Beginner Cat Photo Skills

How To Embrace Imperfections in Your Cat Photos

With the development of digital SLR cameras, camera ‘phones, and other devices, it is easy to find ourselves deleting too much, too quickly. It’s not good enough, it’s not perfect, it takes up valuable space.

I have news for you and your device. Sometimes delete, delete and delete again is not the great idea we think it is.

I want to use this week’s Pet Parade to encourage you to look again at your terrible pictures to find the treasures you have overlooked so don’t delete that picture yet.

That Imperfect Image?

It could be the only memory you have.

Look at the pictures we are including in this post. Except for the wonderful picture of Harry (so you know I can take a good picture). These are full of flaws, but, each one holds a memory that is more precious that quality, sharpness or perfect framing.

Harry at Neko Ngeru
One of our favourite images. Harry Posing in the sun.

Filters are An Option for a Poor Image

I have been encouraging readers to experiment with filters to enhance your images. A filter can transform an indifferent picture into something eye-catching.

If you have image processing software, using a filter can be worth it. For many pictures though there may be a strong and sentimental link you still treasure.

Pet Parade 267 Silver

Bad This, Bad That, Bad Everything

This is a ‘don’t be too hard on yourself’ type picture. Everyone will have pictures like this. Less than top quality but something that captures an unrepeatable moment.

Dusty stopped going out when he became very frail, in fact, you can see just how slender he is here. This turned out to be one of his last trips out into the garden. A snatched moment becomes a memory to treasure and look back on with love.

It is a picture it might have been so easy to delete due to its poor quality but it is one that stays on my hard drive and I will print it off too.

Embracing Imperfections in Your Photographs
Don’t Delete That Picture. A Quiet Memory.

Ignore the Clutter Check the Senior Cat Pose

Another unforgiving image with a story behind it. This is Peanut our 19.5 senior who passed a couple of years ago. The focus is not 100% sharp, and look at the clutter of ornaments behind her.

But, you know what?

This picture was featured on the BlogPaws® website for their Wordless Wednesday feature. Their priority was featuring a senior cat, not the most beautiful pet portrait ever.

Image of Peanut from
Peanut as featured on BlogPaws

The Out of Focus Kitty

For recent visitors to the blog, Dusty has quite a history, this includes movies and plenty of mischief! Dusty became a treasured and loved member of our family and this blurry shot captures something of his cheeky and fearless spirit so it stays – blurry or not.

Picture Perfect Blurry Dusty

Just Because Something’s Wrong

This cute picture is our youngster Phoebe. There’s the corner of a litter tray, then the table leg takes up space on the left side. She is surrounded by garden “stuff”.

You know what? I have not deleted the picture because I am happy that I managed to capture her serious young face, and the light isn’t too bad either.

There are some of the things I can do to improve this picture:

  • Trim or clone out the unwelcome garden furniture.
  • Lighten her dark fur so she stands out more.
  • Close crop to just the area around Phoebe’s face.
  • Add a frame to obscure the edges of the picture.
Picture Perfect Phoebe

Before Deleting Your Photographs

Unless your image is a total catastrophe, which can happen, set aside your judgement on a picture for a short period of time. Give yourself a time out before deleting anything.

I read on a lifestyle blog that you should not delete any of your holiday pictures until you get home. You never know what you might miss checking through your little viewfinder, maybe on a bright day at the beach, or during busy conference evening with friends.

This piece of photography advice is something I have not forgotten. What seems terrible one day is, maybe, not half bad the next, and even ‘Wow that’s Good’ a few days later! So go easy on that delete button!

Hold off on deleting any image until you can examine it properly.

Picture Perfect Memories


Don’t be too hard on the picture, or your own skills.

You may have just one shot of something special. It is all you have, your only memory. Keep it. You have a wonderful image to treasure, even if you never share it with the world.

Go one step further, have the picture printed off. So many images are lost in the digital age because people forget to print off a copy. How many baby pictures are lost, or kitten pictures wiped by accident? Print. One. Off and then let us know what you have in store for the Pet Parade.

Figure of a woman with a Silver Tabby


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.

10 thoughts on “How To Embrace Imperfections in Your Cat Photos”

  1. I don’t delete any pictures … in fact, I’ve got multiple copies of some of them. Most of my pictures of Kitty are horrendous – but I cling to them now.

  2. Fantastic tips guys, love it! We take a lot of pics mainly on the iphone and the majority neffur see the light of day unless we’re doing a bloopers post! Although the P.A. did get out her Sony compact and charge it up the other day, so maybe something new is happening! MOL

  3. Sorry, I put the link to my photos blog (Wordless Wednesday) for my comment. The link is right in the blog hop for the boys blog.

  4. These are great tips. I have a lot of out of focus photos over the years but kept them anyway. When they are no longer with us every photo becomes even more precious.
    Somehow you have disappeared from my reader, and when I tried adding you again it said it couldn’t find your url.

  5. Great advice. Plus you can use bloopers for the photo fails hop Melissa and Mudpie do the last Friday of the month 🙂

  6. Good advice, there are moments that should be kept – you never know when that will be the last picture or the pic that captures the personality so well.

  7. So much truth in what you say about images and cropping—or just keeping them as memories. I have tons that aren’t good or near good, but they all serve to be a memory that is irreplaceable.

  8. I’m very sorry, I can’t link to your blog hop, you must have a copy and paste plugin. I can’t past my blog post url and it’s too long to type correctly. See my Monday post. Anyways, you’re so right, those photos are all so very special and the memories are special too.

  9. Great tips, Marjorie. Especially with digital, it’s so easy to make snap judgements about photos before getting home and really looking at them. Love the photos of Dusty. 🙂


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