In this 3 minute RealShoots episode sneak peek I work with Elli the German Shepherd and her mum to capture some sharp, clear and expressive action shots at this lovely forest location! This is just a small taste of the full episode, which is 34 minutes long - find out more below!
Elli is a bit of a superstar, sporting an awesome stay and recall, however her daughter Freya is a typical five month old puppy - highly distracted and sporting a very short attention span! Dace has a great relationship with both dogs and was so much fun to work with.
In this 34 minute episode I worked with both dogs using a variety of on-leash and off-leash techniques to capture their individual personalities, whether sitting pretty in the forest or racing flat out along the adjoining dirt track, chasing their ball.
"It was great to see two dogs in different training stages and how Charlotte deals with that. She shows some really good techniques on how to recompose the background with the back button focus. It made my life so much easier!"
The importance of location scouting when shooting in natural areas
One app that will change your life when it comes to said location scouting
Why I don't shoot deep in the forest, and where I shoot instead
My favourite new accessory for dog photography sessions
How to capture atmospheric portraits even if the dog is on-leash
How I let my clients inspire my creativity during the session
How to work with easily distracted dogs, without losing patience
The one piece of camera equipment you should always have two of
Learning from your mistakes when you fail at action shots
How to still get the shot if the dogs are over it at the end of the session
The first editing video is 30 minutes long (with cool music and speed edits that make it seem like less) and takes you through my process in Lightroom for creating a lighting look and applying it to a series of photos, quickly and easily.
"My pet photography is 95% volunteer work for a local animal shelter and I've learned so much from you both in the shooting sessions, plus the post processing. I can capture their personalities and showcase them in their best light, while keeping the final photos realistic and beautiful without being highly stylised/edited. I like to think the photos are helping them find their happy endings."
We start off in Lightroom, then delve into Photoshop for the second editing video. This one is a quick watch at 15 minutes long, though packed with so much information that leaves you wondering if it was longer!
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 with Rogue the Border Collie at this beautiful off-leash beach in the sun. Learn to shoot backlight and twilight!
Join me as we photograph Niku the Husky at this beautiful bayside location. Learn to create stunning twilight portraits!