So right SkinBrit and seven crossing....I have been warned.;)....somehow I don't see this lady as the litigious type....but say a problem does arise,,I will be back on the forum,crying and admitting to the "I told you so's" That I can't follow advice....so therefore I should be damned ;>).....I'm betting on TTJ's 999 out of 1000 theory though......that sounds like a safe bet to me ;)
Charges for pet photography(28 posts) (14 voices)
If you are using Nikons CLS system with your pop-up flash as the commander and off camera flashes as your main flash you may have the following problem:
The CLS system communicates with off camera flashes by sending out preflashes. Humans often don't realize more than one flash is occurring. But dogs eyelids are faster reacting than humans and they will blink at the preflash giving you half shut eyes when the real flash exposes your photo. I find this "quick eyelid response" also occurs with about 10% of people. In that case you have to use strobes or manual flash settings so there is no CLS pre-flash to close the subjects eyelids. So if you are planning on using the Nikon CLS system beware of this.
Donald, do you think using the FV Lock function would be of benefit in this situation? One of my daughters is a "blinker" and so I use this when shooting portraits of her. It's not 100% foolproof but I seem to get more keepers when I do use it than not with her. Dogs are a different animal (pun intended) so I'd like to get your input. Thanks.
* this is more of a photo-technical question but I think it falls in line with the conversation.
Sorry, I have never used the FV lock function, but that is a great idea and should work fine. I am going to set the Fn button on my D800 to FV and try it. The owner's manual discusses FV with i-TTL on camera flash but doesn't mention it working with off camera CLS flash when the pop-up flash is used in the commander mode. Hope it works with CLS also. I have not had the problem with i-TTL, only with CLS firing an off camera flash. To solve it I have used TTL bounded on the camera through this device which works very well (and is on sale for $25.00):
They have many similar flash diffusers which can be used on camera but bounce the light around the room so your main light seems to be off camera and supply a catchlight to the eye. You can even bounce the light off the wall behind you.
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