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Pet Photography: From Snapshots to Great Shots by Alan Hess

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4. Working with Animals

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Nikon D4 • ISO 400 • 1/2000 sec. • f/3.5 • 70–200mm lens

The do’s and don’ts when photographing pets

Photographing your pets can be a great bonding experience, especially if you keep it fun and low stress. No matter how well behaved or trained your pet is, keep in mind that your pet doesn’t really understand what’s going on during a photo shoot. My older dog is so used to seeing me set up different lights and backdrops that she will go and sit in front of them without anyone asking. She doesn’t really know why she is doing it but has been conditioned that when she sits there, good things happen. For her that means she ...

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