Book Review of
Dog Photography for Dummies

“Dog Photography for Dummies” has a clear mandate – to give simple, workable steps which move your dog’s photos from snapshots to portraits.

Kim Rodgers and Sarah Sypniewski co-founded Los Angele's Bark Pet Photography. It was named LA's best best photography business of 2011 by the CityVoter Los Angeles HotList.

The instructions are easily understood, and though I have had a digital SLR for the last 10 years, the book taught me several excellent new techniques about how to improve my canine photography. For example, for the first time I understand how to use light exposure and shuttle speed to better focus a correct shot. Check out the Contents at a Glance, below:

The authors understand the complexities of the canine psyche and give us "dummies" clear instructions on how to pull the best out of every animal. 

A minor point: it’s recommended on page 30 to use the RAW format rather than JPEG, but the chapter concerning processing photos doesn’t mention formats, and how to process the different types.

The authors do extensive volunteer work at local animal humane societies and give detailed instruction on how to photograph shelter animals. An excellent idea!

Any book review of dog photography -- or for that matter any other review -- should also point out also any negatives of a volume. The authors have also fallen into the current fad of considering animals small furry children. They don't use the word "owner" but ""guardian", and refer often to "Fido's humans". That's too bad, and will date the book if not corrected. This concept also feeds into the agenda of animal extremists like PETA and HSUS who would like animal rights to be considered on a par with human rights and eventually outlaw all animal ownership. Check out PETA and HSUS and Canine Legislation Basics.

"Dog Photography for Dummies" is a solid and clear cut instruction manual that should take just about everyone's dog photography up several notches. Ignore the "furry human" aspect, or even better, let the writers know how you feel.

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