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Pet Photography Workshop

Pet Photography Workshop

Join me at Samy’s in Costa Mesa

Join me at Samy’s in Costa Mesa for a special one day Pet Photography Workshop.  I’ll pull out all the stops and share all my tips as well as all the Sony gear that I use to create rediculously amazing pet portraits.  The last class I did with Samy’s and Sony (on a different genere) sold out with a waitlist and rave reviews. Don’t miss out on a great opportunity. We’ll have plenty of the latest Sony gear on hand for you to borrow and play with during the workshop. All workshop atendees will recive a workshop workbook filled with information including my gear list, and suggestions on how you can raise the bar and get the most out of you pet portrait sessions.

Whether you are just a beginner just wanting to docutment your pet’s life, or an experienced photographer buidling a pet photography business, there will be lots of information on what camera gear to use to get the best results, pet and client interaction, as well as studio and on location photogarphy tips.

Hope to see you in Costa Mesa and Samy’s on November 7th!

To see more of my pet photography visit blueyedawg.


Sony Pet Photo Class

Dog Photographer OC Pet Companion May Cover

Dog Photographer OC Pet Companion May Cover

Abby Adopted Rescue Shih Tzsu

May is by far my most favorite time of year.  Spring flowers, the best weather of the year IMHO and my birthday.  Its also a lovely time of year from travel to Europe and Tokyo!  One a gorgeous day in may I met Abbey and beautiful Shih Tzsu fur baby at a leash free park for her cover shoot for the inaugural issue of OC Pet Companion. Abbey made it easy for this  Orange County dog photographer to make gorgeous images of her.

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Featured in Sony Focal Point

Featured in Sony Focal Point

A shoot gone to the dogs

Featured in Sony Focal Point this month along side talented photographers, Sony Artisans of Imagery and colleagues,  Brian Matiash, Colby Brown, Me Ra Koh and Anastasia Petukhova. Be sure to stalk them and poke around their blogs.  Each a photographer, blogger and travelers.  Their content is sure to inspire.

The feature in the Sony Focal Point is for a magazine cover shoot photographed with my Sony α7s and FE 70-200 f/4 G OSS lens, for a pet magazine.  You can see the magazine cover shoot blog post here.


Magazine Cover Shoot with the Sony a7s

Magazine Cover Shoot with the Sony a7s

I’m shooting everything these days with a pair of Sony’s

My sister site blueydawg is where I showcase my ridiculously wonderful pet photography” since 2010. Recently a magazine owner contacted me to do a magazine cover shoot for her first edition of a pet magazine in Orange County.  Its not an new endeavor.  She’s been producing a pet magazine in Palm Desert since 2010 with great success.  I photographed the entire session with my Sony a7s and FE 70-200mm f/4 G OSS.  I always take back up gear to my shoots and had my Sony a7II and a few lenses, FE 16-35 f4 ZA OSS, FE 24-70 f4 ZA OSS, and the amazing FE 55 1.8 ZA in my Think Tank Street Walker Pro.  So you may be thinking why did I use the 12.2 megapixel Sony a7s when I had the 24 megapixel Sony a7II with me.  Truth is I could have used either camera with the same results.  I had the Sony VGC1EM, vertical grip on my a7s and didn’t need to worry about switch out the batteries during the shoot.

Production and Post Production:  Abbey, a Shih Tzu, also known as a Lion dog was photographed outdoors, mid-day in natural light. A scenario that I’d typically not photograph a person in without auxiliary lighting.  However, I’ve learned with pet photography hard light and day light is your friend.  Your basically just using the sun as your key light.  Because Abbey is a small dog and sits close to the ground, the white parts of her coat are easily color contaminated with the reflectance of the  green grass and wild California yellow poppy flowers.  In postproduction Nik filters White Neutralizer was used in mask mode to paint over the yellow and green coloration in her whit fur.

Pet Sitting, Boarding and Dog Walking:  Abbey’s mom,  Ruth Ann, runs a wonderful pet boarding, pet sitting and dog walking business OC Pet Companions, no relationship to the magazine.  OC Pet Companions has been around for years and boost a client list of over one thousand happy clients.

” One thing I have learned in life, I always take time for animals. I have rescued 83 strays running loose on the streets to date and found all but three of them their owners. I believe in giving back to our community and work with the Pet Rescue Center and The Ark of San Juan rescues.” ~ Ruth Ann owner of OC Pet Companions
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When shooting for a cover make sure to leave room for text. The magazine art director will typically tell you where they need to layout the text. So you will need to shoot a bit more loose and leave negative space around the subject when framing in camera.


Sony a7s and FE 70-200mm f/4 G OSS:  I’m very pleased with the sharpness and responsiveness of the combination of the Sony a7s and FE 70-200mm f/4 G OSS.  Focus locked on quickly.  I used a combination of Manual and AV exposures to capture images.  The bokeh is excellent when shooting at ISO 400, 1/160 sec., f6.3, @ 192mm. I’m a RAW shooter and cull my images in PhotoMechanic, adjust the RAW’s in Adobe Lightroom, and retouch in Adobe Photoshop, Nik Filters and MacPhun Tonality for my black & white images.

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 Think Tank:  I’ve recently partnered with Think Tank.  IMO they make some of the best camera bags and storage sollutions on the planet.  I personally own at four Think Tank bags that I’ve personally paid for. And have been using their products for over 7 years now.  Their gear is built tough and lasts, plus their customer service is outstanding.  Bags I own Include:  the Airport Security, Street Walker Pro, Retrospective 10, Retrospective 30.  And was recently sent an early release of the new series for mirrorless systems, the Urban Approach 15 Back Pack which fits all my mirroless gear plus my iPad Mini and 13″ MacBook Pro. I’ll be doing a review on the Urban Approach 15 Back Pack {to be released in March} very soon.  If you are a Think Tank fan or have been Jones’n for some Think Tank gear, I’ve got some great news for you…  For free Gear go to:  www.thinktankphoto.com/workshop and enter code WS-754.  You’ll get free shipping and a gift from Think Tank with you order of $50 or more.

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Disclosure:  I only recommend what I use professionally and personally. No one pays me to review their products.  I am part of the Sony’s Artisans of Imagery program, and purchased the cameras, lenses and accessories with my own money and use them professionally because I enjoy working with them and am very pleased with the results and the camera haptics. If I partner with a company and you use a link I provide to click through and purchase, I may receive a small commission from them.

I am officially part of the Sony Artisans of Imagery program

I’m Proud to Announce…

I am officially part of  Sony’s Artisans of Imagery program

Sony Artisan of Imagery

Late last week I became part of Sony’s Artisans of Imagery Program.  I’m truly honored to be part of the Sony family in my role as an Associate Artisan of Imagery.

Transparency is important to me:  My role in Sony’s Artisans of Imagery Program was subsequent to my a7II Real World Review and my Sony a7s Unboxing video.  The opportunity came as a welcomed surprise after I sold all my Canon gear,  and after I did my review and unboxing video.

For You

For Me

  • I’ll be part of a small select group of photographers that are Sony centric.  Who are always looking for new ways to see the world.
  • Access and ability to try out Sony gear as its is released and report on my experience.
  • Part of a team dedicated to providing cutting edge imaging technology on the bleeding edge.
  • Today the one constant in photography is change.  I believe that Sony is a trail blazer.