21 tips for taking beautiful cat photos!

21 tips for taking beautiful cat photos!

Zoran Milutinovic is a professional pet photographer based in Serbia. As a lover of cats himself, he specializes in photographing cats in their natural environment, capturing all their quirks, habits, and facial expressions. His photos have been published in magazines, virtual galleries, greeting cards, calendars, mobile apps, wallpapers, posters, and book covers.

Curious about capturing great images of cats? In this tutorial, he shares some of his expert tips on photographing fascinating felines!

How To Photograph Cats by Zoran Milutinovic

If you want to become a successful photographer, you must always teach yourself new skills, and search for new ideas and inspiration. It’s okay to look up to other photographers’ works, but at the end it’s also important to develop your own style — the results will follow. Just do what you love and love what you do.

For me, my passion in life are cats. When you’re photographing cats, remember to treat them as friends, and your photos will be full of emotions. Be patient and respect your subject — never force a cat to do something against his or her will.

Below are some of my cat photography tips:

1. Carry your camera with you all the time.

It’s the only way to be in the right place at the right time. You don’t want to miss all the unexpected situations that cats put themselves into. You never know when you may come across a unique and beautiful cat doing something really funny or cool.

2. Get their attention by playing to their curiosity.

Cats have different characters and traits; they all react differently to similar situations. But one thing they have in common is their natural curiosity. Use it — it’s one of the ways to make the cats go where you want and do what you want them to do.

Crackling your fingers, rustling paper or dry leaves, or tossing pebbles are great ways to get their attention. Toss pebbles in the direction where you want to direct the cats, and their curiosity will do the rest. The cats will go and check out what’s there, then just use the paper rustling to make cats turn towards you.

3. Be patient.

The chances of the cat doing what you intended are 50-50, so don’t worry if you don’t manage to do it during your first try. This is the charm of shooting cats in their field—you have to work hard and eventually, good photos will follow. Remember, if they do not want to follow you, do not make them by force. Just wait until they are ready to do it.

4. Always form a plan for what you want to capture.

But make peace with the fact that you will not always succeed in the first attempt. Accept that cats sometimes will not cooperate; that’s their nature.

5. Capture the action with your camera settings ready.

When photographing static postures, manual adjustment is recommended.

6. For shooting action photos of running or jumping cats, it’s not a shame to put the device on automatic mode.

No matter how fast you are with the settings, the cat is always one step ahead of you — you may miss the perfect frame or moment.

7. The ideal settings for taking action shots

3D focus tracking and continues mode
Shutter speed 1/1000 s or higher
Aperture f/5.6

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