Why I Flash: Shooting Cats with Flash

Musings of a Feline Foster Dad

I recently had an opportunity to participate in a Twitter chat about pet photography and people seemed to be of the consensus that flash pet photography is a bad thing. Of course there was one person in this discussion who holds the opposite opinion and that would be yours truly. Many photographers seem to be of the opinion that natural light is the way to go because it is natural.

Little Kitten using bounce flash Little Kitten using bounce flash

The problem with the whole natural light vs flash debate is camera flashes are daylight balanced so done correctly it is very difficult to determine if a light source is flash or daylight. I will admit that proper flash photography comes with a very steep learning curve and many of the people who advocate against it are those who tried it, failed at it and decided it was a bad idea.

Given that most professional…

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