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Basil
14th March 2009, 09:46 PM
Spent an hour or so taking some photos of the dogs in the livingroom today. Bloody nightmare trying to get them to sit still, eventually gave in and waited for them to calm down before getting these:

1
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3651/3354814602_9635274b1a_o.jpg


2:
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3216/3354827798_6b815b7a08_o.jpg


3:
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3465/3354859614_6df866304f_o.jpg


4:
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3572/3354052849_9a47666ba8_o.jpg


5: Sad Eyes
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3566/3358212952_813b62ea6f_o.jpg


6:
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3437/3357394331_696b9e801a_o.jpg





Not used the camera in a while, was good fun! :)

Gary.

brotymo
14th March 2009, 09:51 PM
those are wonderful. Your dogs are precious and you are an excellent photographer. I'd be interested in knowing the lens/F-stop/settings/lighting arrangement you used in those. I have a Canon 40D and a couple of decent lenses...just need to figure out how to use it to the fullest.

rosiesmum
14th March 2009, 09:56 PM
Absolutely adorable :lotsaluv: - especially love the last one

Basil
14th March 2009, 10:08 PM
those are wonderful. Your dogs are precious and you are an excellent photographer. I'd be interested in knowing the lens/F-stop/settings/lighting arrangement you used in those. I have a Canon 40D and a couple of decent lenses...just need to figure out how to use it to the fullest.



Hi,

Thanks for the kind words! Used a Nikon D3 with 24 to 70 f2.8 lens. I used F8 with ONE flash pointed at a white ceiling at a slight angle. 200/s.

The key to the simplicity of these shots is obviously the clean background. I used a Calumet Background Support and large roll of white paper.

Let us see some photos when done, its easy peasy with a tiny bit practice :)

Gary.

Basil
14th March 2009, 10:08 PM
Absolutely adorable :lotsaluv: - especially love the last one


Aww ta, they say WOOF WOOF (think it means Thanks in doggy talk)!

harrysmum
14th March 2009, 10:14 PM
What gorgeous pictures of your gorgeous dogs! :)

Brian M
14th March 2009, 10:14 PM
Hi Basil

I am reading and reading and snaping but I am miles behind ,your photos are superb and definately pro quality and the Cavs are brilliant .:)

Basil
14th March 2009, 10:15 PM
Hi Basil

I am reading and reading and snaping but I am miles behind ,your photos are superb and definately pro quality and the Cavs are brilliant .:)

Happy to help in any way I can, it is really a doddle I promise.

Gary.

Phoebe
14th March 2009, 10:16 PM
Beautiful photos, thanks for sharing them :razz:

merlinsmum
14th March 2009, 10:18 PM
Spent an hour or so taking some photos of the dogs in the livingroom today. Bloody nightmare trying to get them to sit still, eventually gave in and waited for them to calm down before getting these:

1
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3651/3354814602_9635274b1a_o.jpg


2:
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3216/3354827798_6b815b7a08_o.jpg


3:
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3465/3354859614_6df866304f_o.jpg


4:
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3572/3354052849_9a47666ba8_o.jpg



Not used the camera in a while, was good fun! :)

Gary.


Love them all :)

Brian M
14th March 2009, 10:24 PM
Hi again

Got my 85 mm F1.4 and the little sigma but still waiting on the SB 900 ,what software do you use and can you expect to get any where near your quality with a D80 but might get shortly a D300 ,so with inferior equipment can you still get reasonable quality pic without going up to your quality corker of a camera D3 ,I only mess around with elements 7 ,or is it knowledge of how to use what you have .Your pics are certainly an inspiration .
Thanks again

Basil
14th March 2009, 10:35 PM
Your camera will do EXACTLY the same as mine with regards to this style of shot. Same flash as I use too, an excellent unit.

Here is what I recommend you do. Use either the 50mm or the 85mm, and use them both at f8.



Create a clean background, if possible, a background which extends from under the dogs feet, to human head height without any folds (I use a roll of paper with a sweeping curve upwards, hung on a frame)
Put the SB-900 on, and point it at the ceiling, keep it on default TTL settings
Stick the D80 in manual mode
Choose F8 and 200th of a second
Compose the shot, focus on the eyes and fire

The flash should bounce of the ceiling and create a nice diffused light. If the photo is not popping out at you, and perhaps a little dull, increase the power of the flash (bottom left button on the SB-900).

If you do that, with the right background, you will have shots very similar! Very little editing is required, however I use the bundled Capture NX2 software (Nikon), and sometimes Photoshop. Usually just to clean any dust and give a sharpen due to RAW mode softness.

Gary.

stacy710
15th March 2009, 12:51 AM
You take AMAZING photos!! They are just beautiful. I especially like the last one.
:snap:

Basil
15th March 2009, 09:04 AM
You take AMAZING photos!! They are just beautiful. I especially like the last one.
:snap:

Aww ta :) I wish I had time to take photos of them all day, sadly I don't :( Want to get plenty with Baxter as a pup though, never got as many of Basil as I would have liked.

Gary.

*Pauline*
15th March 2009, 06:25 PM
Your pictures are absolutely fabulous. :thmbsup:

vikki
15th March 2009, 07:10 PM
OMG, I told my hubby after seeing that last picture where the dogs are sleeping in each other's arms that our little girl just might need a brother or a sister. very cute

Basil
15th March 2009, 07:29 PM
OMG, I told my hubby after seeing that last picture where the dogs are sleeping in each other's arms that our little girl just might need a brother or a sister. very cute


Do it! :) Basil never has a dull moment now, they seem inseparable. Best thing ever getting the 2nd dog, they are never bored.

Gary.

Love my Cavaliers
15th March 2009, 08:17 PM
I love the freckles on both of their noses. Basil is being so tolerant of little Baxter - letting him crawl all over him! And I agree with you Gary - even though I have four right now, I don't think I will be without at least two dogs ever again.

Louise1823
15th March 2009, 08:30 PM
Your babies are just gorgeous! I love the last picture especially, looks like they are giving each other a hug.
Their eyes look like big watery saucers too - so cute :lotsaluv:

Mom of Jato
15th March 2009, 10:01 PM
Great pictures!!! They are both absolutely precious...I love their freckles. :luv:

Basil
15th March 2009, 11:15 PM
Thanks guys,

Took a few more this evening.

5: Sad Eyes
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3566/3358212952_813b62ea6f_o.jpg


6:
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3437/3357394331_696b9e801a_o.jpg

He is a sweetie.

Gary.

SamT
16th March 2009, 07:31 PM
Wow those pics are wonderful. They are very good sitting still for you. My two would end up play fighting with each other ha ha.

Basil
16th March 2009, 07:48 PM
Wow those pics are wonderful. They are very good sitting still for you. My two would end up play fighting with each other ha ha.


Don't worry I had the fighting to contend with. Lots and lots of patience required!!

Gary.