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Terry Jennings
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/18/2006
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How to Photograph a Black Dog


I have been asked to take pictures of a black poodle with black eyes! Does anyone have any suggestions as to what settings I should use and/or if I should use a flash? The pictures will be shot out-of-doors in late afternoon sunlight.


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5/6/2011 7:43:02 AM

 
Josh Voyles
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/21/2011
  If you're metering off the dog, I'd suggest exposing 1 stop below what your camera recommends to prevent him from coming out grey. If you need to use flash (shouldn't unless you are facing the sun, you can use a flash diffusor.) But of course with digital...you can experiment!


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5/6/2011 1:16:31 PM

 
Terry Jennings
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/18/2006
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  Thanks Josh, I really appreciate your help.


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5/6/2011 1:45:35 PM

 
Bob Cammarata
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/17/2003
  When confronted with high-contrast scenarios such as this, try to position yourself with the sun behind you and meter something neutral in the same light that's falling on Fido.
Metering green grass works well to get a good shutter speed/aperture combination but it's always wise to bracket exposures, even with digital equipment. Just be sure your neutral element falls in the same light.
(If the sun is really bright, pray for a passing cloud.)


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5/6/2011 3:31:25 PM

 
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