Dogs in Action Photography Workshop 4.0

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Two days Workshop in De Haan near Bruges, a beautiful location in near the sea in Belgium, where you will have the chance to take photos in Disc Dog on the beach and with running dogs with an amazing team that I collaborate with since many years! They are a guarantee and you won't be disappointed. First days with theory and shooting and second day in post processing with Photoshop 2020. 

I will be hosted by two great dog's photographers: Sandra Helsocht and Valerie Eeckloo!

Place: De Haan - Belgium

Date: 27-28 March 2021




  • improve your skills with dogs in action reaching a new higher photography level

  • learn how to set perfectly the parameters in your camera for different kind of actions and portraits

  • learn how to use and get the maximum from your camera and your lens in action and in portraits

  • learn how to work in difficult and low light conditions preserving the quality of your pictures

  • learn how to understand the right moment to take a picture and how to control the framing and composition with dogs in action during the shooting

  • learn my editing workflow in Photoshop 2020

  • learn how to post process a picture in a creative or natural way using Photoshop 2020 and without loosing quality during the editing process

  • learn how to do a perfect selection of a dog using Photoshop 2020

  • learn how to reach the maximum sharpness on your pictures using Photoshop 2020

  • learn how to add and manage light in post processing using Photoshop 2020

  • learn how to change colors and mood of a picture using Photoshop 2020

  • learn how to export your pictures for printing, for Facebook and for Instagram preserving sharpness, details and quality


  • how to choose the right lens and camera

  • how to manage the settings on camera

  • how to control the depth of field

  • how to blur a background with your lens and create beautiful and natural bokeh

  • how to use the natural light

  • how to manage the histogram to preserve the quality in pictures also at high iso

  • how to use the camera modes depending on the situations

  • how to manage correctly shutter speed, aperture and iso to achieve the result wanted

  • how to make your camera faster with autofocus

  • how to use correctly the autofocus with dogs in action

  • how to do a correct framing and composition with dogs

  • how to understand when a picture with a dog is a good picture in action

  • how to predict the good face of a dog and its positions in action



  • how to choose the right shooting location

  • how to communicate with dog's owners

  • how to put dogs at ease before and during the shooting

  • how to build the concept of the action on the field

  • how to choose the right position and angle for the shooting

  • how to prepare the camera and change the settings depending on the dog during the shooting

  • how to improve the result step by step 

  • how to recognise good and bad positions/expression of the dog in action and in portrait 

  • how to use the natural light in the shooting for dogs in action and dogs in portrait

POST PROCESSING (Photoshop 2020)

  • how to understand easily Photoshop 2020

  • the importance of following a workflow in Photoshop 2020

  • importing correctly 

  • how to use camera raw in Photoshop for adjusting temperature, exposure, whites, blacks, eyes and cast colors

  • perfect selection of a dog

  • control abnd adjust the grain and the quality of a normal and high iso picture

  • vignetting

  • real lights

  • fairy tale lights

  • luminosity masks and their uses

  • change colors

  • creating a mood 

  • signatures

  • exporting for printings and for socials (Facebook and Instagram) with maximum quality

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A 48-year old, dog photographer form Italy, Claudio bears the title of Master Photographer “Dogs in Action” in the Nikon School, and is a Nikon Italia Ambassador. 

Claudio conducts photography workshops all over the world. He has held more than 50 workshops in many different countries including Italy, Austria, Switzerland, France, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Poland, Estonia, Finland, Canada, Israel, United Kingdom and more. He also offers private coaching and mentoring for professional photographers. 

Claudio was a speaker in the largest photography conference in the world in 2018. Claudio is the winner of several awards from the largest international photography competitions like SIPA contest, OASIS contest, and more. 

Claudio lives with 4 border collies (Tris, Leep and Chester in the picture, and Jill) and share his mission about how to live better working with dogs in action in photography around the World.


Sandra , age 48, Bulldog mom, natural light photographer for over 10 years In addition to that she is also active in the automotive industry. 

Born with dogs by her side and a camera in her hand, she made it a longlife passion to combine her love for dogs with Photography. 

She is well known for her images of dogs in Classic Cars ,a project she started in 2015 and recently got rewarded for in U.S. 

She loves capturing the dogs’ true inner selves, sometimes combined with children and create lifelasting memories for their owners and parents to cherish.


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My name is Valerie Eeckloo and I am 38 years old. I live in the wonderful romantic city of Bruges in Belgium. Already as a child I loved all animals, especially pets.


My passion for photography started with my first dog, a bernese mountain dog called Shiva, about 10 years ago.

I wanted to create beautiful memories of her, so I could cherish her for eternity.

It took a lot of hard work, evening school, practice and workshops to figure out how a ‘real’ camera worked.


What became an incredible hobby, started as a side profession in 2017. Next to my fulltime job as a medical management assistant. Today I am the proud owner of my bernese mountaindog Nordin. 

With my photography, I try to capture the personality and the emotions of a dog, because every dog is different and has its own way. Treating the animal with respect and having patience are keywords for me.

The path of a photographer is a magnificent journey without knowing where you will end. Every time you keep learning. Through my camera I try to express my love and my gratitude for animals which come into my life. 

They are the most marvellous creatures who are honest and true, and always by your side.



8:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.

Theory about photography and dogs in action (basic topics, advanced topics, settings in action, framing, compositions, analysis of right and wrong pictures, analysis of some before and after post processing)

12:00 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

Lunch break (lunch not provided - recommend sandwiches in field)

12:45 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Transferring to the shooting location (5 minutes driving)

1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

First shooting on the field putting into practice the concepts seen in the morning with dogs in action. 
Individual analysis of each Workshop participant during the shooting time. 
Briefing on difficulties encountered during shooting and strategies for improvement for the next hours of shooting. 

Second shooting in the forest (with running dogs) in more difficult conditions to face real problems to improve the technique of each one solving individual issues. 
Refining the shot and individual analysis of taken images during the shooting time. 

5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Final shooting with dogs in portraits


8:30 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.
Post Processing with Photoshop 2020 and my workflow (my personal Book with the copy of the workflow will be released to everyone during the workshop to allow all participants to follow the Workshop better and to replicate it later during the day and at home) - (each participant will bring his or her own PC/notebook to follow and put into practice the post processing).

12:00 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

Lunch break (lunch not provided - recommend sandwiches)

12:45 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Individual instruction during the post processing section to fix specific and individual issues. 

Answering to specific questions


Number participant admitted15

Language: English

Price and payments: 490 euro (a deposit of 190 euro is required in the moment of the registration - the remaining final balance of 300 euro must be paid no later than 45 days before the date of the workshop to confirm the participation). 

After every payment you will receive an invoice.

All payments are not refundable as we have limited registration slots.

Equipment required: DSLR or mirrorless camera with interchangeable lens (focal length from 200 to 300mm or equivalent are perfect. This means that these lenses are ok: 70-200mm, 70-300mm, 200mm, 300mm) and a laptop for the post processing.

What is not included: overnight stay, meals and everything not written above.

Photography level required: from beginners to expert (professional photographers too).It’s important to know at least how to use and change the basic camera settings (shutter speed, aperture and ISO) on your own camera (it’s written in the user manual of the camera).A bit of knowledge of Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom is advisable but not mandatory. (We will use the last version of Photoshop and if you don't have it, I will ask you to download a free trial version before the WS).

Any BONUS? YES! After the Workshop, I will add you in a closed group dedicated to all participants that attended at least one of my Workshops in the past, where we talk about business, tips and issues to fix in photography (post processing too). It’s a group dedicated to the participants where LIKES are not important. People are there to learn more and more for their business or just to be motivated or helped.

Address for theory and post processing: LISPANNE - Vosseslag 20, 8420 De Haan, Belgium

Workshop Registration

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