Episode 10: Jaspah, Pippa & Bunji

In this hour-long season finale (definitely my most challenging session yet) you’ll see me work with three dogs - and two humans!

You’ll meet Jaspah, a super smart Airedale Terrier. Pippa, a tiny 6 month old long haired Miniature Dachshund. And Bunji, a super energetic but rather uncoordinated Kelpie/Collie cross (who’d much rather herd the other dogs than concentrate on his modelling duties).

The dogs all have different levels of obedience but have one thing in common - super high energy! We let them loose in a fantastic off-leash location to run and explore - with lots of ball chasing thrown in for good measure.

This is the only RealShoots episode where I use an assistant... You’ll see the kinds of tasks she performs and how she helps create order from the chaos.

We shoot stacks of action and plenty of portraits, then towards the end we capture the perfect group shot. Right on sunset, we head to the ideal spot for shooting silhouettes.

 

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"Like all the other episodes of RealShoots, this one is full of tips and tricks and packed full of information. All the episodes are a wonderful learning experience from start to finish and a funfilled experience with being able to download the resources and work along side you in the editing videos."

Helen Sauler
Netherlands

What you'll learn in this episode

  • How to carry out your shooting plan when the light is constantly changing between sunny and cloudy

  • Which dog to focus on (and why) when you're shooting action of multiple dogs all running at once

  • My favourite natural prop  when shooting in woodlands, and why it provides so many helpful features

  • How to get great individual portraits of each dog, when there's so many other distractions

  • Why striving for eye contact isn't always the most important thing

  • How to set up scenarios so you can capture amazing candid shots, with a minimum of handling

  • How to work with an assistant - what tasks to get them to do, how they can help and make your job so much easier during the session

  • Why it's so important to become light and energy sensitive

  • The number one instruction to give to people during a group photo for natural laughs and great posing

  • Everything you need to know to capture amazing, dynamic silhouettes!

Editing Tutorial 1: Group Shot Merge

Following on from the shooting video which includes compressive instructions on how to obtain a group photo, this 43 minute editing tutorial covers the complete process of creating the finished shot in Lightroom and Photoshop.

What you'll learn
  • How to plan and shoot a group shot of multiple dogs
  • How to create a bright, airy, sunlight-filled edit from a flat, shady shot
  • How to easily and quickly apply complex edits, including local adjustments, across multiple images
  • How to utilise an invaluable feature of Photoshop when combining multiple images
  • How to rescue the day if your original vision for the shot is not turning out as you planned
  • Why you should wait until the image is back in Lightroom before applying selected final edits

"What’s awesome in this series is that Charlotte is dealing with real clients and their dogs. They’re not perfectly trained - they’re real life pups - and as the photographer we need to adapt to make them happy and comfortable during the shoot. Charlotte is giving away plenty of great advice and it’s great to see how she handles things."

Juliette Bercovici
France

Editing Tutorial 2: Silhouette Deep Dive

Starting with an inspirational slideshow of silhouettes spanning years of shooting, this 30 minute editing tutorial dives deep into capturing and editing silhouettes, including how to create multiple looks from just the one image.

What you'll learn
  • The vital ingredients you must keep in mind when shooting silhouettes
  • Why silhouettes are so different to every other style of image, and how this opens up your ability to edit creatively
  • How to get amazing vibrance, colour and tone - without touching that Saturation slider at all!
  • How to preserve excellent image quality when making extreme adjustments to colour and tone
  • How to perform a totally believable sky replacement when the sunset was less than impressive on the day

In every RealShoots episode you get

Shooting Video

A two-hour, real-life dog photography shoot professionally edited down to around the length of a TV episode. Watch anytime, anywhere. No deadlines. No pressure. Tons of value.

Learning Guide

A downloadable companion learning guide to summarise and expand on the video content. Includes handy tips, images with full settings, some with behind the scenes photos.

Daily Tips

Optionally subscribe to the daily tip series accompanying the episode. Bite sized ways to improve your pet photography – delivered daily so you can read and absorb straight away.

Client Gallery

Exclusive access to the full client image gallery. See the actual results of the shoot in high quality, just as the client would see them.

Editing Tutorials

Comprehensive editing tutorials. Watch a complete image edit using professional Adobe photo editing software - Lightroom and Photoshop.

RAW Files

Download the RAW image files used in the editing tutorials so you can play along at home, while watching the editing videos. Nothing better than learning by doing!

Fun Quiz

A challenging and super fun quiz to test your knowledge and keep you on your toes! Download the Cheat Sheet for full explanations of the answers.

Discussion Areas

Ask questions about the training and interact with other students. No such thing as a silly question here - and all are answered personally by Charlotte!

Ready to join the game with Jaspah, Pippa and Bunji?

Dive in now and get your paws dirty!

 

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