Week 1: An Introduction to Pet Photography
In this first module, Paul will discuss different kinds of pet images from portraits of a more classic nature to images that could be labelled as more dynamic or quirky in appearance. The choice of locations, lighting and pet characteristics will be also be explored with a view to highlighting its importance in the final quality, quantity and style of images captured throughout any photography session. He will also discuss the equipment you need to take pet portraits and highlight the strengths and limitations of various cameras.
Week 2: Image Style
In this second module Paul will explore an real life dog photography assignment including the planning and preparations, and the actual images captured from the session. A range of different styles of dog portraits will be captured and he will discuss the techniques adopted and associated camera settings for achieving a particular style of image. He will also highlight the key decisions and strategies he adopts to increase the chances of capturing more striking and memorable portraits.
Week 3: Theory and Planning
In this third module Paul will explore the challenging world of cat photography in and around the home. The necessary plans and preparations, and the images captured from the session will again be discussed. A number of different kinds of cat portraits will be attempted throughout the session and he will discuss the techniques and camera settings necessary for achieving a particular style of image. He will also highlight the key decisions and strategies adopted to increase the chances of capturing more striking and memorable portraits.
Week 4: Assessment and Editing
In this module, Paul will delve into my personal collection of pet imagery and discuss some of my favourite award winning images. He will also highlight the challenges during the picture making process and techniques employed to overcome any difficulties. So often pet portraiture can look all too familiar, however in this module Paul will also demonstrate the way that the home and our everyday neighbourhoods present countless opportunities for taking extraordinary portraits.