How to Photograph a Cat.
Cats are fascinating creatures to photograph. However, I often get told how difficult they can be to capture. With a few guidelines, though, it is possible to get wonderful, expressive photos of your feline friend.
I recently photographed Natasha, a 10 month old kitten. She is a very active and mischievous girl so it it wasn’t going to be easy to get her in one place for a series of photos.
To achieve this, I moved a chair close to a glass door. The house was very dark and I needed as much natural light as I could get. Next, I placed her on the chair, which I had covered with a green textured duvet for a backdrop. Armed with a peacock feather, I began to photograph her. It was easy to get a number of expressions, while keeping her occupied with the feather shaken here and there.
So here are some hints next time you want some photos.
Make sure you are able to shoot in as much light as possible. You don’t want to use a flash or you’ll get the human version of red eye, which is green eye for a cat. Plus I never recommend using flash directly at animals unless it’s off camera.
It’s a lot easy if the cat is contained in area they are likely to feel comfortable, such a chair or a bed.
Use interesting textures or colors as backdrops.
Use toys, such as a wand or ribbon, to keep them occupied and interested in staying in one place. This will also give you plenty of expressions and gestures to photograph.
Shoot a lot of photos. You know your cat is only going to stick around for a short time, off to their next adventure or nap, so take as many photographs as you can, while you can.
Focus on and capture those gorgeous eyes!