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- Natural light always gives the best results.
- Consider a contrasting background to your subject's color and texture.
- Watch for unwanted objects in the background. Reposition your pet for a pleasant, contrasting background.
- Have some fun with themed items for your photo set--any suitably-themed props you may have available.
- Borrow colors for your theming, using bandanas, hair ribbons, Tshirts, collars and other props.
- Shoot with primary lighting behind you, if you're not outdoors.
- Moving subjects generally blur in photos. Set your shutter speed accordingly when shooting pics of pets.
- Use a photo editing program to remove red-eye, but generally you get your best pics when using little editing, and more pre-planning of your subject and background.
- Flash photography often produces green-eye in many pet photos. This is tough to fix, so shoot for pics that don't have your pet looking directly into the camera. Better yet, don't use a flash.
- Candid shots are often best for pets that don't pose well.
- Try shooting with your flash off, using a night setting, and see if you get better results.
- Use a squeaky toy or treat to get your dog to look in the desired direction.
- If you have a black pet, try close up shots.
- Experiment with your macro setting for close ups.
- Close ups and portrait shots will display best in the #SuperDogSunday Blog Hop's thumbnail photos.