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By AnthonyM
My two rottys, Bear and Baby. Baby is always smiling, and Bear not so much. It was a good day that they both sat for so long and so close to each other. Being from rescue and from separate homes they sometimes have trust and personal space issues. Smile

Anyway, trying out some portrait lighting with a real background. I have one light front and off to the side about a foot or so above their heads.
A second light is on the backdrop to even that out a bit.

I think I need to get a third light to bring up the dark side of their faces.
Any other hints/help on getting things to look better?
Should you follow similar rules for lighting as for people or are there special rules one tries to follow for pets?

For a first try, and less than a dozen photos I'm actually fairly happy with the result.
(Well, other than my leaving their tags on. Argh!!)

Anyway, comments, suggestions are welcome. I'd like to get something to frame on the wall... although getting the two of them together may be an impossibility.

Tags: Dog Canine Rottweiler Pets and captive animals

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johnjrp 17 432 5 Australia
20 Jun 2007 2:44AM
Like the way they are looking and the pose works well. Added a mod for fun. John
ian_w 16 22 United Kingdom
20 Jun 2007 6:58AM
First time I've seen rottweilers posing against a backdrop Smile

Works well - can't say I've ever managed to get a pet pose so long! Must be in their genes Wink
RosaB 14 61 2 Greece
20 Jun 2007 8:52AM
I am new to digital photography and just getting to grips with photoshop. I often look through the critique gallery to get tips and hints.
You mention about leaving the dog tags on. I wondered if you had tried cloning them out? If you have was it not successful? I see you had advised the next photo in the gallery about cloning and am interested to know why you haven't done it on the tags!
Hope you don't mind my querying this? I've just noticed you allow mods on this so perhaps I'll have a go myself and that will give me the answer!
I am trying to learn all the time!
I love the photo by the way well composed and two gorgeous dogs!
AnthonyM 16 428 2 United States
20 Jun 2007 10:49AM
Thanks for the mods and the comments.

I haven't tried cloning out tags on these... leaving them on is, unfortunately, a recurring problem with me. So I've cloned many others. I'm hoping I'll get another chance and remember to take them off and get some better lighting ideas next time. Smile

John, how did you do the B&W conversion? It has an unusual look. (not simple channel selection or greyscale).

RosaB 14 61 2 Greece
20 Jun 2007 3:45PM
Hi Again! after I did the mod I felt their necks were a bit bare! What about having just a small brass tag to define the neck area?
I know it's not easy to work with animals but I think it would look better with all their paws in the shot or cropping closer and having head and neck shot only?
Sorry I can't help you on lighting! Perhaps if you ask someone on here who's photos you admire if they could comment! As it's in the "critique gallery" it's not as if you are asking for clicks!
AnthonyM 16 428 2 United States
20 Jun 2007 7:21PM
Yeah, I was wondering about that as well. I forgot...
I know you're not support to chop people at the joints, but what about animals. I assume the same, but some of the areas are much longer than on humans sometimes it is hard to say what looks good. Although in this one I cropped as best possible to fit an 8x10 area. So I chopped right on the digits knowing it to be "bad". (painful, eh).

I guess I'll have to work on positioning and the platform on which they are set so that they are "posed" well. (you can't just say "hey doggie, sit up straight or move that leg. Smile )

Good suggestion as well on the requesting comments. I may do that.

Thanks again for comments.
imagio 15 12 1 England
20 Jun 2007 11:07PM
I like it the heads are the main feature..

johnjrp 17 432 5 Australia
21 Jun 2007 2:53AM
Hi Tony

I use CS2. I desaturated the picture. Made a copy and then used the 'find edges' filter (its in the 'stylize' drop down). Set the opacity to about 1%. Just play with it till it looks good. Then used smart sharpen (amount 130 and radius 0.3). That's it.

All the best. John

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