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Hug me ..



In the middle of a shoot, with the girl and the dog, Cassius, starts getting emotional and really wants a hug.

In the middle of a shoot, with the girl and the dog, Cassius, starts getting emotional and really wants a hug.
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ronjudyluv2travel PRO+
 
Great shot...love your photo description/background.

Behind The Lens

Location
Just bought a new shoot-through umbrella and was eager to test it. Luckily I have a popup studio in my living room and this was actually ideal for testing. It's one of those umbrellas with a black backing to avoid bouncing light backwards. And you can never get enough images of your dogs and children.
Time
Not that it had any influence on the outcome, it was shot late afternoon. When using flash I normally use settings that eliminate any ambient light. And this time of day the dogs are more calm and cuddly. I can't see how the umbrella performs if there are other light sources influencing the scene.
Lighting
As I wrote earlier I used a shoot-through umbrella with a closed black backing. Used a studio flash with the standard reflector to push more light forward. Even though the light gets bounced around inside, by the fabric, most of the light is more focused. Standard 45 right 45 down setup .. no need to complicate things you just got. Had another flash, without modifier, opposite the umbrella to fill in the shadows a bit. You can actually see how she is brightest, from the center of the umbrella.
Equipment
For this image I chose the Canon 7D mark II and a Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM. It's my up closed combo. The tripod was a Manfrotto MK190GOA4TB-BH, to be precise. The studio flash was a Godox QT600 II flash and a Canon 600EX-RT for fill. And the shoot-through umbrella was about 1 meter/3 feet i diameter, can't remember the brand.
Inspiration
The inspiration was really to test my new umbrella. I wanted to see how it performed with several subjects close together. 2 large dogs and a teenager was immediately available and seemed a good way to test how the modified light looked. During the test Cassius, the smaller charming dog, started cuddling the girl. This is just one of five images that together tells a beautiful story.
Editing
Besides adjusting shadow and highlights, in Lightroom, I only removed some teenage pimples and minor skin imperfections using Photoshop.
In my camera bag
My bag is always more or less fully packed. There is my Canon 7D Mark II with a Canon 70-200mm f/4, my old Canon 60D body, the Canon 50mm f/1.8II and a Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM. The latter is not especially good at one thing but okay for many things .. like a Swiss Army Knife. I have my tripod and a small bag with two 600EX II-RT and a Godox PB960 Power Pack if needed.
Feedback
Get dogs with a lot of love and a teenager. Setup a light pattern that covers a confined area either as I described our using 2 large modifiers left and right facing forward 45 degrees with TTL light sources. As for the subjects .. you can't force love.

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