Finding the perfect photo

Animal photographerTo paint or draw the portrait, I need one or more digital reference photos in the best possible resolution so I can zoom in to see all the details, especially the eyes. When looking through your photos of your pets, or taking a new photo yourself, there are a few key things to consider:

  • Good lighting – is your photo light enough to see your pet?
  • True eye colour – does the photo show the true eye colour of your pet?
  • True fur colour – does the photo show the true fur colour of your pet?
  • Visible fur direction – can you see the fur in detail?
  • A good distance from the camera – is your pet too far away and hard to see?

Below is an example of a bad photo and a good photo. Click or hover over the photo to see why.

Bad lighting, eyes and fur not visible in detail
Bad lighting, eyes and fur not visible in detail
Good lighting, real colours, eyes and fur details
Good lighting, real colours, eyes and fur details