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How would you go about capturing that "special moment" of your pet, say for example, indoors? The scenario is a spur of the moment action of your cat; there is unwanted background, the light is bad, but the action is great?

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John A. Lind
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/27/2001
  David, I've had similar problems.

(1) If you've tried flash, you've already discovered it doesn't work very well with cats or dogs. Cats get horrible red-eye and dogs have a yellow-eye equivalent.

(2) Open up all the curtains or blinds to let in as much daylight as possible and shoot available light.

(3) Use a modest telephoto lens in the 85mm to 135mm range. This will give you some depth of field control if you use it at f/4 or f/5.6 depending on focal length. You may have to experiment with this a little to find what works best. Running as wide open as f/2.8 may give you too shallow DOF. Get the DOF right and a cluttered background will blur out into a colorful backdrop.

(4) Get to know what triggers the pet's behaviors and learn how to trigger them yourself. Look for good vantage points around where these naturally occur. Position yourself and trigger the behavior when and where you want it to happen if you can, or watch for when something else will trigger it.

(5) Keep experimenting and have the patience of Job!

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