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Dec 08, 2014 11:29 |  #16

I think you are going to be severally limited by your space. As you can see from your shots, your are not able to get all of the trees or all of the dog in the same shot. You might get by if you are able to get smaller trees.
If I have pet shoot, I try to get at least a little of the background in the shot. In your above shots, the tree tops are cut off and even the paws at the same time.
The issue you will have as you mentioned is your 85 is WAY to long for that space, and the 18-55 is going to give you some serious distortion issues if you go wider to get everything in the shot.
It is almost a case of needing something like a garage to get your shots set up the way you would like.


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Dec 08, 2014 14:28 as a reply to  @ post 17319283 |  #17

For better depth of field you really need to get as far back as possible. In my old similarly sized studio I would be only a few inches from the back wall.

You will still have trouble and may need to shoot wider than you like to get everything in focus and then crop the results. Or you will need to consider fewer props that would fall outside of your depth of field.


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Dec 09, 2014 07:41 |  #18

I can get it all in the shot. My issue is doing that while keeping everything in focus. Seems when I do that I have hard time keeping the eyes in focus. Any pointers for that? Luckily I have a wide door right in front of where my backdrop is so I can step out of the room while still shooting. Of course this might change once I get the strobe for more lighting?




  
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Dec 09, 2014 08:21 |  #19

here is one..


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Dec 09, 2014 08:35 as a reply to  @ Bgill1215's post |  #20

You need more powerful lights, strobes or speedlites should get you more depth of field. But your use of the small room asma studio is causing you otjer issues. Shooting so close with a wide lens is giving you perspective distortion. The dogs head appears larger than it should in relstion to its body from shooting down too close with a wide lens. Thats not flattering people or dogs.




  
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Dec 09, 2014 10:05 |  #21

hmm..I'll have to mess around today some. I didn't notice the dog head thing.. but I still don't see it lol. I think a lot of it is I am using my glasses to take/edit photos...instead of my contacts. with my contacts my view finder is better focused. with my glasses the view finder doesn't go down far enough.




  
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Dec 09, 2014 10:09 as a reply to  @ Bgill1215's post |  #22

Its a subtle thing but its what makes the fiffrence between an okay photo and a good photo.




  
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Dec 09, 2014 11:35 |  #23

hmm...Is there a lens I would have better luck with? with the amount of space I have?




  
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Dec 09, 2014 11:51 as a reply to  @ Bgill1215's post |  #24

No. Its the distance thats the problem. its tied to the lens only because its the lens you have to use from that distance. If you back up with a wide lens the fistortion hoes away, but the frsming is loose. Look at the tutorial below. It shows it in a human face but the effect is more prominent with dogs and long noses.

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Dec 09, 2014 12:06 |  #25

how big should a home studio be? minimum? I mean this is what I have so it'll have to do. but just curious.




  
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Dec 09, 2014 12:11 as a reply to  @ Bgill1215's post |  #26

Ideally you subject should be 6ft from the backdrop, maybe less for fogs but not much. And then enough room to work so 20ft would work on the long side and wide enough to work a 9ft drop snd lights so 14x20 or so.




  
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Bgill1215, have you read this book (external link) yet? I recommend it, based on what you're doing and since you're asking anent the proper equipment.

Regarding space, my 'studio' is 20 x 9 ft. In this space I really can't do full portrait shots (of people) with lenses that won't introduce distortion, unless I slapped my subjects against the background, which would cause all kinds of problems.


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Dec 09, 2014 13:14 |  #28

Just a thought, but do you have a garage that you could use instead of a spare bedroom? Should give you that 20' depth and a higher ceiling. Would also negate people wandering around the house, but then there is the bathroom issue.


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Dec 09, 2014 13:18 |  #29

gonzogolf wrote in post #17322764 (external link)
Ideally you subject should be 6ft from the backdrop, maybe less for fogs but not much. And then enough room to work so 20ft would work on the long side and wide enough to work a 9ft drop snd lights so 14x20 or so.

I'll agree that 14x20 gives a fair amount of flexibility.

I don't have a dedicated space that size, but I can shove furniture out of the way in my living room to make a space that's about 12x12, then shoot from the front hallway that gives me about another 10 feet of distance to the subject.

I generally don't have strangers come over to use this space, though.


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Dec 17, 2014 04:13 |  #30

I might have to see about using living room, i'll see how much space that gives. I think the space I have in the spare bedroom will work for newborns and some pets. Got the new lighting. Husband surprised me, wasn't even expecting it. I have to play around with placement and such but here are few quick shots I took.


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