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have just set up a home studio in a small room - using a black (and white on reverse) muslin backdrop - I have the back drop on the ground also and am using a piece of plexiglass sitting over this.
I have 2 Jinbei EF200 LED lights and have snoots, softball diffuser and a godox 120 cm octagon softbox - my light stands only lower to 100 cm.
I am looking at doing dog portraits - head shots - showing a very black background - just looking for some advice as to the best way to set up lights for this - I assume the diffusers are not the best for this as I want to have defined light on the dogs head - so is it best to use the snoots? is there any advantage in using barn doors (which i would need to buy). Also with this i have been using 2 lights to the left and right of the dog - shining in/down on the dogs head and not on the backdrop - also have the dog as far away as possible from the backdrop - maybe 120 cm or so. The lights are pointing down as they only go to 100 cm - would i be better buying stands that allow me to point the light horizontally? In terms of camera settings - just 1/250 sec hand held ISO 2000 and f stop around f8 in order to get eyes and nose in focus (focus point on eyes)
the other shots i am looking at doing is having the dog lying (or sitting and doing full body shots) on the plexiglass to get some reflection from this.....so just wondering what lighting setup i would need for this and also whether this will be best on white or black background
i am a sports photographer so new to all this - thanks for any help!