Cell Phone Photography for Pet Lovers
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Cell Phone Photography for Pet Lovers

Pet photos in a snap!
3.8 (6 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
38 students enrolled
Created by Monique Rodriguez
Last updated 1/2019
English [Auto]
Current price: $34.99 Original price: $49.99 Discount: 30% off
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This course includes
  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 9 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Cell phone photography of pets.
  • Camera App Choices
  • Composition & Framing
  • Exposure & Focus Settings
  • Editing Apps
  • Working with Dogs & Cats
  • What's in my bag.
  • No requirements.
  • Can use iPhone or Android phones.

Master your cell phone pet photography using an iPhone or Android to improve you 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.

Who this course is for:
  • Beginner photographers.
  • Pet lovers.
  • Animal Rescues & Fosters
Course content
Expand all 38 lectures 01:03:06
+ Introduction
2 lectures 02:38

Welcome to Cell Phone Photography for Pet Lovers!

Preview 00:57

Quick run down of all the cell phone skills you will learn in this course. Camara app choices, basics, editing apps, exposure, lighting, and accessories.

Preview 01:41
+ Camera Apps
1 lecture 03:13

Camera app choices for iPhone & Android.

Preview 03:13
+ Basics & Hacks
5 lectures 07:49

Cell phone camera basics before you start photographing.

Lens maintenance, camera icon placement, shutter delay & practice.

Preview 03:00

Bonus hacks to get your started now!

Headphones as triggers

Preview 01:14

Hack-Setting exposure quickly.

Exposure & Focus Hack

Hack-Rapid Fire

Rapid Fire Hack

Hack HDR

HDR Hack
+ Lighting
6 lectures 06:45

Turn off the camera flash to avoid crazy green alien eyes.

Alien Eyes

Using existing light.

Ambient Light Sources

Tips for where to place your animal if you have a large light source like a window or doorway.

Large Light Source

Using small LED video lights.

Artificial Lights

Where to place your artificial lights.

Ring Lights & Light Placement

Best places to photograph outside with natural light.

Outdoor Lighting
+ Buttons, Knobs & Dials
8 lectures 11:16

Intro to exposure settings. Some cameras have built in modes.

Built In Exposure Modes

Manual exposure simplified.


Exposure triangle: aperture, shutter speed & ISO.

Exposure Triangle

Shutter speed stops the action.

Shutter Speed

ISO best used in darker scenes.


Most phones you can't adjust the aperture. This is where portrait mode or dual camera mode comes in handy. Great for still subjects.

Portrait Mode

Examples of finding these settings up next.

Exposure Wrap

Here's where the settings are in the camera apps I recommended.

Setting in Camera Apps
+ Pet Tips
5 lectures 05:55

How can I get the attention of my dog or cat?

Pet Tips Intro

This questions comes up all the time. Try not to break eye contact.

Eye Contact

There are definite differences in what motivates dogs vs cats.

Dogs vs Cats

Have some high value treats especially for photo sessions.


Dogs are desensitized to sounds quickly. Have some novel sounds ready to catch a fun expression. App mentioned is "Dog Sounds and Body Talk!"

Dog Sounds
+ Composition
6 lectures 11:13

Pre-visualization can be extremely helpful in animal photography. The moment passes so quickly it is a good idea to have some image ideas before you ever pull out your phone.


Zoom with your feet, aka walk up to your subject. Digitally zooming can degrade the quality of your images.

Zoom with Your Feet

Eye level is idea but consider all angles.

Camera Height

Rule of thirds is a great way to compose your image to add interest.

Rule of Thirds

My 5 go to images: tight, middle, wide, epic & creative. Start here and get your creative juices flowing.

5 Go To Crops

How to frame a fast moving animal.

Action Composition
+ Editing Apps
2 lectures 07:23

My fav apps: Aviary, Lightroom, Snapseed, WordSwag & Snapchat

Editing Apps

Edit our Purple Poodle in all my apps.

+ Inside my Accessory Bag
2 lectures 05:33

Intro to what's inside my accessory bag.

Accessory Bag Intro

Tripods, lights, lenses, triggers.

Inside my Accessory Bag
+ Thanks & Closing
1 lecture 01:21

Thanks for watching the entire course! I would love to see your images and hear your feedback. Leave a note for me on this platform or at Monique@SilverPawStudio.com. Keep coming back for updates and announcements too.

Thanks & Closing