Post 892: good advice on photographing black cats…or doggies, too, I suppose!

One of my favorite kitty video makers put out an excellent video on photographing dark pets.

If you have one or two (like I do!), you will recognize the problems he identifies, and feel inspiration to try to take those photos of the little darlings that seem impossible.

Or, you can continue to take photos like this one I recently posted of the boys:

dark kitties of the corn

Black cats are hard to photograph!

Sho Ko (Shorty and Kodi) channel on YouTube is fun, nicely done, and worth your time if you like kitties.Take a look if you aren’t familiar with this delightful channel!

13 thoughts on “Post 892: good advice on photographing black cats…or doggies, too, I suppose!

  1. I wonder if they have one for white cats. Kommando usually looks like a blob, particularly next to Snoops (calico). The camera seems to adjust to Snoops, washing out Kommando.

    • Check your camera features for adjustments. Most these days have features that allow you to emphasize or de-emphasize different things. I know if I focus on the cat, then adjust the framing to what I want, the cat comes out. If I let the camera automatically select what it thinks is the subject, it gives the largest object in the frame or the thing closest to the camera priority. Playing with hoiw the camera responds to different situations often gives uyou a hint about how to correct for washed out white kitties or solid black black ones. You’ll improve your odds of getting a decent photo this way.

        • I hope I was helpful. I still struggle with the “too black” issue, and part of my “success” taking their photos is having the right lights on and my camera ready when I spot an activity I think might be of interest. Usually, though, I’m short of light or don’t have a camera on hand.

    • For sure! Any dark subject requires a bit of thought to photograph well. Of course, the same goes for subjects that are very light colored. Modern cameras can handle lots of these technical issues automatically, but the challenge is to learn how to do it when the camera lacks a feature or you want to become a more proficient photographer.

    • I’ve given up settling for good shots. If you look at what I post, you’ll see lots of technically weak or failed photos of my kitties. I say go ahead and shoot lots of photos of your kitties, and you will find that many will be better than you expected! Of course, it can help to use Photoshop, or other photo processing program, too.

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