You gotta go where the action is and get low. Don't just stand and shoot down on your dog. All you get from that is pictures that look like you stood over your dog and shot straight down. For more interesting, dynamic, and engaging pictures, you have to get down to the dog's eye level. You can't get an image like the ones above unless you go where the action is and get down to the dog's eye level.
Use a wide angle lens and get close!
[REWIND: Babysitting a little monster]
Using a wide-angle lens up close will create an image that makes the viewer feel like they were right there. My favorite is 28mm (which happens to be what most cell phones use), but anything from 35mm on down will work well.
Use a tripod and wait...
[REWIND: NFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME]
Using a tripod is another great way to go where the action is, or where you know the action will be. Many newer cameras have a built-in intervalometer, which allows you to program the camera to take a picture every X seconds or minutes for either a certain number of frames or indefinitely. If your camera doesn't have a built-in intervalometer, you can buy one that plugs into the camera for around $20. There are also apps for your smartphone that do this. If using a smartphone, in addition to a tripod, you'd need a mount for the phone. Pictured above is a Fuji X-T2 on a MeFOTO tripod. MeFOTO also makes a smartphone adapter for mounting your phone.
A tripod and an intervalometer also allow you to get into the shot.
Go adopt somebody! If you're in the DC area, check out the Humane Rescue Alliance. That's where the two big guys came from (I was just babysitting the puppy) back when the Washington Humane Society (the pitbull) and the Washington Animal Rescue League (the boxer mix) were separate organizations. Now, they're one organization and they need your help to give furry models a great place to mug for the camera!
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