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Take Great Pictures Of Your Labrador

Aug 19, 2008
The silky, athletic Labrador is so photogenic, it is an ideal dog to use as a subject for portrait photography. Have you ever wished you could take professional quality portrait style pictures of your Labrador? You don't need to go out and buy expensive camera equipment to take great pictures of your dog. Scientific advances, and lower prices, make it possible for you to take great photos of your Labrador with an inexpensive digital camera or even a digital camera cell phone.

With digital cameras, you get to see your pictures right away, so you can retake any pictures that didn't turn out the way you wanted them to. Besides, digital cameras are greener than disposable cameras. Processing film from disposable cameras requires great quantities of water and chemicals that harm the environment.

We all know that taking pictures of a pet can be problematic. You have to get your Labrador to sit still and pose for you. You have to take care of lighting and backdrops. These tips and tricks will help you solve these problems and get you started taking fabulous pictures of your Labrador. Your dog may tire quickly, once you start taking the pictures, so get everything ready beforehand. Load a fresh memory card in your digital camera, replace the batteries, and carry fresh batteries with you.

Choose a setting for your pictures. For an indoor setting, be sure the light is adequate. You may want to set your Labrador on a table with a lamp shining directly over it. Arrange any backdrops you will need so you can grab them quickly between shots. If you are working in an outdoor area, secure the area for your Labrador's safety. A fenced back yard makes a great outdoor setting because you won't need to worry about your dog getting away and being hit by a car or attacked by a loose dog.

When you're trying to take great pictures of your Labrador, you can't also be the one who does all the grooming, staging and other behind-the-scenes tasks. Ask a friend who gets along well with your dog to act as your assistant. After the photo session is over, give your helper a thank-you gift with one of the photos on it. A coffee mug or a framed print of one of your Labrador photos is a good idea for a gift.

Your choice of what background to use for your Labrador pictures sets the tone of the mood for the pictures. Plan your backgrounds carefully. The Labrador looks best photographed against a solid colored backdrop. Many photographers now use a chromatic green backdrop. With this backdrop, your background disappears in your digital photos, and you can place your Labrador into any digital backdrop you can find. Add scenery and details to your photos without leaving home.

Props and accessories help enhance your dog's appeal. Use colorful dog toys are popular choices for props, as are stuffed animals, tennis balls or potted flowers. There is no color that clashes with the coat of a Labrador.

Look at a few Labrador pictures, and you'll notice right away that the best ones are taken at the dog's eye level. Don't hesitate to set your dog up on a table or bed to raise its height. Remember, safety first! Have your assistant monitor the situation so your dog doesn't fall off. With these great tips, soon you'll be taking amazing candid shots or portrait style pictures of your Labrador.
About the Author
Brooke Sunderland is an avid lover of the Labrador and owns a popular website where you'll discover how to have a happy, healthy and well behaved Labrador. Among other topics at this website, you will find out more about Labrador Pictures plus a whole lot more.
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