It’s no secret that I love being photographed. In fact, when I’m at a cat show, surrounded by a crowd of people pointing their phone cameras at me, I often strike a pose!
Your cat is probably not so cooperative. In fact, he may be the exact opposite. So I’ve come up with five quick tips on how to photograph a regular cat! Tips that anyone can use. Whether you’re using your phone or an actual camera, no matter how much your cat dislikes being photographed, you will find something helpful here. So let’s get started.
- Turn off the shutter sound of your camera. Cats are really good at recognizing that camera sound. Me? I even come running when I hear the Sony camera being turned on. But chances are your cat stops cooperating or even leaves when they hear the shutter sound. So shut it off. They won’t know the moment the photo is being taken. And if they are napping and looking cute, that sound won’t wake them up.
Photograph your cat in her natural habitat. For me, that’s my photo studio. For your cat, that is more likely the cat tree, the sofa, or a cozy cat bed. You can’t make a cat do anything — and get a good photo. So choose to photograph them where they are the most comfortable.
Get down to (or up to) your cat’s level. Photos of cats are much more natural when you are at the same level they are. If they are near the ground, get down there too. If your cat is up on one of the cat tree seats, that makes your life easier. If you allow your cat on tables or counters, you can easily capture them there.
Use natural light whenever you can. The ideal light for photography of cats or people is filtered light coming in through a window. Fortunately most cats like sitting by windows, so use that. If there isn’t much light indoors, brace yourself against a solid object so you (and your phone or camera) moves as little as possible. Not only is flash unflattering, most cats loathe it.
Always focus on the eyes. That is, unless you are photographing a sleeping cat. Then focus on their eyelids. The eyes are almost always the focal part of the photo. Even older phone cameras have a way you can adjust focus. On iPhones, you just press your finger over your focal point. In fact, you can also adjust the exposure of the photo by drawing your finger up or down. Find out how this works on your camera, and your photos will immediately improve!
Three things you should always remember: always defer to your cat when taking photos; reward them for their cooperation when you are done; and rules are made to be broken.
I hope you’ve found at least some of these tips useful! Let me know which ones you’ve used, or plan to use in the comments.
Other posts you’ll enjoy:
- Fun on the Steps, and a Photography Lesson!
- How Photographing Pets Is Like Photographing Rock Stars… and How It Isn’t
- When Cat Photography Goes Wrong!