Pet Photography Photoshop Edit

Author Recent Posts Nicole BegleyNicole Begley, M.Photog.Cr., CPP, is a zoological animal trainer turned pet photographer and educator. She created Hair of the Dog in 2012 to empower pet photographers to turn their dreams into reality by helping them improve their craft and grow their pet photography business.Nicole has authored a book “Pet and Equine […]

Written By Nicole Begley

On May 25, 2017

Sometimes there are images that are worth the extra time.  In my opinion, this is one of them.  I tagged along with my husband to a conference that he had and I met my friend Kelly, from Sweet Silver Photography, with her pup Blue at the angel wings mural in Nashville.  Blue struck a pose as all good dogs belonging to a pet photographer do, complete with his bow tie.


Here is my straight out of camera image (SOOC) –

Here is the image that I took to merge with the original and paint Kelly out –

Turns out I created a couple of pretty critical errors in capturing this source image.  #1 – I moved.  Just a little, but it changed my perspective.  #2 – My focus moved from where the dog was to the actual wall!  Oops!  This is one of the biggest reasons that I like to shoot with Back Button Focus (or BFF).  It allows me to keep the focal plane exactly where it was from a previous image simply by not refocusing.  This isn't possible with factory settings since your focus is set when pressing your shutter half way down.

Despite those challenges, I really loved Blue's pose and thought that this image would be worth the work.  I also thought it would be a great edit to record for you!  Grab some popcorn as the video is almost 30 minutes long, but I think you will find it beneficial.  Enjoy!

Nicole Begley

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  1. Mark Weber

    Awesome Nicole. You are such a creative photographer!

  2. Debra Kirkpatrick

    Can’t wait to watch! Thx!

  3. Di Keough

    Fantastic. Thanks for sharing with us.

  4. Donna Kelliher

    awesome edit, thanks for the peak into your workflow!

  5. Christa

    What tablet are you using?

    • Nicole

      I use the Wacom Intuit Pro Medium.

  6. Rachel Johnson

    Wow! I’m a newer photographer (non-business) & have been looking for new and creative ways to capture images for our dogs’ Instagram. I thought this edit was amazing and it truly motivated me to want to do something similar! Thank you so much for sharing 🙂


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