Dogs, as are all animals, are always fun to photograph. Their spontaneous and unpredictable nature demands paying attention and being ready for the moment. We love taking walks and short hikes and Daisy Mae enjoys them as well. The hikes are always in search of interesting images to capture but it's always fun to get a few of Daisy Mae as well. Daisy Mae was born in New Mexico. Not much water around. This was her first time and she loved it! Turns out she was a natural.
With any animal photography, take your time and go with the flow. If you are patient, you will usually get good shots. The first step is to allow your subject to get comfortable with you, the same as people portraits. Try to assume a quiet, unobtrusive demeanor. Move deliberately. Animals also have their space. Respect that and don't try and invade it. The same goes for their owners. Some dogs are extremely defensive and protective of their masters. At first they may be intimidated by the camera or curious or even aggressive. This is natural. Their attention span is generally short and they will once again begin to do their own thing. If you are not the owner, you may want to have them help you with a diversion such as a ball or other toy the dog likes. Be ready! Try to get to eye level and watch your backgrounds. Try not to include anything you don't want in your photo. Fill the frame as best you can to eliminate as much cropping as possible. Don't use flash so there won't be any red eye in your images. The best lighting conditions are open shade or diffused light like as with a grey day because you won't always be able to control the direction you are shooting from and this will reduce harsh shadows or lost detail. If they are curious you could get a nose in your lens. Keep a lens cloth handy and check often. One final crucial tip. Never ever leave a camera, bag or lens on the ground. Your subject could decide to claim it by urinating on it. This is not a good thing. Enjoy and keep shooting!