Archive for Mar 2014

Every week a group of wonderful pet photographers are challenged with a new topic.  This week's challenge was dramatic lighting.  My studio lends itself to this type of lighting and I had a lot of fun trying out some different lighting set-ups. The first main light modifier I tried was a snoot.  A snoot physically narrows light into a small spot beam.  Doesn't that sound dramatic?  This is a photo of a snoot (photo credit Paul C. Buff Inc.). First up was princess Julie.  I lit her with a strip grid from behind and a snoot as a main light in the front (each at 45 degrees from her).  1/200 - f8 - ISO 200.  Dramatic?  Yes.  Do I like it?  No.  I don't like the harsh shadow it throws to the side of her muzzle.  So I knew I needed to try something that would still be dramatic, but provide a

This week's fun Project 52 topic is Action!  Little 4 month old Ripley came over this week for the second in his Puppy Series Studio Sessions.  I usually wear out puppies with Jack and Julie before each session in the back yard but it was too wet for that (YAY - rain in California!).  So after our session, Ripley let 'er rip with my pups.  While Jack and Julie are siblings, their personalities are quite different.  Dogs know not to mess with Julie - she throws off this 'that's enough you knucklehead' vibe.  Jack on the other hand, seems to always be wearing a 'beat me up, I love it' sign!  So beat up Jack he did, under Julie's supervision of course! You might be wondering if we had any 'action' in the studio with little Ripley!  Well, yes we did, especially when he discovered mom's cool