It is Jack and Julie Project 52 time! In conjunction with other pet photographers, we take on a weekly challenge, all post our images and then link to each other in blog circle. I am regularly inspired by the wonderful work of my colleagues! This week we all focused on indoor photography. I love using light modifiers of the electronic kind – flashes and strobes, but I held back this week and went au naturel !
I can’t imagine an indoor image of Jack and Julie that did not somehow include our bed, our BIG bed, and good thing it is big because all 150 pounds of these pups somehow manage to worm their way on the bed each night. As they are shedding machines, our bed always has a light colored sheet on top. I figure if I can’t see the hair, it isn’t there! And people wonder why I have gold carpet? Ok, I digress … here are Julie and Jack on their bed, I mean our bed.
My favorite spot to see them when I arrive home is sitting on our front window seat. They love to watch the world go by!
This last image is a perfect example of an image where I would have normally utilized off camera flash to properly expose the pups and the bright exterior. No extra light presents challenges! Metering on the pups would have resulted in a blown out exterior scene and metering on the outside would have resulted in very dark dogs. Instead, I took five bracketed exposures which I merged in Photoshop utilizing Pro HDR processing. HDR (High Dynamic Range) processing allows for proper exposure of images where the range of light is too great to be captured in a single exposure – like this image of Jack and Julie! Properly exposed portions from each image are combined to end up with one well exposed photo. Many HDR images look very contrasty and artificially bright, but they certainly do not need to be! Here are two examples from the bracketed set. Can you see how neither of them would have worked?
Now let’s see what other pet photographers produced indoors! Click on the link at the bottom of each post and follow the blog circle around the world until you end up back here! First up is Blue Amrich Studio in Massachusetts. Happy circling!