LaFoto said:Jennifer, in cases like the one described in Photo 3, i.e. a backlit BLACK cat, you'd be wise to use the flash of your camera to give the cat a little light from the front, even though the ambient light WOULD HAVE been enough to expose the photo. But anything against a bright background will become silhouetted, and I believe you had planned to really SHOW us the cats and not only their silhouettes?
And do try to find that macro button on your camera and switch that on any time you move up closer to your subject.
Else you'll lose your focus all the time.
All your faraway shots are fine, and the close-ups are not.