I knew Baxter would look amazing posing it up in an urban setting, but I also wanted to capture him in action for his humans - so we’d also need a location where he could run around off leash and act naturally. A split shoot meant we could get the action shots we were looking for, and a much wider variety of shots overall.
We hit a few stumbling blocks along the way, including restrictions to where we could shoot and fast fading light! The fact that Baxter is a massive mummy’s boy who’d rather smooch and lean all over his human than stand around looking majestic all day was also challenging. But as you’ll see, I pulled out my trusty bag o’ tricks and we eventually captured those glorious regal alert Great Dane expressions.
"Just when I thought Charlotte had covered everything in previous episodes - she managed to cover additional valuable info. Photographing a black and white dog has always been a challenge for me and I received great insights and tips. This episode is chock full of all the ingredients you need to elevate your art to the next level."
In this 26 minute video, you'll learn:
How to get great expression from a super smoochy dog
Effective ways to eliminate visual distractions and find the perfect angle
Dealing with restrictions on where we could and couldn’t shoot, and what I did instead
How I created a wide variety of shots just through lens choice
Tips on how to remove unwanted objects from images like humans and leashes
In this 31 minute video, you'll learn:
How to recognise a great location, even if it’s not much to look at at first glance
Crucially important tips on backlighting
Shooting action - lots and lots of action - camera settings, handling techniques, getting that one perfect action shot you have in mind
The techniques I use for alert and engaged expressions from the derpiest dog breed there is (I’m allowed to say that, I had two!)
How I adapt to changing light and find new spots quickly
Why being flexible is so important when it comes to taking advantage of opportunities and bringing your creative vision to life
In the first editing video (30 mins), I show you a full edit of an urban style image, demonstrating a super quick and easy way to remove unwanted objects - and people! There is one crucial piece of the puzzle you absolutely need to make this work though, and I’m going to share it with you.
How temporarily cropping the image can help you make better tone adjustments
How to effortlessly sync adjustments in Lightroom between images, without copying and pasting
When (and when not!) to use the Auto Mask feature in Lightroom when using the adjustment brush
A quick and easy technique for removing unwanted objects
Using history Snapshots in Lightroom for editing efficiency
"Excellent episode with so much information that I can’t wait to put into practice. I love all the RealShoots episodes but this is one of my favorites. Baxter is such an adorable little giant and I fell in love with his breed and all the action shots. "
In the second editing video (37 mins), you get to see me work on my absolute favourite style of shot, a backlit portrait. I’ll take you through how I retained the quality and clarity throughout the tonal range. And you’ll also see how I dealt with colour casts, retaining the warmth without going overboard on the saturation!
The 4 vital ingredients you need to create perfectly backlit images
Why underexposure is your friend for backlit shots
Why you should remove vignetting when performing certain adjustments
Why you might need to desaturate parts of the image
How to effectively clear up colour casts on a black and white dog
How to get those whites whiter, and blacks blacker!
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!