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Sunday, March 18, 2001

Photo Hints

Hints for taking pictures of your Scotties

  1. Use a contrasting background. Blacks & Brindles need a light background to bring them out, and Wheatens need a colorful background to keep them from washing out. See the examples below:

  2. Here you can see how Bryn disappears into the dark background.

    With the lighter background and flooring, Babe shows well.

    Notice how this Wheaten's body blends into Duane's shirt.

    See how the blue background brings out Fergie's colors & shades.

  3. Frame your Scottie well in the photo, not taking in too much or too little background.

  4. In this shot, the Scottie is too far away, and the grass could be less important.

    This is a bit too close, and we lose the ears up top.

    A very well framed Scottie, with just about equal borders all around. There's enough other objects to make the picture nice, but very little clutter.

  5. Much as you might love to do multiple dog shots, like-colored Scotties blend together in photos...

  6. These wheaten brothers look like a 2-headed dog!

    This Scottie has a head at both ends!

    However, mixing & matching works nicely.

    Or, just make sure the dogs are separate within the photo.

  7. Face shots can be a nice way to show your Scottie, as is evident in this photo of Duke.

Hints for sending us pictures of your Scotties

If you're taking pictures of your Scottie with a digital camera, send them along "as is". Don't worry about the size of the file, we'll reduce it as needed for the website.
If you're going to scan a photo of your Scottie to send us, the following guides can help.

  1. The resolution displayed on a screen is only 96 dpi (dots per inch), so you really don't need a big number for your scan. We recommend 150 dpi, so that if we need to do any enlargement or cropping, you have enough data.

  2. If you can choose the setting, Millions of Colors (24 bit) is the best way to go. This gives the most flexibility for changing the brightness or contrast later.

  3. JPG is the best file type for what we are doing. We can convert other file types, however, if you don't get a choice (or aren't sure...)

  4. Standard 3x5 inch or 4x6 inch pictures are just fine. We'll reduce anything we need to for the site. Anything smaller than 2x2 inch (300x300 pixels) is going to be hard to use.

Please send us your pictures - we love 'em all!