Black on Black

July 18, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

Photographing a black dog or cat on a black background is a challenge.  It is also an art.  And for me, it is a process that is always evolving.  Smithy, the resident Schnauzer pup at NixPack Pet Photography studio--and the little scruffy love of my life--is an excellent model for me to practice on.  (Yes, I just ended that sentence in a preposition).  Not only is he mostly black but he has those big, ole scruffy eyebrows and that woolly face that create an extra challenge for me when we are in the studio.  I  really have to work at getting the catch lights to appear in both of his eyes.  He also has strange pupils that tend to look mis-shapen when I view my images later.  The good news is, Smithy has started his puppy obedience classes and is responding so well to his "Sit.", "Stay.", and "Down." commands that practicing and experimenting on him is so much less difficult than it used to be and dare I even say...fun!  Sculpting light is a constant learning process no matter how experienced a photographer you are.  (Oh, there goes another sentence ending in a preposition.)     ;o)

 


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