Fido Photography Workshop with Cameras & Canines


Saturday August 12th, 2017 9:30AM-5:00PM
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This is an exciting hands-on field workshop for shutter bugs and dog lovers alike. Meeting in one of Calgary's beautiful off leash parks along the river, Sandy L Smith of Cameras and Canines will demonstrate how to work with dogs to capture great photographs. With over a decade of professional canine communication experience, Sandy will offer suggestions and proven techniques to bring out the "Fido" in Fido.

Schedule - Saturday June 3rd, 2017 9:30AM-5PM: 
9:30AM-12PM Hands-On Workshop at Meeting Location below. 
12:30PM-1PM Lunch 
1PM-5PM Post Processing Session  

Meeting Location: 
Nosehill Parking Lot - at the end of 64th on 14th Street NW

Classroom Location: 

Unit 210, 3060 9th Street SE Calgary, AB 

Topics that will be covered:
- A combination of stills and actions will help you think on your feet.

- Explore how to expose for fast moving subjects and nailing that focus.

- Explore front lighting vs back-lighting, using natural light, composition, focus and how to shoot in your dog’s world.

- Learn how to expose dogs with dark coats and avoid “pet eye”

- Learn how to use classical conditioning techniques to teach any pet (or human) to love the camera.

- Post processing techniques and photo critique in the classroom 

Who should attend?
Dog lovers with a DSLR or Mirrorless camera.
You should have a basic understanding of aperture, ISO, shutter speed.
What to bring:
Your camera, lenses, memory card and charged batteries. 

Comfortable footwear & outdoor clothing
Laptop (Optional) 
Pen and paper to take notes. 

*A catered lunch at the classroom is included in this workshop. 

Leave Fido at Home:
Do not bring your own pets to this workshop. We will have volunteers with dogs who have worked with Cameras and Canines that are comfortable in a group setting.

About the Instructor Sandy L Smith of Cameras and Canines:
Capturing what makes people and pets unique is my greatest enjoyment. Making quality portraiture involves getting to know the subject and making them feel comfortable with me so we bring out what makes you ... well YOU! Capturing the "Fido" in Fido

I have worked with dogs and other animals professionally for more than a decade and understanding canine communication signals and behaviour allows me to connect even with the most fearful Fido. I strive to capture what they are about and each collection is unique and reflects your pet's personality. I spend most of our session getting to know and interacting with the subjects so the images are happy, natural and fun

I studied at The Photography Institute as well as completed additional Majors in Portrait Photography. A lifetime of seeing the world in light and colour allow me to think on my feet and above all PATIENCE to wait for the right "moment"

For work or pleasure you will find me out with #mypack everyday. As an award winning photographer I love to share tips and tricks for working with dogs and photography so follow me on social media to share pictures, dog stories and photography tips with our community! #camerasandcanines  

Notes: Please be advised that unfortunately the classroom facility is not equipped for wheelchair accessibility. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns at or 403-234-9935.

Tickets will not be shipped. Please print your final invoice for entry.
**All Workshops and Seminars are Non-Refundable*
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