Today I decided to try out a few techniques I learnt the other day at a workshop. The techniques are around how to use a flash for portrait and not include the back ground, or as little as possible.
Firstly I had no model so my lovely Staffordshire Terrier had to pose for me. Simple offer her some food bits. Then it was set up an area to control incidental light, that is light from all around that I did not want in the scene. That again was simple, just covered a small table with a black cloth. Then it was down to snapping away, oh of course get the dog to pose under the table.
Important things to get right for a portrait, control the direction and amount of incidental light, control the light from a flash. If unsure about where to point the flash head , experiment until you get the effect you are after. Remember to not use the flash direct into the face, unless you are deliberately after such a look.
Now this was done outside using the flash as an indirect light and bouncing it off another surface. Then end result is some nice shots of our dog. Hope you like them.