Animals and the outdoors are a natural fit. Not only will the light be better, but pets also tend to perk up when they're outside. Try photographing your dog in the backyard, on a walk around the neighborhood or playing in a dog park. For the best results, shoot on an overcast day or when the sun is low in the sky to avoid harsh shadows. If you have an indoor cat, try venturing into the yard on a leash, or see tip No. 4.
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