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Taking Good Photos of Your Cats

Updated on May 16, 2013

I love taking pictures of my cats and I also love sharing them. Working as an artist for over 30 years, I guess I've just got that "natural knack" for catching my fur babies in cute poses. Since I have lots of animals to choose from in our family (3 cats and 4 dogs), I have been able to capture my feline friends in some very amusing and indiscreet moments during their kitty pursuits.

I would like to share all of my cat images free to anyone here who would like to use them for a website, blog, article or a hub-page. I have also included some information here on obtaining other free cute cat pictures for your web use. Feel free to use these images as screen-savers or whatever else your little heart desires. If you need some tips on taking cat pictures read on and hopefully we can get your kitty on the big screen too. Although I have been blessed with an "eye" for photography, you too can get great pictures of your cats with just a few simple tips...

How to Take Great Cat Pictures

TIP 1:

If you get a great photo of your cat, make sure you save the image to somewhere safe like a folder in your email or a spot like Photobucket or Flickr. Most of my cat pictures here are of brother Zorro and his sister Perdy. Unfortunately due to hard drive crashes over the years I have lost some of my precious photos of cats past. Once gone, those moments cannot be recaptured.

TIP 2:

Have your camera phone or digital camera ready when your cats are visiting. Be set and ready to go because you never know when your feline friend will do something irresistible and deserving of a photo. My cats,, Zorro and Perdy, are just about 2 of the most photogenic cats I have had the pleasure to photograph. Since they seem to be part human sometimes, they do just about the funniest poses imaginable.You cat lovers know what I mean!

TIP 3:

Always be ready to get a cute cat photo. Don't worry about the lighting being exact, the background being perfect, the fur being combed, just capture the moment! All of my cat photos have been taken on normal "everyday" days. I did not "pose them" or set them up to do special things.

TIP 4:

Don't be afraid to take pictures of your cats with your camera phone. Although the resolution is not as good as a digital camera, you will still get decent pictures for sharing. You might not be able to blow it up into a poster but with decent resolution you should be able to get a decent print or screen saver out of it. I used to think that I wasn't doing "real" photography with my camera phone...NOT TRUE! Many camera phones are getting better and better at taking pictures. Don't lose the moment just because you don't have your fancy schmancy digital camera handy. In fact, most of my free cat pictures here were taken on my camera phone .

TIP 5:

You do not have a be a professional photographer to take great cat pictures. When you focus the camera on your cat, focus on the cute part, and if part of it gets cut out so be it. Some of the most beautiful pictures I have taken of my cats were closeups - and I didn't get their whole body in the picture. Just try to focus on the best part, and snap it!


TIP 6:

Don't sweat the lighting too much or you many lose the shot. Many programs like Picasa can help you clean up your images afterwards by adjusting the lighting within the program. I find Picasa very easy to use and have saved many pictures with the editing tools. Some other programs like Photo-bucket have picture editing tools also. If you know Adobe Photo-shop or even elements of it, you can correct many things in your cat images..

 I think this cute cat picture is a classic: I just love the look on Zorro's face...so nonchalant and "catty", don't you think?
I think this cute cat picture is a classic: I just love the look on Zorro's face...so nonchalant and "catty", don't you think? | Source

Free Cat Photos

Here is another picture of one of my "laptop" kitties. Shasta liked to work ON the computer though.
Here is another picture of one of my "laptop" kitties. Shasta liked to work ON the computer though. | Source

Sexy Cats?

I did a hub on sexy cats and used this cat picture of Perdy. Sexy little thing, isn't she?
I did a hub on sexy cats and used this cat picture of Perdy. Sexy little thing, isn't she? | Source

Another "Sexy" Cat Photo

Zorro the cat just has that come hither look that only a cat can pull off.
Zorro the cat just has that come hither look that only a cat can pull off. | Source

Cat Napping

This planter turned out to be one of Perdy the cats favorite sleeping spots. Getting a picture of her here was no problem because this is what she did everyday.
This planter turned out to be one of Perdy the cats favorite sleeping spots. Getting a picture of her here was no problem because this is what she did everyday. | Source

Siamese Cat Photo

This is Leyla, my seal point siamese cat. I don't have a lot of pictures of her because she is rather camera shy, but this one is a good one of her.
This is Leyla, my seal point siamese cat. I don't have a lot of pictures of her because she is rather camera shy, but this one is a good one of her. | Source

A Sweet Cat Picture

Very nice shot of the brother and sister cat laying right next to each other. These cat photos can be hard to get sometimes.
Very nice shot of the brother and sister cat laying right next to each other. These cat photos can be hard to get sometimes. | Source

The Cat Got Bagged!

FGreat shot of Perdy in the bag. Want a great shot of your cat? Try a bag and have your camera ready. Cats are naturally curious and just might pop in the bag for you. The resolution and lighting wasn't that great on this picture but it's still cute.
FGreat shot of Perdy in the bag. Want a great shot of your cat? Try a bag and have your camera ready. Cats are naturally curious and just might pop in the bag for you. The resolution and lighting wasn't that great on this picture but it's still cute. | Source

Whatcha Doin?

 I love this cat picture of Shasta when she was a kitten. Naturally curious.
I love this cat picture of Shasta when she was a kitten. Naturally curious. | Source

Sleeeepppyy..........

Cats love to sleep and you can catch some of the best pictures of your cat while they are napping.
Cats love to sleep and you can catch some of the best pictures of your cat while they are napping. | Source

Gone But Not Forgotten

This was one of my favorite cats in the world - Rocky. I had a great shot of him laying next to our border collie but lost it in a hard drive crash.
This was one of my favorite cats in the world - Rocky. I had a great shot of him laying next to our border collie but lost it in a hard drive crash. | Source

The Most Adorable Kitten and Puppy Photo

This is another one of my favorites...no need to explain why. A picture certainly speaks louder than words, doesn't it?
This is another one of my favorites...no need to explain why. A picture certainly speaks louder than words, doesn't it? | Source

And a Closing Shot...

I ran across this one in my PhotoBucket account. It is a picture of our adored 3 kittens (we miss you Elvis!)
I ran across this one in my PhotoBucket account. It is a picture of our adored 3 kittens (we miss you Elvis!) | Source

My Little Pocket KItten

I love this cat picture of Perdy when she was a kitten. It always makes me smile!
I love this cat picture of Perdy when she was a kitten. It always makes me smile! | Source

Free Cat Photos for Your Enjoyment

I hope you have enjoyed this hub with my free cat pictures and advice on how to take great cat pictures. If you have enjoyed this hub a thumbs up below would be greatly appreciated. Please feel free to use these cat photos for your enjoyment. If posting them on your blog or website, credits to me would also be appreciated: http://hubpages.com/profile/Dorsi

Have fun taking great pictures of your fur-babies!

(Dorsi Diaz is a freelance writer/publisher/blogger and is an avid pet lover. You can read more of her cute cat stories here at HubPages)

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    Dorsi Diaz 

    6 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

    Thanks Precy!

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    precy anza 

    6 years ago from USA

    So cute!! And the things they do out of their curiosity is funny. Could lighten up someone's day, or my day! ^-^'

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    Dorsi Diaz 

    6 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

    Your welcome K Kiss!

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    K Kiss 

    6 years ago from Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

    Awww the pic of the cat sleeping on the plant pot is just soo adorable!! Thanks for sharing

  • Dorsi profile imageAUTHOR

    Dorsi Diaz 

    7 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

    Thank you Kayleigh!

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    Kayleigh 

    7 years ago

    I have two cats at home which are really cute but these pics are adorable

  • Dorsi profile imageAUTHOR

    Dorsi Diaz 

    7 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

    @craftybegonia) I guess you have a shy cat, huh? Thanks for reading and the comment!

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    craftybegonia 

    7 years ago from Southwestern, United States

    I always think that an owner is fortunate if they can phtotograph their cat. We have a cat who hates cameras. The minute you take one out, she's on her way out the door!

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    Dorsi Diaz 

    7 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

    Elli) Thanks! Glad your enjoyed the cat photos.

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    Elli 

    7 years ago

    awesome!

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    Dorsi Diaz 

    7 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

    lol Thank you Heather!!

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    Heather Thompson 

    7 years ago

    Dorsi, those are really cute pictures!! :)

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    rmr 

    8 years ago from Livonia, MI

    Dorsi, these are great! Our new cat is completely black, and he doesn't photograph very well. Every time I try to take a picture, all I see are eyes.

  • Dorsi profile imageAUTHOR

    Dorsi Diaz 

    8 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

    Thanks everyone for stopping by and checking out my cat pictures.

    epigramman) That's cute - I like their names!!

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    epigramman 

    8 years ago

    great cat pictures that you share!

    My two best friends are Little Miss Tiffy and Mister Gabriel.

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    bearclawmedia 

    8 years ago from Mining Planet Earth

    Yeah, Yeah, the cat photo's are cute, but you and your story are cuter. Bearclaw

  • Dorsi profile imageAUTHOR

    Dorsi Diaz 

    8 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

    You are welcome everyone! Glad you all enjoyed the free cat photos!

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    Eileen Hughes 

    8 years ago from Northam Western Australia

    Dorsi, they were so beautiful. I love cats too, loved the ones in hanging baskets. thanks for sharing them.

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    mannua hahaue 

    8 years ago

    hey this cats are really preety i too have three cats at my house

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    Sterling Sage 

    8 years ago from California

    Thanks, Dorsi. I love this stuff!

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    Aqua 

    8 years ago from California

    Great kitty pics! I love the ones of the kitty in the pocket, and the kitty in the planter - too cute! :)

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    Magick Stories 

    8 years ago

    I loved the pictures and thank you for sharing them. My friend is having the hardest time getting good pictures of cats and kittens moving on the farm maybe the cell phone is another way of doing it.

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    Khozema  

    8 years ago

    I love cat and my 2 year daughter carzy about cat.

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    egraveski 

    8 years ago

    Beautiful fur babies and kudos on catching those Kodak cat moments!

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    gwennies pen 

    8 years ago

    Soooo cute! Thanks for the wonderful pic's.:)

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    Nancy's Niche 

    8 years ago

    Cats are great and thanks for sharing the pictures...

  • Dorsi profile imageAUTHOR

    Dorsi Diaz 

    8 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

    Zorro says hi Jen....lol...

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    jenster 

    8 years ago from Bay Area

    ahhhhh kiss zoro for me i misses him.

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    Dorsi Diaz 

    8 years ago from The San Francisco Bay Area

    Thanks Tatjana- I am definitely a cat lover too!

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    Tatjana-Mihaela 

    8 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

    I love cats - they are so - unique. Intelligent. Cute. Beautiful.Love your photos very much!

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