Many of you are staying close to home, and even working from home so I wanted to give you a challenge that doesn’t need superhuman strength or feline superpowers but that might get you on your feet for a few stretches.
I have the perfect challenge, a mission for you and your cameras everywhere in the world. What is it? A photography treasure hunt, aka a pet 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
STOP PRESS: Our first entries are in!!!
How Do We Take Part in the Scavenger Hunt?
Review the guidelines, pick up your camera, and challenge yourself to find interesting ways to take pictures of your chosen pet or object close to home..
A smartphone, a DLSR or a compact is enough. The aim is to get you moving, crouching or creeping around and having a lot of fun while building your skills.
Guidelines for The Dash Kitten Treasure Hunt or Scavenger Hunt
Look for the following three objects around your home (and garden).
- Snap a pet – thinking differently. Try a super close-up, from above or on the ground. Pet accessories ‘still life’ without your pet. No pet? That’s fine pick another object close to your heart.
- A family treasure. A family ornament, a precious piece of costume jewellery or real gems. A graduation cap in black and white, a favourite pet bed.
- 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 pet food? A cat toy, or a grungy bone that will look fabulous in black and white?
The aim is to find inspiring things to photograph and look at them in a different way or find things that look ordinary and transform them into something different.
Shooting Suggestions for Every Camera
If you are not sure where to start. Here is a list of fun tips to kickstart your photographic creativity.
- Fill the frame with a super close-up pet portrait.
- Take a black and white photograph.
- Get down at ground level for a cat or rat’s eye view of life.
- Look straight down.
- Move the camera as you press the shutter (sometimes the blurs look awesome).
- Capture a Tongue Out Tuesday candid moment.
- Shoot upwards for a different point of view.
- Use a filter. Make the phots of the challenge into a work of art.
The best part is you can do one single element of the challenge or tackle all three.
As this is a low-pressure scavenger hunt where every photographer can take part, there is no pressure to be perfect just have fun as a beginner, or improver!
Scavenger Hunt Tips
Dash Kitten has several posts that might inspire you and I am adding links here.
- Camera Skills Page
- Black and White Photos for Beginners
- Cat Close-up Photography
- Bloggers Show off their Pet Close-ups.
If you accept just one challenge and create a cool picture or all three, you will be a Scavenger Hunt success and I may even award a Dash Kitten Certificate or two for submissions.
What are you waiting for? Grab your camera and go for it. You can do this. Don’t believe me, check out our smartphone genius reader’s submission here.
If you take part, and send me your favourite image, I will post the best next week (with a link to your blog or FB page). Email: thecrew @ dashkitten.com
Marjorie is a motorbike riding blogger and award winning cat photographer who believes that everyone can shoot and edit wonderful pictures they love regardless of the camera they use.
She is a Professional member of the Cat Writers Association, Kuykendall Image Award winner and published photographer at the Guardian newspaper.