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16th of October 2011 (Sun), 23:14
Any suggestions? Our kitten has the nickname of Dash because he hardly sits still long enough for us to get a picture of him. Any suggestions in to get a good picture of a kitten?
20th of October 2011 (Thu), 07:14
20th of October 2011 (Thu), 07:27
Stick a piece of string on a stick, stick the stick into the cushions of the couch, stick the kitten under the string. Or have a helper dangle the string over the kitten.
Unless you're looking for static portraits, in which case I hear Super Glue and duct tape work pretty good...
21st of October 2011 (Fri), 13:22
I no longer have a kitten (they have both grown up, and are 4 and 5)
But my younger cat still tears around the house like a kitten, and still plays like a kitten.
Here's How I photograph him.
In an average lit room (lit well enough for the camera to focus quickly, but not overly bright) settings of around 400-800 iso, f4-8 and shutter speed locked at 1/250
I use a pair of speedlites attached to pocketwizards in opposite corners of the room bounced off the ceiling.
You can do this with the flash on camera, and bounced off the roof, and is actually a reasonable use for one of those little "diffuser" things.
Basically you are trying to set the shutter speed /aperture/iso combination to ignore the ambient light, but not tax the flash to much
The pulse of light from the flash will freeze the motion
Get a bit of wool or a cat toy, and dangle it In front of the kitten, wave it around, the kitten will play with it.
Shoot lots, delete the crap, you will end up with a few keepers
Here's one of my cat
Not sure on the shooting details, I'm going to guess a 1dmk2n, 24-70L and either one flash on camera, pointed up at the roof, or a pair, on pocketwizard flexes, in opposite corners of the room, bouncing of the roof
20th of November 2011 (Sun), 09:35
Use a feather on a line at the end of a stick to attract and entice the kitten. Photograph the kitten while it is moving rather than trying to get it to stay still...
21st of September 2012 (Fri), 13:59
Since Dash is an on-the-go type of kitten, perhaps this technique would give you a memorable shot:
And it would be different from the millions (billions?) of cat pictures out there. :)
27th of September 2012 (Thu), 19:08
You didn't mention what gear you have... If only pop up flash, put a little diffuser on it and try to shoot during daylight or turn on as many lights as you can... If you have a speed light, use it! Point it 45deg and bounce it off the ceiling. Set to high speed sync as sometimes 1/250 isn't fast enough. Aperture f4-8 will work fine. I like to shoot shallow but not always good when they are scurrying about. LOL!!
If you want more info, PM me (I'm a cat lady - and photograph them all the time)
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