You will remember me telling you about our new arrival, Sam, in last week’s post. This week I want to share his foster portrait which I believe carries a beautiful and moving message.
The photograph came out really well and says a lot about Sam and his journey. He has transformed from a bony and scratched guest to a happy youngster. He is settling in gaining more confidence every day and this confidence has meant I can get close enough to take some lovely photos.
This image shows Sam enjoying a stroke while he laid on the window bed in his foster room. It reflects him as he is now, in transition to a forever home, relaxing and knowing he is safe. Sam’s neck fur may still be straggly from his vet visit but he is enjoying plenty of safe and quiet time before his meet and greet with his potential forever home people.
Foster Portrait Tip
If you aim to take a shot like this yourself, it’s worth remembering that people automatically look at the eye when they view a portrait. Keep the eye in focus as much as you can. Introduce your foster with a shot focusing on theirs eyes and get peple to enter their world as they transform from stray to safe.
Your screen or viewfinder may have marks to guide your focussing, so check your manual for information about ‘setting focus points’. Sam’s eye area is as sharp as I could get and there is a ‘catch light’ that gives the whole photo warmth and life. I aimed my focus point at Sam’s eye and took the shot.
I was quite close for this picture because I was using my 50mm lens as well as stroking Sam so I am quite pleased he came out!
A catch light is a light source that causes a highlight in a subject’s eye in an image.They are also referred to as eye lights. The technique helps to draw attention towards the subject’s eyes.Wikipedia
One thing before you go.
When you look at Sam’s photo, how does the size look? On some smartphones my photos are coming out very small so I am doing a couple of tweaks so improve their size.