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

My 3 Most Used Photoshop Plug Ins of 2011

Hi Folks,
For today and in keeping with the Most Used theme I thought I’d share my most used plug ins of 2011; actually if I’m honest…the only plug ins I’m currently using:)

Now on the subject of plug ins regular readers of this blog will know that up until fairly recently I tended to avoid using them. Long story short when I first started using Photoshop I studied and studied to the point I started to feel like I knew my way around but then more client work started coming in. Consequently I needed to turn around images so much faster and so began using plug ins. The trouble here was that I relied on them too heavily and subsequently over time, my knowledge and skill in Photoshop (I felt) diminshed. People would ask how I’d achieved a certain look and I just couldn’t answer, or rather would bluff it because I somehow felt at the time that using plug ins was cheating.

Anyway because of this I made the decision to delete all the plug ins I had and start from scratch and that’s pretty much how it has been for me ever since … well, atleast up until earlier this year when I spent some time with my good friends Calvin Hollywood and Gabor Richter.

It was by spending time with Calvin & Gabor that I learned how to use plug ins. You see, as someone who teaches Photoshop I feel it’s vitally important that I know how to replicate the effects that can be achieved using plug ins because understandably not everyone I teach would have them so I need to show them how they can achieve the same results. I’m at the stage in my Photoshop life where I feel pretty confident I can do that now … or certainly as near as damn it anyway:)

Calvin has a stage in his editing that he calls 20/80 and by that he means the final 20% of his editing takes 80% of the whole time and it’s this last stage when I too use plug ins and other techniques that  I know in photoshop to come up with the finished look; except I just call it Play Time:) Also for the majority of the time when I use a plug in, the effect is only applied to certain parts of the image as opposed to being applied ‘globally’ … if that makes sense.

Anyway, here’s a run through of the plug ins I have installed and use on a daily basis:

Nik Color Efex Pro 4
Absolutely love this plug…and one that was recommended by both Calvin and Gabor. The plug in itself has something like 50+ filters installed! A Superb plug in with a great user interface and allows you to stack multiple filters to create unique looks. Runs real quick too!

Color Efex Pro 4
Price: Standard Edition £99 (approx) ; Complete Edition £199 (approx)

Nik Silver Efex Pro 2 
Quite simply THE best way to convert your images to Black & White!Price: £199 (approx)

Silver Efex Pro 2

Topaz Details 
Again, another I was recommended to use by Calvin & Gabor. The impact this plug in has on your images has to be seen to be believed…seriously good! During my workshops I do cover a technique to bring out a lot more detail in your images that works great but the downside of it is that it can introduce artifacts whereas Topaz Details doesn’t seem to. Don’t get me wrong, the Photoshop method works great and I do use that selectively on some images but Topaz Details just nails it!

The only negative I can say about this plug in is the User Interface as the preview doesn’t really give an accurate look at what the resulting effect will be.

Topaz Details
Price: £25 (approx)

Finally, rather than being a Plug In I want to point you to a Photoshop Script written by the legend that is Russell Brown.

Basically this script allows you to very quickly and easily take any layer you’re working on in Photoshop over to Camera Raw and back again. Obvious advantages here are that you can make use of sliders that you simply don’t have in Photoshop such as Clarity, Fill and Orange etc…

Seriously worth installing this little script and it’s one I use on most all my edits wat some point without fail.

Russell Brown CS5 Script: Edit Layers in Adobe Camera RAW

So there you have it, my favourite and only plug ins. I’m sure in the new year there’ll be some new additions or enhancements so when there are I’ll make a point of posting about them here but in the mean time if you have any plug ins you can’t live without then feel free to share them in the comments section below so we can all take a look.
Enjoy:)

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  • December 22, 2011 - 9:06 am

    DaveT - A useful roundup Glyn – thanks!

    Out of interest do you use the standard or full edition of SPE2 and Colour Effex 4?

    I have been looking at these two and SPE2 in particular. Having never used either I am struggling to determine which version is the one I need (full or standard). I tend to do a lot of my work in Lightroom and then go over to Photoshop CS5 for the fine dodging and burning and bringing out detail. Its fair to say that I use LR for ninety percent of the time.

    What I am unsure of is at what stage the Nik software would fit into my workflow and therefore don’t know which version is best for me.

    Any advice Glyn?

    Thanks
    Dave

  • December 22, 2011 - 5:33 pm

    Neil Holmes - Hi Glyn, I’ve used Nik SEFP & CEFP pro for quite some time now, I’m looking at a trial download of Topaz Detail, would you say it has advantages over Tonal Contrast filter in Colour Effex which I tend to use quite a bit?

    Complements of the season, keep up the blog I find it a very useful resource :)

    Cheers Neil.

  • December 23, 2011 - 1:29 pm

    Ronnie - Hi Glyn. The CS5 Script is a real beauty! So useful, gonna make an action and assign it a function key :) Thanks for sharing that mate.

My 10 Most Used iPad Apps of 2011

With the end of 2011 fast approaching and Christmas even sooner I’m putting together a review looking back at what went on during what has been an incredible year.

To kick things off I thought I’d share with you what have been my most used iPad Apps of 2011; Apps that have been invaluable in helping with training/studying, time management, working with clients, reading books, keeping up to date with what’s going on in the world of Photography, Photoshop and other interests.

So here in no particular order are my Most Used iPad Apps of 2011; Apps that I’ll use every day without fail…

Kelby Training An incredible teaching resource with classes from some of the best in the world of Photography & Photoshop, the App version of the website means that wherever you are you can tune in and take in some knowledge. With a great user interface and the ability to stream content to my Apple TV Kelby Training is a winner and one I use on a daily basis without fail.

•Kelby Training on iTunes [Link]

•Requires membership to Kelby Training [Link]

Puffin Web Browser Think you can’t watch Flash content on your iPad? Well think again because with the Puffin Web Browser you can and it works a treat, so if you watch live streaming over the internet no longer do you have to miss your favourite shows when away from your computer; I use it regularly to tune into the weekly episode of The Grid and it works great!

•Puffin Web Browser on iTunes [Link]

Moodboard To help get a clearer understanding of exactly what a new client is looking for from their photo shoot, I’ll always task them to email me pictures that they’ve found online or in magazines/newspapers that have the kind of feel they’re after. Then long with ones that I too have found I’ll create a ‘Moodboard’ of them all together using the Moodboard App. I’ve found doing this really helps when it comes to the shoot itself not just by saving time but by helping focus on exactly what it is we’re working towards achieving.

•Moodboard on iTunes [Link]

Video2Brain The iPad version of Video2Brain’s website giving access to a large number of videos teaching all manner of software titles such as Photoshop with classes from world renowned creatives such as Uli Staiger, Calvin Hollywood, Steve Caplin and more…

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  • December 19, 2011 - 6:21 pm

    Olivier - Thanks for the tips Glyn!
    Didn’t know Puffin, great app!

  • December 19, 2011 - 7:15 pm

    Keith Hammond - thanks mate, will come in very handy as there is a rumour that i will get an iPad2 for xmas, Mrs H has excelled herself this year.
    Are you going to post any more apps you use a lot, could use the help here :-)

  • December 22, 2011 - 4:31 pm

    Steve - Great write-up Glyn!

    Since you use your iPad for “training/studying, time management, working with clients, reading books, keeping up to date with what’s going on in the world of Photography” etc., we think our app (LifeTopix – http://www.lightarrow.com/lifetopix) should be on your list too. It manages all the important information in your life, including tasks & projects, service providers, events, trips, shopping, education, finances, bookmarks, media (photos, videos & audio), notes & files, and health & activity logs. While there are lots of apps on the market for managing each of those types of things individually, LifeTopix is the first app to manage them together using an integrated design that lets you be more productive and get more done with less effort.

    It is a universal app and it even has a free desktop client that lets you access the information on your device from your desktop. It integrates with 3rd party tools like Dropbox, Google Docs, Facebook, and Twitter. Evernote integration and device-to-device sync via iCloud will be released soon.

    Take a look and let us know what you think!

  • July 30, 2012 - 2:12 pm

    Samia - Thanks for these apps

    In business/productivity app, Id like to recommend a great one which integrated an interesting concept; saving time from your notes. This app, Beesy, generates automatically ToDo lists from a smart note taking. Also, the advantage is you can easily generate professional minutes from your notes and send them by email. Besides, you can browse your ToDo by actions,projects or people. You save a lot of time at meetings.
    I strongly recommend Beesy for people which often have meetings and want to appreciate them again. http://www.beesapps.com/beesy-ipad-to-do/

    Great post!

    Samia

What would you ask Scott Kelby??? (#askscott)

Literally from day 1 of using Photoshop I joined the N.A.P.P. (National Association of Photoshop Professionals) of which Scott Kelby is the President and Co-Founder.

Now I know I’m not alone when I say this but I can’t even begin to quantify how much I’ve learned and continue to learn from Scott through his all his books, tutorials, DVD’s, the N.A.P.P., Kelby Training and so on; however what I do know is that without him and his team I very much doubt I’d have a business let alone be a Photographer & Retoucher.

Someone I’m proud to be able to call a friend Scott’s generosity never ceases to amaze me which is why I’m incredibly grateful that he’s giving up some of his time to be a Guest here on the blog.

Spending time with Scott you get to realise he’s the ‘real deal’ … not just someone who’s incredibly talented at both Photography & Photoshop but someone who is 100% devoted to his family, a very successful businessman a great friend and someone who genuinely loves what he does, loves sharing, loves teaching and who’s motivation first and foremost is to help others.

So what would you ask Scott Kelby?
This evening we’ve arranged to catch up on Skype and chat through Scott’s Guest Interview and yeah there’s plenty I want to ask him but what about you…what would you ask Scott?

So here’s the deal…If you have a question that you’d like me to ask Scott on your behalf then all you need to do is post in the comments section below or if you’re on Twitter attach the following tag: #AskScott and during our chat I’ll randomly choose a few of your questions and will include them in Scott’s Guest Interview once it’s posted online.

Right, that’s all for now folks so feel free to ‘ask away’ and I’ll catch up with you later,
Enjoy:)

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  • December 16, 2011 - 5:43 am

    Bill Gellerman - Thank you Glyn for this chance. Scott thank you as well for the opportunity.

    I am in the midst of finally, after 17 years of shooting and 1.5 years of actually attempting to use the knowledge gained in the previous years, at a point where I am knowing that the business side of the business is where success is at.

    My question is, how do you maintain your focus on the creative and stay focused on the business end? This is so hard for me, as my past has eluded too. LOL!

    Thanks again!
    B

  • December 16, 2011 - 5:59 am

    Ana Adams - Thanks, Glyn, for opening your blog for this!
    I know Scott from many PSW’s and I know what an incredible person he is. I love his help for the orphanage in Kenya and also the involvement with Jeremy Cowart’s Help Portrait – both wonderful ways to help those who need. I would love to be able to help endangered animals, abused and homeless pets , but I don’t know how I could use my photography to do it. I wonder if Scott has some device for me?
    Cheers,
    Ana

  • December 16, 2011 - 6:21 am

    Annukka - It happens once in while: I use a lot of layers with adjustment layers, get the colors right etc and when I flatten the picture or merge some layers, the colors change. Why does this happen? Is there a way to prevent it? Drives me crazy sometimes :)

  • December 16, 2011 - 7:06 am

    Scott Wiggins - My question for Scott would be: You are getting as well known for your photography as your Photoshop skills. Did your interest in photography come before or after your introduction to Photoshop?

    Cheers,

    Scott

  • December 16, 2011 - 7:31 am

    Christian Carroll - Thanks Glyn! And congrats on your continued and much deserved success. I would simply like to know where Scott draws his inspiration from. And more specifically, in the earlier years before the success of NAPP and Kelby Training, what was it that motivated and inspired him to continue down the path of uncertainty and risk which comes with starting your own business. This is what I’m facing right now, speaking as someone with a family of 6 and a long time career in the software industry, I’m attempting to make the switch into full time photography/design now. So I’m always looking to learn from those who have gone before me and found success.

  • December 16, 2011 - 8:45 am

    Dave Clayton - The government shuts down the whole KELBY MEDIA GROUP for harboring a fugitive Canadian for the past few years.
    What would Scott’s (realistic) dream job be with no more NAPP ?

  • December 16, 2011 - 8:51 am

    steve bryson - Cheers Glyn. Not a photography question, I would have far too many to choose one and not able to ask them all. But, I’ve been involved with fund raising and logistics for a friends charity and orphanage in Mombasa. Mostly because I’ve quite strong family ties to Kenya, what motivated Scott with regards to the Springs of Hope Orphanage?

  • December 16, 2011 - 9:47 am

    Jim - I have a Photography question/ request. I would love to see a lesson on practical use of the zone system for digital photography. ThanksScott/ Glyn

  • December 16, 2011 - 12:04 pm

    DaveT - Hi Glyn, I’d like to Know Scott’s view on this :- Given all the advancements in post production software over the recent years – what does the future of post production look like to him? What sort of things does he think we will be able to do in the future?

    Oh, and wish him a merry festive season on behalf of all us enthusiasts who have got so much from his continued efforts. It’s very much appreciated.

    Same goes to you mate.

    Cheers,
    Dave

  • December 16, 2011 - 6:32 pm

    James Hole - Hi mate, could you ask Scott, if he had one peice of advice for someone working at making the jump into a photography career from amateur, what would it be? Other than joining N.A.P.P and Kelby training, as I’ve already done that. ;-)

    Cheers

  • December 16, 2011 - 7:25 pm

    Pargev - Hello, I would like to get a your professionals answer about in which bit system it is better to work and for which purpose in Photoshop, an 8- or 16bit.
    Thank you in advance

  • December 17, 2011 - 11:07 pm

    Glyn - Hi Pargev…I can only tell you what I prefer to work in and that’so 8 bit. Sure 16 bit contains more information but for the kind of work I do you wouldn’t see the difference plus working in 8 bit gives me access to all the filters in Photoshop unlike 16 bit that causes some to be greyed out.

    Regards, Glyn

  • December 17, 2011 - 11:08 pm

    Glyn - Thanks for all the suggestions folks; looking forward to sharing Scott’s Guest Interview real soon :)

  • July 2, 2013 - 2:43 am

    Rollin E. Drew - I am an old pensioner living on my ss and enjoying Photoshop CS2 for my bird photography, supported by Mr. Kelby’s well thumbed CS2 Book for Digital Photographers. However recently I had to re-install my CS2 due to a loss of my C drive data. Since then all my image files open in Photoshop, something that I don’t want and have never experienced prior to re-installing CS2. I have tried many things but my image files continue this annoying habit. I can’t seem to find an answer on the internet that works, so as a last ditch effort I would appreciate any suggestions you or anyone else may have to correct this problem. My OS is Windows XP. Thanks

    Rollin E. Drew

  • April 15, 2014 - 7:14 am

    Cris - Hi Scott,

    First of all I think your work is fantastic! I need help or advice on how to achieve a certain light in my studio. Here is the link http://eu.fotolia.com/id/54890967

    I’ve been trying to achieve this sexy warm light with nice touch of highlight and some shadows in it for a long time and I can’t seem to get it right.

    Thanks for your time.

    Cris