Some photos look great on your phone, but look terrible on the wall. Why?
In this post, we’ll look at what makes a great reference photo, and why. In my experience, there are really three things:
The photo is shot at your pet’s eye level.
Your pet is lit by natural daylight.
3. Image Quality/Size
You can see individual hairs when you zoom in.
It’s an unfortunate fact of nature that we are taller than our dogs.
OK, maybe for everyday life huge dogs wouldn’t be the easiest pets, but for portraiture purposes the fact that we look down at our pets— but look straight across at our walls— causes all sorts of problems.
#3: IMAGE QUALITY
But look what happens when I zoom in on the dog…
Oh, hello there.
If perfect reference material just isn’t available, that’s OK too.
I can also work with several different photos to make sure the portrait turns out right. It may take longer, but it’s worth it to get a perfect painting of your pet.