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Ozzy I by AstarothSquirrel Ozzy I by AstarothSquirrel
My sister's cat Ozzy.
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Buzzyharris Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012
My fav from the trio ............. especially the vignette !
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Chinmoku000 Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Its a wonderful shot. I'm loving how it looks. How do you get such amazing photo's? mine, no matter how I try, always seem like something anyone can do. )I did get one or two nice pictures of my cats once but they arn't as good as you'rs.)
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AstarothSquirrel Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012
Not sure which camera you have now but I see you was using the Fujifilm S1730 which is a nice little bridge camera and a good starting point. One of the problems with the bridge cameras is that as you zoom in, your aperture gets smaller which can make it difficult to blur the background however they do have a great macro setting. Indoor shots will always be problematic because even with the aperture wide open, it will be difficult to get a fast enough shutter-speed for a moving cat without raising the ISO to the point where you get too much noise.

The above shot was with a 300mm lens at F5.6 with 1/200 shutter-speed at 1600 ISO. The Fujifilm will struggle at this high ISO but if that is what you have to work with (if you can't get more light on the subject) then use the high ISO and turn it to black and white. So, you want as little in the background as possible and the background as far away as possible. The next thing is to focus on the eyes. Follow the rule of thirds as best as possible and fill the frame as best as possible because the more you crop afterwards, the more the image will degrade.

If you haven't got off Auto mode yet, start yourself on A mode so that you can set the aperture and let the camera work out the exposure for you. You want to be working towards using full manual mode if you are not already. Visit froknowsphoto.com as this is a great learning resource. If there is anything else I can help with, please let me know.
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AstarothSquirrel Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012
Forgot to mention that I like to add a post-crop vignette. There are lots of ways to do this depending on what software you use. Gimp is a free photo editor and I think you might be able to do the same in Picasa 3 which is also free.
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June 23, 2012
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Make
NIKON CORPORATION
Model
NIKON D5100
Shutter Speed
1/200 second
Aperture
F/5.6
Focal Length
300 mm
ISO Speed
1600
Date Taken
Jun 19, 2012, 4:58:02 PM
Software
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3.4
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