Our DOG SHOTS workshop, scheduled for Saturday February 25th is now open for registration. This is our most basic workshop with emphasis on using the manual settings on your camera for great pet portraits.
Most of the attendees at DOG SHOTS are animal rescue volunteers and pet lovers who really want to move in to professional quality portraits. The only requirement is that you use a camera that has manual settings, like DSLRs and mirrorless cameras. It’s a great way to learn to use light and all the tricks for getting the dog to pose and look at the camera.
We meet at the Teresa Berg Photography studio in Dallas and then go to the nearby park. This workshop uses only natural light and reflectors (so NOT a lot of expensive equipment) and live dog models. We discuss different backgrounds, light, composition and how to set up your shots. It’s a great way to figure out if you want to be a professional pet photographer!
Interested? The one day workshop is $295 and includes lunch. We even have a nearby hotel with great rates for those of you who might come in from out of town. Call the studio at 972-250-2415 with your questions or to sign up. We only take 10 attendees so everyone gets plenty of time to work hands on with Teresa and her assistant.
JULY 14-16, 2017 5th Annual STUDIO SHOOTERS UNLEASHED
Ready for more lighting, more posing, adding people to your portraits, or just want to experiment with lots of different lighting equipment before you make some major purchases? Then the 2017 STUDIO SHOOTERS UNLEASHED is the one for you.
As more and more pet photographers are jumping in to the business, your lighting can really set you apart. And if you live in a part of the country with long winters, how do you survive when it’s just too miserable to shoot outdoors? So you’ve decided to learn studio lighting… But which lighting system is the best for what you want to shoot? Join us as we explore them all! Spend 3 days in a full-time professional studio (kind of a rarity these days) and see how we do it. From studio strobes to continuous lights to speedlights to ring lights to every kind of light modifiers we can think of. Come play with all the toys before you decide which is right for you! Live dog (and a few people) models and other photographers to shoot with — what could be more fun? We only take a small group, so make plans early. This class is $995 and includes snacks and lunches. We have a great group rate at the nearby Marriott. Call us to sign up and ask questions.
We just wrapped up our fourth annual Studio Shooters pet photography workshop and had a great group of photographers sharing ideas and learning. We covered so many different techniques that I know they left with their heads spinning — but hopefully we de-mystified some of the behind the scenes work that goes in to photographing dogs in the studio.
With a variety of backgrounds (thank you, Intuition Backgrounds for donating one of their awesome designs as a door prize) and lighting systems, each attendee can now choose the system that fits their needs. Whether it’s a portable set up that travels to client’s homes or studio strobes that live in a permanent creative space — they all got experience and can now choose which system they will focus on. And now, without fear — they are UNLEASHED to be even more creative with light.
Thanks to everyone for their willingness to look at things in a different way and share.
Our annual Studio Shooters workshop is right around the corner and we’ve got a great group of photographers flying in from around the country to explore creating light. In this world of “everybody’s a photographer” it’s more important than every to differentiate yourself from the crowd. Studio lighting doesn’t just happen in a studio –it applies to many lighting situations and is what will set you apart from all the hobbyists in your area. And that’s the name of the game. Setting yourself apart. One of my favorite quotes is from Steve Martin (the comedian) who says, “Be so good they can’t ignore you.”
For me, that meant developing skills that other photographers in my area didn’t have. Interesting and creative ways of using light. I want someone to look at my images and 1) feel an emotional response, and 2) wonder “how did she do that?”
This workshop is really special to me. It’s a treat to take the time and shoot creatively (and not just try to get what the client wants). I get to drag out all my favorite pieces of equipment and try new things while we all learn together what’s possible. It’s hands on from the start, and you’re learning with YOUR camera in your hands. We have a great list of dog models lined up (and even a few people to pose with their dogs) for us to use.
We’ll learn studio strobes, continuous light, video light, speedlites, natural light in the studio, ring lights, and every combination of the above that we feel like exploring. Many of our attendees are setting up their first studio and need to figure out what lighting system to buy for the amount of space they have available. So bring your questions and we’ll tailor our learning to the needs of the group. But you have to sign up! The tuition is $995 which includes lunches and snacks. Our negotiated hotel rate at the nearby Marriott is $72 per night (which includes breakfast) and rental cars are optional since once you get to the hotel, we car pool back and forth to the studio and there are 200 restaurants within walking distance (really!).
Either Dallas airport will work (DAL or DFW) as they are both about a 20 minute cab ride from the hotel. American or Southwest airlines is usually the best option since they are both based in Dallas and have lots of flights in and out. We start at 2pm on Friday, July 8th so that people can even fly in that morning. We finish around 4 on Sunday afternoon.
Call the studio for more information or email me: Teresa AT Teresaberg.com
Is it time to grow your skills? We all know that in order to be successful we can’t just copy our competitors. We have to set ourselves apart from the crowd. What makes your photography different from everyone else in your market area? Is it your lighting? Your use of locations or backgrounds? Is it the types of pets that you photograph? Your products?
I can guarantee that since we’ve been teaching pet photography (2009) we have seen lots of trends fall by the wayside. And every market area is different. There are also a lot more photographers specializing in pets. In short, if your skills don’t set you apart you won’t last. So how are your skills?
We all know that our clients buy what they see — so show them the type of photography you want to shoot. Do it well and stand your ground. Use those techniques creatively and consistently and YOU will be the trendsetter the others are copying. But before you become the trendsetter, you have really know the game. You need to master manual shooting, and know what your equipment can do. Our belief is that you can’t call yourself a professional if you only know one trick! So if this is your slow time of year, use this time to create a new slant on something and perfect what you do. Take a workshop, shoot in an unexpected place, visit some museums, shoot with a friend — in other words, invest in yourself.
Why not develop a LOOK BOOK like fashion photographers use to illustrate a brand? Even if all the shots in your look book are the same dog, why not get down to it and really explore your style. Create a book or an album of all the variations (and depth) of your style and show it to a prospective client. If you ONLY want to shoot on seamless paper in a studio setting then really explore what you can create.
This little pep talk is only the beginning. We’re going to be sharing more this year, both with online video and via our facebook page — and through workshops. We’ll post details here, first. Online learning is great, but workshops build community and give us both friendship and a safe way to learn and grow. Learn with us and we’ll all get better, together.
We held our first Portfolio Shooting Day in Minneapolis last week — and had a GREAT time. Even on a hot day in August we were able to set up lots of fun shots, try new lighting techniques and really focus on composition and working with our live dog models. The small group setting was perfect for lots of hands-on experimentation and our online image critique helped lock in the learning. Thanks to all who participated –and to our great models — we hope some of you will want to do the Studio Shooters Workshop next July and have fun in the studio (and air conditioning) for a change!
Interested in a Portfolio Shooting Day in YOUR area? Email us (see the contact page) or post your comments — we’ll see if we have enough interest and let you know!
We’re super psyched about this year’s Virginia Unleashed! Join us in lovely Alexandria, VA for what promises to be a sensory overload of shooting opportunities. We’re smack dab in the middle of Old Town at the uber dog-friendly Hotel Monaco.
The days are long and packed with shooting and tons of business information. We work hard and long so come well rested!
Dates: Oct. 4-6, 2014
Where: Old Town, Alexandria, VA (DCA is the closest airport)
Cost: $1395 (see Agenda tabs for more info on what’s included!)
Email us through our contact page here for more info or, if you’re ready to jump in – you can register here on Square Market and we will send you your registration packet! Hotel links will be available in the registration packet. See you in Virginia and come ready to be Unleashed!
We had spectacular weather and a motivated hard working group in Dallas this past January. Student files are still coming in from the workshop but we wanted to share some images that our students captured of our wonderful dog models.
If you’re interested in attending an Unleashed Workshop please check back here for our latest dates (Spring/Early summer is trending for VA 2014).
Thanks again to our attendees as well as our dog models and their handler Robin Terrell of Good Dog Fetch, who works tirelessly to help us get these great images!