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Plan Candid-looking Images when Photographing Dogs

Don’t think you have to wait around for something to happen. When photographing dogs, you have some not-so-candid ways of making things happen that still result in a candid-looking moment. This is a good approach to use with dogs that like to play games and listen fairly well.

To pull this off, the first thing you need to do is set the scene. Because the photo is candid-looking but not really candid, you can take your time to make sure the lighting and background is how you want it to be. After you set that up, the real fun begins — getting the dog to do what you want her to do.

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Take this photo, for instance. You may think that the photographer was serendipitously in the right place at the right time to capture this perfectly composed photo of Mac traipsing across the patio.

Mac looks natural and is in his own world, paying no attention to the photographer, but what you can’t see is one of Mac’s humans standing to the right of the frame, calling his name so he runs to her. You also can’t tell that this one photo took 20 minutes of Mac essentially playing “monkey in the middle” and cruising back and forth between members of his family.

Sometimes the best candids aren’t so candid after all!

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