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black_cat
(11.06.2008 23:43:14)

hi all!

love the pictures here, so beautiful!!

I have a good digital camera, definitely not high-end, but it does the trick.. I also have two frisky troublesome all black kittens, which im having a hard time snapping good photos of..
any tips on getting good photos of black cats?
i have pretty good natural lighting in my house but under artificial light, the photos turn out either whited out or too dark....

thanks!

Black cat :)


petar
(12.06.2008 00:02:01)

Photographing black cats is really tricky. In many cases the photo became underexposed or overexposed as you said. You can get better results by chanching the metering to "Spot metering".
But if your camera don't have such a thing, you can "fix" the photos with a simple trick:
See which areas are more - white or dark.
The next thing you have to do is to set the exposure of the camera to -1 if the white objects are more, or +1 if the dark objects are more.
Take a test shot. See the result. If it's too dark, increase the exposure. If it's too bright - decrease it.

I hope I was helpful. Try it and share the result with us. I know it request a lot of playing with camera, but when you get the idea you'll be very pleased with the result.

I will love to see some of your photos here :)
Petar


black_cat
(19.06.2008 22:35:52)

thanks!! i'll give it a try and let you know!


deci
(24.07.2008 09:02:48)

If your camera has the capability of exposure bracketing, you should try that. Put it +/- 1 stop and you should get at least one that's useful. You may have to do a bit of work in post processing to bring up the shadows and lower the highlights. but at least this way you get a much closer starting point.
HTH :)


deci
(27.07.2008 12:11:41)

An example :-
Picture taken in bright sunlight, in kitchen window
# Camera Make = Canon
# Camera Model = Canon EOS 30D
# Picture Orientation = normal (1)
# Exposure Time (1 / Shutter Speed) = 1/25 second = 0.04 second
# Lens F-Number/F-Stop = 28/10 = F2.8
# Exposure Program = aperture priority (3)
# ISO Speed Ratings = 100
# Original Date/Time = 2008:07:14 12:04:54
# Shutter Speed (Exposure Time) = 1/25 second
# Aperture = F2.8
# Exposure Bias (EV) = 0/3 = 0
# Flash = Flash did not fire, compulsory flash mode
# Focal Length = 70/1 mm = 70 mm
# Colour Space = sRGB (1)
# Exposure Mode = auto bracket (2)
# White Balance = auto (0)
# Scene Capture Type = standard (0


petar
(28.07.2008 00:33:46)

nice example :) thanks from everyone


deci
(28.07.2008 17:18:27)

Thank you sir, I just realised the OP asked for artificial light examples/advice........... Ive probably got a couple of examples......... but the basics are, up the ISO, use low powered, bounced flash (if you have to use flash). If you can get by with natural light use bracketing, if you can, like I suggested above


deci
(05.08.2008 10:17:38)

I'd forgotten I'd said I'd put an artificial light photo, so here it is

EXIF
# Camera Make = Canon
# Camera Model = Canon EOS 30D
# Exposure Time (1 / Shutter Speed) = 1/250 second = 0.004 second
# Lens F-Number/F-Stop = 5/1 = F5
# Exposure Program = aperture priority (3)
# ISO Speed Ratings = 200
# Original Date/Time = 2008:02:10 20:15:53
# Digitization Date/Time = 2008:02:10 20:15:53
# Shutter Speed (Exposure Time) = 1/250 second
# Aperture Value (APEX) = 4643856/1000000
Aperture = F5
# Exposure Bias (EV) = -5/3 = -1.67
# Max Aperture = F2.8
# Metering Mode = pattern / multi-segment (5)
# Flash = Flash fired, compulsory flash mode, red-eye reduction mode
# Focal Length = 60/1 mm = 60 mm
# Exposure Mode = auto exposure (0)
# White Balance = auto (0)


The black in the middle of her head is a bit burnt in, but I'm fairly pleased with the rest of it.


petar
(14.08.2008 17:11:29)

I'll join deci with some of his pictures. Perfect exposure!


deci
(15.08.2008 09:29:19)

Thanks Petar, though on this the depth of field is really too narrow, making her ears slightly out of focus. Gotta learn to watch those f-stops :)


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