I love the look of Black Velvet backdrops but I have been warned, and have found them to be extremely hard to light. Using my german shepard Elsa as a model, here is the finished project of today's learning assignment. I am still not happy with the lighting and would like suggestions on how to better light the subject. Although I also have a color version of this project, I chose to go with the black and white version. Elsa's white patches are mixed with black and gray making her coat against the black backdrop a tad bit weird. I will be happy to provide a color version should you need it to help critique the lighting. Thank you in advance for any suggestions.