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Reference Photos

Good, copyright free, reference photos are essential for me to create a wonderful, realistic portrait.: the more detail that I can see, the more I can put in.

Here are some hopefully help ful tips 

  • please try to use a camera rather than a phone, as phones have very small lenses and can distort an image.  For example a horse may appear to have a large nose and small ears
  • outdoors is best, on a bright sunny day without flash, to give better definition, and truer colours
  • stand back from your subject, using a telephoto lens if possible to give a close-up with less distortion
  • try to capture a characteristic pose, well several poses.  Perhaps a friend could try to get your animal's attention so that they look alert, unless a more laid back image is preferable
  • please take a range of images, to enable me to see your animal from different angles.  Phones are useful for more natural shots to show character.
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