Toulouse has been having some fun times out in the garden as the weather has been surprisingly warm for winter. I sneaked out behind him and enjoyed taking some telephoto lens motion shots of a winter sun tabby cat.
New Zealand has had some dramatic winter rain in between the sunny days and I made the most o them getting out with my camera. Check out the results I grabbed on one of those good days! The lesson here? Seize the moment, grab your camera and, even if your setting is automatic -get ready to take cat photos.
Toulouse Grabs Some Winter Sunshine
Toulouse is a confident young boy cat now and play-fights with his friend Thomas. This lets me grab some pretty fun shots of him, and I get them sharper than I ever have before.
Summer or Winter You Can Take A Portrait Like This
- Set your camera to Av (or A) mode, or use burst if you are using a compact, or a smartphone.
- Get down (and maybe dirty) at cat level!
- Take lots of photos. Most won’t come out but one or two will and they are worth the effort.
- Stand up, dust yourself off and feel proud you got adventurous taking photos!
Seasonal Tabby Portrait Settings
I usually have my ISO set to 200, even if I am trying out Manual my photography tutor, and this worked well as there is plenty of brightness and colour. My telephoto lens allowed me to zoom in close and capture a sun-loving kitty expression as he snoozes.
Sunshine can create strong shadows so take a test photo using Aperture Priority (A or Av) and ISO 200 then adjust your ISO down to 100 or Auto if you are not sure.
I found that I did have a lot of shadow on Toulouse’s face so I dodged some brightness in there to bring out his face and it looks clear and bright. The lesson? If you get a photo like this that isn’t too dark, try a bit of gentle lightening using either Exposure or the Dodge/Burn tool.
Remember to work on a copy of your photo and save it under a new name. This will keep your original photograph intact for other adjustments or uses.
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