Bella knows sit - and that's about it. She is however highly treat motivated, so I used that to my advantage throughout the session. As long as I had a treat in my hand, I had her full attention. Sue kindly let us shoot at her home, a beautiful traditional "Queenslander" style home in the suburbs of Brisbane. We had a lovely garden to work with, including some pretty spring flowers, along with some great rooms inside the house.
In this 40 minute episode I work directly with Bella to create some gorgeous portraits and documentary style shots, along with dog and owner shots with her mum Sue.
"This episode was great to see that it is possible to have great shots even at home: you just have to look around and find the perfect light and spot. This is a very nice video for dealing with shy and senior dogs. I loved it!"
The most useful question you can ask in your pre-session questionnaire
The two most important things to do as soon as you arrive at your client's house
What to do when it's hard to focus on the dog's eyes because of all that hair!
How to capture action when the dog isn't interested in toys
How to embrace the dog's quirks for meaningful photos
How to position dogs for the shot without losing their trust
Why it's important to shoot using manual exposure in strong backlit situations
Easy posing tips for dog and owner
The difference between soft light and hard light
Instead of following an edit through from start to finish, this episode's post processing tutorials are a little different. The first 14 minute video takes you through workflow and file management topics.
"Loved the ability to watch the session as it was being photographed and really appreciated the culling process video. Excellent editing video. Charlotte really has an eye not only for photography but also for bringing out the best in the photo. She's enjoyable to watch and listen to and you can tell she really loves what she does."
The second post-processing video is 26 minutes long and guides you through the complete culling process for Bella's shoot, using Adobe Lightroom.
Lightroom's easy built-in system for selecting images to edit
The quickest way to check focus
Why choosing images for eye contact and expression is so important
Speed up your flagging process with Auto-sync
Using Survey Mode to compare and choose images
When to apply quick edits to aid in selecting images
How to choose the best dog and owner photos your client will love
How the number of images you choose to present to your client can directly effect sales
The third and final editing video is 24 minutes long and guides you through the complete edit of a portrait image of Bella, in both Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop.
The must-have Lightroom plugin that will save you time and hassle diagnosing focusing issues
How to save precious editing time when importing
How to use the tone sliders to create that bright and airy feeling
The mind-blowing simple editing technique that can rescue a badly framed image
An alternative tear staining removal method for non-white dogs
Why you should be subtle when "cleaning up" older dogs
How to use Dodge and Burn the way they were intended
How actions can save you time when editing in Photoshop
Why you should ask Photoshop's opinion about your image
"I really love all the ideas and techniques you showed in this episode. It gives me ideas for taking pictures in and around the house. I also love your explanations about when and why to use different lenses, including the macro, that I own but never really used much. But that's going to change!"
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.
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.
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.
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.
Comprehensive editing tutorials. Watch a complete image edit using professional Adobe photo editing software - Lightroom and Photoshop.
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!
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.
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!
Join me as we work with Bendy the black Greyhound. Learn to creatively obtain expression and work with natural light!
Join me and Benji the rescue pup as we shoot some action in the park then explore a cute mountain-top village.