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The Art of Dog Photography


The Art of Dog Photography

Register now! Classes start in September!

Limited to 10 students per class. There will be several class offerings based on response Get get updates.

Learn the basics of how to develop a storyline about your dog and portray it visually through stunning images in photography. This class is geared towards all skill levels and users of all cameras, including mobile phones, point and shoot, mirrorless and DSLRs.

Concepts covered

• What makes a dog photo interesting and effective?
• How to develop a shot list to best tell your dogs unique story
• What kinds of shots are effective and some of the best ways to set these shots up• Lighting and how to best exploit it to capture your dog
• What not to do when taking pictures your dog
• The secret weapon in getting your dog to focus and watch you
• Identifying shooting locations and opportunities to get great images of your dog
• How to train your dog to work with you more effectively
• Composition, what to do — and what not to do
• Back lighting, how to make it work for you not against you
• Grab shots, how to anticipate and plan to get the best image possible
• Set-up shots, planing out a successful photo 101
• The “Background” and how it impacts your images
• Trade secrets about how to make your images really connect with a viewer


This class is perfect for beginning photographers, dog lovers that want to get better results, intermediates that understand basic camera functions and want to improve and advanced photographers that are just starting to work with animals. This class is: $90.00

Schedule and Format

This is a two hour class— in-class room. The first hour is explaining the concepts outlined above, helping each student develop a shooting strategy based on their dog, its personality and skill level of the student. My goal is to have students who take this class produce successful images that tell a story about their dog in a engaging impactful way. The relationship between your dog is special. Each dog has its own way of walking, expressing themselves, likes, dislikes, personality and wonderful things that they do. We want to help you create images that communicate this magic and love that you have with your dog.

About the instructor:

Directing over 2,000 photo shoots, John Borys is a advertising professional (a creative director) who has been responsible for creating and directing persuasive ad campaigns for a variety of clients for over 30 years and an avid Great Dane Lover. “Zia” a Great Dane rescue is his current sweet heart. People, lifestyle, food, product, location, corporate images and Dogs are all areas where John is an expert in helping others tell a persuasive story through a camera. The mechanics of creating memorable images, the kind that make emotional connections and how to do it is what John loves sharing with others.



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