Beginner Cat Photo Skills

Have Fun With A Cat Photo Scavenger Hunt

If you are obliged to stay close to home, either through illness or maybe a bad weather day, here’s a challenge that doesn’t need superhuman strength or feline superpowers that I hope will keep you busy. It might also get you up on your feet for a few healthy stretches.

The mission for you and your camera, wherever you are in the world and whatever the season is some fun, and maybe a little excitement. Ready for some lightweight skill building? Let’s go!

A cat photo scavenger hunt!

Close-up of a cat showing one eye and down to its pink nose.

A Scavenger Hunt is a game in which the organiser prepares a list of specific items, which the participants seek to gather or complete all items on the list, usually without purchasing them.


Fun Photo Scavenger Hunt Ideas

Set yourself a limit. Maybe you will do five, or three, or a dozen photographs.

Look for subjects around your home (or garden). The aim is to find inspiring cats and things to photograph, and look at them in a different way. You can find things that look ordinary and transform them into something different or unrecgnisable by looking for different angles.

  1. Photograph your cat by thinking differently. Try a super close-up, from above or on the ground.
  2. Try a cat accessories ‘still life’ without your cat. No cat of your own? That’s fine pick another object close to your heart.
  3. Want a change? Try a family treasure. An ornament, a precious piece of costume jewellery or a fun coffee mug you got for Christmas. A graduation cap in black and white, a favourite cat bed.
  4. Try a single object. How close can you get? What difference does lighting make? Have you tried black and white? Anything casting a strong shadow can be amazing. Is your object a favourite cat toy, or a much-loved blanket that will look fabulous in black and white? If you want to try close-ups take trial shots to see how close you can get.

How close you can get depends on your camera. How close can you get before a smartphone gets blurry? Do you have a DSLR and a nifty-fifty prime lens?

Black and White Photo of a long haired cat
Cat in Black and White

A camera is moved during the exposure for a creative or artistic effect. This causes the image focus points to move across the recording medium, producing an apparent streaking in the resulting image.

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Shooting Suggestions

If you are not sure where to start, here is a list of fun tips to kickstart your photographic creativity. These work for every camera from a mirrorless to a smartphone or compact.

  • Fill the frame with a super close-up pet portrait.
  • Take a black and white photograph, or a colour and change it with a filter.
  • Get down at ground level for a cat’s eye view of life.
  • Move the camera as you press the shutterand to see what happens. This has a name ‘intentional camera movement‘ and it might surprise you.
  • Capture a Tongue Out Tuesday candid moment.
  • Shoot upwards for a different point of view.
  • Use a filter. Make the photos of your challenge into a work of art.
Cat cuddles a large cat toy
Candid Smartphone Photo

Scavenger Hunt Tips

I have camera posts that will inspire you click through the links.

Closeup Photograph of a Spider's Web with Frost
A Scavenger Hunt Can Surprise Too!

20 thoughts on “Have Fun With A Cat Photo Scavenger Hunt”

  1. That spiderweb photo is so cool! I just completed a photography class, my first one, and We tried a lot of these techniques. I really like Fill the frame photos, I hadn’t done those before. This is a great challenge!

  2. I Loooove this idea! How fun! And it can be done with dogs, too! I love those gorgeous pics, especially that first close-up. Great fun for kids learning photography to do when home on break, too! Sharing!

  3. This is a fun idea! I would really like to try this challenge. I’m going to mark it down and when I get a few free moments, I’m going to give it a whirl with Henry. It might just be the kick in the backside. Thanks for always being the kick I need, Marjorie!

  4. What fun ideas! Would have been great during the long days of ‘lockdown’!

    One of our sons had to do a similar project when he took a camera class in high school.

  5. Love the idea of the photo challenge, especially for folks to keep busy around the house. We need the distraction! I hope you get lots of great

  6. Sounds like fun! I love challenges like this because I feel like they help me see familiar subjects in new ways, which can make for much more interesting photos. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Hi-‘

    Love the idea of a picture scavenger hunt. But I am afraid my artistic skills are lacking. Hopefully, by applying some of your tips I can improve some. Wish me luck.

    Thanks for sharing.

    • Don’t let limiting beliefs hold you back, you can take awesome pictures! Check my beginner’s course and page!

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      • awesome. our emails sometimes go to spam because of our “speech”. look for our first try in a few minutes. it may come through as da tabbies or dude K 😺

  9. What a fun project to do when humans are stuck at home. Our mom is starting to research new cameras.

  10. A photographic scavenger hunt? How fun!

    Happy Wednesday, Marjorie. Hope all is well with you! 🙂

  11. Those are all great tips. I love experimenting with different angles of snapping Athena using my iPhone.


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