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Level 3 Award in Pet Photography with 1 Day Practical

Ofqual Code .
Qualification Level 3
Guided Learning Hours 30
Estimated Study Time 49
Enrolment will be valid for 6 months
Credits 5
Location of Practical Placement 1 day placement at Worcester animal shelter
Study mode Online
Start Date Anytime
Entry Criteria There are no formal entry requirements for this qualification but learners must be aged 16 and over.
Assessment Method Learner work is internally assessed and then subject to internal and external moderation
Award type Award
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Course Description

This Level 3 Award in Pet Photography qualification has been designed to provide the necessary knowledge and skills to be able to work in the professional pet photography industry. Over the course of two comprehensive units, you will have the opportunity to learn all about working with a digital camera. Alongside learning how to operate a digital camera, you will explore image composition techniques that will help your photos to really stand out.

After familiarising yourself with the techniques of digital photography, you will have the opportunity to learn about the importance of lighting when working both inside and outdoors. The course content also covers photo editing and post-production.

 1 Day Photography Practical included with this course.

The pet photography course includes a practical 1-day placement at the Worcester animal shelter.

During the placement, students will learn subjects such as:

  • Composition (rule of 3rds), colour balance and camera settings,
  • Shutter speed, ISO, depth of field and exposure, will be covered. 
  • Studio lighting, studio controlled environment and props, i.e treats, stimuli and working with both the client and animal engagement.

Students will also be encouraged to develop individual and creative viewpoints through their own unique photographic storytelling, to connect emotionally with the client.

Career options

The Level 3 Award in Pet Photography will equip you with the knowledge and skills to move into employment or self-employment in pet portrait photography and related areas.

Further study options

You may also choose to progress on to further qualifications in related subjects such as the Level 3 Award in Wildlife Photography.

The Rule of Thirds:

The rule of thirds is one of the most basic composition techniques. Essentially it is a guideline in which the photographer places the main subject on either the right or left thirds of the image.


Unit 1

Unit 1: Digital Pet Photography

Learners will study the components of a digital camera as well as the basic controls and parameters, how they work and application of techniques. The course content covers image composition features and understanding camera usage in animal photography.

Unit 2

Unit 2: Photography Techniques and Pet Engagement

This unit looks at pet photography techniques and how to create professional lighting settings both inside a studio and in the outdoors. Learners will explore the basics of photo editing and postproduction as well as considering ethics when working with animals. At the end of the unit, learners will be able to produce a pet photography portfolio.

This composition is very attractive to the human brain, as our eyes tend to go to those intersections in any visual material we are looking at. Photographers find that using the rule of thirds technique produces more interesting images rather than using the more usual ‘centred’ technique.

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