Tips for Photographing Black Cats & Dogs

It can be challenging to take good photos of pets with black fur, but there is no such thing as an un-photogenic pet. These tips will help you capture your raven-haired beauty’s best side. 

Staged Setting- Choose light colored background, avoiding stark white and dark backdrops.
Soft Lighting- Bright lights wash your cat out, and they’ll only disappear in the dark.
Tight Focus- Your cat’s expression should be the focal point, not the surrounding clutter.
Creative Approach- Try out different colors, lighting and angles to find the rest combination.

Bonus Tip: Use photo editing software to brighten and sharpen photos.

Check out our Top 3 Pet Photography Tips infographic for more help coaxing out your pet’s inner supermodel!

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This photo ornament is easy to make and a thoughtful gift. It's also a fun way to display your pet's photo!

✓ Cut a photo of the pet into a 4-inch diameter circle.
✓ Roll up and place inside a 4-inch glass ball ornament.
✓ Use a Q-tip to adjust it. Add glitter for a snowy look.
✓ Replace the top and add ribbon to hang it.

Remember to keep ribbon and ornaments out of paws reach. For more tips on holiday hazards, see our pet safety guide.

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We just can't get enough of adorable pet pictures - but who can?

Taking photos of our furry friends can be just as fun as looking at them, and these tips can help you snap a perfect moment in time.

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WELCOME,
PET PARENTS!

As we’re dedicated to making a difference for pets, we want to keep you informed about pet health topics and your ASPCA Pet Health Insurance plan. Our blog will provide you with fresh, interesting and informative topics—from pet health tips and customer stories, to the latest industry news and a Pet Parent Q&A column. Most of all, we encourage you to share comments and join the discussion!

Meet the Author

Julia H.

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Pet Parent to:

Lucy, an 8-year-old rescued Golden Retriever/Chow Chow mix

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While we’ll strive to present all viewpoints on this blog, comments will be reviewed before posting. Offensive or inappropriate language, off-topic remarks and comments containing personal policy information will not be featured.

Also, conditions discussed in this blog aren’t necessarily covered by every ASPCA Pet Health Insurance plan. For full coverage terms, conditions and exclusions, please refer to your plan.

As always, if you have a question about your plan, call us at 1-866-204-6764.

*Note: While these testimonials may include examples of recent claims payouts, reimbursement is subject to the terms and conditions of your plan. Identifying information has been changed.