|Light is from flash pointing away from the buns into a sheet of gold, reflective material.|
|Combination of ambient light from the window with a little help from flash pointed a the wall to Gus'es right and the photog's left.|
|Gus is between the light from the window and the camera. No flash here, only what the window gave us.|
A while back, our friends Alyse and Dave asked about tips for taking better bunny pictures.
If you have any suggestions, please do tell.
Here's what we do and it works - most of the time:
- Get as low as you can to the bun level
- Get close to that mouf and eye
- Keep the light source behind you or to the side
The rest is icing on the carrot cake, and the only limits are your creativity and budget. We think getting creative is most important, as long as it does not put anybunny in danger. As you experiment with different scenarios and lighting conditions, you'll discover very quickly where the limits of your equipment are.
We try to get a little below the eye level of the bunn. That's hard on the knees, and it's a workout. Then we try to catch their eyes or moufs and let them fill the frame.
Whenever possible, we work with the ambient light or some fixed light source. We try not to abuse the flash.
Good equipment is helpful but not always an option. We have an old DSLR camera (Nikon D3200) with a couple of specialized lenses. The one we use most often is a fixed length, Nikkor 35mm lens. The best thing about it is the f/1.8 f-stop. The trick is getting it to focus precisely on the desired spot. The buns like to move about a lot, and it can be challenging to keep up with them. The f/1.8 makes things even more tricky. Because of its shallow depth of field, it's easy to accidentally focus somewhere between the eye and the mouf and both end up fuzzy.
Then there's the whole business of working over the pics in a photo editor, but that's a story for another time.
So if you have any tips, questions or pics you would like to share and tell everybunn about, we would love to hear from you. Of course, we're always looking for disapproval, but you already know that.
- Gus and Ijon
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