Patience is a necessary virtue for animal photography success.
An important aspect of animal photography is simply mustering the patience to stay ready to get the shot. Since it is unlikely that Fluffy or Fido will stay still for their photo session, it is important to be in the right position with equipment set and ready to go. A setting where the pet is comfortable and at ease is always best especially if the area is free of random distractions. The dog park might sound like a good place for a photo op, but keeping the subject interested in the camera will be difficult at best.
Getting a pet’s attention can be tricky, if there is no one available to help guide attention to you, a strange noise will usually get a pet’s attention for a short bit of time. Several free apps make squeaky toy sounds if odd noises are not a personal skill. Offering treats will not always ensure the desired behavior; occasionally the pet will take a treat and run off, or leap for a treat wreaking havoc with equipment. Engaging the pet in play can create fun and unique images, but take care not to over excite your subject. Plan on making multiple attempts as the perfect shot is typically the product of dozens of shots. Avoid becoming frustrated or angry as both dogs and cats are skilled at sensing human emotions and are not likely to sit pretty for an aggravated human.
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