Is Digital Photography all Tech and no Talent?

Hey Folks,

Interesting title huh? So what did you think when you first read the title? I’m hoping most, no I’ll say that again….I’m hoping all of you gave out a WHAT?!?

Ok let me explain…

Next week sees the start of Adobe UK’s Creative Week LIVE in which I’m taking part on the Friday 13th.

At 2.30pm I’ll be going through a ‘How To’ session covering Compositing and Retouching Techniques using Photoshop CS6, however earlier in the day I’m also now going to be on the panel for the LIVE debate in which “Is Digital Photography all Tech and no Talent” is the main topic.

Along with Photographer Timothy Allen and Creative Consultant Erin Moroney I’ll be in the London Studios infront of an audience and being aired LIVE online from 12.10pm discussing this very topic and I’m sure a whole lot more.

Anyway, it would be great if you could join me on Friday 13th at 12.10pm as there’ll be ways you too can contribute to the discussion.

Also, check out the Creative Week website to see an updated list of what’s going on throughout the week including discussions, tutorials, giveaways including Adobe Software and more PLUS it’s Free to register.

Adobe Creative Week Live [Link]

Right, must dash so have a good one and I’ll catch you tomorrow,


  • July 4, 2012 - 12:12 pm

    Mark Beaumont - Thanks Glyn, A very interesting discussion no doubt, and one I’d be very interested to see, but I’m already double booked that day, will it be recorded for viewing later?

  • July 6, 2012 - 11:21 pm

    Kevin Halliburton - I’ll try to make it.

  • July 10, 2012 - 8:55 am

    Neil Holmes - Hi Glyn, Tech is great, I for one wouldn’t be without it. There is no substitute for talent but digital tech dosent half give us a BIG toolbox. Have a good time on Friday. Cheers Neil

Anatomy of an Assassin: Photography & Photoshop BTS

Hi Everyone,

Hope all is well with you.

Today I thought I’d go back to my Assassin picture that I posted a short while ago and give you a bit more of a look behind the scenes (B.T.S.) so you can see how the image was photographed and edited.

Ok so here’s the finished picture which I think took around 2 hours to retouch. The final edit was made up of 7 pictures that included:

  • Original Studio Shot of Mehmet
  • 2 photographs of London to make up the cityscape
  • The Sky / Smoke
  • Birds
  • Thingys
  • Texture

Here you can see the retouching steps in Photoshop from the ‘out of camera‘ image to the final picture (click to enalrge)

Here’s a close up showing the reflection that was added into Mehmet’s glasses…

This was done in such a way using the luminosity of the actual reflection so as Mehmet’s face and eyes would still partially visible as they weren’t ‘mirror glasses’ … you know, like The Fonz used to wear or am I showing my age?:)

Studio Set Up
Mehmet was photographed on a grey seamless background with a 3 light set up; 2 rim lights and one medium softbox as the front/key light.

The reason for the rim lights was that in the final picture I knew I’d be adding in a brighter light coming from behind Mehmet so these lights would represent that.

Shooting Tethered
I shoot tethered all the time in the studio and increasingly more so when working out on location; it makes such a difference being able to see your shots appear on a bigger screen as you take them so you can see all the details and if you need to tweek things that you may have missed by using just the screen on the back of your camera.

If you do shoot tethered then I’d highly recommend you check out the TetherTools range of kit too; makes life so much easier by keeping everything organised and secure, and by that I mean no cables being accidentally pulled out etc… Oh and by the way if you do place an order with TetherTools be sure to use the promo code DEWISTT8 which will put a FREE Jerkstopper [Link] in with your order:)

And again here’s the Before and After images…

As always if you have any questions / comments then please feel free to make use of the comments section below and I’ll get back to you. Oh and if you’re coming along to the Photography & Photoshop Workshop on Saturday 21st July [Link] you’ll get to shoot Mehmet as he’ll be one of the models for the day…can’t wait for folks to see the theme we have planned.

Right that’s all from me so whatever you’re up to today have a good one and I’ll catch you tomorrow,

  • July 3, 2012 - 6:09 am

    DaveT - Nice explanation with images Glyn, its a good alternative to the video.

    The message that you carefully plan your lighting with the end result in mind for the composite image comes across loud and clear.


  • July 3, 2012 - 6:24 am

    Kevin Sharpe - Great info again Glyn, really looking forward to the 21st and what you have planned for the shoot with mehmet, it’ll be great to do the shoot right up to the finale composite.
    Many thanks for another great post.
    Regards Kevin

  • July 3, 2012 - 6:34 am

    Mark - Good Morning Glyn, Lots of great infos here (as allways!) that are making my mind sprout new Ideas for a small workshop I am doing on the 21st.
    As Dave sayed your shearing the lightingplan with the end result in mind is a valuble tip.
    thanks alot and also have a Great Day.

  • July 3, 2012 - 10:44 am

    David Kelly - Great work as always Glyn. Thanks for sharing.

  • July 3, 2012 - 11:19 am

    chanel fusco - WOW flippin’ loving these shots!

  • July 4, 2012 - 9:05 pm

    Scott - In relation to the images with the glasses reflection I can clearly see more detail in the right images on the models person and jacket. Did you create this and if so how?

  • July 4, 2012 - 9:06 pm

    Glyn - Sure thing Scott…I added more details and texture plus dodging and burning to give it a harder/detailed look :)

  • July 10, 2012 - 9:11 am

    Getting it right ‘In Camera’ on a BIG scale!!! » Glyn Dewis - [...] such as Underworld incredibly inspiring for my own project shoots and edits; the recent shoot with Mehmet Edip definitely had the Underworld and Blade movie [...]

  • July 21, 2012 - 6:46 am

    Craig O'Hara - Hi Glyn. Your tutorials are perfect for where I am in my photography at the mo. Love your stuff and so agree with the composite mentality. so frustrating living in uk. Its exciting to put any background you choose into a pic. provided you have the skills. On this tutorial was wondering if the smoke is stock? or difference clouds? presume its blended in using layer blend mode?

London Live Shoot & Retouch Seminar with the L.P.M.G

Hey Folks,

So how was your weekend?

Today I want to say a huge thanks to everyone that came to my Live Shoot & Retouching Seminar in Notting Hill, London on Saturday for the L.P.M.G [Link]; I had a blast!

It was great to see so many people there and to meet some many who I’ve got to know through social media like Facebook and Twitter but never actually met…cool stuff:)

The 4 hour long seminar held at The Tabernacle Theatre saw me discussing the stories behind some of my pictures including how and why the images were lit a certain way, with Photoshop in mind; some on location shots and some studio based shots for compositing.

There was also a live photo shoot where I was joined by my Buddy Dave Clayton who dressed as The Editor followed by a complete retouch and then in the latter part of the day a whole host of quick fire Photoshop Tips, Tricks and Techniques.

On Stage with my great friend Dave Clayton aka ‘The Editor’ and top fellow Miguel Campos.

Always a good time when catching up with top travel photographer and great guy Richard Curtis [Link]. Was chuffed to bits that Richard joined me on stage for a short period and who as Adobe UK’s Digital Imaging Product Manager gave folks an overview of what Adobe Creative Week LIVE [Link] which runs from 9th – 13th July is all about and in which we’re both involved…can’t wait!:)

Again, thanks to everyone who came along and made it such a fun event, and thanks too, to Alex Laberge who organised the event and whom I first met when I was Scott Kelby’s Guest Retoucher when he came over to London earlier this year with his Light It, Shoot It, Retouch It tour.

  • You know when the instructor has nailed it…you leave excited…great workshop Glyn:)~ @streakyme (Twitter)
  • Great seminar today. It opened my eyes to different techniques. Thank you! ~ Céline Allano
  • Top tips today – teeth whitening & cleaning dirty white seamless. Thank you! Worth the thirty quid alone! ~ @Calamityjane65 (Twitter)
  • Attended a Glyn Dewis retouching workshop today. He does some great stuff really fast! ~ @thejazzdevil (Twitter)
  • That looks great Glyn! I attended a live online retouch a few weeks ago and you’re phenomenal to listen to. Voice & explanation! ~ @Endyphoto (Twitter)
  • Great morning watching top bloke @GlynDewis shoot and retouch. Generous guy, revealing so many of his PhotoShop secrets ~ @warrenchrisman (Twitter)
  • No surprise since Glyn Dewis does some amazing stuff with both LR and PS. ~ @k_shelton (Twitter)
  • An absolutely fantastic session with Glyn. He is truly a genius with photoshop. Cannot wait to see him during Adobe creative week. ~ Susanna Chan
  • Excellent as always. ~ Phillip
  • Top advice, and entertaining too! Thanks ~ Mike Woodford
Right that’s all from me for today so have a good one and I’ll catch you back here tomorrow,
  • July 2, 2012 - 9:02 am

    Miguel Campos - It was an amazing day!
    Thank you so much Glyn for sharing all those techniques.
    can’t wait to meetup with you and Dave again :)


  • July 2, 2012 - 10:02 am

    Jonathan Thompson - Brilliant stuff Glyn, nice to see so much great feedback, to see how many you’ve inspired & excited with new image making possibilities. Just wish I’d been there.

    See you in the Netherlands

    JT :)

  • July 2, 2012 - 10:12 am

    Mark Lawrence - Thank you for a great day Saturday. Was great to see the energy and love for what you do!

    I look forward to the next one – would love to see a beauty retouch.

  • July 2, 2012 - 9:30 pm

    Glyn - Thanks so much Miguel and thanks too for coming along; was great to finally catch up :)

  • July 2, 2012 - 9:31 pm

    Glyn - Jonathan…Thanks matey and yeah…see you there :)

  • July 2, 2012 - 9:32 pm

    Glyn - Thanks for coming along and for the feedback Mark; I thoroughly enjoyed the day.
    Cheers, Glyn

    ps> Thanks for the suggestion re Beauty Retouching…let’s see what we can sort out ;)

News: Netherlands Workshop with Frank Doorhof, Adobe Creative Week & Practical Photoshop

Hi Folks,

Hope you’ve had a great week and are looking forward to the weekend:)

As it’s Friday I have a few news type things to let you know about including more details about the Netherlands Workshop where I’m teaming up with Fashion Photographer Frank Doorhof, Adobe’s Creative Week and Practical Photoshop Magazine, so let’s go…

NetherLands Workshop with Frank Doorhof
Ok so here’s the promo poster for the Netherlands Workshop where I’ll be teaming up with Fashion Photographer and fellow Photoshop World Instructor Frank Doorhof; huge thanks to my Buddy Dave Clayton for the design work:)

Tickets for each of the workshop dates are priced at €235  for each day (26th & 27th) but in addition to this Frank is also teaching a workshop in English on the Saturday 25th (€199); here’ what Frank posted over on his Google+ Page:

I will team up with Glyn for two amazing workshops on the 26th and 27th of August in our studio in Emmeloord (the Netherlands). Glyn will show you a lot of tips and tricks to create stunning new pieces for your portfolio and I will chimp in of course with tips and tricks on shooting it.

The workshops are flexible meaning you can ask whatever you want and if we can answer (and that chance is rather big) we will.

Also the 25th I will be teaching a “solo” workshop in English with loads of information about using the light meter, color checkers, coaching the model, adding motion to a shot to make a better fashion shot, working with creative backgrounds, using direction of light, creating stunning fashion shots with 1-2 lights and much much more. and Glyn will be sitting in the back throwing peanuts:)

This is including a small lunch and as much as you can drink.

Book quickly, we are now officially starting the promotion and the workshops are already half full.

We are working on a hotel deal and restaurant for the evenings, so for more information mail me at

The model for the 26-27th will be +MC Nadine stephan one of the best stylists and models I know, so this will absolutely rock!!!

Adobe Creative Week
It’s not long now until the Adobe Creative Week LIVE here in the UK; a week packed full of Content, Discussions, How To’s, Giveaways and a whole lot more!!!

Creative Week runs from Monday 9th July – Friday 13th July with each and every day concentrating on a different arena of creativity from Video, Web, Design, Publishing, Photography, Digital Imaging…

Friday 13th is Photography and Imaging day when I’ll be in the London Studios on the panel for the LIVE Debate where the topic  which is destined to stir up some discussion will be:

“Knowledge of aperture, exposure and light settings is often considered an art form to be cherished, over auto-settings and quick fixes with all the work done in post-production. But in an age when everything is becoming digitalised, should traditional photographers be ready to embrace image manipulation?”

Later in the day I’ll also be in the studio for a ‘How To’ session track going through some Retouching and Compositing techniques, tips and tricks using Photoshop CS6.

Check out the Creative Week website [Link] for more details, to register and take a look all the other things that will be going on with folks such as Adobe Worldwide Evangelist Julianne Kost, Digital Artist Steve Caplin and loads more…

Adobe Creative Week Website [Link]

Practical Photoshop Magazine
And finally I just wanted to let you know that my first article with Practical Photoshop Magazine has now hit the shelves:

It’s been great to receive positive feedback from folks who have already seen the article and watched the accompanying video tutorial. One thing I completely overlooked was the fact that the magazine is also available on the iPad which means the video is embedded too; thanks to my friend Mark Imhof in Switzerland who gave me a shout:)

Thanks to the folks over at Practical Photoshop for doing such a great job with the magazine and digital version; it’s superb to be working with you.

Right that’s all for now so whatever you have planned this weekend have a great one and I’ll see you in a few days. Of course, if you’re joining me in London tomorrow for the Live Shoot & Retouch Seminar [Link] I’ll see you there; milk and no sugar thanks:)



  • June 29, 2012 - 5:01 pm

    Mark Imhof - Very well done Tutorial, Thanks Glyn.

  • June 29, 2012 - 7:32 pm

    Glyn - Thanks Mark and thanks too for sending over the iPad Screen Shots.
    All the best to you :)

  • July 4, 2012 - 3:55 pm

    Todor - A great tutorial Glyn and one that will be used for some of my client shoots.
    Look forward to seeing more

Photoshop Speed Retouching Videos

Hey Folks,

Well the title of this post is quite apt considering I was running a little late first thing having spent most of the morning crawling around tracking down a 4 legged friend that one of our cats decided to bring me as a present:)

Anyway, I’ve been putting some video content together for my London Seminar this coming Saturday [Link] which will include a couple of the Photoshop Speed Retouch videos from off my YouTube page [Link] like the ones below:

Speed Retouch: Worn Out

Speed Retouch: Character Portrait Retouch

 Speed Retouch: Psycho Surgeon

More spaces have been opened up for the London Seminar which includes a Live Shoot & Retouch, so if you’re in or around London this coming Saturday it would be great to see you; click here for more details [Link].

Right, I really must dash so have a great day and I’ll catch you tomorrow,