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Old 8th of August 2011 (Mon)   #1
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Default Tips for Photographing Black Cats ...?

I've had terrible luck with any shots of my black cat.

Anyone have any tips?

I open the raw files in lightroom and then usually feel i have to zero out the "black" slider to see any detail what so ever.

I lower contrast and what not... and i think all the pictures are terrible.

Can anyone indoor shots of black cats that you like with shooting details?

I'm thinking i need softbox or something.

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Old 15th of August 2011 (Mon)   #2
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Old 15th of August 2011 (Mon)   #3
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What's your metering, spot, or evaluative, try overexposing by a stop and work from there
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Pretend it's a black dog: http://photography-on-the.net/forum/...d.php?t=994305
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Old 17th of September 2011 (Sat)   #5
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The biggest problem I have with my black cat is the lint. Seriously. The cat is a walking lint brush. I take a shot and look at it in PS and I can't believe how much lint and flakes the cat has in his fur. I have to spend a half hour with the spot removal tool to clean the image up enough to post.

Getting detail is always going to be a problem. Tough to get the lighting right if the cat won't sit still.
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The biggest problem I have with my black cat is the lint. Seriously. The cat is a walking lint brush. I take a shot and look at it in PS and I can't believe how much lint and flakes the cat has in his fur. I have to spend a half hour with the spot removal tool to clean the image up enough to post.

Getting detail is always going to be a problem. Tough to get the lighting right if the cat won't sit still.
Maybe instead 5 minutes with a brush on the cat
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Old 18th of September 2011 (Sun)   #7
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Maybe instead 5 minutes with a brush on the cat
That creates more flakage.
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Use a piece of kitchen paper slightly damp, wipe over the cat before you shoot any pics - it really helps with the flaky bits.
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Old 31st of October 2011 (Mon)   #9
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My GF has a black cat. She does well when shes against a light background and in the daylight. If she's indoors I get a weird glare off the fur. Here is my best one of her


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Old 8th of November 2011 (Tue)   #10
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@ M-Six - Have you tried a lint roller? If his/her skin is very flaky you can add salmon oil to his food.
I find sunlight is the easiest way to get a good shot. I put the cat tree next to the window and hope for the best.

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If she's indoors I get a weird glare off the fur.
In a way, the glint is what you have to use to see black fur! Work that from different angles.

I'd love to see that shot with more DOF and custom WB.
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1. The cameras meter will try to make the cat into 18% gray. Under expose to get a true black.

2. Cross light the cat. Cross lighting will bring out the texure in its coat...

3. Say "To hell with that!" and photograph a dog. Dogs are easier to photograph...
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Start with good lighting, wherever possible. Soft lighting, but lots of it. Harsh lighting will produce glare/shine. Good natural light or a softbox, if you can. This shot is using flash, but bounced up and behind me off a white wall.

As for lint and stray hairs, a damp cloth works ok, as long as it's not so wet that the fur shines. I also use a feather toy to flick away really noticeable hairs - it also gets their attention, too!
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Patrick's posts are harvested from other websites and appear in multiple places on multiple forums. Google "Your first thought for pet photography may be a formal, full-body pose" if you want to see for yourselves.

Patrick, if you're a real person please post about your own experiences in your own words.
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