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Ccope
 
Ccope February 25, 2016
Love the new take on the woman in a scarf ubiquitous photo!
andrewlent
 
andrewlent January 13, 2017
This is an awesome photo looks just like my rescue dog
Wieselblitz
 
Wieselblitz January 14, 2017
Thank you!
korinna PRO
 
korinna February 21, 2018
Those faces of your dog's are unbelievable :)
tiina
 
tiina September 28, 2019
So beautiful.

Behind The Lens

Location
The shot was taken in my studio in Hildesheim, Germany. I'm a professional photographer specializing in pet portraiture. My studio and equipment are all adapted to the work with animals.
Time
The Exif data tell me that this was shot as 12am. But since it was shot in my studio, the time of day was not too important. It was shot in March and probably still colder outside. This is my own dog who is used to being photographed in the studio and therefore he's not anxious or too excited. When I shoot model dogs in my studio, I make sure it's not too hot. I often switch off the heating to make sure the dogs don't overheat as they are usually a bit nervous when they are in a new situation.
Lighting
This was shot with one flash light, a speedlight with a square softbox from front. I put a reflector under the chin of the dog to make sure there are no shadows under the chin. My dog is very noise-sensitive. He once got scared when I used new equipment on a flash coming from behind. Sometimes it's little things that might unsettle the dog. Therefore, I tend to use very simple equipment, only one flash, the silent mode on my camera and the flash is set to low power to make sure the noise is kept low.
Equipment
Camera: Canon 5D Mark III Lens: Canon 100mm f/2.8 macro No tripod Speedlight Reflector
Inspiration
My dog is one-eyed. I don't mind that and he doesn't neither. I have lots of pictures of him showing the whole face with the one eye missing. I think he's absolutely beautiful. But as he's got only one eye, he doesn't mind when something is in front of the missing one. Therefore, he stays cool and relaxed when half his face is hidden. I use this for pictures as it gives for some special portraits with a more "surprising" element.
Editing
I always clone out loose fur and I darkened the background a bit. Furthermore, I used a bit of milky black as I like the effect and it makes for a softer look of the picture.
In my camera bag
The picture is a bit older, therefore, it was still shot with a Canon, but I’m a Fujifilm X photographer now and my current equipment is this: - Fujifilm X-T2 (my bread and butter camera) - Fujifilm X-T20 (the one for having with me all the time) - Fujifilm X-Pro2 (offers wonderful quality; I miss the tilting display, otherwise it’s great) My lenses: - Fujinon XF 10-24 mm f/4 (for the occasional extra wide shot) - Fujinon XF 16mm f/1.4 (I just love it; super fast, super sharp, my favourite wide-angle lens) - Fujinon XF 16-55 mm f/2.8 (versatile, sharp, my studio lens) - Fujinon XF 35 mm f/1.4 (my first Fuji lens; it’s a great allrounder for portraits and landscape shots; slow and noisy, though) - Fujinon XF 50 mm f/2 (wonderful portrait lens) - Fujinon XF 90 mm f/2 (my preferred portrait and action shot lens) - Fujion XF 50-140 mm f/2.8 (this one is versatile and great for action shots; it’s bulky, though) I love the x series for it’s compact design and user-friendly features. It leaves nothing to wish for regarding quality. It’s a way of life. Just can’t be bothered anymore to run around with my bulky dslr equipment. Flash: - Jinbei HD-610 SS equipped with an octabox
Feedback
The absolute basics in dog photography is to know your equipment inside and out as to not miss a moment by fiddling with your camera. What's super important is to know how to motivate dogs, make sure they enjoy being photographed. Try to meet lots of dogs. Maybe your local shelter could do with some pictures of their pets looking for forever homes. Get to know different characters and personalities. With every dog you meet you learn something new. Every dog is unique and special in character. That's the fun thing about pet photography. And the most challenging aspect, too. Make sure the sessions are short and fun. Reward frequently and praise the dog for being a patient model. Adapt your approaches to the individual dog. If the dog is too scared to be photographed with flash, use continuous light or shoot outdoors. For Ioli here I use only one flash on low power, the silent mode on my camera and lots of treats.

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