Need Advice On Smartphone Photography Of Cats?

saleri

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So I only recently got into photography. Previously used the pixel 2xl and recently upgraded to the s10+.


I know the s10 is getting great review for it’s landscape photos and the ultra-wide angle lens. But honestly I’ve never being a fan of landscape photos and prefer more personal photos such as portrait shots.


Obviously, I mostly enjoy shooting my two cats. When I was using the pixel 2 xl, I didn’t take any fantastic shots, but I did get some decent ones.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/IQv4mmNaRzPCpr7F2


And with the S10, I feel like it not only hasn’t really improved, but is arguably worse? https://photos.app.goo.gl/yBUqdarjno9JXyBw5


I will admit, I only got the phone 4 days ago, and it’s being very cloudy/rainy during those days, and for the next few days.


Also really annoyed that Samsung decided to use the wide angle lens instead of the telephoto lens for live focus. People say it’s so people don’t have to walk back to take a portrait shot, but the whole point was to avoid distortion!?

How Do Most People Take Photos of their cats?

Any help would be greatly appreciated!
 

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I prefer portrait shots too. I've had the best luck taking photos of Bodhi an hour or two before sunset or an hour or two after sunrise. It seems like the angle of the sunlight during those times gives everything more contrast and makes things look more dramatic. Eyes look brighter etc. I use the Snapseed and VSCO apps to sharpen things up if needed. I use an old iPod touch camera so it's not the greatest in low light situations. The pics usually turn out kind of blah if you don't use the flash which I normally don't. The main problem for me is catching my cat when he's sitting in a window or on something that has the light falling on it just right. As soon as he sees me near him with the camera he's like.....oh...what's that?. Can I chew on it? lol I end up with a lot of photos of him sleeping cause he will actually stay still then. lol
 
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I prefer portrait shots too. I've had the best luck taking photos of Bodhi an hour or two before sunset or an hour or two after sunrise. It seems like the angle of the sunlight during those times gives everything more contrast and makes things look more dramatic. Eyes look brighter etc. I use the Snapseed and VSCO apps to sharpen things up if needed. I use an old iPod touch camera so it's not the greatest in low light situations. The pics usually turn out kind of blah if you don't use the flash which I normally don't. The main problem for me is catching my cat when he's sitting in a window or on something that has the light falling on it just right. As soon as he sees me near him with the camera he's like.....oh...what's that?. Can I chew on it? lol I end up with a lot of photos of him sleeping cause he will actually stay still then. lol
Yeah my best bet is usually to catch them when they're sleepy.
 

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I use a Canon PowerShot SX540 HS.

Before that, I used the Samsung A5. The camera on that model of samsung was pretty good.

I'm sorry, that wasn't quite helpful... Pictures have just always been better with my Canon. :camera:
 
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