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Hi there !

Here's a tutorial explaining the way I take my rats photos, I hope it can be useful to people who would like to take photos of their pets but don't know how to create a "mini-studio".

This is the basic way to take some nice pictures. However you can add some light surfaces (such as white paper, aluminium foil, etc...) to make reflectors to improve the lighting of the scene, use better lightsources, etc...
This tutorial only shows the basic mini-studio anyone can do using a towel, desklamp, chair and other stuff that can be found in every house.

Do not hesitate to ask me if you have any question. I'll try to improve the tutorial as best as I can.

Thank you!

This tutorial is ©Diane Özdamar - 2010

If you use it, I'd love to see the result:aww:
:+fav: and comments are very much appreciated :)
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TamarViewStudio Featured By Owner May 28, 2011   Photographer

So I did a photoshoot with 3 of my rats and here is, I feel, the best shot :)

Thank you so much for this tutorial!
Imamaniac Featured By Owner May 27, 2011
This is precious. It was most helpful, thank you. :)
ahintofmischief Featured By Owner May 25, 2011   Digital Artist
This is fantastic, thank you :)
Equinox2010 Featured By Owner May 11, 2011
Awsome. Thanks a lot. I will try this during the next days.
LockedxObsessions Featured By Owner May 4, 2011
awesome tutorial, btw I love all your pics!! they are wonderful.
Faejala Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
tried it ut...more or less^^
some results: [link] [link] ^^
caligis Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I did my first "studio" photo with editing :)
Thanks for the awesome tutorial, it was really helpful!

mustang27z Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2011
This was extremely helpful. I just couldn't figure out how to get the to stay in one spot so the chair idea was very helpful! Here is one of the many pictures i got. [link] Thank you so much for putting this up!
Luska Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2011
We have dumbo rates, we just love the lil boogers. Its very dificult to get them to stay still for a photoshoot though. I can't wait until I can try some of these tips out. Thanks!
TheBurningTree Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2011  Professional Writer
Very usefull.
smallflame Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
srspibble Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Here's my turnout :)


I used another tutorial also...xD So it was a combo of the two ;)
youarenotalone2 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011
I meant RAT pics of course! Rofl

youarenotalone2 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2011
This is awesome! Thank you so much for sharing. I absolutely ADORE your pat pics!
SketchyChik Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I'll have to keep this in mind. I've been meaning to try to take some more professional looking photos of my rats.
Do you take your rat out and play with it first to get out some of that extra energy? My rats are insane when I try to take photos. Mostly trying to play with the camera, and trying to make me pick them up. They never seem interested in the set itself, even with their favorite treat.
They love me too much. Haha

By the way I really love your gallery. I just received your 2011 rat calendar, amazing quality. It is so hard to find rat related things. I really hope that some day rats are treated with as much respect as a cat or dog... They have such a bad reputation, and it is so hard to convince people otherwise, even if you tell them all the amazing facts. =(
Triumfa Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
What an adorable fatty-raty=)
chaoskitty1257 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
is there a way you can shoot without an SLR type camera? unfortunately i don't own one, but i would really love to have a photo session with my pet rats. my best digital camera is a fujifilm finepix S700 with auto focus (gawd i hate auto focus >3>). do you have any tips? thanks
nerdsharpie Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2011  Student General Artist
so damn cute :_0 I'M GUNNA DO DAT WITH MY RATS if they let me... and ones got a tumor... *photoshop it out...?*
chillgirl101 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the help on this info!!!!!!
Ami-Cat Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2010  Student Digital Artist
I'm trying this out, but can you tell me how to turn off the flash? I don't want to hurt my rat's eyes! :)
rontufox Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2010
Okay, here's what I did with your editing advice --->[link] . It was a spontaneous shot, so the set up isn't amazing, but the editing helped make it look 10x better than the original photo. Thanks!
rontufox Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2010
Thanks so much for this! I've had photoshop for so long, but I didn't know quite how to work it to its full potential. I'm definitely gonna try this on one of my rat photos. I'll give you a link when I'm done =)
da-tigger Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010   Photographer
OMG.. thank you SOOOOO much for posting this! This tutorial is exactly what I've been looking for. Can't wait to try these tips with my rats and see the results. The editing section is especially helpful, as I'm not very confident in photoshop but this is so easy to follow and will hopefully help me improve my editing a LOT. Thanks HEAPS! :D
AsiaM-PHOTOGRAPHY Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2010
OH! NEVERMIND! hah. i found out you had this tutorial! hah thanks!
gors Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2010
wow! Many thanks for explanaitions step-by-step )
abbeycrombie Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
This is awesome!!!!!
flare9299 Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2010
This is a great tutorial, ironically I'm doing Photography for my A-Levels and the fact that you're talking about apetures (I'm not sure if I got the spelling right^^;) Is very helpful also I love taking marco shots too :)
Ranshiinsitha Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Im going to try it, sadly, my camera sucks :(
TorriaMuse Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2010
Thank you so much for your great tutorial!!!
syd-f Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I beg pardon, but for me does not turn out to get this tutorial
Seelenlicht Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
This is a great tutorial, I hope I can try it, next time when I'm at home!
DianePhotos Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2010
Thanks, I hope it can be helpful then :)
Toxxistorm Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010
This is a great tutorial.

I just wish there was more shooting techniques, don't know, I always get a little disappointed when I find out that photos where shopped to perfection. I just like pictures that were from a camera and nothing else.

Either way, using a chair to hang a backdrop off is brilliant. I spent hours working on my light box and now I feel silly that I didn't think of that :P
VyaliasKryptonite Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Great tutorial! This will probably help a bunch when taking photos of my leopard geckos and mouse. Thanks!
KohanaAstra Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Awww. Now I want to take picture of my ratties
Solceress Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you :)

Your gallery is amazing ! I love it - and I see in your photos how much you love your animals :) It`s really nice :)
Czekoladowe-Ciastko Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
great tutorial!
Moon-at-Midnight Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you for the tutorial. I never understood the benefits of shooting my photos in RAW format before. I will have to try this now. Your tutorial was very clear and informative. The pictures of the Photoshop tools are very helpful.
nutka95 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I have understood part with setting the scene and shooting, but photoshop part is still a black magic for me... .__. Maybe it's because photoshop you used for example is in english, and I don't know how these options are named in my language ( my photoshop is in polish )
But I think you explained it very well for people who know english very good :)
Anyway, I think I won't make photo session for my parrot... he's moving too much, and my camera is too bad for making photos in motion. They come out blurry :<
Ulla-Andy Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2010
oh wow thanks for this i may try setting up a shoot with my rattys tonight, might give me something to do and im sure they'de love it, the rattys in the tutorial looks just like my rat Abe..
pencil-what-pencil Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2010
very helpful, i have mice and i've been trying to get clear pictures of them for ages they move so much it gets difficult
ZeroV25 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2010
Really really helpfull here o:
Lots of thanks for this tutorial :)
dafochick Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is great thanks so much!
DianePhotos Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2010
Thanks, I hope it can be useful :)
dafochick Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I suspect it will be! I just need to upgrade my camera from a Kodak easy share... Haha
Fant0me Featured By Owner May 8, 2010
C'est vraiment un excellent tuto, très détaillé et bien expliqué. Dommage que je n'ai pas de petits modèles pour l'essayer!
DianePhotos Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2010
Merci beaucoup :)
TaMiloDreams Featured By Owner May 2, 2010
very useful tutorial, love the fact, that you can click through it like a presentation....
DianePhotos Featured By Owner May 3, 2010
Thanks a lot, that was my first try at flash ^^;
TaMiloDreams Featured By Owner May 3, 2010
you are very welcome, I cannot say enough how greatful I am to learn from your expertise...
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