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Cell Phone Photography for Pet Lovers

teacher avatar Monique Rodriguez, Furtographer

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37 Lessons (1h 2m)
    • 1. 1 Intro 1

    • 2. 2 Intro part 2

    • 3. 3 Camera App Choices Cell Phone 1

    • 4. 4 Camera Basics

    • 5. 5 Hack Intro and Headset 1

    • 6. 6 Hack 3 Rapid Fire 1

    • 7. 7 Hack 4 HDR 1

    • 8. 8 alien eyes

    • 9. 9 Ambient Light

    • 10. 10 large light source

    • 11. 11 Artificial Light

    • 12. 12 light placement

    • 13. 13 open shade

    • 14. 14 Exposure Mode Icons

    • 15. 15 manual exposure intro

    • 16. 16 Exposure Triangle

    • 17. 17 shutter speed

    • 18. 18 ISO

    • 19. 19 portrait mode

    • 20. 20 Exposure Wrap

    • 21. 21 Apps Native, LR and Pro

    • 22. 22 pet tips intro

    • 23. 23 eye contact

    • 24. 24 dogs vs cats

    • 25. 25 treats

    • 26. 26 dog sounds

    • 27. 27 comp visual

    • 28. 28 Zoom with Feet

    • 29. 29 camera height

    • 30. 30 rule of thirds

    • 31. 31 Crops Revised

    • 32. 32 action composition

    • 33. 33 Editing Apps Intro Revised

    • 34. 34 Editing Apps Screen share Demo 1

    • 35. 35 Accessory Intro

    • 36. 36 In My Camera Bag

    • 37. 37 wrap up and closure

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About This Class

Master your cell phone pet photography using an iPhone or Android to improve your dog and cat snapshots. Learn about camera choices, hacks, composition and framing, lighting, exposure settings, tips for working with dogs and cats, editing apps and what's in my cell phone photography accessory bag. Taught by a professional pet and people photographer, Monique Renee.

Approx. 1 hour of video instruction and handy .pdf. Topics include: Animal Photography Tips, Backgrounds, Lighting, Camera Settings and Post Processing. 

Taught by Monique Renee of http://www.silverpawstudio.com/

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Monique Rodriguez



Hello, I'm Monique. Pet & People Furtographer at Silver Paw Studio based out of Fort Collins, Colorado, USA. 

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1. 1 Intro 1: Welcome to cell phone photography for pet lovers. Yet there's finally a course for you. Are you looking toe up the quality of your snapshots of your pets? Or do you want better images for foster animals for their adoption page? Maybe you wanna up your instagram game, maybe you want to add a little extra sparkle to your blogged post images. Hi, my name is Monique Renee and I am a professional pet and people for photographer. I get this question asked quite a bit. So I thought this would be a perfect course to answer it. In this course, you're gonna learn all of my secret tips and tricks for your so phone photography of your pets. So stay tuned in, Have your notebooks ready, and here we go. 2. 2 Intro part 2: in this course will learn on both IOS and Android phones. And don't feel like you need to go out and buy a brand new phone. Even if your phone is within the last couple of years, there's likely some hidden features that will help you through. We will use the native app on your phone and also look at some inexpensive or even free APS that you can use as your camera in your cell phone. We will look at basic to advanced settings. So all what all those buttons, knobs and dials are. We're gonna talk about pre visualization. So before you ever pull that phone out of your pocket, you can have an idea of the image that you're going for. As we know, pets are really fast. We're also going to cover the basics of composition, so you get the most pleasing framing of your image. There's quite a few options there, and I've got you covered. We're also going to explore. So my favorite editing APS on your phone there were some really cool ones that cover anything from adjusting your exposure to adding a filter to adding fun words, and lastly, we are going to empty out my camera bag. I am going to give you a sneak peek into all of the accessory that I have for cell phone photography. There's quite a few, and it will be lots of fun. Toe pull out all of my accessories to show you. All right, that is an overview. Let's get started on Unit one. 3. 3 Camera App Choices Cell Phone 1: in this segment, we're going to cover camera APS now. All your cell phones come with native camera app, and often they're pretty good cameras. IPhone, especially, is very well known for their high image quality, but Androids recently have given them a run for their money on their cameras are improving greatly. But if you're wanting to get a different app, there are actually available now for iPhone. I did find one. I think the cost was fairly minimal. It's called Pro Cam. It has like a little rainbow in it, and I will link to that for you. And program is nice because in a apple phone an IOS device, you don't often have a lot of control over the settings. There are some settings they set for you, and they work really good. But when you want to take that next step and be able to find tune things before you take the picture, getting in a separate app is sometimes kind of fun, and it can help you learn even more so on IOS. That's pro camp, and we're gonna go over the bells and whistles and knobs and a later segment. Don't worry for Android phones. A lot of times, what they have is, ah, their regular base native camera app, but then they have a pro app, some of them it might go from automatic settings to manual settings, and then you're basically in a pro setting, and then you just automatically have access to all of the bells and nubs that we're gonna talk about later. Eso be sure to really, really explore the camera app that in your phone one. Moreover, I do want to tell you about that. A lot of people don't even know exists is light room if you have a subscription to Adobe Light Room. Ah, lot of photographers have what's called. I think it's Adobe CC. They've changed names a couple of times. It's about $10 a month. That actually includes the mobile app and what's cool. What people think about with light room and Photoshopped quite often is the post processing . But what they've done is for the app on your phone. There is a camera option, and so you can have access to all of the buttons and knobs from light room in its camera mode, which is similar to the pro or advanced mode and your Androids or the pro camp app that you can get for IOS. So if you have subscription to the dhobi sweet, I would definitely look to see if you have AH, light room and put it on your phone or tablet and really play with that. There's a lot of functionality, and then your images are actually already in a post processing program. So that's an overview off the different cameras you can use in your cell phones to create your images. 4. 4 Camera Basics: all right. Before we get into the meat of the course, there are a few basics I want to cover. First of all, I know this is extra basic, but people miss it all the time. Clean your lenses on a lot of phones. We have a lens here, the selfie side, right? And then for a lot of phones we have two lenses on the back side. So if you're giving images that seem like you just opt out of a shower, their extra blurry, it could be that you have some kind of a dunk on your cameras. So just give it a quick swipe with a cloth or your T shirt and get those cleaned off. If it persists, you may have something under the lens, especially if maybe oven older camera. Or if you've dropped it recently, you could have a small crack. So keep that in mind. Another basic I want you to think about is where your camera app is located on your phone again. It sounds basic, but you'd be surprised how many people hand me their phone and say, Could you take a picture? And I cannot find Thedc Amra icon on their phone. So I recommend Kim begin on your home screen or in the bottom home screen bar. Mine is at the bottom of my phone on any screen that I'm on. So my camera icon that I use all the time is right there ready to go. If your foot having your pets, you mill that that instant can come and go so fast. So you want to be able to get that phone out of your pocket, turn the camera on and go. So be sure to have your camera icon very accessible. Another thing you need to know Ah, basic about cell phone photography is that there is a tiny bit off a delay between pushing a button and it taking the picture. There's a lag, and that can be really frustrating. But just understand that that's normal. That's part of the camera. And so if you go through this entire less and you'll find ways that you could be ready for the image much quicker, eso just keep that in mind. Be a little easy on yourself is a limitation of cell phone photography. There might be a slight delay in taking the picture, and then the last thing I want to mention in my camera basics is just practice, practice, practice. It's like any other tool that you learn to use. Any other skill that you're developing just takes tons of practice. Even as a pro photographer, I probably only keep a small fraction of the images I'm making. Actually, when I'm learning a new skill, eso just practice experiment. This is all about having fun and getting some fun images and learning something new, So just tons and tons of practice is really what it's gonna take. 5. 5 Hack Intro and Headset 1: okay, I want to start you off with a couple of phone hacks. Maybe secrets. Just a couple of other things that I think are kind of cool to get you off and running right now before even finished the course. There's a couple of cool things I know I should save us till the end, but I'm excited about this. First hack is that you can use your phone's headphones to trigger your phone camera. Yeah, now different phones are different. Some of them you can program the buttons on your headphones. You can also use the volume control on iPhones especially, and I know you cannot Androids, but you may be able to program exactly which button and what it does, because you can sometimes program and do other things, but program it to take to trip the shutter on your camera. This will come in especially handy if you're trying to be stealthy when you photograph your pets. Eso. It's kind of fun if you turn on your camera. If you have these old plug headphones plugged in, turn on your camera and click click the volume button and it should take a picture. I really like that tip 6. 6 Hack 3 Rapid Fire 1: My next hack is to try what I call Rapid fire. You might want to search around your phone, but likely it's just built right into your camera. And it's super simple. Rapid fire is just press and hold the shutter button. I turned on my sound so you can hear it. Okay, I'm just gonna like point at the doll. Um, let's see. So turn on the camera and then listen to this. I just took 16 pictures. That is really valuable when you have your animal running full force, especially maybe outside or inside doing zoom ease on. And generally it's just built right into the camera. You don't have to set it into a separate function at all. Just keep pushing that button pretty awesome, right? Yeah. 7. 7 Hack 4 HDR 1: okay. And the last hack I want to talk to you about is using H D R mode. Um, in iPhones. It's just one of the options across the top of the screen in the native camera app. HD are high dynamic range. Our eyes see light and dark and balances them. Our cameras don't so something that's really bright. It's gonna be bright, something that's really dark. It gets very confused. So when you're thinking about using the HD our mode, think about maybe if there's an especially bright areas, especially dark area and your cameras is having a hard time, maybe your animal sitting in a little bit of a shadow. A lot of times, cats like to sit in the back of a couch in front of a window, turn on HDR and see if that makes any difference. Maybe you've already tried the press and hold still not working for you When you turn on HDR is gonna take a few pictures and smashing together, so the bright area is gonna be a little less bright and the dark areas we're going to be a little lighter. So experiment with that. Those do take bigger pictures overall when you're an HDR mode. So if you don't have a lot of memory on your phone, remember to turn it on and off as needed. But I really think HDR is a fun one to try for your pets. 8. 8 alien eyes: in this section, we're going to talk about controlling the light and finding light The very first thing I want you to know right off the top. Please follow this. If you don't remember, anything else about lighting is turned off the flash. Oof! The flash can be horrendous right on your camera phone. Turn it off. I can't express that enough. It's awful if you've ever seen your dog or cats picture with green alien eyes. It's because of the flash. And what's happened is that your flash is right next to your lens, and so it goes straight into your animal's eyes and straight back, and it just bounces off the back of their eye and it gives them that green alien I and it's horrible. So please turn off the flash on your phone. That's tip number one, for sure. 9. 9 Ambient Light: other lighting considerations is ambient light, or what is light is around you. This can be, ah, lamp. Maybe you want to move a lamp closer to where you think your animals going to be. Most often, though, it's natural light, as's fine, especially a big door. If you have a screen door with indirect light coming in that can usually be really nice and soft white, those that's a great light source or a big window those air amazing light sources. 10. 10 large light source: one thing I do want to say about Ah, large light source is do pretty much the opposite of what you think you might dio as far as placing the animals. So what happens a lot of times is we have this gorgeous big window or, ah, big door. That's a win window and your animals sits in front of it, and then you sit over here so there's window animal you and they're backlit. That's what you're gonna get the animal in silhouette. And if you want that effect, that's awesome. But most of time, what you want to do is shift everyone 180 degrees. So most animals are a lot shorter than us. So I recommend that you sit on the floor with your back against the window, sit back against the window and perhaps is in your kitchen leading out to your backyard. Sit against that window and photographed them running in front of you. And all that beautiful, gorgeous light will come and hit them right in the eyes where you want it. Teoh. That's a really good tip. If you're if photographing in side 11. 11 Artificial Light: you can add in your own artificial light to there are a variety of different what's called like led or video lights that are actually just made for your phone or our battery operated . One that's really popular right now is a little round selfie light. It just clips onto your phone and goes around the lens, and I'll show you example of mine when I go through my camera bag. Some kids have a tiny little led light that can be attached to your phone or propped nearby . Sometimes that's helpful, especially if you're at a shelter and you need to take a picture of maybe a kitty in their cage. Maybe they're not quite ready to come out and model in the big world, but you can put a little led light in their cage and that just it helps fill in the shadows , and it doesn't flash, too. Distract them or startle them 12. 12 light placement: if you are adding in your own artificial light like a little led light or the Sophie light try except for the selfie light, make sure they're not super close the lens of your camera cause you're gonna have the same problem that's gonna bounce off the back of the eye and back at you. The the Selfie little ring right is different, and it will give you this interesting round light look in their eyes. Now animal eyes are shaped differently than people. If you've seen a lot of fashion photography in the last couple of years, Instagram comes to mind. Ah, lot of women like to use those ring lies. The little ones are really big ones, and that's what gives him that white ring in their eyes. Now humans eyes again are shaped different than animals, so you'd have to really experiment. But ring lights can be kind of fun in some situations. If you are using more the little extra L E D lights. What I would suggest is putting just after the side most photographers for a general lighting scheme. It's about a 45 degree angle. That's really all you have to remember just make sure it's not right on camera that maybe it's just a little bit over this way. So you have your camera and your lights just over here just spilling across their face one way or the other. You could do to lights if you want on, and that's just a little more pleasing and have it just a teeny bit above them and off to the side. And that works. If you're sticking like takes a double sticky tape to a little led light in a cat kennel if you're at a rescue and that should be off to the side of the animal or you could just they're really small lightweight while you have your phone here, hold the white over here. That's really it. But just make sure it's not super super close to the same spot as your camera, and you could do some experimenting moving around and see what you think 13. 13 open shade: If you were outside photographing your animals, most likely your dogs, then I usually recommend finding some open shade, and that just means where it's kind of a brighter shade, but it's all the same light value. So your cameras not really trying super super hard to find those bright spots and told him down dark spots. And it's all kind of got this nice soft light, so try to find an open shaded area. If you were on a sidewalk, that light will bounce up back into their face and be very pleasing. And if you're in grass, keep in mind that the grass the green of the grass might bounce up into them, too. So if you have a little white dog or a light colored dog and they're running in the grass and you get green under their chin, it's the light reflecting from the grass. So just be mindful of that. If you do want to use the grass and you want to set him up in more of a post situation, you can always either move them actually moving over to concrete or sidewalk, or just put down a white blanket or wrong, and that will just bounce up white light. So that's pretty nice to Dio. When you're outside, of course, you can photograph in full sun, which is ideal when they're running around and doing their zoom ease. We're gonna talk about that a little bit when we talk about the actual settings. 14. 14 Exposure Mode Icons: on the camera settings. Before we go into completely manual mode, I want you to know there are some other modes that are a nice stepping stone between letting the camera do everything itself and doing full manual in between. Some cameras have different modes. There might be a little and their little icons, maybe a little flower, a little mountain, a little personal running person, a moon. Those all mean that the camera's going to set it up, depending on what you tell it's happening in the world around you. So, for example, the little flower is a macro mode, so you might be trying to photograph a small object that's usually something still like. You want to take a nice picture of your cup of coffee, something like that or an actual flower? If it's a mountain, you might be taking a big scene, so your camera's gonna expose and be ready for one big giant scene. One setting that you might have in your cell phone is a little running man. The action one and I would highly suggest using that for your dog running or your cat running. Say you're playing with your cat with a string. That would be a great one to use because it's going to make the settings where it gets a sharper image. Your cat may not be as blurred or your dog running around in action. Shot one sitting they also have is a night mode, so that's kind of interesting. And you don't it doesn't have to be nighttime. It just means it has to be kind of darker. So maybe it's the evening you're in a lower light area of your house. Try night mode. Keep in mind. Night mode is trying to gather as much light as possible, and it might miss some. And that's where you come up with that. No, it looks like old school newspaper that's called noise. So we the highest quality image. But if you're just working with what you have, at least it's their cameras have come a long ways to be able to collect the light to create an image for you. 15. 15 manual exposure intro: Now we're going to talk about setting the camera settings manually. And I know that sounds scary to a lot of people. If you used tohave a DSLR, you still do. You're wondering what are all these buttons, knobs and dials? I'm gonna simplify it for you right now. But if you're ready to move on to the next step in controlling everything that your cell phone camera does, I got you covered. Here we go. 16. 16 Exposure Triangle: setting exposure is really just about three settings. It's called the exposure Triangle. We have aperture, which is how wide the lenses open shutter speed, which is how fast it opens and closes. And I s a which old school term was the film speaking that you used and on your cell phone , you really can only control two of those. I still haven't been able to find a phone where you can adjust the aperture. It's set where it's set. So now all you have to worry about is shutter speed and I s out. That's pretty nice, right? 17. 17 shutter speed: So let's talk about shutter speed First. Shutter speed, like I said, is how fast the lens opens and closes. Now, can you imagine the time where you might need that? That's when you have the high action. Shutter speed is noted by a fraction, so one 250th of a second is pretty fast, so it was gonna look like a maybe a higher number. But it's actually a lower number because it's a fraction. Play with it on your camera and you'll see what I mean. 1/60 of a second would be slower than 1 258 of a second, right? So if you are in the pro mod of your camera or in the light room camera or ah pro camera mode or app in your phone, then you'll be able to control the shutter speed. This is really great. If your dog or cat is running around or playing or being extra active, it's nice toe have, ah, fast shutter speed. If you're out in bright light, it does require a lot of light to be able to do that. So pick a nice, bright sunny day. Take your dog outside or play with your cat next to your giant window and some bright light and set that shutter speed a little bit higher and you're gonna freeze the action a little bit more. So if you've been having trouble with action scenes being blurry and you're in a bright area, it could be that you could just change your shutter speed to something faster and problem solved. 18. 18 ISO: the other setting is the I s. Oh, this used to mean the film speed. Now it's essentially used if it's a darker seen. So say the sun is just coming down. Maybe your animals in a part of the helps. It's not as well, Mitt, but they're still doing something adorable that you want a photograph. I use the eye eso settings you'll see in your app the opportunity to do that. Say you've decided what you want your shutter speed to be like we talked about. You wanted to be kind of fast, freeze their action. So just go over to I s O and adjust that up or down to where the meter. There should be a meter in their shows that it's balanced, and if you're not sure, just take a bunch of pictures and he'll you'll find out really fast. One thing that's kind of nice to do is when you're learning how to do this is maybe get a little doll like I use. I have a lot of little dolls that I use Take a doll and put it in different areas. Of course, that's not gonna help in movement, but it's something where you can really get the hang of your settings. But back toe I eso eso is great. Four darker scenes, but do remember that it can degrade the quality of the image because again is trying to gather, inasmuch light as possible. And sometimes there's not enough. So you get just a little bit of speckles or a little bit of a purple Lihue. But if your animals doing something super adorable, it's totally worth adjusting. I s o of your camera. 19. 19 portrait mode: the third leg of the exposure triangle is aperture How wide the lens opens, and I told you previously that most cell phone cameras don't allow you to change that. It's pretty much fixed, but they figured out a work around in the last couple of years. It's called dual camera Mode or portrait mode depth mode. Really cool new function. Ah, lot of phones are geared up with two cameras on one side. Usually it's the out facing side, and those combined to make almost like you have adjusted the aperture. So a lot of times, if you see a portrait that you love and the backgrounds super blurry, but they're sitting still looks nice and creamy and inviting and the backgrounds not distracting that IHS with adjusting the aperture. So if you put your camera in the dual camera mode or the portrait mode, you can emulate that. There are some restrictions on our most phones. You can't zoom. You have to be a certain distance away on, and they pretty much have to be sitting still. But you can get some great results. I'll show you a couple of examples. The prerequisite to that is that your phone has toe have two cameras. So if you're not sure if your camera has that mode, just look at the back. And if you have to cameras, it's in there somewhere. I love that I like that you can emulate Ah, shallow aperture. 20. 20 Exposure Wrap: So that's a pretty quick overview of Ah, shutter speed I eso and am picture on full manual mode, and I'm gonna show you just a couple of clips from a couple different phones on where you can find those in the apse that we talked about earlier in this course. 21. 21 Apps Native, LR and Pro: Let's explore the native camera app on the iPhone. Here's our purple poodle again, and you can see across the top is the dreaded flash button. Make sure that says off. If here's HDR like we talked about on offer, you can put it on auto as well. Ah, some iPhones have a live view mode, which takes just a two second I think. Video. There's a timer If you want to run and be in the picture with your pup. If you have your phone on a tripod, that would be perfect. And they have different built in filters. If we click and holds, remember that sets exposure and focus, and then we can school up and down to get just right and then take the picture. Let's look at the camera within light room so we work in editing. Let's go to camera. So we're in the camera mode right here. You want to make sure your flash off, remember, and the auto button at the bottom. You could go to professional, and here's all of your savings again. So seconds is your shutter speed, I believe. Yes, you can see at the top. I was looking at the bottom. See at the top how it goes faster, slower. That's pretty fast. I s So we talked about also along the time number. You want a lower number of its brighter? A higher number of its darker in your room. You got white balance. We have some audio settings. Promo. Generally, they want you to have all control over all the different features. Let's change this exposure again because that is too dark. There we go. Make that I s so a little bit higher that's looking better. So there's a different lens mode wide and tight. Nice. Then you can reset all of those with little reset button. They're taking a picture of our purple poodle in pro cam. Let's check out some of the set camera settings. So here's our purple poodle again, and you can see how we have 1/30 of a second right here, and we can scroll that back and forth and it gets darker and lighter. Those little lines air just showing us that things are too light or too dark. Remember, that's your shutter speed. So if you have an animal moving super fast, you want that number to be faster to catch that action If we click in the middle, I s so we were pretty low. I s so right now you could see how that's extra bright. 640. The lower the number, the darker it'll be white balance. We didn't talk about much, but that's the color of your image, depending on what kind of what you have in your house. And here's some other modes that you can look at to your grid overlays different cropping in camera, your burst mode Slow shutter portrait. So some of the extra features that we talked about before are here in the pro can app. 22. 22 pet tips intro: Here are some tips for specifically photographing your pets. I get asked these questions a lot. How do you get their attention and how is working with dogs different than working with cats? And I'll be creating entire course just on that. So be sure to be watching for the notifications when that is published. But for now, I want to give you a little overview, because I'm sure you have the same questions. 23. 23 eye contact: one thing I hear a lot is that people will say I can't take a picture of my dog because as soon as I get my camera out, they walk away. Well, here's one of the things that I believe is happening at that time when you get your camera out of your dogs looking at you and being really lovey. And then you put this phone up. What just happened? Yeah, we lost eye contact and your dog As soon as you lose eye contact says I don't want to look at your phone. I'm walking away. So I think sometimes and you break that eye contact, then then they're not interested. So trying to be a little more stealthy if they're looking at you, you don't have to have the phone right in front of your face. Especially the more that you practice practice practice, right? You can practice having the phone down here and just kind of glancing and still talking to your dog and glance at your phone and take that picture. Or, if you've got your headphones, you can click that. Another thing that you might want to try is turning your phone upside down so if you have one days cool pop sockets or you can just hold it, then your cameras at the bottom, and you can just lower that down and your thumbs in the position to take the picture at that point. So lower the phone down, still be talking to them and just click a bunch of pictures that I have had great success with, especially if I'm out about and they're Wrigley and having fun, or I want a photograph somebody else's dog while they're on about you. Just take that phone and go whoop and you flip it. You go down like that, you click the button. It's kind of a cool tip. 24. 24 dogs vs cats: The other tip I have for you in working with animals is dogs versus cats. They are super difference. And these the two main differences that I find things that dogs really like our loud noises and food so many times you'll see you'll know that, Ah, squeaky or the knocking door or some kind of a loud noise. Dogs love that they react to it, and they also are more often than cats, food motivated. So again, back to the treats son dog all it needs, all you need is the regular kibble on their super motivated. They'll do what you need now. On the other hand, cats like the opposite cats like quiet. So when I'm photographing cats, I like to minimize distractions, including people in the room. So if I am photographing a cat is maybe it's me and one other person. If I can, that's what I like, because that's what cats like. They like a quieter, calmer environment in general for adult cats. The other thing with cats. If they don't always like treats now, of course, you can try a little bit of catnip. There's actually a spray now, so it's not gonna leave any of the little green leaves anywhere, but most the time. What cats had like instead of sounds or treats, they have site, so they like things that flick, So find something new that they haven't seen. Maybe they have the regular feather toy, and they'll play with it sometimes. But go to the store and see what else you can find. There's so many cool cat toys that flick and move erratically. Cats really like that. I have, ah, ribbon set up where I've just Kroll. I've got some curling ribbon on the end of a spoon, and I just flick and switched that around for kiddies, and that usually works. Keep in mind any of these little tips sometimes will only work for a couple of images, so be ready with your camera and your settings. If you're going Teoh, try any of these special tips 25. 25 treats: the other thing when you go and let's say you have a set aside Time that you want to practice your photography so your dog or cat is modeling for you. Be sure to have those really high value treats, not the everyday ones they get for, you know, just doing the things that they normally do to get a treat. Maybe it's the treats that they used to get when you were in a training class, or the ones that they only get certain times because maybe they're high in calories or they would gobble up the entire bag too fast. My poodle, I used to have loved cheese and I would give her teeny, tiniest bits of cheese. Oh, boy, she would model all day. Of course she didn't. But for the whole session, she would sit still. Just be sure you're giving him those treats quick because as soon as they do what you ask him to dio, you need to reward them 26. 26 dog sounds: Another thing to keep in mind, especially with dogs, is, if you're gonna do sounds, make it something novel, something unique, especially if you have an older dog and they've heard it all. So think about sound that they never here or think about sounds when they hear they get super riled up. If that's the image that you want, then sometimes just knocking on a door will make a dog's ears perk up. Now it might make them bark and run for the door you judge based on your own dog's behavior , but do annoys That's novel. If they're tired of hearing a squeaky, you might have to move on to something else. Well, bonus tip in here is that there's a cool app. It's called dog Sounds. I think I'll put a link, and it has all kinds of interesting sounds that definitely make Doug's perk up and more. That will be in a future course 27. 27 comp visual: Now let's talk about composition or framing your image. To me, it all starts with pre visualization. Kind of knowing what image you want to take before you even have your camera out. Hollywood Super famous for this doing their story boarding. They will actually draw out all of the scenes before they ever get their video cameras out . And I've taken this to heart in my business and my photography, even my snapshots. I always have something in mind before I ever take the camera out of my pocket. Now this'll does take a little getting used to. You have to make it a habit. It doesn't just automatically happen. But if you think about it, uh, all the time, then you will start just automatically doing it after a while. Example I have is my daughter and I were at a outdoor store one day and they had some cool statue outside and she said, Oh, that has some neat textures. I want to take a picture and I said, OK, good idea. So I took my phone out, got a picture, put my phone away and walked away. She's weight. Had to do that so fast I said, Oh, I already had in my mind what I wanted it to look like. Now you don't have to take pictures that fast. I don't recommend that. Actually, that was a quick snapshot. I want to remember what that looked like, but I definitely suggest taking from all the different angles. But have something in mind before you take the picture and you know your pats super well, if your cat sits on the same cat tree of five every day, then you know what that scene is going to look like. And you can think about what you want that final image to be. Maybe you wanted to be a long image with the plants and the bookshelf behind them. Or maybe you want it cropped in vertical on just a little face. So think about the scenes that you if you're sitting somewhere in your pets, not there, how you remember them. That might be a good place to start. So pre visualization, I think, is number one in composition and framing 28. 28 Zoom with Feet: one thing I want to make sure that you know right away in any of these framing and composition tips is I always recommend that you zoom with your feet. What does that mean? It means walk up close to whatever it is that you want a photograph as much as possible. I know sometimes they're doing something cute, and if you get close to them, they're gonna run. But in general, the quality of the image is going to be better. If you physically get closer doing the pension, zoom on. The phone is okay, but the more use him in the lower quality to image will be. And that's just how all digital cameras are. Eso keep that in mind if the more you zoom into that India so large is more like after the fact, the more you crap in the lower the quality, and that's basically what your cell phone is doing. So try to avoid the pinch and zoom as much as you can, maybe just for the final little bit. But zoom with your feet moving and out physically 29. 29 camera height: camera height is, Ah, big consideration. When we're photographing our dogs and cats, we will often just take our camera and look straight down. We see that all the time. Those are cute. I call him a bobblehead image, right? It's fun if they're looking up at you and they have their big guys, aren't they so cute? But if you have a whole entire camera roll full of those, you're going to get kind of bored with it. And there's other cool angles to your dog or your cat. So think about the height of the actual camera in portrait photography. We try to be right at eye level with our subjects, and that's no different with dogs and cats. Most the time. When I'm out at a portrait session, I am laying almost all the way on the ground for a lot of the images. It's really nice to have that I level because you get that connection with them Now you can vary it up to you could be super super low angle looking back up at them. If your cats, maybe on that Catterick get a picture from below, you can go extra extra high isn't just from here, go straight above them, mess around with the camera high, thin camera angles, but really try to get down on their level as much as you can. In one segment, we talked about sitting on the floor with her back against the window. That's perfect. And get that camera as low as you possibly can. 30. 30 rule of thirds: one of the rules of photography is called Rule of Thirds. Now you did not have to follow this, but if you find that a lot of your pictures look pretty good, but you know there's just something maybe static about them, it could be the rule of thirds. If you look at your camera in your phone, it might have these four grid lines chopping up your image into nine little segments. Well, that is a grid for rule of thirds. And what is normally, uh, if you put a subject straight smack in the middle of your image, there's nowhere for our I to travel. Now let's say those grid lines. You move your focusing over to the side. Then suddenly you're I kind of can wander around the image like this and come back and wander around Compaq and try it in any of those intersecting four points. So you have the grid like this, and I'll show a picture and then put your subject any of those four points and you'll see a difference on this would be a great exercise to try again with a doll or a stand in, or if you have a very patient animal. Try it and all the different green points and see what you like the best. Obviously, this rule could be broken, but it's a nice, easy thing to remember if you feel like some of your pictures are kind of becoming a little static now. This can work in any type of photography, by the way, not just portrait's and animals, all kinds. So try it out, turn that great on in your cell phone and just keep it on all the time. 31. 31 Crops Revised: with composition and framing. We want to think about taking a variety of images, especially if maybe you're working on a blawg or a new adoption portfolio or you're just won a cool scrapbook of your own pet. Sometimes it's hard to figure out kind of where to start and how to get a variety of images . I find that taking thes five images really gets my creative juices flowing, and I'll come up with ideas from there. So my five crops are tight, middle wide, epic and creative. And here's what they are. Let's say you want to get some portrait of your dog and your dog sitting there so nicely and posing for your session so the tight crop number one would be really close in to their face. Think of your school portrait or your business portrait, something that really shows their eyes and connects with you. Yeah, in a close up, the 2nd 1 would be middle, so that would include a little bit more of their body. Maybe they have some cool for or coloring, and so whether they're sitting or standing, you can get all their head and down part of their body. It is also nice when they're laying down and sleeping. You want to add just maybe a little bit of the curve of their body while they sleep, and the 3rd 1 is wide. So that's including their entire body, essentially, whether they're sitting or standing. This is really cool to get different sides, because sometimes dogs, calorie and cats coloring are very different from the left side to the right side. Or maybe you want to show the ear or the eye markings on one side or the other, so getting both sides and getting them sitting and standing and laying if you can. Those are all great goals because they show their body moving in such different ways and their firm owes around differently. And there they can do some super cute things. Sitting usually is very posed and regal, sometimes laying the lay their head on their chin. So keep in mind tight, middle wide when you're cropping in camera in your images, Number four is epic. This one is really fun. If you are out and about and you want to include a lot of your environment epic I've seen done really well say your dog is out on a hillside with an amazing vista behind them. So your daughter is going to be small in the frame, and then the vista behind them is what's most of the frame is the image. This could work in the city anywhere. So if you really want to show the environment, your animals in an epic shot would be amazing and the last one is creative from here. Just break the rules. You can zoom in all the way to one year or one paw. You can get that extreme low or extreme high angle. Maybe get a side view of your your animal, get really creative. And I havent number five, because by the time you get through the other four, let's say you do tight middle wide epic for them sitting and standing and laying, then you. Once you get to creative, you'll really know what the images are that you want to keep, keep work and keep working pretty fun. 32. 32 action composition: framing and composition for action images is, as you can imagine, much harder. Most of the magic there, though, is anticipation. Now if your dog is running a circle in the backyard and running the same circle three or four times, remember when we talked about rapid fire on your camera when they run past? Just hold that shutter down that I did it and you'll get the action going past. Same. If you're photographing your cat inside, get him in ah light area and then just said somewhere that you know they're going to be in . This is also much easier with a helper. So framing income composition of four action images really is much easier with a helper. If you have your kitty inside with the cat toy, maybe somebody else can be playing with Kitty with the cat toy and you've got the camera ready to go. Maybe if you're in outside with your dogs and you're throwing a ball, someone else can throw the ball and you could be ready behind your camera and only be focusing on that at that time. Try all the different ways now that you know how to use the different settings in your camera. Play with those get a helper and it just experiment and anticipate that is the biggest lesson in composition and framing four action images is anticipation. 33. 33 Editing Apps Intro Revised: Now we'll talk about editing APS. There are many, many, many editing photo editing APS on the market, but these are just a few of my personal favorites. They range all the way from free to costing just a few dollars well worth the investment for some of these, my favorite editing APS are snap seed words, Swag, a V ery, the light room and photo shop app and surprisingly Snapchat. Now each of these, I'll show you on a screen share on my phone so you can get an idea of the features and why I like some over others, but I just want to give you a brief overview. There is quite a bit that weaken dio with our images in post processing, from adjusting exposure to adding a cool filter to adding words. So, really, you can pretty much do all of your editing within your phone, which is super helpful. If you wanted, then just push them out to social media or send them to a lab for printing or share them in general. 34. 34 Editing Apps Screen share Demo 1: I took some more pictures of our purple poodle. Now let's go ahead and do some editing in the Alps that I recommend. First of all, we have snap seed snaps. Heat is very powerful. It is free. It actually is. A Google app, while I have to do, is click on the plus. It'll look at your camera roll or wherever you ask it. Toe look, Here's a bunch of pictures I took of our little purple poodle. Who I like that one. Let's choose that one, and you can see all the different modes. There's all kinds black and white pop, smooth, thes air, just the built in ones. But you can do all of these things to from cropping to tuning to adding graphics like moustaches. What's tune the image here and you can see at the bottom. There's different settings. So when you click the three little lines with the sliders, these are all the things that you get. Let's say we want to add Ah, little bit more light to the shadow. You can see that and you just run your finger back and forth on the screen to darken and lighten Nice and then he pressed the click the check mark. There's so there's all the tools and all the different looks, and then from there, you just export it wherever you want it. Another favor Editing app is a very it'll Open up, you camera rolling. Here's all of our purple poodle. Let's pick a different one this time. How about this one? This one hasn't automatic enhance or different settings. So basically, auto auto enhance did you to do and you can just click room and you could look of night. One really brightened it up, didn't it? Let's cancel out of that. We can go to all the effects. Thes are each folders full of effects. So if I click on one, all of these different effects come up. This is a free app as well, and when you first download it, you may only have one or two of these folders, but you can always go to supplies and go get more for free. So if you want to try something really quick, try one of those. Also, you can crop. You could do some other adjustments, like we just did in snap she seed, brightness, exposure contrast all of these different things. Let's say we do want a little bit brighter. Go that way. That brightens the entire scene and we say, Check, we can apply that. There's other options a member of for a shooting in high I s O mode. Sometimes we'll have a lot of noise so you could reduce the noise. Get download that there's some other options to you could put text on top. You could draw all kinds of amazing things in this free a very app really like this one. If you have a subscription to Adobe Light Room and photo shop, you can load those onto your phone. White Room is going to show me there's a purple poodle. There's our little purple poodle, and you can do a lot of the same things in here. If I press auto, that's what's gonna happen. I'll have to do Is press light to get darker and lighter over the overall image. We can change all kinds of values in here. Change the white balance. Blacks and white Oh, sorry. That's the whites and the blacks. Here's some white balance. Yeah, so if you have light room or Photoshopped, this might be a good at for you. One app I always try to mention for photo editing is actually Snapchat. I know a lot of people use this just for chatting, but I like to use it as a photo editor. Let's take another picture of our purple poodle. From here, all you to do is swipe right and left for the different effects. This very first on Brighton's them nicely. You can also add in any kind of graphics. So I like the nice little sunshine here and then we can type in Purple Poodle. Of course. Let's give her a rainbow script wicket that isn't that cute. And I'm just moving all of these things around with the touch screen and my finger. Cute. And you've barely had to do anything from here. You don't go save it with the blue ero and send it off to your friends. You actually just save it to your camera roll with the download arrow down in the lower left saving. So now it's saved. And if we go and look at our Carol, there she is. Isn't that cute? Once you've edited the image to your liking, sometimes you want to put some words on it, So word swag is a great app for this. I use this a lot if I want to add animals name to their adoption picture. If you want a crop it to square for Instagram, let's try that. We're going to say next and you have all these different styles of lettering. There is a free version, and there's a paid version that has a couple extras. Let's pick one and you double tap in there and we're gonna right purple poodle and pretend that's her name. And then you just move it around with your finger. You can change the color of it. All these different colors. Let's make it purple, of course, and then, if you click on it again, you can make it bigger. You can keep adding different. Add text at the top. You can actually do a little bit more to the image if you want to. I don't often because I like to edit it over in the other APs. But if I want something kind of fun last minute I'm in a hurry. Then I will use some of the features in word swag words like there it is 35. 35 Accessory Intro: now as promise we're gonna take a look inside my mobile phone photography accessory bag. I have quite a few items, but please note you don't need all of these. You may not need any of them, but I want to show you what I have and how I think it could help you with your pet photography. In my bag, I have different tripods and stands different lights. I have, ah, Bluetooth triggers and even a microphone. In the next segment, we're gonna lay out all of my accessories and I'll walk you through each one and why? I think you might like them for your pet photography. 36. 36 In My Camera Bag: All right, let's take a look inside my cell phone Photography accessory bag. I have a couple of different types of stands. This'll stand is made for ah, larger tablet or a larger phone. It's super bendy. This part expands for your tablet or phone and this part clamps onto a desk countertop. Anything you wanted to clamp onto. The other stand I have is this Tripod. I love this tripod. We're gonna move this out of the way for now. I love this tripod. It's small, It's lightweight. These legs are super bendy and can wrap around anything or it can stand upright. This also expands to fit different size phones and the head moves up and down the's air. Really great. If you want peopIe stealthy with your photography. So you put your phone in this stand and then you said it somewhere close. And then you have your headphones or your Bluetooth clicker. And when your pet comes into that spot, you can click really, really love having my little tripod. Let's see, what else do I haven't hear? Oh, I have a spare battery pack. So I keep this charged when I go traveling, or maybe if you go camping, great thing to have to charge up your phone and you have plenty of battery for your photography. Also in here is a little bring light or selfie light that we talked about. This is charged through ah, little charger there in your computer and it has three light settings. The hole in the middle is where the camera should be looking through. So when you clamp this onto your phone, the camera will look right there. This is that light I said was gonna make that interesting ring light effect in their eyes. It's nice to just add that little extra papa color, and you could use it for your own self used to right. And lastly, in my bag is actually a kit that I found. It also comes with Hunt Tiny Try pon, which is really small in handy. This could fit into any any bag that you take with you if you have a little bag that you take your dog with you to the dog park. Wouldn't this be fun to put up on the fence at the dog park and just turn it on and gets ah , a bunch of pictures that when they run past in this bag, I have a Bluetooth trigger. You pair this with your phone like any other Bluetooth device, and when it's on, you will see the light. If the batteries charge, I'm not gonna turn it on right now, and then you can see the little camera icon in the middle. And when you're ready, you just click the button. It will take a picture again. If you're trying to be stealthy, you've got this on your camera on a little trip on. Maybe you have it on a desk or the couch or the fence, and as the animal runs past, you can click the button also. Great. If you're having a problem with boy, my animal always runs away when I get my camera out. So this way the camera won't be out. They won't even know what's going on. Also in this kid is a tiny, tiny light. So this is one of those led video lights, and if you have the kind of phone with a jack that you can put this in, you can Otherwise you can just set it somewhere close by, or if you're at the rescues. This would be perfect to put some sticky tape on the back and stick it to the wall of their cage for just a little extra light. One accessories I didn't mention yet are these little extra lenses. These clip onto your camera, so just be careful of which camera you're clipping it onto. You can see how it clips your phone goes in here and this. There's different types, so this would be wide angle. And then there's some others in here, and they there's a varying degree of quality. With these types of lenses, you can have a very expensive set all the way down to very inexpensive. This is supposed to be macro that's fun and thes. Screw into this clip, and then this clip goes on to your phone. And then this one is what's called a fish eye, which is an extra wide angle. That would be really fun for the bobblehead or their super close up nose, especially if you just gave him a treat and they're licking their nose. Have this fish islands ready to go. That would be hysterical 37. 37 wrap up and closure: thank you so much for following along on cell phone photography for pet lovers. Course. I hope you learned all you wanted to from this course and got a lot out of it that you can now go apply for your pet photography. We've talked about camera basics. Uh, my hacks and secrets, Different cell phone camera choices. How to set the exposure. We've talked about composition and framing. I've given you some tips on working with your pets. We've gone over my favorite editing APS and accessories that I have in my camera bag. Hopefully, this will help you with your snapshots of your pads, maybe at the animal rescues or Foster's for your block or anything else that you would like to photograph with your phone. Have fun with your pet photography and until I see you again, I wish you many Wolf's pers and T R E A. T s is. I will be creating more courses in the near future about pet photography. So be sure to stay tuned. If you want to stay in touch with me, you can always email me at Monique at silver pause studio dot com