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Old Aug 2, 2007, 8:56 AM   #1
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Hi everyone,

I've only had this camera for a week, and it's my first indoor cat pic.
It took a few attempts to get the camera to focus for this. As the title says, is it worth it to upgrade the firmware for indoor shots? Also, does this pic look soft?, if so, will the upgrade help in this area too!
I'm still in the very early stages of learning about this camera and photography.

BTW, my boy's name is caesar and he's 14.

Thanks! :-)


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Old Aug 2, 2007, 9:21 AM   #2
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There is nothing wrong with your camera. The photo was taken in a heavily backlighted situation. If you desire to see all of Caeser's facial and front body features, you ar going to have to use a lot of light from the front of the photo to overcome all that backlighting.

The photo you posted would have been very effective if you had used a fill flash to light the front on the photo and to overcome all that light coming from behind Caeser's body.

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Old Aug 2, 2007, 9:32 AM   #3
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Thanks for the quick reply Sarah.

That was a very eloquent way of saying i'm the problem...hehehe!!
Seriously, there is so much to learn about photography, it's a head spinner at times.

Thanks for your advice Sarah, i guess i need to do some reading on backlighting,eh! :-)
From the couple of books i'm reading now, they do seem to mention not using a flash indoors if possible (which i took to mean most shots). :roll: Plus, i do worry about the flash hurting Caesar's eyes.
Tomorrow i will try using the fill flash. :-)


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Unfortunately, using forced flash, also known as fill flash, is the only way to overcome backlighting.

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fill flash, is the only way to overcome backlighting
Could he try a white reflector as an alternative? Just a bit less brightness and the cat's halo would be great!

Perhaps a mouse painted on the reflector would help?

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Your reflector idea is a very valid one. However, the photo venue is in doors making a reflector a bit tricky to use, and the reflector would impose an added cost, which I may indeed impose some budget constrictions.

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Old Aug 3, 2007, 12:12 AM   #7
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Just took a quick pic of my boy in his bed. I know it's a nothing type shot, it was just for the fill flash.
Is there anything else i can improve lighting wise? Sarah or Alan.

BTW, i decided to upgrade the firmware and this shot was taken after that.



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Is there anything else i can improve lighting wise? Sarah or Alan.
Lovely cosy picture!

I'm no lighting expert (and Sarah is!). I was thinking in your position I'd have had the cat run away while I was trying to get the fill-in flash right, soI thought just a sheet of white paper or card could perhaps have redirected a bit of the same light that gave the halo to the cat.

But at age 14 perhaps the cat's not very mobile? I'm not and I'm only 58.
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I'll keep in mind the white paper trick, Alan

Unfortunately, i think i have an A.D.D. cat who thinks he's 4 not 14.
Prior to this picture, i had followed him around the whole apartment waiting for him too keep still for 5 seconds. I think he only jumped in his bed to escape that nasty looking black thingy that flashes bright lights! hehe!!!
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Using a 8.5 X 11 inch sheet of 20 pound paper to redirect your light is pretty tricky to do alone. (I am assuming that it is just you and the cat. You know what happens when you assume!).

Take a look at the attached photo. Here is a use for a sheet of paper that can be easily done alone and it is very effective indeed. However, it would require the use of a slave flash for your DX-7590 (such as a Vivitar DF-200), which would be an added expense.

Caeser's photo is quite nice, though it does look like he is a bit out of sorts.

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