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Photographing Black dogs (and cats)

 
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Feb 14, 2011 12:42 |  #16

I know what you mean about it being hard to get a picture of a light and dark dog together. We have one white dog and two black ones. Going to try again today. I will post pictures if I get any good ones.


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Mar 02, 2011 07:38 |  #17

Crystal W Photography wrote in post #11815076 (external link)
Use a gray card.
The camera only sees 18% gray. Which is why, whites (snow) and blacks do not come out white and black, it's comes out grey.
Focus the camera on the gray card, remove card and shoot your subject.

That's OK advice about metering in general, but it doesn't help the specifics of getting detail on a black cat or dog. Can you post some sample shots where this helped you?


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Mar 02, 2011 07:59 |  #18

AntonLargiader wrote in post #11941257 (external link)
That's OK advice about metering in general, but it doesn't help the specifics of getting detail on a black cat or dog. Can you post some sample shots where this helped you?

It's not just an exposure issue, it's also a light placement issue. The detail in black fur is going to be from highlights from direct reflection, on white fur it's going to be from shadows.

Light; Science and Magic covers this, it's an awesome book..


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Mar 03, 2011 08:22 |  #19

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it is even harder when your other dog is a light color..

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Mar 03, 2011 09:53 |  #20

I shoot a lot of black dogs, a lot of black and white border collies. I really want it to be be overcast and I expose to the right everytime, if not you lose all the detail.

Windpig is dead on, that book is excellent.

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Mar 16, 2011 17:47 |  #21

Nicely exposed, Vince. Here's black on white. In manual, I set ISO at 800 to suit fast action on an overcast day and f/4 to blur the background a bit. Then, in spot metering, I aimed at a gray fence post, and used the main dial to get the camera's suggested shutter speed. 1/750 was OK for action shots. If not, I would have adjusted ISO, aperture, or both. I snapped a trial shot and saw on the LCD that the image seemed exposed OK. The light remained the same 'till my fingers got cold, so I just fired away whenever the action was promising, without changing the settings.

My conclusion: Whenever the light will be the same for a while, Manual is easy to use. It works for black dogs, white dogs and pink dogs with polka dots, in snow, on the beach, anywhere. As long as there is an 18% gray to meter off.


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Mar 24, 2011 10:52 |  #22

Pretty animals!


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May 02, 2011 15:22 |  #23

I typically shoot on manual. .. often use a fill flash or bounce card. .. but the following images were shot (quicky candids) the other day without any fill.. and (I got lazy), shot them on AV. I usually run everything I shoot through Lightroom though. .. it makes a decent shot a good shot. I'm sure I added some fill light to these in Lightroom.

I've got a portrait sitting tomorrow on a black lab. I plan to use a bounce card and/or fill flash though. I'll try to show the differences in the shooting styles when I get the pix processed.

This is my 21 mo. old GSD Ellie. .. shot in the late afternoon. (you want to avoid mid-day sun)

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Jun 04, 2011 23:13 |  #24

I have this same issue. I get great shots of my yellow lab, the black one not so much. If I get a good one I feel like I just lucked into it.


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Jun 05, 2011 06:56 |  #25

What about when the beast seems to be a little disgruntled!


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Jul 02, 2011 20:50 as a reply to  @ Ricardo222's post |  #26

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Jul 16, 2011 04:44 |  #27

Hi. I read somewhere that you must expose for the dog and use exposure compensation on the plus side. Background will overexpose, but dog/animal should be clear.




  
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Jul 21, 2011 17:20 |  #28

A black dog I photographed at the weekend.

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Jul 28, 2011 20:19 |  #29

I learned a lot from the book "PhoDOGraphy": http://www.amazon.com …ctures-your/dp/081742718X (external link)

She devotes an entire chapter to photographing black dogs. #1 advice: fill flash.

Many of the shots on her web site made it into the book. www.kimlevin.com (external link)




  
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Aug 02, 2011 19:46 |  #30

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A black dog I photographed at the weekend.

Your dog must have the same hair-dresser that I use! It takes me hours to get that "carefree" look!:D


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