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Shooting Man's Best Friend

Awful title, isn't it?  Hear me out, though!  

As far back as I can remember, I've always had at least one dog in the house.  When I went to college, it was really tough for me to not have a four-legged friend around with me, so adopting a dog was one of the first things I did when I graduated.  Now, I can't go anywhere without having a litte, 30-pound ball of fur hot on my heels.

Because I'm around dogs so much, they naturally become the subjects of many of my photos.  They're some of the best, and worst, subjects to shoot, so I thought this might give me a chance to impart a little knowledge on you dear readers on getting great shots of dogs!  

A note:  I'm fairly certain these tips are applicable to cats, as long as they let you take photos of them, but my main focus is on dogs because they're way more friendly and loveable.  This is opinion, folks.

One of the hardest things to do when shooting a dog is capturing outside of its four main "modes":

  1. Sleeping
  2. Eating
  3. Sleeping
  4. Playing

Because of this, capturing a pup when it's not paying attention to you requires quickness and stealth.  My first tip for shooting dogs is...

1. Use a fast camera and shoot in ideal conditions!

I know, this is pretty much a cop-out "tip" but it's true.  If you want to get great shots of dogs, you need to use a fast camera in an environment with a lot of light (or lighting, depending on your use of flash).  Using a fast camera is the difference between a blurry shot, like this:

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