Written by Marjorie Dawson

Insta Emotion #52Assignments No. 13

Insta Emotion #52Assignments No. 13

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This weeks fascinating and challenging technique from the 52 Assignments book is called Insta Emotion. What is it? How to you capture it?

Thankful Thursday Graphic at Dash Kitten

The book describes it as a way to portray and convey human emotion and suggests that the emotion of a photograph crosses borders and communicates feelings much better than words. Of course, I am taking this in a cat direction!

Portraying emotions is something Instagram is good at, happiness, sadness, humour or laughter can all be captured with a snapshot.

Insta Emotion from a Cheeky Cat Wearing  Hat
Image Credit © Twenty20Photos

Conveying Emotion

Emotions are popular hashtags but conveying a feeling photographically – requires a bit of thought.

Adam Juniper

Be conscious of the light when you grab your smartphone, compact or DSLR. Soft natural light helps the viewer see and read the face and body of your cat (or human) subject. If you are looking for a reaction, you need to be alert and ready.

Check out the cheeky cat in the image at the start of this post. The picture is a combination of luck and perfect timing.

A special moment of Insta emotion for me was finding a photograph from 2013 when Silver had just been adopted. The photograph is touched with gentle humour. Both Dash and Silver are waiting for the rain to stop to go out to play. I wonder what might Dash be saying to his young friend?

I would note that without my printing off this image and putting it in an album, it might have been lost forever. It will be part of my Instagram posts for this chapter of the book.

Dash and kitten Silver look at the Rain.
Smartphone Image © Dash Kitten

Insta Emotion Assignment

For the book’s assignment, you need to capture a reaction. While the book uses a human subject you will focus on your cat’s reaction to something or someone. You know you have succeeded when you capture a look of puzzlement or realisation then post it online and get a positive reaction. People relate. Their cats might do the same thing like this yawning reaction of Toulouse so being photographed!

Yawning tabby cat action shot captures Instant Emotion
Yawning Toulouse © Dash Kitten ISO 200 55 mm f/8 1/125

Hashtag Tips

Simple hashtags describing emotion are a good place to start. #Happy #CatLovers #CatFun #TabbyFun #HappyCat

Something to Remember

Your insta emotion does not have to be a positive or happy one. Your emotion can reflect anger or sorrow. The world would be colourless if we did not acknowledge the quiet or sad moments in life.

Cats we follow and love on Instagram who are part of the Cats on Instagram Community ( #COICommunity) are as much a part of our lives as nearby friends, and their loss often inspired memorial graphics that reach and touch as many as a happy photo.

The 52 Assignment Posts Details:

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 “Insta Emotion #52Assignments No. 13”

  1. Thanks for sharing this wonderful post with us. Catching your cat’s emotions just at the right time in a photograph is always amazing. We just love the photos that you share. Have a beautiful rest of your day.

  2. All adorable photos but I especially love the one of Dash and Silver! And very interesting about the emotions conveyed by photos!

  3. Cats can and do show their emotions and often. They are ever so precious too.

    Have a purrfect Thankful Thursday. ♥

  4. That shot of your two kitties is priceless! Its like Dash is the mentor to Silver and relating what might happen if Silver goes out in the rains.
    I have a very few – not digital – images of our first kitty Groucho when he became a big brother to three kittens over the years, but the best were the ones where he is sleeping with one. Esp Simba and Suki.
    Once I caught Minko peeking around the backdrop I had put in place to make some pics of MJF, it was like ‘well, hello, what’cha doing??’ Its really a bad image with all kinds of clutter, but I love it!


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