Tips For Optimizing
The Infinite Cat Experience.
(1) First, just in case you missed it, you have to
photograph your kitty viewing the most recent addition to
the Project found at the top of the home page.
(2) Make the other cats in the image, I.E. the ones in the
monitor, almost as prominent as your own cat. The more of
we can see in the picture, the better.
(3) Use the mouse pointer to get your cats attention,
or smear some soft cat food (or something equally smelly)
on the monitor and snap a picture as they're sniffing around.
You might also try downloading and playing some bird
sounds or cat
sounds. I know these certainly get my cat's
(4) Use lots of environmental lighting as the flash tends
to wash out the screen image. Open some windows, light some
start a fire, send
up a flare. If possible, adjust your digital camera to take
(5) Fuzzy images are the bane of the
ICP and I cannot stress that strongly enough. If the
image of your cat, or the ones in the monitor, isn't at least
reasonably clear and sharp there's a good chance I'll ask
for a re-shoot.
(6) I will automatically reject any
image where it appears the cat is being forcibly held in
the monitor, mostly on the grounds that it's borderline
inhumane. The best pictures are of those cats who seem naturally
interested in the process. See tip #3, above, for alternative
methods in getting Fluffy's attention.
(7) Finally, don't crop or edit the picture. Just send me
the raw file and I'll take it from there. Just be sure the
image is at least 640 X 480 pixels of resolution and try to
imagine it cropped to the limit. Anything smaller can't be
The last tip is about composition. The ideal picture
would have enough of your cat to give an indication of its
personality plus show off the other cats in the monitor as
much as possible. The picture below, #1443
in the Project, is among those that meets all these criteria
although I urge you all to be as creative as possible. Good
out all over.
Very early in the history of the ICP Marc Donnelly
submitted a picture of his lovely white cat, Juno. I'm happy
to report that the little fellow is still hale and hearty
and an updated photo of him, his new computer, and cat #1445,
Tonic, have been added to Juno's
original page. Thanks, Marc!
I would love to add updated images of
existing kitties so if you'd like to take a good photo
of your moggie and email it to me
I'll be happy to add it to the appropriate page. Thie means
any old picture of your lovely moggies, not just one that
adheres to the strict doctrines of the ICP. Don't forget to
remind me of the number of the cat as we have lots of duplicate
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