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By mctaylorspain
Experimenting with my new Nikon D3100. Need to get my head around the learning curve before I have to go and shoot photos of the shelter cats for the blog and advertising.

Any advice on shooting cats playing indoors would be very helpful as I had a lot of trouble on my last shoot with the kittens.

Tags: Pets and captive animals

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SUE118 Plus
10 8 1 United Kingdom
4 Oct 2011 4:28PM
Superb image well done.

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cameracat 14 8.6k 61 Norfolk Island
5 Oct 2011 7:40PM
Luvverly looking moggie....Goo cat portrait too, But slightly let down by the thing that appears to be sticking out of his " Right " ear.....Sad

Shooting moggies in doors, Well I find that I get the best results using a long lens, ie: in my case a Nikon 70-300mm pretty basic nothing fancy, Add to that a speedlight that is always set to bounce or vertical " Never Fired Straight At The Cats " .....!!!

Then its a case of patience waiting for the compositions to emerge, Whilst being fairly quick to adapt or change settings as the situations dictate.

Generally I start with an aperture of f/8 and adjust accordingly, The speedlight ( A Nikon SB-800 ) is set to iTTL Balanced, I bounce the light of the ceilings or walls, Or whatever comes to hand, The thing with cats & kittens is patience, An assistant with a piece of string or their favourite toys can help a lot too.....Grin

The other techniques are catching the moggs when they are fixed on something, You can get some great natural light shots when they sit on a window sill staring at birds in the garden Or whatever takes their fancy......Smile

Why the long lens, Well I find fir indoor shots, I can get them where ever they might be in a room, You can get in close without being in thier faces and distracting them, Also shooting from a greater distance when using the speedlight helps to make sure they are not blinded by it, It can also give plenty of light on the subject and if used with a little piece of white card taped to the head, You can throw a tiny amount of light forwards, Just enough for some gentle " Catchlights " Or is that " Cats Lights " ....LOL....Grin

Hope some of that guff above helps, Good luck with further moggie shooting......Smile

Check out my PF there are a few kitty pics there somewhere.....Wink

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