Today I thought I’d share with you some tips on how to take a great photograph of your cat. Taking a great photograph of your cat begins with some brain storming. Start by asking yourself what is it about your cat or their personality that makes him or her special, for example, are they lazy, do they sleep a lot, are they playful, etc. Once you have brainstormed a little and figured out the type of personality you would like to capture in your photograph, take some time to observe your pet. When is your cat most likely to preform this type of behavior? In the morning, afternoon, late at night, etc. Knowing your cats personality type and schedule will help you to set aside just the right time to photograph your pet.
Having said that, great photos not only start with preparation, they take time. Even professional photographers don’t capture the perfect shot on their first try, so you will need to block out some time from your schedule to do a photo shoot. Generally speaking most photographers would recommend that you block out anywhere from one to two hours worth of time to photograph your pet.
Once you have some time blocked out from your schedule, you’ll need to think about the location and set up of the shoot. Do you want to photograph your pet indoors or outside? Will you be using any props and if so what props would you like to use? Planning these things out in advance will allow you to have everything ready when it comes time to begin the shoot.
Before beginning the shoot however, you will need to pay close attention to the background of the photo. Is there a lot of clutter in the background? If so remove it. A cluttered background will distract a viewer from the image of your pet. If your shooting indoors, try to shoot your photographs against a solid color wall, or if need be drape a solid color sheet in the background to serve as a backdrop for your photo. If you are shooting outside, look for a nice patch of grass, or similar setting in which your pet can lay, walk or run. Since lighting can also make or break a photograph it’s important to pay close attention to it as well. When photographing an animal it’s always best to photograph in natural light whenever possible since using a flash can frighten many animals and lead to problems such as red eye or squinting.
Finally set your camera to burst mode. Burst mode is a continuous shooting mode which will allow you to rapidly fire off one photograph after another. By setting your camera to burst mode you will be more likely to capture the perfect shot. Once your camera has been set to burst mode you are ready to begin taking photos.
When photographing, try playing around with different frames and perspectives. Get down to your pets level and shoot upwards, try standing on a chair and shooting your photos looking downwards. Take a few closely cropped facial shots focusing on various parts of your pet, such as their eyes, ears, nose or whiskers and then play around some with full or three quarter body shots. Last but not least, and perhaps most importantly, make sure the shoot is fun for both you and your pet.