Intro to Pet & Animal photography is an online workshop that runs in two 60-90 minute parts as follows: Tuesday, July 28th and Friday, July 31st - both dates starting at 5:30pm. The course will be taught using the Zoom Video Meeting application, allowing you to attend safely from the comfort of your own home.
The workshop is designed and taught by quite a compelling duo: Nat and Bill of The Labs and Co. Both are lifelong advocates of art, lovers of all things wild, and mindful students of the animal world. In their own words: “our greatest contribution comes alive through animal photography, illustration and design. And this is exactly what they do, and do very well, with The Labs & Co. To learn more about what their work, visit their web site: https://thelabsand.co/
When photographing pets and other domesticated animals, there are many things to consider and think about. In this workshop, you will learn a foundation for capturing authentic moments while also conveying the animal’s distinct personality. Many techniques and tools - that Nat and Bill have perfected over the years - will be covered. And throughout it all, they will also discuss the importance (and application) of understanding animal behavior and empathy. This combination is critical to creating images that are unique and truly convey your subject’s personality.
So whether you’re looking to preserve fun moments with your furry-faced family members, to photograph animals when out and about, or hope to help shelters that place animals in new homes, this workshop will lay the basic groundwork to do so with confidence and creativity.
PART 1 - TUESDAY, JULY 28 @ 5:30PM (approximately 90 minutes)
- Tools of the Trade: Covering cameras, treats, squeakers and toys and how they support the techniques you will be learning.
- Pets and Animals of All Kinds: Photographing Dogs, Cats, Horses, etc. - how they are the same, and how they are different. Unique techniques for differences within species (size, color, individual temperaments) will be covered.
- Comfort and Fun: Techniques and ideas that help ensure your animal subjects are comfortable and having fun. Understanding animal behavior for optimal results will be covered.
- Homework Assignment: Some homework will be provided that will help you learn and apply what you have learned during this 1st part of the workshop.
PART 2 - FRIDAY, JULY 31 @ 5:30PM (approximately 60+ minutes)
- Homework Review: Discuss challenges and wins you encountered while applying what you learned in Part 1 of the workshop.
- Going with the Flow: A deeper dive into basic problem solving and adjustments in technique, depending on the circumstances and environment within which you are photographing.
- Wrapping Up: Final conclusions and a Question & Answer session
If needed, we will schedule a short Zoom orientation a day or two prior to the class for those that are new to Zoom or want a refresher. This will help us get started the day of the class efficiently, so we can jump right into the learning (as opposed to troubleshooting!). Please note: to get the most from this workshop experience, we recommend using a desktop or laptop computers. The bigger the screen, the better.
MORE ABOUT NAT AND BILL:
Nat: Holds both a BFA in Photo Fine Arts and Digital Imaging from Brooks Institute of Photography and a BFA in Design from Art Institute of California. She has worked for years in a variety creative fields for companies large and small. As a proud independent creative she specializes in design, illustration, photography, writing and dog behavior.
Bill: Holds a BFA in Commercial/Advertising Photography from Brooks Institute of Photography. He has worked as freelance photographer as well as an art producer and buyer at the ad agency DDB San Francisco and portfolio instructor at Academy of Art University. Currently Co-Art Director, Producer, Photographer, Videographer and Project Manager with The Labs & Co.