Today is part of our Celebrating Cat Close-Ups this month here at Dash Kitten and I have inspiring contributions from cat bloggers and other members of the pet blogging community. Join us and the Kitties Blue.
Today features pets in profile
I have some wonderful full-face portraits to feature in the upcoming Pet Parade on Wednesday but people often forget that a pet does not need to face the camera for the image to catch the viewer’s eye.
Cat Profile Portraits
Your cat picture can be wide, or square or long. The orientation depends on what you want to do with the final image. Cat pictures to print on canvas or cards need to be higher resolution than most but don’t stress about high resolution for posting on a blog or social
This photograph of gracious Amber from Bionic Basil shows how you can use ‘portrait’ mode to take a lovely upright picture. The aqua throw and drape compliment her brilliant colouring perfectly allowing us to appreciate the intelligent profile.
Photographs can be taken in a rectangular or square format. Smartphones have an advantage as they also have a square option. You can concentrate on framing the shot to help your cat look awesome on Instagram. Other cameras need a helpful how-to tip.
To take a square image on a Compact or a DSLR:
- Turn the camera on its side
- Centre your cat (or pet) in the middle of the image
- Crop the top and bottom to make a square
It’s a good work around for creating a square image if you need to.
Profiles are an effective way to catch personality. Beth Patterson of DailyDogTag uses a DSLR camera and has captured this cheeky bird shot. The focus is on the bright eye and vivid cheek feathers.
Cute cat videos and pictures do not need to be sharp to capture personality. Some of the funniest memes and viral videos are wobbly, slightly blurry but they capture something immediate and fun.
A slightly fuzzy shot or one that was snatched with just a moment to spare can show as much of your pet as any formal professional pet portrait.
I love these from Amiable Cats blog. Geoffrey Hooker’s cat cute cat pictures show trust, playful fun and capture how beautiful an eye can be.
This closeup may not be pin sharp but it captures the intense look and personality of Parker. The contrast of black and white is almost abstract.
Pet profiles can be magic
I hope these have inspired you to try your own profit shots for the Sunday Selfies with the Kitties Blue. See you at the hop!
Marjorie is a motorbike riding blogger and award winning cat photographer who believes that everyone can create impressive cat photographs and fun movies with the camera they carry.
She is a Professional Member of the Cat Writers Association, Kuykendall Image Award winner and published photographer at the Guardian newspaper.