Photograph Dos and Dont's
Here are examples of photographs which may be similar to some you already have. Please note the reasons why they would be suitable or unsuitable to use as a painting reference. It is always preferable to have a number of different views of the subject too, this is so that I can get to know them before painting begins.
As you can see, there is a lot to take into consideration when choosing suitable photographs. It's not very often we can get one perfect shot that fits all purposes. So please provide as many photos as you can to help me know your pets.
Rules of thumb when taking photographs of your animals:
- Better use outdoor natural lighting
- Lower the camera to the animal's height, not while you stand up pointing down
- As close up as you possibly can
- Avoid use of flash
- Tell your pet to “SIT”..... if they will listen .....
If you like more then one animal in the same portrait. I will need photos for each of them in details, and photos when they are together. This is to understand the different sizes of animals and ensure correct scaling.
If you are planning to use photographs that are not taken by yourself, you must obtain written permission from the photographer permitting me to use the photos without copyright infringement.I specialise in photo realistic fine detail paintings so the reference images are crucial.
In the interest of all concerned, commissions from unsuitable photos will unfortunately have to be declined.
It's recommended that you use Royal Mail Special Delivery when sending photographs.
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