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5 Ways I Routinely Goof Up My Photos of My Cats

How many times do you think you get a perfect shot of your kitties, but you've screwed it up?

Angie Bailey  |  Jul 6th 2015


I write about cats for a living, so (duh) I take a lot of cat photos. Most of them are terrible, but — thanks to the magic of digital photography — I eventually nail the ones I need.

Aside from pics required for work, I take a ridiculous amount of cat photos for my own pleasure, and my cats are sometimes willing subjects. Because I’m camera-happy, I routinely find myself in the middle of photography-related mishaps. Usually it’s because I move at warp speed and don’t think before I act. Other times it’s because I’m tired or just plain goofy. Don’t worry — I’m a proud goof.

Here are five cat-photo mishaps I regularly encounter. I have a feeling you can relate to at least a couple of these.

1. Camera phone is flipped

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What the …

You know how sometimes you press that little button on your camera phone that switches the direction the photo is taken? This function is typically used for selfies, although I sometimes use it as a mirror when I need to check my hair or apply lipstick.

I almost always forget to switch the direction, and when I’m prepared to take a pic of a cat, I see my own confused face on the screen. These are not pretty moments, and by the time I flip the camera around, the magic moment of the cat photo is certainly lost.

2. Forgetting which photo is “the one”

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Was it this one?

I often take a long string of pics of the same pose, knowing one will probably be “the one.” Although this is a great method for securing exactly what I need, it does present a problem that leaves me in a cat-lady quandary.

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Or this one?

It’s the opposite of the not-being-able-to-get-a-great-pic issue. You see, there are too many great pics, and after I’m sure I chose the most awesome one, I forget which one it was.

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Or this one?

It’s silly, really — the differences in the photos are tiny, but when I originally scrolled through them, I was certain one stood apart from the others. It drives me nuts when I can’t remember my choice, even though a few of them would work perfectly for my purpose. I suppose this is less of a predicament and more of an example of my general fussiness.

3. Weird stuff in the background

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Is that some kind of ointment?

I’ve become the master of cropping. Call me “The Crop Master.” This is because I sometimes go for a great shot, and then notice all kinds of weird crap in the background. Occasionally, I’ll post something directly to social media without even checking the background. “Look!” the photo says. “Ointment! I have a rash!”

4. Accidentally posting bad pics

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Where did this come from?

When I post directly from my phone, there’s always the chance I’ll post the wrong one. I’ll feel so excited about the excellent action shot, and then go and post the totally blurry one. I’m sure some people are all, “Why is she so excited about that awful pic?” Other people know I’m easily excitable, and that I probably don’t even think twice — they just click “Like” and keep moving through their newsfeed.

5. I accidentally take a video instead of a photo

This happens way more often than I care to admit, but it still makes me laugh. A lot. I believe I’m leaning in to a massively awesome shot, and the shutter doesn’t make that clicky sound. That’s when I realize my fingers had stumbled upon the “video” button. Again, I miss that great shot, but I do wind up with a few laughs and a goofy five-second video. Yes, I did take the time to create a YouTube video to illustrate this mishap. Because I’m fussy and needed an extra laugh.

What kinds of photo mishaps do you encounter when taking cat videos — or, er, photos? Tell us about them in the comments!

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About the Author: Angie Bailey is an eternal optimist with an adoration of all things silly. Loves pre-adolescent boy humor, puns, making up parody songs, thinking about cats doing people things and The Smiths. Writes Catladyland, a cat humor blog, Texts from Mittens (originated right here on Catster) and authored whiskerslist: the kitty classifieds, a silly book about cats wheeling and dealing online. Partner in a production company and writes and acts in comedy web series that features sketches and mockumentaries. Mother to two humans and three cats, all of which want her to make them food.