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Beautiful Beasties: A Creative Guide to Modern Pet Photography by Jamie Pflughoeft

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Pre-Session Checklists

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Checking Your Gear and Accessories

Every pet photographer can tell you a nightmare story that involves equipment, me included. Most are situations that could have been avoided with proper planning: dead batteries, missing memory cards, forgetting to bring an important lens, or a bag of empty dog treats.

In this next section, I’ll help you to best prepare yourself from a technical and equipment standpoint, for every single session you do. Who knows? If you develop good habits early on, maybe you can avoid being among the photographers who end up telling nightmare stories.

I recommend doing these things the night before a shoot so that if you remember something at the last minute (the morning of the shoot), you’ll still have time to get it together.

Equipment Checklist

Camera Equipment Item

Action Item

1. Camera

And backup body if shooting with a digital single-lens reflex (dSLR) camera

Clean your camera sensor with a dust blower or sensor cleaner, if you don’t have auto sensor cleaning.

A backup body is great to have in case your primary body goes haywire, although this isn’t as important as it would be for wedding photography (which is, of course, a one-time event that can’t be rescheduled because of your equipment issues). However, ...

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