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What do you use for Pet Potraits?

 
Guerry ­ Dalrymple
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Sep 26, 2008 18:08 |  #1

What lens do you use for pet potraits? Do you approch lighting the same as for people portraits?


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Sep 26, 2008 18:23 |  #2

Lighting, yes. Lenses - 24-70, 70-200 or (if out of range for the 24-70 and too close for the 70-200) 24-105. I mostly do environmental, hence the lens mix.


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Sep 27, 2008 18:25 as a reply to  @ Jon's post |  #3

Home work - Lenses - Prefer to use the 50L, but nifty or 85 1.8 will do me fine. Lighting - prefer natural light (hence the 50L), but will use flash, provided its bounced off a bit of cut out plastic milk bottle I have strapped to the back of my flash and the flash pointing straight up.(beats a stofen, hands down)

For shelter work, I use either the above arrangement or, for the more scared furries, one of the zooms in my sig. I don't use flash at all in shelter, I figure the poor buggers are scared enough.


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Oct 11, 2008 18:40 as a reply to  @ deci's post |  #4

By far, my best pet portraits are from my "nifty fifty" f/1.8 lens. Check out my pics on Flickr if you'd like to see them. I only have that lens and a crappy Sigma 28-105, so I tend to leave the 50mm on there most of the time.


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Oct 13, 2008 17:34 as a reply to  @ rushnp774's post |  #5

Another vote for the 50 f/1.8! I use it almost exclusively for any kind of portraits. My Flickr page has some pet shots taken with it (link in siggy).


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Oct 27, 2008 17:06 |  #6

And yet another vote for the nifty fifty!


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Oct 27, 2008 17:15 |  #7

I used the nifty fifty for some close ups of some kids this weekend. Nice and sharp but the bokeh looked like crap.


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Oct 28, 2008 00:36 as a reply to  @ queenbee288's post |  #8

I once used a 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lens but have shifted to a 24-70mm f/2.8L for studio work and a 17-55mm f/2.8 IS lens for outside work.

In the studio, I like two old White Lightning 500 "Coffee Can" units bounced into umbrellas. One from directly above using a white umbrella and one from camera position using a silver umbrella to get detail in the animal's coat. I have more sophisticated lights but, I like the quality of the White Lightnings for dogs, especially white dogs.

I don't use a tripod but will usually sit on a roller desk chair so I can move around but be at the level of the animal.

Outside, I use sun with a 420EX or 550EX (depending on which is on my camera at the time) for fill lighting.

By the way, I use the white stuffed animal for lighting and exposure tests so I am set up and ready to go when I have the dog in front of my camera.


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Nov 08, 2008 19:05 as a reply to  @ RPCrowe's post |  #9

I use my Tamron 17-50. Sometimes I try to keep distance though and use a canon 70-200. This allows my cat to ignore me better.




  
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Nov 08, 2008 19:49 |  #10

uphillslide wrote in post #6650043 (external link)
............ This allows my cat to ignore me better.

First time I heard of a cat needing any help to ignore someone:lol:


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Dec 24, 2008 23:12 as a reply to  @ deci's post |  #11

Actually...

Actually, just bouncing a flash often does the trick, especially for those photo opportunities which are fleeting. My wife is a neat-nick... Everything has its place but, the only things she doesn't mind lying around are my cameras. I keep two set up in different rooms for opportunities like this...


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Mar 28, 2009 10:32 |  #12

24-70L, 50 1.4, 85 1.8 are all good ones. Even the canon macro lenses are great for portraits.


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Mar 28, 2009 19:44 as a reply to  @ cincojoe's post |  #13

I'd forgotten all about the 60mm e-fs


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Jul 06, 2009 17:01 |  #14

nifty fifty definitely gets the job done for me.


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Jul 13, 2009 01:06 |  #15

As a lens I use the only one I have a 35-80mm f/ 4.0 -5.6.
For lighting it all depends on how much time I have to do it or if I have pre-setup.
IF I have a will use one light and shoot it through something, at the pets eyes to try to get a "glow" in them. Like this:

IMAGE: http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2629/3681229600_e17ceeeba8.jpg
If it is a spot of the moment thing I will just lose natural light as seen here:
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