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    although i also newbie..i like to take pics of my dog too...he moves beri fast...beri difficult to capture..so i only playing ard with shutter speed...





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    here is another one





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  3. #23

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    Hi Mikoe,

    Because Flash was used, watch out for red eye.

    Also, I think capturing them with flash in action should not be too much of a problem. but without....haiz. =)

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    Quote Originally Posted by tltan View Post
    Hi Mikoe,

    Because Flash was used, watch out for red eye.

    Also, I think capturing them with flash in action should not be too much of a problem. but without....haiz. =)
    but i got use red eye reduction liao leh..dunnoe y still there
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    Quote Originally Posted by somnobulant View Post
    Hi i dunno if this is the right place to open this thread but I did a search and couldn't find what I was looking for.

    I'm holding on to a Canon S80 now (for about 3 days) and wish to take photos of my dogs. However they move like nobody's business and anyone knows how unprofessional dog models can be. hmpf.

    I've tried maxing the shutter speed but still it results in terrible photos. I keep trying for bokeh(i'm crazy abt this) but I can't get it and the only way I can achieve minimal success is when I use macro mode on my dogs when they're sleeping...

    I see some really good photos of cats and dogs around but i reckon the photographer is no newbie and is probably shooting with a dslr.

    But still, can someone give me some tips? I'd appreciate anything.
    can try to give him something to eat or standby a low view tri-pod, setup ur cam & point to places where he normaly like to hang around. sure u will capture a stunning of ur dog's life.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mickoe View Post
    but i got use red eye reduction liao leh..dunnoe y still there
    Learn to be patient and to anticipate your dogs' movements. I try as hard as possible not to shoot at night to avoid using the flash as the main light. Even if i do i would try to bounce it.

    The red eye reduction doesn't work for dogs because their iris is till pretty large and reflects alot more light than a humans one. Generally try to avoid using direct flash for dogs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ioriroger View Post
    can try to give him something to eat or standby a low view tri-pod, setup ur cam & point to places where he normaly like to hang around. sure u will capture a stunning of ur dog's life.
    Distracting with treats helps but by the time you get your tripod up theres not much time =p unless its a studio shoot. Even then I find you need to keep moving to compose the shot and the tripod is just a hindrance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by raptor84 View Post
    Distracting with treats helps but by the time you get your tripod up theres not much time =p unless its a studio shoot. Even then I find you need to keep moving to compose the shot and the tripod is just a hindrance.
    Bro,

    I was shooting with tripod that day at night. works but it depends on the movement. =) and the dog have to be elevated to higher ground. hahaha. He was sitting on a bin at Pasir Ris Park for confinement. Illuminated by the very weak lamppost of the barbeque pit. Manage to get some decent shot at f1.8 50mm. But you know the DOF of f1.8. hahaha. Will post later here once I upload them.

    Its usually more difficult to shoot your own dog as they tend to come towards you when you squat down to shoot them. So, go shoot other's dogs. hahaha. Treats works if you have another person.

    Bro Mickoe (or sis), go get a 50mm f1.8 (already out of production so grab one). Or f1.4 lagi better. Kit lens for D50 (was it that you are using) is not "fast" enough but its definitely good enough for outdoor shots. 50mm f1.8 got another added advantage of being light weight compared to the D70 kit lens but I still think its lighter and more compact then the D50 kit lens. So, handshake is minimized. Anywayz, if blur shot, just sharpen and convert to Black and White loh. Still a Keeper. A dog is never always "still" anyway. =)

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    here it is. shot with tripod using 50mm at f1.8 (narrow DOF pardon the OOF region). streetlight high above as lighting source.


    Needs improvement. But I cant shoot at too high ISO due to my camera. These were shot at ISO 600 I think.

    One blur but I like the intensity shot.


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    tltan

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    I guess the tripod does help in those cases but profided the dog cooperates I have tried to take action shots before but most dont turn out well.



    was an old shot quite sometime ago.
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    Quote Originally Posted by raptor84 View Post
    Distracting with treats helps but by the time you get your tripod up theres not much time =p unless its a studio shoot. Even then I find you need to keep moving to compose the shot and the tripod is just a hindrance.
    actually i also not using tripod, i just any how say lah(ofcoz im not as gd as u guy). but i do use flash+defusser sometime coz i think that will to freeze their movement.then set the flash about -7 to -1 depend on distance..

    abit flat.coz too powerful flash


    this use as my avatar but this one the eye got it!


    & this one focusing is abit out from the eyes.


    still need to learn more

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    I find Nikon's flash system prodices better results than canon's one actualy

    Anyway for pics #1 and #3 it would be better if you got down to eye level
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    Quote Originally Posted by raptor84 View Post
    I find Nikon's flash system prodices better results than canon's one actualy
    im not sure but i think that red eye reduction is better than canon
    Last edited by ioriroger; 2nd November 2006 at 12:53 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by raptor84 View Post

    Anyway for pics #1 and #3 it would be better if you got down to eye level
    thanks but sometime i find that is dificult for me to go down to eye level on smaller dog unless i had a low angle view finger.
    Last edited by ioriroger; 2nd November 2006 at 12:54 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ioriroger View Post
    thanks but sometime i find that is dificult for me to go down to eye level on smaller dog unless i had a low angle view finger.
    Don't be afraid to really get down if you need to. I often end up either prone down or kneeling down alot
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    Hello!

    Just like to share my attempts to take my mini schnauzer in motion. Normally I take photos of her static but this time I tried to take her running. Here are 2 shots of her playing fetch. I took her at f2.8, 1/500 sec, with tripod.



    Whew it was tough Out of 30 shots I got only about 3-4 good ones. I wanted some bokeh and to capture a clear shot of her in motion. Let me know what you think...
    Last edited by bigu2fan; 2nd November 2006 at 07:20 PM.

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    You can try repeating what you did here in a dog run. The b/g at the HDB stair well is not that good and the lighitng is definately not as good as outdoors.
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    Quote Originally Posted by raptor84 View Post
    You can try repeating what you did here in a dog run. The b/g at the HDB stair well is not that good and the lighitng is definately not as good as outdoors.

    Yah I agree, juz too lazy to try it too far from my house Will try that sometime. It'll be nice though to take a side profile of her running. But I think for me to do that needs 2 people, 1 to play fetch and 1 to take the photo.
    Last edited by bigu2fan; 3rd November 2006 at 08:31 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tltan View Post

    One blur but I like the intensity shot.


    Regards,
    tltan
    For such shots, does it mean we have to move the camera as we snap? Then do we let the camera focus it's lens before we 'follow & press shutter' or as we move, we let the camera focus, then press shutter?

    Ok i know my question may sound a bit vague but I don't know the proper terms to describe it...

    Pls advise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by somnobulant View Post
    For such shots, does it mean we have to move the camera as we snap? Then do we let the camera focus it's lens before we 'follow & press shutter' or as we move, we let the camera focus, then press shutter?

    Ok i know my question may sound a bit vague but I don't know the proper terms to describe it...

    Pls advise.
    This technique is called panning...

    You simply set a slightly slower shutter speed and follow the subject as it moves. This is to capture movement of the subject as the surroundings will be blurred by the panning movement.


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