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Some Dog/pet Shots With My New Toy Fujifilm X-t1 - Feat. Striker!

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Kirislin   

all wonderful photos. I dont know how I hadn't seen this thread before. I love the light and colour in them.

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Spoony   

cheers all.

I figure a bunch of dog/pet lovers would be the best to ask this, mind you it feels weird asking. It's pretty obvious I love shooting dogs/pets, and as I get a little more experience and a broader range of gear I'm considering making a business of it in the future (on the side for a while at least, how awesome would it be for a living! :) haha).

I guess would love to hear peoples thoughts from a pet owners perspective on how close some of the images are perhaps getting to what people may be willing to pay for. I print largeformat as my day job, which gives me the opportunity to offer a product range also at good pricing.

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raineth   

I'm loving your photos spoony :thumbsup:

Sorry about your loss, how very sad :(

Striker is gorgeous! I just love dogs with eyeliner :)

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Totally awesome, Spoony. The photographic talent on this forum is just amazing. Loved all the photographs and have to agree with Crazy about the one of the cat. Stunning.

Love your new "kid". I reckon he was just looking for something to eat, not the rest of his tail :laugh: :laugh:

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Kirislin   

cheers all.

I figure a bunch of dog/pet lovers would be the best to ask this, mind you it feels weird asking. It's pretty obvious I love shooting dogs/pets, and as I get a little more experience and a broader range of gear I'm considering making a business of it in the future (on the side for a while at least, how awesome would it be for a living! :) haha).

I guess would love to hear peoples thoughts from a pet owners perspective on how close some of the images are perhaps getting to what people may be willing to pay for. I print largeformat as my day job, which gives me the opportunity to offer a product range also at good pricing.

Quite a few have gone on from here to become professional photographers. Ruthless, Becandcharch, Huga, Serena, I'm sure there's plenty more.

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Spoony   

The responses above are a fair portion of why I'd love to make a living (or part there of) out of it. Owners have such an awesome emotional attachment to their pets, capturing their spirit in time forever can mean so much. Oh and it's also heaps of fun. I current shoot for a few rescues to help out, bonus is some experience too.

Kirislin, some greats shots of your own! looking through your redbubble. Which is an interesting avenue I haven't considered and will look into. Have you had many buy your work on there?

While Ken from Zoo Studio kick started me shooting my two, looking further a-field and loving dogs in their 'natural' environment it's work from the likes of Charlotte Reeves, and as you mention Ruthless etc that's given me a level of direction and inspiration.

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Kirislin   

I dont promote my redbubble, haven't added a photo for a long time either. It's quite expensive now. I used to sell a few calendars but I gave all the money to the whippet racing club I'm involved with, so never made a cent myself. The markup isn't much anyway.

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Spoony, I think your photos are great, you definitely have natural talent.

If you are considering making a career of pet photography, Charlotte and Ruth are running a workshop aimed at people exactly like you http://zoomiesworkshop.com.au/

There is one spot left in Brisbane, it's likely they won't run another workshop. As an added bonus Kaylee from Dog Breath Photography is coming over from the US to be the guest teacher too :thumbsup:

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Spoony   

I have seen that, and super tempted. Are you going? So much knowledge there! Kaylee's shots made me think about not just getting a wide angle for the usual landscapes and architecture type stuff.

After Harv & Chilli's (my last two dogs with cancers) many $10k's expenses I've only sort of got my credit card and funds to a 1/2 ok level (well still spending money I don't have on camera gear haha). I should perhaps maybe look at it as an investment rather than an expense though.............hmmmmmm.

Charlotte does also do her own private workshops but as one would understand not for anyone considering setting up a similar business in her own backyard haha.

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Kirislin   

I dont know if you even need a workshop like that. Funnily enough, I remember when Ruth was still learning and she posted photos of Charlotte Reeves work here and asked how does she get photos like that, and now they're working together. :laugh:

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Spoony   

^ I was semi thinking the same thing. I think with more practice in shooting and post + some more gear (faster 2.8 tele zoom will get later this year for one, + some lighting stuff) can improve myself, experience, time and practice can't be replaced with simple 'knowledge' when it comes to photography.

It's managing the dogs and probably more so the owners (haha), somewhat being a movie director to get one one really wants is where the most practice is going to be needed. Need to use more friends and their dogs to get this happening haha.

In saying that I still have no doubt though that I'd learn heaps of little things (and not necessarily just technical)I hadn't even considered in such a workshop. The fun factor would probably be enough alone if stupid cash wasn't a concern lol.

Haha, that's a classic, bonus they probably have is living/working states apart and not really 'competing'. Charlotte's very active on social media and very open with info etc, which begs much respect when it's you're bread and butter.

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Spoony   

Went to the beach on the weekend with some friends and their Border Collie to get some pics. Hadn't shot a black and white dog before so was keen, Striker didn't really get much camera action at all haha. It was the first time he actually swam too and I didn't even get it snap it! lol.

Millie, 3 year old BC.

14292408798_ec6784a935_b.jpgMillie by dPphodography, on Flickr

14499126963_dff52c8379_b.jpgMillie by dPphodography, on Flickr

my favorite

14455906746_1d58a46611_b.jpgMillie by dPphodography, on Flickr

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Spoony   

Palm Beach, those shots were taken in Currumbin Creek, at low tide there is a sand bar in the middle you can wade out across to.

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aliwake   

sounds (and looks)lovely! We'll have to check it out sometime.

Your pics make that water look so sparkly, and Millie is clearly having a ball!

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Spoony   

It's probably the best dog beach on GC I think, combo of creek and surf. The earlier pics of striker are all at the same beach.

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Snook   

More gorgeous shots. I love the one in front of the fire. :)

The Zoomies workshop would be awesome between Ruth, Charlotte and Kaylee. I was going but had to pull out for health reasons and am devastated that I have to miss it. If you've got the funds I'm sure it would be a great investment. :thumbsup:

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