Some Friday Bits n’ Bobs

Hey Folks,
How’s things? Anyone care to tell me where the last week went?:)

Ok so a few bits n’ bobs today; some news, some more sneak peeks at what’s coming our way with Photoshop CS6, a little bit more news and a short video…

My Interview with Xatakafoto
A short while ago I was interviewed by Spanish Photography Blog Xatakafoto where I was asked all kinds of things such as how I started, family, why I blog, future projects and much more so if you speak Spanish or you’re using the Translator in Google Chrome you can check it out here [Link] … I just hope what I said translated ok:)

Photoshop CS6 Sneak Peek #3
Following on from last Friday’s post here’s another sneak peek at what we can all expect to see in the next version of Photoshop…CS6

Nigel St-Lewis
Great to see that my buddy Nigel St Lewis is getting the recognition he so richly deserves…
This week he’s the featured bodybuilder on a website called simplyshredded.com which along with his interview is accompanied by some of the shots we worked on when he was in the studio during 2011.

Really looking forward to working with Nigel again in the not too distant future on a couple of themed shoots but in the mean time you can check out the article here [Link] and also read the B.T.S. (Behind the Scenes) of the studio shoot and the retouching here [Link]

Oh and for those who missed it, I did a webinar towards the end of last year showing exactly how this picture of Nigel was made; the recording of which is available here [Link]

The Shtuff People Say to Photographers
This video is so totally spot on! It’s been doing the rounds over the past few days and is well worth watching especially if you’re a photographer because I’m guessing you’ll have heard atleast…ermmm…all of the comments at some point:)

Right that’s all for now folks so have a great weekend and I’ll catch up with you back here real soon,
Enjoy:)

 

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Speed Retouch: Brit Cops

Hi Folks…How’s things?
Here’s a speed retouch video I put together to give you a quick, albeit very quick, look at the editing that went into making my recent Brit Cops picture:

As always any questions or comments you may have, please feel free to make use of the comments section below,
Enjoy:)

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  • February 8, 2012 - 1:37 pm

    Thomas - Great work, excellent.

  • February 10, 2012 - 5:49 am

    Paul Pratt - I had a felling you moved their heads a bit. What surprises me most is that jaw…it’s real!? I would have bet good money it was prosthetic!

Compositing Workshop: Sweeney Todd meets The Terminator???

Hi Folks,
Well I’m getting really excited now to say the least about my Creative Compositing Workshop on the 26th of this month…

At this workshop we’re going to be pushing it BIG time; 2 themed shoots which are going to be composited…one jokey and one serious; I’m thinking Sweeney Todd meets The Terminator…and that’s jokey one:)

There’s just a couple of spaces left so don’t miss out; come join me and learn everything from how to shoot and then retouch so that you too can start making your own Creative Composites!

For more details and to book your place, visit the Creative Compositing Workshop page here [Link]
See you there:)

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New Picture “Chained”: Photo Shoot & Technique

Hey Folks,
How’s things? Hope the snow over the weekend didn’t cause too many problems.

Today I wanted to share a new picture that I’ve put together called Chained plus a little tip/suggestion to help with any compositing you may do…

The original photograph was taken during my time spent over in Germany hanging out with buddies Calvin Hollywood and Gabor Richter. Model Jessie was superb to work with turning up laden with cases full of different clothing and props and the fact we’d set aside a whole day to photograph her in 3 completely different looks gave plenty of scope to experiment.

In this particular shot Jessie is shot on grey seamless and lit with 2 spotlights either side and behind and then from the front a strip light was used. Initially the light from the strip was just too soft but taking out the inner and outer diffusion material and leaving the grid on the front did the trick; especially as that too gave a great pattern on the floor almost as if light was shining through bars to the cell Jessie was ‘supposedly’ in.

As for the scene Jessie has been composited into, this came from a shot I took when we went for a walk around Heidelburg Castle. I’ll always take photographs of walls, doors, textures and cloudy skies when I’m out and about. Stock photography can work out quite expensive, especially if you purchase an image and then don’t like the way it looks when you add it in, so collecting your own is something I’d highly recommend. It doesn’t cost a penny either so just keep them in a folder on your hard drive…you never know when they could come in handy.

There’s still a few more images of Jessie that I need to edit from our time together; one in particular was our take on the poster for the film Columbiana which I’ll call something like Gerlondonia…but then maybe not:)

And this shot was a suggestion by Jessie; not just a great model but great feedback and ideas too:

Right that’s all for now folks, so as always if you have any question or comments then please feel free to make use of the comments section below but in the mean time have a great day and I’ll catch up with you later,
Enjoy:)

> You can see a larger version of ‘Chained’ over on my 500px portfolio page here [Link]

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  • February 6, 2012 - 6:51 am

    DaveT - Glyn,

    Good tip about making and collating images to use as potential back drops etc.

    Dave

Time for some Friday Stuff :)

Hey Folks,
Friday already so I thought I’d post a few news type items to finish the week off:

Photoshop CS6 Sneak Peek
2012 will see the release of a new version of Photoshop taking it to CS6 and already we’re starting to see snippets of what’s in store being posted online.

For those of you who maybe haven’t seen them yet here’s a couple of videos giving a taster of what’s coming in the next exciting release from Adobe:

Sneak Peek #1

Sneak Peek #2

 

Photoshop World – Early Bird
If you’ve been thinking of heading out to Photoshop World in Washington DC this coming March but haven’t yet purchased your ticket, the Early Bird discount finishes on February 17th which gives you $100 off the ticket price!!!

 

Also if you’re heading out and have yet to sort out your accommodation be sure to check out the NAPP UK site where my buddy Dave Clayton can put you in touch with other folks who are going with a view to sharing a room and so sharing the cost.

Photokina – Cologone, Germany
There’s nothing quite like being well organised so here’s a date for the diary: Photokina in Cologone, Germany between 18th and 23rd September 2012…the biggest photography and imaging event in the world!

Every two years there is one focal point in the sector: Photokina, the world’s leading imaging fair. Photokina brings together the industry, trade, professional users and end consumers with a passion for photography — in a way no other event can match. Be sure you don’t miss the world’s most important platform for placing orders, gathering information and enjoying exciting experiences

Not just an event to get your hands on the latest and greatest kit, this is one heck of a networking event so if you’re looking at making a trip over, I’ll see you there:)

Competition Winners
Congratulations to Patricia McCabe and John Gadsby who were present during a talk and demo I gave to the Mercia Photography Club in Coventry last month, and have each won Lightroom and WordPress for Photographers DVD’s kindly donated by Kelby Training and NAPP UK.

Their names were picked by our high tech randomiser, ok I mean me with my eyes closed, and the DVD’s are now hot footing it to them them as we speak:)

Right that’s all for now folks so have a great weekend and I’ll catch up with you in a few days,

Enjoy:)

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  • February 3, 2012 - 4:39 pm

    DaveT - Thanks for the heads up Glyn.

    The improvements in the RAW processing look really useful. I understand they are the same adjustments that are available in LR4 Beta (haven’t downloaded that option as I’m waiting till the final product is released) so this is a great improvement on something that is already very good.

    It looks like I am going to have to revisit some of my older files and have a go at processing them in the newer versions. The last time I did this I was able to get far better results than I originally did. It also emphasises the benefit of shooting in RAW.

    Dave