Hi everyone, Katie here.
Thank you SO much for all the fun comments on the latest episode of The Real Housecats Of The Blogosphere! We had a blast working with all of the kitties and their photos. Glogirly has been secretly wanting another ::gasp:: cat, so this project, and my intense glare, is keeping that desire at bay.
We've already received some great submissions for the next cast line up! As a result, many of your humans have asked for advise on photographing us kitties. Of course it's nearly impossible to capture such beauty on a tiny little memory chip. And I could go on and on, advising you on tactical avoidance techniques. But let's throw them a bone, shall we?
The secret to successful flashy box performance is really quite simple.
Did we say light?
Light is your friend.
It will make or break the photo.
OUTDOORSWhen outside, avoid direct overhead sunlight. Stick to shade or overcast days. The prettiest and softest light is early in the morning, we call it First Light, and late in the afternoon. The sun is lower on the horizon and a really gorgeous color. What does this mean? We won't have harsh shadows under our eyes and chins. The beautiful color of the light will enhance our eyes, furs and our surroundings.
When inside, try to avoid using flash. Choose rooms with windows that let natural light in. Kitties, you don't want that light behind you though. Have your human positioned with their back to the light source and the light filtering in towards you.
In this photo of me, there is a big sliding glass door just to my right and I'm looking towards it. Don't try this at night. Keep it bright.
If your human does use a flash, they should take the photo at a slight angle to avoid the flash bouncing directly off your eyes. This will cut down on laser-eye.
Tell you human to be very, very still. When using natural light and shooting without a flash, it's even more important to hold the camera still. They should be especially careful when they press the shoot button. If they gently roll their finger over the button instead of pressing it, there is less chance of shaking the camera. Even a slight shake will result in an out of focus image.
Ok, I'm not talking about grooving to the music here. Your human should get down to your level, not look down on you. Truer words were never spoken! Hardwood floors? Kneepads. It will give you something to MOL at. Notice that every one of my photos here is taken at MY eye level. Not my human's. See what a difference it makes?
All of my photos today were taken inside with natural light either late in the morning or early in the afternoon in rooms with lots of windows.
Patience and lots of memory cards are key. These shots don't just magically happen. For each perfect photo, there are probably 50+ that we cast aside. I know, you thought ALL of my photos were perfect. Well, shhhhh... don't tell.
We have much more in our bag of tricks, but we'll save that for another lesson. Let's keep it simple today.
Let there be LIGHT!
Pee S If you've been living under a rock for the past couple of days and haven't seen the latest episode of Real Housecats, hurry up and click HERE.