Funnest weekend ever! (Large share)

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  1. zulu42

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    Re #4, it's so hard for me to pull detail out of black dogs like that. I usually end up pushing the shadows to the point it looks unnatural. Any tips?


     
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    LOVE these. Especially the crooked santa glasses in the iguana shot. Just seems so appropriate. Job well done!
     
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  3. tirediron

    tirediron Watch the Birdy! Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Yep (and I sincerely do NOT mean this to sound belittling or rude), but the trick is to get the exposure right. If you look at the right-hand C-stand in the BTS "after" photo, you can just make my light meter dangling from it. Even though I've done this for probably ten years now, and it's a VERY simple light set-up, I still check the whole scene with my incident meter to ensure that I've got it within <1/3 stop across the whole thing. That said, I still raise the blacks a hair and drop the whites about an equal amount (around 10 points on the LR slider).

    Thank-you! :) The glasses weren't intentional, but a particularly rambunctious golden lab broke them about mid-afternoon!
     
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    zulu42 No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Thank you for the insight. I have a jet black short haired dog who shows up in my photos as an ink blot :)
     
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    To clarify, you did mean you take and "incident" reading and not "reflective" reading, and is that with strobe or without? A 1/3 stop difference is a pretty flat ratio?
     
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    The cat looks aloof and the pup in #11 is adorable.
     
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  7. tirediron

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    Incident readings of the strobe exposure (you can't do a reflective reading of a strobe exposure). By "1/3 stop", I mean that the overall exposure doesn't vary more than 1/3 stop from front to back and edge to edge of the "shooting box". I do use a pretty flat lighting scheme (fill 1/2 stop below key), but that's because once the lights are in position, they stay there. I don't have time to adjust lighting or exposure, as much as I would like to some times.
     
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    Try bleaching him? :D
     
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    Excellent work as always,I have to agree on the cat in #2 what a face priceless. The only thing missing is the Cigar from the cats mouth.
     
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    I assumed you meant "incident", but thought you might be doing a reflective reading for ambient. As to the lighting scheme I keep forgetting you're in production mode, and I'm in play mode LOL
     
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    Pets and Vets? Count me in! Awesome what you did. Thank you for serving those who served! I loved the pic with Santa's glasses all askew too. I noticed that right away, and the goofy looking dog in the last pic, great!
     
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  12. tirediron

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    Yep... someone's going to pay dearly for that photo! :lol:

    I would LOVE to be able to spend as much time as necessary with each one, but... it really is production photography in every sense of the word!

    Thanks Dean! :)
     

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