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French Kiss Bulldog

She came in with a big Bullmastiff male. Turns out that she is the bodyguard :-)

She came in with a big Bullmastiff male. Turns out that she is the bodyguard :-)
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Eduardbetz PRO+
Eduardbetz Jan 07
Great light and details ! Congratulations !
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martinwerge Jan 08
Thank you so much!

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This is shot in my home pop-up studio / lighting playground.
It was around midday. Some friends needed photos of there Bullmastiff, both inside and outside at sunset, and Daisy here was the bodyguard.
Since Daisy has a lot of energy I thought it best to confine her to a smaller area and make lighting easier. This decking is normally a backdrop but on top of two pallets it was a floor. Used a 120x80 cm softbox directly above the floor, facing down, with a Godox QT600IIM flash head. Manual power setting on the flash.
Used a Canon 7D Mark II with a Sigma 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM .. easier to get in close and move fast freehand. Used a Godox X1 trigger for the Godox QT600IIM flash.
Daisy has a character and personality that wants to be photographed. The ears, her eyes and that super long tongue, along with the colors of her coat .. I knew that I would get at least 75% usable images with that setup.
Changed the temperature in Lr to Daylight and enhanced the iris color.
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.
Create a scenery that restricts the dog's movement, not restrained, but limited. Setup lighting so that it covers the area or most of it. If you use side light or front light I suggest that you try using TTL to get a fairly balanced light anywhere in the scenery. If you light from the top use manual flash settings. Use pallets or anything that gets the dog up from the ground and give you better movement. Use a background and decking that empathises the dogs color.

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