Photo Shoot: Male Model Portfolio (Studio)

A short while back I posted up a series of images from the ‘on location’ part of this male model portfolio shoot so today I thought I’d finish off with a selection of images to show some of what we did in the studio…

Not wanting to overdo things, I stuck to just two lighting set ups in the studio; a white seamless with reflective floor and a three light set up giving some right light to Richard as in the image above.

Most of the time when I photograph using a white seamless set up I’ll end up converting the images to black & white during the editing stage…

I’m a big fan of ‘black & white’ for the timeless feel it gives to images and that there seems to be an unlimited way of doing conversions; those built into Photoshop/Lightroom, Plug Ins like Nik Silver Efex Pro and so on…

I like my black & white images to be quite high contrast so I’ll always do a ‘Double Raw Conversion’ technique to first of all create the high contrast image and then finish off by converting to ‘black & white’ in Nik Silver Efex Pro using the default settings.

Below you can see a ‘set up’ shot showing one of the lighting set ups. This ‘rim light’ set up is one that I turn to regularly when putting composite images together as I did recently with the ‘Fighter‘ and the image above of model Richard where amongst other things, the ‘wall’ background has been added in during the editing stage using Photoshop.

The two images below show the ‘Before‘ image which is straight out of the camera and the ‘After‘ image which is the final edit after having worked through a few techniques in Photoshop. To give you an idea of what was done, here’s a breakdown of the steps involved…

  • Double Raw Conversion
  • Blemish removal
  • Brighten & sharpen the eyes
  • Add contrast to skin
  • Dodging & Burning on face
  • Sharpening technique to bring out details in clothing
  • Adjust colouring (using a Colour Balance adjustment layer)
  • Darken down edges with a vignette

So there you have it…a selection of images from both ‘on location’ and now in the studio. If you have any questions or comments then as always please feel free to make use of the comments section below.

Also if you’re not familiar with the ‘Double Raw Conversion’ technique in Photoshop just shout it out in the comments section below and I’ll look to posting a ‘walk through’ this week, but in the meantime,

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  • February 28, 2011 - 5:44 am

    Pedro Vasconcellos - Please make a post about the Double Raw Technique…

    and how did you make the suit’s strips pop up that much???

  • February 28, 2011 - 6:29 am

    Dave T - Hi Glyn,

    Great images. I like the way Richard has that pensive look about him and the end result post processing is fabulous.

    I’m with Pedro and have the same request. I’m also interested to know if you use any colour measurement device at the shooting stage.

    Thanks again for sharing your knowledge and techniques with us.


  • February 28, 2011 - 7:22 am

    David Kelly - Hi Glyn,

    You’re right about those white seamless shoots – just something that seems (pardon the pun) to work really well in mono.

    Interested to understand the double raw conversion technique too. I think I have an inkling as to what it is but let’s be certain :-)



  • February 28, 2011 - 9:23 am

    Brandon Jacoby - Great shots Glyn!
    Am I correct in saying you used Calvin Hollywood’s F.A.D. (Freaky amazing detail);)?

    – Brandon

  • February 28, 2011 - 3:10 pm

    Nat - Hi Glynn
    Thanks for helping us all improve our photography skills. I too would like to see what you mean by the double raw conversion technique and also what you mean by adding contrast to the skin – is that a special technique also??? Thanks again,

  • February 28, 2011 - 3:33 pm

    Mark Robinson - Hi Glyn
    I would really appreciate a walk-through re the “Double Raw Conversion” technique. Terrific blogs by the way – I have learnt an IMMENSE amount.
    All the best, Mark

  • February 28, 2011 - 4:22 pm

    Aziz - Hi Glyn

    I’d also love to know how you got the pinstripes to pop like that, and I’d like to know what your referring to with the double raw technique.


  • February 28, 2011 - 9:18 pm

    Noel Hannan - Glyn,
    What a great post, loads of info… Spill on the double raw technique…
    Great to see the set up in the studio, I was particularly pleased when I worked it out before seeing the set up shot!
    Thanks for sharing

  • March 1, 2011 - 1:51 am

    Ernie - Add me to the list hoping to hear more about your “DoubleRaw” process.


    2Hearts Photo

  • March 1, 2011 - 1:44 pm

    Tim Skipper - He smiled! I got to tell you I was shooting a model last week and she was not smiling and I told her, “You got to smile or Glyn is going to bust my chops after my comment.” Of course she has no idea who you are, but I got my smile.

    Images look great as usual.

  • March 1, 2011 - 10:15 pm

    Glyn - @Tim…Superb!!! Certainly made me chuckle there mate; I’ll be using you as a threat when I next need a client to smile :)

  • March 1, 2011 - 10:16 pm

    Glyn - Thanks everyone for the kind words and for asking about the Double Raw Conversion.
    I’ve now written a ‘walk through’ of the steps involved and will have it online tomorrow (Wednesday).

    Thanks again for looking in and taking the time to comment; I really do appreciate it.
    Glyn :)

Photo Shoot and Technique: Spillers Farm B&B, Devon

Ok so before I let you in on the lighting and editing side of things I want to first of all introduce you to the actual folks I was photographing…Keith & Bridget Trayling who own and run the fabulous Spillers Farm in Devon, UK …

Lifting the text straight from their website here’s a brief background giving you the who, what, where and when:

The owners of Spillers Farm – Bridget and Keith Trayling – moved to Devon from London in 2005 seeking a simpler way of life and wanting to grow their own food and raise livestock.  Spillers had not been a working farm since the 1960’s but Keith and Bridget have literally brought new life to the farm when their sow Cassie had her first litter of six piglets in April 2008 – the first livestock to be born on the farm in forty years. They have also created a vegetable garden with four large plots which produces vegetables all year round; planted a small orchard with apple, pear and plum trees and planted a soft fruits plot which provides enough strawberries, raspberries, gooseberries and loganberries to make almost a hundred pounds of homemade jam per year!

Bridget and Keith raise their animals using the principles of good animal husbandry. The pigs have a custom-built pigsty with constant access to outside space and they live as natural a life as possible.

The same principles are applied to all the other animals reared on the farm – lambs and poultry. Wanting to offer a good life to as many animals as possible, Bridget and Keith rescued two dozen battery hens in the summer of 2008. The project was so successful and fulfilling that two dozen more were rescued in the spring of 2009. All fully feathered and thriving, the birds are now completely free range.

Strange but I never imagined when I first started in photography that one day I’d be taking the portrait of a fully grown Gloucester Old Spot Pig by the name of Rodney. But, I guess if there’s one lesson I quickly learned in photography it was to always “expect the unexpected”.

I’ll never forget Keith calling out “Rodney, Rodney come on mate, up you come” in an increasingly desperate attempt to wake him from a deep sleep; geez if his own snoring wasn’t waking him up then Keith didn’t stand a chance…or so I thought. Before we knew it up he popped, front trotters on a wall and peeked over and if I didn’t know better I’d be convinced he was was ‘working the camera’ as he turned his head from side to side and struck a pose each time the flash went off:)

Lighting Set Up:
In all honesty it couldn’t have been simpler; virtually all of the shots where taken using one Nikon SB800 Speedlight and a 46″ Shoot Thru Umbrella, triggered using the Pocket Wizard Mini TT1 and Flex TT5.

This time rather than shooting in Aperture Priority as I did in the earlier Male Model Shoot [Link] I decided to go back to using Manual and for the record, this is where I’m going to be staying. Now don’t misunderstand my reason for this because Aperture Priority works really well, but it’s just that I’m more used to shooting in Manual and don’t have to really think about what I’m doing on the technical side which leaves me to engage with whoever I’m working with. The new Pocket Wizard units work faultlessly in Manual and still allow me to sync at much higher shutter speeds which at the end of the day is all I was really intending to ask of them anyway.

Again, full control of the flash power and the mode it was in was done using the Nikon SU800 attached to the Mini TT1 ontop of the camera. This makes for such a quick way to work being able to make all the changes from shooting position albeit this set up is a little on the bulky side. Sure there’s the soon to be released AC3 Controller for Nikon which is alot more compact but do I really need it yet when this system works perfectly as it is? … I’ll keep you posted:)

Post Production
Most of the images from this shoot took just a few minutes of editing; starting off in Lightroom and then over to Photoshop to bring out some details, add contrast to the subject’s skin and adjust the colouring.

The image below is the one that took a little more time to complete. Reason for this being that I wanted to get a shot of Keith, Brigett and Meryck the dog from low down to include some of the sky but it was the middle of the day so the sky was fairly bright but also a little on the ‘flat’ side.

The side by side images above show you the ‘Before’ (out of camera) image and the ‘After’ (edited) image and to give you an idea of what editing was done in Photoshop here’s a breakdown…

So what was done?

  • Remove Shoot Thru Umbrella and branches from left side of frame
  • Remove reflection off the shoot thru umbrella and speedlight from Keith’s glasses
  • Use a sharpening technique to bring out a little more detail
  • Add contrast to skin
  • Replace sky
  • Adjust colouring (Add warmth & Desaturate)

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So there you have it…a quick run through of a ‘Promotional’ shoot for Spillers Farm, Devon; a wonderful place to stay either in Bed & Breakfast or Holiday Cottage set amongst the Devon Countryside. Owned and run by people who truly love what they do which is clearly evident by the warm welcome and ‘home from home’ feel of the place; I can’t recommend Spillers Farm enough!

Oh and one last thing if you find yourself photographing farm animals and need a little bit of help getting them to “Work the camera Baby!” I’m sure Keith will be happy to pass on any hints and tips:)

As always if you have any questions or comments about anything in this post then please feel free to make use of the comments section below; it’s always great to ‘hear’ your thoughts.




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  • February 24, 2011 - 5:53 pm

    Larry Eiss - Thanks for an excellent post. I had wondered about the technique used in “post” to get that look. Your explanation was perfect. These are great shots that tell a strong story of two very interesting people and their farmyard animals. Well done!

  • February 24, 2011 - 6:09 pm

    Hristo Dzhendov - The pig is my favourite!

  • February 24, 2011 - 6:15 pm

    Tim Pursall - Hi Glyn!

    As you know we stayed at Spillers Farm last month. Totally endorse your comments. A lovely place to stay!

    Nice blog post. Some website stuff for them? Keith & Bridget – you are natural posers! Have a great summer.


  • February 24, 2011 - 6:22 pm

    Alex - Thumbs up, Glyn.
    I really like the “more dramatic” sky because in my opinion it adds depth to the image. Also the warmer tones give the picture this “welcome” feeling.
    Nice unobtrusive lighting btw.
    Keep on sharing your experience with the Pocket wizards.

  • February 24, 2011 - 6:25 pm

    Keith Hammond - loving that pig shot, will they eat him one day, or did you just have a few slices the other week in that butty :-)
    Is this for promo material ?
    Good post as usual mate with simple explanation. You will be trawling every trade stand at Focus for the AC3 won’t you :-)

  • February 24, 2011 - 6:28 pm

    Glyn - @Larry…Very kind of you to say that; thanks :)

  • February 24, 2011 - 6:28 pm

    Glyn - @Hristo…Ah yes ‘Rodney’ … he’s quite a character :)

  • February 24, 2011 - 6:29 pm

    Glyn - @Tim…Absolutely mate. Funnily enough we spoke about you when we were down last; I mentioned you’d said about the sausages :)

  • February 24, 2011 - 6:30 pm

    Glyn - @Alex…Cheers for that and yeah I’ll keep you posted re the PW’s. It’s more than likely an AC3 will end up in my bag when I’m at Focus on Imaging next week; paid for though of course :)

  • February 24, 2011 - 6:31 pm

    Glyn - @Keith…Thanks mate. Re ‘Rodney’ … not at all. He’s got a great life ‘looking after’ a few girls if you know what I mean :)

    Re the AC3…you could be right and yeah this is all ‘promo’ material for Keith & Bridget.

  • February 24, 2011 - 7:05 pm

    David Kelly - Glyn,

    Informative post as always mate and not just for the photography :-). I’ve been wanting to go to Spillers for sometime now after hearing all the good stuff about it from you previously. The wife & I are big River Cottage fans so we’d use it as a base for spending some time down there. Now just need to get some leave from work sorted out…



  • February 24, 2011 - 7:37 pm

    Glyn - @David…Would make a great short break for you guys, and if you’re as much fans of River Cottage as I think you are you’ll absolutely love Spillers!

    Keith and Bridget have the same high ethics when it comes to animal husbandry as River Cottage and HFW.

    Keith and Bridget have quickly become great friends and we look forward to seeing them and the gang so much each time.

    The hosts, the location, the animals, the rooms, and the breakfast…did I mention the breakfast, the home made jams, home cured bacon, home made sausages….the lot. Each time I eat it so quick in the hope that Keith won’t notice and will think I’ve not had it yet :)

  • February 24, 2011 - 7:41 pm

    Tim Skipper - I’ve taken some pictures of some “pigs” but I think you have me beat.

  • February 25, 2011 - 12:41 am

    Russell Pritchard - @Tim Skipper, you might have photographed some pigs in your time…
    I’ve went out with them !

  • February 25, 2011 - 6:48 am

    Andy - It’s really nice to see your shoots, so simple and such a great result. Keep em coming man, greatly apprecieated!

  • February 25, 2011 - 7:35 am

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  • February 25, 2011 - 9:00 am

    DaveT - Hi Glyn,

    Great post,images,and behind the scenes information. Just wonderful!


  • February 25, 2011 - 9:14 am

    Glyn - @Andy…Thanks for that mate

  • February 25, 2011 - 9:15 am

    Glyn - @Dave…Very kind mate; thanks :)

  • February 25, 2011 - 12:29 pm

    Neil Glover - Great post again Glyn.

    How on earth did you get a gig shooting a farm in Devon!?

    I’ll have to check it out. Love staying in those kind of places.

    The landscape shot you have with the couple and dog pitched slightly to the left is almost surreal. The background doesn’t look real, I think its the way they pop off it. (Not meant as criticism by the way. I think it’s a testament to how the lighting has worked).

  • February 25, 2011 - 11:35 pm

    kelley - Wonderful. Love the feel of each image. Well Done!

  • February 26, 2011 - 10:59 pm

    Dean Robertson - Great post and what a small world. I thought the background looked familiar in one of the images. When I looked at the map I realised why. My wife was brought up in Musbury and we were married in Musbury church. Have driven past Spillers hundreds of times.

    Keep up the good work.

  • November 30, 2011 - 7:45 am

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Monthly Guest: Matt Kloskowski Coming Soon!!!

I’m really excited to tell you that the next Monthly Guest is none other than Photoshop Guy, Author, Trainer and Professional Photographer Matt Kloskowski!

Literally from day 1 of using Photoshop I joined the N.A.P.P. (National Association of Photoshop Professionals) of which Matt in company with Scott Kelby and Dave Cross is one of the original Photoshop Guys.

I can’t even begin to think how much I’ve learned and continue to learn from Matt through his tutorials, books, DVD’s and sitting in some of his classes at the mind blowing Photoshop World. However, what I do know is that he’s been instrumental in helping me to develop my skill level and as a consequence, my business.

Someone I’m proud to be able to call a friend Matt’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.

Now, keeping in with the tradition of previous Guest’s, Matt and I are going to be chatting through all manner of things but this time we’re going to do things just a little bit different…

If you have a question that you’d like me to ask Matt on your behalf then all you need to do is post it on twitter and attach the following tag: #AskMatt and at the end of our chat I’ll finish off by randomly choosing a few of your questions and will include them in Matt’s Guest Post when it’s posted online.

Matt and I will be chatting today at 7pm GMT (2pm EST) so you have from now until then and the time we finish to fire over any questions. Oh and if you’re not on Twitter no problem…just post your questions in the comments section below.


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  • February 22, 2011 - 9:44 am

    DaveT - Hi Glyn,

    Wow… this is a real coup. I’m looking forward to seeing the ensuing post.

    Question for Matt – apart from being a guru in Photoshop and Lightroom, is Matt also a professional photographer? He certainly has some great images on his tutorials.


  • February 22, 2011 - 10:01 am

    Pj - Surely you should be asking if you can have the new photoshop guy job that’s just been posted?

  • February 22, 2011 - 3:16 pm

    David Kelly - Glyn,

    Great coup as DaveT says. Always looking forward to the Guest blog post as always but most especially looking forward to this one!



  • February 23, 2011 - 2:10 am

    Denver Photographer - I’m a really big fan of all his tips on lightroom and stuff.

  • February 23, 2011 - 8:07 am

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  • February 24, 2011 - 9:52 am

    Glyn Dewis - Had a fantastic chat with Matt. Loads of info that I’m really looking to getting online plus a ‘Golden Nugget’ of advice from The Photoshop Guy :)

Dave Cross in the UK: Special Seminar 6th March

UPDATE: Unfortunately Dave has had to cancel this Seminar so hopefully he’ll return later in the year but due to scheduling and other arrangements he now cannot put on this event at the Hilton. Dave will be available at the Focus in Imaging show at the OnOne booth so pop by and catch his demo on all four days

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When I first started using Photoshop I would spend hours scouring the internet looking for tutorials that would give me some idea of how best to use it. Eventually I came across a link to an organisation called the N.A.P.P. (National Association of Photoshop Professionals) and out of blind faith signed up and became a member and haven’t looked back since.

Without question I have a heck of alot to thank the N.A.P.P for; World Class teaching in the form of Photoshop World, Seminars, Books, Videos, Online Training etc.. without which I’ve no doubt I’d still be following tutorials step by step but not really knowing or understanding what I was doing and what’s more taking far longer to do it than need be.

Dave Cross…Lead Instructor at the N.A.P.P. and one of the original Photoshop Guys, is to this day the guy I turn to when I know what I want the end result to be but just can’t figure it out; guaranteed if there’s a way to do it in Photoshop, then Dave will know it.

BIG NEWS is that Dave is coming to the UK and will be at the Focus NEC Exhibition and on the first day, Sunday 6th March he’s holding his own 3 hour workshop for a limited number of people…


Are you Poor ?

Admittedly an odd title for a blog post, but let me explain…

A few days ago my wife Anne told me of a conversation she’d heard on BBC Radio 2 in a regular daily slot called ‘Pause for thought’. The title of the subject was exactly that…”Are you poor” but rather than what you might at first think, the word ‘Poor’ was actually referring to: Passing Over Opportunity Repeatedly.

Maybe it’s just me but the first thing I thought of was my photography and how I’m a big believer in personal projects and doing work for free. Now don’t misunderstand me here…I’m not talking about undercutting fellow photographers or devaluing what I do but what I’m actually talking about is taking on projects / shoots that I wouldn’t maybe get commissioned for but with it in my portfolio, may well open doors in the future; does that make sense? In other words…not turning down opportunities that arise.

Heck I’ve done more ‘free’ personal project work than I can remember and will continue to do so but guaranteed, every single time it’s paid off in the end because it’s resulted in me being able to add images into my portfolio that I’ve then shown to perspective clients and ended up being hired for; images that I may never have been able to add to my portfolio if all I was doing was my ‘paid’ work.

The whole issue of working for ‘free’ has been across the web many times and always stirs up mixed emotions. In this case what I’m talking about is taking up opportunities with folks that you think would be good to photograph and then doing it, but doing it in such a way that you’re getting images that stretch you and mean you both end up with something you may never have had the opportunity to get. Everyone’s a winner!

Editorial Portrait Photographer David E. Jackson [Link] eluded to this in his recent Guest Post [Link] and went on to say that personal work and taking on the opportunities for projects is vitally important if we are to grow as photographers.

I’m no betting man (unless I’m in Las Vegas for Photoshop World of course) but I’d put money on it that every high profile photographer out there that’s photographing the kind of stuff you’d like to be has and continues to work on personal projects, so that they can both stretch themselves and produce work they wouldn’t necessarily have been hired to do because it wasn’t in their portfolio. I’d also say that doing these ‘free’ projects’ is what ultimately led to them working in the area they are today i.e. they saw an opportunity and grasped it with both hands!

So, my question to you is simply this…”Are you Poor?”

Thoughts? Comments? then as always please feel free to make use of the comments section below; I’d love to hear what you think and if you are indeed taking the time out to work on personal projects/shoots or should I say ‘opportunities’ as they present themselves.


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  • February 18, 2011 - 6:21 pm

    Ruth - Completely agree with you Glyn, it definitely helps you achieve more in the long run. I personally have been doing this and I definitely think it pays :O) x

  • February 18, 2011 - 6:34 pm

    Andy - I think this is part of a piece of the puzzle I’m trying to work through right now! I’m starting a new site and when it came to editing through my current work I found myself disgusted with it. I found a small handful of images I will use, but not enough to form a portfolio. I feel capable of producing so much better work than I have to this point, and I want my best to represent me.

    I’ve wrestled with the idea of working for free. On one hand, I don’t want to devalue the industry I want to be a part of. On the other hand, how will anyone know what I can do unless I show them?

    This post kind of helps me strike a balance between the two ideas. Thank you so much!

  • February 18, 2011 - 9:07 pm

    Tim Skipper - Glyn,

    It drives my wife crazy that I do “free shoots” I’ve never got her to understand that the free shoots prepare the way for the paid ones. Truth be told, most times I would rather show my free shoots than my paid one because I can show how I think vs. how someone wanted me to think (if that makes any sense).

    The biggest problems are finding models and budget.

  • February 18, 2011 - 11:30 pm

    kelley - Glyn, wonderful post. I totally agree with you. I have two things on my mind regarding the subject.
    1. My personal work clearly shows more passion and style of who I really am and I often use that work in my portfolio. In turn people see that and the ones that hire me are the ones who want that type of photography.
    2. Only once have I regretted any charity work and it was because I took it on knowing I previously, purposefully moved away from that type of photography. So I was doing what I hated and doing it for free. Not a good combo.

    I was told once by a business instructor that you should post in your portfolio what you want to do more of. It’s simple and it makes sense. If you have to make more of those images in your personal time and for free than get to it. The more you post the more people who love that photography will hire you to make more of it for them.
    Thanks for the reminder and for causing me to think about this subject again.
    All the best, Kelley

  • February 19, 2011 - 7:57 am

    DaveT - Hi Glyn,

    Apart from the benefits you, and others, have already articulated. I think doing personal projects is something that can give tremendous personal satisfaction. Even if the work never makes it into your portfolio, it’s the internal pleasure of actually taking those images that is so gratifying for the soul. In my case it takes me back to my grass roots of why I started doing photography in the first place.


  • February 20, 2011 - 6:59 am

    Ernie Atkins - Glyn,

    Another blog post that “hits the nail on the head”. My wife and I do pro-bono work for charities for multiple reasons. First we just love doing it, second we gain valuable experience and finally it builds a community presence for our business.

    By the way – David Hobby (aka Strobist) had a similar blog with the same attitude. Doing pro-bono work can be a win-win for everyone involved.


  • February 21, 2011 - 7:00 am

    Glyn - @Ruth…Couldn’t agree more; very beneficial to do this plus in quiet times can help to keep you focused :)

  • February 21, 2011 - 7:02 am

    Glyn - @Andy…Sounds exactly how I felt mate when you mention about your portfolio. Doing this for me was a great way to be able to show and then eventually get the kind of work I want/ed to be shooting.


  • February 21, 2011 - 7:15 am

    Glyn - @Tim…Totally hear you there mate :)

  • February 21, 2011 - 7:18 am

    Glyn - @Kelley…Agree with you totally there Kelley. If I hadn’t done any ‘free’ personal work then there’s no way I’d be photographing some of the stuff I get the chance to now and plan to be in the future.

    Thanks for looking in and commenting,
    All the best to you,

  • February 21, 2011 - 7:19 am

    Glyn - @DaveT…100% with you there mate

  • February 21, 2011 - 7:22 am

    Glyn - @Ernie…Absolutely mate; everyone’s a winner :)

  • February 21, 2011 - 11:59 am

    Lloyd Williams - Hi Glyn,

    Can’t agree more with you on this one. All photographers are looking for new ways to improve their portfolios. When I first started shooting weddings I absolutely accepted the fact that I’d have to work as an assistant for free, waiting for the opportunity to get some of my own shots to start building a portfolio of my own. The same principle applies to any kind of shoot or project. I think the problem is lots of pro’s don’t consider the doors that will open as a result of ‘free work.’
    Too many pro’s know they have to make a full time income from photography so will charge every time.
    It’s a shame because free work always benefits!


  • February 22, 2011 - 10:53 am

    Paul Pride - Great post Glyn! Like @Tim my wife also hates me not getting paid for my photography (saying I’m too good to be working for free… blah, blah, blah) which has resulted in myself being reluctant to do any more free shoots. This, in turn, has had an impact recently on my photography in general.
    I have been trying to think of avenues to get paid work rather than enjoying my photography like I should be. It also doesn’t help that I dropped my flash on the floor a few weeks ago and it’s a write off (roll on the deals at Focus!)
    I will, one day, get my photography off the ground. My 1 year old daughter has eaten into a lot of my time so as she becomes less dependent I can focus more on photography.
    Thank you for yet another inspiring post. It has really helped to give me a boost again after the new year blues!
    All the best,

  • February 22, 2011 - 10:59 am

    Paul Pride - Also, how do I get a funky little portrait picture in the comments?

  • February 22, 2011 - 11:09 am

    claudio.von.grubens - hi glyn

    nice one and i think it is much more relaxed an creative working with no commission for a social project!


  • February 22, 2011 - 4:27 pm

    Glyn - @Paul…Cheers for commenting mate and it’s great to hear the post has helped.
    Working for free is one of those things that’s hard to explain to others but something we really need to do from time to time if we’re going to develop and put together a portfolio of what we really want to be shooting and yeah I totally relate to what you’re saying mate. Mrs D understandably couldn’t understand it at first but now sees the benefits; gut it just takes time.

    Looking forward to seeing what you come up with mate :)

    Oh and re the funky portrait pictures…check this out:

    Cheers, Glyn

  • February 22, 2011 - 4:42 pm

    Paul Pride - Thanks Glyn!!!

  • February 22, 2011 - 5:32 pm

    Glyn - @Paul…Ah there you are…lol :)

  • February 23, 2011 - 11:40 am

    Govind Vekaria - :-)
    I did a freebie in Portugal two weeks ago. It actually cost me(flights, hotel etc) and I even bought specific gear for it :-( But the returns – not money – but photos, contacts, a life time experience, the praise, the publicity – absolutely made it worth my while (at the personal level).
    I almost didn’t take up the oppertunity.
    Would love to tell you more about (if you have time for me sometime).