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Cat Photography 101 Sale

Cat Photography 101 SaleDrum roll please….Cat Photography 101 is now available!

15 page e-book

60 minutes of video instruction

only $49!

This course is perfect for Bloggers, cat rescues and fosters, and cat lovers everywhere.

Even if you are an experience photographer you will learn my tricks for the unique subject of our feline friends. Cats have specific challenges and needs that differ widely from photographing anything or anyone else.

Topics covered:

  1. Top 3 Pet Photography Tips Before Ever Picking Up a Camera
  2. Choosing Cameras. dSLR vs cellphone
  3. Backgrounds. Environment vs “studio”
  4. Lighing. Natural, continuous, and speedlight
  5. Camera settings
  6. Attention Grabbers. Taste/Smell, Visual, Audio
  7. 5 Go-To Images to build your portfolio
  8. Post Production tips and apps
  9. Extras

Have your notepads ready, this course is jam packed with tips, resources and examples!

 

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Cat Photography 101

You Can Learn How to Photograph Cats! Cat Photography 101

Ever wondered how the pros can get such stunning photos of cats?

This how-to course covers safety, backgrounds, cameras and settings, lighting, composition, post production and more.

This course is ideal for Bloggers, Rescue & Foster Cat Parents, and Cat Lovers.

Cat Photography 101 Course now on Pre-Sale!

Only $49 for over 45 minutes of video instruction and a 7 page .pdf e-book!

Pre-Sale here or click the shopping cart.

Release date is September 2016, but I am opening pre-sales now as part of the #PetLoversTribe Summer Shopping Event. All sales on Sunday, August 7th will have 5% of the proceeds donated to Fort Collins Cat Rescue Spay/Neuter Clinic.

Buy Now (1)

Special Thank You to The PetScope TV for hosting the August 7th event on Periscope!

Join this specific Cat Photography 101 list for notifications!

Have a question about cat photography you would like to see in this course or a future course? Please email me at Monique@SilverPawStudio.com. Thanks!

 

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Popular Pet Photo Apps

favorite photo apps

Is your phone full of snapshots of your pet? Of course it is! So often people will shyly take their phone out and ask if I would like to see some pictures of their pets. “Yes!” is always my resounding answer. I even had the greeter at Home Depot notice my camera print purse the other day and asked me if I was a photographer. We then went on to have a 10 minute conversation where she showed me some fantastic mobile phone pictures of her horse and her several dogs. I love looking at your snapshots of your pets. Whether it’s cats, dogs, horses, pigs, birds, turtles, llamas… bring it!

Do you ever have those times where you wish your picture was a little brighter? Or maybe you want to add a little bit of text to the picture? Or maybe you just want to grab it really quick to post it on social media?

I manage my Facebook page, my Pack Bulletin, 3 Instagram accounts, and post to The Pet Scope TV and all of them need photos and graphics. Here is a list of my favorite phone, tablet and computer apps to edit, enhance, filter, add text, and more.

  1. Snapseed: Google mobile editing app-Free
  2. Canva.com: Desktop design program-Free
  3. WordSwag: Inexpensive mobile app to add wording-$4
  4. Aviary: Mobile app with cool effects-Free
  5. Photoshop & Lightroom: The big dogs at a low $9.99 monthly fee.
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ThePetScopeTV

TPSTV The Pet Scope

Livestreaming is the newest social media buzzword. Twitter’s Periscope App hit the scene a year ago and since then more livestreaming options have released.

August of 2015 I hit the Broadcast button on Periscope for the first time. The night before I couldn’t sleep, I rehearsed my opening line countless times, and I am sure my voice shook as I stepped into the limelight of live broadcasting.

Since that first day at Animal House showing adoptable dogs to the world I have been full steam ahead.

I quickly found fellow animal enthusiast in the #PetLoversTribe. The #PetLoversTribe is a free online community of pet lovers who are using Periscope, Facebook Live, or other live streaming apps. I host the Friday challenge and love getting to know everyone around the world.

December 2015, spearheaded by Therese Kopiwoda, a few of us launched ThePetScopeTV.

ThePetScopeTV is a Live Stream network of pet themed shows on Facebook Live and Periscope all about pets, for the people who love them.

The mission of ThePetScopeTV is to provide viewers with quality content from respected leaders in the pet industry and well-informed pet owners. Our goal is to enhance the bond between people and animals (pets, horses and other animals) and to bring awareness to our role in protecting and caring for pets, wildlife, and zoo animals. Topics vary widely and include education, positive reinforcement training, health, animal enrichment, and entertainment.

focus on pets periscope and facebook show

“Focus on Pets with Monique” is my show every Friday morning on FacebookLive. Pet photography tips, working with animal rescues and software tutorials and resources, are just some of the topics covered.

Livestreaming is an amazing place to meet new people and to tell your story. Over the last several months I have met several people in person around the country.

Saturday, July 9th I am hosting a Periscope & Livestreamers meet-up in Fort Collins! Whether you broadcast now, want to broadcast, or just want to meet awesome people please join me! From about 11:00 am to 2:30 we will be milling about Jessup Farm Artisan Village. There are outdoor seating areas, grassy lawns, a brewery, a coffee shop, a restaurant, and a bakery all housed in historic buildings.

ThePetScopeTV is sponsoring the event too! As a founding board member I am excited to educate everyone to our mission. Be sure to sign up for our newsletter, exciting announcement hitting the airways on Monday, June 13th!

If you have any questions about livestreaming please message me or chat with me in person on July 9th!

 

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Foolproof Picture Hanging

FoolproofPictureHanging

A super common hang up when trying to hang-up new pictures is putting three holes in the wall when you really only wanted one. Those pesky picture frames really move their hooks when you try to secure them on the wall. I have the solution for you!

All you need is some craft paper, some painter’s tape and a pencil.

  1. Simply roll out your paper, this could be craft paper from the craft store old newspapers or recycle paper.
  2. Lay your picture on the paper face down, trace around it and cut out that shape.
  3. Now put your picture face down on the table and place your paper back on the back of it and mark where the hanger is. You should only need to poke a pencil through right where the nail would go.
  4. Repeat step 3 for all the images you want to hang in this display. Now you have several paper templates in exact size to tape on to your wall.
  5. This is where you can have some fun in your design. Use painters tape that won’t harm the paint on your walls and start taping up all of these paper templates.
  6. If your pictures only have one nail help you may not have to worry too much about using a level but this would be the time to get out your level and your tape measure. I often just eyeball where I want to hang my prints but if you want to be more precise I would definitely get out your level and your tape measure.
  7. Once all the paper templates are on the wall simply take your nail or your monkey hook and poke it through the paper into the wall.
  8. If you have a lot of images with similar sizes you may want to write on the paper templates which one goes where.
  9. Now all you have to do is pull the paper down around the nail and hang up your pictures! I would do this one at a time so you don’t lose track.

My show “Focus on Pets with Monique” on the The Pet Scope TV on Facebook live shows me actually using this technique.

There are several examples on this Pinterest board.  

This method Works especially good on curved walls, for big groupings of odd size images, or anywhere you might have more of a fragile all that you really, really only want that one nail hole in.

This is help simplify my life and my frustrations with hanging new pictures in my home and I hope it does the same for you.

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