You Took That Photograph With A Cell Phone?

Well here’s a fan letter I really like, written by Hal Quanbeck from Key Largo, Florida. This letter has a lot of good tips that bear repeating, plus Hal does most of his photography with a cell phone. A cell phone? Read on…

“Everything I know about pet photography, I learned from Susie Ley.  In fact – everything I learned about photography, I learned from Susie Ley and her book Pet Photography For Fun. In the world of digital – mostly my iPhone, before that an EVO Android, and before that a Blackberry, there are no f-stops. But the most important thing Susie said in her book was – you have to be ready to take the picture … and that means carrying your camera, and these days that means your phone or tablet so when the “ah ha” moment is in front of you, you can start shooting and you can keep shooting until you capture a good image. It’s the digital age, so shoot, shoot, shoot.

Along with that, remember the basics. Get in close…

 get down to the pet’s level…

focus on the eyes…

get the ears up (with props if necessary), be aware of the background and hold the camera steady.

With phone cameras… holding the camera steady is difficult and one handed “selfies” are a real challenge. But again, Susie’s basics of resting your hand or arm on something certainly helps… then all you have to do is keep your finger out of the viewfinder! In the excitement of the moment, I seem to have a lot of trouble with that.

Grooming is another thing necessary for good pet photography and it is nice to have a clean dog – but I will leave that up to the “best in show” folks… I am just an amateur and so are my favorite subjects – Nicky and Tucker (Nik and Tuk).

See…even a cell phone can be used to make good photos if you follow the rules for good photography.”

Good advice Hal! Keep making those great photos.

Smiles,

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