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Kathryn Burger
 

How to capture - the perfect eye of a cat


I realize felines have a mirror in the back of their eye which reflects the glare. Is there a way a novis as I am to take a photo with out having to purchase an expensive camera umbrella like professional photographers use?
Hopefull for your reply
Kathryn


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7/9/2004 4:16:42 AM

 
Andy 
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/28/2002
  Depending on what camera system you are using. Probably you cannot do much with a point and shoot type camera. If you have a SLR camera with external flash, then you can use bounce light instead of direct flash, or you can set the flash on the side at an angle(connect to your camera via a sync cord or wireless remote). Hope this helps.


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7/9/2004 7:23:20 AM

 
Matt M. L'Etoile   The answer to this question all depends on what type of system you have. If you have a point and shoot system you can forget about it. I you have a more advanced SLR/DSLR system with an external flash then you might be able to bounce the flash off of a wall, ceiling, reflector (eg white foam board), or a professional umbrella.


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7/9/2004 8:35:31 AM

 
Gregory LaGrange
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/11/2003
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  can't use sunlight?


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7/9/2004 8:39:12 AM

 
Bettina Harpin   have you ever tried using the red-eye reduction setting? I got less of a glare when I shot my cats with it, but I only did that once, maybe you would have more luck.


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7/9/2004 2:29:07 PM

 
John A. Lind
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/27/2001
 
 
  If Only I was Out There!
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  Curiosity Captures the Cat
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Kathryn,
If you are using a built-in flash on your camera, it is going to be very, very difficult if the cat is looking at the camera. They are notorious for bright ruby-red red-eye.

You can reduce this, perhaps get rid of it, if you photograph the cat in bright light that closes its pupils into narrower vertical slits. Turn on all the lights and open up the curtains during the day to let in all the daylight you can. If this doesn't help with the cat looking directly at the camera, then wait until the cat looks away slightly and shoot then. I'm very reluctant to recommend using the "red-eye reduction" scheme as animals tend to look down due to shield their eyes from its repeated flashing; I've experienced this with a single flash (no red-eye reduction) and had to wait.

The real solution is getting flash source well above the lens although from your question this doesn't sound like much of an option for you.

BTW, dogs have bright amber yellow-eye if their pupils are wide open!

None of the attached photos made use of any special "studio" type lighting, but if you look at them you'll notice there's a *lot* of daylight coming in through windows and in most cases she's very near one.

-- John Lind


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7/10/2004 2:26:44 AM

 
Miguel Hernandez  
 
  My Chunky Kitty
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I'm also a novice and although far from perfect, I was able to take this picture of my cat sitting on a couch by the window. Criticism welcome!
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My camera has built-in flash, so I don't have the option of changing it's direction either. I'm guessing that with some practice and following John's advice, you should be able to get the desired results. Please post some of your pictures if you're successful with your goal.

Best of luck,

Miguel


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8/1/2004 5:39:44 PM

 
Donna L. Palmlund
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/21/2003
 
 
 
I also have much better luck not using a flash and having plenty of daylight.


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