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Schutzhund photography has come a long way since I started this blog in 2009 and since my friend and mentor Betty Lindblom taught me many of the finer points of shooting working dogs in action, starting in 2004 or there about. I am delighted with the quality of images I see, and I hope this blog has been helpful to you. But I can’t help thinking it’s time to take our photography to the next level. This is one of the reasons I spent a lot of time these past months learning to enhance photographs of dogs via digital painting.

Below are several new paintings. By combining digital paintings with textures and other enhancements, you can create photographic artwork that is unique and stunning! Not just another photograph similar to the thousands just like it. I encourage you to keep developing and learning!

If you’re interested in giving this technique a try, check out Scott Deardorff’s Mastering the Digital Canvas tutorials. Key points to keep in mind beyond those offered in these tutorials: Be patient, use a small brush so you can get in every stroke, be careful not to blend the tones too much as you brush, paint zoomed into 200%, and most important – have fun developing your own style.

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My final post before I start my graduate work in earnest will provide a list of the many resources that have helped me develop my artistic vision and technical skills. Until then, Happy Shooting!

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