Photographing pigeons is challenging!
- Clean your bird -- especially the feet. Smooth the feathers into place. Allow the bird to calm down.
- Try to avoid distracting background images.
- Clean up the "floor" area -- pick up loose feathers and poop.
- Take several shots of each bird, working to get sharp focus with good lighting on the bird.
photography is still an easy way to get great photos for use
in printing. Have your photos developed
by any photo shop and send them to us
by mail. Don't print them out on your printer at home -- they won't be sharp enough.
digital photos for a printing on paper
format like our magazine:
Set your camera on its largest resolution. On
my camera the setting is under "File" -- "Image
Size" and then I have five options.
Your camera will be different but the
idea is to always shoot at the highest or largest
you have only a small amount of memory,
this will use it up pretty fast but
it is critical in order to get photos
that can be used in a print format.
you open pictures with your photo processing
software (Photoshop, ImageEditor, etc.) leave
the picture at its full size.
If you are going to crop, don't get too
close to the bird - we need a little
extra space for design purposes.
it at the original size and original
the "Save for Web" function.**
Don't alter the resolution.
Don't accept file "Compression" if
your software offers it.
Don't print your digital photos at
home on a laser or inkjet. You will
lose even more clarity. They may look good to you but they won't when printed.
resulting .JPG or .TIF image file will
be a big file – and it needs to
be – to
get the sharpness we want in the print
those files on a disk and mail them
to us. Be sure to label your
disk with your name. Include the file
name with your ad copy so that we know
which photo goes with which description
you choose to attach them to an email
-- send them ONE AT A TIME.
can NOT use photos taken from a
website. These photos have
been processed "for the web"
they become much smaller files with
much less definition (fewer pixels
and a smaller overall file size).
They just won't work for printing.
In most cases, they can't be successfully enlarged.
have any questions about your photos
-- and we know it can be confusing --
us and we will do our best to help
you. Remember to send only ONE photo
per email, please.
If you send photo taken by someone other than yourself, you are responsible for getting their approval to have the photo used in Purebred Pigeon.