Great reference photos make for great portraits!
Good reference photos
- the eyes are the most important part of any portrait, I need to be able to see them clearly
- when I zoom in on the photo I should be able to see fine details like individual hairs
- outdoor lighting best, preferably an overcast day
- photos taken down at the pet's level are generally more visually appealing for a portrait, as opposed to those taken looking down onto the pet from above
- the colour of the pet in the photo is true to what they look like in real life
- choose a photo that represents your pet's personality best to you, if they are normally goofy don't choose a serious photo!
Bad reference photos
- cannot clearly see the pet's eyes, camera flash can result in red or green eyes
- too far away in the photo, this makes it difficult to see fine details when zoomed in
- inconsistent lighting, creates odd shadows over the face
- unflattering angle or pose
- not the true colour of the pet