Simple lighting techniques that works.
The Nikon SB-600 speedlight flash’s build-in wireless firing system is one of Nikon’s distinctive features that stand out from it’s competitor Canon. With SB-600’s very affordable price, everyone who owns a modern Nikon digital SLR can have fun firing their SB-600 remotely and effortlessly. Bounce flash always produces better results, softer shadows, and better skintone than a direct flash. Provided there is a neutral roof that you can bounce your flash on.
Plato, with a SB-600 set 45 degrees to my left on the table, and bounced up towards the ceiling. The catch light around him from the ceiling nicely differentiates him from the surroundings.
Zigi sleeping in a long tube. The flash is placed about 20 degrees on left side of camera, bounced towards upper part of the box in front of him, the light bounces inside multiple times thus reduce the shadow cast on the back wall of the box.
Imagine if you mounted the camera directly on your camera and shoot them, these images would be made with the cats horribly lit up while the background rendered almost completely dark from lack of ambient light.