Tuesday, January 5, 2010

How not to photograph a black cat

Sometimes people leave comments on my blog asking how my mum gets such good photos of me.

Well, I am here to tell you that it doesn't always work that way. Here is a prime example:
Huffle 215

Mum says photographing a black cat is very difficult, especially indoors without a lot of natural light. That's why you see so many photos of me on my deck, or on my balcony.

Mum has to do a lot of post-processing in Photoshop too, to make sure you can see my face properly in a lot of photos. I say if she was a better photographer it wouldn't be such a problem. She says if I was more willing to be photographed it wouldn't be such a problem.

I think we'll agree to disagree on this one.

43 comments:

Cliff and Olivia said...

Black cats may be tricky to photograph but they sure are beautiful ;-)

Puddin said...

You sure do have some good pictures Huffle! And you are very pretty. I liked watching you eat the prawn. That was funny hehe. I can't wait to see more pictures of you!
XOXOXO Puddin

The Kool~Kittie~Krew said...

You are stunnig Huffle!

Kea said...

I think you look gorgeous in every photo, Huffle. And tell your mom that PhotoShop is our best friend. LOL.

Eric and Flynn said...

Haha! All we can see is your eyes and your claws.

Cat with a Garden said...

We heard about black cats being difficult to photograph too. Your mom does a pawsome job.
Happy New Year to you!

the casbah kitten said...

Is that supposed to be a Bad Photo? We think it's cool.....

Mickey,Georgia , Tillie said...

We agree with you. Mom agrees with your Mom ;) heehee
We tell her to enjoy Photoshop !!!
Purrs Mickey, Georgia & Tillie

Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Must be the husky in woo...

Hugz&Khysses,
Khyra

Wild Dingo said...

I'm with Khyra on this one!

boy you look scary! almost like an attack cat!
wags-n-wiggles,
wild dingo

Suka said...

hey Huffle Mawson,

Actually, I like that photo the best! You look like a big ball of black fur with two green eyes. I can deal with that.

Suka

The OP Pack said...

We don't know why, but we sort of like this pic of you:) Mom is trying so hard to figure out photoshop but isn't getting very far. And we think your mom has great photography skills.

Tail wags, Phantom and Thunder

Steve, Kat, & Wilbur said...

Maybe if she feeds you enough ham, she can come around to your way of thinking?

Steve

wildcatwoodscats said...

We have lots of black cats and can understand what you mean. We are so beuatiful but Mom can't get that on camera!

Sweet Praline said...

My mom takes several pictures of me before she finds one that will work because of my big eyes! I also don't go outside, so she doesn't have the natural sunlight. I think your mom does a beautiful job capturing your beauty.

Scout 'n Freyja said...

Kiddo, you are cute no matter how your momma photos you☺

The Army of Four said...

That being said, that photo really shows off your eyes! VERY cool!
Great-brother Booter was mostly black, so Mom totally understands!
Tail wags,
Storms
PS: Zim said to tell you "ha roo!"

Stella said...

Before me, Stella, my Mom had a little black Scottie. She says taking a picture of Him or Me, is like taking a picture of a hole in the floor. Especially if we turn our heads around!

I loved purple you in your purple bed with all the purple accessories.

Kisses,
Stella

The Island Cats said...

My mom has problems photographing me sometimes...I look like a black blob...

Ernie

Cyber-sibes said...

Your mum does a fury good job, cause woo always look mahvelous, mah deah!

a-roos to yous,
jack a-roo

Fin said...

Wonder what my Mom's excuse is?

Lorenza said...

Hi, Huffle!
Your Mom has mastered the art of taking pictures of you!
Kisses and hugs
Lorenza

Teri and the cats of Furrydance said...

Your photos are always handsome, but a tip that cat photographers often use, is to put some white powder, like cornstarch or baby powder, along each side of the bridge of your nose, to make it reflect and show definition...we're just sayin'

Debra Taylor said...

My husband is a photographer so I know what you mean about photographing inside. You look so great on the deck!

Happy New Year!



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Poppy Q said...

Huffle we love your deck photos. Mum says it is tricky with grey cats too.

Mr Koda MD said...

Tell me about it!!!

Especially if you have lovely glowing fur like you and I, Ma has to modify the light in most the pictures to make me show up a lil.

Happy Holidays
Koda

Milo and Alfie said...

We know yoo are beautiful anyway! Even of yoor mom is incompi-tent taking yoor photo! Tee hee!

barb said...

Dark Gray cats inside are hard, too. Grayson is even harder than Gandalf for some reason.

I'm just beginning with Photoshop, but I already love it!

Cats in trees said...

Photoguy has the same problems. Flash photography and black and white cats don't go together really well. But that's fine with us. At least our secret nocturnal life remains private.

Tom, Tama-Chan, Sei-Chan, Yuu-Chan said...

The eyes really are the issue, aren't they? It's so much better to be able to use natural light!

Percy the Cat said...

My mum has trouble taking photos of me sometimes too. She likes to have me near a window, or have enough light that I don't just end up a big black spot. :)

Sakura said...

;)
your photos are indeed wonderful
:)

Danielle said...

Nice eyes! :)

Cliff and Olivia said...

P.s. A White Whisker Club sounds like a great idea! I'd love to join it ;-)

Olivia

CCL Wendy said...

I agree with your Mom, Huffle! It is very difficult, especially with your face. And you have such lovely features, she works hard to make sure everybody can see them.

You're mom's a great photographer, Huffle. She brings out the real beauty in you.

Maverick the Pirate said...

Harrrr Admiral Huffle
Ye allways look good in yer Pics Harrr.
Cap'n Maverick the Pirate

JB's Big and Small Worlds said...

My mom says it is hard to photograph any color cat. We think you look good, so no worries!
--JB

Kari said...

You turned on your lasers on purpose, didn't you dear Huffle.
We kitties know that. Such a clever girl.

Your pictures are always beautiful because your mum has such a beautiful cat to work with.

Sparkle said...

My human - who has photographed professionally and even won a couple of awards - agrees: it's hard to get that stunning blackness just right. She thinks when it comes to photographing cats in general, it's not all that easy to do a good job of it. But we love your photographs and think your human does pretty well!

Cory said...

Mom has fits over photographing me! She could learn from your mom.

Jemma the Chihuahua said...

It's true -- your photos are so lovely. Mom didn't know how difficult it is to photograph dark-colored cats until Donut came along! We have major problems.

The Crew said...

Hmmmm, yes I see the problem. A black blob with eyes!

The Bumpass Hounds said...

Mom will have to PS your chin and whiskers into this picture.
- TBH&K