Cute cats

Ja­son Par­nell-Brookes cud­dles some kit­tens and shows you how to get pawe­some shots of your pets

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Shoot pet por­traits like the pros

The mis­sion

To pho­to­graph stu­dio por­traits of pets

Time

Two hours

Skill level

Be­gin­ner In­ter­me­di­ate Ad­vanced

Kit needed

Nikon D-SLR Two stu­dio lights or flash­guns (see page 88 for our stu­dio light­ing kit vs Speed­light head to head) Two light stands Pa­per back­drop

When a cute cat ca­su­ally walks into the room, it’s al­most im­pos­si­ble to re­sist pick­ing up your Nikon to start snap­ping. But of­ten you might find that other peo­ple man­age to get good shots on their smart­phones, while you strug­gle to com­pose the right shot in the dark set­tings of the liv­ing room, with your legs curled around the cof­fee ta­ble.

Don’t worry, with just a lit­tle plan­ning and forethought you can dra­mat­i­cally im­prove your re­sults. With a cou­ple of lights and some pa­per, you can get sweet, play­ful stu­dio-look­ing shots any­where, whether you’re at home or at your lo­cal an­i­mal res­cue cen­tre.

Hav­ing some cat­nip and treats handy can help co­erce your furry friends into pos­ing for you. While there are no guar­an­tees – es­pe­cially as they may take a while to get used to the set-up – once they’re happy with you and your gear, you’ll get great im­ages in no time. Here’s how to get furry good shots…

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