The most important skill of a dog photographer

As much as I like to talk about great light, good equipment and serious photography skills, there is something I rarely ever mention.

Dog training.

When you ask me how you can take better photographs of your dog I shouldn’t talk about light or the lenses you need. I should ask you what tricks your dog knows and how happy he is to obey? I should ask you how well do you get along? How much trust there is between you two?

Let’s start a new mantra.

Training my dog helps me as a photographer. 
Training my dog helps me as a photographer.
Training my dog helps me as a photographer.

From now on we need to emphasize the importance of dog training.

Trained dog is a happy dog. He knows his boundaries because he is taught about boundaries. He knows he is rewarded after every task (praise, pet, toy or treat) because we do it every time. He feels safe and happy.

When you ask me how you can take better photographs of your dog I shouldn’t start with the talk about light or the lenses you need. I should talk about the importance of training your dog. Spending time with your dog. Getting to know your dog. Understanding your dog.

When we try to be the person our dogs think we are, I’m sure we get better photos too.

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