Photographing cats in low light with the lovely Coco kitty as my model.
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I was walking through the house getting ready to go upstairs and take a shower, when I noticed Coco sitting on the dining room table. There was soft evening light coming in through the dining room window.
I quickly grabbed my camera. I love how the light reflected off of her white fur, but then dropped away to darkness on the other side. I wish that I could have removed the newspaper on the table behind her, but then I wouldn’t have been able to get the shot.
Photographing Cats in Low Light
Some of you have asked about my cat photos in low light. The secret is to meter off the cat. Metering is when you place the focus point or where ever your camera meters on what you want properly exposed. In this case I metered off of Coco’s eyes and a little bit of her white fur. For this photo I used my Fuji camera which meters off the focus point, if I had used my Canon camera, it would have metered off the center point.
The steps that I use to meter are: Set my shutter speed – usually 250th because I have shaky hands. Set my aperture, inside I set it as low as my lens will go to let in as much light as possible, in this case it was f4.2. Then I place my focus point (or the center point depending on the camera) on the part of the cat I want exposed correctly and press the shutter button down halfway. I look to see if my meter scale shows too dark or too light and then adjust my ISO until I get it perfectly metered at 0 or slightly above 0.
Does that answer your questions? Let me know if it helps!
For my artsy photo, I used the Topaz Labs Plugin.