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:
- Theory, Practical & Editing enthusiasm!
- DSLR/SLMirrorless Camera
- Lens (70mm+ on FF/50mm+ on APS-C)^ Ideal lens would be 85mm, 105mm, 135mm or 70-200
- Computer or Laptop
- Adobe Lightroom or similar (teaching is in Lightroom Classic)
- Adobe Photoshop or similar (teaching is in Photoshop)
Hours of content
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.
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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:
In a nutshell, the course has:
- Over 550 minutes of video content broken into 50 Videos
- 4 Full-Edits, including a relatively complex composite
- 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
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Grab your space:
To secure your access to the Outdoor Canine Portrait Course lessons, you’ll need to purchase access using the product link in this section. There are options so take a peek at the choices available. You have a choice of bundling this course with other items for big discounts.
Ensure you meet the skill level required for this course before securing your space. To view the terms and conditions, please click here.
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Are you a Trainer?
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. We have a full list and share it with other trainers in our genre because those who cannot think for themselves will unfortunately always operate with these tactics.
- In one case, an individual skimmed all of our online course videos and re-recorded the content almost word for word before selling it as their own content
- In another case, an individual purchased our entire book library and announced a brand new course on the exact same content broken into the same sections as our books the same day
- A simple and probably most innocent example would be the individual who took an MTog full edit, used their own similar image and then released a paid-for tutorial with the exact same workflow, which is protected under IP law
- And as a final example, an individual used our MTog member list to direct message hundreds of them offering training for free if they leave our programme for theirs
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!
What is The Book?
The Book is a 140+ page interactive companion to the online lessons, delivered direct to your door. It’s on Version 2 after being fleshed out further following the 2020 workshops and now contains a variety of notes, workflows and tools to give your learning an extra push. The book is:
- Printed on quality recycled paper stock
- Shipped to your door (worldwide delivery available)
- Split into 3 sections just like the course: Theory, Shooting and Editing
- Includes workflows and charts for ease
- Covers both course content and additional chunks of information
The Book is written in English by Jess and is in her normal language, no fanciness here. You can purchase it separately or together with the course lessons for a substantial discount.
You can view our other online courses here.
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!
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 😀
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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Images from participants.
Participants of the course submit an image at the start of the online course, which is used as a reference for their starting point. They then submit a second image at the very end of the online course. Those end images are displayed here: