Lighting For Digital Pet Photography: What should I buy?

Discussion in 'Photography' started by - \(James\), Aug 18, 2004.

  1. - \(James\)

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    Lighting For Digital Pet Photography: What should I buy?


    Thank you for your valuable time. I am a professional landscape photographer
    who knows little about continues lighting for indoor pet photography, of
    which is what I am about to embark on.

    Here is my dilemma: Pets hate flash photography, not to mention it makes
    their eyes glow. So, continuous lighting seems to be the best way to go.

    Do you have any idea which continuous lighting equipment will give my
    customers the best results for color digital pet photography?

    I do not want to spend more than $700.00 for lighting and there are a lot of
    nice choices in that range.

    I am looking at: JTL TL-1000
    Ever light Kit 2 Soft Boxes 1000 Total
    Watts Soft Photography Lighting Kit

    I have not found any Smith Victor continues lighting systems that seem
    suitable for pets.

    Please, any advise you can give, will be of great help. Links please if you
    have one.

    Again, thank you so much for your valuable time,

    James R.
    - \(James\), Aug 18, 2004
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  2. If you're going to do pet photography, your first purchase should be a dog
    or a cat;-)

    Daniel Dravot, Aug 18, 2004
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  3. - \(James\)

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    I see you prefer the road least traveled.

    - \(James\), Aug 18, 2004

  4. One disadvantage of continuous lighting is the potentially slower shutter
    speeds, especially with animals which will likely refuse to sit still for
    very long. Most animals, on the other hand, will not be bothered by flash.
    The ones that are can be quickly conditioned by just flashing the lights a
    few times while acting normal yourself (since animals often take danger cues
    from those around them, act casual while the lights flash). Of course, if
    you insist on continuous lighting, you can get faster shutter speeds with a
    lot of light. Or you can try weaker lights with a good deal of patience.

    As for the eyes glowing, this is not caused by flash. It's happens
    whenever bright light reflects off the retina of the eye, in either humans
    or animals. You can see this by just shining a flashlight into the eyes of
    an animal at night. Of course, certain eye colors reflect light better than
    others. Regardless, the solution is to move the flash off the camera so the
    light will not reflect directly back into the lens. Obviously, either studio
    flash or continuous studio lights will accomplish this.

    Once you have the lights, practice and experimenting is the next step
    (easy access to a pet will help greatly here - which is probably why Daniel
    Dravot suggested the purchase of a pet in another message).

    Dwight Stewart
    Dwight Stewart, Aug 19, 2004
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