Choosing suitable pet portrait photographs.
Don’t worry – you do not necessarily need a professional photographer, nor have special photography skills! However, it is important to consider these pointers to help me gain a true likeness of your pet. The less clear the reference photo I have, the less details I can see, meaning vital features that portray your pets personality could be missed.
Quality – pixels / resolution. High resolution photographs are of better quality as there are more pixels per inch, which is very helpful when I zoom into the image to see greater detail without out a ‘pixelated effect.’
Sharpness – there is nothing worse than a blurry, out-of-focus image especially when it is as beautifully composed as the ones below! The sharper and clearer the image, the more detail I can put into your drawing.
Lighting – in general, photographs have better lighting when taken outside in natural light. Avoid using the flash as this can sometimes create a glare in the animals eyes or an over-exposed photo. Remember to take into consideration the position of the sun to prevent glare or shadows.
Eye-level – many artists believe an image should be eye-level. Whilst I agree that this is usually the case there are exceptions to the rule as shown in the middle photograph below. As long as the photo is not ‘flat’ and looks 3D with good light and shading, it can work well. What I have found is that it is more difficult to great a 3D picture with the animal looking directly at the camera.
Likeness – remember I will be mainly going from the one photograph to create your pet portrait so it is important that it is one that portrays your pets personality as much as possible for the best chance of me creating a true likeness. A favourite toy, treat or visiting spot can sometimes help capture those natural, true to character moments.