Tuesday, November 13, 2012

An Early Christmas (Part 1)

We did it! L and I are the proud new owners of a Nikon D3200 DSLR camera - a camera so powerful, you can see the hairs inside Mushroom's nose and the taste buds on Badger's tongue (enlarge for full effect). We knew our dogs were gross, but it turns out they're even grosser than we thought!

That is one high-def nose

And some very detailed slobber

We also managed to solve our lighting problem, but not through any effort of our own. Since our apartment is pretty dimly lit, we were having to choose between taking blurry no-flash pictures or flash pictures of dogs with glowing demon eyes. For some unknown reason (we'll just call it magic), the D3200's flash doesn't make Mushroom's eyes glow.

Just enjoying a Nylabone larger than my head

And even though Badger's eyes still glow with regular flash, turning on the red-eye reduction function almost completely eliminates the problem.

Looking away from the camera also reduces red-eye

Next up is the process of learning how to use the camera. These pictures were all taken in aperture priority mode, which I've found to be the easiest to use with flash. Is it strange that I think Mushroom looks better with a lower aperture number (around f/5) while Badger looks better with a higher aperture number (around f/18)?

Other DSLR-users, what settings do you use to photograph your dogs?

11 comments:

  1. Very cool! I love my Nikon D90. My favorite is to shoot in bright daylight with very fast shutter speed- almost at the limit. It's great for freezing action!

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    1. Thanks for the tip! We'll try to do some outdoor shooting this weekend.

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  2. Looks great. I feel like I'm sort of looking at your dogs for the first time! And of course, they are adorable!

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    1. Mushroom looks almost true to life with this camera. I still need some practice with Badger. Good thing he likes getting his picture taken.

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  3. It probably has something to do with Badger being black, black dogs are hard photograph. They look great and enjoy the new camera.

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  4. I just let out a little squeal!!! I'm so excited about your new camera! We are taking the DSLR plunge together!

    Your pictures look awesome. I just love how it brings out so much detail of the dogs in the photos that you don't see from a regular digital camera or phone camera.

    So far I have gone all in and have pretty much only been shooting in manual. I have tried aperture priority mode and like it a lot as well. I've been getting a lot of great beginner DSLR info and tutorials from Pinterest.

    I also just started the 30 day trial of Photoshop Lightroom and I'm loving it to touch up my photos. It's also wayyyyyy cheaper than Photoshop!

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    1. I tried manual once, but I forgot how to change both the aperture and the shutter speed (despite having just read the user manual). I'll probably be doing a series of posts where I mess with camera settings and compare how the pictures came out.

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  5. Yaaaay! We have the Nikon D3100 (just slightly older model than yours) and love it! I'd say try to not use flash at all, and then just use something like Lightroom to edit photos. You will get truer colors that way.

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  6. Congratulations on your new camera! Be careful it's addicting! I got my first DSLR last year and I swear I haven't put it down since!

    Great pics!
    I am a fan of using natural light and no flash.

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