Episode 5: Bendy in the Village

In this episode, we meet up with Bendy the Greyhound and her mum Rebecca in a cute little suburban village setting.

Bendy started off her life as a racing Greyhound. When it became obvious she wasn't going to win any races (in fact, she came dead last in every race she ran) she was re-homed through Brisbane rescue group, Gumtree Greys. Totally landing on her feet, she's now has a permanent spot reserved for her on the couch in her new home.

During this episode, I work with Bendy to capture expression - those stubborn little Greyhound ears are pretty selective about when they make an appearance. We also explore how to shoot in a suburban environment and work using various types of light to show off a lovely black coat.

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"I loved this episode. I myself struggle sometimes to have sighthound ears up. This episode is filled with so many useful tips about how to deal with these kind of dogs on location."

Juliette Bercovici

What you'll learn in this episode

  • The intriguing science behind the colour black - no lab coat required (unless it's a black Lab of course)

  • What to keep in mind when editing pictures of black dogs, to keep them looking natural

  • The one thing that turns a "photo of a dog" into a true personality-filled portrait of a dog

  • The simple angle change you can make to drastically improve your images

  • How to give your client encouragement when things aren't going according to plan

  • When to persevere instead of giving up, when a shot just isn't coming together

  • Why shooting action isn't always a good idea

  • How to give yourself some time to yourself and space to think during a session (without being rude)

  • How to prevent image flare and haze while you are shooting

  • How to identify special moments that will help tell the story of your client's relationship with their dog

Editing Tutorial 1: Sun Flare Rescue

The first editing video is 24 minutes long and comprehensively covers how to fix an image that exhibits sun flare and haze, covering techniques in both Lightroom and Photoshop.

What you'll learn
  • When to use (and when not to use) Lightroom's Dehaze tool
  • How to reset your brain if you're struggling to set correct white balance
  • Why using the Shadows slider in Lightroom can ruin the quality of your image, and what to do instead
  • How to identify and easily fix problem areas in Lightroom
  • Why you should consider Photoshop's advice about the tones of your image
  • How to easily reduce colour casts on black fur in Photoshop


"This episode is another winner. Not only does it cover how to meet the challenges of photographing black dogs, but there are wonderful tips on how to see your surroundings in a way that lets you find hidden gems in terms of places to photograph. And, as always WONDERFUL editing tutorials!"

Kelly Middlebrooks

Editing Tutorial 2: Urban Doorway Portrait

You'll find yourself so engrossed in this 30 minute video, you'll wonder where the time went! Covering the complete process in both Photoshop and Lightroom, this advanced tutorial works through an urban image creation with perspective fixes, object removal and image reconstruction.

What you'll learn
  • How to identify if editing will be able to save the day, when the shooting part doesn't go according to plan
  • How to work with Lightroom's fantastic toolset that you never knew existed - urban shooters will love this one!
  • How to quickly and easily fix perspective issues in Photoshop
  • The hidden tool setting in Photoshop that makes straight-edge selections a breeze
  • Which filter from Photoshop's filter gallery can help repair perspective and depth of field issues

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!

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