Moody lighting for powerful portraits
For any studio photographers out there, who else uses more dramatic lighting to create more of an atmosphere in their images?
I tend to be quite experimental with my lighting and cover a variety of styles and poses to get the best out of the dog.
Maximus was this humongous but incredibly soft and gentle giant. I wanted to show off the power and coat of the German Shepherd breed by positioning my light to create more atmosphere.
Using two strip lights either side of the dogs I was able to highlight the fair hair from the ears and outline the body shape whilst capturing a depth of shadow that accentuated the shape of his face. The background is a Crimson paper roll but allowing a bit of space between the background and subject the light bled less so I managed to get a deeper Burgundy Red with a subtle vignette.