The Silent Shutter + Flip out screen= Purrfect for Stealth Photography

One of my favourite subjects to photograph is cats, especially street cats in their element. Sometimes It can be quite a challenge to approach these wary creatures, but the Fujifilm X-T1 allows me to get closer and more creative than any other camera I've owned.  Let me explain why.

The X-T1 has two features that are absolutely essential for feline photography: A silent shutter and a flip out back screen. The former allows you to get close enough without making the cats nervous, when they are on guard, their ears will flatten and turn backward, and that makes the image somewhat unattractive. The latter enables you to get close to the ground level for a low angle shot or an uptake conveniently and comfortably. Also, I find that when you are not holding the camera up to your eye level, the cats feel less threatened and more at ease, in my experience, they seem to be more intrigued by the camera when you place it on the ground right in front of them, so instead of running from it, they actually might lean forward to check it out.

This little guy is a stray that was taken in by the owner of a railroad cafe

This little guy is a stray that was taken in by the owner of a railroad cafe

Okay maybe I got a little too close here

Okay maybe I got a little too close here

These eyes have seen it all

These eyes have seen it all

Life on the street is taking a tow

Life on the street is taking a tow

I was able to creep up on this sleeping cat without even waking him up

I was able to creep up on this sleeping cat without even waking him up

Being Stealthy and flexible, The X-T1 is also ideal for capturing interesting cat portraits. You get to experiment and be creative with different angles and perspectives.

I hope you enjoy these tips and have lots of fun photographing the feline friends in your life. Thanks for stopping by!