Photos and graphics can be a huge help when it comes to promoting your National Feral Cat Day® action. Help get people excited about your action with the useful tidbits below.
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We have some downloadable cat photos you can use to help educate others about community cats. You should also take your own photos of your National Feral Cat Day activity. Here are a few tips on how to get good photos:
- Tell a story. Choose a particular cat or cats to photograph who represent your efforts.
- All cats are great subjects, but healthy, eartipped cats draw special attention to your cause.
- Pay attention to what is behind the cat. Avoid unsightly objects like cars, tires, and garbage cans.
- Fill the frame and keep the cat in the center of the photo. Take photos from the same level as the cats, not above them. Eye contact makes for compelling pictures!
- Spay/neuter clinics and TNR efforts should focus on veterinarians, volunteers, and cats being returned to their outdoor homes. Avoid pictures of anesthetized cats or rows of traps.
- Make sure the photos are large enough to print (at least 5”x7” at 300 dpi).
- After National Feral Cat Day, we want to see how you changed your community and helped cats. If you registered an event, log in to upload your event photos, or email them to us at NFCDevents@alleycat.org.
- Have your phone and camera app easily accessible
- Natural lighting is best when possible
- In most cases, the flash on phones is too harsh—turn it off
- Check to make sure the lens is clean (a soft cloth can be used it wipe it off)
- When the camera is open, tap the area of the image you want to be the most clear, and wait for the camera to focus
- Be mindful of the background, check to see if trash, people, license plates, etc. can be avoided
- Write down names, locations, and any other important information
- If you’re photographing people, they will need to sign a photo release
- Practice! Take photos regularly! Take them of your cats at home. Take them when you see something interesting.
It’s always better to take too many photos than not enough!
- Try different angles, move around the subject
- Take horizontal, vertical, close up, far away
No Zooming Ever!
- Move physically closer whenever possible
- This lowers the image quality! You can crop after the photo is taken.
Cat Photo Tips:
- Get down to eye level for more engaging photos (sit, kneel, crouch, lie down)
- Try different methods to get their attention (Noises like clapping, snapping, clicking, crumpling, etc., treats, toys. Ask a friend to help if available)