Saturday, January 21, 2012
Dog Blog Post #573: Today's Daily Dog Challenge assignment of:
81. Soft Light - Take a photo of your dog using soft light today.
Our Daily Challenge - Jan. 20, 2012 - "Oriental"
112 Pictures in 2012 - "Souvenir or Memento"
... was the perfect opportunity to try out a Christmas gift - a studio in a bag. All in all, it went well, although would it have killed them to provide a few words of instruction???
Not a scrap, not a hint.
Thankfully, assembly was idiot proof (as I was able to assemble it) but correct deployment? I admit to being totally lost. So I nudged things here and shifting things there until it kinda looked like my mental picture of what such a setup ought to look like, based on... well... nothing, really.
Probably pictures seen on the odd photography web site I might have passed through at some time.
Of course, I still have no idea if it really is.
I must stay, though, it did create lovely soft light. For all pictures here, I also added the Speedlight on the camera with the Black Foamie Thing and pointed it at the ceiling. Camera was on the tripod, fired using the remote.
For every shot, except the ones right above and below of Zachary, I added +1 EV (upped the flash) to brighten things up.
And if you made it this far, here's what the setup looked like.
The bag came with a black and also a white backdrop, and a cool stand (some assembly required, of course) to hang it from, but I can only tackle so many new things at one time and I didn't want to freak Henry out with Yet Another New Thing.
Oddly enough, the boys showed no signs of caring about, or even noticing the umbrellas or the stands.
Thankfully, the lights are CFLs and put out almost no heat, a boon for the summer and one less safety hazard to worry about around the fur-kids.
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