Greg Heisler Plus Photoshop Scanning Tip

Hey Folks,
If you haven’t seen it already then check out the video below by Photographer Greg Heisler giving a breakdown of how he went about making this 2001 TIME Magazine front cover photo of New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani:

The video makes great viewing as Heisler draws out a lighting diagram (mind you I think he went to the same art school as me) and details all the technical aspects and thought processes he went through. This is a fantastic example of how ‘attention to detail’ can make a good photograph great, as Heisler talks through how he used his lighting to mimic that of the ambient light from the surrounding New York Skyline.

Another little touch I like in the final image is in the post production where a shadow is placed on the letter ‘M’ directly behind Guiliani; again it’s the ‘attention to detail’ that makes the difference.

Photoshop Tip:
Totally unrelated to the Greg Heisler video, the other day I was doing my usual routine of tearing pictures out of other people’s newspapers and magazines to be scanned and put into the ‘Inspiration’ folder on my iPhone when I saw the picture below in the Daily Mail. The photograph is of Christine Bleakley and Adrian Chiles; presenters of the new Breakfast TV programme ‘Daybreak’ and it kind of reminded me of the Giuliani Photograph so out it came; the only problem now being that it was too big to scan…

So, what do you do when the picture you’re scanning is too big for your scanner?


  • Scan the top half of the picture and then position it so that you can then scan the bottom half allowing for a little bit of overlap.
  • Open both scanned images in Photoshop (bottom half as Layer 1 and top half as Layer 2)
  • Change the Blend Mode of Layer 2 to ‘Difference’


  • Move Layer 2 down so that it overlaps onto Layer 1

When you do this, at the point where the images are overlapping you’ll notice that there are patches of black but also outlines/details of the image below:

At this stage the two scans aren’t lined up so there’s one more simple thing you need to do…

Final Step…

  • Using the arrow keys on your keyboard make small adjustments Up, Down, Left and Right until eventually the area where the 2 scans are overlapping turns completely black; at this point they’re perfectly lined up…

  • Finish off by changing the blend mode of Layer 2 back to ‘Normal’…and that’s all there is to it.

This is something I do on a regular basis to add to the ever growing ‘Inspiration’ folder on my iPhone but it’s also great if you have to scan documents with text on that are just too big to scan in one pass. Come to think of it, when I do eventually buy, sorry invest, in an Apple iPad I’ll no longer have to criminally damage other people’s property as I’ll be able to read the daily papers on a nice big screen wherever I am and take a screen capture…justification sorted!


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September 13, 2010 - 8:39 pm

Glyn - @Kelley…Yeah I know you mean about Giuliani…a legend and exactly what NY needed during that terrible time.

Best wishes to you.

September 13, 2010 - 7:25 pm

kelley - Glyn, I loved the video of the TIME mag shoot. I loved that he was using an 8X10 camera. And I really like Rudy Giuliani, and was happy to see a image that lifted him up… No pun intended. Good stuff.

September 13, 2010 - 4:11 pm

Glyn - @Tim…I guess it’s the ‘Virgo’ in me that makes me do this when clearly a ‘snap shot’ would be enough…lol :)

September 13, 2010 - 3:23 am

Tim Skipper - Glad to see I’m not the only one who puts inspiration images in my phone. I’m lazier though I take a picture with the phone’s camera. It’s not always crystal clear, but its clear enough for me to use as a reference when stuck for ideas.

September 8, 2010 - 5:18 pm

Glyn - @DaveT…You’re welcome mate; hope you get some use out of it :)
All the best to you,

September 8, 2010 - 6:42 am

DaveT - Glyn,

I have an old Xpan. Because of the size of the image on 35mm film (remember it?) I have to scan the image through my 35mm slide scanner in two bits and stitch it later in Photoshop. This should make the registration process much easier.

Thanks for the tip

We’re back and running…

Hi Everyone,

Last week I headed off with my wife Anne for what felt like a much needed bit of R&R down in sunny Dorset.

Staying on a working farm in a little village called Musbury on the outskirts of Axminster we had a wonderful week of sea fishing, visiting friends, house/location hunting and plenty of good eating.

Being away for some 10 days I had all the best intentions of getting out and doing a little bit of ‘shooting’ but if I’m honest I didn’t get the camera out of it’s bag once; cue the sharp intakes of breath:)… I did however do a little bit of shooting every day with my iPhone which I really enjoyed and which also helped to keep me ‘in the zone’ but more as a way of documenting our time away.

As someone who likes to keep up a regular blogging schedule I did have reservations about taking 10 days out for a couple of reasons…

  1. Not being sure if I’d have any finger nails left from biting them away with the anxiety
  2. Ok maybe a little paranoid about with this one but being a regular 3x weekly blogger and then going quiet can be a bit of a clue that maybe you’re away. However, thanks to WordPress there’s the facility to schedule posts to be published at future dates and times so no need to worry:)

Anyway here’s just a few shots that I took with my trusty iPhone; all of which were edited ‘in phone’ using a couple of Apps: Best Camera and Adobe Photoshop Express:

Eating out costs were kept down thanks to a bit of nimble rod work:)

How can you possibly tire of views like this???

Staying on a Working Farm in Musbury; fresh air, peace & quiet and surrounded by animals…bliss!

Catching up with great friends Sean & Ashley (top left) and Anne with Author & Foraging Expert John Wright of River Cottage…

So, now we’re back and fully recharged and focused it’s time to hit the ground running; lots to do…


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September 13, 2010 - 4:12 pm

Glyn - @Neal…Cheers Buddy and yes…full steam ahead!!! :)

September 13, 2010 - 10:30 am

neal - Nice shots with the Iphone matey :-) Glad you had a cracking time, now it’stime to crack on with some work!

September 8, 2010 - 5:19 pm

Glyn - @Mike…Cheers Buddy and yeah superb place for sure.
Soz I missed your call earlier…today has been ‘full on’…only just back and now sat here :)


September 8, 2010 - 8:17 am

Mike - Miss being down that neck of the woods. Great series of images from your phone too – nice one!!

September 8, 2010 - 5:55 am

Glyn - @Kelley…Fab time had by all Kelley which as you can see included a fair amount of fishing :)
Thanks for commenting on the piccies; just love limiting myself to the iPhone sometimes.

Best wishes to you,

September 7, 2010 - 2:49 am

kelley - Glyn,
It looks like a wonderful time . I really loved the first set of images. I also really like the shot of Anne at the red door. It looks like an image right out of Better Homes and Gardens magazine.

I’m happy to see you were able to get in some fishing!

PS great editing of the iPhone pics!

regards, Kelley

September 6, 2010 - 8:08 pm

Glyn - Keith…did you say £60??? What product did you get and are you able to send a link over? Ta Muchly :)

September 6, 2010 - 8:04 pm

Keith Hammond - loving fotosf, still running my spreadsheet system as well untill i’ve got all my data uploaded and got used to it. well worth the £60 it’s going to make office boys life so much easier. They have a 7 day trial free. A good support setup as well and thats as important as the programe i think.
Yes we do need to sort a meet.

September 6, 2010 - 5:01 pm

Glyn - @Keith…Great to hear from you mate.
Yeah we had a fantastic time away and rest assured plenty of house and location hunting was done too with another trip planned in October.
Re the iPhone can’t say I’ve seen the ‘off camera flash’ attachment…must keep an eye out for that one…lol :)

Anne says hi by the way; must look to arranging a meet in the not too distant future.


ps> How you getting on with the fotosf software I think I saw you’d purchased?

September 6, 2010 - 4:59 pm

Glyn - @David…Yeah we had superb weather whilst away; bright sun all the time :)
The fishing fix was well and truly catered for thanks to making friends with a local fisherman and Restauranteur who took us out for nothing :)

Re the iPhone there’s so many Apps to choose from but I do tend to find that now I’m sticking to Best Camera, Adobe PS Express and Photogene but the list could go on and on if I’m not careful.


September 6, 2010 - 4:54 pm

Glyn - @Neil…Yeah gotta love the iPhone camera for it’s portability :)
Re the WordPress back up I generally do a manual backup using an FTP program to copy all the files online to a HD here as well as the regular weekly emailed backups; can never be too careful huh :)


September 6, 2010 - 4:32 pm

Keith Hammond - Anne & Glyn, look at the two of you so happy, your already there mate arn’t you. The holiday captured in a few sets of pics, very nice. The bottom left pic of Anne, i would have used a little bit of OICF (off iphone camera flash) you have got the new iPhone assesory flash haven’t you ? ;-) I know what you mean about having a camera break, i don’t take the big gear anywhere now unless it was to be a “one of trip”, it’s the G9 and iPhone all the time now, so much lighter and you have to get a bit more creative. Lyn & Nic were asking after you Anne. Catch up soon i hope.

September 6, 2010 - 10:20 am

David Kelly - Morning Glyn,

Glad to hear you & Anne had a nice break – thankfully the weather held up for you. Nice series of panels here – I guess you got that fishing fix you talked about on Kelley’s blog.

I’m still getting used to the iphone camera after getting a 4G in the past few weeks. There’s definitely an abundance of camera / post-processing apps out there but one I quite like is ProCamera camera app, as it allows you to set the focal point & exposure independently via the touchscreen.

All the best,


September 6, 2010 - 9:26 am

Neil Holmes - Hi Glyn, did exactly the same think myself a couple of weeks ago while on holiday, I love the iPhone camera, will be doing the same again at the end of the month when I go to the Munich beer festival.

On the subject of WordPress, talking to a web designer friend last week about a site integration he asked me if I back up the blog’s server ‘database’ (the answer was no, and a blank look). Its easy to do with a plug in called ‘WordPress Database Backup’

Even Photographer/Bloggers need a holiday!

Cheers Neil

Photo Shoot: Aveda Competition

Hi All,

Thought I’d share this short series of photographs with you that were taken for a yearly competition held by Hair & Beauty Giant Aveda. These shots in their unedited/out of camera versions have been entered into the first round of judging by Phil Hughes, head stylist at the Oxygen Hair & Beauty Salon in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire with make up by Syn Beauty who I am going to be working with alot more in the very near future on each others’ portfolios.

For this series of shots the brief was to keep things simple Photography wise (just one Elinchrom Quadra into a Large Softbox and the occasional Lastolite Tri Gip Reflector) as the first round is purely judging the model’s overall look.Fingers crossed Phil gets through to the second round of the competition because then the gloves come off and we’ll be able to push the creative side of the lighting too; which is always fun:)

Big thanks to our models Abi Amos and Richie Glynn; both of whom you’ll be seeing alot more of in the coming months and who incidentally will be modelling for Zack Arias when he brings his OneLight Workshop to London on the 11th and 12th September 2010.

That’s all for now so whatever you’re up to be sure to enjoy the rest of the week. In the mean time if you have any questions or comments then as always please feel free to make use of the comments section below,

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January 29, 2013 - 1:00 pm

Coiffeur Zürich - Wonderful photos, love them, as well as aveda

Nice Blog, loved to read it !


September 6, 2010 - 4:56 pm

Glyn - @David…Hi David. These images were all shot in RAW. When it comes to no PP it basically means no enhancing makeup, softening skin, removing straggly hair and so on but regards sharpening and adding a little contrast that was all allowed :)

Thanks for the ‘luck’ … fingers are firmly crossed this end :)


September 6, 2010 - 9:49 am

David Kelly - Hi Glyn,

Great set of shots, especially when you consider there’s no PP – just shows what good lighting can do.
Out of interest though did you shot RAW for these or JPEGs (in order to have some in camera sharpening / processing)?

Best of luck in the competition.


September 5, 2010 - 10:00 pm

Glyn - @Steve…You’re not wrong re the PP; soooo tempting to tweak just a couple of things but no, I resisted…just :)
Thanks for the kind words mate; it’s real nice of you to say that.


September 5, 2010 - 8:30 pm

Steve Porter - Hi Glyn, lovely set of photos as usual, i love no.5 of Abi she really grabs your attention. I bet it was really difficult not to do any PP. Did you need to sit on your hands? You’ve really got this one light stuff nailed. Thanks for sharing as always you are helping lots of people out here.

All the best


September 5, 2010 - 5:45 pm

Glyn - @Keith…Thanks for commenting Buddy and yeah fingers crossed for Phil cos I’m raring to go with this project.
Hope all is well,
Must catch up soon along with Neal too,
Glyn :)

September 5, 2010 - 5:43 pm

Glyn - @Kelley…Thanks for looking in Kelley. Re Aveda, I can only go by Anne’s comments as I don’t have much use for the hair products these days :)

September 4, 2010 - 10:50 am

Keith Hammond - more great one light magic Glyn, i like the 3 set of Richie very relaxed and natural looking. Best of luck to Phil to get through to next round.

September 3, 2010 - 6:18 pm

kelley - I love that @Neil. Glyn, beautiful images and classy light. Love Aveda! Its so fabulous to work with beautiful models right? Thanks for sharing!

September 3, 2010 - 5:44 pm

Glyn - @Neil..Thanks for commenting and yeah I never thought of it like that :)

Cheers, Glyn

September 3, 2010 - 11:44 am

Neil Holmes - Hi Glyn, really nice shots and as you say simple lighting (God only uses One!)

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,

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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 :)


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


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

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

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?



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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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:)

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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.


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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.



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,

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!