About this episode

Meet Niku - an 11 month old Siberian Husky. I actually photographed her at 5 months old for her adoption profile with Brisbane rescue group SHAMROQ - she was adopted by my good friend Kay shortly afterwards.

Niku is your typical arctic breed. Absolutely gorgeous, of course! But also highly distracted by other dogs, small animals, birds, people - so, basically everything - while out and about in new places. You'll see her high prey drive in action when she spots a bush turkey.

I worked with Niku on-leash in this lovely bayside location on a very cloudy day. In this 41 minute episode you'll find out how I deal with the flat light and her highly distracted nature to obtain some beautiful expression-filled portraits, hilarious action shots and dreamy twilight images.
About this episode

What you'll learn in the shooting video

  • All about prey drive in dogs, and how you can use it to your advantage

  • Why I sometimes tell owners to ignore their dogs during the session

  • Why you should embrace those random, unexpected moments and how you can use the resulting images

  • How to quickly find the perfect exposure when switching to a different lens

  • How to identify and fix ugly blown-out skies while you are shooting

  • Ideas to add interest to your work when the lighting is flat and dull

  • Tips for creating huge variety in just one shooting spot

  • How to recreate scenarios to get the shots you want, without forcing situations

  • Heaps of options for dealing with distracting locations and an easily distracted dog

  • How to make use of the tiniest bit of colour in the sky if that's all nature gives you

"I learned flexibility is the key..."

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING

  • By Ariel Peldunas

    “While I've loved all the tutorials and feel each provides unique and invaluable insight into the different challenges we face when photographing various dogs, I feel Niku by the Bay really emphasizes the creativity and flexibility necessary to wor...”

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    “While I've loved all the tutorials and feel each provides unique and invaluable insight into the different challenges we face when photographing various dogs, I feel Niku by the Bay really emphasizes the creativity and flexibility necessary to work with less than perfect conditions and dogs that might have a different agenda. Watching Charlotte make on-the-fly adjustments, adapt to what the dog is giving her rather than trying to force the dog to cooperate, and deal with various distractions, interruptions and conditions allowed me to feel like I was getting a first hand look at how an experienced photographer manages potential frustrations while still producing breathtaking images. I urge anyone wondering if RealShoots would be helpful to purchase this tutorial and see what you think. I believe you'll learn a tremendous amount and feel compelled to keep watching other episodes to learn more. Charlotte has a wealth of information and I think it's incredible that she is sharing these behind-the-scenes tutorials to allow other photographers to learn from her. I imagine the only thing better would be in-person mentoring.”

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Moody Simplistic Portrait

Editing Tutorial 1

This editing video is 36 minutes long (with plenty of speed edits to whisk you through) and takes you through the process of removing a person and completing altering the composition! You'll also learn some big tweaks to turn a flat, dull shot into an atmospheric work of art.
Moody Simplistic Portrait

What you'll learn

  • Why you should be open to attempting big changes to an image to create something truly special

  • How to identify which edits to apply to selected areas of the image in Lightroom

  • How to approach major "invisibility cloak" edits when the person is a prominent part of the image

  • Tips for seamlessly matching different parts of the image after a major change

  • How to use composition to draw attention to the subject

  • How to create a custom vignette in Lightroom to make your subject pop

"Brilliant episode"

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING

  • By Sue Muir

    “Brilliant episode for those cloudy days. Charlotte shows how to go from drab to fab in Lightroom and Photoshop. Plus plenty of other editing tips and tricks. ”

    “Brilliant episode for those cloudy days. Charlotte shows how to go from drab to fab in Lightroom and Photoshop. Plus plenty of other editing tips and tricks. ”

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Twilight Jetty Portrait

Editing Tutorial 2

In this 36 minute comprehensive editing tutorial, I guide you through step-by-step to create a stunning, colourful twilight portrait of Niku on the jetty, fully utilising the one tiny bit of colour in an otherwise drab sky!
Twilight Jetty Portrait

What you'll learn

  • Why you should come up with an editing plan before you even touch that first slider in Lightroom

  • When it's safe to under-expose an image, knowing you can maintain quality and recover details from the RAW file in Lightroom

  • How to enhance cloudy skies, if there is even just a small amount of sunset colour present

  • Why you should keep all your rejected photos from the shoot until you've finished all your edits

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.

  • Editing Tutorials

    Two comprehensive editing tutorials. Watch a complete image edit using professional Adobe photo editing software - Lightroom and Photoshop. Download the RAW image files and play along at home.

  • 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.

  • Fun Quiz

    A challenging and super fun quiz to test your knowledge and keep you on your toes! After you answer, each question is fully explained - no mysteries!

  • 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.

  • Chat Area

    A chance to 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!

Dive in now and get your paws dirty!

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