Yesterday was my first attempt shooting a group of dogs. My ex repeatedly told me I am an extremist; I guess jumping into six dogs at once is a bit extreme. All were bassets and all belong to one family. Not the best photo but I think it is an acceptable first attempt. I did clone out the parents from the background that we helping to keep the mobile slugs in one place.
We started with the group picture; that was a good idea because the dogs were most willing to work together when they first arrived. Soon after arrival, they started taking turns napping. The owners helped me position them but I have learned I really need a trained helper.
Six bassets fill the full width of a wide roll of paper; and they ruin about 6 feet of it with footprints.
Individual pictures were much easier because I used a fabric covered coffee table. The dogs actually wanted to get on the coffee table to be photographed. Maybe it would have worked better if I have constructed a 8 ft stage for posing the dogs-it was truly a challenge to keep six bassets on the paper and facing the camera-getting them to look at me was even more difficult.
nice job, 6 dogs is an accomplishment no matter what! The only thing I have to offer is I'd like to see the "high-key" shots done on slightly reflective plexi. I think the two portrait shots would look all the more stunning on plexi, and a slightly brighter background.
That's said, I'm not taking anything away from what you did accomplish, great job in my view. . .
Quote: The only thing I have to offer is I'd like to see the "high-key" shots done on slightly reflective plexi. I think the two portrait shots would look all the more stunning on plexi, and a slightly brighter background.
Tony, interesting idea; I have seen product photography done with reflect. plexi and I have done some jewelry with same, but never pets. Any ideas how to do this (what type plexi and what color); one, the plexi will only be 8 ft wide and the 6 dogs were wider than 8 ft (well, could have been shoveled together a bit more to fit into 8 ft but then it was hard enough doing them at 9 ft); plexi would only be 4 ft deep-how to keep out the edge lines? It would be fairly easy doing one dog as they are on a coffee table; a half sheet of plexi would do the coffee table.
Tony, how do you suggest handling the massive paw prints, the shedding, the slobber, etc. Just food for thought-sometimes pet photography can have a whole host of challenges. Case in point; bassets slobber, shed hair and have huge dirty paws-even if washed that day. Lugging one into position is not to difficult but expecting him/her to stay put while I polish the plexi, vacuum or tape roll, etc is a bit much to envision.
You say a slightly brighter background, could you be more specific. I know you do not mean whiter as this is at 255; are you speaking of yellow or orange or similar.
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