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Pet Photography 101: Tips for taking better photos of your dog or cat

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A book by Andrew Darlow

Product Description  Selected Tips from Pet Photography 101 by Andrew Darlow:Tip #1 Should you buy a DSLR, or a high-end Point and Shoot (a.k.a. a compact camera) to photograph your pets and other family members? What about a camera that can … see full wiki

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Author: Andrew Darlow
Publisher: Focal Press
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Can You Say Cheese?: A Pet Photography 101: Tips for Taking Better Photos of Your Dog or Cat Review

  • Dec 5, 2009
As a serious photo-hobbyist, I was excited by the opportunity to read and review "Pet Photography 101: Tips for Taking Better Photos of Your Dog or Cat" with grand thoughts of terrorizing our dogs into modeling for me. Perhaps my expectations were too high.

According to Andrew Darlow, the book's author and pet photographer, "this book was designed primarily for those who want to make better photos of pets and people, regardless of your photographic or computer skill level." Additional information is referenced throughout the book and can be found at the book's PhotoPetTips companion website. The book is broken into nine chapters which divide 101 tips into themes. Each tip typically covers a partial page followed by details of the supporting image usually shown on the next page.

My expectations were dashed quickly, by chapter 5 I didn't want to read anymore. However, I read the entire book for the sake of this review. The first and last chapters cover technical aspects relating to photography such as software and choosing a camera. These are important topics, but not the purpose of this book. There are plenty of good books like Bryan Peterson's "Understanding Exposure", Matthew Bamberg's "101 Quick and Easy Secrets for Using Your Digital Photographs", or Scott Kelby's "The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2 Book for Digital Photographers" which do a far better job of explaining the technical aspects. Additionally the pet related tips were common sense for the experienced photographer, and the images included cheesy captions.

Andrew Darlow also used this book to bring readers to his companion website. I've seen the use of companion websites with books in an attempt to keep the material up to date. Scott Kelby has used this technique with Lightroom books, especially when a new version seemed to be released every few months. In this case the simple companion site's purpose is to drive traffic and advertise this book. Many articles are written by others and are provided as links to Wikipedia or Andrew Darlow's own articles which should've been included in the book. The articles are difficult to find between all the links to other companies and products.

Thankfully this book was a quick read, and included a few inspiring images. As for Andrew Darrow's claim of this book being for all people "regardless of [their] photographic or computer skill level," I strongly disagree. This is a cute book designed for beginner photographers, and one I can't recommend.

Quick read

Only a few inspiring images
The book uses a companion website to drive advertisement traffic
Most "tips" are common sense for experienced photographers

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