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Dog Park photos -- Should I bring my speedlight?

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Feb 28, 2015 10:11 |  #1

Hey guys ... so, I'm meeting a friend of mine next week to take some casual, late afternoon (and sunset time) photos of her Siberian Husky. It is expected to be a milder day, with no snow on the ground. In any case, I want to take the best images I can, without dragging a ton of gear with me -- it's not meant to be ultra professional. So, my thought is to just take my camera body and 85/1.8 with me -- bump up the ISO as necessary, and leave it at that. Most of my shots would be closer, portrait style images anyway -- focusing on the ice blue eyes of the Siberian Husky. But, there is a side of me that says to bring along a speedlight just in case there is a nice sunset and I need some fill. What do you all think?

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Mar 03, 2015 14:03 |  #2

A speed light adds very light weight to a kit and as you said, you never really know when you might need it. If you were running a full kit and had no room to bring one it is easy to leave it home, but I would think there are more reasons to bring it than not. As the old saying goes, "it is better to have it and not need it, than need it and not have it!"

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May 24, 2015 11:31 as a reply to  @ sirquack's post |  #3

Shooting dogs is much different than shooting people because they don't have the range of facial expression if at all. "Personality" in a dog portrait can be brought out in many forms: getting its ears up, or its head cocked perhaps. It is crucial that you get "life" into the eyes to compensate for minimal facial expression and one way to do that is with your flash creating catchlights. I'd bring it for sure.

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