RealShoots Episode 8: Benji goes Downtown

RealShoots Episode 8: Benji goes Downtown

Shooting Tutorials for Pet Photographers | Presented by Charlotte Reeves

Episode Description

Episode 8: Benji goes Downtown

Welcome to the eighth episode of RealShoots. Shooting tutorials for pet photographers!

Meet Benji - a handsome Staffy/Collie Cross 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 the shooting video to discover what it is, and how I use it!

What you'll learn in the shooting video:

  • How to determine if a dog will handle being photographed in a busy urban environment
  • 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 to create a variety of images using a single shooting spot
  • 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
  • When and why it's helpful to switch to prime lenses
  • What to do when natural light just isn't enough (includes instructions for using my secret weapon!)
  • Why you should always test out new lenses before using them on paid shoots
  • And much, much more!


Episode Learning Guide

This comprehensive 24 page learning guide PDF summarises and explains in more detail all the important points and techniques covered in the shooting video. Featuring handy tips and lots of images, including full settings, you're welcome to download and work through it on whatever device you choose!


Did you get all that?

This fun quiz tests your understanding of the concepts and topics presented, with explanations provided.


Client Gallery

Being a "real" client pet photography session, I've uploaded all the final images into an online gallery so you can get the full client experience.


Post-Processing Tutorial

The post processing tutorial (also with English captions, if you like) 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.

What you'll learn in this post-processing video:

  • 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


Any questions?

If you'd like to find out something about this episode that hasn't been covered above or in the FAQ, please send me an email and we can discuss.


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Charlotte Reeves
Charlotte Reeves
Professional Pet Photographer - Brisbane, Australia

Through her business Charlotte Reeves Photography, Charlotte has fearlessly photographed over a thousand dogs since 2007.  She has coaxed gorgeous images from hyper staffies to reluctant retrievers, helping many rescue dogs along the way. 

Charlotte was recently awarded the 2018 AIPP Queensland Epson Pet/Animal Photographer of the Year.

Her work has beckoned readers from newsstands on magazine covers and pages from Australia to Germany.  Whether she’s shooting for a commercial or private client, she holds herself to technical standards that she hopes to share widely and lift the entire pet photo industry. 

Addicted to creating lightbulb moments for students, Charlotte has been teaching pet photographers since 2013.  She relishes simplifying tricky concepts, and helping people achieve their goals by making the learning fun, practical, and positive.  In between shooting and creating learning materials, she also teaches at international workshops and mentors photographers one on one - fancy a trip to Australia, anyone?

Reviews (3)

by Helen Sauler
Another wonderful episode in the realshoots series. So much learnt in the editing tutorial.

Mind blown!

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 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!

by Agnieszka Opalka

by Helen Sauler
Another wonderful episode in the realshoots series. So much learnt in the editing tutorial.

Mind blown!

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 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!

by Agnieszka Opalka