Where there’s a will, there’s Photoshop

Last week I posted the ‘Run for Alfie’ picture here on the blog along with an overview as to what the picture was for and why it simply had to be done.

Now, if you’ve read the story of little Alfie you’ll understand why it was so important to me that we created something that was kind of impactive and had the desired effect of making people who saw it, stop and want to know more; however the shoot itself proved quite a challenge…

The day of the Shoot
A few days prior to the shoot all was in order; a suitable location had been sourced, everyone involved knew where and when to meet, I knew the shot we were going to be working on and perfect weather conditions were forecast; needless to say I was pretty darned excited:)

But come the morning of the shoot, the 4 solid weeks of glorious weather we’d been having decided to take a turn for the worst as we woke to torrential rain, high winds and a grey featureless sky…gutted!

The Shoot
Those who know me will be aware that photographing in bad weather is something I’ve become accustomed to; however today was different as it wasn’t just me, an assistant and a couple of models I had to consider. Today I’d be photographing children as well as adults and because of the weather this changed things alot.

As we started shooting the weather just seemed to be getting worse by the minute and if I’m honest, I was beginning to think we weren’t going to get the shot. But the thing is I had to get the shot because there just weren’t any other days coming up when everyone would be available at the same time plus the photo had to be in circulation asap to start making people aware of the upcoming event ‘Run for Alfie’

With the rain pouring down on us I took as many shots as I reasonably could; kit and V.A.L’s (Voice activated Light Stands) braving the elements but a few minutes into it we just had to call it a day and go with what we’d managed to take. Don’t ask me why though but at the end I did my usual of ‘Just a couple more shots and we’re done’ and took a couple of very quick portrait shots…one of the guys who would be running, and one of Alfie and his parents; this decision turned out to be a life saver…

Lighting Set Up
Lighting diagrams I had in my head all went down the drain (literally) thanks to the weather, which meant I had to work real quick which in turn meant keeping it simple and it doesn’t get much simpler than one Nikon SB800 Speedlight and a shoot-thru umbrella:

Where there’s a will, there’s Photoshop
Once we’d packed everything up and said our goodbye’s I just didn’t feel 100% about how things had worked out. I found myself feeling annoyed and quite angry about the whole situation. I’m usually someone who goes round very positive about things and life in general; I’m definitely a glass is half full kind of guy but today I was struggling. All I kept thinking was ‘why today?’. We’d had 4 weeks of fantastic weather and then wallop! … on the day we’re working on a photograph that is to be used to raise money in order to make the life of one very sick little boy a little easier, the weather turns on us. It just didn’t seem fair!

Still, fair or not there had to be a photograph and this leads me on to what I said earlier about taking the two quick portrait shots at the end and how they turned out to be a life saver. Check out the video below to see what I mean:

So it was the last two very quick portrait shots that saved the day; two shots I could have very easily not taken so a BIG lesson was learned:

Keep going regardless of circumstance and just when you think you’ve finished…take a couple more shots for good measure!

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Next week I’ll be posting up a series of videos I’ve recorded along with walk-throughs going through the editing process step by step but in the meantime,
Enjoy:)

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September 13, 2010 - 5:29 am

Zack Arias in London, iPhone HDR and a bit more… » Glyn Dewis Blog - [...] The ‘Run for Alfie‘ event has had to be postponed for approximatley 1 month due to one of the runners sustaining [...]

September 6, 2010 - 5:43 pm

Glyn - Hi Lee.
Re the podcasts yeah I’m still doing them however it’s on the ‘To-Do’ list to reload all the current ones plus new ones as I believe they wont play on mobile devices in their current format.
All part of the never ending ‘to do’ list … wouldn’t have it any other way though :)

Cheers for dropping by Buddy.

September 6, 2010 - 5:14 pm

Lee Ramsden - Excellent look forward to the postings ;0)

Do you no longer post as podcasts? i have you subscribed and so can view when not online which i like, but is this just another medium to add to everything else to keep you busy? twitter, blogs, facebook, websites, you will need to hire some admin staff :0)

September 6, 2010 - 4:53 pm

Glyn - @Lee…Thanks for the kind words mate :)
Re the contrast, in this series it was a simple curves adjustment and using a preset on Medium Contrast. Normally I would then change the blend mode to Luminosity to prevent the colour saturation the contrast causes but as I was then doing a B&W conversion I didn’t bother in this case. I’ve got a series of videos (3) breaking down and doing a walk through of this edit. I was going to post them this week but that will most likely be next now as this week is looking pretty busy now.

Yeah fingers crossed for Phil cos I really want to push this project; if ever there was a chance to go a little wild, this would be it :)

Cheers,
Glyn

September 6, 2010 - 8:41 am

Lee Ramsden - Amazing Photoshop work as always Glyn, and for such a good cause.

Can I ask to get the dramatic contrast and darkening are you darkening with curves and using different layer styles?

Cheers awesome as always, and I hope your hair dresser from another post gets through, those images are stunning and to then be allowed more creativity will look fantastic. :0)

September 3, 2010 - 5:43 pm

Glyn - @Noel…Cheers Buddy :)

September 3, 2010 - 5:43 pm

Glyn - @Kevin…You’re welcome mate and thanks for the kind words :)

September 3, 2010 - 5:42 pm

Glyn - @DaveT…Thanks so much for that mate; very kind of you to say that :)

September 3, 2010 - 5:41 pm

Glyn - @Tim…Cheers for that :)

September 3, 2010 - 1:14 pm

Glyn - Hi David. Thanks for commenting. Funnily enough the shot I was wanting was actually what we ended up with after the Photoshop treatment; only difference is that I intended to do it in one shot.

The VAL was a mate of mine; at least he was before it poured down…lol

Cheers,
Glyn

September 1, 2010 - 8:38 pm

Noel - Hey Glyn,
great shots, great layout and dare I say it the lighting is spot on! Whatever you did in post … fantastic shot.
thanks for sharing
Noel

September 1, 2010 - 6:44 pm

Kevin Mullins - Thanks for sharing all this Glyn – great final result, and of course, a great cause too.

September 1, 2010 - 5:19 pm

DaveT - Glyn,

WOW is the word I will use, this is the work of a true professional.

I read a lot about getting it right in camera, and avoid having to post process, but sometimes you need to be able to create something out of different elements.

What comes across loud and clear is that you not only had the artistic vision at the time of shooting, you had the technical expertise to ‘make’ a fantastic image.

Thanks for the post
Dave

September 1, 2010 - 4:53 am

Tim Skipper - Excellent work as always.

August 31, 2010 - 9:56 am

David Kelly - Glyn,

Glad that you got the shot(s) that saved the day. I don’t what image you had envisaged for the ‘good’ weather but I’m sure all must be very pleased with the resultant shot you got given the conditions presented on the day & some PS magic.

Looks like a really good tutorial there from what I pick up at x2 speed.

BTW Who had the pleasure(?) of being the wet VAL on this occasion?

Regards,

David

August 30, 2010 - 8:41 pm

Glyn - Dan, it’s just down to the amount of practice I get from shooting in bad weather…lol

On a serious note though, it’s times like this that Photoshop is an absolute ‘God Send’ because without it we’d have been snookered!

Thanks for commenting mate; hope all is well.

Cheers, Glyn :)

August 30, 2010 - 12:10 pm

Dan Davies - And you did all of that in 4 mins 53 seconds? Boy you’re good!

Nice recovery Glyn, goes to show that determination, knowledge and creativity can outwit the worst of the British Weather.

Friday Bits n’ Bobs…

Zack Arias: One Light Workshop & Mixer
It’s not long now until Zack, Meg and the Gang make the trip over from Atlanta, USA to sunny London for the OneLight Workshop and for those of you who have been lucky enough to get a place on either of the dates (11th and 12th September) you’re in for a real treat!

For those of you not going to the Workshops why not head on over to the BBar, London on the Friday evening (10th September) from 7.30pm for a relaxing evening of drinks and get to meet and chat with Zack too. The Mixer is FREE to anyone that would like to come along and hang out for a short time, mix with other photographers, have a laugh and meet the man himself, who will also at some point give a mini presentation / chat as he does back in the US.

We’ve managed to secure the Private Bar area where you can order drinks or maybe even have a bite to eat, so we hope to see you there at what is undoubtedly an evening not to be missed!:)

Date: Friday 10th September
Time: 7.30pm onwards
Location: BBar, 43 Buckingham Palace Road, London SW1W 0PP

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Check out TipSquirrel.com
TipSquirrel.com is a fast growing site/blog for lovers of everything Photoshop & Lightroom.
Packed (and I mean packed) full of tutorials and videos, and updated on what seems like a daily basis TipSquirrel has received recognition from Adobe and is quickly becoming one of the ‘go to’ sites for learning more and improving your Photoshop and Lightroom skills.

Along with names such as Richard Harrington & A.J. Wood I’m really proud to form part of the team of regular contributors who write tutorials and record videos covering all manner of tips and techniques from video editing through to retouching and design.

Be sure to head on over and take a look around and see what all the fuss is about but be warned…it wont be a short stay:)

www.tipsquirrel.com

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Domino’s Pizza Photo Shoot
Last but not least if you haven’t seen this video going round which shows ‘Behind the Scenes’ of a Domino’s Pizza Photo Shoot then you’ve just go to see this. From professional cheese pullers and screwing the pizza to the table, check out the amount of kit those guys are taking along to photograph one pizza; geez they make people like Joe McNally and Tim Wallace look as though they travel light.

Enjoy:)

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August 29, 2010 - 9:41 pm

David Kelly - Hi Glyn,

I saw that behind the scenes pizza video a while back and, as much as I knew some tricks for food photo/videography I was amazed at the lengths things were taken to on this – more like an advert for power tools than food. Pity it was a Dominoes pizza though, Papa Johns is much better ;-)

All being well I’ll see you, Zack et al for the mixer night in London.

Regards,

David

August 28, 2010 - 10:09 am

Glyn - @Kelley…I know exactly what you mean…had an overwhelming desire for a pizza after watching it :)

August 28, 2010 - 10:08 am

Glyn - @Paul…Thanks so much for the comments mate; it’s great to know that you find the blog useful.
Re Zack…are you able to pop along to a ‘mixer’ Totally agree with what you say about him though….getting the chance to spend time with him in Atlanta last year was definitely a turning point for me.

Thank again mate and hopefully catch up soon,
All the best to you,
Glyn

August 28, 2010 - 5:01 am

kelley - Fantastic video! What a blast, thanks for the post. I’m very hungry right now.

August 27, 2010 - 1:17 pm

Paul Pride - You are one hard working son of a gun! Pretty much every day you update your blog AND are a successful photographer (jealous!). I just wish that I could have afforded to go on the OneLight training with Zack. He is such an inspiration, using one light to get such great results.
Anyway, thanks for keeping me updated with all the things that I want to do one day!

Stepping back into the 60′s…Yeah Baby!

Monday was a step back 40+ years into the 1960′s for a promised themed photo shoot in the studio for a couple of hours with Neal’s daughter Leah, her best friend Kersten and with a Special Guest Appearance from Alfie aka Superdog.

With the focus on fun and not getting bogged down with technicalities things were kept nice and simple so as not to keep the stars hanging around & getting bored:

Despite the 60′s being a gazillion years before either Leah or Kersten graced the earth, both did a superb job of putting together a few clothes and props to get the kind of feel they were after (all thanks to the internet I’m sure); helped too by Neal’s iPhone blasting out a 60′s playlist and shouts of ‘Groovy’ and ‘Yeah Baby’:)

The set up couldn’t have been simpler; a single Nikon SB800 Speedlight into a Lastolite Ezybox, white backdrop and the camera tethered to the MacBook Pro importing directly into Lightroom 3. Talking of tethering I’ve been doing alot more of this since the release of Lightroom 3 as the files show up on screen a heck of alot quicker than they used to, and although the LCD on the back of the D3 is great, you can’t beat having the files show up on a big screen.

I swear that if there was an iPhone App for translating Dog language I’d have got ‘WHAT YOU LOOKING AT?’ more than once…

And Finally:
As a rule I like to come away from every photo shoot having learned and experienced something new and this shoot was no different:

1. ‘Hanging around time’ = ‘Getting bored time’ so keep things simple when working with the ‘younger generation’.

2. Reduce your small flash recycle time by lowering it’s power and opening up your Aperture when lighting a fast moving subject eg Chihuahua’s with attitude.

3. The size of the dog is irrelevant when it comes to odour…if you know what I mean:)

4. Lastly and most important of all, no matter what the photo shoot ….

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August 28, 2010 - 10:12 am

Glyn - @Kelley…When Leah and Kersten didn’t know any of the music we were playing at the time, believe me I felt a gazillion years old then…lol :)

August 28, 2010 - 5:09 am

kelley - PS I wore clothes, didn’t work them, well, maybe I worked them…

All the best!!!! Kel

August 28, 2010 - 5:08 am

kelley - DArling shoot. Lovely ladies, and I really loved the close up image with the headband. The light was ethereal looking. I’m a bit distressed as my birthday quickly approaches that I hear I was born “a gazillion years ago!” OH NO! I actually work clothes that could have been used for this shoot. LOL ;-)

August 27, 2010 - 10:35 am

Glyn - Noel…Thanks for that mate and yeah…always Professional…lol :)

Cheers,
Glyn

August 26, 2010 - 9:17 pm

Noel - Hi Glyn,
great shots mate. And the lighting setup is a simple but very effective one. And… of course… as always… so profesional!
all the best
Noel

August 26, 2010 - 8:15 am

Glyn - @Rick…Thanks Buddy and yeah was a laugh but then hanging around with Neal always is; same warped sense of humour I guess :)

August 26, 2010 - 8:14 am

Glyn - @Tim…Hmmm I’ll give tat some serious thought… :)
Thanks for the comment re the photo mate; really appreciate it.

Cheers,
Glyn

August 26, 2010 - 8:12 am

Glyn - @Darren…We aim to please mate; got a feeling I might regret that one though…lol :)

August 26, 2010 - 8:10 am

Glyn - @Neal…Yeah good fun but went by soooo quickly :)

August 25, 2010 - 3:46 pm

Rick Wenner - Looks like a very fun shoot. Very nice shots…even the “Be Professional” shot too. LOL.

All the best,
Rick.

August 25, 2010 - 12:02 pm

Tim Skipper - I think you should use the “Be Professional” as part of your permanent marketing material.

The young lady is gorgeous I like the close up with the flower the best.

August 25, 2010 - 8:01 am

Darren House - “Yeah Baby Yeah”

Hey love the shoot concept!

Think the “be professional” picture is great made me smile :)

August 25, 2010 - 7:03 am

Neal Hibbert - Was a fun shoot baby :-) Loved the background on our signiture shot!!! Far out !

Photo Walks = Motivation, Inspiration & Experimentation

Following on from last month’s ‘Mini Photo Walk’ in Brighton, my good friend Neal Hibbert and I this time headed off down to Bournemouth for the day armed yet again with just one camera, one lens, no time limit and no agenda other than to just ‘take photographs’.

Our first ‘Photo Walk’ in Brighton made a big impact on both of us. I knew it would be a good day but seriously underestimated exactly how good and how it would leave me feeling motivated, inspired and all those other feelings we continually strive for.

Bournemouth had a lot to live up to if we were going to get half as much from the day and in fact it was a very different experience overall with some valuable learning points which I’ll mention a little later in this post.

We started the day off as most people would down on the beach front having arrived early and downed a hearty breakfast and I’m really glad we did as in what seemed like no time at all, the beach became packed with families and sun worshipers. Thankfully we managed to get a few shots in the hour or so we had but this was one big lesson learned…

So why one lens?
Apart from the obvious benefit of having to carry less, taking just the one lens forces you to become more aware of what you can and can’t do with it because let’s face it, what’s the point in investing in more lenses when you don’t know the limitations of what you already have? I could end up taking all manner of lenses with me; one to get the wide shots, one to get in tight on the detail but my lens of choice for these photo walks is the 85 mm f/1.4 … a great portrait lens but a lens I haven’t experimented with much until now.

Shooting Style
Again just as last time, both Neal and I left our cameras on all the time and with no lens cap just incase a shot presented itself and we missed it with the delay of getting everything ready.

Experiment
A great benefit of getting out on a photo walk like this is that it gives you the opportunity to experiment; try shots you maybe wouldn’t normally as I have been lately with Panorama’s. Sure to get the perfect panorama requires alot more kit such as a tripod and pano head but I’m not looking for perfection on a day like this, I’m looking to take photographs and if they turn out, they turn out and if I take things too seriously then I’ve completely lost the point behind the day.

Photoshop has some incredible built in utilities such as Photomerge and the results it produces can be quite staggering but that’s all helped by how you first take the shots.

1. Hold you camera in the ‘Portrait Orientation’ and overlap each shot by roughly 1/3rd.
The reason for this is that generally when stitching panorama’s together, there is always going to be some cropping involved at the top and bottom which results in a ‘thinner’ photograph. Taking shots in the portrait orientation means we’re capturing deeper images from top to bottom so that when the images are cropped, as they inevitably will be, there’ll be alot more image / content left than there would have been.

File – Automate – Photomerge
Ok so now you’ve got your series of photographs to make up your Pano all we need to do now is to load them into Photoshop, then sit back and watch the magic happen:)

Photomerge is the utility we need to use and that can be found in Photoshop’s File Menu under the Automation tab, and it really couldn’t be much easier. Simply use the dialogue box to select your images (no need to make any changes to the default settings), click OK and after a short delay voilà:

Thankfully due to the introduction of Content Aware Fill in Photoshop CS5 we now have the option to not crop the images so much as we used to as we can now very quickly and easily fill in the gaps that Photomerge produces:

Before:

After:
Sure the result of using Content Aware Fill isn’t perfect and a little finessing would be called for but I’m sure you’d agree it’s a darn good starting point and what’s more it’s real quick too. Because of the waves in this shot I would actually crop across the bottom to cut them out; Photoshop’s good but it’s not quite good enough to blend moving waves together across 10 photographs…not just yet anyway:)

Moving On:
Managed to get a few more shots down on the beach front before heading into the town:

Bournemouth Town Centre was very different to that of Brighton; main reason there seemed to be no-one else walking around with a camera making us stand out somewhat. So, after a short walk round taking a few shots and grabbing a few portraits we decided to call it a day and head off for a bite to eat…the traditional seaside fish and chips:)

Talking of taking portraits of complete strangers this one was a must have; I mean the guy was acting like a statue so he was having his photograph taken no matter what. No, in all seriousness I did give the guy some change in his donation bucket and asked if he had any objections to me taking his picture which he didn’t…atleast I don’t think he did as it was quite hard to make out what he was saying without him moving his lips:)

Summary:
Overall although we didn’t get quite the variety that was on offer in Brighton it was still a successful day and as always some valuable lessons were learned:

1. Be aware of the time of year: i.e. August in the UK means School Holidays and walking around on a packed beach front with a camera, although your intentions are honourable still makes you feel a little uncomfortable; it’s a shame but unfortunately that’s just the way things are nowadays.

2. Experiment: Play around with your camera settings and try out techniques with post production in mind.

3. Travel light: Without realising it you’re going to cover quite a distance as you walk and talk so the last thing you want is to be laden down with all manner of kit which you most likely won’t end up using.

4. Limit yourself to one lens: Getting to know your kit is essential and what better way than spending a whole day with just the one lens shooting everything from portraits to landscapes. Do this and you’ll get know it’s limitations so when you do make that next purchase you really do know why as opposed to getting it for the sake of it.

5. Enjoy yourself: You’re away from the ‘rat race’…no deadlines, no client agenda to work towards…this is ‘you’ time doing something that you love so just enjoy it and see what results you get out of it; the best things in life really are free.

Where next?
You only have to get out there yourself and experience the benefits to see why these photo walks are set to be a regular thing.

As for our next location which will be towards the end of September, who knows, however what I do know is that it will be fun, I’ll learn alot and I’ll come away feeling refreshed, motivated and all the other unexpected benefits I’ve experienced so far.

Any questions or comments or maybe some tips and techniques of your own I’d love to ‘hear’ them so please feel free to make use of the comments section below.

Enjoy:)

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May 20, 2011 - 7:17 am

When did you last have some ‘Me’ time??? » Glyn Dewis Blog - [...] did this a couple of times last year down in Brighton [Link] and Bournemouth [Link] and got so much out of it. I didn’t intend to leave it so long before getting out and doing [...]

August 26, 2010 - 8:11 am

Glyn - @Mike…Hang in there Buddy :)

August 25, 2010 - 7:45 am

Mike - My old hometown. Now I am really home sick :-)))))))

August 25, 2010 - 12:36 am

Glyn - @Dan…No bonus prize I’m afraid other than a manly pat on the back and a hearty ‘well done’…lol :)
I’m liking the idea of your analogue shoot and would really be interested to see your results; come to think of it I quite fancy trying that myself :)

Cheers,
Glyn

August 25, 2010 - 12:34 am

Glyn - @David…Yeah I agree mate, this is proving to be a great benefit for a whole host of reasons and not just for the photography. I can’t really image it being anyway near as much fun or beneficial doing this on my own. Walking, chatting, having a laugh and shooting makes the day so enjoyable and that would be missing on your own. One of you starts shooting and then the other goes through this ‘what’s he seen?’ moment and starts shooting too which makes for a great mix of results. It’s also really interesting to see how 2 people approach the same subject differently. We’re going to be doing these walks on a monthly basis and I may even get a Blurb book put together after the year end and for no reason other than for my own record and it making a nice coffee table book.

Cheers, Glyn

August 25, 2010 - 12:28 am

Glyn - @Neal…Ditto mate; Dorset here we come :)

August 25, 2010 - 12:25 am

Glyn - @Tim…Thanks for that mate and yeah go for it :)

Cheers,
Glyn

August 24, 2010 - 10:30 am

Dan Davies - Hey Glyn – do I win a Bonus Prize for knowing that “Statue Man”2 was stood in Bournemouth Square between the Upper and Lower gardens when you photographed him?

Thanks for bringing back some good memories of my Uni years – if you fancy a shoot somewhere else, with someone else then give me a shout!

I’m interested in doing an “analogue style” shoot – one camera, one lens, one ISO, 36 shots only and a blanked out LCD as a way to get me to slow down and really consider every click of the shutter. Anyone fancy joining me?

August 24, 2010 - 9:25 am

David Kelly - Glyn,
Informative post as always. The great thing about a pet project such as this is that you get to see some “Little Britain” and the similarities / differences and nuances of seaside towns.
I’d be interested in your views on going out & about on a shoot such as this with someone. I find I get more benefit being with a fellow tog in such circumstances as we inspire each other, whereas I sometimes struggle to do so alone.

August 24, 2010 - 9:13 am

Neal Hibbert - Great write up mate, enjoyed the day and looking forward to the next one!

August 24, 2010 - 2:45 am

Tim Skipper - I should do that this week, head to the beach and just shoot. Would do me good to get out.

The pics look great, beautiful scenery.

Photoshoot and Technique: Male Physique + Posing Tips

One of last weeks photoshoots saw me back working with model Danny Bartlett adding more images to his portfolio. Working with my good friend Neal, this time we found ourselves shooting in a gym as opposed to the studio and concentrating more on capturing Danny’s physique:

Lighting Technique:
For the first series of shots I used a 3 light set up (all Nikon SB800′s) with 2 lights from behind and to the side and one light to the front but high up and aimed down.

When photographing a physique, especially one such as Danny’s you can exaggerate the definition and condition by the position of your lighting. Having one light to the front, high up and aimed down slightly has the effect of creating shadow areas inbetween the muscle groups which as a result gives a tighter and fuller look to the muscle.

Lighting Technique:
This close cropped series of images where Danny was sat on a bench were made using one light which again was a Nikon SB800 Speedlight into a Lastolite Ezybox and positioned so that it was facing directly onto him from the front.

Now despite having a low body fat even someone like Danny when he sits down and leans forward gets lines across the abdomen as skin gathers together, so to avoid this all that was needed was to raise the lighting rig up a little so that more shadows were created in that area; result…no folds of skin:)

5 Tips/Techniques for Photographing a Muscular Physique :
From my years competing in Bodybuilding Competitions I picked up several ‘tricks of the trade’ that can help to show the physique off to it’s best so I thought it would be handy to share them here with you:

1. Stance: Avoid having your subject stand straight on to the camera. Getting them to angle their hips away from you slightly and then bringing the shoulders ‘square on’ has the effect of visually minimising the waist line and exaggerating the shoulders.

2. Abdominals: When someone clearly has the ‘six pack’ a way to show it off to it’s best is to get your subject to breathe out all the way to completely empty their lungs and once at that stage get them to force a cough and watch those abs pop out! … not literally though you understand:)

3. Tan: If you’re going to be photographing a muscular physique having a tan or dark skin is essential if you’re to show it off at it’s best.

4. Water: Having a spray bottle to hand is a great way to simulate sweat. Best to use warm water though so as not give your model a shock!

5. Deep Heat: Not something you’re going to want to use in a confined space but apart from warming the skin up, spraying Deep Heat also causes the veins to become alot more prominent; great if you’re wanting the ‘ripped’ look. Of course there are a few other ways that we used to use to get the same look that involved crushed aspirin and a teaspoon of honey but I think it’s best not to go there:)

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Any questions or comments or maybe some tips and techniques of your own I’d love to ‘hear’ them so please feel free to make use of the comments section below.

In the mean time have yourselves a great weekend,
Enjoy:)

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November 7, 2010 - 12:51 pm

Glyn - @Wayne…Thanks so much for dropping by and commenting.
Re your photos on NABBA’s site please feel free to send over the link; I’d love to see them.

Ditto mate I love Bodybuilding. Been training since I was 17 but stopped competing about 4 years ago now; still training obviously but now I can allow myself a few more treats on the food front if you know what I mean :)

I’ll go now and look up your Facebook mate to see the photos but like I said, feel free to drop me a line.

All the very best to you mate,
Glyn

ps> Thanks again for the kind words.

November 6, 2010 - 9:04 am

Wayne Brown - Hello Glyn

its nice to find somone who will help, im just tring desparately to get into physique photgraphy. i have my first shots of a competition on NABBA’S web site of the England bash ( thanks to Val and Jim Charles ), i would love your opinion as to any improovement critisism.

Ive not had much luck recently ( Cancer ) i love Body Building and am interested in the gym shoot side as well.

My facebook site has some physique shots but ive only been doing physique’s a few months.

Your images are stunning Glyn.

Wayne

August 25, 2010 - 12:27 am

Glyn - @David…Thanks for the comments mate and yeah it was Joe McNally that said it; wise words huh :)

Cheers and see you soon,
Glyn

August 24, 2010 - 9:11 am

David Kelly - Glyn,
Thanks for the insights always – much appreciated. Even better to get some insider advice from someone who knows a lot about body building.
Lighting as always is ace and defines Danny’s muscle mass really well. Wasn’t it Joe McNally (or someone of that ilk) that said “to make something more interesting only light part of it” – well it certainly works well in the images.

Regards,
David

August 23, 2010 - 8:56 am

Glyn - Hi Tim,

Thanks for dropping in mate.
The lighting in this shot was very much dictated by the look Danny wanted for his portfolio. Moody/shadow packed lighting with not much showing the face was what he was after but yeah normally I’d look to pop a little bit of light into the face too.

Re the veins…He did have to do a few weights in between shots too which all helps to give the muscle a fuller look.

Thanks again mate,
Glyn :)

August 23, 2010 - 4:18 am

Tim Skipper - Glenn,

I am a huge fan of this technique. I would like to see this with maybe a slightly more exposure to the front to give the face more detail. Joel Grimes uses a similar technique in many of his photos.

I glad you gave how to make the veins pop, I thought you’d have to make the poor model workout first :)

August 21, 2010 - 4:51 pm

Dave T - Glyn,

Thanks
Dave

August 20, 2010 - 7:20 pm

Glyn - @DaveT…Thanks for the kind words mate :)
Re the lighting you’re spot on…the two rear lights were equal distance, height etc… from Danny and were at one setting and the front light which was the ezybox but with the front diffusion removed so as to give a harder light, was at a lower setting. For what it’s worth I think the rear lights were at 1/16 and the front light at 1/32.

Hope that helps,
Glyn

August 20, 2010 - 7:15 pm

Glyn - @Konfral…Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting; very kind of you and yeah we definitely made sure we got the shot here :)

Cheers,
Glyn

August 20, 2010 - 10:26 am

DaveT - Great tutorial and tips as ever Glyn – fabulous results.

I’m intrigued by the light ratios – Iv’e tried to reverse engineer the lighting, but as I am a beginner in these things, I’d appreciate your input. For the first two shots (full length)my guess is the the two rear lights are at the same setting, but the front light is at a lower setting?

Dave.

August 20, 2010 - 8:51 am

Konfral - Great great shots Glyn, and thank you very much for sharing the tips and tricks.
With a model like that you definitely don’t want to upset him with not getting the shot ;-)