A Special Project

Occasionally I will get a request for photo restoration or retouching work and while it’s not an area that I specialize in, it is something that I really enjoy doing. Today I thought I would share a special project that I recently completed – this is Buddy, a very special dog who recently passed away from cancer. Buddy’s mom had a few pictures that she loved, but thought that they could use a little work. She wanted to use the image below for her Christmas Cards this year, and I’m really pleased with how it turned out. I’ll admit that doing this kind of work can sometimes be bittersweet – my heart always goes out to those who lose a special companion, but I also understand how important photographs are in keeping the memories of our loved ones alive. I’m so happy that I could give Buddy’s mom a smile, even if it was through tears.

Pet Photo Enhancement

3 thoughts on “A Special Project

  1. Wow, that restoration is great. One question, how do you get rid of the green eyes? All of the pictures of my dalmatian have the green eyes…any secret tips you can provide?

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  2. Thanks Nicole! Just like many humans get “red eyes” in photos, pets tend to get green eyes. In this case, I likely painted over the eyes, but there are a number of ways to remove the green, depending on what editing software you are using. Most cameras come with basic software – the “red eye” removal doesn’t always work, but if you have a brush tool, you can try “desaturating” the green first and then go in and darken the area so it looks more natural.

    The best way to avoid green eyes is to not use your flash (assuming you have an on-camera flash) and try to use as much natural light as possible. If you can’t avoid using the flash, try to distance yourself from your subject and avoid photos where your Dal is looking right in the camera (no fun, I know!) – If all else fails, please feel free to contact me and I’d be happy to help!

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