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Woody

Doggy photoshoot yesterday

Yesterday evening my camera club held a practical evening focusing on flash portraiture. I took along the dogs as willing models, here's the best of my efforts:













Had a big problem with white-eye in a lot of the photos, obviously from my built-in flash. Any suggestions how to avoid/correct this?

As ever, comments and criticism welcomed!
TreVoR

When I took photos of my dog in poor light, I used an off camera flash in conjunction with the built in one.

Woody

I should have explained better! We used a light box to the left of the model, and a diffused flash at 45 degrees to the right, the diffused flash triggered by the built-in one (at least it was supposed to be). I don't yet have an off-camera flash yet, I think that's the next thing from the want list.
Boxer6

Woody wrote:
I should have explained better! We used a light box to the left of the model, and a diffused flash at 45 degrees to the right, the diffused flash triggered by the built-in one (at least it was supposed to be). I don't yet have an off-camera flash yet, I think that's the next thing from the want list.


I think at least part of the white-eye is down to whatever was used as a distraction, causing the eyeball to raise too high in the socket.
The built-in (pop up?) flash on the camera is quite fierce and not at all adjustable in my experience, and so useful only in quite limited scenarios. This not being one of them it seems!

I have little experience in flash usage, but perhaps an even more indirect flash plus reflector is the way to go? Some tin-foil sheet taped to a board works well according to Practical Photographer.
Clunes

Rather than use the 'naked' pop up flash as the trigger stick a bit of developed film over it.

This will reduce the trigger flash output but should still trigger the off camera flash.
TreVoR

My camera has flash compensation and it took some toning down of the flash and altering of the ratios to get the desired result.
Eff One

Your collie's expression is priceless: what on earth are you doing??
Big TC

For me, a pic of a pet has to focus on the eyes, which in turn needs a point of reflected light(catch light?) in them to make them look interesting. (See SpecB's pic)

They need to be looking on the same level as the camera, if not looking directly into the lens.

However, I am NO expert on studio/flash photography!

ps Is the 2nd dog down the same as the pic of the puppy you won a competition with, only grown-up?
Woody

Big TC wrote:
ps Is the 2nd dog down the same as the pic of the puppy you won a competition with, only grown-up?


She's actually the pup's grandmother - she's 12 in May, doesn't look bad for her age!

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