Photo Anatomy: the secret behind Tim Flach’s meticulous animal techniques

    | Photography Tips | Wildlife | 18/08/2013 14:00pm

    In our Photo Anatomy series on Digital Camera World we select pictures by famous photographers and explain point by point what makes them work.

    In our latest instalment, photographer Tim Flach reveals the ingenious, carefully planned technique that enabled him to create this perfect Afghan Hound shot!

    Photo Anatomy: the secret behind Tim Flach's carefully planned animal techniques

    Flash and pan
    The dog was lit with a Broncolor flash and a key light. “I used a flash duration of 1/2000 sec,” says Flach, “but to get it absolutely pin-sharp I also panned with the animal.”

    Flach’s approach
    “Afghan Hounds have a natural trot that’s very distinctive,” says Flach. “Their hair goes everywhere when they run, and I felt it was important to show that movement.”

    Studio setting
    Flach photographed the dog in a 100-foot car studio so it had enough space to trot at sufficient pace. He used a black background 
to keep the emphasis on texture and form.

    Angle of view
    Flach used a Hasselblad H3DII-39 fitted with a Hasselblad HC 2.2/100 lens. He shot with the camera positioned near ground level to give the resulting image a graphic quality.

    Tunnel vision
    He built a tunnel from sheets of polystyrene, through which the dog was encouraged to run by its owner. Flach photographed the animal through a window cut in the side.

    We say
    “When photographing pets, it’s important to try to capture the animal’s personality. In this case, the dog’s intent gaze and flowing hair make it look almost regal. Think about what makes your own pet unique or distinctive.”
    Chris Rutter, technique editor


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    Posted on Sunday, August 18th, 2013 at 2:00 pm under Photography Tips, Wildlife.

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