Live Pet Photography Photo Shoot and Lightroom Workflow with Andrew Darlow

Class Code:
UUU364
Skill Level:
Intermediate

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Photographing pets in a studio environment allows for almost endless creative images, but putting all the pieces together can be challenging. Award-winning photographer and author Andrew Darlow will share many of his secrets for photographing pets indoors and outside, with a specific focus on studio photography. He will then cover some “Power User” Lightroom tips to help you move quickly through the culling and editing process, while making your images look their best.

Two sets (one with continuous lighting and one with strobes) will be set up, and at least two hours will be allocated for attendees to take pictures of live pets!

Every attendee will also receive Biscuit for Your Thoughts?, an award-winning full-color, hardcover book by Andrew Darlow, which contains nearly 50 adorable photographs by Andrew, paired with humorous canine-inspired philosophical quotes.

Please bring a lunch or snack.
This class is limited to 20 attendees.

Available Dates

There are currently no upcoming classes.

During the workshop, the following topics will be covered:
- Presentation by Andrew Darlow of selected pet photographs shot in different lighting situations, with descriptions of the lighting, camera, lens, modes used, etc.
- Step-by-step description of how to set up your camera for continuous lighting situations vs. strobe setups.
- How to make adjustments for color temperature and how to balance color during and after the session.
- Specific suggestions for affordable compact flash units, continuous lighting options, radio triggers for wireless shooting, softboxes, fill cards and other gear.
- How to work with both pets and people who you photograph together with their pets.
- Tips and tricks for getting pets to look at the camera, and how to get priceless expressions from almost any pet.
- A one hour “crash course” on how to import and back up your digital files effectively, plus how to use Lightroom 5 to view, color balance and edit your images.

Requirements: A camera is required to take this workshop (a DSLR or higher-end compact camera is ideal, but any camera that can shoot in Aperture Priority or Full Manual Mode can be used for this workshop.) A laptop with Adobe Lightroom 5 installed is not required, but recommended. A bag lunch and/or a snack is recommended (for you, not the pets!).

Some basic knowledge of Digital SLRs or higher-end compact cameras is also required.


 

"Very helpful class. Andrew was organized and efficient with having prepared the lists of resources including websites and  product info. with the handout and in follow up e-mails to participants. This helped us to focus on paying attention without scrambling to write it all down. It's a great benefit to have access to Andrew even after the class.  He has been very responsive to help me make some product decisions that fit my budget."     -Lissette Roman
 
"I thoroughly enjoyed the Pet Photography workshop. Andrew Darlow was prepared, knowledgeable & accessible. After the interesting & informative presentation, three work stations were set up to demonstrate three different kinds of indoor lighting. There was plenty of time for the hands on portion with the pet models. I only wish the class was a little smaller to ensure more individual time with the instructor."   -Robin T., Glen Ridge, NJ
 

Unique University® is the highly acclaimed education component of Unique Photo®, NJ’s only camera and video superstore. There is over 2000 sq. ft. of learning space, including our start-of-the art, 1000 sq. ft. main presentation hall. Unique University’s mission is to help our visitors “Create Better Pictures” by providing photography education for beginners to pros. With events daily, it is the place where photography groups such as local camera clubs, ASMP, PPA and others meet. We have a full curriculum of classes and seminars from world famous speakers such as Art Wolfe, Rick Sammon, Michael Yamashita, Tyler Stableford, Lindsay Adler, and Will Crockett. We offer photography experiences to such places as the Prudential Center for Seton Hall Men's Basketball, Meadowlands Horse Racetrack, Lakota Wolf Preserve, NJ Jackals Baseball, Rutgers Football, Botanical Gardens, Festival of Ballooning, and much more. Our technical classes include such topics as basic D-SLR photography, lighting techniques, Adobe Photoshop, Elements, and Lightroom, macro photography, composition, editing and printing, wedding photography, HDR photography, working with speedlites, how to use social media, digital organization, one-on-one instruction, and much more. 

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Where are classes held? 
Unless stated otherwise, classes are held in the Unique University classroom within the Unique Photo SuperStore (123 US Highway 46 West, Fairfield, NJ 07004). 

What should I bring to class? 
You're encouraged to bring your camera and a notebook and pen to most classes. Some classes will require additional equipment, so please check the class descriptions. 

Will lunch or refreshments be included? 
Lunch and refreshments are not provided for any classes under 6 hours unless noted. 

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Unique University Class Cancellation Policy Unique University Class Cancellation Policy Classes costing less than $99 may be canceled up to 48 hours in advance for a full refund. For classes costing $100 or more, advanced notice of seven days before the class is necessary for a full refund.
Requests for cancellation made after these deadlines will be awarded store credit in the amount paid for registration towards a future Unique University seminar or workshop.
Cancellations made within 24 hours of the beginning of a class will not be honored and no refund or credit will be given.
Cancellations of any class utilizing models will be subject to a cancellation fee of 50% of the purchased price (up to $100).

Professional Pet Photography with Andrew Darlow

Reviewed on Thursday, December 8, 2016

By: LindaK

Rated 5.0 out of 5 stars.

A must class for anyone interested in taking great photos of pets ! I never had 4 1/2 hours fly by so quickly ! it was refreshing to have an instructor speak TO the class rather than AT them Andrew is extremely knowledgeable in his subject. He showed us all the nuances of setting up a studio-from the different types of lighting, to backdrops to even scrunching up tablecloths that the pets sit on to achieve a more luxurious, professional look. There was plenty of one on one interaction and Andrew patiently answered all questions. He helped me with setting my speed lite from ETTL metering to manual mode. What a difference it made. He also talked about the best white balance presets to use. We were able to practice photographing 3 adorable dogs and were able to use off camera flash of them. He even showed us how to pose people with their pets for the best results. Helpful handouts were provided .They came in very handy afterwards. Andrew also spent some time explaining Light Room editing Andrew has also made himself available via e-mail to answer questions. I definitely would recommend this class.

Very worthwhile!

Reviewed on Tuesday, October 25, 2016

By: SteveNY

Rated 5.0 out of 5 stars.

I attended Andrew Darlow's workshop on pet photography. Andrew was very easygoing, easy to follow and well organized. The hands-on part of the workshop was especially helpful and gave me a chance to explore some of the things Andrew taught. I think the workshop is worth attending for anyone, whether beginner to more advanced - there is always more to learn. Andrew has a relaxed yet passionate teaching style, and you will walk away having learned a lot from this workshop!

Very worthwhile!

Reviewed on Tuesday, October 25, 2016

By: SteveNY

Rated 5.0 out of 5 stars.

I attended Andrew Darlow's workshop on pet photography. Andrew was very easygoing, easy to follow and well organized. The hands-on part of the workshop was especially helpful and gave me a chance to explore some of the things Andrew taught. I think the workshop is worth attending for anyone, whether beginner to more advanced - there is always more to learn. Andrew has a relaxed yet passionate teaching style, and you will walk away having learned a lot from this workshop!

Aspiring Photographer

Reviewed on Wednesday, March 11, 2015

By: Arleen

Rated 5.0 out of 5 stars.

You will learn so much more than pet photography!!! You will get studio experience with three different types of lighting and have the opportunity to manipulate your camera's settings to get the optimal exposure.Andrew is very knowledgeable and a great hands on presenter. The wonderful pet models were a bonus: I had an amazing introduction to Lightroom. Andrew gave lots of tips and suggested values to make your photos look incredible. This class was a great value and I highly recommend it. You should check out Andrew's book, "Biscuit for your thoughts?" Not only will you love the photographs, but I guarantee it will make you smile and maybe even laugh out loud!!!!

Great day!

Reviewed on Monday, March 9, 2015

By: Gianna

Rated 5.0 out of 5 stars.

As always, Andrew delivered another informative, educational hands on class. I am a repeat attendee. Andrew's teaching style is one where anyone can feel comfortable learning from him no matter if you are a beginner or a full fledge pro. He takes the time to explain n an easy to understand way. In this class, having animals as models has the potential to get a little crazy but it was very organized and every person got more than enough time with each model and lighting set up. Andrew constantly circulated around the room to answer questions making sure each person was comfortable with the setup. The Lightroom section at the end was a great bonus in this class. Awesome day!

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