I love black cats. I absolutely love them! I’ve always had a special place in my heart for them, and it all started with my mom’s black cat that she had when I was born. There has almost always been a black cat in my life.
Unfortunately, black cats have the lowest adoption rate in shelters. There are a few reasons for this, one being the superstition that black cats bring bad luck, which I can assure you is not true. Some people say they want a more “interesting” looking cat, referring to the different patterns you can see on a calico, tortie, or tabby. And the modern reason, black cats are hard to photograph.
These days people are photographing their entire lives and posting to social media, and this definitely includes pets. Of course, you would want a beautiful cat to show off on Instagram to get plenty of likes and comments about what a gorgeous cat you have! No one is going to want to see a picture of a black blob. But newsflash people! You can get wonderful pictures of your black cat with these tips.
1. Use Natural Light
Natural light really brings out the shine in a black cat’s coat. In a photograph, having that shine gives the cat more dimension, and shows the detail that would otherwise look very flat.
See Sequin’s shiny coat?
2. Avoid Yellow Light
There is something about yellow light that makes a black cat look horrible in pictures. They look very flat and brown.
You can see this lighting just doesn’t do Sequin any justice!
3. Use a Light or Vibrant Background
High contrast is the best when taking pictures of your cat. You’re not going to see them very well if the background is dark and they blend in. Vibrant colours are wonderful for making an eye-catching photo.
Notice how the photo of her on the dark couch isn’t as nice as her against lighter backgrounds?
4. Capture Those Eyes
Black cats have beautiful eyes that stand out a lot against their dark fur. If you can get a picture with them looking at the camera, you’re going to be happy with the results!
You can see how even in a darker setting, her eyes really stand out.
So there you have it. My 4 tips for getting the perfect picture of your beautiful black cat. I hope that if you are ever looking to adopt a cat that you won’t overlook the black cats. You might be missing out of the friendliest or funniest cat there! I also hope that if you already have a black cat, that this helped and that your social media will see more of your kitty.
Do you share a lot of pictures of your cat on social media? Does your cat have it’s own Instagram account? Mine do! Check out @Bobbin_Sequin_Cotton on Instagram to see more of Sequin and her 2 sisters. If you have a cat Instagram account, share it below!