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11 Easy Tips To Taking The Cutest Photos Of Your Pets

"Get down nice and low."

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1. Think about the times when your pet made you smile.

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Recently named Canon Ambassador, Dr. Chris Brown says, "generally, [those times] are their cutest moments. Is it them going down to the local park or is it them just waking up from their sleep?"

2. Feature their eyes.

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"Their eyes are how we connect with them. It tells us a lot about their mood and their personality."

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3. "Think about it, don't rush in."

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Think about your frame and the lighting and the backdrop. All these elements add to the character of the photo.

4. Look for their stand-out features.

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Think Grumpy Cat. "A lot of dogs have really big ears, or puppies have really big paws. Some dogs or cats look like they're smiling or frowning", Dr. Brown says.

5. Have your camera ready on standby.

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Check that the settings are ready. You'll never know when cute moments happen.

6. "Get down nice and low, so you're at their height."

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Connect with your pet and see how they see the world from their vantage point.

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7. Use what you know about your pet.

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"You know them better than anyone else. It might be a quirky habit they have or a funny little mannerism that they possess. Try to make that the basis of the shot."

8. Observe, observe, observe.

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"Look at them with fresh eyes." Watch what they love doing or what gets strong expressions from them.

9. Experiment with angles that highlight their unique features.

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For example, if your pet has big ears, Dr. Brown says "if you shoot your pet's face from a bit below their ears, the [ears] will look bigger from that perspective."

10. Soft lighting is key.

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"If it is too bright, their pupils constrict and they'll end up with little slits, and pets can look a little cold if you photograph them like that. [Soft light] will make the image warmer and show more emotion, but also ensure those eyes really shine."

11. Pause every now and then. Take a break from your snap-craze.

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Enjoy the company of your pet, not just from behind the lens.

Get involved in September's Canon Light Awards competition, where Dr Chris Brown has set the brief on Pet Personalities.