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How to choose the perfect photo for your dog’s portrait

I often get asked about what sort of dog photo makes a great dog portrait, so here are 4 quick tips, that I hope you’ll find useful!

1. Are Your Dog Photos High Resolution?

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I’ve found that the best dog portraits come from high-resolution photographs. Anything over 1 MB is excellent. It just means that when your dog artist studies your photograph, he’ll be able to see all the small details that he/she needs in order to paint you an exquisite oil portrait. Lesser quality photos are still ok to work from, we’ve hand-painted oil paintings based on photos taken from mobile phones but the higher quality and clearer the image the better.

2. How Sharp is Your Dog Photo?

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Your dog artist can only paint what she/he sees. Therefore your dog photo needs to clearly show your artist the colours and details you want to have painted into your dog portrait. The more in focus your photo is, (as opposed to a blurry photo) the better your oil portrait will be.  Sharpness of photo is actually a key factor in what differentiates a good oil portrait from a great dog oil portrait.

3. Lighting

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Try and avoid photos that show your dogs in strong sunlight or dark shadows as it doesn’t come across well in an oil painting.  Having dogs squint if they are looking directly in the sun or are covered by shadows so you can barely see their faces is again not ideal.

4. Background

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The great news is, your artist can change and alter the background of your dog portrait to however you want it. However, if you want the artist to copy the background as seen in your photo, it helps if your ideal background shows slight variations in colour and tones as this will give your oil portrait greater colour weight. Remember though, if the background in your photograph is very colourful and busy it will probably detract from the main subjects, IE your dogs. Let us know when placing an order if you have any concerns about the background of your photo or if you would like any advice or alterations to be made.

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About DogArtists

Dog Artists was founded in 2007 and is run by 8 pet artists specialising solely in dogs. Based in London UK, we deliver world-wide and paint beautiful dog portraits based on your photos.

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