Patchouli Kitty Outside
It's been awhile since I've posted some photos of Patchouli kitty. Actually these are from the fall. Patchouli usually only goes outside when either I'm outside or Mr. Sidewalk Shoes is outside. She doesn't like to go out alone because the other cats bully her.
How to Photograph a Black and White Cat
She is also a little tricky to take photos of. I shoot in manual, which means that I set everything on the camera. To do that, I meter off of something and set my setting so that my exposure is perfectly balanced. With a black and white cat it's kind of tricky.
If I set me settings to perfectly exposure her white fur, then her dark fur can be too black. If I set the settings to expose for her dark fur, then the white fur gets blown out or overexposed.
You can see in these photos that there is detail in the dark fur, because I have set my settings to expose for that. Then I backed off on them a bit, to try and keep the white from being totally blown out.
The whites are actually more blown that I would have liked. A better solution would have been to expose for the white - making it perfectly exposed and then bringing up the blacks and shadows in Lightroom. I'll try and show an example of that next time.
But anytime you photographing something with such extremes in light and dark, it's tricky and you have to make adjustments.
For my artsy photo, I used Topaz Labs: