Flat Dog: Lighting setup

Flat Dog lighting setup: 60mm focal length, exposure 1/80 at f/16.

Flat Dog lighting setup: 60mm focal length, exposure 1/80 at f/16.

Lighting: This setup shot shows the lighting for the Flat Dog image in the previous post. The light is an Alien Bees 800 set to 1/16 power, with an Alien Bee beauty dish and diffuser. A silver reflector was used to camera left for fill. A beauty dish was chosen for the light source because the lighting source size and quality replicate standard interior ceiling lights well. A softbox would not provide as much contrast. The beauty dish provided a nice level of balance between providing shape and fabric detail in the toy without being too harsh, and showing the reflective quality of the stove without overdoing it.

Composition notes: The silver pan at the front was removed because it was too distracting. The cast iron pan was left on the back burner to provide another round object in the composition, and also to provide something dark to give all of the bright elements in the shot balance. Dog placement was difficult as he had a tag that I could not cut off that I wanted to minimize. The pancake stack was placed to give just a bit of separation between the dog’s ear, which is a very similar color to the pancakes. Camera position was set near the dog’s eye level, like any good pet photographer would do it. The pancake reflection in the griddle makes the stack look even taller. How many pancakes is tall enough to be funny but not overdoing it?