|I do have one photography question for you. What is the secret to not having the cats eys shine back at the camera? My kitties always come out looking like little devils!
The eye issue is generally an issue with direct camera flash. Since the pupil (opening) of cats' eyes can get so large, what you're actually seeing is the flash reflecting off of the back of the inside of their eye. To avoid that, you would want a bright room (so their pupil is small), no flash, or a flash that can be bounced off of the ceiling so it's not directly facing the cat's eyes. Otherwise, in a dark room -- when their pupils are large and wide to let more light in -- the flash simply reflects of the rear of their eyeball. If the cats are looking directly at you in a dark room, the problem will be the worst.
What "red eye reduction" cameras do is they fire off some pre-flash bursts of light in order to make the pupil contract and get smaller as a natural reaction to more light. THEN they take the picture.
I use an SLR camera flash like this one:
....Which has a swivel head. It can be bounced off of the ceiling, rather than fired directly into the cat's eyes.
Or, if I'm using a "point and shoot" camera, I try to turn off the flash as much as possible and hold the camera VERY steady, because there will be a slow shutter speed without a flash.
|What book are you writing?
I'm not actually writing the book - I work as a photo editor/photographer, and one of the publishers that I work with is doing a book on cats. They're supposed to be using some photos of mine for the book.