Shooting pets outside in open areas can be a little tricky when the dogs won’t listen. I’m good at setting up off camera flashes or studio lights but it only works well in a small area. I decided I needed some practice and asked for some advise from a photo facebook group that I’m part of. Some said use light modifiers and others said direct flash works best for on camera flashes. I’ve got a Nissin di866 (knock off of the Canon 580 exii) and decided to do some tests out at my local dog park. Since my three year old decided to come, I used him as my main test subject since he listens as well as most dogs. He’ll come when I call and will wait for a few seconds to take the photos but will run off to the next fun thing.
For me, I got the best results from setting the flash head at 45 degrees with the white card out and pushing the power level up 1.7. It pushed enough light onto the subject without flattening out the space too much. There are all kinds of ways to modify the light but I’m getting more comfortable with this process. When I can’t have a photo assistant with me holding an off camera flash, this would be okay. I’m going to get one of those Sto-Fen flash adapters because I’ve used them in the past and really like them indoors. I’ll order one and try it soon. More testing to come.