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Camera House : Better Pictures 9
Feature Pet PORtRAItS and happy, and wearing jeans and dog-slobber makes me far happier than a suit and heels!” Indeed, Liebke confesses she has always had an affinity with animals. “I’ve always had pets of various descriptions at home, looked after neighbour’s pets when they were away, and of course, initially photographed them on my little Hanimex,” she says. “The things in life that make me happiest are animals and photography. A job marrying the two is my dream. It really was a ‘Eureka’ moment when this very simple idea finally hit me. I thought, ‘Why have I never thought of this before? It seems so obvious’.” Of course, shooting animals is not without its challenges. According to Liebke, establishing a rapport with the animal is the foremost factor. “It is imperative they feel comfortable with me and the camera. I’m sure you would find a stranger pointing a large, black machine at you very intimidating! I believe animals can sense who likes them, and I have experienced time again animals that willingly come to me or sit next to me or on me after their owners have said ‘oh my pet doesn’t like strangers’ or ‘my pet only comes to me’...” Still, photographing animals has other unique hazards. You can wind up “rolling in poo” for one thing. “Dog, duck, donkey...It’s all happened,” laughs Liebke. “ When I’m in ‘the zone’ I’m far too engaged with the camera and pet to check where I might be rolling. I always keep a change of clothes in the car...” They don’t get much tougher than this all weather camera from Olympus. Waterproof, (10m) shockproof (2m) and able to withstand temps of -10 degrees, this camera can capture your furry friend at play in all weather conditions. OlymPUS tOUGH tG-810 WHAt’S IN THE pET KIT... • NIkON D300 • NIkkOR 50mm F/1.8 LENS • NIkkOR 85mm F/1.4 LENS • SB90 SpEEDLIgHT • pOLARISINg FILTER • LENS cLOTH • SquEAkY TOY, pET TREATS If your pet’s into dishing out some rough and tumble, then the cOOLpIX AW100 may be just the camera to capture all their action. Waterproof, shockproof and freezeproof it can withstand extreme conditions and shoots wonderful high resolution 16 megapixel pics at the touch of a button. Another great, tough camera from the folk at panasonic. Waterproof to 12m, it’s also freezeproof, dustproof and able to withstand a fall from 2m. It packs a 12.1 megapixel sensor alongside a 28mm-128mm wide angle 4.6x optical zoom lens for great versatility. pET FRIENDLY CAMERAS NIkON COOlPIx AW100 PANASONIC lUmIx DmC-Ft4 13 012_Bpics9_Pet_v3_corrected.indd 13 5/06/12 10:34 AM
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