New Picture & BTS: Rock DJ

Hi Folks,

I’ve a new picture to share with you today; one from a recent studio shoot with International Illusionist and DJ Michael Otton [Link]

I first met Michael when I photographed the cast of the stage production of Cinderella [Link] last year in which Michael played the role of Buttons and singer Jonathan Ansell played the role of Prince Charming.

Regarding the actual shoot Michael got in touch as he wanted to revamp his promo images for his DJ’ing so we opted for a studio shoot with a view to creating the look and feel of him ‘working the decks’ (not sure if that’s what you call it but hey you know what I mean) during post production.

With regards to the studio set up my buddy Gareth Davies and I set up 4 lights, namely two rear lights, the main key light shot into a silver reflective umbrella and then to brighten up the shadows to the front of the deck and also to kick a little extra light into Michael’s face, another light with reflector to the front:

•Note that the lighting wasn’t set up in anyway to be soft as the idea here was to try and light Michael as if he was actually in a club where the lights are generally bare and quite hard.

We had such a laugh shooting the images, blasting out sounds on the studio’s sound system whilst Michael did a great job of interacting with the imaginary part goers…in fact he was way too convincing at it:)

Here you see one of the out of camera images and next to it the final edit:

There’s lots more images to work on as Michael went through a few clothing changes so I’ll be sure to share a couple more from the shoot at some point. Also as Michael is an Illusionist and member of the famous Magic Circle we’ll be arranging another shoot to cover the promotional work for this too; my mind is already buzzing with ideas for that one:)

Right,best I head off to the Ole Smoke so I’ll bid you farewell and catch you tomorrow,



  • June 26, 2012 - 9:45 am

    DaveT - As always Glyn, an excellent BTS post (I really do like these as they are so informative.

    Thanks for sharing.


  • June 26, 2012 - 11:57 am

    Russ Robinson - Commercial music photography happens to be my niche, so this image really hits home for me. Nice job with the lighting effects in post! :)

  • June 26, 2012 - 12:05 pm

    Neil glover - Fantastic post work on this image Glyn. I’d love to see a video of camera shot to final image on this if you are so inclined to create and share.

    As always a great BTW post.

  • June 26, 2012 - 3:23 pm

    Dave Dillon - Great shot, would love to see a full workup of the PS work on this one as well! Always great to see before/after shots, thanks Glyn!

  • June 27, 2012 - 9:33 am

    Glyn - Hey thanks for the comments folks and the ideas about showing a video of this; I’ll see what I can put together asap ;)

  • June 28, 2012 - 2:21 pm

    Kevin Halliburton - I really like your use of hard light here Glyn. I’m doing more bare reflector and mid-day sun work myself. It breaks a lot of rules but it sure produces an image that stands out from the crowd when it’s done right, and buddy, this one is done RIGHT!

  • June 29, 2012 - 7:31 pm

    Glyn - Wow …Thanks so much for the comment Kevin; very kind of you mate :)

  • August 7, 2012 - 9:39 am

    Photoshop: The (Layer) Mask-ed Hero to the Rescue » Glyn Dewis - [...] Michael wanted the images to have the feel as if he was ‘working’ in a club so I went into it already with an idea of what would be done during the retouching to give the pictures a bit more atmosphere: lighting effects, smoke and all that kind of stuff. I wrote about the shoot a short while back here on the blog giving a look B.T.S. (Behind the Scenes) at the lighting and studio set up which you can catch here [Link] [...]

News: Magazine Articles & Netherlands Workshop

Hi Folks,

Hope all is well with you.

Thought I’d start the week off with some news about some recent magazine articles plus aheads up about a brand new workshop I’ll be doing with my Buddy Frank Doorhof over in the Netherlands.

Pictures Magazine
In the latest issue of Pictures Magazine features I’ve an article on the technique I call Ugly Retouching

The technique is actually one used more often during Beauty Retouching as it’s great for evening out skin tones, removing blemishes and a whole lot more. In this tutorial I use it to remove an unwanted shadow but retain all the original texture beneath.

If you’ve not seen the technique I recorded it as a video tutorial which you can see by signing up for the Free Newsletter here [Link]

Talking of the Newsletter, the next issue will be out in the next few days with details of new workshops both here and abroad, Photoshop Tips & Techniques, Prizes and a whole lot more.

In every issue there’s the chance to win Books & DVD’s by simply forwarding the newsletter to any of your contacts you think would like to see it and last month’s Winner was Hannah Taylor from Chard in Somerset, UK. Hannah, a copy of Scott Kelby’s Light It, Shoot It, Retouch It book [Link] is on it’s way in the post as we speak:)

Flex Magazine
This sure has been a week for magazines as a picture I took of Natural Bodybuilder Nigel St Lewis appeared in a promotional advert in the recent issue of Flex rubbing shoulders with the Austrian Oak aka Arnold Schwarzennegger:)

Practical Photoshop Magazine
Also, just to let you know in advance that in the next issue of Practical Photoshop Magazine (Issue 15) which is due out on the 30th of this month I’ve a 7 page featured tutorial.

The tutorial shows every single step from the out of camera image to the final edit of ‘The Editor‘ plus I also recorded the entire tutorial as a video which will be included in the magazine CD.

Netherlands Workshop with Frank Doorhof
I’m really excited to let you know in advance that in August of this year I’ll be teaming up with my Buddy, Fashion Photographer Frank Doorhof [Link] to give a joint workshop in the Netherlands.

Now I don’t have more details at the moment other than the dates (August 25th and August 26th) but in the very near future I’ll be able to let you know more.

Numbers will be limited and what’s fantastic is that folks have already been in touch since Frank announced it over on his Google+ page [Link] and spaces are already being reserved.

Ok that’s all for now so whatever you’re up to, have a good one and I’ll catch you back here tomorrow,

New Picture: Assassin

Hey Folks,

Hope all is well with you.

Ok so today I’ve a new picture to show you from one of last week’s photo shoots, and this one I’m calling “Assassin”.

I’m getting the feeling that watching the Underworld Films recently may have influenced me slightly; gotta love the movies though right:)

Anyway, next week I’ll be posting a write up of the shoot along with some more images that I’ve worked on and a look Behind The Scene (B.T.S.) to show the lighting set ups and a sneak peek at the editing.

I mentioned it in an earlier post that the model for this shoot was Bodybuilder/Fitness Model Mehmet Edip who was an absolute dream to work with. Mehmet really got into the themes we’d discussed beforehand and came to the studio armed to the teeth (literally) with all kinds of clothing, outfits and fake weapons; so much in fact that we’re going to be booking in more shooting time to work on the other themes. Lots of fun to be had:)

So, here’s a Before/After to give you an idea of how the image looked ‘out of camera’ and then so you can see what retouching was done using Photoshop.

Oh, during the write up I’ll also give a look at my new workflow as that’s changed quite a bit now as I’m starting everything off in Lightroom…something I’ve not done before for this kind of work but I’m loving it!

Also, I’m really excited to tell you that Mehmet is one of the models at my next studio Photography & Photoshop Creative Workshop on Saturday 21st July, so the themes are gonna ROCK!

At the time of posting this there are just a few spaces left and still at the reduced price of just £95 so don’t miss out, BOOK HERE and I’ll see you there…it’s gonna be a blast!

Ok that’s all from me so whatever you’re up to this weekend have a great one and I’ll catch you back here in a few days,


•Check out “Assassin” over on my 500px Portfolio here [Link]


  • June 22, 2012 - 5:38 pm

    Kevin Sharpe - Great work again Glyn, look forward to seeing some more images from the shoot and info on how you achieved the end result.
    See you in Brighton next month.

London Live Shoot & Retouch

Hiya Folks,

It’s only just over a week now until I’m on stage giving a seminar including live shoot and retouch at the Tabernacle Theatre in London to the London Photographic Meet Up Group:

The Tabernacle Theatre is a superb location set in London’s Notting Hill and this Live Shoot & Retouch Seminar is being held there on Saturday 30th June 2012 between the hours of 10am and 2pm.

During the seminar I’ll be going through a number of images and talking through the stories behind them and how I approached the photo shoot with Photoshop in mind knowing how the images would be retouched to get the final result.

We’ll then move on to a Live ‘Themed’ Shoot setting up the lighting from scratch and then going through the complete retouch and finish off going through a mix of quick fire Photoshop Techniques for Photographers showing lighting effects, retouching, how to clean up a white studio floor in under 1 minute and a whole lot more…

Tickets for the event are priced at just £30 and can be purchased through the London Photographic Meet Up website [Link] and news has it that space will be made available for folks who pay on the door.

So, if you’re in or around London on Saturday 30th it would be great to see you there and then join us for a bit of a social afterwards i.e. food and drink at one of London’s fine establishments:)

Have a great day folks and I’ll catch you back here tomorrow,

•Book your ticket here [Link]

*For those thinking of paying on the door, be sure to contact the Event Organiser Alex Laberge on mobile: 07956 264049 so that all extra seating can be planned for…thanks:)

Adobe Creative Week

Hey Folks,

Hope you’re having a great week so far:)

Ok so if you’re into Photography & Photoshop, in fact if you’re into anything creative, then today I’ve got some dates for your diaries…

Last week I was up in Central London going through filming preparations with the team from Adobe UK as they get ready for the Creative Week which is literally now just around the corner…

Kicking off on Monday 9th July through to Friday 13th July, the Adobe Creative Week sees 5 days Celebrating and Showcasing the very best software applications in the world of Photography & Imaging, Design & Publishing, Web & Mobile and Film & Video.

The latest trends, the hottest issues and the coolest technology is all on the agenda for what is set to be an incredible week and one not to be missed.

Whether you’re a seasoned Pro or a keen Amateur there’s going to be something for everyone whatever you’re interest plus there’s live debates and discussions that you’ll be able to tune into and take part.

I’ll be taking part in the broadcast during the Photography & Imaging sessions and during my studio session I’ll be showing a number of Photoshop techniques for retouching, compositing, lighting effects, colour manipulation, beauty retouching and more using what’s available to us now plus what’s possible using Photoshop CS6; I can’t wait:)

It was such fun on the set and hanging out with the team who are working so hard behind the scenes putting everything together. Getting to spend time with the likes of Adobe Evangelist Julianne Kost and Senior Solutions Consultant at Adobe UK, Richard Curtis is always a blast; both of whom amongst other folks such as Steve Caplin have some incredible content they’ll be showing across the Creative Suite during the week too.

I don’t know about you but it sure feels like there’s a heck of a buzz around since CS6 was launched; it sure is an exciting time at the moment and this is just the start!

The Adobe Creative Week website [Link] is up and running now and any day soon the full detailed list of what’s in store will also be added, so be sure to head on over and check it out [Link]

Right, that’s all from me for today as I’m heading out to the studio so whatever you’re up to, have a good one and I’ll catch you tomorrow,