Online Class

Dog Photography

Sit, Stay, Click
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Take wag-worthy photos that show off a dog’s lovable personality!

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What You Get

  • 7 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor, Anthony Helton
  • Closed captioning available (web only)

How it works

  • Once you purchase, find your class in your class library.
  • Watch on any device anytime.
  • Find downloadable class resources in the class viewer.

Class Overview

Capture endearing, expressive photos of beloved canine companions with professional pet photographer Anthony Helton as your guide. Discover valuable dog photography tips to help nervous pups relax in front of the camera, and find out how to keep a distracted dog's attention. Learn to properly expose for both light- and dark-colored dogs so you don't lose any detail, and explore essential principles of composition for artful, balanced images. Conquer challenging indoor and outdoor lighting with simple flash techniques and troubleshooting tips. And, get lens and shutter speed guidance to photograph energetic, fast-moving dogs with crystal-clear focus! Plus, Anthony will walk you through several post-processing adjustments, including removing leashes, so you can be sure to showcase any dog at their very best.

Lesson Breakdown

1. Getting Started
Meet your instructor, pet photographer Anthony Helton, and discover the art of capturing canine charisma. Then, delve into dog behavior as Anthony offers advice for gaining a dog's trust and tips for reading a dog's comfort level. Finally, tour the lenses and accessories that you'll find most useful when shooting animals, whether indoors or out, sitting or in action.
2. Interaction & Positioning
3. Natural Light Outdoors
4. Indoor Light & Flash
5. Composition & Style
6. Capturing Action
7. Post-Processing

Taught by

Anthony Helton
Anthony Helton
Anthony Helton, professional pet photographer and owner of Purple Collar Pet Photography, lists his chocolate Lab, Sam, as the inspiration that sparked his career. He works as a pet photographer in Sacramento, California, and his work has taken him from live television appearances to directing large-scale commercial productions. He loves that his job combines photography and animals — his two biggest passions — and gives him the opportunity to create lasting images of the personality, energy and love of life that make pets so dear to their people.

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