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the best hand painted pet portraits online!"
choosing photos to send with your order - if possible - please
I prefer you to send me - high resolution - high quality
- JPEG files! Photos over 1mb in size are ideal. If your photo
is below 500k please consider that it might be too small to
Please ensure the photo is sharp and
detailed enough, and has good lighting and composition. If
you're not sure you can email the photo to me and I can advise
if it's OK before you place your order.
realise it's possible your pet sadly may have passed away,
or you may want a very old photo used for a pet portrait.
In these cases your only option may
be poor quality photos.
Email them to me and I can advise what can be done.
is an example of a good photo to work with:
subject fills the photograph, has good lighting, and when
zooming in the detail stays sharp and consistent. This is
an excellent image to create a pet portrait.
is an example of an acceptable photo to work with:
photo is acceptable because on zooming in there is still some
details in the focal area, also the subject's head fills a
large area of the photo. However, it lacks sharpness and is
pixelated, as well as having poor lighting.
Please see if you can find a sharper
photo with better lighting for me to create your pet portrait.
is not a good photo to work from:
photo seems fine when viewed at a distance but when looked
at more closely it looks blurred. Also, notice that the lighting
and composition is not so good (the head is cropped off the
edge of the photo).
The picture possibly would have been
usable at a much higher resolution so please check that your
digital camera is on the highest quality setting so that you
can take the ideal shot.
Photos taken on a camera phone are often like this and
are not recommended.
Remember - the larger the photo the better! If it's too large
to email you can post it to me copied on to a CD. Alternatively,
I can use a photographic print which you can also post to
better the photo - the better the finished portrait!
it's worth your while
(if possible) to get good quality photos to send to me!
All my portraits are created from photographs, and actual
lab processed prints (rather than inkjet prints) are required,
unless you can email your photos to me.
I want to create a portrait capturing the true likeness and
character of your pet. This is made much easier if you can
supply me with clear, detailed photographs, with accurate
Please try to send at least two clear photos taken at eye
level with your pet preferably in natural light. Photos are
always best taken outside in natural light as indoor flash
photography can wash out your pet's natural colouring, and
Very dark or black animals can be photographed successfully
in sunlight with the sun behind the camera. White animals
work well with indirect light, say taken on an overcast day
or in shadow on a sunny day.
Additional photos are helpful, giving me an overall picture
but please indicate which is your preferred photo. Notes describing
your pets character, coat and eye colouring etc can also be
If your photo(s) are valuable you may want to have copies
made, although I prefer to work from the original. If sending
by 'snail mail' use registered post for guaranteed delivery
to me. I return all photos to you unharmed.
If you're sending your pictures by email, the resolution of
the image should be no less than 200dpi. Please send me -
high resolution - high quality - JPEG files! Photos over 1mb
in size are ideal. If your photo is below 500k please consider
that it might be too small to work with.
I may decide not to take on a commission if the photos supplied
are too difficult to work from.
I can also arrange to take photographs myself for customers
in the local Arbroath area. Call me to arrange a photo shoot.
See my FAQs for more
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