focus on rescue

Woman's Day Magazine mentions Teresa Berg and Focus On Rescue

Run out today and pick up the January issue with our article on page 98. The story of how Teresa started out and how Focus On Rescue was created.

A simple indoor portrait | Teresa Berg pet photography

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The author's dog - Flash. Rescued in 2006

The author’s dog – Flash. Rescued in 2006

We all get caught in situations where we want to photograph a pet (either ours or a foster dog) on-the-fly. I recently did this portrait in my living room with only the dog, a window, a chair, a reflector and my camera. It struck me that this simple technique for a portrait might be just the ticket for a quick photo for an online adoption listing. The pullback showing the lighting set up is above, the finished dog portrait just below it. This was shot with a 135mm lens at f2.8, iso 400.

I hope this gives you some ideas for the next time you’re photographing a dog for his online adoption listing or for an animal shelter or animal rescue group’s website. We’ve just opened registration for a DOG SHOTS Class for June 22nd. The May class filled up so fast we are trying to get one more on the calendar before it gets too hot to shoot outdoors. If you’re interested in attending, call the studio (972-250-2415) to reserve your spot? The all day class (including lunch) with live dog models is $295. It’s held in Teresa’s studio and the nearby park. Hope you can join us!

Using videos to learn pet photography

There are as many different ways to photograph a dog as there are photographers out there trying to do it. A resource that many people over look when they’re trying to learn photography is YouTube. There are literally thousands of instructional videos to help you –and they’re all free. As a side note, did you know that YouTube is the third largest search engine in the world? Yup. So next time you have a photography question that’s just driving you crazy — trying searching it on YouTube! The maker of this video has a very patient older dog, which you rarely find at the animal shelter, but his lighting is simple and inexpensive using clamp on floodlights from the hardware or home improvement store. Try it!