Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Photography Question

Ok, everybody, I have a photography question. I like to take some pictures of the Oz-meister, but I usually end up having to use the flash (really poor lighting in my room). But it seems that the tips of his hairs have a way of catching the light "just so" and it gives the picture a very grainy quality, like the fur on his butt in this picture...any ideas of how to fix this or keep it from happening?

Any and all advice would be appreciated. I'm using a Canon PowerShot A95. Thanks in advance!!


Pete G said...

Unfortuneately, the short answer is there's not a whole lot you can do.

The longer answer is the problem comes from the location of the flash relative to the camera lens. You're getting reflection from the hair as well as all the shadows from the direct flash. Moving the flash a few feet to the side, or angling it to bounce off a flat surface would help. Since it's built into the camera, it's not much of a solution, I know.

One quick possible solution would be to try and diffuse the flash somehow. Find some semi-transparent or semi-translucent material to cover the flash with. Preferably if it were curved some to spread out the light more. I'm thinking of something between plastic grocery bag and a zip lock bag. Experiment some. You'll probably have to bump up the intensity of your flash, since it'll be expecting more light than it'll actually be getting. But it's just one idea.

Brian C Merrell said...

Use a really, really powerful flash. This will improve the lighting, and perhaps singe those pesky hairs closest to the surface.

In all seriousness, I wonder if this is why photographers use those silky umbrellas in studios and the like.

apache_pilot said...

You can try using a mini tri-pod, I use one that I bought at Wolf Camera, here's a link, I hope it works http://www.wolfcamera.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?storeId=10101&catalogId=10001&langId=-1&productId=29937&bct=t1004%3Bc5849816

You can then turn off the flash and take a picture with the natural light. As long as the cat doesn't move much when you take the shot you're good to go.

Hope that makes sense...