My first attempt  by handymaurice

My first attempt

This evening I had a chance to try out my studio lights for the first time. It took me a short while to set them so that each fired, then fired together and then had fun varying light strengths. At least now I have an idea of what to do and it is a case of practice, trial and error. Our dogs were "willing" models but demanded payment in biscuits - this is a shot of Izzie
What a beauty! Love the light and her fur looks so soft and silky
March 7th, 2016  
Great shot of a beautiful Lab.
March 7th, 2016  
Time well spent, what a lovely shot
March 7th, 2016  
Gorgeous dog ☺
March 8th, 2016  
wow.. gorgeous results.. fav
March 8th, 2016  
Nice shot! Looks like the lighting is working well!
March 8th, 2016  
Beautiful! Gorgeous lighting on the fur...the eyes! I love it! FAV :) She did a wonderful job of posing for you! :D
March 8th, 2016  
Wow! This is awesome! Fav.
March 8th, 2016  
Wonderful. You must be really pleased with this.
March 8th, 2016  
Haydn this is just perfect. Could you tell me which lights you have bought as I have no idea what to buy and would love to get shot like this of my pets and grand children.
March 8th, 2016  
Haydn you must be SO pleased with this first effort? Totally gorgeous shot both fro a lighting PoV and composition. Absolutely a Fav.
March 8th, 2016  
What a great shot! She's(?) a beauty. Something tells me that bribery biscuit is just out of frame. :-)
March 8th, 2016  
Jo
What a beautiful puppy portrait.
March 8th, 2016  
Superb shot of your black dog ---- i think you did the lighting very well in this because black dogs are not easy to photograph. FAV & following. Congrats on getting on the popular page.
March 8th, 2016  
Awesome results, the dog looks incredible, she's a beauty!
March 8th, 2016  
@dridsdale @lainey1 @lizhammond @jld29 @dmdfday @thewatersphotos @janewinfrey @tjchapa @christophercox @shepherdmanswife @365projectorgsebgritt @noko411 @joeymc @gracefullyetched Thank you all so much - I am now very pleased with the reaction to my first attempts with studio lighting. I must admit it is not as daunting now as I first thought having tried although there is plenty of work to do. This was one of about 50 shots I took and is a tight crop to remove considerable clutter from teh background and a dark mask brusshed in to remove the last stair step - Izzie is actually looking forward in this one and is not leaning forward or back to distort the image
March 8th, 2016  
@shepherdmanswife Hi - I did not think I would like the idea of studio lights but realised I was taking more and more indoor static shots. So I did a little research and plumped for the Elinchrom 400/400 D-Lite 4 RX Softbox Kit - at around £630 - it seemed just right to fit my need and skill level but have enough power to do more than the more basic versions. I was tempted to go for more power and quality (as I do with lenses) but told myself this was a journey into new territory and I could waste a lot of cash if I failed miserably. I am sure there are better kits out there and ones that may feel a little more sturdy but so far so good and I am happy. For this shot I had a softbox over my head in front of the subject at three quarters power with a second light to the rear and to the left set at a ow power level and a cheap £5 reflector to reflect light onto Izzie's chest to try to brig out the definition of her fur. I know I can improve but this was the day's shot for 365!
March 8th, 2016  
Wonderful portrait - Fav
March 8th, 2016  
@noko411 it was just above my head being held by my daughter Bethan - shortly afterwarsd she made a dive for it - knocking me and the camera over!
March 8th, 2016  
@handymaurice I think you did a great job with your kit. It is so difficult photographing black animals but you have got it spot on with this one. Thanks for the info
March 8th, 2016  
She's beautiful!
March 8th, 2016  
Stunning capture of her
March 8th, 2016  
The lighting is beautiful on this. I also like the dark green background. It all makes those gorgeous eyes sing!
March 10th, 2016  
I love this.Thanks for stopping by my project. I loved the colours and quirkiness of the sculpture and also the fact that the paint puddle formed the shape of Australia, including Tasmania :)
March 11th, 2016  
@merrelyn LOL i did not notice the shape! IT was a pleasure stopping by and will take time to have a more detailed look
March 11th, 2016  
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