15 cat photography tips - How to take cute cat photos?

CachHayNhat - Who doesn't love cats and cat photos? But that begs the question, how do you get cute pictures of your cats?

In our guide, we'll provide all the tips and tricks for getting great cat photos.

photo of kitten in a cup
photo of kitten in a cup

(In fact, we have 15 of the best cat photography tips the Internet has ever seen!!)

There's also a section with some cat photography ideas to spark your creativity and a bunch of hashtags to grab the attention of your furry feline friends on social media. .

Why listen to me? Well, I have experience in this area - I am a cat lover with three furry ones of my own. And yes, I take A LOT of pictures of my cats.

The best thing about our tutorials is that you can use the same equipment, tips and ideas with dogs, rabbits and teacup pigs - any semi-submissive animal…

Let's dive into the cuteness overload!

15 Cat Photography Tips and Tricks

1. Choose the right equipment for the task

Choose the right equipment for the task

  • Camera

Good news - you don't need special photography equipment to take cute cat pictures!

You can take lovely photos with your smartphone, digital compact camera, professional DSLR or mirrorless camera. A compact camera with a zoom lens is perfect for those who are new to photography.

You can zoom out for a full body shot and zoom in for a close-up shot of the cat's face.

However, with a DSLR or mirrorless camera, using the manual control settings makes the cat photography process a lot easier.

Using the control dial, you choose aperture priority or shutter speed for simple operation.

Your chosen camera must also have fast autofocus to keep up with the fast and unpredictable movements of frantic cats.

  • Lens

A mid-range zoom lens is best for quickly zooming in and out to keep your feline friend in the picture. I recommend a lens with a range of 50mm to 200mm for cat photography.

If using a prime lens, the 85mm focal length range is ideal - you'll need to use a tripod to zoom.

The final feature of lenses for cat photography is aperture - the size of the shrinking hole inside the lens that allows light to pass through.

An aperture as wide as f/1.4 is a larger hole that lets in more light and creates a shallow depth of field.

An aperture as narrow as f/16 lets in less light and ensures a wide depth of field with everything in focus - as long as your cat isn't too close to the lens.


2. Dial in your camera settings

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If you're asking yourself, "How do I take cute pictures of my cats?" You've come to the right place! And for the sake of simplicity, we're going to look at the most accessible camera settings for the job.

The best settings involve using one of two semi-automatic shooting modes - Aperture Priority and Shutter Priority.

  • Aperture priority

Aperture priority appears on the control dial as A or AV. Set the aperture manually and the camera automatically selects the shutter speed and ISO for the desired lighting conditions and depth of field.

The aperture is too wide and your depth of field will be thin - the eyes are in focus, but the nose and ears are out of focus. The narrow aperture helps keep the entire scene in focus, including your cat.

A wide aperture lets in more light and a narrow aperture restricts light. I recommend an aperture of f/2.8 or f/4 for focusing on the face and f/8 for the whole body.

  • Shutter Priority

TV or S on the control dial indicates shutter priority mode. Set the shutter speed and the camera automatically sets the aperture and ISO in response to lighting conditions.

Unless they're sleeping in a bed, cats tend to move pretty quickly. If they are still there, set the shutter speed from 1/60 to 1/125 sec. For naughty cats, set a shutter speed between 1/125 and 1/500 to capture the action.

Fast shutter speeds let in less light while slower speeds let in more.


3. Trying to be a 'cat person'

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Some consider themselves dog people and others cat people. And some don't identify as such.

If you live with cats, chances are you're already a cat person. However, if you have never lived with a cat or do not consider yourself a cat person, you need to apply some characteristics to photograph them.

Cats are naturally curious, as long as they are in an environment they consider safe. If going to someone's home to photograph a new kitten, display a calm and peaceful personality.

Before pulling out the camera, make sure you do the following:

  • Sit on the floor and allow the kitten to come close to you.

  • Make them feel safe and secure by not backing them into a corner and giving them some personal space.

  • Keep your voice low and assure the cat that they are in charge here.

  • Play with cat toys to awaken their curiosity.

Now it's up to cats if they accept you in their home - that's life with cats!


4. Be prepared for the unexpected

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Cats make their own rules and won't agree to a photo session just because you're ready. With cat photography, be prepared and ready to go when they finally leave the laundry basket.

Chasing cats around the house doesn't end well and raises the common question of photographers, "Why are cats afraid of cameras?"

Cats avoid direct eye contact, camera and lens represent a big eye. Also, cats are not fans of their reflection when seen in the lens.

Taking pictures of cats with a smartphone doesn't seem to have the same effect - and we always carry our phones with us.

If the sun shines through a window at the same time every day, be prepared to have your cat show up and bathe in it. Sit in a good position and when they're in position, take the shot.


5. Focus on the eyes