About this episode

Meet Benji - a handsome Staffy/Collie rescue dog. Benji has a rather impressive resume in dog sports, so we simply couldn’t pass up capturing him in action before taking him downtown.

His awesome willing-to-please temperament made it possible to work with him quickly, making good use of all the cute spots we found to shoot in this quaint little mountain-top village.

Towards the end of the session, the light was fading quickly. This provided the perfect opportunity to bring out my secret weapon. Join me in this 43 minute episode to discover what it is, and how I use it!
About this episode

What you'll learn in the shooting video

  • How to work with changing light when shooting action

  • Why patience is a pet photographer's best friend

  • How to let your doggy model guide you when it's time to move on

  • When to shoot in urban areas and why choosing the right day and time is so important

  • What to look for when choosing spots to photograph dogs in urban settings

  • Which lens is the most useful when working in visually busy areas

  • The one behaviour you can train during the shoot to allow you to work super fast

  • How angle of view relates to focal length, and why it's so important to keep in mind

  • The number one thing to do when you start losing the light early

  • What to do when natural light just isn't enough (includes instructions for using my secret weapon!

"Mind blown!"

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING

  • By Cris Skinner

    “I truly loved this episode. You provided many additions using surroundings for composition. I am also beginning to truly understand the advantage of using several different lenses during a session to achieve a variety of images. And I LOVED the in...”

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    “I truly loved this episode. You provided many additions using surroundings for composition. I am also beginning to truly understand the advantage of using several different lenses during a session to achieve a variety of images. And I LOVED the intro to your secret weapon 😂🤣😂. Once again, you went over the top on your teachings! Thank you so much for all you do and share! ”

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Background Person Removal

Editing Tutorial

The editing tutorial is 35 minutes long. It covers how to remove a person from the background of an action shot when they are directly behind the dog, using an amazing new tool in Photoshop. Plus there's some tips on correcting that annoying green colour casts from shooting on grass.
Background Person Removal

What you'll learn

  • How to choose the very best action shot from a sequence of similar images

  • Tips for setting white balance using a handy Lightroom tool

  • The easiest and quickest way to remove a person from the background - when they're directly behind your subject!

  • Distracting or not? That out-of-focus toy in the foreground!

  • How to add a little extra sparkle to the background to give blown-out sky a reason for being there

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

    A comprehensive editing tutorial. Watch a complete image edit using professional Adobe photo editing software - Lightroom and Photoshop. Download the RAW image file 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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