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!
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.Wikipedia
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.
- Photograph your cat by thinking differently. Try a super close-up, from above or on the ground.
- Try a cat accessories ‘still life’ without your cat. No cat of your own? That’s fine pick another object close to your heart.
- 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.
- 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?
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.ICM Wiki
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.
Scavenger Hunt Tips
I have camera posts that will inspire you click through the links.