Pet Photo Feedback & Prize Draw!

Phone camera images can lack the dynamic range to capture all of the blacks in a black cat

Please note this competition closed on 31st December 2019.

It’s coming up to Christmas and I’m in a giving mood. I know that although a pet photoshoot with free A4 framed print makes a wonderful gift, a lot of people love the photos they take on their phones.

Many phones these days contain high-end cameras with amazing capabilities – with the image quality often coming close to the that offered by a professional camera. Multiple lenses in camera phones mean that problems in the old brick phones like shooting in low-light conditions or difficulty tracking fast-moving objects are no longer obstacles to getting great pictures of your furbabies.

I’ve yet to come across a camera phone that can offer the same dynamic range and level of sharpness as a professional camera, and this becomes more obvious when photographs are printed, however, some simple tips to improve sharpness and composition can really take your images to the next level, and if you’re only using them on social media this lack of sharpness may well go undetected.

Professional pet photography makes black cats looks great!
A professional camera can usually pick up more detail in the range of blacks in an animal’s fur than a camera phone.

So here’s what I’m offering: submit a photograph of your pet between now and midnight on 31st December 2019 and in the new year I’ll write up a blog post offering ideas for some simple tweaks to improve the photos I receive. You’ll not only pick up tips for your own images, but you’ll be able to learn from the pictures submitted by other people too! Plus, you’ll get to read a whole blog post full of pictures of furbabies! What’s not to like? I can leave your name off the post if you’d prefer to remain anonymous.

All entries will be entered into a draw to win a free 30-minute pet photoshoot in your home, garden or on location (Sussex only). The winner will be drawn at random from the list of names entered. Just to be clear – this isn’t a photography talent competition – quite the opposite! You know that picture that you love, but you think could be slightly better? Send me that one!

There are two ways to enter this competition:

  1. Fill out this simple Google form (link removed as now closed)
  2. Email with your image attached as a JPG file*

It is important that you have the relevant copyright before you submit any pictures – don’t panic though – if you took the photo, you are automatically the copyright holder! If you didn’t take the photo, you must seek permission from the person that did before submitting it to the competition. You retain all copyright – you simply grant permission for me to use the image for the purposes of this competition. It won’t be used for anything else.

It’s that simple! If you have any questions, please get in touch. I look forward to seeing my email inbox filled with gorgeous animals!

*By sending your entry via email you are agreeing that I have permission to use the submitted image on this blog and on social media for the purposes of this prize draw. You are also agreeing that you either are the copyright holder or have permission from the copyright holder of the image.