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Tutorial : Enter Cats' World by darkcalypso Tutorial : Enter Cats' World by darkcalypso
Hi ! :)

Here is a tutorial about improving your cat photography.

I truly hope this tutorial will be helpful... and that you'll like it. :heart:


There are few things I can add :
- I never take cat photos in studio and most of the time I use only natural light (outside, or throught a window when I'm inside).
- All my cat pictures are hand-held photos (no tripod).
- All the advice I give are good for animal photography in general.

... Don't hesitate to ask if something isn't clear !
Feel free to show me your work. ;)



EDIT :
Here is :iconsamael94:'s great work ! :)
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Nya-Kanon Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Very Good, I Hope I Can Take Good Pictures Too!
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Azraelia Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013
:) thank you!
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iKatie22 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
wow! This is SOOO helpful! Thanks so much!
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GloriousAssassin Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, extremely helpful. I might even be able to use some of this on my dogs. :)
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shinx12365 Featured By Owner May 15, 2012  Student Digital Artist
so helpful c:<3
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IruUmino Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2012
Thank you for this tutorial! I don't take a lot of photos with cats, but first - they surely are pleasant topic for photos, and second - I feel that your advices can be useful for me in photographing other topics. Moreover, recently, I've a lot of cats around me (not my own, just wild) and I'm trying to be friendly with them but it goes like it goes, heh... And your words gave me some power, so I'll be trying harder :D
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HelgjeD Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012
Thanks for making this tutorial. It's very clear , especially with the examples. I'll try to remember and apply your advices.
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Salemik Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012
Thanks for the tutorial. Perhaps it will inspire me to have another go myself.
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16thSquadSanseki Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Last summer (2011) I was at my family who had lots of cats then because of the kittens and all and I took a lot of photos of them trying to follow your advices a bit ^^; I uploaded on dA 3 pics, I think that's my best one: [link]
I can give you a link to my photobucket folder where I have all the rest if you will feel like watching them :meow:
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:icondarkcalypso:
darkcalypso Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Hi !
I'm glad you tried to follow some of my advice ! Yes, I'd like to watch your other shots ;)

May I give you more advice for your photos ? :)
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JaneFox Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011
Ih, Calypso, I didn't know you made tutorials :lol:
This is a really great one; it explains things really well :)
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darkcalypso Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
LOL I'm glad if it is useful ! Thanks
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vinsulalee Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, this is such a great tutorial on cat photography. You've put in just the right amount of technical detail and kept the reverence for the subject. It's wonderful. I'm going to go home and photograph my cats now. :D
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RinChenDolphine Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2011
Awww, The cats are really cute
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Nexu4 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
this tutorial is really great work :clap:
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Photopathica Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2011   General Artist
very useful :)
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JuliaGeisler Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2011  Student General Artist
Thanks for writing this tutorial, it's very helpful ;)
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luneves Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Very interesting! :nod:
:clap:
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lozzinator101 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ah perfect if only i had my dream camera instead of a basic digital one i got for xmas a few years ago. i only wish i had the $700 to get it
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Samael94 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011
Le chat de mon frère est resté à la maison ce matin et j'en ai profité pour mettre à profit les conseils que tu donnes dans le tuto.

Les résultats sont là, si tu veux critiquer n'hésite pas je pourrai m'améliorer:

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darkcalypso Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Woow ! :nod: Elles sont superbes ! Netteté parfaite sur les yeux, attention du chat, belle composition et même un joli bokeh :D Bravo, j'aime beaucoup ! En plus le chat de ton frère a l'air calin XD
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Samael94 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011
Merci mais détrompe-toi, ce chat a presque peur de tout, je peux même pas le caresser vu qu'il ne me connaît pas :(
Et j'ai dû l'épuiser pendant une heure à jouer avec lui pour qu'il se pose enfin ^^
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:icondarkcalypso:
darkcalypso Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Alors c'est tout à ton honneur :)... et peut-être qu'à force de l'embêter pour le prendre en photo il deviendra moins peureux XD.
Si tu me permets, j'aimerais rajouter ton travail dans le commentaire du tuto ! :)
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Samael94 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011
Aucun problème, sans ton tuto ces photos n'existeraient même pas alors n'hésite pas à en faire ce que tu veux !
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darkcalypso Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Même si tu as suivi mes conseils, c'est toi qui a travaillé ;)
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Elwing-Isiliel Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Merci beaucoup pour le tutorial. ;)
J'aime beaucoup le point à propos des "non-cooperative cats" :D C'est vrai que parfois, lorsqu'ils ont décidé de ne pas se prêter au jeu, ils deviennent impossible (j'en ai un qui prend un malin plaisir à faire sa toilette à chaque fois qu'il me voit approcher avec l'appareil photo :XD:).
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ericzoe Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
benefited a great deal.....very helpful >333333<
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ArtByKassie Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011  Professional General Artist
Very good. :clap: :love:
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XxSvevaxX Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011
Thank you very much for posting this, it will be very useful! (:
I really like the shots you put here, they're really beautiful *-*
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Toxikomani Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011
awesome tutorial, very useful advices!
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CandiceSmithPhoto Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011  Professional Photographer
Hello again from #PetPortrait

because of your tutorial, we have just added a "Tutorial" folder to the group's gallery. We'd love if you'd submit this piece to the folder :)
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:icondarkcalypso:
darkcalypso Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Hi ! :)

I'm honored :nod: I'll add it as soon as my week limitation will be over lol.

Thanks a lot !
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CandiceSmithPhoto Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011  Professional Photographer
:) We look forward to seeing it submitted.
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CandiceSmithPhoto Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011  Professional Photographer
I just wanted to let you know that we, at #PetPortrait, have recently added this tutorial to our blog. We'd like this to be shared with our other members because you've done such a good job explaining this process :) The blog entry can be found here: [link]
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great-queen-morrigan Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011  Professional General Artist
It's helpfull and lovely tutorial:hug:
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Skodge Featured By Owner Jul 11, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Great tutorial!
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CherryKitten37 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome!
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kekseloph Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
great and very helpful!
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claremanson Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
i dont have a cat but this is great, might find some of it useful for my gecko :)
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Pan-Zareta Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for the lessons. Cat are difficult to photograph and I end up deleting at LEAST half of the photos I take.
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Nova225 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011
This is very fascinating. :)

I knew some of the tricks, and the *Rule of the thirds*, but I also got a few good information, and this is also a great reminder to look at before taking photos. :)
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Samael94 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011
Bien joué, un excellent tuto (que je mettrai en pratique dès que j'aurai un chat ^^') et une très bonne façon de faire une compilation de jolies photos de chats !
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Smidow Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This was a great tutorial! I think it's rather helpful :D I do have a question though, sorry if it's stupid ._. What is Av mode? I don't have a fancy camera and wonder if I might have a mode like that for shooting in poor lighting
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darkcalypso Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Hi ! I'm glad you like :hug:

No problem ^^. Av mode is the "Aperture value" mode, generally, it is closed to the "Manual" (M) mode. In Av mode, you choose the aperture and the camera choose the shooting speed. It's possible that your camera doesn't have it, new compacts does not have these settings...
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Smidow Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Aah, yes, I was looking at the options on my camera and I don't think I can :( The only thing I noticed that I /can/ possibly choose is the ISO. Otherwise, I have what is called a Dis Mode. Seems to work best if I don't want to use a flash and get a non-blurry image. I wonder if that is possibly the equivalent?
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darkcalypso Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I think the Dis Mode is only a stabilisation mode, it's not equivalent to the Av mode, but it will be really useful to get hand-held shots when you take cats in poor lighting. ;)
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Smidow Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Aah okay. Well, one day I will upgrade and I'll keep that in mind! Thank you again for sharing! :D
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Foxyjagirl Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is really good and interesting. I would definitely try these techniques with my cat :) By the way, great job on your English, and few words weren't appropriate in some sentences but overall...awesome job! :thumbsup:
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Bickhamsarah Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Great tutorial!
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