Today’s post is short and sweet. It spotlights a black cat during Black Cat Appreciation Month. This is a portrait of Inky in both landscape and portrait formats.
I would be interested to hear which of the two is your favourite.
Inky in Portrait Mode
You may have seen my post on taking pictures vertically in ‘portrait’ mode. If not check it out for helpful beginner tips.
Check your camera settings as most devices help you by having several pre-sets on a dial or menu that take care of things like light or focus. These will help you get it right quickly. Then you can decide which orientation you want to use.
Find yours and try them out – experiment with what works and what doesn’t. Then add your disasters to the fun monthly Photo Fails hosted by Melissa and Mudpie.
Did you know?
Looking down on a subject can seem to diminish them, or make them seem small so being at cat level, or below really works.
The first photograph was taken looking upwards giving Inky a feeling of strength and empowerment which photographers see as very important when dealing with a model (animal or human).
The only adjustment I made was to lighten Inky’s fur a small amount, He is sitting side on to the light so, perhaps, not the perfect glossy black cat shot, but in its favour, the eyes and bell have come out well in the picture.
I added a second portrait of Inky. It was taken several months after the picture above and from a closer position. I was able to capture Inky’s bright eye and fur.
Stop Press: Our guest post is up at Katzenworld
Inky in Landscape Mode
I am posting this landscape format photograph of Inky without editing and want to challenge you to see what you might change about it. The light comes from the left-hand side of the photograph as you look at it.
I like the amount of clean space around Inky as it contrasts with his soft glossy fur but:
Would you change the picture of Inky? If so, how?
Join Brian and his family for this week’s Thursday hop and meet some friendly and creative pet folk.