Maybe you’re an ambitious landscape photographer who enjoys exploring the world. Maybe you’re a portrait photographer who loves gracefully-lit indoor locations. Perhaps you’re an underwater photo-taker with an unsurprisingly exciting imagination. Whoever you are, you can always step out of your comfort zone and photograph something entirely different to what you’re used to. The beauty of experimentation is the amount of life it pours into open-mindedness; what you’re intimidated by today can become your favourite hobby tomorrow. All it takes is a little motivation and an immense desire to grow artistically. In this article, we’ll discuss a cozy genre of photography that revolves around cats. Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you the art of cat photography.
Whether you own a cat or find yourself surrounded by many stray ones, it’s likely that you’re missing out on fantastic photo opportunities. Cats – with their indescribably astounding but endearing pride – are very good models. These elegant creatures, like most animals, possess the ability to look photogenic at all times. Why not make the most of that? If you don’t know where to begin, don’t worry or give up. Below are a few essential tips to help you make the most of your experience as a beginner in the world of cat photography.
Understanding any cat’s quirks and habits will make the shooting process fun and creative. Even if you don’t personally own a cat, you can take great photos by simply observing one beforehand. For example: my cat, Mimi, enjoys sleeping deeply throughout the day and raising a ruckus at night. She also loves flies, for which she’ll abandon her precious naps no matter what time of day it is. (Toys resembling flies work, too.) Knowing this, I can confidently direct her attention to the camera by waving one of her toys in front of the lens. Doing this in the evenings, when her rambunctious nature is at its wildest, gives me eye-catching results and a great excuse to have fun. If you’re familiar with your desired cat’s personality, you’re guaranteed to get stunning shots.
Playtime and nap time can also be your best friends if you document your cat’s daily routines at the right times. Since cats are professionals at both playing and sleeping, it’s possible to find amazing opportunities during both. If you’re a beginner, photograph your pet while it’s taking one of its many naps; this will allow you to focus on your camera settings without worrying about your energetic subject. As you familiarize yourself with your camera, use playtime as an opportunity to challenge yourself. Use distractions and rewards (more on that in the next section) to keep your pet’s attention on you. For more spontaneous shots, let your cat play while you quickly photograph it. Amongst many blurred and unfocused results, you’ll find a gem that will make all of your hard work worth it.
In addition to undisturbed naps, cats adore delicious rewards. If you’re eager to have a successful shoot with your cat, prepare some of its favourite treats beforehand. Reward it every few minutes and don’t forget to distract it. Distractions can be anything from its favourite toy to the reward itself, to something completely unique. My quirky little cat loves ringtones and blinking lights, for instance. Though cats still look endearing when they’re grumpy, the last thing you want is a collection of beast-like scratches on your arms, so make sure your pet is comfortable at all times.
Most cats love to cuddle, so why not make their wish come true by cuddling them in front of the camera? This will make your furry friend feel safe and comfortable, which will result in heartwarming shots. Plus, it will allow you to experiment with self-portraiture, making your cat photography experience an even more enriching one! If you want your cat to look at the camera as you photograph yourself, place something distracting above your equipment. For better results, ask someone to stand behind the camera and wave a distraction in front of the lens. If your camera has a blinking timer then your cat might find it interesting, too.
If you keep these pieces of advice in mind as you photograph, you’ll improve significantly in a short period of time. Your journey with a new hobby begins now; remember to make the most of it.