Written by Marjorie Dawson

Faster Fails with Bad Camera Settings

Faster Fails with Bad Camera Settings

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I wanted to show some of my fails of ‘cats on the move’ for the Pet Photo Fails this month. There are some less than stellar photographs thanks to my settings as much as moving cats.

As I am trying to learn more about Manual mode the settings are more often wrong than right even when I try hard to concentrate on which settings to use.

Spot the Cat vs Shutter Speed

If you try a fast shutter speed then you are more likely to capture a cat clearly as it leaps across your line of vision. This doesn’t work every time as you can see with Spot. There is a lot of empty space between Spot and the cat staff playing with the toy! He has made his leap and pffffft he’s outathere! No room for composition here.

Fails with Settings Blurry Cat Demo Image

Prowling Cat Outruns Aperture

Miranda usually tries to leap across the stream to the wall on the other side. This time she changed her mind and with me playing photo catch-up she turned and ran along the wall. Of course, it didn’t work as a picture. Nothing is in focus especially the busy kitten on a mission.

Fails with Settings. Out of focus cat running

I hope you have fewer fails with settings than I do at the moment.

I confess that I do still return to Av Mode sometimes as this quickly gives me the depth of field I need without worrying too much about settings but I will keep going with Manual.

Enjoy the Pet Photo Fails with Melissa and Mudpie this Friday and I hope they put you in a smiling mood for the weekend.

Marjorie Dawson

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.

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6 thoughts on “Faster Fails with Bad Camera Settings”

  1. Whoa! TW has dabbled with manual settings but quickly reverted back to manual and she still mucks up photos. She used to use manual exclusively on her analog camera.

    I do like your photos and am enjoying the two bonus cats in the first one. What was staff doing with his hand? Gasp!

  2. It takes practice and luck to get good action shots! My human has a good one of Binga on y blog today, but she was lucky, and she had her shutter speed/aperture just right to get her face (and almost nothing else) in focus.

  3. Oooh, they were moving fast, and just shows that even fails can be useful to learn by.
    Lots of purrs


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