Tulsa Digital Photography Group Finds Shelter A Challenge

posted March 10th, 2012 by
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On Saturday, March 3rd, the Tulsa Digital Photography Group met at the Tulsa Animal Shelter on North Erie for a club shooting.  The Tulsa Digital Photography Group’s charter is to provide a platform for improving the photography skills of its members, which range from beginners to professionals.


The group met at 10:00 a.m., and member Bob Foshay gave some basic instructions in the techniques he has learned from photographing the animals at the shelter for TulsaPets Magazine on a weekly basis.


A total of 14 photographers participated in the event.  They went into the different kennel areas and practiced the techniques.  They all encountered the same difficulties involved in this particular shoot.  The yellow of the cages, the foreground of the fence, the moving subject and the difficulty of balancing all of that with dark colored animals proved challenging.


Research from various shelters around the country prove that providing the best photographs possible of shelter animals aids tremendously in the chances of those animals being adopted.


Following are some samples of the great photos they captured that day.


By Aaron Sheppard

By Amy Elizabeth

By Roberta Peake

By Bobby Acree

By Deborah Viuf

By Sunny Archibald

4 Responses to “Tulsa Digital Photography Group Finds Shelter A Challenge”

  1. Rudy says:

    Maybe by doing this shoot, there will be some interest in the group to volunteer with the dogs/cats at the shelter. They had a volunteer program I’m not sure whether they have it anymore or not but it would be a great oppurtunity for shutterbugs to hone their skills with the pets and give them a much better adoptable appearance.

  2. Steve says:

    There are a number of other shelters in the metro area that would love to have the exposure and TulsaPetsMagazine.com would love to publish the pictures. Anyone interested? Contact: http://www.tulsapetsmagazine.com/contact-website/

  3. As someone who’s been photographing shelter dogs and cats locally and around the state for over three years, I can tell you it makes a HUGE difference in how they appear to potential adopters. The one thing to remember if you’re going to photograph shelter pets is this: it’s ALL about the animals. If you’re not comfortable photographing pets or you don’t have a good connection with them, I strongly suggest not trying to “hone” your skills doing this particular service. Shelter dogs and cats are in a stressful environment, most don’t have the love and interaction our more fortunate pets do, and the last thing they’re interested in is being still for a photo shoot. It takes a tremendous amount of patience, time, and “whispering” to make the animal feel comfortable so their true personality shines through.

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