Photoshop Tip: Are your eyes deceiving you?

Hi Folks,
Whilst I’m here working through some editing I thought I’d take a quick break and post up a quick Photoshop Tip…

Ok so by default when we’re working in Full Screen Mode in Photoshop, the surrounding background workspace colour is set to quite a light grey. Now because this grey is quite light it can cause your eyes to play tricks with you in thinking that the image you’re working on is actually brighter than it really is. It’s very much the same as if the background workspace colour was red for example in that this could trick your eyes into thinking there was View full post »

  • January 3, 2012 - 6:06 pm

    Jim Thomson - Good idea, thanks Glyn!

  • January 3, 2012 - 7:25 pm

    Elaine - Thanks, Glynn! I read this somewhere else recently, but promptly forgot about it :~/ So I just followed your instructions and it’s done :~)

  • January 3, 2012 - 7:26 pm

    Elaine - Oops~~sorry~~I spelled your name with two “n”s instead of one :~/

  • January 4, 2012 - 8:16 am

    Glyn - Elaine…I’ve been called worse :) lol

  • January 6, 2012 - 5:16 am

    Glyn - I wouldn’t worry about it Elaine…I’ve been called a lot worse :) lol

How listening to Music can help your editing…

Hi Folks,
Later this week I’ll be posting a complete walk through showing how I made this recent image covering the photo shoot in the studio and then all the editing involved. Before I do though, on the subject of editing I just wanted to share a few thoughts with you.

When I first arranged this particular shoot which incidentally was a personal project as opposed to being for a client, I thought I knew what I wanted the final image to look like. I was intent on making an image showing this heroic solider on the battlefield, explosions going off all around him, other soldiers engaged in a firefight in the background, debris and so on…and in fact that’s how I initially approached the editing; however, as you can clearly see that’s not what I did…

I’ve always followed the advice I was once given by friends Calvin Hollywood and Matt Kloskowski and that was to both slow down when editing and also to make a point of walking away from what you’re doing and comeback to it some time later. This helps you to really see what you’ve done with a fresh set of eyes as opposed to slogging away at the screen determined to get it finished in one siting and becoming what I call ‘pixel blind’, and ultimately not doing the image justice.

Now this I did…still with the intention of creating this ‘scene of mayhem’ but each and every time I came back to work some more, whatever I did just didn’t feel right however the eureka moment came when a certain piece of music began playing in my iTunes library.

You see I always edit with music playing in the background and it’s usually music that suits what I’m working on. For example when I was working on these picture  I wanted a superhero kind of feel so I had a playlist containing title tracks of Superhero movies playing (X-Men, Batman, Superman etc….)

When I was initially working through the editing of this recent image I was listening to hard rock but it just didn’t seem to fit and it wasn’t until I had the music library on shuffle that the ideal track came on…Wherever You Are by the Military Wives. Everything about the song…the words and the message, just seemed to fit perfectly and having a close relative serving in the Armed Forces totally made my mind up with how I wanted the it to look; something with a more personal feeling as opposed to what was essentially a scene of violence.

So just out of interest what do you think? Right choice? Take a listen/watch of the Military Wives and ‘Wherever You Are‘ and let me know if you think it fits with the feel of this ‘Homeward Bound’ composite…

If you have any questions or comments as always please feel free to make use of the comments section below but also just wondering…Do you edit to music and if so do you have a certain playlist or artist you listen to that just seems to help? or do you find editing in silence works best for you as music tends to distract you?

Enjoy:)

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  • January 2, 2012 - 6:18 pm

    Kelley - Ok now that I’m done drying my eyes,… I’m all about editing to music. Often when I’m shooting I have certain songs in my head. I like to put together slide shows of my photo shoots for my clients so they can see what I saw when I shot/edited their images. It really brings in the heartfelt emotions behind the shoot. The chicks always cry= success for me!

    The song you posted was perfect. I thought it was a beautiful image but the song just sealed it for me. I am the touchy feely type though and everything to me has some sort of meaning so I’ll mention that Steve watched it with me and he thought it went great with the image and he really liked the video.

    Editing without music for me feels like I’m working… Hmmmm

  • January 2, 2012 - 7:11 pm

    Rocio Garcia - I have a few different playlists that I listen to while editing. Depends on my mood but it ranges from Salsa to Dubstep which I was recently introduced to. It definitely helps and makes editing more enjoyable.

  • January 3, 2012 - 5:24 pm

    Kevin Halliburton - I have a three year old at the home office so I’ve edited to a Barney sound track more times than I would like to admit. Come to think of it, that might explain half of my portfolio! :-)

  • January 4, 2012 - 8:17 am

    Glyn - @Kevin…Superb…some of those results you just have to share :)

To know and not to do is not to know

Yeah I know, the first time I read that I thought “Huh?” but the more I read it the more it made sense. You see, at the beginning of each new year we all know it’s a tradition to make New Year’s Resolutions: things we’re going to commit to doing during the months ahead that maybe we’ve neglected to do during the previous; I guess we could call them Goals. We’re told over and over that we should set goals, and we know we should but honestly…are we? Knowing we should and not doing it is like well, not knowing we should in the first place right?

Almost every ‘self help’ book seems to contain the phrase “If you don’t know where you’re going how do you expect to get there?” but does setting goals really work and what kind of goals should I be setting myself?

Keep it Simple
We all want to improve our skill and knowledge base right? Well, rather than setting huge far reaching goals that like some extreme diet you’ll kind of lose interest in, why not set smaller achievable goals such as:

1) Rather than jumping about that new Photography/Photoshop Book, read it from cover to cover and commit to reading a new book each month.

2) If you subscribe to online training such as Kelby Training or Video2Brain, then go through an entire class once a week.

3) Shoot for yourself, plan themed photo shoots twice a month and stick to it.

and so on, and by the end of the year that’s 12 books, 52 classes and a lot of new images to add to the portfolio and your knowledge and skill level has increased massively!

Come on folks…let’s make 2012 one heck of a year!!!

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Saying Goodbye to 2011: A Video Recap

Hey Folks,
Well as 2012 is nearly upon us I just want to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone for all the support during 2011!

Those who know me will testify that for me to be rendered ‘speechless’ is a rarity but this past year that’s exactly how I’ve found myself on more than one occasion. The friendship, support and encouragement from folks the world over has been nothing short of mind blowing and ‘Thank You’ just doesn’t seem enough but hopefully you all know how much it means to me.

To say I’m excited about 2012 is an understatement but before we head on over into a new year here’s a video recap of what went on in 2011…

Anyway folks here’s wishing you all a fabulous 2012 and that it brings you bucket loads of happiness and good health and I look forward to catching up with as many of you as possible during the months ahead.

I’ll be raising a glass to you all as the clock strikes 12,
Have a great one,
Glyn:)

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  • December 31, 2011 - 5:24 am

    David Anthony Rogers - Bravo Old Chap!. I’ll see you one side or t’other next year.

  • December 31, 2011 - 6:11 am

    Cathy Kennedt - Great video Glyn and hope 2012 brings more of those wonderful pics etc from you XXXXXXXXXX

  • December 31, 2011 - 6:17 am

    DaveT - Glyn,

    All good wishes for a year of continued success, happiness and health. Looking forward to seeing more of your great work and tutorials.

    Dave

  • December 31, 2011 - 8:58 am

    Torsten - What a great video. You certainly had a terrific year andI’m sure 2012 will turn out even better. Still stunned you’re going to do PSW. I’m honored to see a certain magazine featured in the video too.

    All the best wishes for 2012 to you and your family.

    Cheers,

    Torsten

  • December 31, 2011 - 12:35 pm

    Ken L - Happy 2012 and great video ot will be for sure with the excitement of PSW to come :)
    Ken

  • December 31, 2011 - 6:01 pm

    Darren House - Hey Glyn

    Here’s to another amazing year! You had an amazing 2011 and 2012 seems to be on track to top it! :)

    Have a great one!

    Darren

  • January 1, 2012 - 4:03 am

    Kevin Halliburton - It’s been an absolute pleasure watching the trail of your afterburners rocketing skyward this year Glyn. I’m really looking forward to tracking your well deserved success for years to come! Way to GO!!

  • January 2, 2012 - 6:04 pm

    Glyn - Thanks for all the kind words folks and also for the continued support through the past 12 months and beyond. The fact that you continue to come back means alot!
    Cheers and wishing you all the very best that 2012 has to offer,
    Glyn