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Pet Photos & Photography Tips

So I have a Nikon D3000 that I received as a Christmas/Birthday present from my family a few years ago. I LOVE photography. A good black and white photo makes my soul happy. When we visit museums I’m always drawn to photography over painting.

I’ve never taken a photography class, but I was a film major. I understand how to capture a moving image, so a still shouldn’t be as difficult – in theory, yea? And, there’s no sound. MOS is my friend :)

I’m constantly learning new things about my camera, and I read articles and tutorials all the time to find new things to try. Learning is fun! Nerd alert, hard.

Photoshop and I are still getting acquainted, but I’m slowing gaining more confidence with photo editing.

Here are some photos of the Fur-children that I took yesterday afternoon.

The lighting was near perfect since it was cloudy.

This may be my favorite photo ever of Betsy.

HIIIIIII Betsy.

A few photo tips:

White Balance. It will make your photos look a zillion times better. It’s not scary, I promise. Just go into the Menu Settings and select White Balance. My camera gives me options for indoor, outdoor, cloudy…

– Get OUT of AUTO. Don’t be intimidated, make your camera work for you. It’s capable of so many wonderful things. Auto focus is like the Top Ramen of Camera Settings. Cheap, easy and super low quality. Don’t do it. You can be a big kid now and shoot Apature.

– Use Natural Light. For comparison shoot a flower vase in Auto, indoors, away from the window. It will almost always default to FLASH. And it will look u.g.l.y. Move out of Auto, place the vase in front of a window with natural light and try again. BAM. You’re a rockstart photographer. When photographers say “the light in here is ah-mazing” they aren’t cray-cray. Well, they still might be…but they know what they’re talking about when it comes to light. We try to mimic “daylight” with indoor lighting and in our homes it will never look the same.

– Practice. Play around with the camera settings, try new things. Take 15 minutes and go outside and practice taking photos of the grass, trees, rocks…I suggest those things because they won’t move and you can shoot them OVER and OVER again playing around with the camera settings.

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