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Photographing your Dog

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Join 's Course: 4-Week Short Course: Photographing your DogLearn the secrets for capturing the beauty and personality of your "best friend". In this exciting 4-week course, photographer and author Jenni Bidner will share tips and techniques for photographing dogs with a compact digital or point-and-shoot camera.
Key Features

  1. Getting Started Fast!
  2. Perfect Pet Portraits
  3. Light and Artistry
  4. Action Dogs

  • For novices through hobbyists.
  • Tips and techniques for better dog pictures.
  • Understanding your camera.
  • Dog behavior as it relates to taking better pictures.

What You Get

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  Benefits:
You get direct feedback on your photos from world-acclaimed, professional photographers. You can learn photography in this way from anywhere in the world.  
 
 
  • Learn at your pace, with structure.
  • Be guided by a real pro instructor.
  • Get your photos critiqued every week.
  • Join students from around the world.
  • Go far beyond any book or DVD.
  • Make great pictures, again and again!

Instructor

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Photography Instructor: Jenni  Bidner Jenni Bidner

Jen Bidner is an instructor with BetterPhoto.com. She has 20 years experience in the photo industry as an editor, author, and photographer. She is the author of over a dozen books. Jenni is the former editor of Petersenís PHOTOgraphic magazine and Outdoor & Travel Photography magazine. She is a graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) with a BS from their Professional Photography Department

Bidner is the author of over a dozen books including:

  • Love Your Dog Pictures: How to Take Great Photographs of your Pet (Amphoto)
  • Is My Dog a Wolf? (Lark Books, Juvenile)
  • Is My Cat a Tiger (Lark Books, Juvenile)
  • The Amphoto Complete Guide to Photography (Amphoto)
  • The Kidsí Guide to Digital Photography (Lark/Sterling, Barnes & Nobles)
  • Dog Heroes: Saving Lives & Protecting America (Lyons Press)
  • Kodakís Most Basic Book on Digital Printing (Lark/Kodak)
  • The Lighting Cookbook for Fashion and Beauty Photography (Amphoto)
  • The Lighting Cookbook (Amphoto)
  • Guide for Models: Inside Advice from Industry Pros (Lark Books)
  • Making Family Websites (Lark Books)
  • Best of Nature Photography (Amherst Media)
  • Kodak Pocket Guide to Digital Photography (Kodak/Silver Pixel Press)

In addition, Bidnerís words and pictures have been published in numerous major magazines and newspapers worldwide.

In her spare time, Jen Bidner is a K-9 Handler with a volunteer search & rescue unit in the Chicago area, working with her two dogs Ajax and Yukon to find lost and missing people. Her award-winning book Dog Heroes: Saving Lives & Protecting America (Lyons Press) features her photographs and stories of search and rescue dogs.

A Couple of Photos by the Instructor


© Jenni Bidner 

© Jenni Bidner 

Course Outline

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Lesson 1: Getting Started Fast!
In this lesson, we will thoroughly explore the capabilities and limitations of your camera as it pertains to dog photography. We will concentrate on ways to quickly improve your pictures and avoid the most common mistakes. Before-and-after images will illustrate the lesson plan, so you can clearly understand the hows and whys.
Assignment: Your assignment is to share at least one before-and-after combo from one of the exercises listed in the Review of Lesson 1. The second and third submissions can be either before/after combos, or just the "after" images from any of the other exercises.

Lesson 2: : Perfect Pet Portraits
All aspects of dog portraiture - from classic pictures to cute candids - will be covered. Learn how to pose your dog or dogs, and how to get great pictures of people with their pets. Iíll even cover self-portraiture, with you and your dog!
Assignment: Your assignment is to share at least one before-and-after combo from one of the exercises listed in the Lesson 2 Review. The second and third submissions can be either before/after combos, or just the "after" images from any of the other exercises.

Lesson 3: Light & Artistry
I teach all about shooting in different types of natural lighting, as well as flash and low-light photography. Overcoming the difficulties of photographing white or black dogs will be discussed. Creative aspects of composition and creative artistry will be explored in detail.
Assignment: Throughout the lesson, I asked you to take some practice shots. The most learning occurs when you analyze your "Before" and "After" pictures immediately after taking them. If the "After" isn't perfect, run back and take some more! Your assignment is to share at least one before-and-after combo from one of the exercises listed in the Review. The second and third submissions can be either before/after combos, or just the "after" images from any of the other exercises.

Lesson 4: Action Dogs
You probably know how tough it is to get great action shots of your dog. Whether your dog is an agility champion or you just want some fun shots of him romping, Iíll share the tips and techniques you need to be successful.
Assignment: For our final assignment, I'd like you to take some action photographs. Try to line up two helpers and an enthusiastic dog, and try the running shot. See if you can manipulate your camera's controls to get a sharp and a blurred version. Even if you can't get that much variation, practice your panning! I'd also like you to do some candid action shots, where you shoot dogs playing or participating in an activity.


© Jenni Bidner 

© Jenni Bidner 

Requirements

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  • Any digital camera.
  • If your camera has interchangeable lenses, or aperture and shutter speed controls, you might want to take the SLR version of this class.
  • No special imaging software necessary.


FAQ

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Is this course intended for just beginners and hobbyists?
This class is intended for any dog lover who wants to improve their pictures of their dog. Two versions of the class are offered, based on the capabilities of your camera. This class is for anyone using a point-and-shoot type (compact) digital or film camera. If you have an SLR camera with interchangeable lenses and aperture/shutter speed controls, you may prefer the other course. Not sure which course to take? Contact me and tell me your camera model and photographic goals, and Iíll make sure youíre in the right class.  

Do I need to have a digital camera?
No, but it will be easier if you have a digital camera. If you use a film camera, you will need to ďdigitizeĒ your pictures so you can upload them for the assignment critiques. This can be done by having a photo CD made of the pictures when you bring them in for development, or by scanning the prints yourself at home with a flatbed scanner. I can provide you with a special lesson plan to help you do this. But be aware you will need to leave extra time for the minilab to make the photo CD or to scan the images yourself.

I recommend you consider upgrading to a digital camera. The instant feedback makes the learning process easier with a digital camera. There are excellent models available for under $130. Remember you will no longer have to pay for film and processing if you buy a digital camera, so factor these savings into your camera cost.

 

My dog is black, so she looks like a black blob in all my pictures. Is there any way to get better pictures of her?
All-black and all-white dogs can be difficult to photograph well - but Iíll show you tricks for getting great results every time.  


© Jenni Bidner 

© Jenni Bidner 

Do I have to be online at any specific time?
No, you do not need to be online at any specific time. The lessons are sent to your email and you are also provided the Campus Square - where you interact with your classmates and instructor. This is also where you upload your photos to be critiqued by your instructor. The instructors are very punctual and respond quickly.

Will I have access to the instructor to ask questions during the photo course?
Absolutely! Students can ask questions in the special Q&A forum set up in the course's Campus Square, or can ask the instructor via email.

Do you offer a money back guarantee?
Yes. We are confident that you will fully enjoy our courses. All the same, for our 8-week classes, we offer a 100% money-back guarantee before the Wednesday that Lesson #3 is sent out. If for any reason, you are not satisfied and let us know that you would like to withdraw before the Wednesday that Lesson #3 is sent, you will be promptly refunded.

For our 4-week courses, we offer a 100% money back guarantee before the Wednesday that Lesson #2 is sent out from BetterPhoto. If for any reason you are not satisfied and you let the ordering department know that you would like to withdraw before the Wednesday that Lesson #2 is sent, you will be refunded within 7 days. After the second lesson has been sent out, no refunds will be given.

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More Delighted Customers:

"Without a doubt, Jenni B. is an excellent teacher! She is extremely knowledgeable and enthusiastic about photography, especially when it comes to the canines! ...In the end, I learned so much more! I now know more about my camera, more about the effect of various settings (aperature, shutter) and lenses (zoom, wide-angle) on the final photo.

...Further, Jenni goes the extra mile for the students in the class. She didn't miss a beat!...

Excellent course and an excellent learning experience!" -Cathryn S. Chellis, student from Photographing Your Dog with an SLR class 

"Jenni's style is very down-to-earth and can teach any level very well. She shares her own personal experiences and photos(good & bad)which really help the student feel she is 'real' and not a studio.....and 'I' too, can take a great shot someday with practice. Bravo! Very fun to take, her enthusiam and hands-on approach are definitely worth the price of admission!" -Pat Merrell, student from Photographing Your Dog with an SLR class 

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