Dogs in Action Photography Workshop 4.0

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Two days Workshop in Almere, a beautiful location in the center of Netherlands, where you will have the chance to take photos in Disc Dog 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 a great emergent dog's photographer: Sanne Bontan!

Place: Almere - The Netherlands

Date: 29-30 August 2020



  • 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


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.


Sanne Bontan, 32 years old is living out her dream through a camera lens in Otterlo, Netherlands. In addition to being a photographer, she’s a lawyer, wife, and owner of two cats and two dogs (a husky and a wolfdog). With her dogs she takes part in the sled dog and canicross sport.

Dogs fill her heart. For her, dogs bring sweet sanity to this crazy human world we live in and she had never met a dog who hasn’t taught her something new.

Her photographic style is drawn directly from the inspiration she finds inside the soul of a dog. She’s fueled by the joy, whimsy and unrelenting happiness that is so uniquely canine. Sanne is best known for her love of vibrant colors and process of capturing the speed and power of dogs. 


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 processingPUUR Almere (1st floor) Randstad 22-161 (sometimes the navigation only takes 161), 1316 BM Almere, The Netherlands.

Route from the station

By car: From the big roundabout at ABN-AMRO and Renault you drive in the direction of Veluwedreef along the railway. At the first small roundabout you turn left (3rd exit). Then directly to the right through the barrier at Flynth and the Notaris Unie. At the end turn left and you are immediately at the building of PUUR Almere (building with the blue area).You can park on the left side but make sure there is no name of a company on the sign. These places are reserved.You can only exit via the barrier at the Business center.

Walking: Take the exit towards shops, turn left and walk past Primark, cross over and walk to the left towards the railway. Follow the cycle path along the railway to the right.After 50 m past the Yoga centrum take the exit to the left underneath the railway and through the road. For the electricity house on the left take the small path to the building with the blue accent.

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