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Cats are some of the most beautiful creatures in the world, and the internet is full of funny and striking cat pictures and videos. Do you ever find that your own cat photography falls flat? Whether you are using a phone or an expensive camera, these tips will help you take a cat pic worthy of posting.

Be patient

Most cats don’t like being told what to do. Instead of struggling to pose your cat, try catching it in the act of doing something amazing (which could include playing, sitting in a box, basking in the sun or just sleeping). A good trick for getting their attention, and possibly inciting them to do the thing you are attempting to capture, is to use toys to lure them in. Getting their attention with toys, or even intriguing sounds, will increase the chances that they will look engaged in the photo. You know what gets your cat’s attention -- do that and be quick to snap.

Get on their level

If you want to capture your cat’s good side, get down on its level. Pointing your camera downward toward it will not usually yield a very interesting shot. Getting on its level will allow you to take in more of your subject. Plus, you crawling around on the ground might help grab its attention and make it more comfortable with the presence of the camera.

Frame your shot

Background clutter can ruin a good shot. Frame your shot to exclude anything unsightly from the background. If your camera has a depth effect feature, this can help to blur the background while keeping your subject in clear focus. Try laying out a blanket or throw that provides a nice contrast to your cat’s coat. This will help you create an appealing backdrop for your photo.

Use natural light

Avoid using a flash when photographing cats. The flash may frighten them and will not yield a good shot. Cat eyes are reflective and will glow when a flash is used in low light. Using natural light will allow you to capture an accurate representation of all your cat's features. Sun-lit whiskers and sharp eyes will add a dynamic touch to your pictures.

Make the everyday extraordinary

Basically, everything your cat does is beautiful and amazing. Make an effort to capture the everyday moments that make life with your cat something to be cherished.

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