Abby the Black Lab

Dec 4, 2010
I just keep staring and staring at this photo - It's beautiful. I have two black labs of my own. If this were mine, it would be blown up large and framed!
Nov 11, 2005
Westchester County, NY
I might make a criticism abbout the shot of the black labrador, It looks like you allowed the camera do decide the color of the dog without considerring that a meter is geared to measure middle gray, Except your pretty dog is black rather than medium gray. So the meter should have been underexposed by at least 1 full stop to move the exposure from medium gray which the meter defaults to to a black dog. The photo of the sweet lab in your photo made him look gray, rather than the correct shiny black of a lab's fur.

The trick when shooting a dark animal is to actually underexpose the shot. Similarly, if you were shooting a white polar bear, you would intentionally overexspose the shot to get the crittet to appear white.

Exposure compensation buttons make such overriding easy to do. When shooting a jet black lab, my starting point is about -1 to 1 1/2 stops underexposure and then chimp and see how it looks. On occassion, you might need more than 1 1/2 or less thab oen. Really depends on the reflectibility of the coat and the ligting.
May 23, 2008
Edmonton, Canada
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Thanks guys. To answer your question Terri, we were just in the back yard in the shade. No fill in flash was used. I did do some post processing using Nik software.


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