They know that you’re up to something, so they either try to sniff the camera lens, or they walk away, so all you get is a close up of cat nose, or a long shot of cat bee-hind.
In this photo shoot, I’m using a radio control device so I can wrangle the cat into position and then take the photo, or at least that was the idea. I was having a hard time making the radio thing work though, and the end result is really hilarious serious of photos. Enjoy me looking like a complete dork in this set.
Thanks to Pacer Stacktrain for taking time out of his busy birdwatching schedule to help me with this photo shoot!
I first posted these photos in a post on how to photograph cats. Really, all you need to do is to be doing something that you don’t want them involved in. Then they show up and do something really interesting, like this:
I found a great tool during this session. It was a weird white string with a nice bounce to it, so it had a neat movement that Twix enjoyed, and the prop looked good from a styling point of view. Now if I could just get better at lighting….
I was trying to photograph this ribbon in a creative and artistic way.
And then Twix showed up.
So, how do you photograph cats?
Well, you start by trying to photograph something else. Probably something that you don’t want them to mess with. You’ve got to be like the house guest who doesn’t care for cats, and exhibit body language that says, “Ick! Stay away from me!” And then they will come. They will arrive and they will be ready to rock and roll.
So, here are the results of the photography session:
How To Photograph Cats #2: An Exercise in Futility
I’ve been using a tripod and remote shutter control device a lot lately. This allows me to reposition the cat frequently (these things move around a lot). The disadvantages are that it can be hard to get the camera to “hear” the remote, and my butt seems to be in about 50% of the photos. I figured this set of photo outtakes was worth a giggle.