Today I want to share a pet photo fail that I hope will amuse aspiring photographers and remind you that just because your photo timing is off doesn’t mean your picture is a total disaster.
You may try to plan your shots when you work with a pet. As a beginner you might note down potential settings and exposures, like I do. Maybe you have a smartphone app to help.
But even with everything worked out, your photo timing and exposure ends up all over the place. The images seems a disaster and your ideas crumble into pieces smaller than a dried catnip leaf.
Photo Timing Success?
Sometimes though the images are not as bad as you think they are. I suggest that you delete nothing until you have reviewed your photographs. Review images in as large a format as you can. Maybe a tablet or computer screen.
I did not think that the photo I include here photo was anything but a dark blur – until I loaded it into my computer. I did not expect to find myself with a wicked kitty faceplant of epic proportions.
Oh, and before you worry, Peaches is fine and bounced off the cushion with the wand toy firmly in her teeth.
- TOP TIP: If you use a smartphone, your screen is usually large enough so don’t stress about enlarging your images further.
Cat and Kitten Photo Tips
You may find when photographing active young cats and kittens that their antics make you freeze with horror. Don’t panic, the kittens see every leap and tumble as an adventure.
Keep your eye on your subjects. Be ready to intervene if you need to, but if the kitten speeds off to its next adventure, take a breath and keep shooting.
- TOP TIP: Remember that ‘sport‘ mode is great for pet action shots, and may give you a better chance of capturing puppy tumbles or kitten leaps.
I was tempted to do all kinds of adjustments to my ‘disaster’. I could lighten it, sharpen it, adjust colours or dodge it to show Peaches more clearly.
But, with a very high ISO of 3200, the digital noise has made the photo grainy. I decided to leave my adjustments at gentle lightening so Peaches is more clearly seen.
Never be too hasty to delete your pictures without a thorough review. You might have a gem that will be ‘oh so shareable’ even if it’s not perfect.
Has a photo ever surprised you like this?