Guide Dog Photoshoot – Tuesday 26th July 2011


We had another photoshoot this afternoon as part of the creation of next year’s calendar for Guide Dogs Northern Ireland.
First off was Dotty with her handler, Eilish. Dotty was a very quiet and obedient dog which gave Harry no grief. She was a black Labrador. A large proportion of the shots were of Eilish and Dotty together. There were some really good portrait shots, and of course great close-ups of the dogs’s face. The last shots were of the family group.

Later we had Sarah with her charming little boy, Shobby, and dog Nemo, a golden Labrador. Shobby was really the centre of attraction with his blue shirt and brightly coloured schoolbag. He really wanted to be in every shot!
Again a variety of poses were shot although Nemo looked a little bored by the whole affair and just wanted to lie with his head flat on the ground, thus the majority of his photos were in that mode.
As a final set Sarah, Shobby and Nemo walked slowly across the set to give a shot showing them on the way to school.
Harry used his new Canon 60D with 18-135 lens. I was impressed with the sharpness. Unfortunately DSLRRemote did not recognise the 60D so we used EOS Utility Remote which was just as good.

Perhaps we will see some of the photos on Wednesday night.

Photo Shoot – Guide Dogs for the Blind – 19th July 2011


Harry Watson arranged another photo shoot of Guide Dogs for the Blind calendar today.  By comparison, it was a very quiet shoot compared with previous sessions where we had 6 week old puppies to cope with.   We had only one dog today, a black labrador, who, it appears, we shot for last years calendar.  She was the puppy who had her paw on the collection box.

She has turned out to be the best behave dog we have had in the studio.   Julie, her handler and mum, Ann were with her.  It turned out that Julie is an accomplished musician.  Harry took shots of her playing the bourdon, flute and penny whistle.

Apart from photos for the calendar, Julie wanted some shots for her forthcoming CD cover.   Her preference was for a silhouette of her with the whistle.   Basically we used only the backlight on the white backdrop and tried face on and side views.   There were some great shots as a result.   We experimented with a flashgun and a snoot made out of rolled up magazine, to put a concentrated spot of light only on Julies hands and whistle.

No doubt Harry will show some of these photos tomorrow (Wednesday) night.

As an interesting aside, we couldn’t get DSLRRemote software to recognise Harry’s new Canon 60D, so we resorted to a humble Canon 5D Mk II for our tethered shooting.

We also encountered some problems with the white backdrop winding mechanism.  I think it needs a closer look at by our own Nowl Maitland.