I’m doing a webinar with RetouchPro but I need to ask a favour…

Hi Folks,

I’m going to be doing a 2 hour retouching webinar with the folks over at RetouchPro in the near future; the exact date and time is yet to be confirmed however it will be fairly soon, but in the mean time I just wanted to ask  a small favour…

I’m a little undecided at the moment which picture I should retouch so I wondered if you’d head on over to my 500px portfolio [Link], take a look through the images, and if you were to watch the webinar let me know which one you’d specifically like to see worked on from start to finish.

Once the date and time has been sorted I’ll be sure to let you know both on here and in my newsletter; talking of which Issue #2 will be going out at the end of this week so if you haven’t already you can sign up for free here [Link]

Right, that’s all for now so have a great day and I’ll catch up with you later,

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  • April 25, 2012 - 6:28 am

    Darren House - Glyn you have asked such a difficult question!

    So many amazing shots. From my personal opinion I would love to see ‘Mining’ This is because I love the light and effect but as a second choice it would be ‘The Alleyway’ and that would probably be a better choice for most people!

  • April 25, 2012 - 6:38 am

    Glyn - Thanks for that Darren; it’ll be interesting to see what other folks fancy seeing.
    Cheers, Glyn ;)

  • April 25, 2012 - 6:38 am

    Todor - Too many to choose from – cabaret would be my choice.

  • April 25, 2012 - 6:49 am

    Miguel Campos - It’s so difficult to choose a photo from such a great Portfolio!
    I am a big fan of your work, and of course I have a favourite:)

    I would go for The Editor or Chained :)

    I hope it helped :),


  • April 25, 2012 - 6:57 am

    Regina Pagles - Congrats, Glyn!
    I would choose the Allryway…


  • April 25, 2012 - 7:10 am

    Glyn - Hey Regina…Thanks for that :)
    Hope all is well with you, Glyn

  • April 25, 2012 - 7:16 am

    Andi "DevelopingPhoto" Ramsay - It’s easily “Homeward Bound” for me. That’s a brilliant image, and one of your strongest pieces, IMHO.
    Looking forward to seeing which one wins. :)

  • April 25, 2012 - 7:30 am

    Tim Pursall - Hi Glyn.

    I’d have to go for ‘Samurai’.

    Brilliantly processed and composed.

    Look forward to the webinar whichever one is chosen!

  • April 25, 2012 - 7:35 am

    DaveT - It’s the ‘Alleyway’ for me Glyn.

    This image is one that I would probably have a go at trying to produce myself. If I remember rightly it wasn’t shot in a studio, and therefore being able to produce images from shots taken in the street is something I would gravitate more towards.

  • April 25, 2012 - 7:37 am

    Andrew Macpherson - I think that my favourites in your images might not give you enough to share in a 2 hour session, so I would suggest Chained offers you enough to talk through, and is a suitably disturbing image to give insight into the artistic processes as well

  • April 25, 2012 - 7:57 am

    vineet - Hi glyn,
    I have a lots but it would be better if you could show one of the following
    1. Poor Cinderella
    2. Little Boy
    3. The editor
    4. Supermarket Trolley

  • April 25, 2012 - 8:39 am

    Neil - Glyn

    Sorry to throw another in the mix but for me it’s gotta be Brit Cops. Looking forward though whatever you choose. Keep up the cool work.

  • April 25, 2012 - 11:45 am

    Nick McClelland - Little Boy or Lunchtime Break for me Glyn.

  • April 25, 2012 - 1:03 pm

    Kevin Sharpe - Hi Glyn,

    Tom the farmer would be the one for me, I saw on your blog how you shot this and would love to get an idea of the post production, as I shoot on a D3 too I’d love to be getting similar results, many thanks, Kevin

  • April 25, 2012 - 5:04 pm

    Anki - I’d love to see the Barbell but any of your creations would be fine as all of them are just great.

  • April 25, 2012 - 5:25 pm

    Denis Van Linden - The Alleyway and Samurai are one of my favorites.
    But anny picture will do..
    Thanks Glyn

  • April 25, 2012 - 5:57 pm

    Michelle Hedstrom - Little Boy or Powerhouse would be cool for me, but you know I’ll watch anyways :)

  • April 25, 2012 - 6:39 pm

    Mark (cuuter55) flikr - Got to be chained for me although all the work would be great see being processed

  • April 26, 2012 - 3:09 am

    Christian WAKE - Hi Glyn. I think The Editor would be great to watch. The post processing/retouching here is fantastic. It really makes a for a fun portrait and the look is quite unique.

  • April 26, 2012 - 6:24 am

    Miljenko - Only one…? I’d like to see these:
    1. Poor Cinderella
    2. The Editor
    3. Supermarket Trolley

  • April 26, 2012 - 11:54 am

    Fabio Giraldi - Thanks for the opportunity, Glyn! Really hard to choose just one ;)
    If I had to, I’d say: “Poor Cindarella” (http://500px.com/photo/2250864).

  • April 29, 2012 - 2:29 pm

    Daniel Halstead - I would like to see…
    1: Brit Cops
    2: Poor Cinderella
    3: Reflective

    Couldnt pick just one! (picking 3 was hard enough!)

WOW! Adobe’s CS6 & Creative Cloud Launch in London

Hi Folks,
Well the only word that comes to mind after yesterday’s launch of the Adobe CS6 Creative Suite and Creative Cloud in London is WOW!

Adobe certainly know how to put on a party when it comes to celebrating what is undoubtedly the biggest and most impressive update for quite some time.

Held at the stunning One Marylebone, Adobe’s CTO Kevin Lynch took centre stage and along with Senior Worldwide Design Evangelist Rufus Deuchler and Special Guests including Fashion Designer Wayne Hemmingway, the CS6 Creative Suite and Creative Cloud was officially launched.

Of course it’s the Photoshop side of things that I’m most interested in but seeing just some of what is possible with other products it makes for a very exciting future for everyone. With the Creative Cloud giving people access to every single piece of software in the suite plus those for touch devices and more, these high end products are now going to be accessible to a heck of alot more people which in the long term means seeing alot more creativity…and that can only be a good thing:)

It was great also to meet up with Digital Artist Steve Caplin who’s series of books How to Cheat in Photoshop was one of my very first and of course catching up and hanging out with Digital Artist Olaf Giermann from Germany, was always going to be fun.

All in all a wonderful day which was a real honour to be present at.

So what about you? With all this talk of CS6 and the Creative Cloud what are your thoughts? Have you been using the Photoshop CS6 Beta?

What about the Creative Cloud? Personally I think Adobe have hit the ball out of the park here especially with the pricing but what about you…what do you think? If you’ve not upgraded for a while would this be an option you’d consider?

Right that’s all from me so I’ll make a move but in the mean time I’d love to hear your thoughts so please feel free to make use of the comments section below,

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  • April 24, 2012 - 8:40 am

    Richard - I think Creative Cloud looks great and will probably take them up on the upgrade offer, but… With regards pricing, I’ll be interested to see how they justify the massive price disparity between US and UK subscription prices. Was almost justifiable for packaged goods but for a purely digital product, not so sure..

  • April 24, 2012 - 8:49 am

    David Clark - What a ripoff for the UK again. Photoshop USA=$699 UK=$880 PLUS VAT = $1060.

    30% more. Now it is said its for “local support” – well, for $300 I’ll put up with color instead of colour….

  • April 24, 2012 - 9:25 am

    xomi - really looking forward to creative-cloud! that many products to be tested and always available….thats my thingy!

    on the other hand regarding pricing policy…same over here in germany, much higher pricing then US versions…makes me feel like people 2nd class :/ why`s that adobe?


  • April 24, 2012 - 10:33 am

    david rogers - xomi, you shouldn’t feel like second class. First class people always get charged more.

    While I understand your frustration with the pricing disparity, that doesn’t take away from the fact that its an incredible opportunity to move into applications you wouldn’t normally, or ever, consider.
    There is no reason to expect any company to offer products or services at an equal rate worldwide. It has much more to do with market share. The U.K. is still a very small market when compared with the U.S. no matter how passionate you may be.

    So it is in reverse too. You wouldn’t believe the price of Marmite over here!
    Trust me, I hear the same gripes about pricing over here from photographers that are “professional”. My response: Its a tool for your business that lasts at least 18months. If your business cannot support it then you’re doing something else wrong.
    For those that are not running a professional business, thats not Adobes fault or responsibility.

    I have been using the PS6 beta and quite frankly it rivals the updates of CS4. That update for me was all about production speed. It the little things that take your time when you use a product for hours at a time. Shaving 3 or 4 clicks down to 1 is huge.
    CS6 has done the same plus added some really superb new features. Did they include everything? no. It still bugs me when all I want to do is rename a layer and I miss the name when I double click so have to close the Layer Styles dialog and try again. But at least now I can close multiple layer effects triangles at once.

    While some of you may be single application users (photoshop) you should be aware of some tremendous improvements for InDesign and Illustrator too. As creative people its not always necessary to be fluent in all programs but a general understanding of what they do can really help your communication with designers and art directors. Half the time knowing what is capable is key, even if you don’t know how to do it yourself. Now with the Cloud you have a great opportunity to expand your skill set for a reasonable price. Reasonable compared to what it would have cost you to get started.

    John Nack illustrates this quite clearly on his blog.

    Don’t let the price disparity be your biggest barrier. Software as a service (SaaS) has been coming for a long time and Adobe have bet their ass that providing ALL products at a MUCH lower entry point is the way to go.

    Now Im off to Starbucks to get a cheaper cup of coffee AND free refills. ;)

  • April 24, 2012 - 11:50 am

    Richard - That’s a great response David. Don’t get me wrong, I think Creative Cloud itself really is, like Adobe claim, a game changer.

    Like you say, if this were Photoshop alone £50 a month for a tool that is used (and is pretty much indispensable) for a photography business, is very good value. Add in all the other stuff – can’t wait to see what they add to IL and DW – it’s exceptional value. I’ve been trying to justify the outlay of £1500+ for the full Suite for a couple of years but have always found other things more pressing – this means I can get on board much easier, with a constant, regular outgoing. Awesome!

    I work for a major games company who are also trying to redefine their business as an online service so I know that what Adobe are doing is the future. It’s really great to see them doing it in such a coherent way.

    Enjoy your coffee!

  • April 24, 2012 - 12:07 pm

    xomi - hi there david,

    many thx for your time (before heading to your coffeebreak ;) )!

    I know all this stuff on marketshare, have been working in the UK and US as well, leading some market-research-company. Pricing would never turn me off using Adobe products, they`re just awesome and now the cloud will make things much easier for all of us. As you say..biggest feature is to have a glance on other Adobe products that we never would have bought as a retail version. I`m looking forward to that!

    But as it comes down to pure numbers – and after loving our business as much as I can – pure numbers are important to all of us that are not that well known over the globe and have to struggle to get the leads in our pocket to pay rents etc. So having a look at pricing is always an issue for small companies or freelancers. I know the different prices have always been like that around the globe reflecting each countrys market. But once you`ve seen a cheaper price for the same product you`ll always feel like “d`ohh” – well Homer Simpson would say so ;)

    thanks for discussing so open and your thoughts on that one! Much appreciated!

  • April 24, 2012 - 2:02 pm

    Andrew Macpherson - I’ve been playing with Ps6 beta. Summary Not Convinced.

    The only compelling reason for Ps6 is the Camera Raw support for new cameras and to a lesser extent it’s new processing for compatibility with Lr4. Nothing else is even faintly exciting. Nothing really new or brought in from adjacent product, not even the stacked image auto-declutter from elements.

    I presume the other thing I might have been interested in — counting and measuring — will remain in Extended. As I’m not even remotely interested in video or 3D, please can I just have the new Camera Raw for Ps5?

    As for the wonderful chance to use the other Adobe products, if I had a need I might well be interested, but I have no needs where they form part of the solution, particularly given the atrocious network infrastructure outside the urban centres in this country.

  • April 24, 2012 - 5:17 pm

    David Rogers - Me again.

    Andrew Macpherson – you bring up a great scenario where there isn’t always a reason to upgrade, if one is not impressed enough to do so. In fact, I work with photographers that often ask if they should upgrade and quite frankly in some cases the reasons to do so are reducing.
    There are photographers out there that do not require use of photoshop at all but own it because of the one little thing they “used” to need or because they think they should own it. Its very much a “keep up with the Jones” mentality.

    I advocate in a lot of cases Photoshop Elements along with a great organizing tool like Lightroom. Obviously Glyns body of work relies heavily on the use of Photoshop and is just as much a tool as his camera. The new features around content aware technology will be of tremendous use to him.

    Your comment got my attention when you asked for the new Camera Raw in PSCS5. Well if you are already using Lightroom 4 then you have that. The entry point of Lightroom has just been drastically reduced by half so for less than the upgrade price to a single seat of Photoshop you get what you want (ACR 7) plus a bunch more functionality.

    I’m not sure I fully understand your comment on the “atrocious network infrastructure” but I suspect you may be referring to internet service. If that’s the case it should be noted that one does not have to be connected to the internet to use the software. It is in fact installed on your local hard drive and the cloud service is pinged at least once per month to verify license information.

    Counting and measuring does indeed remain in the extended version.

  • April 24, 2012 - 5:49 pm

    Andrew Macpherson - David Rogers, thank you.

    I am aware of the ACR in Lr4 , but also aware that I have to export to Ps5 as a tiff, and of the backward incompatibility of Lr’s new raw processing, that is largely my issue

    The map module is my compelling reason to go to Lr4. (though I still want to be able to search for empty title / captions / etc). I do regret the way the integration to the adobe tools current when I bought Lr4 was broken. It is a klunkieness that will probably achieve it’s aim, but…

  • April 25, 2012 - 8:00 am

    DaveT - Having just seen the price of an upgrade to CS6 (Photoshop)I will have to give it some serious consideration. As I don’t shoot professionally now, its a personal outlay.

    I can do an awful lot within Lightroom, perhaps eighty to ninety percent of my workflow is in that application. But there is no denying that if I need to use content aware fill etc then I find myself going across to CS5. Cloning is one aspect that LR doesn’t quite have enough capability for me.

    The leap in post processing ability from CS2 to CS5 (my previous upgrade) was worth it for me because it gave me tools like content aware fill, that made my post processing much easier. I was able to go back to older images and produce much better versions than previously.

    I also use Silver Effex Pro 2 and whilst I can use it as a plugin for just LR, I like the added capability it offers when used as a plugin to PS, where I can use additional tools like the brush to blend certain aspects within layers.

    I have found in the past that there comes a point when the software needs to be upgraded to get compatibility across the various applications.

    What I am not sure of at the moment, is whether the upgrade path for PS has changed or not (there was talk of it only being an option if you had the previous version and not, as in the past one three versions older).Normally I would wait for one or two versions to upgrade before making the change as it is more cost effective.

    As for using other applications within the suite, I can’t see me using them.

  • April 26, 2012 - 3:52 pm

    craig - $49 a month will prob be £40 here which is an unbelievable bargain if you use lots of adobe apps but not so much if u only use ps. even with 1st year discount you still have to pay year on year. for me i will upgrade for £180ish and use it for prob 3 years. thats £5 a month. done deal as long as upgrades dont start going up.

  • May 11, 2012 - 11:26 pm

    Geoff P - @David Rogers…

    1>”There is no reason to expect any company to offer products or services at an equal rate worldwide. It has much more to do with market share. The U.K. is still a very small market when compared with the U.S. no matter how passionate you may be.

    2>”For those that are not running a professional business, thats not Adobes fault or responsibility.

    Your crass comments defending Adobe’s blatant rip-off of the UK market are breathtakingly arrogant. I have upgraded Photoshop since (I think) v9, but I have become fed up with becoming Adobe’s cash cow.

    1. According to your logic, the smaller the market, the greater the price? If the price increases, surely the market will become even smaller, and thus the price rises… and what on earth has passion to do with this?

    2. How bloody dare you, in effect, state that if we feel aggrieved about the price differential, then we are not running a professional business. The price differential *IS* Adobe’s fault and responsibility.

    Adobe: you have just lost me as an upgrading customer. I’ll stick with my existing software, and that’s it. No more. The straw has just broken the camel’s back.

A Workshop, Stress Free Mind Mapping Weekend…

Hi Folks,

How’s things? Hope you had a great weekend.

Me?…Well we had a Workshop on Saturday, my website was moved (painlessly) and I’ve been Mind Mapping:)

Photography & Photoshop Workshop
Thanks to everyone who came along to Saturday’s workshop. We had another sell out with a great bunch of folks, two superb models and two themes that went down a treat; an English Gent modelled by Stuart Warren and a Boxer looking like he’d picked a fight with Mike Tyson (and lost) modelled by my Buddy (and bloomin’ good sport) Dave Clayton:)

I’ll be posting some BTS (Behind the Scenes) pictures and video in the next few days as well as a couple of my own shots but in the mean time here’s the gang in the studio…

And of course the workshop was followed by some socialising aka chatting, eating and drinking … A Great Day!!!

Erik Bernskiold: Web Designer, Consultant, Software Educator
I really must say a HUGE thanks to my buddy and technical whizz Erik Bernskiold who has managed to help me save what little hair I have left by taking the stress out of moving my website/blog. For some time now I’ve been meaning to move this site off shared hosting and onto a server having experienced technical challenges (the polite version). Anyway Erik assured me all would be fine and geez was he right!

Definitely recommend you check out Erik’s site and take a note of his contact details for all things web related. [Link]

One last thing for all you iPhone & iPad users. I’ve been turned onto the iThoughts App which is superb for mind mapping, ideas, planning projects and such like. Real easy to use and great to look at. Not the cheapest App there is (£6.99) but now I have it I’m using it loads.

Definitely worth checking out!
iThoughts on iTunes [Link]

Right that’s all from me so have a great day whatever you’re up to and I’ll catch you tomorrow if not before over on Facebook and Twitter,


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  • April 23, 2012 - 9:35 am

    Erik Bernskiold - It’s great to see the site running much better than before and hey, thanks for the mention buddy. =)

  • April 24, 2012 - 6:25 am

    Glyn - Sure is mate; thanks so much :)

Wow, I’m in the New York Times !!!

Hey Folks,

Ok so today I’m pretty psyched to have been told that yesterday I was featured in an article in the New York Times.

A couple of weeks back Scott Kelby posted on his Google+ page about a technique I’d written called the Invisible Black Backdrop. In it I explain how to take portrait shots in virtually any location, and using minimal kit and a few very simple steps make it look as though they were taken in a studio.

Since originally writing the post, it’s wonderful to have received so much positive feedback from folks who themselves have given the technique a try and achieved great results; completely unexpected though was to have had a call from the New York Times wanting to feature it…

I’ll be calling a favour from my buddy, superb portrait photographer Rick Wenner who lives over in New York to send over a couple of the printed copies (hey Rick;)) but you can check out the online version here [Link]


>Here too is a link to the original Invisible Black Backdrop technique post [Link]

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  • April 19, 2012 - 5:34 am

    Anki - Wow that’s great! Congratulations!

  • April 19, 2012 - 8:00 am

    James Hole - That’s great mate, congratulations! What day is it in print?

  • April 19, 2012 - 8:53 am

    David Kelly - Nice one, many congratulations mate :-)

  • April 19, 2012 - 9:03 am

    Vincent - Well done Glyn!!

    ps. just got me a tt1 and tt5, love it! read your experiences, did you give it a try with multiple tt5 yet?

    Have a great day

  • April 19, 2012 - 9:49 am

    Jonathan Thompson - Brilliant, well done mate :)

  • April 19, 2012 - 11:01 am

    Jon Watkiss - Think we can call you an international tog now ;^)

  • April 19, 2012 - 11:10 am

    Jan Winther - Glyn, That is AWESOME!!

    Congrats! It is so well deserved, and I’m sure this is one of many to come.

    Awesome. :)

  • April 19, 2012 - 12:04 pm

    Russ Robinson - That’s amazing…congrats!

  • April 19, 2012 - 2:38 pm

    Robert Gordon - Hells yea dude, get it!

  • April 19, 2012 - 3:48 pm

    chanel - OMG well done x

  • April 19, 2012 - 3:50 pm

    DaveT - It gets better and better. What a great year this is turning into for you Glyn.

    All that hard work is paying dividends.

    Well done mate!


Focused, Adaptable & Bald…What was I thinking?!?

Hey Folks,
Just wanted to let you know that I recently had the pleasure of being interviewed by Andrew Marston of ‘The Unframed World’ and it’s now online.

Gotta say a huge thank you to Andrew for even thinking of asking me but also for asking some rather searching questions; yep my favourite colour is blue and I freak out at those latex horror masks but Focused, Adaptable and Bald?!? … What was I thinking?:)

Andrew’s The Unframed World is a wonderful site too; full of some great images and great information. If you’re into travel in any way shape or form…you’ll love it! Definitely a site to keep an eye on!

Link: www.unframedworld.com

Have a great weekend folks and I’ll see you back here on Monday.
Oh by the way, this site will be down at some point during tomorrow for maybe up to a couple of hours as it’s moved onto a new server. This is all happening whilst I’ll be running a workshop so my mind will be on other things (thankfully) but I’m reassured by a “Man who Knows” that all will be fine…hey Erik?…Erik?


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  • April 20, 2012 - 7:22 pm

    Erik Bernskiold - Everything’s gonna be alright! :)

  • April 21, 2012 - 12:48 am

    Andrew Marston - It was great to feature you, bald jokes and all. Thanks again. :-)

  • April 21, 2012 - 3:23 am

    Kevin Halliburton - Great answers! That’s a familiar list of inspiring names but Uli Steiger was an unexpected addition. Cinema is a big influence for me too.

  • April 24, 2012 - 6:26 am

    Glyn - Cheers Kevin. Uli Steiger is definitely one of the people I look to for inspiration and teaching; he’s what I would call a ‘Photoshop Wizard’ :)

  • April 24, 2012 - 6:27 am

    Glyn - Thanks again Andrew