This post was originally published on the Petfinder.com blog
By Jane Harrell
If you’re a proud cat parent what better way to celebrate than to help adoptable cats find homes? One easy way to help is to photograph cats for your local shelter or rescue group. A great photo on Petfinder can literally be a lifesaver for a shelter cat.
Getting a compelling shot of a caged cat can be tough. Here are some tips from Eva Prokop, a volunteer photographer at Animal Care & Control of New York City and Big City Little Kitty in Queens, to get you started. (Photo: Thinkstock)
Even the most basic digital cameras often let you change the brightness of the photograph. For dark cats, Eva suggests using a setting that allows more light into the lens so you capture the cat’s details.
Want to know more about why it’s extra important to photograph dark cats well? Check out our blog post about the difficulties faced by black dogs and cats. (Photo: Thinkstock)
Not only will it encourage a cat to look away, it will often wash out the cat’s features (and bounce off metallic backgrounds like cages). Instead, try getting as much light from the surrounding area as possible. If daylight is not available, Eva suggests using a detached flash with a diffuser to soften the light. (You can buy both at a photography store, or learn how to make your own for a regular digital camera here.)
Learn why you should also avoid using a flash with dogs in our tips on getting great dog photos. (Photo: Thinkstock)
Whether you’re shooting a cat in a cage or a cat colony, setting the stage can help make her relatable to viewers. Bring props such as a colorful pillow, blanket or even a seasonal decoration to give your photo a homey feel. (Photo: Thinkstock)
A cat’s eyes tell her story. Eva recommends getting close and comfortable with your subject. Don’t be afraid to get on the cat’s level and focus on her features. Shooting in macro to blur the background while keeping the foreground in sharp focus can add drama. (Photo: Thinkstock)
By Jane Harrell