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Old 07-25-2011   #21
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Elizabeth, thats a great tip. My dog, however, as soon as she sees the treat wants it NOW!! Its taking some time to train her as a good doggy model.
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I could never pose my cat but, occasionally, I could catch him in a decent pose. One of the tricks in pet photography (IMO) is to have your camera ready for shooting at all times. You never know when an animal will strike a good pose. My wife is an extreme neat-nick but, even she agrees that having a camera put away in a bag or a closet will result in missed images...

Felix reading his morning paper...


I am fortunate in that I have the opportunity to shoot a lot of dogs because we rescue Maltese and Goldendoodles and Labradoodles.

Our Goldendoodle Holly when she was 10 weeks old...


Sophie a beautiful chocolate Labradoodle rescue...


Skye a Mini-Goldendoodle rescue...


I am proud of the difference a bit of TLC at our home makes in a rescue dog so we take "before" pictures as well as "after" pictures.... Here is Sweetie as she arrived from running the streets as a stray..


Here she is after a few months with us...


BTW: Both the picture of Skye and the second picture of Sweetie were shot on our couch draped with different color material. I used a simple setup of a bounced single flash with a Joe Demb Flash Diffuser pro to modify the light.

A trick some dog show photographers use is to throw a toy in the air above the camera. The dog will usually follow the toy with its eyes...
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Nice series and good advise, Richard.


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