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Purrfect Pet Portraits: Composing, Lighting & Capturing Moving Subjects

teacher avatar Aniek Vaesen, Pet Photographer

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Lessons in This Class

10 Lessons (40m)
    • 1. Introduction

      2:03
    • 2. Class Orientation

      1:40
    • 3. What Makes a Good Pet Photo?

      4:00
    • 4. Getting Your Pet Comfortable

      2:51
    • 5. The Basics of Pet Photography

      3:33
    • 6. Pet Photography in Action

      7:12
    • 7. Editing Your Photo in Lightroom

      10:46
    • 8. Editing in Lightroom Mobile App

      3:58
    • 9. What Next? Posting & Printing!

      2:49
    • 10. That’s a Wrap!

      1:21
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About This Class

Do you have the cutest pet in the world, but not a single good photo of it? If you have no idea where to start or what to pay attention to when photographing your pet, then this is the purrfect class for you! 

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In this class, you’ll learn everything you need to know and what to pay attention to when photographing your pet, or everything I wish I knew when I first got started. Other than capturing your pet’s personality, there are a few things to keep in mind: lighting, composition, and most important of all: how to approach shooting with a live and moving subject. While we can’t always control our pets, or force them to stand still, we can control our camera settings, and properly set up our environment to freeze our pets in motion, and capture a beautiful candid shot!

Throughout the process, you’ll learn: 

  • How to make your pet comfortable around your camera (or mobile phone)
  • Why pet photography needs a specific approach
  • How to make the best use of your camera (or mobile phone) and available light 
  • Tips and tricks for creating a compelling composition
  • The basics of editing your photo in Lightroom (or the free Lightroom app)

We’ll break the process down step by step and practice the fundamentals, so you can focus on the fun part, capturing your pet’s personality!

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But...what if I don’t have an expensive camera? 

  • You can follow along just fine with your mobile phone!

What if I don’t have a computer or Lightroom to edit?

  • You will also learn how to edit on your phone or tablet with the free Lightroom app.

And what if I am not creative, and I have no idea how to take a compelling photo of my pet?

  • This is what this whole class is about, it’s filled with tips and tricks, so you can capture that picture-purrfect moment. 

So grab your camera, call for your buddy, and let’s get started!

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Aniek Vaesen

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My name is Aniek, and I am from Belgium, the country of fries, beer, waffles, and yes, brussels sprouts. After getting my political and economic degree in the beautiful city of Leuven, my husband and I moved and got our own place. And what better way to make a house an amazing home than with two little fluffy friends!

Having Magnus & Stella in my life really initiated that creative spark that was always lingering inside but could not really be expressed through my studies or work. So I bought a camera and the journey began. Magnus & Stella are two purrfect models, and together we've had lots of fun creating posts and videos on Instagram. Also, promoting various types of brands (yes, they have more accessories than me!).

 

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1. Introduction: Blurry, one cat out of focus. Very blurry. Does this look familiar? Follow this class and never have this problem again. Hi. My name is Aniek. I'm from Belgium. I'm super passionate about cat photography and cats in general of course. In May 2018, we got two amazing cats, Magnus and Stella. We were in love with them immediately so, of course, we wanted to create lots of beautiful memories when they were kittens. But back then, I didn't have a good camera, let alone the skills to take sharp photos. Result is that most of the kitten photos aren't of great quality and I have always regretted this. But now that they are more grown-up, my photography skills have grown as well. Together, my cats and I have grown our Instagram page to more than 22,000 followers and we've had lots of fun promoting many brands. I'm very happy with the photo collection I have done so far. In this class, you learn how to take stunning photos of your pets. I've purposefully structured it to get to the goal of pet photography, that is composition, lighting, and your pets the star. What are you going to learn? We will talk about how you can get your pet comfortable around the camera because this is a super important stuff in getting good photos. Then, we'll go over the fundamentals of shooting a moving object to avoid that dreaded blur. Towards the end, we will also take our photos into Lightroom, desktop, or mobile, and do a few basic edits on them to make your photos stand out. If you're someone that doesn't know where to begin or what to pay attention to, and you keep on getting those blurry weird photos, then this is the class for you. I am very excited to share my knowledge with other pet lovers because at the right skills, everyone can create amazing photos. Let's make beautiful memories of our pets. 2. Class Orientation: For this class, you obviously need a camera. A DSLR would be perfect, but don't panic if you don't have one, you can follow along just fine with a mobile phone as well. The camera I will be using is a Canon 80D. My favorite lens is the 50mm f1.8. It's super cheap lens which puts the subject into focus, but has this really nice blurry backgrounds at the same time. But I'll talk more about this later. We will also need some things to keep your pet comfortable and interested. I'm thinking about their favorite toys or snacks. Something that makes noise could definitely help as well. Then last but not least, you will need your subjects. For this class, that will be your pets. In my case, my cats Smartness and Stella. For the class projects, you will make shots of your pet looking straight into the camera. This is such a personal way to create a connection with the subject because it draws all the attention to it. You'll also take a photo of your pet when it's in its favorite position or when it's yawning, sticking its tongue out, treats can definitely help with this one but just let your imagination run free. Make sure to show the transformation of your photos in Lightroom with the before and after photos, because this is also very interesting to see. I'm so excited to get started, I'll see you in class. 3. What Makes a Good Pet Photo?: Hi, again. Welcome to my class about bad photography. To start off this class, I'm about to get really personal with you and show you some of the bad photos I took when Magnus and Stella were little. Even though this is very embarrassing for every photographer, I think it's easier and more helpful to learn from my mistakes so you can see what makes a photo good or bad. Here goes nothing. Let's begin with one of the most common problems, blurriness and especially blurry tongues. This is what we call motion blur. In this class, you'll learn how to avoid this, like in these photos. Here's another blurry or grainy photo, but in this case, it's mostly caused by artificial lights. This also gives unnatural colors suit a photo. Also Stella's cute little ball is cut off the photo, which makes the photo not feel right. Here we have the complete opposites, with beautiful natural lights, vibrant colors, and not to forget, the entire ball. This photo is actually not blurry but underexposed. This is because the main light source was behind the subjects, and I was shooting towards the lights. There were two windows behind Magnus, so all the available light fell on his back. Here, you can see we switched positions. I'm not shooting towards the light source. The light is behind me, and now the light falls nicely on Magnus, which makes the photo crisp and beautiful. But also be aware of overexposure. Here you can see how much detail we lost due to too much light. Yes, when Magnus and Stella were little, they both wore different colors to be able to tell them apart. In this photo, a few things went wrong. Again, the photo is underexposed because the main light source is behind Magnus and Stella. Also, the main focus seems to be on Magnus' body, he's the one with the bow tie, which leaves his head and Stella blurry. The photo also looks skewed as there are lines that should obviously be straight, such as the walls. In this class, you learn everything which you need to know, and pay attention to when capturing your pets. We'll break the process down step-by-step and practice the fundamentals, so you can focus on the front bards capturing your pet's personality. There's one last thing I really want to show you. Although there's absolutely nothing wrong with this photo concerning anything we discussed before, I really wanted to emphasize the power of a photo when the subject looks directly into the camera. Comparing these almost similar photos really shows how this one is much more compelling than the other one. The photo is so much more personal, and it really draws the attention to the subjects. To wrap it up, I want to introduce you to three of my favorite photographers I really look up to? My number 1 favorite cat account is definitely lyo.thecats. These photos are so magical and surreal, they're very Inspirational. Then, of course, this is a bad photography course, so let me show you my favorite dog accounts, lizzie.bear. These two golden retrievers are just too cute, and all these photos are so natural and cozy. Then my number 1 favorite photographer in general, without a doubt, is petermckinnon. He does a lot of different fields of photography, but I just love the vibe, and each and every type of photo he shoots. Inspired yet? Let's go to the next lesson and see how you can create your own compelling photos of your pets. 4. Getting Your Pet Comfortable: A beautiful photo of your pets means being able to capture its natural self. This is why it's important that your pet feels comfortable around the camera. In this lesson, you'll learn how to do this. Getting animals comfortable around basically anything has a lot to do with scents, sounds, and lights. A camera has a certain smell to it, which is very unnatural to our pets. I know my cats are definitely very much aware of scents, especially if you have a new camera, I recommend keeping it out of the box in a few days. That synthetic smell will definitely be way less. As an extra, you could also cover your camera with your pet's favorite blanket or pillow to give it that familiar smell. When you place the camera somewhere your pet could see and touch it, do it in a discrete, non-fuzzy way, and let your pet explore the camera on its own terms. A camera also makes different noises. These noises may seem silent to us but may be very apparent or noticeable to our pets. Think of the sounds when a camera zooms in or takes a photo. it's important to gather pets used to these sounds so they can show their natural selves in front of the camera. I recommend making these sounds step-by-step. This means the following; first, make camera sounds in the next room, then in the same room, then close to them when they are eating or distracted, and then without the distraction. Always pay attention to how your pet reacts to the sounds. If you think you startled your pet too much or if it's too scared in your opinion, then just repeat the same step. Using a camera's flash not only makes a weird noise but obviously, the immense light will not be appreciated by your pets. This is why I definitely do not recommend using a flash on your pets ever. Plus it doesn't even look good or natural. If you need more light, just make use of daylight or soft light like a bedside table lamp or a softbox. I'm sure these tips can help you get your pet comfortable around the camera, like Stella here. Be patient and go to the next step when your pet is ready. You know your pet the best. Now that you know how to get your pet comfortable, let's go to the next lesson and break down the basic rules of pet photography. 5. The Basics of Pet Photography: In this lesson, we'll cover the basics of pet photography. We're going to shoot manually so if you're shooting with your mobile phone, be sure to check out the camera's settings because an increasing amount of mobile phones have the ability to shoot manually as well. There are three controls you can use to determine the amount of light or also called exposure that is: aperture, shutter speed and ISO. This controls are linked, they compliment each other and together they form the so-called exposure triangle. If you adjust one of these settings, you have to change at least one of the other two to maintain the same level of exposure. The shutter speed is a light-tight curtain before the sensor of the camera. You can determine how long the curtain should stay open before closing. Again, this is how a super fast shutter speed can freeze in movements, or how a slow shutter can blur movements. Aperture is about opening over lens. You can regulate how much light passes through the lens into the camera. With a wide aperture, the opening is bigger so this means much more light is coming in. With a small aperture, the opening is smaller, so less lights. With a wide aperture like f/1.8, you will get those shallow backgrounds with all focus on the subject. This is called the shallow depth of field. Like in this photo here, Magnus is in focus, but the couch is blurry. If you want both subject and background in focus, you can use a small aperture like f/22. This is called the deep depth to field. Like here in this photo, both Magnus and the stitching of the couch are sharp. Did you set the perfect aperture and shutter speeds, but you still need a little more light, then this is where ISO comes in. The ISO determines how sensitive your camera should be to lights. If you don't want or can't change the aperture or shutter speed, then you can increase the ISO to get a better exposure. But be aware if you jump up to number too high, then your image can become noisy or grainy so just try to find a good balance. How does this all apply to pets? Well, I like to start with the aperture because I really love those shallow depths of fields. As mentioned, a wide aperture brightens the image so we can leave the ISO as low as we can. This makes it possible to play with the shutter speed. As you're dealing with a live and moving subject, it's best to keep the shutter speed mid-range for portraits and false for action shots. If you don't have enough light, just bump up the ISO. Don't be scared to jump up that number, it's definitely something I have to remind myself as well. Just play with the settings and keep on practicing. We have now learned the basics of pet photography. In the next lesson, we'll put these rules into action. Grab your pets favorite toys and snacks, and your camera and I'll see you there. 6. Pet Photography in Action: Now that we have covered the basics of cat photography, you're almost ready for the photo shoot with your pets. What are the things that makes a photo a compelling pet photo? What are the things you should keep in mind and pay attention to during your photo shoot? As our pets have such sentimental value to us, it's important to capture your pet's personality. Is your pet a little quirky or charming like Magnus here? Or is it more like a diva or funny like Stella here? All our pets have their own characteristics. It's important to have these highlighted in our photos. This is why I showed you in the previous lesson how to get your pet comfortable and at ease during a photo shoot, so they can show their true selves in front of the camera. To get a compelling pet photo, we have to get our conditions right for our camera, we will have to pay attention to our aperture, shutter speed, and ISO. You want to have enough light to be able to get nice and crisp photos preferably natural in direct sunlight as our pets are not used to studio or flashlights. We have to keep in mind that our pets are moving in live subjects, so this will need a different approach than shooting a landscape, for example. Also being able to have our subject into focus together with the blurry backgrounds will make your subject pop and draw all the attention to it. If necessary, all these things can also be optimized in post-production with software like Lightroom, which I will tell you all about in the next lessons. Furthermore, I have a few tips and tricks to really get those stunning photos. The first and maybe the most important tip is getting to focus on your pet's eyes, especially when your pet is looking straight into the camera really makes for powerful shots because eyes tell a lot about their mood or emotions. This always makes a photo interesting or mysterious. Another tip to create highly appealing photos is getting your camera at your pet's eye level. Yes, this often means laying on the floor with them. These photos evoke empathy from the viewer because this way they see the world from your pet's point of view. Last but not least, it's to consider the composition and background of your photo. First, make sure there's no too much clutter or distraction in the backgrounds. This will ensure that your pet is the center of attention. Yes, this is a good reason to finally clear up some of that clutter. Then think about how you want your pet in the frame. One of the most common types of composition is the rule of thirds. It's simple but very effective. Here you mentally divide your photo into thirds, making a grid of nine equal dials, aligning your subject along these lines will help direct your viewers to the main focal points of the photo. Here Stella's nose almost falls exactly on the left vertical line. Then a second element to consider for your composition is negative space. When your pet is gazing in a certain direction, be sure to add some space where the pet is looking towards, if not, the photo might feel a bit cramped. Another way to create an interesting composition is when your pet is laying on or behind objects or furniture. Use this to create interesting lines in your photo or make it look like your pet is peaking behind something. Whatever composition you go for, make sure to not cut off their ears still or joints, otherwise, in some photos, it might feel like there's something missing. With all this in mind, you have everything you need to get started with your photo shoots and create your own compelling pet photos. Let me get Magnus and Stella and my camera and show you some of the behind-the-scenes. Magnus, Stella, my cats are ready, I have my camera, let's get started with the photoshoot. I chose this room because I have a lot of light coming from two big windows on the left. Also at this time of day, there is no direct sunlight, which otherwise would be too harsh on my cats. I have white wall on the right, so it will reflect the light coming from the windows on the left. This way we have light on both sides of the subjects. Try to find the brightest room in your home and if needed, use a reflector or a white surface on the opposite side of the main light source to bounce light off. I wanted my cats to pop up from behind the chair. Also, I use these plants to create a nice backgrounds and add some color to the photo. This is why I also love taking photos of my cats on this bright yellow couch. Go ahead and look in your home, which interesting backgrounds or colors you can add in your photos. I immediately set my aperture as low as possible as I prefer those blurry backgrounds where the subject pops out of the photo, I can set the aperture to F1.8. It depends on every lens or device, but just use the lowest number possible. Then we have to see how much light we still need, but we also have to consider how active our pet is. As you can see here, Stella is moving pretty fast, so we'll have to keep our shutter speed fast as well. Here, I set it to 100th of a second because if I set it slower, I will get motion blur, but if I put it even faster, I will have less light and I don't want to bump up the ISO too high to compensate for that because the image would look too grainy. As Stella is moving fast, I use automatic focus so I don't miss the moments. But when your bath is laying still, you could try and go ahead with manual focus. As we still need a little more light, I increase my ISO to 200. I know it's still a little bit dark, but I prefer to perfect it later in post-production in Lightroom to avoid that a higher ISO would make my image grainy. If possible, it's also nice to have someone else working those toys and snacks so you are able to fully focus on taking photos. Remember to try and get your pet to look straight into the camera using a toy or a treat. This makes your photo much more personal. Also get your camera at your pet's eye level. This way you can show what life looks like from your pet's perspective, making it much more interesting. Of course, be sure to reward your pet for its hard work. Now that we have a bunch of photos, we can go ahead and edit them in Lightroom. Make sure you upload your photos to your desktop or your mobile phone. The next two lessons are about Lightroom. One is to edit photos on your desktop and the other one is to edit photos on the free Lightroom app. I can't wait to see what we have shot. 7. Editing Your Photo in Lightroom: Hi, guys. Here we are in Lightroom. Let me show you how you can do some basic and quick edits to make your photo look amazing. Here are the photos of our photoshoots. I already went through them and sorted them out. You can choose your favorites by giving them a rate or a flag. You can press a number from one to five to give your photo a star rating like I did here. You can also pick or reject photos by pressing the letter P to flag the image as a pick or the letter X to mark it as rejected like I did here. This way, you can easily filter to your photos right here in the above tip. I'm going to choose photos that are at least four stars, and these are the ones I picked. Let's start editing our first photo. I'm going to choose this one. As you can see, this photo is very underexposed and the colors look a bit dull, and everything looks cold and blue. Let's go ahead and fix this. Open the editing panel here in the right corner. Then we'll first go over the lighting conditions of the photo. On the right, you have several sliders to optimize the exposure and contrast of your image. This will influence how crisp and clear your image is. The first setting of the lighting conditions is the exposure. This will decrease or increase the overall brightness of your photo. In this photo, I will increase it a little. Then we have the contrast slider. This will increase the difference of the dark and light areas of the photo. If we decrease it, it can make your photo look really dull, so let's not do this, but if we increase it, it just doesn't look good so don't exaggerate it. I'm going to put it on 15. With the highlights and shadow slider, we can bring back details in light and dark areas. Moving the highlight slider to the left will make the bright areas darker. Moving it to the right will make them brighter. In this photo, I will slide it to the left to make it darker to get the details back in Stella's shoulder. The same goes for the shadow slider. If we move it to the right, it will make the dark parts lighter. If we move it to the left, it will make them darker. In this photo, I'll make them lighter to get the details from the plant back. Using the whites and black sliders, we can edit the contrast of the photo more precisely than just the contrast slider here. When we increase just the whites, we can add some vibrance and sparkle to the photo. Darkening the blacks will make the dark tones richer. Then let's see and press the backslash to see the before and after. This already looks so much better, but the photo still looks a bit cold, and Stella looks very blue. Let's go to the color tab to adjust this. The temperature slider regulates how warm or cool the colors of your photo are. Let's move the slider to the right and make it a bit warmer. Then another slider to adjust the colors of your photo is a 10 slider. This will determine how green or purple your photo looks. I think the photo looks a bit too green, so I'm moving this one to the right, much better. To give your photo that extra pop of color, we can use the vibrance and saturation sliders. They both enhance the colors of your photo, but while the saturation slider just affects the color intensity of your entire photo, the vibrance slider will only intensify the duller colors of your photo. I'm going to use that one. Again, don't exaggerate because it will make your photo look really bad. Just a little bit to give that extra pop of color. Then under the effects tab, you can give your photo a more personal style. Just also make sure not to exaggerate these effects, otherwise, it will look too adamance. The texture slider enhances the fine details of your photo. I'm going to increase this a little. The clarity slider will enhance the medium-size details. Both these sliders will help sharpen your photo a bit. The haze to boost the contrast again and remove haziness. Haziness is like a mist over your image. Then the vignette slider will make your edges darker or lighter. But I'm not going to use this one right now. Then let's check our composition of the photo. I'm looking at this photo tile in the background. It looks a little askew, so let's straighten that. Let's go to the crop tool and then just drag until it's straight. Keep in mind that we keep the paw in the photo and don't cut it off. It just looks fine. Hit ''Enter.'' Then I like to do a little extra for the eyes to make them really pop. Let's zoom in. Let's go to the brush tool or press ''B.'' I like to enhance the white and black parts of the eyes because this really draws more attention to them. Select the eyes. You can see they're selected with this red mask. Then let's go to the white slider to increase the white parts and increase the blacks to make the dark tones richer. I'm also going to bump up the contrast a little and then also increase exposure just a tat. Then again hit backslash to see the before and after. Look at that. This looks so much better. Let me show you how I would edit another photo. Let's go to the grid again. I'm going to pick this one. Again, this photo is underexposed. The colors look dull. Let's do something about it. Go to the editing panel here. Just go over all these sliders and step by step. If you don't remember what they are for, just drag them to the far left or right to see what they do. Let's increase the exposure a little. Can already see some haziness coming up but we can adjust that later. Then increase the contrast to increase the difference between the dark and light parts. Then let's bring back the details in the dark and bright areas. I'm going to decrease the highlights. I'm going to increase the shadows just to get the details from that plant back. Then just give a little more contrast with the whites and black slider. Increase the whites to give more pop to the photo, and decrease the black slider to make the dark tones richer. Then we go over the color of the photo. The temperature and tints of the photo look pretty good, but let's check out what it does. If we increase it a little, I think it looks pretty fine. Maybe we could increase the vibrance just to give that extra pop of color. Then last but not least, the eyes. Let's go to the brush tool again. Select the eyes. Increase the whites and the black parts, add a little more contrast and increase the exposure. Then let's move to Stella's eyes. Select the eyes again. Increase the whites and the blacks, add some contrast and increase exposure. Then let's check again the before and after. Don't they look cute together? I'm very happy with this photo of them. That said, look how stunning our photos have become just with a few simple and basic edits. One last thing before we go to the next lesson is to always check out your photos the next day. If you're editing for hours, your focus might be decreasing. You'd be surprised how sometimes you don't even like your edits after all. It's good to check them out again with a fresh pair of eyes. With that said, let's check out how you can edit your photos on the free Lightroom app with your mobile phone or tablets. Perfect for when you are on the go. Let's install the app, and I'll see you in the next lesson. 8. Editing in Lightroom Mobile App: Hi, everyone. In this lesson, I'll show you how you can easily edit your photo with the free Lightroom app on your phone or tablets. I'm not going to explain every slider in detail again so if you need more guidance then just go back to the previous lesson about Lightroom for desktop. Here are our photos again. Also in the app you can choose your favorites by giving them a star rating or a flag. Go to the review section here and then just swipe on the left side to give you the star rating or swipe on the right side to mark your photo as a pick or as rejected, then you can also go and filter your photos here. I will choose at least four star rating. Then I will go and edit this photo of Magnus. Again, the photo is underexposed. The colors look blue and a bit dull so let's go ahead and fix this. You can go to the editing section here and then you can see all the tabs here below with all the sliders. Let's go to the light tab and increase the exposure. Then let's also bump up the contrast to give it a little pop. Then I'm going to decrease the highlights to get some detail spike in the bright parts. I will do the same for the shadows so I will increase the dark parts. Then let's also increase the whites to give it a bit more sparkle and vibrance and decrease the blacks to enrich the dark tones. Then let's go over to the color tab. I said this photo looks a bit too blue, so let's move this slider to the right to make it a bit warmer. Then l will also move this one to the right as the photo looks a bit too green. There, much better. Then to give all your colors that bit of extra pop, let's increase the vibrance slider just a little. Then let's go over to the effects that are up here and increase the fine details and the medium-size details to make your photo look sharper. Then we also have a little bit of a mess going on in our photo so let's increase the Dehaze filter. There, much better. Then if you want to crop your photo, you can do that here. Let me just adjust this. For the rest, I think it looks okay, but you can also rotate it here if you would like. Hit "Okay". Then in the previous lesson, we also did some extra finishing touches on the eyes, but unfortunately, that is a premium feature. For the app, this is it. Let's check the before and after, you can do that here. Here's the before and after, before, after. As you can see, it's super easy to do some quick edits when you're on the go. Now that we have our stunning photos ready, let's go to the next lesson and see what I like to do with them. 9. What Next? Posting & Printing!: Now, that we have followed every step of this class, we've got so many beautiful and good-quality photos of our pets. What can we do with them? You can share your newly acquired skills and amaze your followers with cute pet photos. Choose and upload your best photo. You can also share some behind the scenes or photos of before and after editing. Also, think of an engaging caption, add some hashtags, and boom, you have a super engaging and stunning post about your pets. Who wouldn't stop scrolling, seeing such cute bad photos on his or her feeds? If you really want to get into growing your accounts, keep in mind that the algorithm of social media changes all the time. In any case, each platform really wants you to post regularly and engage a lot with others. I'm not an Instagram whiz, I just take good photo that I enjoy and add a fun caption to them. For example, here are some of my favorite posts. Of course, you're immediately drawn to these two eyes staring at you. But I also like this caption because I used a quote from a famous artist and also explained why this quote was so fitting for this photo with Stella, adding so much sentimental value to this post. Here's another favorite. I think it is a successful post because this photo has an unusual perspective. Also, the caption using a familiar quote, but making it personal and fitting to Magnus gave it that little extra. Another favorite post is this one, a fun quote together with some personal details about Magnus' personality and asking about your followers' experience makes for a fun and engaging post. If you want to know more about how to grow your social media, I would recommend checking out these Skillshare classes and also this handy side later.com that's full of free resources on the latest info on social media marketing. Or how about you internalize your pets in a cool print like I did here. These days, you can make your own friends on anything you'd like. I'm not just talking about posters, but you could also make stickers, mousepads, placemats, or even your own Christmas postcards. The possibilities are endless. Just make sure you use a high-quality photo and a highly rated printing service. Join me in the last video of this class where I do a quick recap and explain the next steps to take. 10. That’s a Wrap!: Congratulations. You've done a look at those beautiful photos of our pets throughout this class. You've learned how to get your pet comfortable around the camera so you can capture it as it truly is. The basic rules of pet photography and how to get the best exposure and how to edit your photos in Lightroom and make them look amazing. If there's one thing I hope you take from this class is that with these fundamentals and a little practice, you can create beautiful memories of your pets. Just believe in yourself and don't forget to have fun. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask them in the discussion section of this class, and I will get back to you when I can. Thank you so much for following along. I hope you learned a lot and that you enjoyed this class. Don't forget to follow me here on Skillshare and Instagram so you can stay up with the latest news. Now let's see those pictures. You can upload them to the project section of this class. It would also be very cool to see your posts on social media and see what else you've done with your photos. Make sure to tag me @magus_and_stella and @skillshare. Don't forget to use the hashtag avpetphotography. I'm very excited to meet your pets. Bye.