Epic dog photography

Posted by David Travis on 10 Feb 2019

Epic dog photography

I'm a great fan of Kaylee Greer's style of dog photography: the photos tend to be taken low down, close, with a wide angle lens and with off-camera flash. I wanted to see if I could create the effect myself.

Kaylee's photos tend to be taken in wide, epic locations with a mountain or sea in the background. Because this was just proof of concept, I did it on my garden patio instead.

I set up a mini-studio and put the ever-patient Cara on a low wall. Here's a set up shot, without Cara.

Set up shot.

Canon 5D Mk III with EF 16-35mm f/2.8L lens at 21mm. 1/250s, f/7.1, ISO 100. I'm using a beauty dish with a Godox AD600 strobe. After the first few shots, I lowered the beauty dish.

The first shots were OK but there was too much shadow below Cara. Here's an example.

Canon 5D Mk III with EF 16-35mm f/2.8L lens at 17mm. 1/200s, f/18, ISO 100.

Canon 5D Mk III with EF 16-35mm f/2.8L lens at 17mm. 1/200s, f/14, ISO 100.

I dropped the beauty dish down lower for these next shots.

Canon 5D Mk III with EF 16-35mm f/2.8L lens at 17mm. 1/200s, f/16, ISO 100.

Canon 5D Mk III with EF 16-35mm f/2.8L lens at 17mm. 1/200s, f/16, ISO 100.

Canon 5D Mk III with EF 16-35mm f/2.8L lens at 17mm. 1/200s, f/16, ISO 100.

Canon 5D Mk III with EF 16-35mm f/2.8L lens at 17mm. 1/200s, f/16, ISO 100.

Canon 5D Mk III with EF 16-35mm f/2.8L lens at 17mm. 1/200s, f/16, ISO 100.

I love the look of these and I'm looking forward to trying it again in a more epic location. All I need is a volunteer to carry my flash gear.


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