April is Cat Close-Up Selfies month here on the blog. Friends are starting to see signs of exciting spring further north and I am watching autumnal leaves fall with cats chasing them around the garden at giddy speeds.
I wonder if our friends the Kitties Blue are seeing signs of spring too? Before we get to the selfies, an appeal:
Seasonal Cat Close-ups
With the mid-week Pet Parade Dash Kitten blog launched an informal pet close-up photography challenge. Not just cats, but parrots, and rabbits and dogs too.
I have submissions from pet people who have taken various animal close-ups and I will be featuring these through the month on the blog. They are not all ‘fancy camera’ shots either.
Tuxedo Cat Series with Miranda
To encourage you all I am showing a series of portraits of Miranda as she perched on the deck railing. I am adding a few ‘tech notes’ for those who aim to start using their DSLR camera.
- I am using Av mode a lot for but if you have any other portrait tips let me know in the comments.
I would love you to take a fresh look at the camera you have and start taking pictures of the best subject – pets. Either your Smartphone, a Point and Shoot or a DSLR camera.
The tech notes for my tuxedo cat portraits:
- Av mode is a pre-set mode I covered briefly here. I have used it on Miranda’s pictures. Av mode means when you shoot ‘aperture priority’ you set the aperture (the f-stop) and also the ISO. The camera will set the shutter speed for you, to ensure proper exposure. For me, it’s a bit hit and miss but my strike rate is getting better.
- ISO 400. ISO brightens or darkens a photograph. If you take a picture in a darker place a higher ISO helps you see more and, therefore, take a better picture!
- F6.3. I am still getting to grips with F stops. This is a good description to start with: “the length of time a camera shutter is open to expose light into the camera sensor” from Photography Life. It is the kind of subject where all of a sudden things will click and understanding will happen.
The pictures here were taken in the early evening, with the sun quite low but still bright. Miranda was relaxed in spite of the shutter sound of my Canon 1300D DSLR. The shutter has a nice clunky sound (for me) but until a cat gets used to it, the
TOP TIP: If your camera makes a noise when you take a picture, play around with and near your cats to reassure them that nothing bad will happen.
This is Miranda’s selfie for April’s close-up celebration. Join us and our friends in discovering how a selfie picture can be really special.