR THE TOUGHEST SUBJECTS  Crazy puppies that won’t sit still for a second!
  15. 15. THE GOOD STUFF – PART II HOW TO’S FOR THE TOUGHEST SUBJECTS  The frightened or shy pet.
  16. 16. THE GOOD STUFF – PART II HOW TO’S FOR THE TOUGHEST SUBJECTS  The frightened or shy pet.
  17. 17. THE GOOD STUFF – PART II HOW TO’S FOR THE TOUGHEST SUBJECTS  The Ultimate Challenge! Multiples!
  18. 18. THE GOOD STUFF – PART II HOW TO’S FOR THE TOUGHEST SUBJECTS  Parentsof Human Childen (but that is another workshop)
  19. 19. THE GOOD STUFF – PART II WHERE TO SHOOT – YOUR BEST BETS   Try your garage.   An window with soft light streaming in.   An open door.   Under a tree with some shade.   On concrete or anywhere where you’ll get good reflected light.
  20. 20. THE GOOD STUFF – PART II WHERE TO SHOOT – YOUR BEST BETS (without buying a bunch of equipment)   The beach at about an hour before sunset.
  21. 21. THE GOOD STUFF – PART II WHERE TO SHOOT – YOUR BEST BETS (without buying a bunch of equipment) On concrete or anywhere where you’ll get good reflected light.
  22. 22. THE WRAP UP– PART III PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER   Have a shooting plan.   Have someone help you. A good pet wrangler is worth their weight in gold!
  23. 23. THE WRAP UP– PART III PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER   Find good light.   Consider your composition. Think about the arrangement of items in your frame.   Capture emotion.   Pose your pet (ha, ha, ha) Practice changing your angle.
  24. 24. THE WRAP UP– PART III PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER   Keep a scrapbook of shots you like. It’s fun and sort of like recycling    Shoot a lot . . . Digital makes it easy to do this.
  25. 25. Questions? By:
  26. 26. Thank you for supporting rescue!!This presentation was created to train volunteers whogenerously donate their time to help photograph pets infoster care or in shelters. Contact Lisa with any questionsOr if you need additional assistance.Lisa has a studio in Yorba Linda, CA and regularly photographsrescue pets pro bono. She also does private sessions for clients,businesses, and editorial.www.lisascarsi .com (714) 255-1382info@lisascarsi.comAll images and text copyright 2011 Lisa ScarsiPhotography(except that one image with the demon eye)Permission is granted to use this presentation to trainpeople who photograph rescue pets in an effort tohelp more shelter/rescue pets find forever homes.

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