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Chase the Dog: Photographing the Fast-Paced World of Dog Sports

February 13

9:00 am PT

This talk is eligible for CEUs from: KPA


People love to compete with their dogs, and the number of dog sports has exploded over the past decade. At many of these competitions, you will find a professional photographer hard at work in the background, capturing each and every exhibitor and their furry team mate as they perform for the judges. If you’ve seen those photographers and wondered what is involved, this seminar is for you! Topics will include: * Gear Goodness – what really matters when choosing your camera and lenses * Savvy Settings – strategic settings for stopping the action, both indoors and out * Composition Considerations – composing a shot when the subject is moving at warp speed * Editing without Remorse – selecting the best images to show to exhibitors * Post-processing Pointers – tips for processing large numbers of images without large numbers of hours at the computer

Presented By:

Amy Johnson

Amy Johnson’s (she/her) start in professional photography was taking pictures of her friends’ dogs at conformation shows, but she quickly found a more receptive audience in dog agility. In the more than 20 years that she’s been in business, she has photographed a wide variety of dog sports, including agility, obedience, rally, and conformation. She has been the official show photographer for many of the premier agility events in the United States, including the AKC National Agility Championships, AKC Agility Invitational, USDAA Cynosport World Games, UKI US Open, and NADAC Championships, as well as numerous local trials, regional events, and breed national specialties.

Amy’s passion for photography merges with a strong background in education, which includes an MA in education and five years of experience in the classroom teaching middle and high school math. She has been teaching photography classes online with FDSA for six years. She also runs photography workshops to teach people how to photograph birds, wildlife, and landscapes.

Amy lives in northern Minnesota with her two boys (both in college) and her four dogs: Zorah (yellow Lab mix), Pi (Terrier mix), and Spy and Iris (Great Danes). The name of her dog sports business, GreatDanePhotos, is a reflection of Amy’s love for this particular breed.

Amy is fluent in both Canon and Nikon equipment, using the Canon 1DX Mark 3 or Nikon D6 with a 400mm f/2.8L as her primary agility gear. For birds and wildlife, she recently made a switch from the Nikon D850 to the Canon R5. She is also learning to use a Sony a9ii.