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Old Jan 1, 2009, 8:49 AM   #1
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Had this in the General area for more than a week with no replies. How I do better here!


I have a business selling puppies http://mrpitbull.com/. During the winter I can not take the puppies outside to shoot their pictures. I want to setup a small studio in my basement. I have tried taking pictures with the flash on the camera and am not happy with the results. With the flash the camera is not fast enough. Using a Olympus 510. The camera leaves a lot to be desired in the flash mode (very slow, and often times will not fire at all without refocusing). Therefore I want to put up some artificial lighting in the hopes I can use the camera in burst mode without flash. I need a recommendation on the kind of lighting you would choose. Remember I will only be using the equipmentevery so often, and looking for something that will do thejob at an affordable price.

Additionally, I would like to consider getting some type of backdrop system that would make the pictures appealing. Any suggestions here wouldbe appreciated as well. Ihave considered building a small (4'x4') platform and filing it with a layer of rocks for the puppies tobe photographed on. I suppose Ican shoot downward and only have the rocks visible in the pictures, as is the case with some on mywebsite. Any ideas here as well. I am sure as you look over my site http://mrpitbull.com/you will know doubt have other suggestions looking a my photos.Letting everyone know, don't be afraid to hurt my feelings with suggestions, I know I am an amateur.

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Old Jan 15, 2009, 10:27 PM   #2
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hey man, awesome site! and beautiful dogs!! do you know a guy named shawn who owns true tank kennels here in the new orleans area?

first of all, if you are not going to use the equipment alot, there are some very inexpensive lighting kits on ebay that will work. now when i was in dallas i stopped by cowboystudios.com, i had seen their promotions on ebay, and just wasn't too sure about their products. well i couldn't use them, becasue i shoot quite a bit and would probably burn them out, and there are no replacement parts or warranty. but the kit was like 400 or so for 4 lights, stands, unbrellas, softboxes, 2 backgrounds, and stands. for what you are talking about, that may not be a bad setup. good luck, john
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Old Jan 15, 2009, 11:01 PM   #3
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Thanks for the love on my dogs! I'm sorry I can't place shawn. I tried to find his site, yet couldn't.

I will take a good look at the setup you suggested. Appreciate it.

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Old Feb 7, 2009, 10:27 PM   #4
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Hi Mr. Ranger,

I just purchased a set of lights in ebay for about 100.00 (SP2700 Professional Photo Umbrella by Square Perfect) and I am very happytheir results.

I wanted to go with continous lighting because it would be the easiest on a beginner to test the lighting w/o an incident meter or anything. It will take about 15 minutes to set up my lights from bag to shoot. My background setup will take about that long as well. I don't have a background covering yet. Going to do the cheap thing and play with using old sheets and using some art paint to see if I can make my own back drops. Remember tho, its not about the background -its about the dogs.

Just a plain colored spotlighted background will make the darlings pop I would bet. Maybe a rock garden to stand in ---- Maybe some props. A wash tub - a chair - carpet -

I would surf the google and look at other sites that have photographs of puppies and get ideas for your set up. Here's some I saved for myself )





Good luck!

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Old Feb 7, 2009, 10:36 PM   #5
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Learning Mode,

Thanks a lot friend! Very helpful info. I really appreciate the Links.
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