Dog photography is fun and rewarding, yet can be quite a challenge. Animal models must be coaxed and coerced into doing what you want them to do in front of the camera, and it takes trial and error to find what works. Luckily for those of you who are beginning, some photographers have done the legwork already and are willing to share their tips.

COOPH has teamed up with dog photographer Anne Geier to bring you eight tips in a short video that will give you a jump start on your dog photography. We’ll go over a few, and you can check out the rest in the video below.

Capture Gestures

Most dogs with a little training know some kind of cute trick. You can utilize these gestures to capture moments that show off the dog’s personality and relationship with its human, who taught them the trick.

Freeze The Action

Freezing dogs in motion can look really interesting. You can catch them contorted in mid-air as they go after a frisbee, eyes bulging underwater as they dive for a ball ala Seth Casteel, or just making a splash in shallow water, as Anne has shown in this video. Use a fast shutter speed or a flash, have your dog show off its athletic capabilities, and see what you can capture.

Try Wide Angle

If you’re shooting somewhere naturally beautiful, it can work well to go wide and include the scene. Most dogs love being outdoors and will look happy and in their element, and including the environment around them in some images can enhance the variety of your session.

Use Dog-Sized Frames

Skilled framing is a useful creative composition technique. When you’re photographing dogs, look around the environment you’re working in for places you could put your subject to frame them. Examples shown in the video include a small, dog-sized hole in a fence and artfully placed natural elements.

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Check out the video below for four more tips and to see them all in practice. Which is your favorite? Are there any tricks you love that weren’t covered?