Written by Marjorie Dawson

Natural Light Works Its Magic on a Cat Photo

Natural Light Works Its Magic on a Cat Photo

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This week’s selfie shows how natural light works its magic on a simple profile photo. Your smartphone camera can catch this as well as any DSLR, give it a try!

In the picture I am using for this post, Toulouse was watching Bird TV intently out of the window. I knew this was a great chance to catch his profile at a special moment.

The 2020 Dash Kitten photo challenge launched on Wednesday and the first project for everyone to try is to capture your cat (or other pet) in four or five different shots that show their personality. I hope the challenge will help us all to feel closer, in spite of being far away from family and friends.

Natural Light Works Its Magic on Toulouse

This photo seems to capture Toulouse’s thoughtful and keen look as he explores life in his new home.

Editing Toulouse’s Photo

The photo has been straightened and I cropped out a lot of background. You can see how much in the original photo below. I also lightened the image using the exposure tool. I used the dodge and burn tools to focus attention on his face.

If you have a photo you like but are not completely happy with, always explore how you might be able to tweak it. Start with the smallest of adjustments in settings and explore using a duplicate copy of your image. Cropping or changing exposure can make a big difference as can adjusting tones and colours. I am a real fan of dodge and burn, and how effective it can be.

All of my selfie friends are welcome to join the challenge over the coming four weeks. Next week is about digital image manipulation with fun filters and there are four fun projects over the holidays. Try one!

All are welcome worldwide!

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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10 thoughts on “Natural Light Works Its Magic on a Cat Photo”

  1. toulouse ewe bee lookin total lee awesum lee awesum !!!!

    and knot post ree lated tho we did wanna say we hope ewe haz a merree Christmas anda happee healthee blessed 2021 !! 🙂 🙂 ♥♥ we iz headed ta knot on line land for a few 🙂 ♥♥♥ see ya soon ~~~~

  2. Tolouse looks great! I am going to have to read all these posts, purrhaps the cats will be appreciative (as so many of my photos are fails).


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