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Dogs: Catch Them if You Can

Pets are such a grateful subjects. You love them, they love you, and every photo is devoted to show their craziness (and cuteness of course). But snapping a picture of animals can be tricky. So here are a few how to's.

My favorite subject has always been my dogs. Even when I was a kid I used to take out an old film camera and try to capture their cuteness. Back then I didn’t have a clue what I was doing. I was just imitating my dad. If he could do it, why couldn’t I?

The ‘problem’ with dogs, or any animal for that matter, is that they just won’t sit still, unless they’re asleep. So every time I would crawl closely to take photo they looked at me with their cute eyes as if to say ‘not again?’ At times, when they got really bored of me, they would just get up and walk away. Of course, when I already pressed the shutter, the photo would end up with half an ear, or a tail.

At one point I had a great idea for a Christmas card. People were sending us pictures of their kids with Christmas ahead; so I wanted to do something similar, but with our dog, instead. Not very original, I know, but I had to do it. So we put the dog in front of a sheet of silvery fabric, put Santa’s night cap on her head, and hung a sign around her neck. We bribed her with cookies to stay put and snapped pictures. Needless to say, we never sent it out.

But when you really want to take good shots of your dog, there are a few things to take into account:

Always have your camera ready.
You wouldn’t believe how many cute shots I’ve missed because I had to look for my camera, or because I had a lens-cap on, or because the dog was on to me and quickly moved.

*Make sure you have enough cookies. *
Want to take a good shot of them looking straight at you? Hold a cookies next to the lens. You will have their full and undivided attention. (Of course, once you’ve taken the photo you have to give it to them)

Play with them.
Make sure you have their favorite toy ready. While they’re occupied, you can take all the photos you want without them being weird out by the camera you hang in front of their snout.

Oh, and never mind.
You will miss shots. Cute shots, crazy shots, have half ears, tails, blurry ones, because they decided to take a run or saw something way more interesting than you; but that’s okay too. Plenty of more opportunities to come and that’s why you love them right? They’re unpredictable at times and do funny things when you don’t expect it. That’s why they’re dogs.

written by luthien

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