Archive for September, 2012

September 13, 2012

Tips for Photoshooting Fifis and Fidos

Photos shot with a point-and-click Sony camera and enhanced by PhotoHand.com

I’ve been recently trying to create a photo book starring my new puppy and myself as a gift for my mom’s upcoming birthday. Having PhotoHand as a design company behind this project should have made it easy but I got stuck at step one – taking pictures of my beloved mongrel.

I have a lot of nice pictures of him sleeping but taking action pictures proved to be a difficult task. As I was falling behind my personal production schedule it suddenly hit me – I should have checked with the ultimate pro – Cesar Milan, the Dr. Spock of the canine world. And, of course, CesarWay.com had a list of simple common sense directions on how to take good pictures of dogs.

In a nutshell:

1. Dogs sense energy. Be positive.

2. If s/he won’t sit and stay, focus on what s/he DOES want to do.

3. Shoot lots of photos and sift through them later.

4. Use props – treats, toys, squeakers, balloons.

5. Late afternoon or overcast weather will give you the best lighting.

6. It’s about them – focus on their favorite places, habits, toys…

7. Lower the camera to your dog’s level.

These dog photography tips are based on the advice from Cesar Milan’s friend, photographer Seth Casteel who became famous after his photos of dogs swimming underwater went viral.

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September 10, 2012

A Teenager Buys a £30 Used Point-and-Click Camera, Captures Views of the Earth from Space

A £30 Canon PowerShot A570 bought on eBay by a 19 year old British engineering student captured some NASA-worthy dramatic views of the Earth’s curvature from the height of 110,210 ft (33,592m).

According to The Telegraph, the space photography feat was achieved within 40 hours on a £200 budget.