Written by Marjorie Dawson

A White Cat Taken With a Fill Flash

A White Cat Taken With a Fill Flash

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Today’s post is Harvey posing with the new bowtie that he won in a raffle some months ago. It has taken months to get here.

The bowtie is from Kahn Cats in Vienna and Harvey hopes Miss Janet and the Kitties Blue approve. If you love Harvey’s bowtie check them out. Wonderful people and genuine cat lovers.

White Cat in a bow tie

The first time Harvey wore his bow tie was inside when it was evening so I didn’t have the usual light I rely on for a good picture. I am still learning about low light adjustments and flash as part of my course.

I used my flash here and although Harvey looks fine, I will do some research into fill flash+ as it can be useful, especially outdoors. Yes, you heard that right, outdoors.

Photograph of a white cat

Benefits of Fill Flash Outdoors

Until I came across this as part of my camera course, I didn’t believe it.

You can use a flash outside. It will remove shadows or lighten them to improve a picture with a lot of shade or if you have no option but to shoot slightly into the sun, remove the worst shadows where your pet might be striking the pose you want. [This is SO like a cat – right?]

Although I am not happy with Harvey’s first pictures I hope you will enjoy them because they give me a chance to show off my brave boy after his dental.

Below, I have added a later picture that is more successful. I made sure I was slightly further away which appears to have been successful.

Harvey Fill Flash 2

Learning About Flash

Flash is a specialised area that needs practice unless you want everyone to have red-eye or look very over-exposed, which happens to pets as well as people..

There are flashguns you can buy that cost more than my Canon 1300D but, unless you are a specialist like the late Walter Chandoha, I am guessing us newbies won’t need them for a while.

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Fill flash+ is a photographic technique used to brighten deep shadow areas, typically outdoors on sunny days, though the technique is useful any time the background is significantly brighter than the subject of the photograph, particularly in backlit subjects – Wikipedia

Marjorie Dawson

Marjorie is a motorbike riding blogger and award winning cat photographer who believes that everyone can shoot and edit wonderful pictures they love regardless of the camera they use.

She is a Professional member of the Cat Writers Association, Kuykendall Image Award winner and published photographer at the Guardian newspaper.

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9 thoughts on “A White Cat Taken With a Fill Flash”

  1. What a wonderpurr idea about using flash outside! Only 4 of us (Fwank, Nik, Jesse and Chevy) are allowed outside in the garden these days, so Mom will have to see what pictures she can take with them! Purrs! Harvey, yoo are so handsome. *sigh!*

  2. “Oh Harvey, I luv seeing you here! You are ready for a night on the town
    and a paw-ty, too, in that amazing tie. You are wearing my fav two colors
    – red and black! Winks.

    My mom doesn’t use the flash anymore when she takes photos of me and the
    doggy. I’m glad, ’cause it would make my eyes watery. Tee hee hee. Winks.”

    Noir Kitty Mews

  3. Flash is definitely a great tool outside. When you look at outdoor images there are still areas of shade. I love Harvey’s second image, reminds me of an elder statesman – Churchill maybe? Anyways, he is gorgeous.

  4. That’s a good tip! Fill flash doesn’t seem logical, but it really does work. 🙂

    Looking dapper, Harvey!


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