TOP 10 TIPS

FOR TAK­ING BET­TER PHO­TOS OF YOUR CAT FROM ARVID VAN BOEKEL, THE MAN BE­HIND @SMOOTHIECAT

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1 MAKE SURE YOUR CAT IS COM­FORT­ABLE.

This is, for me, is the most im­por­tant one. It’s best to just take pic­tures when cats be­have nat­u­rally. Don’t dress them up if they don’t want that; don’t force them to do any­thing.

2 CHANGE YOUR PER­SPEC­TIVE.

We usu­ally see our cats from the same point of view—from above—but try to go on their level some­times. Go on your knees for ex­am­ple; stretch. Work those an­gles.

3 CHECK THE BACK­GROUND.

No­body wants to see a mess on the ta­ble. It only dis­tracts from the beau­ti­ful an­i­mal that’s your sub­ject. It’s best to have the back­ground as calm as pos­si­ble.

4 CHOOSE THE RIGHT LIGHT­ING.

Of course pho­tog­ra­phy is all about light, so play with that. Take pic­tures next to the win­dow—try sun­set and dawn as well. These times usu­ally have the most beau­ti­ful light­ing.

5 GET AS CLOSE AS POS­SI­BLE.

It’s all about your cat and noth­ing else, so ei­ther go re­ally close or just zoom (only if you have a proper zoom lens of course, oth­er­wise you’ll lose a lot of qual­ity).

6 AL­WAYS HAVE YOUR CAM­ERA READY.

You don’t want to miss a pre­cious mo­ment, so even though you don’t have a DSLR close by, make sure you have at least a phone to film them. The best mo­ments al­ways come un­ex­pect­edly.

7 WORK WITH A HIGH SHUT­TER SPEED.

Like lit­tle kids, cats don’t sit still so make sure you freeze the mo­ment. This way you won’t have any blurry or un­fo­cused pic­tures.

8 FO­CUS ON THE DOM­I­NANT EYE

(the eye that’s most im­por­tant for the pic­ture). Pet pho­tog­ra­phy is all about ex­pres­sion, so the face of your cat should be the cen­tre of it all.

9 USE THE BURST MODE.

In the dig­i­tal age we can take plenty of pic­tures and also re­move them with a sin­gle click, so make use of that. Of course you will have a lot of pic­tures that are not worth keep­ing but that’s not a prob­lem. With ev­ery burst you’ll also have a few nice ones and you have some­thing to choose from in­stead of just one pic­ture at a time.

10 MOVE SLOWLY.

If you scare your cat with a sud­den sound or move­ment, the mo­ment will be com­pletely lost.

PRO TIP:

For pet pho­tog­ra­phy a prime lens is un­miss­able. You can get re­ally close and are able to cre­ate those blurry back­grounds.

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