Debunking Myths About Black Cats: Pt. 3

This is the third installment in our series debunking common misconceptions about black cats. We'll have one more post for you next week, but if you've only recently tuned in, be sure to check out installments one and two before tackling the third below!

Cat Town alum, Mr. Adorable comes with lots of personality and his adopters are great at showing it on his Instagram @mister_adorable.

Cat Town alum, Mr. Adorable comes with lots of personality and his adopters are great at showing it on his Instagram @mister_adorable.

MYTH #3: IT'S IMPOSSIBLE TO GET GOOD PHOTOS OF BLACK CATS

With the popularity of social media in recent years, it’s understandable people want to capture special moments of themselves with their pet and share them with friends and family. While it’s true a few extra considerations are needed when photographing black cats, it isn’t impossible to get a good photo of one - even when using your phone’s camera. There are just a few things you need to keep in mind:

  1. Consider the lighting—soft, natural light is best, but not too bright. If it’s dark, it can be difficult to photograph anything, much less a darkly colored cat!

  2. Next, be sure the light is on them, and not behind them, otherwise the cat will be in the shadows.

  3. Look at what’s behind the cat in the background, and see whether there’s enough contrast for the cat to show up well in the photo. You can also add a prop, such as a brightly colored toy or pillow, to add a visual element and help break up the body. Try taking photos from different angles to give the cat a more defined shape.

  4. Lastly, let the cat's personality shine through. This is a good tip for taking photos of any cat, but when photographing a black cat capturing a unique habit or trait can take a photo from good to great!

Most phones also come with basic photo editing tools and can do a lot to enhance your photos. Play around with contrast, shadows, and brightness to bring out the features of your beloved black cat.

Cat Town alum, Sassy Fran, is prominently displayed on her adopter's Instagram @sug. A loving moment and a contracting composition? That's black cat photo gold!

Cat Town alum, Sassy Fran, is prominently displayed on her adopter's Instagram @sug. A loving moment and a contracting composition? That's black cat photo gold!

See our current black cats up for adoption below, and email info@cattownoakland.org to inquire about adopting! And if you've adopted a black cat from Cat Town, use the hashtag #CatTownAlum to share with our online community!

Read our previous post debunking myths here

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