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2007-04-19
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SHOOTING A PET HOTEL

OK so this one's going to be a challenge.  Just took on a pet hotel job.  If you're not familiar with these.. You basically drop your dog off in a suite, which is bigger then my office I might add, for $150-$200 a day and your pets are pampered while you're away on vacation.  Flat screen tv's, Jazz music oriental rugs, the works.

So here's the deal.  They have a common area for the pets.  Although I won't be photographing in the general population area I will be shooting above it on the balcony.  Did I mention this shoot is all indoors?

So there will be dogs everywhere jumping around.  Lots of motion.  Any tips on how to shoot this and not have blurry dogs everywhere?  Because it's indoors the shutter speed can't be as quick as if I was outdoors in the sun.  Anticipating a fair amount of photoshop work on this one.


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Hi Oldboy

What about using a higher ISO value and shoot raw images so you can compensate for the lack of exposure?? You can also try using a lower iso value eg f 5.6

If it was me, I would also take multible pictures at the same exposure. That way you have more pictures to choose from if one contain a blurry dog.

If you have the opportunity, bring a laptop to check you images while you are on location. That might very well save you a lot of time in the end.

You could also try to convince the pet hotel that the images will be best if there are no animals. Emphasize that they are selling exclusive surroundings for their pets and panoramas witout disturbing elements as animals will be the best way to to keep focus on luxrious surroundings. If they really want to display animals, offer them to take a couple of still pictures of the animals playing, or beeing pampered, and use these pictures to create a slide show that you implement as a part of the tour. That way you will get the best combination. Panoramas to display the interior design, and show the exclusiveness of the hotel, and snapshots of animals beeing pampered. I actually think it will streghten the message and effect of the tour.

Let us know how it works out, and please post a link to the tour when you have finished it :o)

Best regards

Morten


Best regards

Morten Andersen
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Leave the blurry dogs in. It will give the impression of happy dogs. I did a shoot once where the family cat kept walking around. The final pano had the cat in it 3 times. The owner thought it was cool.
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Emarts, Oh I'm sure they'll be 10 of the same dog running around by the time I get done .

Morten, I actually haven't delved into the whole raw photo thing yet.  My camera does shoot it though.  If fact it appears to have a feature where it will shoot raw and jpg at the same time resulting in two photos per click. 

I'm thinking of asking him to remove all the dogs.  Doing a bunch of shoots of the room and then bringing the dogs in next and shoot again.  I'm thinking I'll end up with two sets up panoramas one with dogs and one with out.  I'll then mask out around the dogs and paste them into the panorama without dogs.  The end result should hopefully be a nice composite.  A lot of work, but the end result could be good.


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Here's the finished virtual tours.

http://www.doghotel.net/videos.html


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