Pet (dog) Photography Course

Sydney   |   3 hours  |   Special Interest
  • Bring your own pet or shoot other dogs
  • Brilliant outdoor setting at Tamarama headland
  • Ideal for dogs but other pets welcome
  • Camera settings to capture the action
  • Lighting, composition, depth of field, angle of view

Cost: $150 | on demand

The pet (dog) photography course covers the gear and technique needed to take great shots. It requires a fast, trained eye to capture the action using varying depth of fields, shutter speeds, freezing and capturing motion and incorporating the right light and composition to create a great image. Animal photography is challenging, rewarding and highly satisfying. When you nail a great shot you can feel justifiably proud.

Tamarama beach and headlands is an ideal place to run this course. Tamarama has a reputation as a place where the beautiful people and their dogs hang out. Tamarama beach is easy to get to and the lighting conditions are fantastic. The sharp, clean light, reflecting back off the sandstone cliffs, blue water and sandy cays makes this one of the great little beaches in Australia. We actually shoot on the headland closest to Bondi where its legal to have your dog unleashed as its a part of the Bondi to Bronte coastal walk.

Throughout the course you will receive 1/1 mentoring and guidance from professional photographer Andrew Thomasson who has a enviable record as a professional pet, wildlife and sports photographer. Small groups of a maximum of 4 persons ensures that the animals avoid 'dog fights' This little enclave area also has a great mix of local heroes who like to surf, chill out on rock ledges and practice high dives into rock pools. The last hour of the course is dedicated to a workflow session using Lightroom 6 and a brief overview on the business side of pet photography.

course dates & course bookings

Alternatively, you can also download the course booking form and send it to us:

Course/Workshop Enrolment form

learn about

  • DLSR, mirrorless and compact camera (with manual controls) functionality

  • RAW, ISO, white balance, shutter speed, bracketing, depth of field

  • Capturing the personality and spirit of your pet

  • How to shoot action in perfect beachside location with sand, sea and sky

  • Gear and technique to get pure white backdrops

  • Lens selection & perspective, freezing and showing motion, focusing modes

  • Compositition and lighting including reflectors and flash

  • The 'skills set' for starting your own pet photography business

course requirements

  • A basic knowledge of photography is required (such as Digital 1)

  • A digital DLSR, mirror-less or compact camera with manual controls

  • For DLSR and mirror-less camera users, at least a prime & multi range lens

  • Memory Card(s) - at least a 4GB card, instruction manual

  • Your own pet (or shoot other dogs running around), leash

time & location

2pm to 5pm

Tamarama Marine Drive (Gaerloch reserve), Tamarama , Sydney

Meeting Point:
(Tamarama beach cafe)

terms & conditions

Paying for your course in full upon booking will confirm your attendance. Places are limited on all courses.

We reserve the right to cancel and reschedule any course, due to inadequate enrolment bad weather, instructor illness, or an 'act of God'. We also reserve the right to cancel any course if there is insufficient demand, especially if it means that our costs would be higher than our income. Please therefore do not leave it until the last few weeks if you are interested in a particular date, as you may find that it has been cancelled. As our costs for each training event remain the same no matter how many delegates attend, like any pre-booked tickets for the theatre, concert, flights etc, we are unable to give a full refund in the event of non-attendance, regardless of the circumstances. If withdrawal occurs within the 14 days before the course starts we will try to put you on an alternative date if places are available. Please note that we cannot be liable for any other costs incurred by yourself, so please check with us before booking any non-refundable accommodation or transport.

Course & Workshop Photography:
We reserve the right to take photographic, (both still and video) records of any of our workshops/courses which may be used for promotional purposes, submissions, advertising and records. We grant permission for participants to use any images captured by them during this workshop for self-promotion only. Participants may not make any financial gain from any images captured during this workshop/course.


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