Our annual photo contest has just started and we want to give you some tips so that you can submit great shots of your cat!
Snapping a great picture of your cat can be a challenge. Often the cat is moving so fast the shot is blurry, or he’s looking in the opposite direction, or he darts out of range and all that’s captured is the tip of his tail.
Here are five more simple tips for getting great photos of your small feline.
- Keep the background simple. Your cat should be the focal point of the picture, so opt for a backdrop that is not busy. Pull your cat forward and away from the background to make him stand out more. Using a shallow depth of field setting also helps; it will focus the camera on your feline while blurring out the background.
- Choose the best lighting. Ideally, opt for soft, natural light. Indoors, an area with a large window often works best. Avoid using a flash if possible; in addition to causing the dreaded red eye, it can make your cat uncomfortable.
- Choose a comfortable setting. Your cat may get uncomfortable if he is forced to stay in a certain area or position for too long. Choose an area the cat is already accustomed to, such as his cat furniture. Tasty treats or toys can make staying in this one place more appealing.
- Create a calm atmosphere. Soft classical music can help your feline relax during a photoshoot.
- Get down on your cat’s level. This may mean lying on your belly to snap a picture. To get your cat to look at the camera, try making a strange noise. You may want help to get the cat’s attention; have a helper stand behind you and rustle a paper bag or bounce a feather toy.