Monday was a step back 40+ years into the 1960’s for a promised themed photo shoot in the studio for a couple of hours with Neal’s daughter Leah, her best friend Kersten and with a Special Guest Appearance from Alfie aka Superdog.
With the focus on fun and not getting bogged down with technicalities things were kept nice and simple so as not to keep the stars hanging around & getting bored:
Despite the 60’s being a gazillion years before either Leah or Kersten graced the earth, both did a superb job of putting together a few clothes and props to get the kind of feel they were after (all thanks to the internet I’m sure); helped too by Neal’s iPhone blasting out a 60’s playlist and shouts of ‘Groovy’ and ‘Yeah Baby’ 🙂
The set up couldn’t have been simpler; a single Nikon SB800 Speedlight into a Lastolite Ezybox, white backdrop and the camera tethered to the MacBook Pro importing directly into Lightroom 3. Talking of tethering I’ve been doing alot more of this since the release of Lightroom 3 as the files show up on screen a heck of alot quicker than they used to, and although the LCD on the back of the D3 is great, you can’t beat having the files show up on a big screen.
I swear that if there was an iPhone App for translating Dog language I’d have got ‘WHAT YOU LOOKING AT?’ more than once…
As a rule I like to come away from every photo shoot having learned and experienced something new and this shoot was no different:
1. ‘Hanging around time’ = ‘Getting bored time’ so keep things simple when working with the ‘younger generation’.
2. Reduce your small flash recycle time by lowering it’s power and opening up your Aperture when lighting a fast moving subject eg Chihuahua’s with attitude.
3. The size of the dog is irrelevant when it comes to odour…if you know what I mean 🙂
4. Lastly and most important of all, no matter what the photo shoot ….
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