Get your feline photography on with these pointers
“I wanted a cat’s-eye view of my neighbor’s pet, so I set my Canon PowerShot G9 on the step of my stoop and waited for her to get accustomed to it,” says San Francisco-based artist and healthcare worker Darwin Bell. “Because the camera was a nonthreatening compact, she wasn’t disturbed by it.”
Soon enough, he reached down, pressed the shutter, and nabbed this beauty. His tips for feline photos:
● Avoid big cameras and lenses. When cats see big lenses, they tend to nose them. “You don’t want that,” says Bell. Use a wide-angle zoom setting, a compact camera that focuses close, and one like the G9 that has an articulated LCD screen.
● Natural light is best. Cats often bolt when a flash goes off.
● Focus manually to assure what should be sharp is indeed sharp. Luckily, compact cameras, even at their largest apertures, provide deep depth of field.
See more of Darwin's excellent work on Flickr.