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Beautiful Beasties: A Creative Guide to Modern Pet Photography by Jamie Pflughoeft

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Pet Photography Challenges

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Common Challenges

Some of the most common complaints among amateur photographers are as follows:

“I’ve tried a million times to take pictures of my black dog or cat, but they never come out right.”

“I can’t seem to get a nice looking photo of my white dog or cat.”

“Whenever I photograph pets, the photos are always blurry.”

“My pet’s eyes glow whenever I use my flash with them indoors.”

I will address these one by one and provide solutions to each of them in the sections that follow.

Black Dogs

The problem Photographing black dogs or cats results in overexposed images. These are characterized by everything being too light, the shot looks washed out, and the fur appears as an ugly gray.

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Spot metering off Sam’s fur resulted in overexposure in aperture priority. To get the correct exposure for this shot, I should have used exposure compensation to make the shot darker.

24–70mm 2.8L lens @ 24mm, f/2.8, 1/400 second, ISO 800, aperture priority, spot metering

The reason When photographing black dogs and cats with an automatic setting on the camera using the default evaluative metering, the camera is attempting to create an 18 percent gray across the entire ...

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