Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Beautiful Beasties A Creative Guide to Modern Pet Photography Review & Giveaway

Do you love taking pictures of your pets, would you like some great tips for better pet pictures? Well I would like tell you all about a  great new book Beautiful Beasties: ACreative Guide to Modern Pet Photography here is a little more information about the book from the website:

The book pet lovers have been waiting for: professional advice on pet photography

Every pet parent knows how difficult it is to get that calendar-quality photo of a beloved cat or dog. This guide to pet photography is long overdue! Pet lovers will find terrific tips to help them capture their pets personalities in photos, while professional photographers who want to extend their business opportunities will value advice on the unique challenges of working with animals and creating the portraits their clients want. 

  • With pet owners comprising more than 62 percent of Americans, there is an eager amateur market for a book that reveals how to get great photos of those furry family members
  • Zeroes in on pet photography as a growing specialty among professional photographers, and this book offers advice for creating great pet portraits as well as tips on working with animals and their owners
  • Explains how to capture expressions, avoid spooky eyes, edit for better images, work with multiple animals, and much more
As the first serious guide to pet photography on the market, Beautiful Beasties has what pet parents and professional photographers need to capture memorable pet photos.

I consider myself an amateur photographer enthusiast. I have always loved taking pictures, I even went to school for photography for a short time. But with my hectic life I have been cutting back on the picture taking. I don’t know why, I am so relaxed and I just adore it when I am talking pictures. I take pictures of just about everything, whatever strikes my fancy. I especially  love taking pictures of my cat, Mittens. I just think he is so cute and looks great in pictures. But I think he could look better, I have never really mastered pet photos. There are some great tips in this book, my favorite tips are:

Pay your model
You wouldn't expect a human model to work for you without payment right? So why should you expect an animal to work without getting paid? Figure out what's the most appreciate item for payment. A toy, a treat, an old rag, a carrot- whatever it takes to keep them engaged and motivated.

Pay attention to backgrounds
Nothing can ruin a perfectly good photo better than ugly, cluttered backgrounds. Nobody needs to see that old garden hose, or your dirty sock on the floor, in an otherwise beautiful photo of Rupert the cat.

I never thought of giving my kitty Mittens a treat or a toy to keep him engaged, but that is a great idea. I was able to hold a little “photo session” with Mittens and he seemed to be better with the photos, he loved hanging around for the pictures. Perhaps this was because I bribed him with treats, but that sure worked.  Yes this book is also filled with amazing photos of all types of animals from birds to dogs and just about anything in-between and more.  

Do you have a pet lover in the family, or someone who just loves to take pictures. I think the book Beautiful Beasties: A Creative Guide to Modern Pet Photography would make a great gift. This book is informative and fun and any pet lover or photographer in your life would love it!

Would you like to win a copy of the book Beautiful Beasties: A Creative Guide to Modern Pet Photography? Well one of Susan’s Disney Family readers will win a copy of the book. To enter please let me know, What is your biggest challenge when photographing your pets?

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To purchase this great book please visit Amazon

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  1. My biggest challenge is getting my dog to sit still!

  2. I'd give it to a photo crazy relative!

  3. I can never get my dog to look at me long enough to take a good pic

  4. Because my pets wont sit still long enough to be photographed. Thanks for the giveaway.


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