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Great Dane portraits - first attempt with studio lights

 
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Mar 05, 2008 10:28 |  #1

I recently bought some studio lights and these are a couple of my first attempts at portraits. Big learning curve with these. C&C appreciated. Sorry these are small. Haven't quite figured out Lightroom correctly yet.

Cleo - age 7+ years - very desaturated red/magenta

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Lily (daughter of Cleo) - age 2 years - B&W conversion

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Mar 05, 2008 10:36 |  #2

I think the main issue is simply choice of background color. For black dogs, you need lighter grey (or something that will turn into that when converted). Black just loses them in the shadow and white is too harsh (too much range).


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Mar 05, 2008 10:38 as a reply to  @ TheHoff's post |  #3

Gorgeous Danes.but I agree with Hoff.they get lost in ther BG.....Smoke grey I have seen used and it is standout.


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Mar 05, 2008 10:48 |  #4

Thanks for the advice, guys. These were actually intended to be "out of the shadows" with the black background done on purpose and with the dog emerging out of the darkness with the highlights defining the shape -- sorry should have included that in my original post. I've done this type of portrait before, but only with a ton of PP. These were intended to start out that way.


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Mar 05, 2008 10:54 |  #5

Ah in that case I think you should bring up the black clipping so you lose all detail in the background.


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