Recently I bought a new Vizsla puppy named Leo. I decided to take a few portraits of Leo in the studio and I put them on Facebook. They became my most liked images of all time. Yesterday I went back to the studio to create a video on how I did it.
Leo is currently 9 weeks old and he is usually pretty wild. To capture these shots I figured out a few lessons right off the bat.
1. Put the puppy up high so that he can't wander off
2. Put the puppy on something that you can easily turn so that you don't have to continue to move the puppy
3. Use a macro lens so that you can focus on tight shots
4. Use strobe light to freeze the puppies motion
In this video I created 3 different scenarios. First I simply used a Profoto B1 and dish with a grid to light him up. Keep in mind that a similarly sized softbox with a grid would create a similar look. The key is to get as close as possible to create super soft light that still accentuate all of the puppies fur and wrinkles.
For the second shot I used a Alienbee ringflash. Once again I got the light as close as possible to Leo to create some interesting flat light with significant falloff.
For the final series we used a piece of Plexiglas and a bit of honey to get Leo interested in licking. I used the same grided dish to get some funny looking shots.