The festive season is approaching and we hope you will enjoy taking part in our Best Books for Christmas giveaway as well as this week’s fabulous Pet Parade. Today is day three of our review and giveaway series.
Welcome to Pet Parade 278
I hope you will post of your Instagram pictures, Wordless and Wordy Wednesday posts and there is plenty of room for Facebook and Tweets too. We love to RT and share our friends’ posts, and thank everyone for being part of the Parade.
How to Photograph a Black Cat
Our fur family member Phoebe has been a challenge to photograph because she has dark fur which absorbs light. Black cat photography is something our camera skills are expanding towards as I learn more about settings. Here’s what happened when I first tried to capture Phoebe’s dark fur.
In the first picture, I was aiming for a light-hearted look for a post I wrote about our new cat stroller. Phoebe is indoors, unlit and looks almost invisible.
I had to try again and did some research on photographing dark fur. For the second image, I have aimed at a good all-around ambient light and it is an improvement. The portrait is clearer because was taken outside where Phoebe was posing on our deck railing.
Because I was struggling with black fur I realised some research would be helpful and recommend this page on the IlexPhoto site It’s helpful because it is not too technical and won’t intimidate a newbie DSLR user.
“Capturing detail in a dark subject set against a lighter background presents a challenge of balancing exposure: You want to record detail in the darker areas but don’t want to lose detail in the lighter tones”. IlexPhoto
The Ilex article covers why the picture of a black cat might be challenging and how to use basic settings to get your images right. I also found out that the same issues apply to white on white photography.
Today’s book review is appropriate given the topic of our photograph!
Black Cats Tell All Ed. Layla Morgan Wilde
This popular book is one we have reviewed before and if you have not heard of it, where have you been? The book, edited by Layla Morgan Wilde, is a delight and a joy for every cat lover.
The book is packed with stories and pictures of cats and their antics, which have been submitted by black cat lovers worldwide. There are laugh out loud moments and moving stories of love and devotion. Several blogging cats and Instagram cats make appearances too.
The book can be purchased from Black Cats Non Profit Shop
How Will Best Books at Christmas 2018 Work?
There is one book review each day for five days this week. I also have three books with extra treats to give away. The giveaway is worldwide so all are welcome to enter.
- Munro plus handmade New Zealand wool cat stuffy
- Inspiration notebook signed by Kristina Karlsson
- A Tale of Two Kitties by Nick Harding
Don’t let the Pet Parade pass YOU by!
Marjorie and the
Dash Kitten Crew