Pet Photography – Bearded Dragon
Pet Photography – Bearded Dragon. As portrait photographers we are often asked to take portraits of pets, and in some cases unusual pets.I was recently commissioned to take a portrait of a clients bearded dragons. In usual fashion I felt given the nature of the subject, simplicity was in order.
Given the remarkable detail that these animals possess I felt I did not want that competing with other colours or textures and I opted for a simple black background with a reflective black surface (Perspex) knowing it would add depth to the image.
Pet Photography – The Lighting Setup.
Lighting for this image is pretty simple, I continue to use a threesetup with key-lights being a 200x30cm stripbox on either side, slightly feathered to the front.
One might question why use such a large modifier for such a small subject. I find the long strip boxes provide a beautiful long slender catch-light in the eye that really adds dimension to the eye as shown in the close-up shot.
I also used a gridded and socked beauty dish maybe 1 stop under the key-lights directly above the camera as soft fill. The image was shot using the Canon 5DMKIII paired with the Canon 135L lens. Shot at f10 1/160th ISO100 the resulting image had sufficient depth of field to capture the majority of the texture along the length of the body.
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