Photographing animals can be difficult. You can't tell them where to stand, how to hold their head, or where to look. As if these weren't challenges enough, when photographing shelter animals, you are working with animals to whom you are a stranger, during a lonely and confused time of their life, and in an environment that is new and often stressful to them.

Of course, it is these factors that you are trying to alleviate by volunteering your time to help find these animals homes. By understanding these factors and by learning to work around them, you can still accomplish good animal photography at a shelter that really shares the beauty of these animals with the public. The topics in this section discuss some straightforward techniques that you can use to achieve the goal of helping to find homes for these animals by applying solid animal photography skills.

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