ONE BASIC RULE THAT WILL DRASTICALLY IMPROVE YOUR CAT PHOTOS

Imagine the following scene: you walk around with your camera or your smartphone and you want to take a picture of your cat, sitting in front of you on the floor.
This is what usually happens: you take the picture, standing up a few feet from your cat, from a high angle like most people do – shooting downwards. This makes your cat smaller and less interesting to look at. We all know how a cat looks like viewed from above, because that’s the way we always see him.

We can improve this picture very easily with one simple trick.

ONE SIMPLE BASIC RULE 

One of the most basic rules to improve your cat photography and to create more compelling and attractive cat photographs is probably something most people tend to overlook:

“ Get down on the cat’s eye level to take the shot .

From a lower angle, the subject of the photograph, your cat, looks more powerful and more interesting. It gives the viewer a better sense of what it is actually like to be a cat.

So show us how your cat sees the world, and shoot from a low point of view, at your cat’s eye level or even below if possible. Either put the animal up on something or you get down on the floor.
This means you will have to sit on the floor or to lie on your belly very often, to show how life looks like from a cat’s perspective. I think it’s more natural to do it that way.

Compare the two pictures of Casper below and judge for yourself.

how to improve your cat photography get down to eye level

Casper looking handsome and shot downwards…

how to improve your cat photography get down to eye level

Casper looking also directly into the camera but shot on the floor at his eye level …

GET DOWN TO EYE-LEVEL AND SEE THE DIFFERENCE

My wife loves both pictures equally just because she loves him so much. But for an outsider, I do believe that the picture at eye level is much more engaging and more interesting to look at.
Getting down on the floor can also reveal more details of the cat’s surroundings, the standing up and shooting downwards. Getting down on the ground sometimes comes at the expense of getting a bit dirty when outside but the bonus is often that your cat tend to give you a questioning and funny look when you lay down.

But the result is definitely worth it. Here are some examples.

this cat picture is more interesting and engaging by applying one basic cat photography rule, get down at eye level.
this cat picture is more interesting and engaging by applying one basic cat photography rule, get down at eye level.
this cat picture is more interesting and engaging by applying one basic cat photography rule, get down at eye level.

You can see more examples of me applying this rule on Casper’s Instagram feed.

So remember to “Get down on cat’s level” ! It will definitely make a big difference and will tremendously improve the quality of your cat pictures. It may seem so obvious at first but if you pay attention to cat pictures on Facebook and Instagram you will find that plenty of pictures don’t respect this basic simple rule.

Now it is up to you!
Don’t hesitate to make suggestions or ask questions about this workflow. I would love to help you with extra information.

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ANOTHER INTERESTING READ

If you want to learn more about the basic rules and guidelines I apply for my cat photography, then you also should read :

Two simple rules for better cat photography

Eye contact is key in cat photography

Info about the Cat Photography made easy Guide I wrote.

I LOVE TO HEAR YOUR THOUGHTS

I really hope this simple trick will help you to improve your cat photographs and I am looking forward to hear your reaction or comments.

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