Home Photography Ideas: Purring Cat Portraits

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The internet is obsessed with cats, and so are we! We love our furry felines, and for us there is no greater pleasure than taking funny portraits of our companions as they walk around the house doing cute things.

And of course, with most of us still observing confinement conditions, now is the perfect time to snap some purring photos of our pets – especially since we’re always hungry for new subjects to photograph!

Inevitably, however, as cute as our feline friends can be, when you have your cameras ready, they’ll look cute from awkward angles or in dark areas. So getting a clear picture can be tricky, but that’s where this project comes in.

You’ll just need to move a few dials and press a few buttons to get the ideal settings for capturing clear photos. All it takes is a little patience, faster exposure times and a bump in ISO…and a few accessories to keep your cat interested!

Portrait lenses and nifty fifties are ideal – it’s a portrait, after all – but you can also get great results using a wide 24mm lens like us. This allows you to get a little closer to your cat, which can help you get (and keep!) their attention.

If you’re looking to take more dynamic portraits using lighting – and even a wet dog – take a look at our Soggy Dog Portraits tutorial!

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01 GB automatic

Switch to manual mode and set your ISO to automatic – this way your camera will change the sensitivity for you, depending on the light in the room. This will leave you free to set aperture and shutter speed separately.

02 Make it eye-catching

Use a semi-wide aperture, such as f/3.2, and a fast shutter speed, such as 1/250 sec; this way you’ll maximize the light coming through the lens, the depth of field will decrease nicely and your cat will stay in focus if it moves.

03 Get down to their level

You can try taking pictures from above, and with an attractive floor, that can work well. For more intimate portraits of your kittens, place your camera at the same height as your cat’s eyes, focus on them, and shoot!

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