Online Self-Learning Course

Online Outdoor
Canine Portrait.

Level: Medium – Advanced
Status: Open
Access: 6 months*

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(70 customer reviews)

Outdoor Canine Portrait Photography Workshop as an Online Course

Level: Medium – Advanced

Aim: To learn and replicate exactly what I would do for an outdoor canine portrait photography in a live location, capturing “the shot” and being able to transform that shot with creative photoshop tools and conscious editing decisions.

This course is a step-by-step to create the style of work that I was known for in 2020 (see gallery below).

Please note: This course is a direct copy of the previous in-person workshop from the content, delivery time and much more. You WILL need to put in the work, but you can work through at your own speed. 

You will need:

  1. Theory, Practical & Editing enthusiasm!
  2. DSLR/SLMirrorless Camera
  3. Lens (70mm+ on FF/50mm+ on APS-C)^ Ideal lens would be 85mm, 105mm, 135mm or 70-200
  4. Computer or Laptop
  5. Adobe Lightroom or similar (teaching is in Lightroom Classic)
  6. Adobe Photoshop or similar (teaching is in Photoshop)

    This edit is covered inside this course using PS 2024. 

      Press play to watch the before and after of what you’ll learn after learning the theory, shooting skills, retouching principles and shoot handling:




    Hours of content


    Info-packed course


    Participation requirements

    To be a good fit for this course, you will need to:

    • Fully understand manual mode
    • Understand different focus modes on your camera
    • Confidently bring images into Lightroom, and pick/cull
    • Confidently use Photoshop

    If you meet all of the above criteria, continue onwards!

    If you’re brand new to Photoshop, check out the Photoshop for Beginners course which was created to lead into the OAOCP course. If you do not understand manual mode, view this. If you do not understand Lightroom importing, view this.

    Please note, this course is delivered in English.

    Ready to learn the Outdoor Canine Portrait Course? Click to get access.

    What’s in it?

    I’ve given this style of “woodland portraiture” away in this course through 3 sections in the Outdoor Canine Portrait Course:

    • Theory
    • Shooting
    • Editing

    In a nutshell, the course has:

    • Over 550 minutes of video content broken into 50 Videos
    • Brand new Full-Edit (complex) for PS 2024 + RAW files
    • 4 Legacy Full-Edits with RAWs to practice whilst following along
    • 3 end-to-end shoots in different locations with different dogs
    • A handy shoot checklist to take out for your homework
    • A handful of additional editing tools (not on YouTube)
    • A super in-depth theory section that avoids the basics and dives into the practical things we need to know

    Have questions? Click the button below to head to the frequently asked questions: 

    What they say:

    P.S, you can scroll these, so scroll away!

    Reviews from 2024:

    I absolutely loved the OACPC. This course was a game changer for me. From basics to final edit I couldn’t have asked for an easier to follow program. The behind the scenes photo shoots were extremely helpful . Jess makes everything so clear and easy to understand  which makes it easy to then put into practice. Many people have commented on how my photography has improved exponentially and that is all due to this course.
    – Shirley


    Reviews before 2024:

    70 reviews for Advanced Outdoor Canine Portrait Access

    1. Nicky Van Nuffel (verified owner)

      This time last year, I took my very first photograph on a DLSR camera. When I started researching how to take better photos of my dogs, I came across the Youtube Channel. Thanks to Jess and the team, and this AMAZING course, I am now a part-time dog photographer. I cannot express how much I’ve learnt from this course! I just know that I will never take a photograph again without hearing Jess repeating “composition is life” in my head, lol. Thank you Jess, for this course, and for encouraging me (and everyone else) to become a better photographer than I could ever imagine.

    2. Padraig Maguire (verified owner)

      Excellent course. It’s a one stop shop and when coupled with the Photoshop course even more so. I’m currently an amateur photographer with a goal of becoming a professional pet photographer. While the internet is packed with content, I found it all a bit fragmented and as a result, very hard to build my knowledge, especially in relation to Photoshop. The structure and pace at which Jess steps through all of her lessons, both in the field and editing, is streets ahead of any other content creator I’ve followed to date. She is also refreshingly concise. Having completed both the Advanced Canine Portraits and also the Photoshop Beginner courses and all those ticks are showing as ‘Completed’ I’m not left thinking ‘Glad that slog if over’, nope, instead I’m thinking ‘time to start them all over again’. Practice practice practice.

    3. Tig (verified owner)

      Loved every minute of it! Theres so much in-depth information, yet it is delivered in such a manner which does not feel overwhelming. The course covers everything that anyone who’s interested in improving their photography, regardless of your level of experience. I use Affinity Photo to edit my photos and was able to apply the techniques which Jess describes for Lightroom and Photoshop within the editing section.

    4. Katy Briscoe (verified owner)

      This has been the absolute best value-for-money online course I have ever done in photography. Jess is helpful, encouraging, gentle in her approach, full of useful tips and workflow processes, and the improvement I my photography already has been incalculable. Even as someone with 20+ years of experience as a graphic designer working with Photoshop she has taught me knew things and stretched my skillset enormously. I am so immensely grateful for Jess sharing her skills and encouraging the growth and passion in new photographers the way she does – this course could be double the price and it would still be great value! Genuinely can’t recommend it enough.

    5. Tiffany Champagne (verified owner)

      This course was amazing! definitely took my photography and editing to the next level.

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    This section is new, and strictly enforced:

    Trainers, Influencers & Coaches

    Unfortunately, due to repetitive, frustrating and demoralising situations occurring regularly over the past two years, we’ve had to make the decision to refuse access to any individual who offers, or plans to offer, photography, editing or business training to other photographers.

    There are exceptions to our new no-trainer rule that we’re happy to make, but only if we’re contacted before membership registration to approve the sign-up.

    “This has been one of the single hardest decisions I personally (Jess) have ever had to make. Over 50 different people have blatantly, unapologetically and aggressively stolen or skimmed content, workflows or resources in the past 18 months alone. Never again.”

    We will always protect ourselves and others in our position, just as we would expect others to do, and we check for misuse and fraud regularly.

    All our content, techniques, resources, plan structures, included elements and pricing are protected. As a hard line, any plagiarism, content skimming or intellectual property theft will be pursued legally and details of the breach will be shared with the industry.

    It’s a shame it’s come to this, but we know we’re not the only educators to have had to implement this protocol. Please be a good human!

    If you pass the above terms then there are no course pre-checks, no delays, no approvals and no launch dates, everything is on your terms. To sign up, you just need to add the access to your basket and checkout.

    During checkout, you’ll be asked to create an account with an email address and password – make a note of these, you’ll need them to access the course. After checkout, your access starts then over on our dedicated Course platform, courses.thattogspot.com.

    You can take a look at our other online courses here. 

    Please note, this is a self-learning course so please try to make sure you have a good internet connection before starting! Access is for 6-months as standard. For lifetime access to enrolled courses, check out the Memberships.

    Access duration

    The access duration for this course is set at 6 months.
    Why? Read on…

    Access to the lessons is set by default and by design – there is current scientific research displaying a strong correlation between learning deadlines and completion, retention and mastery. Self-management is crucial and even with a busy life or a time-pressured day job, if you prepare for our online courses, you’ll have enough time to complete the sessions plus practical assignments too.

    We would recommend taking your time to work through the lessons and practise each topic before moving on but also to schedule learning time in your diary to ensure you remain committed to working through your enrolled content.

    We know this is a hotly debated topic in the online learning world, but for Jess as a science nerd, following the data is vital. So far a grand total of 0.3% of our total student enrolments have got stuck on the access length. We’re here to help though, so read on…

    If at the end of the default access length, you feel that you need more time, just send us an email and we’ll sort that out as soon as possible – there is no charge for extending however extensions are for 3 months only and can only be applied once.

    That being said, you can get lifetime access connected to an MTog membership if you need additional time. If you are an MTog already, you can request to have course access extended at any time, for any reason (you don’t need to tell us). Simply send an email to [email protected] to get the process moving. We’ll action it as fast as possible!


    of people don't complete online courses if there is no deadline for access*

    * W. Feng, J. Tang, and T. X. Liu, “Understanding dropouts in MOOCs,” Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, 2019 + J. Reich, “MOOC completion and retention in the context of student intent,” EDUCAUSE Review Online, 2014.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    About the online course:

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    How long do I get access for and can I extend this?

    Access to the lessons is set at a specific length of 6 months by default. We would recommend taking your time to work through the lessons and practise each topic before moving on.

    If at the end of the default access length, out you feel that you need more time, just send us an email and we’ll sort that as soon as possible. There is no charge for extending. Extensions are for 3 months but you can get lifetime access connected to an MTog membership if you need additional time.

    How is the content delivered? Can I download the videos?

    The lessons are delivered as videos that are viewable on any device. All video content is in Ultra HD 4k format, hosted securely away from this website for page speed reasons. The average file size of a lesson on this website is around 10GB and therefore downloading video content is not an option.

    Some lessons have supporting downloads which are marked clearly with a large button, as well as a brief description of what you are downloading. These downloads are as small as we can possibly make them, but where multiple RAW files are being transferred, the size may put pressure on your internet connection. Please be patient, they will transfer!

    Can I access the lessons in any order?

    The first time you work through the course, you will need to follow the order provided. This is because the content was created to be delivered in that order, and future lessons will refer to things in previous lessons.

    After you have completed a lesson once, you can go back to it at any time, in any order.

    How is this course different to your YouTube videos?

    YouTube is a platform governed by an algorithm, and as such, videos there are planned, constructed, edited and delivered in a specific way. Each video is short, fragmented and covers a teeny topic as quickly as possible with as little information as possible to get the topic explained.

    For example, there is a Composition video on the YouTube channel, there is also a composition section in this course. Couldn’t you just watch the YouTube video instead? You could for sure, but the YouTube video is around 7.5 minutes long (removing the intro and outro) and quick fires points on the basics of composition. The Composition section of this course is 43 minutes and 53 seconds long, deep dives into advanced compositional techniques with examples and walkthroughs.

    There will be familiarity with the YouTube content (if you have watched most of the channel!), but those are starting points, the foundations, that the course builds on. The content is not the same.

    So, if you’ve seen your work change and improve from the channel, this step-by-step masterclass of this style of work adds all the missing chunks to bring everything together into one stunning piece of art.

    Do I have to sign up within a specific time frame?

    No – this is not a gated enrolment. You can enrol for the course at any time, though any discount codes are likely to be time-restricted. The deadline for the code, if you have one, will be where you found the code (for example, in an email).

    About The Book:

    Why does The Book exist?
    Why does The Book exist?

    The Book, a 76-page landscape paperback book, was first created as a summary and reference guide of the content delivered in the in-person workshops. It was so well received that we felt it would be good to also provide an optional Book with the online version of these lessons.

    The book was re-written and extended in its second edition, the one available in 2021, and is now made up of 142 pages split into 3 sections on theory, shooting and editing.

    What is in The Book?

    The Book contains supporting notes, examples and guides for the online course, including the original Sample Workflow. It is also linked via codes to the online lessons for interactive learning.

    It is available for purchase separately, but we think it works best with the course content.

    I live in <country>, can I still have a copy of The Book?

    Yes of course – we can ship to any country in the world, including Antarctica! So if you are living with the Polar Bears, we can get a Book out to you in less than 10 days.

    Why is The Book heavily discounted with the course?

    2 reasons. Firstly, the two were created together, so Jess feels that they should be received together. To make this as viable as possible for you, we’ve discounted it heavily if you bundle it with the course lessons. Secondly, if you’re already signing up for the course content, you will have paid for access to the secrets it contains so there is no reason for us to charge you twice for this information – and so we don’t!

    What others said about the in-person version of this course:

    I joined this workshop to learn more about photo’ editing, but I learned so much more than this. I learned that the editing is like the candle on your birthday cake. It finishes it off well, but it’s really not that important. Jess is a very talented teacher with so much knowledge & a great way of delivering that knowledge. If anyone is in two minds about whether this workshop is worth the money, then my answer would be yes. Every single penny & then some.

    The workshop was very well organised and it was very obvious how much time and effort had been put in to make sure everything ran smoothly. Jess was super helpful and made sure that everyone got as much out of the weekend as possible. I particularly liked book as it will be great to use as a reference point going forward.

    I had a great couple of days, learning so much from Jess both in terms of looking at potential locations as well as a full editing workflow. As part of the workshop we were given a very professionally put together book covering all topics of the workshop, this was a very welcome surprise. All in all the workshop was extremely good value for money and I will be attending more of Jess’s workshops in the future.

    If anyone is thinking about a workshop with Jess – do it!  Jess gave us lots of technical information but explained it in a simple and easy to understand way. The shoot in the afternoon was a learning experience in itself, learning what to look for and how to look for shoot locations.  Jess gave support and feedback throughout the shoot, helping us develop and learn.  The editing day was very informative, with Jess always on hand to give advice, explain techniques and help us learn what to look for in our images.  It was an excellent weekend, thank you Jess!

    Anyone considering taking a step into dog photography should absolutely consider this course. I have been on many courses but this is by far and away been the best. Jess is very passionate and knowledgeable about her subject and keen to ensure you come away with the techniques to take you up a level.

    Even though I thought I was competent at dog photography there is no doubt that this weekend course has lifted my standard up quite a few notches. To standards higher than I knew existed. The course is 10x more helpful than YouTube and we all know how good they are!

    All I can say if you do not attend this you are missing out!

    Not only is Jess an incredibly talented photographer, she’s also a phenomenal teacher! The workshop was challenging but Jess and her team walk you through every step of the way – the amount I’ve learnt from it is incredible! I was nervous about attending an advanced workshop because I don’t think of myself as ‘advanced’ but it was one of the best decisions I made. Such a fantastic experience and I can’t wait to put everything I’ve been taught into practice! Thank you 😀

    I would highly recommend this workshop for any photographer as the hands-on experience is invaluable and after attending 4 workshops with Jess over 6 years, this has been my favourite and has helped me to continue my photography journey into a new direction 🙂

    I would highly recommend the Advanced Portrait Workshop. Jess is not only highly knowledgeable and experienced in dog photography, but is also a great teacher who explains content clearly. The workshop book that was provided is a really valuable resource to refer back to, covering shoot theory and a step-by-step editing flowchart. My dog photography shooting and editing skills improved significantly over the weekend. Thanks Jess!

    What a wonderful weekend! Jess covered everything from the very beginning making us think about things differently. The shoot afternoon was a big learning curve, as was the editing day. Be prepared to learn lots, and be absolutely shattered but raring to go after the 2 days.

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