About a month ago I took some pictures of a little Black Labrador puppy of my friend. I think at this time the puppy was about 2 months old. He was so cute! It was in early Fall. We were lucky to still have pretty warm weather and a sunny day. It would be best to photograph the dog early in the morning, or maybe later during the day, but the only time my friend was available for this photo session was around noon, so the worst possible time to photograph, especially a black dog. At this time of the day, when the weather is sunny, the light is very contrasty and the shadows look even darker on a black dog.
So what I had to do was to take the dog into a more shady location, when the lighting was a bit less contrasty and to work with my flash to fill in the shadows a bit.
I think it is harder to photograph black animals than those with lighter colours since some details can disappear in shadows, specially in contrasty lighting.
It was not an easy task to photograph this little dog, but after all I was able to get some nice pictures. It was also challenging to have him stay at the chosen location and looking interested enough and in the direction of the camera. We tried grabbing his attention by showing him some toys and making noises he might be interested in, but as with small children, he was easily bored or distracted.
He wanted either to run around most of the time, and didn’t want to stay in one place, or he was getting tired fast and then falling asleep. We have to stop once to let him sleep for a bit.
I took a few pictures of him with his owner and then many just of the dog. We got an idea to photograph him in a basket, so this also made it possible to keep him still at one location for a bit longer. Then I thought why don’t add a few Poinsettia flowers, so we can make it into Christmas greeting card. I think this idea worked quite well since the basket and the red of the flower were contrasting nicely with the dog’s black fur.
Here are some samples from this photo session. I hope to photograph some more animals in the near future. They are sometimes not easy to be photographed, but interesting to work with and each session is different.