Throw Back Thursday: Photoshop’s Pen Tool

Ok so to follow the trend over on Social Media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, here’s a Throwback Thursday (#TBT) in the form of a video.

This is a video I recorded a while back now and is one that I’m constantly getting messages about for it being so helpful.

So, here you go…The Pen Tool Made Easy for all you Photoshop users

Enjoy and I’ll catch you tomorrow

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  • May 7, 2015 - 4:58 pm

    srinath pm - thank u mr glyn,,,its quite useful for beginner like me …..thanks for sharing….one reminder((we are eagerly waiting for new website glyn))

New Pictures: Male Bodybuilder Black & White

Just a quick post today as I’m just about to head off to Winchester to give a presentation this evening.

Thought I’d share a couple of pictures of a Bodybuilder from a photo shoot yesterday at Panthers Gym in Middlesex.

Having a genuine interest in Bodybuilding, having myself been a Competitive Bodybuilder and trained from about the age of 15, I’m a huge fan of the Golden Era which for me would be the 70’s when Arnold Schwarzenegger was in his prime and being photographed by the likes of Jimmy Caruso. You’d see stunning black and white images that showed the muscular physique more as a sculpture than (and this is my own opinion) some angry block of muscle.

Anyway, here’s a couple of my results in what will be an ongoing series…

Oh and of course, at some point I’ll do a post covering the lighting set up I’m using and why to create this look kind of metallic look to the physique…



  • May 5, 2015 - 9:53 pm

    Mike Gray - Have to admit Glyn I’m not a great fan of the modern bodybuilder with the big stomachs, much prefer the old days with the classic v shape. Sadly not going to the gym for a long time I have the round shape now. Whoops.

  • May 7, 2015 - 12:05 pm

    Steve Green - Glyn
    That was a great presentation which you gave us at Winchester on Tuesday. Very informative and entertaining.
    A few of the ladies were disappointed that you did not bring along one of your models!!
    I did not write down the link which you put up on the screen so if you have a moment to send it to me I would really appreciate it.
    Hope to enjoy another of your presentations soon.
    Very best wishes

    Steve Green
    VP WPS

Aston Martin Photo Shoot: Lighting Set Up

Those of you that have followed this blog for a while or maybe connected with me on social media, will know that I’m really into shooting as many Personal Projects / Self Assignments as time permits; their value to your continued development as a photographed is priceless!

Anyway a couple of days ago I arranged such a shoot with a friend of mine, John Ashford, who just happens to own a beautiful Aston MartinV8 Vantage. I’ve photographed John and his car before, but this time I had a completely new look that I wanted to produce which from the outset was going to mean a Black & White final picture.

Now when it comes to a suitable location, this is where another of my dear friends generously allowed us to shoot on his farm which houses a disused airfield including runway and taxi ways…

Here’s one of the final images from the shoot and below I give you a run through of the lighting set up…


So breaking down the lighting set up, here’s a  BTS (Behind the Scenes) picture…


The photo shoot was at around 4 o’clock in the afternoon and despite what the BTS picture above looks like it was still quite bright. I wanted to shoot wide open at around f/2.8 so that the background was well and truly out of focus and John and his Aston would really stand out.

To allow me to do this and to get a slow enough shutter speed (around 1/125 sec) I ended up using some ND (Neutral Density) filters to darken things down a few stops. (See picture below)


Obviously using ND filters would reduce the power of the light from the flash an equivalent amount of stops too. So to compensate, however many stops the ND take out is how many stops up in power I bring the lights…does that makes sense.

My reason for using the Silver California Sunbounce Mini as opposed to just using a light directly on John, is because I really like the metallic look the silver reflector gives. This is something I like to do when shooting for images that are going to be converted to Black & White; I just feel it gives the subjects more impact. Those of you who saw the posts last week of Fitness Physique Champion Glenn Richardson will remember that I also used the silver reflector then. Oh and as is always the case, I also set the Picture Style in my Canon 5D MkIII to Greyscale so help me see a more ‘realistic’ representation of what the final picture was going to be like as a Black and White.

John’s 6 month puppy came along for the shoot too, so we just had to grab a shot of them both together:)


Ok so if there’s any questions/comments you have about this shoot then as always, feel free to make use of the comments section below and I’ll get back to you asap.

BTW…thinking of recording the retouch of this image as a new episode on my YouTube channel…what do you think?

Hope this is useful
Catch you tomorrow,

  • May 4, 2015 - 8:26 am

    Peter - Hey Glyn,

    Love the tone of this shot, the B&W is perfect. I would love to see the post process on this image :) Great work again, and thanks for sharing

  • May 4, 2015 - 9:25 am

    Samet - Hi Glyn i really like the way that you’ve done this picture. Please make a video of this retouching step by stepon your youtube channel. Thank you very much and keep doing an amazing Artwork !

  • May 4, 2015 - 10:45 am

    srinath pm - nice work mr.glyn…impeccable picture,,,waiting for the btw video..thanks for sharing

  • May 4, 2015 - 2:19 pm

    Jon Erlien - Great work Glyn, it looks like you were using Lee series ND filters…which ND filter were you using? Also, I’ve never used that type of lens hood, did you use it because of the ND filters connection? Hope that makes sense. Yes, please consider this as a video tutorial. I’ve become more interested in the lighting setup, and always appreciate the way you explain you reasoning why you setup the shot the way you did. Cheers mate!

  • May 4, 2015 - 5:29 pm

    Dennis - Interesting comments about the sliver reflector. I will need to try this out. Also, setting the camera to monochrome, get idea. Yes, I too would like to see the post on this. Your the best.

  • May 4, 2015 - 8:07 pm

    Sean Concannon - Brilliant stuff as always Glyn.I love the way you process these B&W images.
    Please,please do a tutorial on this.

  • May 5, 2015 - 1:38 pm

    j - I just love the way the subjects stand out from the background….almost giving a 3 effect……great work yet again! !!!

  • May 5, 2015 - 9:26 pm

    Peter zell - Hi Glyn, very inspiring, the Art you yet your light. I am very interested to See the post production.
    Peter Zell

  • May 7, 2015 - 8:53 pm

    Angelika Perry - I so appreciate the behind the scene’s look on this one. I love the lighting and always wondered how it was setup. Thank for showing us Glyn. :-)

Final 24 Hours of Photoshop Tutorials for a Fiver

HUGE thanks to everyone who has grabbed themselves tutorials from my web store this week during my Photoshop Tutorials for a Fiver Sale.

Just to let you know so you don’t miss out on the deal, each Full Length downloadable tutorial costs just £5 and the bundle of 5 tutorials (10 hours of tutorials) for £20 ends tomorrow and then it’s new web site time from next week….Yay!:)


Monday (not sure what time though) should see my new website and store go Live; it’s a lot cleaner, real easy to navigate and looks fab on mobile devices so I can’t wait!

Right, just a quick one for today so have a great weekend and I’ll catch you back here in a few days.




Male Fitness Physique: More Pictures of Glenn…

Hey Everyone

As promised here’s a few more of the pictures from Tuesday’s photo shoot with Pure Elite Male Fitness Physique 2015 Champion, Glenn Richardson.

Again as with yesterday’s post all of these pictures are taken with available light; some with the use of a reflector and some without, so I’ll point out each and have also included another lighting diagram for you…


For the pictures above we used an open door leading into the gym. The dip bars that Glenn is using were right next to a door that lead to the outside, so we opened the door, and I stood outside shooting into the opening…


The following 3 pictures were taken using the same lighting set up as I covered in yesterday’s post using the sunlight through the window, a silver reflector and ceiling lights…


Taken using window light in the upstairs area of the gym…


So there you go, just a few more pictures from Glenn’s photo shoot with all images edited in Adobe Lightroom with a few areas tidied up in Photoshop.

Hope the posts have been helpful but as always if you have any questions/comments feel free to make use of the comments section below.

Catch you tomorrow,

  • April 30, 2015 - 6:00 am

    Ann Fischer - Oh Glyn, as always your work is masterful .If i did not give birth to this brute then i truly would not recognise him the photo’s are just superb. I would love to be able to purchase can you let me know how ? Thanks Glenn’s Mum X

  • April 30, 2015 - 4:05 pm

    Glyn - Ann…Thank so much for dropping in and for commenting; great to know you like the pictures of Glenn :)

    As for prints…no worries…I’ve spoken with Glenn and it will be sorted.

  • April 30, 2015 - 7:23 pm

    Adrian Hyde - great work. Love the lighting. Thanks for sharing

    All the best.

  • May 1, 2015 - 5:51 am

    Glyn - Adrian…You’re welcome; cheers

  • May 3, 2015 - 6:26 pm

    srinath.p.m - nice work,,,,mr.glyn…one of your masterpiece..thanks for posting