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Playing with off-camera flash (doggy pics!)

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Damp afternoon here and the rugby didn't grab me so commandeered the dog as a model

(Excuse to post pics of Monty)

Post edited at 22:40

In reply to balmybaldwin:

Any feed back welcome


 Si Witcher 14 Feb 2021
In reply to balmybaldwin:

There's a nice intro guide here by sean tucker to using a single speedlight for portraiture, which could give you some tips including adding in the use of a reflector/softbox to soften the light on your subject (modest extra cost), and a backdrop to cut out distracting elements behind the model (this could be as simple as a dark blanket or curtain):

youtube.com/watch?v=nuoc53wcnbc&

 Paulhesketh 16 Feb 2021
In reply to balmybaldwin:

Dogs are great portrait subjects, if you can get them to stay still.....like the photos, you have a cute pooch!

You could also look at this website, which is a great resource for learning how to use flash...

https://strobist.blogspot.com/2006/02/welcome-to-strobist.html

As was mentioned the light seems a little harsh on some; so you could use a modifier or bounce off a wall/ceiling to help with that. I also perhaps think that on some of the photos the flash would have been better positioned on the opposite side of the pooches face e.g. photo 4 & 7. For me the flash should light up the same side of the face as the camera is postitioned. A good suggestion is try and get a catch light from the flash in the eyes of the subject.

Enjoy though, it is one of my favourite things to do. Dogs are always happy to pose, for a treat!!!!!

In reply to Paulhesketh:

Thanks Both.

Keeping the sugject still was my main issue. I was playing with differnet light diffusers... some through a cloth hood, some through an umbrella and others using a cereal box to focus undiffused light.

Back ground is an issue mainly as Monty ripped and chewed my backdrop a few months ago, but also because he keeps moving!

In reply to balmybaldwin:

They're very dark. Pull up some photos on google which achieve the look you're going for and compare the brightness side by side before seeing if you can match it in-camera rather than fixing it in Lightroom. 


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