Facebook for the iPad…Finally!!!

Hi Folks,
Just a short post to let those of you who use Facebook and own an iPad know that finally the official iPad App version has been released and is available to download…

Up until now on the advice of Alan Hess, Concert Photographer and Author of ‘iPad: Fully Loaded‘ [Link] and ‘iPad 2: Fully Loaded‘ [Link] (amongst many others) I’ve been using the website whilst on my iPad and that has worked fine, but having just started using the official iPad App version already it feels so much better.

Facebook have definitely put a lot of effort into this App and although the question has to be ‘Why has it taken so long?’ they have done quite a good job both in the look and feel of the UI (User Interface) which for them is definitely a good move; especially with the ever growing popularity of Google+ amongst the Photography Community.

Anyway, just thought I’d let you know.
Enjoy:)

*Facebook for iPad is available for Free from the iTunes App Store  [Link]

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October 11, 2011 - 10:06 am

Dave Clayton - I read somewhere that it’s been ready for a good while, as far back as May but there was some dispute between Facebook and Apple. Then the guy who developed the App at FB jumped ship to Google+ (who need to sort their App next). I’m sure its all findable on Google anyway ;o)

October 11, 2011 - 10:04 am

Chanel - Yippeee!!! Thanks for letting us know :-)

October 11, 2011 - 8:17 am

Mike Patterson - Hoooray!!!!!!!!!!

Pictures, Workshops and Google+ Hangouts

Happy Monday Folks.
Just a couple of things to kick the week off…

First off, I thought I’d share a couple of pictures with you from a studio shoot just before I took some time out and went away on holiday..

New Workshop Dates
Very soon I’ll be posting the next dates for my Workshop Series ‘From Concept to Print‘ …

These One Day Workshops are being held at the superb Gareth Davies Studio in Wokingham, UK  and later this week I’ll post a full breakdown of what’s covered along with details regards how you can get hold of a ticket.

Numbers are limited to 6 attendees and tickets cost £250 each which includes refreshments throughout the day as well as some goodies to take away with you too:)

Google+ Hangout
I’ve finally updated my profile over on Google+ [Link] and thanks to the series of videos that the folks over at Kelby Training put together I’m finding more and more cool features to try out, in particular the ‘Hangout’…

Hangouts are limited to 10 people at a time and there’s the built in option to share your screen so this got me thinking…Rather than just use it as a normal webcam and have a chat, how about doing a mini Photoshop Compositing Webinar where I’ll work through an image like one of the headshots below from start to finish, which takes about 20 minutes or so…

Anyway, if you’re on Google+, fancy ‘hanging out’ and giving this new technology a try by joining me for this mini webinar, give me a shout out in the comments section below and we’ll sort it:)

Right, that’s all for now so have a great week and I’ll catch up with you soon,
Enjoy:)

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October 10, 2011 - 9:02 pm

Adrian - count me in for Google+ plus hangout

October 10, 2011 - 8:09 pm

Nat - Sounds great fun!

October 10, 2011 - 7:32 pm

Rick Wenner - Let’s hang. I’ll bring the beer!

October 10, 2011 - 6:42 pm

Jim - I’m also interested in the hangout :-)

October 10, 2011 - 5:06 pm

Terry Donnelly - I’d love to take part Glyn :)

October 10, 2011 - 4:38 pm

Stu Cosgrave - Definitely interested in the hangout Glyn. Cheers!!

October 10, 2011 - 4:22 pm

David Kelly - Moi aussi! Haven’t been part of a Google+ hangout as yet so interested to see what it’s like.

October 10, 2011 - 4:01 pm

Michelle Lovegrove - I’m in :-)

October 10, 2011 - 3:26 pm

Brian Worley - Count me in for the Google+ hang out thing. Just wondering if you can do lemon drizzle cake too?

October 10, 2011 - 3:22 pm

Scot Baston - Hi Glyn,

You know I’m well up for a Google+ Hang out.. just give me a shout when you want to run one

Cheers

Scot

Photoshoot & Technique: A Face made for the camera…

Hi Folks.
Had a blast the other night over in the studio where I joined up with my Buddy Noel Hannan to shoot a group of Actors/Singers who call themselves ‘Vocalarity

Now Noel concentrated on photographing the group in a whole series of full length poses and guises whereas for this shoot I concentrated on taking a series of head shots; some of which are included here…

The first series of head shots are of Tristan, one of the group members and someone I’m definitely looking to have modelling for the next round of Workshops which are set to kick off in February 2012
*(I’ll be posting the new workshop dates up on the blog as well as Facebook, Google+ and Twitter real soon)

The set up for taking this series of head shots was real simple: 2 Strip lights from either side and a beauty dish fitted with a honeycomb grid high and to the front.

Now in the studio I’m using the Profoto heads and modifiers but this is a set up that can be pretty closely replicated using 2 Speedlights and the new Lastolite Hotrod Strip Boxes either side of the model with another Speedlight in a Lastolite Ezybox to the front. In fact that is the exact same set up I use if I’m out on location because it’s light and very portable.

The Background
For this particular kind of look, slightly darker than mid grey(ish) background is needed but rather than set this up in the studio each of the subjects were positioned roughly 6ft away from the white studio walls. That, combined with the way the lights were positioned meant that the walls weren’t blasted with light and consequently turned grey.

*If I’d wanted the walls darker I could move the subject and lights further away from the background and if I wanted the background lighter, I’d do the opposite…simple:)

The spotlight however is a different story, as it’s been added during the post production phase in Photoshop…

Post Production/Editing
Each of the head shots regardless took no more than 15 minutes working through the following steps…

  • RAW Conversion
  • Tidying Up (Removing Dust Spots, Blemishes etc…)
  • Eyes (Whitening, Colour, Contrast, Sharpening)
  • Adding Texture/Details
  • Dodging & Burning
  • Extraction/Cut Out
  • Background (Add Colour and Spotlight)
  • Add overall ‘Painterly’ Look/Texture
  • Contrast using Unsharp Mask
The Extraction/Cut Out stage is what allows the new background to be put in place and doing so even with lots of fine, stray hairs is a breeze once you get to grips with the Refine Edge Command in Photoshop CS5. But, that being said it can be also done in earlier versions of Photoshop with just a little more knowledge and time. (N.B> I’ll be look at putting together a video tutorial to show this in the near future)
Here’s a few more of the head shots along with one of Officially ‘Top Fellow” and “Jolly Nice Chap” David Rogers (far right)…
A  Retoucher, Designer, Adobe Certified Expert in both Photoshop and Lightroom, Adobe Community Professional and in his own words ‘an all round damn fine assistant’, David’s over from the US visiting family and it’s been great catching up hanging out with him for the past few days.
My good friend Dave Clayton summed it up perfectly when he said “David’s one of those guys you feel like you’ve known forever but just wish you’d met earlier” … here, here!!!

Well, the weekend is upon us so have a great one and in the mean time if you have any question/comments then as always please feel free to make use of the comments section below,
Enjoy:)

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December 2, 2011 - 6:37 pm

Evgeny - Very cool site! Thank you very much for your lessons! Tell me how you can get a tutorial on editing photos? :)

November 29, 2011 - 5:15 am

David - Hello,
I obviously missed the webinar (I just found your blog last week) Is there anyway to get a tutorial from you on how you created these images? (post production) Just curious to see if the webinar was recorded. I would have loved to join if I had known about it :-) This is a technique I am always seeking to learn different ways of doing. Thanks.

-David

October 16, 2011 - 9:30 am

Nicole - Wow, Glyn these are amazing. How do you create this wonderful paintery like look?

October 10, 2011 - 3:18 pm

Glyn - Cheers Thomas ;)

October 10, 2011 - 3:17 pm

Glyn - @DaveT…Could well be the case mate. Hopefully the tutorial will help out. Cheers

October 10, 2011 - 3:16 pm

Glyn - @Adrian…Are you on Google+? If you are, check out one of my recent posts about this: https://plus.google.com/u/0/106535723624866309220/posts

October 10, 2011 - 3:15 pm

Glyn - @Paul…No ratios mate. I just work by sight and if the light looks how I want it, then I go with it.

October 10, 2011 - 3:15 pm

Glyn - @Ciaran…I’m holding out, hoping that the next version of PS can help me with the ‘spot’ on my head…lol :)

October 9, 2011 - 5:12 pm

Ciaran Cummins - Thanks for showing this Glyn, I have loved this effect and wondered how it was achieved. As for the “spot” on the top of your own head… don’t think CS5 has a tool for that. Sorry! ;-)

October 8, 2011 - 6:56 pm

Thomas - Thank you very much,this is great.

October 8, 2011 - 7:01 am

DaveT - Looking forward to the tutorial on the refine edges bit. I have tried it a few times but without success (maybe because the background was too detailed).

October 7, 2011 - 10:44 pm

Adrian - Can you please please teach me how to do this technique, bin trying to do this for a while now but no success

October 7, 2011 - 8:19 pm

Paul - Hi glyn! Do you have a specific ratio between front light and side lights?

October 7, 2011 - 7:14 pm

Glyn - Hi Nat. Re the spotlight I do it this way for a number of reasons but mostly because of the flexibility it offers being able to adjust the size, brightness, colour and position at any stage after the shoot as well as showing the client the images with or without a spotlight.
Hope that makes sense, Glyn

October 7, 2011 - 6:36 pm

Nat - Love these Glyn. They are fantastic. Can I ask why you added the spotlight in post?

I finally made it onto 500px…

Well, after it having been around for a few months, a couple of days ago I finally made it onto 500px; undoubtedly the place nowadays to have a portfolio and showcase your images…

There’s a number of reasons why it’s taken so long for me to get round to putting a portfolio of images together and creating a page, and time (or lack of it) has certainly played it’s part. The main reason though has been down to not being able to decide on which images I should upload.

Now I’m not short of images it’s just if there’s one thing I’ve picked up on from watching and listening it’s that 500px is where you upload your best work as opposed to Flickr where it can seem like anything and everything is uploaded. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not bad-mouthing Flickr in any way, it’s just that 500px seems to me to be aimed more towards the Professional side of things as opposed to Flickr being aimed towards anyone and everyone.

Each have their place that’s for sure and I’m sure I’ll continue to use Flickr but not as a place to showcase my images. I’ll likely use it from now on as a place to create ‘Groups’ and share images like has been done with those taken during this years Scott Kelby World Wide Photo Walk that I lead in Oxford, UK [Link]

Anyway, getting back to 500px, I have to say that apart from being blown away by how well the site displays your images: sharp, great colour, size etc I could (and have) spend hours just browsing around and looking at some of the other folks’ work on there; some seriously impressive and inspiring work!!!

I’m guessing at the moment, Photographers’ images on 500px are being viewed in the main by other Photographers and that’s purely because it’s all very new. But, you can guarantee that once the word spreads Talent Scouts, Agents etc will start using it to source suitable Photographers for shoots as well as Advertising Houses, Designers and so on getting in contact about using images they find on there.

I’d be really interested to hear from any of you who have a 500px account and how you’re using it i.e. uploading large amounts of images or being more selective? Maybe you’ve resisted opening an account because it feels like yet another site to add to the seemingly ever increasing list of ‘social media’ websites to keep onto of?

As always, if you have any questions or comments please feel free to make use of the comments section below, but in the mean time,
Enjoy:)

You can check out my 500px Page here: www.500px.com/GlynDewis

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October 7, 2011 - 7:12 pm

Glyn - @Stu…Agreed entirely mate. Certainly makes you scrutinise what you upload which can only be a good thing.
Cheers

October 7, 2011 - 7:11 pm

Glyn - @Kelley…Thanks for that. Looking forward to seeing your portfolio on there too.

October 7, 2011 - 1:02 am

Ciaran Cummins - I’ve been viewing the site for a while now and I have to say I love it. It’s full of stunning images on almost every page. I did set up an account but I didn’t upload anything as I’m not a pro and don’t feel my work is up to that standard. That said I finally gave in to temptation last night and started uploading, but only a few images and only ones that I think might just manage to survive in there. For me it’s going to the place where I post only my very best efforts as I hope to be working as a photographer next year and as a full time pro with 18months. Fingers crossed!

October 6, 2011 - 1:12 pm

Stu Cosgrave - Glyn – I’ve been on 500PX for a while now. Amazing site that forces you to question the quality of your work (and hopefully helps you improve). As you’ll have seen with your images, it show cases your work really well. I’m using for landscapes and travel pics rather than my portraits and have only put a few up so far. Love the like/dislike approach aswell – an opportunity to have your work critiqued which can only help! Cheers, Stu

October 5, 2011 - 11:50 pm

kelley - What a great looking site! Your images look fantastic there and I admit I’ll be looking into it now. Good work! Kelley

The Oxford, UK Scott Kelby World Wide Photo Walk: We had a blast!!! (#WWPW)

Saturday and Sunday, the 1st and 2nd October, saw thousands of photographers all around the World taking part in what has become a history making event: Scott Kelby’s World Wide Photo Walk

And what an incredible weekend it was!!! I had the absolute pleasure of organising and leading one of the UK legs, in the beautiful City of Oxford and was joined by a great bunch of folks who’d travelled far and wide…some as far as Florida and Texas in the USA; admittedly they were here visiting family and friends but how cool is that:)

This was the 4th Scott Kelby World Wide Photo Walk, this time seeing over 1117 walks going on around the world and an excess of 30,000 photographers of varying levels taking part; Photography Professionals all the way to folks who like to take the occasional photo with their mobile phones…

Having fun and making friends with like minded people really is what the World Wide Photo Walk is all about, and taking photos and the chance to win thousands of pounds worth of prizes is an added bonus, and I know I’m not alone when I say this but I’ve met people by doing these walks over the past 4 years that have now become some of my greatest friends…

It’s incredible how fast the 2 hour walk went by; so fast I only managed to take a few shots the entire time in-between all the walking, chatting and laughter…

A HUGE thank you from me to everyone who came along and made the day what it was; a day with lots of laughs, meeting up with and making new friends, and some photography thrown in for good measure…and hey what about that weather:)

So did you take part in a walk? If not, then why not look at taking part next year and being part of what is a whole lot of fun, and undoubtedly the biggest photography and social event there is!
Enjoy:)

*Photo Walkers around the World have until 12pm EDT on Friday 7th October to submit their images to the relevant Photo Walk Web Page, and be entered for a chance to win thousands of pounds worth of prizes including software, books, photography equipment and much more…Good luck everyone!

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October 10, 2011 - 3:18 pm

Glyn - @Nasir…Would be great if you could make the next one mate; was a superb day!

October 9, 2011 - 9:46 am

Nasir Hamid - Great video! I was shooting a wedding on that day so couldn’t make it. Funnily enough your route is very similar to the one I walk during most of my lunch hours, doing street photography.

You can find my photo blog here: http://www.simplyoxford.com

Maybe I’ll make it to next years’ photo walk? :-)

Cheers,
Nasir

October 7, 2011 - 7:10 pm

Glyn - @Kelley…Impressive Boxers huh :) lol

October 7, 2011 - 7:10 pm

Glyn - @Stu…You’re welcome Buddy. Great day indeed…here’s to the next one :)

October 4, 2011 - 7:19 pm

kelley - Fabulous!

October 3, 2011 - 9:03 am

Stu Cosgrave - Have wanted to do a photo walk for a couple of years now but have never been able to make the dates, so this year was my first, and will definitely not be my last. Great day in a great location meeting great people! Thanks for organising Glyn. Top job.