Project 52 – OVER post processing

It is Project 52 time! This week I have again joined up with other pet photographers from the Beautiful Beasties Network  where we  collectively challenge ourselves with a weekly assignment. This week  we have all been asked to do something we sometimes do by accident and then have to  fix – over process an image!  So when you follow this week’s blog circle you can expect to see some pet photographers really cutting loose and letting the creativity fly! Mine will get crazier as you go down the page!

I started with Jack in a nice, handsome pose!  (This was shot against black seamless paper using two Alien Bee’s – main light to my right, reflector to my left and another strobe as a hair light (fur light?)  in a strip box with grid behind Jack and to my left.)

Next up a simple black and white conversion but with detail enhanced (Nik Color Efex Pro 4– Bleach bypass, converted to BW in Lightroom)

My favorite creative processing for pet photos is with Digital Anarchy’s Toon It.   I have been using this for a few years and have developed my own presets that don’t look too cartoony, but  definitely have an artistic twist!

I love textures on my images when shot on a plain background.  This is ‘Dirty Old Man’ (cover your ears Jack) from Light Camera Actions Texture Pack.    I masked Jack back in the texture, color and desaturation layers.

Sometimes a dramatic photo  just calls for some dramatic processing.  This is Topaz Lab’s Dramatic Setting in the Vibrant Collection (with some adjustments).

My vet tells me to watch the treats or Jack could end up looking like this – (Topaz Lab’s Lens Effects – Fisheye).

Years ago I found this great tutorial on Adobe’s website for how to posterize an image.  I have prints like this in my house!   This tutorial (from 2003- yes I was using Photoshop back then!)  was made for much earlier versions of Photoshop, but still works fine. I added finishing touches of beveling and embossing.   I can imagine Jack staring just like this at a butterfly!

 Finally, I would vote for Jack – would you??  This was done with Obama Poster Maker.

I can only imagine what the other pet photographers have done with this fun theme!  Let’s follow the blog circle around the world by clicking on the links at the bottom of the page until you end up back here!  First up is Candid K Nines in Windsor Ontario, Canada  Have fun!

Julie – Awarded her AKC Therapy Dog Title!

This is my dog Julie. She is almost three and was just awarded her AKC Therapy Dog Title.  This title is awarded after 50 therapy dog visits, which we reached earlier this year.  She has been a therapy dog for over a year now with The Animal Rescue Foundation Pet Hug Pack and East Bay Humane Society PALS Program. 

To become a Therapy Dog, Julie first had to pass the AKC Canine Good Citizen Test  and then was evaluated by the two groups she participates with.  We visit a therapeutic nursery school, hospice and hospital patients and work with young readers at a local library.  She loves doing this and so do I!

Project 52 – Piper Parts!

This week’s Project 52 challenge is ‘parts,’ or all the little bits of our pets that we love so much.  Piper,  a miniature Australian Labradoodle,  was in the studio this week and I took the extra time to focus on her adorable eyes, nose, feet and tail.  What a cutie!

This is a blog circle, so to see how other pet photographers interpreted this fun theme, click on the link on the bottom of each post until you get back here!  First up is Framing cats and dogs, Northumberland Pet Photographer.

Project 52 – Negative Space

This week’s Project 52 challenge is ‘negative space,” or the space around a subject.  I love to use negative space with a black background so you can imagine what the pup is looking at or thinking about.  I had a beautiful 7 month old in  this week who demonstrated this concept.  I think Chulo was thinking about all the trouble he could get into!

There are lots of ways to interpret this theme, and I think Julie would agree that the space in this cone is a most negative space!  (Don’t worry – she is fine;  just kept licking a spot on her leg until it got all yucked up).


This is a blog circle, so to see how other pet photographers interpreted this theme, please follow the blog circle around the world, starting with Pet Photography in Clearwater, FL – Emma Grace Photography and follow the links at the bottom of each post until you end up back here!