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You’ve heard the saying: “Kid’s say the darndest things.” Well, dogs do the darndest things, too! Capturing that perfect moment can be difficult — time and knowledge of camera all factor in for getting that perfect photo. Below are five tips for improving your dog photography skills:

Get Down To Their Level

To get a great picture, don’t be afraid to get down on the ground. To get that perfect shot, you might need to get down to their level. Sure, dogs are used to looking up to you, but for the perfect, in-depth photo get down on the ground (or dirt or grass)! By placing your camera in the action and down to their level, you will be sure to take amazing pictures of your dog, reflecting their funny and amazing personalities as well as being able to see the world from their eyes.

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Keep Eyes Sharp

Eyes are the most expressive parts of our faces, same goes for our pets. Make sure you capture that picture with their piercing eyes. Since our dogs can’t talk to us, they make themselves expressive through their eyes. Keep the tack sharp and focus on your dog’s eyes. Try a close up of Fido’s face and focus in. You will be amazed at the photo you can capture, perfect enough for a Christmas card! For some examples, check out the photo Christmas cards at Minted.com, where they have dozens of holiday dog cards.

Be Patient

The most important thing to know about photographing your dog, or any pet, is to be patient. Yes, patience is a virtue, especially when it comes to your canine friends. They tend to have problems sitting still, and when you introduce a camera all they will want to do is sniff it and check out the mysterious box. Allow them to get used to the camera, be wary because this might take a few minutes or even hours. Once they’re used to seeing a camera around, you will be able to start getting those award-winning shots.

Incorporate The Favorite Toy

Successful photos can be achieved while using their favorite toy or allowing them to play. By allowing them to run around or play with their toys, you will be able to capture happy, candid moments of your dog in their natural habitat. The positive energy and happy vibes will come across in your photograph, so let them play!

Treats, A Dog’s Best Motivator

Encourage your pet with some treats. If your dog does something you like, it’s time to reward them with a treat! Within a few minutes they’ll understand the correlation between doing something good and getting a tasty snack. Have a pocket full of treats and begin to reward your dog when you get the shot you want.

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