Pet Photography is for everyone

Several of my non-photographer friends have asked me for tips on photographing their own dogs. A few tips; Shoot in the early morning sun or late evening. Long shadows are the rule. Do not use food. It is very distracting to the dog. If you have a high energy dog, use a high shutter speed, or sports mode if your camera has one.
Get the dog as close to his/her natural state as possible. If your dog is real laid back, be patient and capture that. If you have an active dog, get the shot of running, chasing a ball.

Important things to keep in mind; lighting, shutter speed, and patience.
Remember; have fun, spend LOTS of time with your pet, and keep that camera ready, and you will get lots of great shots.
For more great tips, check out this article from the NYIP.
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