For those of you that have been around for a while you know that I used to participate in a 52 week project with pet photographers from around the world. Last year, I worked on other projects and didn’t participate but now I’M BA-ACK! (I’m saying that in Oprah’s voice.)
The theme changes weekly and this week the theme is before and after. I thought I’d show you a bit of post processing.
There are a couple of questions people have about pet photography sessions. The first is, do you need to have your dog off leash during the session? It’s natural to make that assumption since most dog photos I post have dogs that are sitting, standing, and running without a leash. The truth is about 99% of the dogs I photograph are on leash. I just photoshop the leash out.
Here is a before and after photo of leash removal.
Another question I get is what do we do if it’s cloudy during our session? We love our blue skies in Denver and people are concerned if it’s a hazy day that the photos will look drab. I love shooting in cloudy weather! When it’s cloudy there are no harsh shadows and the light is soft and pretty. Sometimes the sky is a bit bland but even that is something that can be fixed in photoshop.
Here is a before and after sky replacement on a hazy day.
Post processing can also be used to fix shaved spots from recent IV’s, eye boogies, drool and anything else that’s distracting. The ultimate goal is to create a portrait that focuses on your dog or cat.
I hope you enjoyed the before and after, up next is Pet Love Photography, serving Greater Cincinnati and the San Francisco Bay Area.
The theme this week is double exposure. Double exposure was something I did on accident when I forgot to wind the roll on my film camera. It wasn’t until much later when I realized people did that on purpose and it wasn’t until a few years ago when I tried to do it myself. Currently, only some digital cameras will allow you to double expose an image. My camera doesn’t do it but my husbands does so I would shoot a base image of Boo with my camera, transfer the card to my husbands camera and try to find an image I thought went well with the original image of Boo and release the shutter.
I tried a lot of different combinations and I figured out quickly the images I liked were the images where you could tell it was Boo and still see the pattern or image of the other photo.
This is Boo with an old barn door that has the paint peeling off of it.
This is Boo with a palm plant
I must admit there is something satisfying about doing this in camera instead of just Photoshopping two images together. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve done that before too. But, this feels more like an experiment, and a little bit more exciting.
It was such a pleasure meeting everyone at the Denver Pet Expo. I’ve been working hard all week to make sure the photos from the superhero photo booth look fantastic before we post them. It’s a lot of work editing out those leashes and making them look like little comic strips. I want every photo to be wonderful so that when you decide to buy a print or a canvas there isn’t a leash or seam to be seen.
Here is a before and after photo so you can see what I’ve been working on:
I hope you all enjoyed the photos as much as I enjoyed meeting you all and taking them.
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