We cover this more thoroughly in the webinar, but here is the lighting diagram showing the typical natural light shot that I use for photographing dogs and cats. NOTE: This is designed to maximize the effect of natural window light, but if you’re using a camera with an automatic pop-up flash, it will still work. Repeat after me: THE BIGGER THE LIGHT SOURCE, THE SOFTER THE LIGHT!
Plan to use this set up at the brightest time of day! You want as much window light as possible (without direct sun) and the biggest reflector you can find. Remember a reflector can be a large sheet of white styrofoam (preferred) or a big white foam core poster board or even a big sheet of silver-covered insulation from the local building construction store.
Stay close to your subject, especially with a black dog!