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how to get good photos of the cats?

April 13th, 2010, 07:03 PM
Ok all, I need advice.

My roomie and I are on a week long mission to try to capture new photos of the Quads - they will be 3 on Sunday and I am determined to find good shots of them to post.

I have tons of them sleeping or eating but want something better.

For those of you who get good shots of your cats, any advice? And...I can't believe they are almost 3 years old.


April 13th, 2010, 07:12 PM
A quick camera. One that doesn't take a long time to store the picture in it's digital memory. ONe that doesn't take long for the flash to "load." And having it handy! I can never get good pictures when I intend to get good pictures. The best pictures I get happen when I notice they're doing something cute and I run and grab my camera then proceed to click as many times as I can!

But some cats just move too much, I'd think. Near impossible... :rolleyes:

April 13th, 2010, 07:17 PM
I would suggest using as much natural light as possible. Photograph them near a window or in a sunbeam. Avoid using the camera flash cause it washes everything out or makes shadows too severe.

April 14th, 2010, 01:16 AM
have treats nearby. Mr Maloo will never look near a camera unless there is something else bringing his attention to that area. I usually have some treats that are held up in the area by a friend whilst someone else takes photos. Toys always work well too, like a ball or something that dangles. Like the above post, a quick camera is good too. Good luck :)

April 14th, 2010, 09:25 AM
Thanks to all of you - good suggestions.

KungfuMao- I wish I did have a better camera, one that the flash was ready sooner, like you said - I miss a lot of really good shots when they turn their heads or whatever.

Again, thanks -


April 14th, 2010, 09:42 AM
Having a quick camera really helps for action shots. Work together. Find the sunniest spot in the house, then have one person use a long string toy to lure the cats into the sun and play with them there, while th other takes pictures. IF you plan it ahead of time you can even use a blanket to cover any junk/mess you don't want in the pictures :D

April 14th, 2010, 09:50 AM
If you want some action shots, you can put your camera on the "Sports" setting if it has it. You might be able to toss a string around and catch them playing?

I have a really hard time photographing pets with a point and shoot cameras. They are almost always too slow on the draw - sometimes even to shoot people!

April 14th, 2010, 10:38 AM
I just aim and shoot. A lot! Then I can delete the ones that didn't turn out and keep the rest. :shrug:

April 14th, 2010, 11:15 AM
.unknown - not sure if my camera has a sports setting - I will have to look..

ownedbycats - string is a good idea :)

14+ I did take many, many last night - and will be deleting more than I keep. Got a lot of Andy - so cute until the camera clicked - so I got closed eyes and turned heads! LOL

I'll get some good ones, I am sure.


April 14th, 2010, 05:45 PM
I think we managed to get some good ones, time to edit them now.

Thanks again to all, I used many of the good tips, reminders:

take many, then weed out bad ones...
use string (well, we found a fun cat toy to get them interested)...
use natural light...

If you want to see the post, I will most likely post birthday pics on Sat or Sun this week. I still find it so hard to believe they are almost 3 years old.

Thanks so much.


April 14th, 2010, 05:56 PM
Yay!! :highfive: Can hardly wait!!! It is hard to believe they are almost three. My "original" catty cats are almost all three this year too!

April 14th, 2010, 09:01 PM
I can't believe they're 3, either! :eek: Holy catz! How time flies!

Looking forward to the pictures, Diane!

April 16th, 2010, 05:12 PM
The link to the post with the new birthday pics is: