Shooting Challenge: The Cat Days Of Summer

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Fair is fair. We had you photograph all of your dogs. And now, canine karma has come around. For this week’s Shooting Challenge, photograph your cats.


The Challenge

Photograph a cat.

The Method

As I mentioned in our dog tutorial, pets are a pain to photograph. And cats are an even bigger pain, because cats—and I say this as a cat lover—are assholes. They’re also generally indoors, which means you’re working with less light.

Check out these three tutorials that can advise you on photographing a subject that is bound to move on you.

Also, consider photographing kittens. Kittens are the greatest thing in the universe. They’re actually, somehow, cuter than human babies. Don’t ask me how that evolution worked.

The Example

Our lead shot is by flickr’s zaimoku_woodpile. I love that the backdrop actually plays off of the cat (the green plays off the eyes, the brown plays off the fur). My guess is, that was serendipity at work. But hey, it’s a good lesson to try to elevate what you’re doing. Cats are cute, sure, but push yourself to take a great photograph.


The Rules - READ THESE

0. No watermarks. They’re so ugly.
1. Submissions need to be your own.
2. Photos must be taken since this contest was announced.
3. Explain, briefly, the equipment, settings, technique and story behind shot.
4. Email submissions to, not me.
5. Include 970px wide image (200KB or less) AND a native resolution sized shot in email.
6. One submission per person.
7. Use the proper SUBJECT line in your email (more info on that below)
8. You agree to the Standard Contest Rules - though we DO accept non-US resident submissions.
9. If the image contains any material or elements that are not owned by you and/or which are subject to the rights of third parties, and/or if any persons appear in the image, you are responsible for obtaining, prior to submission of the photograph, any and all releases and consents necessary to permit the exhibition and use of the image in the manner set forth in these rules without additional compensation. If any person appearing in any image is under the age of majority in their state/province/territory of residence the signature of a parent or legal guardian is required on each release.


Send your best photo by Monday, August 3rd at 10AM Eastern to with “Cat” in the subject line. Save your files as JPGs, and use a FirstnameLastnameCat.jpg (970px wide) and FirstnameLastnameCatWallpaper.jpg (2560px wide) naming conventions. Include a story of the shot in a few sentences. And don’t skip this story part because it’s often the most enjoyable part for us all beyond the shot itself!


Did they say the challenge is shooting cats!?