I know it's true that a picture makes a thousand words, and that first impressions are important. This is where photographers could come in handy. A good picture of a potential pet could make or break attraction to future adopters. As I read some amazing stories of a helping out shelters, I decided I'd like to do the same. First step was to communicate with these volunteers. It's another story. But sufficed to say, I came about to a shelter quite near my place. It's not so popular on my facebook community. So I think I should help out.
But there's a problem. I have very little experience taking pictures of animals. In fact, the only subject I had was my cat, Meow. Fortunately, my boss decided we need a dog. So in comes a puppy. An addition to the company. And thank goodness for that, I got someone else to practice with.
At first I wanted her out of that leash. But I'm glad it's on her. I didn't realize how hard it is to control someone who can't fully understand human language.
|Me and My Rope|
Her leash is also attached to a long rope stretching about 8 meters long. The boss considered it would make her happier if she can walk about on a longer distance.
It was a challenging feat. "Mint" was playful and curious. He doesn't stay still long enough for me to compose a shot. Being a small puppy, I have to lie on the floor to get to her level. According to some tips, it's best that way. I was using my Carl Zeiss T* 80-200mm along with my flash unit. With her black eyes, I just have to get some catch lights on her. I know I'll suffer post-processing without it.
|Black Eyed... something that rhymes with "peas"|
Well, she has black eyes. And this photo shows how important the aforementioned catch light. Without it, I think her eyes will look like just some hollow spaces on her face.
Despite Mint being a new addition to the company, and me not so much attached to her yet, I had fun taking pictures of her. It was challenging but educating. It's a big wake-up call again. Very much different from taking pictures of Meow. And if it was already hard to take pictures of this little gal in an open space, I reckon it'll be much harder taking pictures in a shelter. I need to change my ways. I have to learn how to act fast. Really fast.