The Lighting of Miss Newton.

Teaching Mom light - 2014 © Colehaus Cats

Teaching Mom light – 2014 © Colehaus Cats

Today I’m working with mom to teach her how to capture my best photo. She isn’t very good at it but she gets credit for trying. And trying. And trying some more. Always clicking in my face. Is it any wonder I don’t like the camera?

So, today, we’re learning about light and shadow. She doesn’t know that for buff-colored cats, light and shadow are EVERYTHING!

And this light isn’t it.

Too flat - 2014 © Colehaus Cats

Too flat – 2014 © Colehaus Cats

Ditto for this light. It’s too….. too…. too flat or two dimensional or something. My definition looks all wonky. Try again, mom.

Too overexposed - 2014 © Colehaus Cats

Too overexposed – 2014 © Colehaus Cats

WHOA! Back off the extra exposure, mom! Yer blindin’ me! Geez, if you’re going to go that far off the chart, you might as well color me purple!

Too overprocessed - 2014 © Colehaus Cats

Too overprocessed – 2014 © Colehaus Cats

Ha. Ha. Very funny.

Just about right - 2014 © Colehaus Cats

Just about right – 2014 © Colehaus Cats

Now, here you go! I like this one! Good natural light with a bit of backlight. That skylight up above with a touch of Ceiling Cat light shining down doesn’t hurt either. Good light is hard to come by. Good natural light is even harder to find but the results are worth it and so pretty. Thanks, mom, for not giving up!

22 responses to “The Lighting of Miss Newton.

  1. Yes, that is a really good pic of you. You are quite beautiful.

  2. Good help is so hard to find, isn’t it, Newton? Your last photo looks purrrfect!

  3. that last photo is perfect Miss Newton,xx Speedy

  4. Don’t you want to teleport here and teach our mom too ? She has to learn to play with the light and especially to make clear, not trembling photos ! Purrs

  5. Well done for telling your Mom exactly how you want your photograph to look Miss Newton and let’s hope she remembers for next time.
    Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

  6. Your mom did a fantastic job. Ours is hopeless with a camera, any camera…so any snapshot where we’re even just semi-clear is a keeper for her. And forget indoor shots — we face north and have very little natural light on the main level.

  7. Newton you are a very patient kitty. You are stunning in the final photo, especially your eyes. And we <3 how well your whiskers and eyebrows show up. Good job APAWS to your mom. Have a super terrific weekend. Purrs and paw-pats, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

  8. Miss Newton you look charming whatever the lighting we say and we think mum does a pawsome job photographing you all.
    Have a fabulous Friday.
    Best wishes Molly

  9. You look sooooooo sweet. I just love your adorable cute face. I want to welcome Zuzu and Viola to the Tabby Cat Club. Their official TCC badges have been sent. Hope you all can make it to the party on Monday.

  10. da tabbies o trout towne

    newton….manee thanx for lettin uz noe pick sure 4 bee de doinz oh yur mom…..fora wee minit we had jimmy hendrix song floatin thru R minds N thought it wuz comin outta R eyes then…rock on dood…
    ya still look grate mite we add…heerz two a wild whitefish N walleye week oh end !

  11. It’s lovely, and what makes it perfect is the color in her eyes and, yes, the backlight illuminating her ear. We feline models are totally underrated and under-treated!

  12. Well done got there finally 🙂 x

  13. Practice makes perfect – that last photo of you is gorgeous!

  14. Miss Newton, you are gorgeous in every shot!…Enjoy the weekend, dear friends…kisses…Calle, Halle, Sukki, Mommy Cat, Daddy Cat

  15. Good Job Newton…Mum listened to all your directions…You are so handsome mancat!!!
    Purrs,
    Miss Kitty ino & Izzy

  16. Newton, we think all those pictures of you are good. Our mom has a hard time with lighting too…we don’t always sit where the lighting is best. But you look beautiful!

  17. You need to teach my mom!

  18. Your Mom nailed it on the last one…NOT the purple one!

  19. That last picture is just purrrfection!
    Welcome Zuau and Viola to the Tabby Cat Club!

    Tommie, Mickey Mouser, and Maggie (the person)

  20. spittythekitty

    Now see, I wish MY Human had the devotion and commitment to making *my* photos look that good. Pfft. She says good pictures of black kitties are impossible but *I* say she’s too lazy to learn.

  21. We admire your patience Newton! The first and last photos are especially attractive but any photo of you is good! 🙂

    the critters in the cottage xo

    P.S. Our Mama’s best photos are when the lighting is just right too…it is amazing how it changes the look of us when the lighting is poor!

  22. Miss Newton, you have incredibly beautiful eyes!!