Just like our (other) blooper queen Eddy, Tonks is not a fan of sitting still. That makes getting photos of her less than easy, especially for this completely novice photographer. Too bad Tonks and Eddy don't get along, because if they teamed up they'd have one grand blooper fest.
Flashback Doodle of the Day
We hope you all aren't getting too weary of seeing lots of books and cats in our daily doodles. I still have a handful of new bookish doodles to share this week, and even our two flashback doodles for this week are still all about those books and cats. Today's flashback was actually one of last year's A to Z Challenge doodles, starring my sweet angel Rosie in her home library.
Tomorrow's new doodle involves another sort of home library. For the Caturday Art blog hop this weekend, we'll be sharing our last bookish doodles in this current bookish series (fear not, there will be plenty more future doodles starring books and of course cats). The aforementioned doodle we'll be sharing this weekend was inspired by my childhood bedroom, which young me had to get creative with in order to fit my giant book collection. Oh, and even our poem and illustration for this week's Thoroughly Poetic Thursday challenge involve books and cats. So, prepare yourself for more books and cats this week, because that's what our sketchbook has to offer. We hope you don't mind!
Tip of the Day
Today's tip starts with something I won't get too technical on, especially since I'm not a pro at it. This tip relates to getting action shots when taking photos. I'm not a professional photographer by any means at all, and I'm betting some of you out there know a lot more about this topic than myself. For anyone this might help, though, if you're looking to get non-blurry action shots of your kitty or pup, learn how to take advantage of a camera's shutter speed and aperture. A fast shutter speed is what is required to take action shots that are clear and crisp, even when your object is indeed moving. You also need wide aperture, to allow the camera to capture more light. You can look into whether your camera's shutter speed and aperture can be adjusted, or you can look into new cameras that are known for taking crisp action shots, likely because of adjustable shutter speed and aperture.
The above being said, if you simply want a clear, crisp shot of your kitty or pup and don't necessarily want or need them in motion, then try to figure out ways to get your kitty or pup's attention during a photo shoot. You can try to get your furbaby's attention with a treat or toy, for example. You or someone else can hold said treat or toy just above the camera, and for some cats and dogs that might very well make them look in the camera's direction long enough for you to snap a photo. In order to best get their attention, you can use a toy that has a bell or is otherwise loud enough to get your furbaby's attention. You can also use a treat package and rattle it to get your kitty or pup to look toward the camera. There are a multitude of methods that might help you get even a halfway decent photo of your furbaby, a couple more of these methods being teaching your dog or cat to sit still on command, catching them when they're sleeping or calmly relaxing, getting yourself or the camera down on your furbaby's level, or even having someone else hold a friendly kitty or pup you'd like to get a photo of. You know your furry friend best, so learn what works best to get them to sit even relatively still for photos and then go from there. If nothing else, bloopers can still make for great and perfectly funny photos.