My human tries really hard to have the best photos possible on my blog. She is not always successful! But the ones that don’t make it onto the blog are even worse. So I thought I would put up a few of those today to help you learn what not to do when taking photos of your cats! Take the photo above, for example. It’s a really nice portrait of me… except the messy background ruins it! And even worse, these things can’t be cropped out of the picture.
So rule #1: Make sure your background is not distracting!
I will be honest — my human actually took this photo of Binga on purpose as a “don’t” because she tries to use flash sparingly, and you can see why! Binga looks washed out, and with her squinty eyes and green irises from the flash, she also looks pretty evil. But you know what? I actually think this picture sort of captures her true nature. Still, it is not a good looking photograph.
Rule #2: Use natural light for photos whenever possible.
I know lots of you are tempted to move us more pliable kitties around when you are taking photos, but be careful! My human tried so hard to get me just right on this pillow… that I slid off it! How much do you want to bet I ended the photo session right there? Look, if you are having to poke us, move us or distract us to get your shot, maybe you are trying too hard. Be patient and wait for the right moment instead.
Rule #3: Don’t force a photo. Allow a good picture to happen.
I think I’ll just go straight to the rule with this one.
Rule #4: Make sure your photo is in focus. And properly framed. And the model is making a pleasing face.
I hope you have found these tips helpful!