|Purred: Fri May 29, '09 8:11am PST |
|Isadora has some great ideas for amateur photographers. I, too, have found that natural light is the best. You can choose between photos of your cats doing what comes naturally (sleeping, grooming, roaming the great outdoors), but posed photographs are also an option. If you look at the Magnificent Seven's page, you'll see what I mean. (It took me 700 shots to get the ones that I actually uploaded.) I photographed them against a blank wall, but my breeder buys photographic backdrops (paper in various patterns/colors) to use in his photographs. This is particularly important for a breeder, because a good photo can make the difference between being able to sell a cat and not being able to sell a cat.
As for professional cat photographers--Chanan, Larry Johnson, Helmi--they use artificial light (because they're usually photographing in cat show halls) and a flash. They get the cats to pose in artistic (artificial?) ways by using fishing rod toys and a lot of "brr brr" noises to get the cat's attention. If the cat is outgoing and cooperative, the result is some very fine photographs. (See Chibi for a good example of what Chanan, who makes a point of bonding with cat and owner, can do.) If the cat is NOT cooperative, or afraid (Harvey and Leila) then you end up with dorky photographs (Harvey) or photographs of an obviously scared kitty (Leila--pupils dilated, muscles tensed for escape).
For the average person taking photos at home, natural light seems to work best. And wand toys can help make the cat take a pose that is artistic rather than just run of the mill. In any event, taking cat photos is hard work, and I've come to respect people who have mastered the art. Oh, and a very good camera/lens is always a plus, for those of you with the money (I'm still using a cheap camera).
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