Monday, September 26, 2011

Save a life. Take better photos.

Yes. Better photos save lives. It appalls me that shelters think throwing up unflattering photos of animals behind a chain link fence with crap in their eyes and dirty fur makes them marketable. Most people won't take a second glance at an animal who looks possessed in their photos. Take a look at this video a fellow designer sent me... common sense people. Common sense.

A thumbs up to The Animal Placement Bureau for taking most of their animal's photos in front of a backdrop, in good lighting and multiple poses. I look at Petfinder and can't help but wonder how many of those dogs will never get a fair chance because someone can't be bothered to attempt to take a decent photo of them. You don't have to be a professional photographer to take a better photo. For example:
  1. Get the dogs out from behind the chainlink fence.
  2. Wipe the gunk out of their eyes... no one wants a diseased looking dog.
  3. Give 'em a good brushing.
  4. Crappy lighting inside? Go outside and use the natural light.
  5. I know how animals choose to lay/sit sometimes, but please, no crotch shots.
Really people, it's just not that hard. Take a look at some of these photos. I give these "photographers" the Mmmm, no. award.

I'm pretty sure this dog needs all the help it can get. A pretty bow would work wonders.
Ooooh, pretty ball. Oh hey! There's a dog in the background!
Dude, he looks crazy.
I promise the big, bad doggy won't attack you. Please move in closer or use this cool feature called "zoom."
There are no words.

...and my most favorite profile picture...

Really people?!?! When marketing homes and animals, never ever ever should this phrase be present! Why would anyone waste their time considering purchasing something they cannot see. Mind boggling, I tell you. Mind boggling.
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