So I recently got myself a pair of Cactus V6ii triggers to that I can use off camera flash more easily in HSS (High Speed Sync – basically I can use a faster shutter speed when using my flash) these triggers work on a radio frequency so I don’t have to be in line of sight of the triggers which is ideal for when I am photographing in woods or if I want the flash behind or to the side of me. I also got myself a Neewer softbox flash defuser.
I have followed a lot of amazing dog photographers on instagram and am really inspired by the results that they get when using off camera flash with a softbox and want to do some similar photographs myself.
I briefly tested the triggers out inside and over the weekend at the bike park but wanted to do a proper test of them paired with the softbox, so I set everything up and grabbed my ever willing model and went into the field behind my house to try things out properly.
The set up
My Sigma EF630 flash mounted on one of the Cactus triggers and in the softbox
Cactus V6ii HSS Trigger
Neewer softbox – I love this thing ❤
Travis providing the stability
Once I had set up in the field my beautiful puppy dawg joined me, we were out shooting just after 7pm which at the moment is in the golden hour just before the sun sets. Unfortunately there was a fair bit of cloud cover so the colours weren’t as vibrant as I had hoped but I am very happy with my results 🙂
I edited the RAW files in lightroom and then removed some road signs in Photoshop to clean the background up.
I am so happy with the images I got, they came out exactly as I hoped they would (which doesn’t usually happen). I am excited to get out and use this new gear for more photos and hopefully with some more models, now I’ve got the setup I want I am going to try and pursue dog photography a bit more as I love it so much. #dogsrule
For Christmas Tim got me a studio starter kit with 4 lights, softboxes, modifiers and a backdrop. Its such a great starter kit and so one day when it was really quiet in the workshop I decided (much to Skylar’s disappointment) that I was going to test everything out 😀
I set up a white backdrop along with 2 of the lights which I fitted the softboxes to. I also took some props with me – 2 sets of fairy lights and a gorgeous throw that Tim’s mum got us for Christmas which actually really matches Skylar well! I also used my flash gun on camera and bounced the light off the ceiling for extra light.
I first set up with Skylar on the floor laying on the throw, though she didn’t like this much so I moved her chair in and covered that and she just went to sleep!
Once she was settled on her chair I played with multiple exposures in camera. I photographed the fairy lights out of focus on a black background first and then took my second shot of Skylar. This took a fair bit of trial and error in order to not cover her entire face with fairy lights! (I’ve started following Brandon Woelfel on instagram which inspired me to play around with the fairy lights)
I had a really good time playing with new techniques and using continuous lighting. Its great to just be able to move a light and see straight away the parts of the picture it will effect. Defiantly going to get a load more props to next time!
So as the title suggests this post is all about photographing our four legged friends. As it is spring time all the beautiful flowers are coming out, in particular my favorite flower the bluebell. I really love these beautiful flowers so the aim was to find a lot of them and try and get some snaps of the dogs in them.
It took a little walking around to find a patch big enough for what I wanted but I finally found some. Then it was a case of carefully walking through and around them to get my photos. I went a couple times with Skylar to get the photos below.
I then borrowed a friends dog in a different location to get some portraits of him. It was great to work with another dog, especially one as relaxed as Alfie. Skylar has to do a lot of running before she stays still for an length of time – hence the tongue in all her photos!
For all of these photos I used my 80-200mm f2.8 lens. I love this lens so much, it gives such a beautiful blurred background and is pin sharp (when I get my focusing right!).