Through the years I’ve dabbled with photography, but I’ve never been really serious about the hobby. That’s mostly because a really nice DSLR camera wasn’t in my budget, and I felt I couldn’t do very much with a plain Jane point and shoot. I’ve tried to do my best with the camera I had, and before the little one came along I spent a lot of time photographing my pets. I probably have as many photos of our cat and bulldog as I have of my daughter!
A few years later my dream camera is almost a reality. I’ve been saving little by little, and I should have it by the end of the year. I can finally jump into photography as a serious hobby. It really helps that my best friend is a professional photographer I can turn to for advice, but she specializes in family portraits. I’ve really enjoyed photographing my own pets, and I would really like to pursue pet photography at a higher level.
That’s why I’m excited to introduce a cool pet photography book to you, Beautiful Beasties: A Creative Guide to Modern Pet Photography.
When I received this book I was immediately impressed by how much information can be found between the 340 pages. When I heard about the book I was expecting to learn a few pointers to taking a great pet photo, but I wasn’t expecting such a great learning tool. I honestly would expect to find such an informative book in the classroom setting, but it is a great book that contains helpful tips and tricks for everyone from the beginner to experienced photographer.
The book covers The History of Pet Photography, Equipment, Working with Pets as Models, Pre-Session Checklists, Photography Basics, Lighting, Composition, Pet Photography Challenges, Post Production, Developing Personal Style, Going Pro, and Business Essentials. Each chapter is broken down into easy to read and understand sections that will take you step by step through the basics all the way to everything you need to now to start your own pet photography business.
When I began reading the book I was especially interested in all the sections pertaining to editing, editing in Photoshop, and alternative editing software for those who don’t want to spend a great deal on Photoshop right now. The editing tutorials are easy to follow and include photos to guide you. I like to think I’m pretty Photoshop savvy, but I definitely learned a few new tricks that I can apply not only to pet photography but to photos I take in everyday life.
On top of all the great photography knowledge shared within the book the photos are absolutely beautiful. This book will most likely become a coffee table staple so I can turn to it when I need guidance while giving others a chance to flip through the pages of adorable pets. Ellie and I have already looked through the photos numerous times together, and she’s picked out her favorite cat and dog.
Whether you are interested in starting your own pet photography business or would like to learn techniques to improve your photography as a hobby I highly recommend Beautiful Beasties: A Creative Guide to Modern Pet Photography as a great learning tool.
I’m just getting to the best part! I have one copy of Beautiful Beasties: A Creative Guide to Modern Pet Photography to share with one of you! Entering to win is simple. Leave a comment below, and answer the following question. This is a mandatory entry.
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