photographing your dog

Avoiding the dreaded alien eyes: a tip for photographing your dog

I think we all have a few pictures of our favorite four-legged friend looking... well... not so flattering.  I'm talking about those crazy alien eyes!  It's caused by a bright light reflecting off your pup's eyes directly back at the camera.

So how do we fix it?  Easy!  Just turn off your flash.  Let me show you an example:

Using flash can make your dog looked washed out, cast a weird color, cause reflective eyes, or all of the above.  Flash can also distract, startle, or annoy some dogs, as shown in this iPhone image of Mackenzie.  See her ears tucked back?  The flash cast a yellow color on her fur and made her eyes downright scary! 

with flash, eek!!

with flash, eek!!

Instead, look for another light source (like a window) and turn the flash off.  In the next image (also taken with my iPhone), Mackenzie acted normally and the photograph turned out more natural and pleasing.

no flash, window light

no flash, window light

So there you have it: a simple way to avoid making your dog look possessed in photographs!

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