Today’s selfie was a totally unexpected capture although it looks as if it was carefully composed and took so long to set up.
There is a dramatic soft light, (carefully placed for dramatic effect) and a single cat surrounded by deep shade. Toulouse looks quite handsome doesn’t he? Didn’t it take an age to set up?
Dramatic Cat Capture Revealed
The truth is I ended up with an awesome cat selfie using my smartphone and a single lamp and the lesson is be prepared to take photographs in any kind of light, not just the light your camera tells you is the right kind..
Here the light was the only one left on in the living room before the family turned in and Toulouse jumped up on to his favourite perch which is a mushroom shape at the top of the living room cat tree. I just HAD to try!
The smartphone was looking for light and found it on Toulouse.
How I Did It
- I turned my iPhone12 to Portrait mode and left it there. I did not have time to add any of the fancy portrait effects I usually add.
- I made sure my subject, Toulouse, was as central as I could get in the ‘phone window.
- I took a dozen photos really quickly. (You might use burst mode).
TIP If you try this kind of shot remember to make sure (if you can) that your background is reasonably plain and uncluttered.
I took a couple of photos of the shabby chic cat tree the following morning so you can see how I managed such a great shot. The tree is nearly 2 metres (6 ft) tall and the photo perch is the high mushroom shape. I shot the image looking slightly upwards as I am not 2 metres tall. We have had this tree a long time and Toulouse is the first cat ever to use the top spot on a regular basis.
With the curtain drawn there was no reflection from a window and the lamp is about a meter (1 yard) down on your left hand side on the breakfast bar as you look towards the cat tree and the window.
Take A Chance On The Light
You have nothing to loose and everything to gain by being fearless with your photos when the light is less than perfect. Try out shots in the half-light, or even moonlight. You will find yourself amazed at how fantastic the results can be.
I wrote about taking great smartphone cat photos in this recent post about fabulous photos with your smartphone
Shoko and Tyebe
It is with a sad heart we read the announcement that The Canadian Cats have ceased blogging. Their mom Jean had a stroke and will not be reporting anymore from their part of the world. The cats and her husband are all safe so we don’t need to worry. Farewell friends we loved on our weekly visit.
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