The Official Portrait of my Cat

Portrait of Mario the cat by Jade Daniel Sambrook

Focal Length: 50mm
Exposure: 1/60 sec; f/2.8; ISO 400
Metering: Pattern
Flash: Yes

Photo by: Jade Daniel Sambrook
Camera: Pentax K10D
Lens: Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro

The late Mario the cat was an awesome subject to help me improve my photography skills. In fact, using a feline as a model can be quite a challenge compared to using an actual person because cats simply don’t listen to direction very well. It’s like using a top model who has such a big ego that they feel they can do as they please, look in any direction they want and take a break from posing without notice.

One thing that is important when taking pictures of your cat is to remember that their eyes may be sensitive to the strong light of the flash. It is therefore recommended that the flash be bounced elsewhere, preferably off of the ceiling as opposed to directly into their little eyes. You can always avoid the flash altogether and use natural light, such as through an open window. Another great option is to take the photos outdoors, where your cat will most likely be in his or her natural element and you can hopefully get some great action type shots.

After many tries it was finally a success for Jade Daniel Sambrook, and I was able to capture my cat’s zoolander moment. In other words, don’t give up!

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