Dogs in Action Photography Workshop 4.0

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Two days Workshop in Hässleholm near the beuatiful Söderåsens National Park, a beautiful location in Sweden, where you will have the chance to take photos with running dogs! First days with theory + shooting and second day shooting + post processing with Photoshop 2021. 

I will be hosted by Sabina Nystrom!

Place: Vattugatan 18, 28131 Hässleholm, SWEDEN

Date: 29-30 May 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 have a beautiful background with your lens and create 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 2021)

  • how to understand an use easily Photoshop 2021

  • the importance of following a workflow in Photoshop 2021

  • how to import correctly without loosing information

  • how to use camera raw in Photoshop

  • how to do perfect selection of a dog

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

  • how to vignetting

  • how to manage and create real lights

  • how to create fairy tale lights

  • how to create and use luminosity masks

  • how to change colours

  • how to create a mood 

  • how to create and add a custom signature

  • how to export for printings and for socials (Facebook and Instagram) with the maximum quality

FOTO PROFILO-untitled-5014-Edit-sRGB-204


A 49-year old, dog photographer form Italy, Claudio bears the title of Master Photographer “Dogs in Action” in the Nikon School, and is a Nikon Italy Ambassador. He lives with four border collies!

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, IPA. American Photography 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.


My name is Sabina, I am 35 years old and live in Stockholm, Sweden with my boyfriend and my dog Winston, who is a staffordshire bull terrier. I study computer science full time and am now in my final year before I start working.


I can almost say that I love animals more than humans and when my former dog and soulmate, Zeppelin, passed away 1.5 years ago, I ended up in a deep depression and am still trying to find my way back to life. What helped me a bit along the way was when I, in  April 2020, discovered Claudio Piccoli and dog photography. I bought a camera and started getting into dog photography and editing and I am totally in love!


I am a total beginner and try every day to get better and better and learn new things. I do not have any special style yet, but I love dark and moody photos.



8:30 a.m. - 12:30 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)

12:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Lunch break (lunch not provided - recommend sandwiches)

12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Transferring to the shooting location (50 minutes driving)

2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

First shooting with running dogs 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 disc dog) 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. 




8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Second shooting in the forest 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. 

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Transferring to the venue for the editing part (50 minutes driving)

Lunch break (lunch not provided - recommend sandwiches)


1:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.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).

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).

Address for theory and post processing: Vattugatan 18, 28131 Hässleholm, SWEDEN