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Puppy Love: One Photographer's Quest to Capture the Perfect Pairing of Cameras & Canines

© Tamara Lackey

Behind the Scenes - Get a behind the scenes look at the frolicking and fun of the photo shoot with Tamara and dozens of puppies and Nikon cameras.

They say never work with children or pets. But Tamara Lackey, a professional photographer and Nikon Ambassador, used to photographing both kids and pets didn’t take that advice when she was called by Nikon for a project that included photographing puppies. Puppies—not trained dogs that are used to being a part of photo shoots, but puppies—40 of them to be exact.

Tamara says it was a dream project. When you’re an animal lover, nothing’s better than being surrounded by all those cute little doggies for two days.

Photo of a puppy looking through the viewfinder, taken by Tamara Lackey

© Tamara Lackey

The trick to getting a pup to look like he’s peering through the viewfinder: peanut butter. Z 7, AF-S NIKKOR 105mm f/1.4E ED, 1/400 second, f/5.0, ISO 1250, manual exposure, spot metering.

Tamara Lackey photo of a cute little puppy and a Nikon camera

© Tamara Lackey

Z 7, AF-S NIKKOR 105mm f/1.4E ED. 1/500 second, f/5.6, ISO 1250, manual exposure, spot metering.

From pups looking through the viewfinder, to those staring right into the lens from a millimeter away, to puppies dressed up for the holidays, Tamara pulled out all the stops for this project.

She captured the entire campaign of images with the Z 7 mirrorless camera.

“I love shooting with the Z system,” she says. "With the addition of the Mount Adapter FTZ, Tamara explains, “I can shoot with all my favorite F mount lenses too.”

Tamara Lackey photo of four white puppies in a box, surrounded by a yellow scarf

© Tamara Lackey

What’s cuter than one puppy? A box of puppies. Z 7, AF-S NIKKOR 105mm f/1.4E ED. 1/500 second, f/5.0, ISO 800, manual exposure, spot metering.

Along with the fun behind the scenes video to watch—we’ve got downloadable wallpapers, sized for mobile phone, tablet and computer, so you can share your love of Nikon cameras with these adorable pups. Simply go to the puppies wallpapers download page, enter your email and choose which image or images you want to download. Follow the steps you’d normally take to place a photographic wallpaper on your device and enjoy!

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