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Mama got a brand new light

    Every year, I get myself a little Christmas present.

    This year, I went with some portable continuous lighting. I didn’t want to drop $400 on the Westcott version, because that seemed nutty, so I went with the $80 Neewer light stick.

    It comes with a handy carrying case, which I’ll never use; a remote control, because it can screw onto a tripod or light stand; and a USB charging cable.

    It has 10 light levels, brightening the room up to 5600K. The Westcott Ice Light 2 hits 5500K and the $240 Godox LC500R blows up to 8600K. I maybe should have considered the Godox because I’m finding even 5600K isn’t quite enough for outdoor spaces, but I shied away because I didn’t really need RGB colors that strobe to the sound of whatever music you might be playing.

    I started out yesterday with an indoor shot of Bella, waiting ever so patiently for her walk. In bed. Like a good Maremma sheepdog.

    Maremma sheepdog in bed
    It’s time

    You can see how nicely this little stick targets your subject and helps you isolate her.

    We then hit one of our favorite urban hiking spots in Spokane, Dishman Hills Conservancy. There’s a neat little rock cavern in the Enchanted Ravine, where the light stick helped bring Bella out of the dark.

    Bella hiking at Dishman Hills in Spokane Valley
    Out of the dark

    We made our way up to Eagle Peak, where we had a wide-open vista of Spokane in the background.

    On top of the world

    I still had to do a bit of Photoshop work for contrast and brightening, because the light stick doesn’t do much in wide-open spaces. It did, however, give her that little glint in her eyes. I just have to get used to the shape of the catchlight. It’s so different from a softbox.

    All around the circle

    Now let’s head out on the blog circle to see more light. I’m expecting some pretty Christmas pizzazz.

    Start with Pawparazzi Pet and Animal Photography presented by Shae Pepper Photography.

    At the end of Shae’s post focused on a little red truck, click the link to the next post and see where we take you.

    When you find yourself back here to festive Spokane dogs, you know you’re home.

    Right where you belong.

    And while I’m busy building a new website for Big White Dog Photography, reach out and let’s chat about a spring session for you and your pups.


    Dogs. Adventure. Outdoors. These words set Angela's heart afire. Angela Schneider, an award-winning writer and dog photographer, documents the story of you and your dog and the adventures you take together. Your portraits will be a statement piece in your home, art that will make your friends and family beg to hear its story.

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