Beginning Pet Photography: Dogs and Cats

with Shaina Fishman

November 12 – December 3, 2024

Tuesdays; 9:30 – 11:30 am (Mountain Time)
  • Tuition $1.00

Course Description

Photographing dogs and cats offers a delightful and rewarding experience, creating lasting artwork and cherished memories of our beloved pets. Whether you’re capturing moments with your own pet or someone else’s, the craft offers unique rewards and challenges. This online workshop is tailored for beginner and hobbyist photographers aiming to improve their skills in pet photography.

Like any specialized genre of photography, pet photography requires a distinct skill set and specific tools to adeptly navigate these challenges. Embracing these best practices not only enhances the photographer’s experience but also enriches the interaction with the subject, resulting in more compelling imagery.

Join Shaina Fishman, an expert in animal photography for over 20 years, as she shares her insights in a four-session online program focused on building your skills in pet photography. This workshop starts with a review of the basics of photography, including f-stop, shutter speed, ISO, and focal length, with a focus on photographing cats and dogs. You learn about working with natural light, both indoors and outdoors, tips and tricks for photographing animals, and the nuances of setting-up photographs versus capturing candid moments. You obviously need willing dogs and cats to photograph for assignments.

Through guided lectures, engaging presentation materials, Q&A sessions, and practical assignments, participants are encouraged and inspired to broaden their artistic vision by capturing the distinct personalities of our furry friends. You have the wonderful opportunity of sharing your assignment work for image reviews, discussing the challenges faced and celebrating your achievements in crafting each image. Join Shaina for a fun exploration into the world of pet photography, focusing on catching the charm and personality of dogs and cats.

Additional Information

Amateurs, Advanced Amateurs
What You Should Know:

Working knowledge of digital workflow and manual mode on your digital SLR or mirrorless camera. Participants must be able to download and select images using image editing software for class sessions.

Special Notes:

Class will meet 9:30 – 11:30 am (Mountain Time) on Tuesdays starting November 12 and ending December 3 (four online group sessions). Enrollment is limited to 12 participants.

Zoom Video Conferencing software (available for no charge from will be used to facilitate the class sessions. Further details will be emailed to registrants.

Santa Fe Workshops always aims to produce a high-quality experience for our online attendees. That said, variables including regional and local internet provider speeds, traffic on Zoom's servers, and your own computing hardware can contribute to a less than ideal streaming event. While we do our best to minimize the impact of these variables, they are outside the control of Santa Fe Workshops.


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For the convenience of participants, recordings of each class session are posted privately for one month after the end of each session. Santa Fe Workshops takes the recordings down after one month to protect the intellectual property of our instructors.

One-of-a-Kind, Portraiture
Shaina Fishman

Shaina Fishman is a commercial photographer specializing in animals. After studying commercial photography at Syracuse University, she began her career working in fashion photography and spent ten years working as Peter Lindbergh’s digital tech. Her transition from fashion to focusing solely on animals was sparked when she began photographing her papillon and other dogs at the dog park after long days on fashion sets. Using her time in fashion photography as inspiration, Shaina uses a graphic and contemporary approach. Her images are playful and humorous, and personify her animal subjects.

Shaina works on assignments from national ad campaigns to packaging and pro-bono projects. She has published two books, and her photographs can be seen on packaging and billboards around the world.

Instagram: @shainafishman

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