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My phone is so old it's steam driven so the camera is not brilliant. My "Good" camera is a Nikon DSLR but inconvenient if I'm working my dogs, so usually I use my Cannon Ixus pocket digital. It's not got the adjustment that the Nikon has, so maybe thats why I stick to yellows! 🤣
 

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Good point :) I so love Baymax hues, but at the same time black are so damn pretty too.
 

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That's a great shot though! :)
I am very passionate about photography and am going to read a few resources on how to better take pictures of people with dark skin tones. That might give me some hints applicable also to dark Labs.
 

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That's a great shot though! :)
I am very passionate about photography and am going to read a few resources on how to better take pictures of people with dark skin tones. That might give me some hints applicable also to dark Labs.
I wish I had more time for it, I've got a fairly decent DSLR and that's the only reason I get some good photos, no real skill on my part.

What a great photo
Thank you.
 

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Years ago I had a 35mm Russian Zorki 4 rangefinder, their version of the Leica. I had 35mm, 50mm and 135mm lens for it. I roo the day I got rid of it. Far lighter than a DSLR it went all over the country with me to motorcycle races. Brands Hatch, Silverstone, Mallory Park, Olton Park, everywhere. Then somebody said I should get an SLR so I brought my first Nikon. But 35mm film cameras were overtaken by digital. I brought a little pocket digital and found it quite useful so brought my Nikon DSLR, primarily because it would take my Nikon SLR lens. But I doubt it's been out of the house 20 times. I can tuck my little Cannon Ixus in my pocket. It takes up no room, weighs nothing. The camera on my phone is quite frankly rubbish, but then, the phone was only a freebee when I took out the cheapest mobile contract I could find so what could I expect?
 

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This is the problem with DSLRs, they are quite big and bulky. I had the Canon AE1 which, in it's day, was a good piece of kit, first came out in the 70s and I bought mine in the 90s and it was still a very good camera. But then digital photography has taken over, and the amount of amateur photographers suddenly setting up businesses is astounding. But then you can take 100s of photos and one or two might look really good.
 

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This is the problem with DSLRs, they are quite big and bulky. I had the Canon AE1 which, in it's day, was a good piece of kit, first came out in the 70s and I bought mine in the 90s and it was still a very good camera. But then digital photography has taken over, and the amount of amateur photographers suddenly setting up businesses is astounding. But then you can take 100s of photos and one or two might look really good.
Makes me feel old all the techie modern digital photo stuff, still got a canon sat in a drawer somewhere 😄 I only take pics on the mobile these days and it's not got a great camera but here's a pic of Jas now 5 months
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Makes me feel old all the techie modern digital photo stuff, still got a canon sat in a drawer somewhere 😄 I only take pics on the mobile these days and it's not got a great camera but here's a pic of Jas now 5 months View attachment 26757
A lot of camera phones these days are pretty good, I know my work one is, my personal one not so much as it's an older model.
 

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My boy 🤣🤣
 

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My phone is so old it's steam driven so the camera is not brilliant. My "Good" camera is a Nikon DSLR but inconvenient if I'm working my dogs, so usually I use my Cannon Ixus pocket digital. It's not got the adjustment that the Nikon has, so maybe thats why I stick to yellows! 🤣
We previously had a chocolate girl who was very dark
So hard to take nice photos of her compared to our current yellow pups.
 

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I enjoy my photography and one of the first things I said to my wife after we adopted our black lab x was that he’d be hard to photograph! I’m still learning how best to expose different kinds of shots and I’ve not had the additional difficulty of having to capture a pale dog too.

If you have a light background or other subjects it’s always going to be tricky. There’s a lot you can do with post processing that helps, but it’s a fine balance between being able to see details in light and dark areas while keeping it looking natural.

I’ve had a quick tweak on one of the above photos (hope you don’t mind) in Lightroom to pull out some of the details in Django. This was just by adjusting the general settings of the photo, you can go much further by treating different parts of the photo differently.

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Wow so many kindred spirits out there :)

Also my first camera, proudly bought with my first own money, was a Canon AE1. Then bought quite a lot of lenses in the following years.
I grew up with my Dad being a great B&W photographer, keeping quite as a mouse in a corner of his dark room as he developed his films and exposed his prints.
Also my first paid job was as an assistant to a pro photographer specialising in studio still shots for commercials. Leartn a LOT with light and attention to detail.
Some 20 years ago while recovering from surgery for a month in bed I switched to digital and frankly never had regrets.
And there goes buying new camera bodies and lenses :)
I do have some firm principles though, amongst which what Gibworth has done: you apply any correction to the whole image. Aside from the odd removal of crumbs around my kids mouths ;) I never touch pixels. If you do it's fine but to me that's not photography anymore but digital art, an entirely different domain in my opinion.
I don't quite subscribe to the "shoot 1000 pics and one might come out good" though. I stil strive to shoot when I think time/situation/light is right.
There's only so much digital tweaking you can do and thre's no tweaking that will make an ugly photo a good one.
Quality is a weak indicator to me. You see tons of perfect but boring and bland shots because the technology is very advanced but those pics are seldom great IMHO.
Communication is the purpose of good photography to me. The message. Not the pixels.
Ok enough is enough ;) After all this is a Lab forum not a photo one, right? :) And I can't even speak this arcane language properly ;)
You all take care.
 

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Rhuna, my FCR always seems much easier to photograph, perhaps the longer coat just catches the light a bit more.
 
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