No excuses for nothing to shoot!

Armed with just one camera and one lens, my good friend Neal Hibbert and I headed off down to Brighton for a day away from it all; a kind of mini Photo Walk to just ‘shoot’ with no client, no agenda, no plan and no time limitations.

I have to say that it did feel kind of strange heading off without any of my lighting equipment, in fact as we headed off I still hadn’t quite cut the cord between me and my California Sunbounce Mini Reflector but no, we said minimum kit and minimum kit it was:)

Now I knew we’d have a good day; Neal and I always do having been mates for a number of years and having the same (some would say warped) sense of humour but neither of us thought it would be quite as good as it was…particularly on a photography front.

Getting out with just one camera and one lens is something I don’t get to do all that often as most if not all the photo shoots I do involve some kind of lighting equipment and a variety of lens changes so this was a real nice change from the ‘norm’.

Being a big user of Twitter and Facebook I posted what I was up to during the day and got a few questions back asking such things as ‘What lens did I take?, ‘How do I approach complete strangers and ask to take their portrait?’ and so on, so with this Saturday being the 3rd Scott Kelby World Wide Photo Walk I thought I’d share some of my decisions and techniques with you…

1. What Lens did I take?
I decided to take my Nikon 85mm f/1.4 Prime Lens; one of my favourite lenses but then one that I haven’t been using all that much lately as I seem to have been favouring the 70-200mm probably more out of ‘habit’. Taking out just the one lens is a great way to learn what you can and can’t do with it…it’s limitations if you like.

2. Shooting Technique?
The idea behind the day was to keep things simple so I shot in Aperture Priority and Bracketed for 5 shots each and every time. This was something I’d never really done before but having seen Jay Maisel do this on a recent Kelby Training video it made perfect sense. Set the camera up to take a rapid succession of 5 shots, each of varying exposures and one will definitely be correctly exposed meaning I’m left to just shoot without getting hung up on tweaking settings; something that came in really handy when taking portraits of complete strangers during the day.

3. Shoot in both Portrait & Landscape (Vertical & Horizontal)

4. Photographing complete strangers
Just the thought of going up to a complete stranger and asking if you can take their portrait can be quite intimidating but it really doesn’t have to be. Expect to get some No’s; not everyone is going to want to have their photograph taken but that’s to be expected however there are things you can do to increase your chances of success:

  1. Photograph in areas where cameras are common place. Seaside towns, tourist areas etc are generally flooded with people carrying cameras taking photos here there and everywhere.
  2. Ask don’t assume. If you’re going to photograph someone be sure to ask their permission. We found that just approaching with a friendly face, explaining what you were doing and asking if they’d mind having their portrait taken worked just fine; in fact we had no refusals all day.
  3. Give out business cards to everyone you photograph.
  4. Be quick! If a stranger is good enough to allow you to photograph them, then be as quick as you can so as not to draw attention to them (especially if you’re shooting someone who lives on the streets). This is another good reason for bracketing as it avoids chimping in between each shot and tweaking the exposure to get it just right…you can just compose the shot and shoot…done! Minimum fuss and minimum inconvenience for your subject.
  5. If you do get a ‘No’ then just thank them any way and move on; that really is as bad as it gets.

In Summary
If you find yourself with nothing or nobody to shoot or maybe feeling frustrated about not getting out with your camera then a Photo Walk could be the answer. Get out with just the one camera and lens and just shoot; shoot anything and everything but delete nothing and the more we do this the better we get; practice after all, makes perfect!

Getting out every day (or as much as is possible) with your camera is vital if we are to progress and develop our craft as photographers. In the Kelby Training video with Jay Maisel and Scott Kelby, Jay compared photography to Bodybuilding; sounds strange I know but think about it…

To develop their physique, does a Bodybuilder go to the gym every now and again to train or (virtually) every day? Makes sense huh:)

And Finally
Leave your camera on all the time and with no lens cap. You can bet your life that something will happen in front of you and if you’ve got to turn on your camera and remove the lens cap you might just as well forget it.

Above all enjoy yourself. Needless to say this is going to be a very regular thing, and Neal and myself have already planned the next ‘Mini Photo Walk’ which will see us down in Bournemouth but after that who knows where we’ll end up. What I do know though is that we’ll be out with our cameras in the fresh air, shooting, having a laugh, making some pictures and learning along the way…fancy it?

Got any questions or comments or maybe even some tips of your own, then please feel free to make use of the comments section below; it’s always great to ‘hear’ what you have to say.

Enjoy:)

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May 20, 2011 - 5:01 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 [...]

May 6, 2011 - 5:03 am

There’s a Walk-Through For That :) » Glyn Dewis Blog - [...] Having posted a ‘walk through’ this week of the Male Portrait edit, it reminded me about another ‘High Speed’ editing video I’d recorded a while back after a day trip to Brighton for a Photo Walk [Link]. [...]

August 3, 2010 - 5:51 am

Glyn - @Andy…Cheers Buddy, thanks for the kind words.
All the best to you and yours,
Glyn

August 3, 2010 - 4:58 am

Andy Cuadra - That’s right Glyn- no excuses and that goes for me. I really miss being behind the camera; it’s funny how much I miss it. The boat shot is incredible; excellent work!

July 26, 2010 - 6:01 pm

Glyn - @Ian…Hi Ian, thanks so much for stopping by and commenting :)
Yeah the weather was ‘interesting’ to say the least but dry which is the main thing. My can that wind pick up on the Pier or what ?!? :)

Both Neal and I had a superb day; thoroughly enjoyed the sights and characters around the place so I’m sure we’ll return at some point; next stop though is Bournmouth on the 12th August and I can’t wait.

Thanks again, and for the kind words mate,
Cheers,
Glyn

July 26, 2010 - 5:55 pm

Ian Pack - Hi Glyn, you’ve got some cracking shots of Brighton (I live 10 miles away) and you have captured the feel of the place on what can only be described as a cr4p day! I regularly set personal challenges and projects as it keeps me fresh. I especially like shooting with one body & lens – after all that’s how I started out many moons ago.

Cheers

Ian

July 26, 2010 - 1:01 pm

Glyn - @David…Definitely won’t be that long; we’ll get something sorted asap.

All the best to you,
Glyn

July 26, 2010 - 1:01 pm

Glyn - @Olly…Great to hear that the post was useful in ‘inspiring’ you to get out mate; Neal and I had a superb time…far better than either of us expected.

So…the question is…where did the walk take you…to the pub or not? :)

Cheers,
Glyn

July 26, 2010 - 12:59 pm

Glyn - @Tim…Thanks for your kind words mate; hope you had a great day on your Photo Walk,

Cheers,
Glyn :)

July 23, 2010 - 9:57 pm

David Kelly - @Glyn Geez, I hope it’s not going to be that long mate but wouldn’t want to be too presumptuous would I ;-) Sometime in the next few months would good, even for a chinwag and a bit of craic.

Weather’s looking good for you guys in Windsor tomorrow, so hope you all have fun!

July 23, 2010 - 12:37 pm

Olly - Hi Glyn

Great post, wonderful shots and has inspired me to get out more with the camera. Having 2 young kids I always hide behind the excuse that there isn’t enough time but I guess you could achieve as much on a 10 minute walk as a 5 hour walk with the tips given.

Am meeting a fellow tog on Monday evening so will suggest a walk now instead of the pub (or maybe a walk to the pub!)

Olly

July 23, 2010 - 10:39 am

Tim Skipper - I’m going the Kelby photo walk tomorrow. I have been looking forward to this for weeks. Your work looks amazing, thanks for sharing.

July 23, 2010 - 9:10 am

Glyn - @DaveT…Yeah I know what you mean mate, I seem to be drawn to ‘doors’ …. Wondering what’s going on behind them I guess :)

Re the bracketed shots, they were all RAW mate.

Cheers,
Glyn

July 23, 2010 - 8:19 am

DaveT - Great post and thanks for the tip re bracketing etc.

Although the portraits are good, I like the doors; simple but eye catching.

Out of interest, were the bracketed shots RAW or JPEG files?
Dave

July 22, 2010 - 10:12 pm

Glyn - @Rick…Must admit mate, the guy in the beard is my fave too.

Getting out with the camera is as you say, so important but not always possible inbetween shoots; as we know life can just take over and before we know it another day / week has slipped by. We’re making a point now of booking in these ‘mini Photo Walks’ in the diary in advance so there’s no excuses for us then.

Cheers,
Glyn

@Neal…Thoroughly enjoyed it mate and yeah roll on Bournmouth on the 12th August :)

@Keith…Any day without lugging the kit around is a good day in my book…lol :) Must say I’m very intrigued by your mention of 3 cameras :)

@Kelley…Having experienced what this was like in Brighton, I agree…could do this every day. Really looking forward to the next one in Bournmouth now :)
Thanks for stopping by and commenting; really appreciate it :)

@Vince…More days planned for sure!

@David…I agree, would be great to meet at the next WWPW but are we really going to leave it that long? … I think not :)

July 22, 2010 - 10:02 pm

Glyn - @Ryan…Cheers, Ryan

July 22, 2010 - 10:02 pm

Glyn - @birgit…Thanks so much for your words; very kind of you…thank you :)

July 22, 2010 - 8:37 pm

David Kelly - Nice post Glyn, definitely something right up my street though I have to admit it’s something I have less time to do now. I do try on occasions to do something similar (a smaller scale) by just having a walk along canal in Cassiobury park Watford on a Friday lunch break, but the amount of work to be done isn’t always conducive to that.

I must admit though it’s always more interesting doing such things with other photographers – you get to bounce ideas of each others as well as have more craic along the way (one of the reasons to me as to why the WWPW is so successful).

Hopefully I can make next years WWPW as I’d love to meet up with yourself & other local’s here and share the experience. Good luck to you all in Windsor on Saturday and looking forward to reading all about it on the blog.

Regards,

David

July 22, 2010 - 7:00 pm

Vince - Good post as always mate! As soon as I get my hands on my 50 1.8, which as it happend with my x1.6 sensor will be about 80mm :D I will be doing this often and thinking about it apart from the ice hockey games will be my most used lens. When I get it we must do some of this I know some spots in Kent and itching to go to London to do this….. Looking forward to tomorrow should be a good day.

July 22, 2010 - 6:55 pm

kelley - Wonderful post! So right up my alley. I could do this everyday. You have a wonderful eye, which we all know but this post shows YOUR eye and not your clients. Beautiful images.

July 22, 2010 - 5:23 pm

Neal - Being the proud owner of a new 85mm lens (albeit a F1.8) I have got to say what a fab lens! I think that and my 50 F1.4 are going to take a battering in the coming weeks :-)

July 22, 2010 - 5:12 pm

Keith Hammond - Good tips there mate, it is good to challenge yourself now and again and get away from your normal routine and sometimes it’s nice not to lug all the big gear around. It always amuses me at shows like Focus you see people that are dragging their whole kit around.
Having said that, if my plans work out i will have 3 cameras on Saturday, but still trying something different.

July 22, 2010 - 5:08 pm

Neal - Great day out mate and a very good write up indeed! The only thing I would say is it was def not a mini photowalk! We must have covered about 5 miles! :-) Looking forward to Kelby’s Photowalk and even more so Bournmouth. Some great shots there mate.

July 22, 2010 - 5:08 pm

Rick Wenner - Absolutely love the first portrait of the man with the beard. He’s got so much character in his face. Great shot.

I totally agree with your statement about shooting as much as possible. The more you shoot, the better you will get. I need to take my own advice sometimes but regardless, it’s true. it’s also great to limit yourself to just one lens. I did just that during my recent fashion shoot (the video on my blog). Only used a 85mm 1.8 the whole shoot. It definitely teaches you the limitations of a specific lens but also, at the same time, makes you think more and be creative with your limitations.

July 22, 2010 - 4:26 pm

Ryan Cook - Great shots! the Landscape lifeguard is my favorite.

July 22, 2010 - 4:19 pm

birgit - …just right in time for me :)))
thanx a great deal for sharing this !
you make me go on!

Monthly Guest: Concert Photographer Allen Ross Thomas (@artistxposure)

Glyn: Allen thanks so much for being a Guest Photographer here on the blog; I really do appreciate it mate.

Allen: Hey no problem at all it’s very nice of you to ask me.

Glyn: Ok so I guess the first question I want to ask you is ‘How did you get started?’

Allen: Well I actually started shooting some years ago but life took over as it does going to college, work, marriage, starting a family and photography fell by the wayside. TIme passes, life changes, and you end up back with your passions. Seven years ago, in 2003, a friend of mine invited me to a local festival, ProgPower USA which is an annual festival here in Atlanta which features progressive rock and metal bands largely from Europe. A photographer himself, he informed me the festival was camera friendly so I went along with the camera I had at the time which was a Nikon Coolpix 5700. This was the catalyst for me. Shortly thereafter, I invested in a Nikon D70 and started going out and shooting at local clubs as much as possible. Shooting and networking, local clubs lead to shooting regional acts. Shooting and networking. Regional acts lead to shooting national acts. Lather, rinse, repeat. Over time I’ve managed to build a nice portfolio and establish a solid reputation with local and national media outlets and artist management.

Glyn: So how come you’ve chosen to specialise in music as opposed to say ‘Portraiture’ or ‘Editorial’ Photography?

Allen: I suppose photography is photography right? But in fact, for me, and many other genre specific photographers it is the subject matter and the challenges therein to a specific type of photography that gets you excited and ever challenges you. I am a music lover. I am also a photographer. I love the quirks navigating the music industry as well as walking into each and every assignment no knowing what to expect, having to get my head into it within about 3 seconds, shooting 10 minutes and then having to come away with 20 or so great photos worthy of publication.

Glyn: When it comes to camera gear what are you shooting with at the moment?

Allen: At present I am shooting with Nikon D700′s and I’m shooting dual bodies. Generally when it comes to lenses I have with me what I call ‘The Holy Trinity’ which is the Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 , the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 and the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8. They easily handle most if not all the live performance shooting situations I find myself in as well as also allow for some creative freedoms. I really love the wide angle of the 14-24mm when you can pull it off, especially when the artist comes out to the edge of the stage and does a lot of crowd interaction. The 24-70mm is a perfect mid range focal length for normal stage front positioning. Finally the 70-200mm is exceptional for the long shots such as catching the drummer at the back of the stage or if I’m in a crowded pit shooting down stage. While I don’t buy into the brand wars in the photography world, I am most comfortable with the Nikon system and I trust it to not let me down.

Glyn: So how on earth do you prepare for shooting a live concert?

Allen: I approach a live shoot with the same level of detail as any photographer would prepare for a shoot. First and foremost is pre show equipment check and clean. Charge batteries, clear memory cards, check settings, check camera straps and connections, and general working order of my equipment. I then pack my kit based on
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January 14, 2011 - 12:10 am

Glyn - @Steve…Thanks for dropping by mate; would love to see any of the results you get at your nephews gig if you’re able.

Cheers, Glyn

January 12, 2011 - 7:59 pm

Steve Fell - Very helpful guys thanks alot for sharing. Shooting at my nephews gig at the end of this month in a small club in Liverpool. This is a first for me but feel much more confident now.

July 22, 2010 - 9:09 am

Glyn - @David…Thanks David; glad you liked it :)

July 22, 2010 - 9:09 am

Glyn - @Noel…Thanks Buddy :)

July 22, 2010 - 9:06 am

Glyn - @Rick…Thanks for the comment mate and yeah ditto, I’ve been following Allen’s work ever since his critique so then meeting him in Atlanta was just incredible; a really great, honest, humble and what you see is that you get kind of guy!

July 21, 2010 - 8:09 pm

Allen Ross Thomas - @ David Kelley – Thank you much for the compliments and reviewing the blog. Indeed, the Satriani shot with was from the recent Chickenfoot tour. The band was filming a DVD that night and the photographers where placed behind the sound board and video crew and a few thousand GA fans. Shooting required a lot of patience as angles where limited and fans do as they do. I intentionally framed this shot with all the fan cameras in the air in a attempt to be creative in the restrictions we had that night. It is one of my favorites. Glad you like it.

On to questions:

1) I rarely use noise removal software. I own Noise Ninja from my D70/D300 days. With the D700 and using Nikons Capture NX2 as RAW converter. Noise really isn’t an issue for me and if a little is there, its generally creatively acceptable. In very extreme cases (ISO25,600) I will use a Photoshop Dust and Scratch filter on the image to smooth out the noise slightly if that excessive.

2) I am a child of the 80′s and I always wore my walkman on 10, cut grass without ear protection, and rode motorcycles without ear protection. As such I have a very small touch of tinnitus. I ALWAYS wear ear protection. Period. I buy the bulk orange or yellow packs and throw the pair away at the end of the shoot. Sometimes you are slightly behind FOH but sometimes you are right against the mains which is both painful at the time and irreversible in damage. The also allow me to follow the song pace easier. Never ever leave home without them.

3) There are many artists I would love to shoot an have not. Some have passed so that opportunity will never present itself. In terms of active touring musicians today the one act I would love the opportunity to cover would be Iron Maiden.

July 21, 2010 - 11:26 am

David Kelly - Hi Glyn / Allen – thanks to you both for this great post with some excellent images too.

@Allen – Being a big fan of Joe Satriani & having being in the front row a many of his concerts, I know some of the (amusing?) expressions he pulls on his face when playing so I particularly like the image of him posted here. Having a look at your blog too, I really liked the other image you have of the fans grabbing shots of Joe from their phones / cameras – really nice twist on the standard concert shot.

Couple of questions I’d like to ask you, if you don’t mind:
i) With using your ISO at such higher ranges, do you use any noise removal software?
ii) Would I be corrected in presuming that you must use ear plugs as well, in order to preserve your hearing whilst shooting?
iii) Is there any particular artist / band you’d love to shoot that you haven’t as yet?

Many thanks for the tips.

Regards,

David

July 21, 2010 - 9:59 am

Noel Hannan - Hi Glyn, great blog post and interview. @Allen, inspiring stuff; you make it look easy and I know it isn’t. Thats the work of a master! Fantastic, I’ll be folowing your work Allen.

all the best
Noel

July 20, 2010 - 7:01 pm

Allen Ross Thomas - @Neal – Thank you! Much appreciated

@Rick – Thank you very much.

@Jon – I am am certainly thankful that my gear affords me certain high ISO luxuries. This is out of necessity as even some of the largest touring productions I have shot at ISO6400+ and flash is never allowed. In smaller clubs, and I do still shoot in them with little to no light, as large an aperture as you can muster coupled with the the highest ISO your gear can handle and possibly even dragging the shutter more than normal in certain moments of pause, etc one can still capture great shots. Both Canon and Nikon make the very affordable 50mm 1.8 (around 100.00 USD) which can be ideal in these situations. RIck makes a great point as well in that with local venues you can often bring flash. Get it off camera and go the strobist route balancing flash and ambient. With proper balancing it can be made to closely resemble a follow spot. As examples see from a small club in 2008 with a D300.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/artistxposure/2848598059/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/artistxposure/2848598045/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/artistxposure/2849430186/

-A

July 20, 2010 - 5:23 pm

Tim Skipper - I loved this post and I love Allen’s work. I have had an interest in trying concert photography for about a year but wasn’t sure where to begin or what to do when I got there. I will definitely keep an eye on what Allen is doing from now on.

July 20, 2010 - 5:22 pm

Tom - @Jon, the best advice is here “Put your camera in manual. Crank your ISO. Crank your Aperture. Learn how your camera is going to behave in these environments.”
Start out in small venues and don’t expect your shots to look like big places with decent lighting set-ups. You should aim to capture what’s there, so if it’s a dark backroom of a pub with a single red tungsten bulb (it does happen) that’s how your photos should look. Get a 50mm, open it up to f1.8 or just under and EMBRACE the high ISO – it’s a characteristic of this kind of shooting, not a flaw. PS Don’t use a speedlight… it won’t help you in the long-run.

July 20, 2010 - 3:28 pm

Rick Wenner - @Glyn :: Excellent guest blog interview. Been a fan of Allen’s work since I saw his work critiqued on Zack’s blog. Keep the guests coming! You’ve had a great list so far ;)

@Allen :: Thanks for all the great info. I’m a NY music/fashion photographer and have started to really enjoy shooting shows. Although my love is in portraiture, I can really appreciate the challenges of the live show. Do you have any recommendations on how to get access to shoot in a local venue? My guess…just ask.

@Jon :: Your question will be better answered by Allen but if I can suggest anything, it would be to see if you can bring in your own lighting. Set up a Speedlite on/off stage. You can get some great shots from this.

July 20, 2010 - 8:53 am

Jon Watkiss - Great post, excellent images too ;^)
@Allen, I’ve tried shooting some of the local bands that are around here, only trouble I’ve found is that, because they are in small venues, the lighting is to the point of no lighting, even cranking the ISO to the point of noise that looks like I’ve been through a radiation field doesn’t help! What would you say is the smallest venue you’ve tried to shoot at when you first started and failed?

July 20, 2010 - 7:04 am

Neal Hibbert - Top stuff, the shots are amazing Allen.

Photoshop Technique: Compositing with Blend Modes

I thought I’d start the week off by posting a recent Photoshop tutorial that I put together for TipSquirrel.com last week where I go through a technique for combining images to create ‘composites’.

With the enhanced Refine Edge function in the latest release of Adobe Photoshop CS5, making selections has never been easier. However making a selection is one thing but dropping that selection into another image and making it look realistic is another. This is where blend modes can come into play as you’ll see in the following video where I take an image that I shot in a studio against a white backdrop and swap that backdrop for one ‘more fitting’ to the look and feel I was after but still managing to include fine details such as hair; and what’s more, it’s all done extremely quickly.

Enjoy:)

It’s always great to ‘hear’ your thoughts / comments so as always please feel free to use the comments section below.

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July 19, 2010 - 6:34 pm

Glyn - @Kelley…The great thing about this tip Kelley is that you don’t need to have CS5; just make use of the blend modes in whatever version of Photoshop you have installed and you’re rocking :)

Cheers,
Glyn

July 19, 2010 - 6:32 pm

Glyn - @David…Good to hear from you mate and yeah all is well this end.

Glad to hear you liked the tip and yeah you gotta love those blend modes :)

Cheers,
Glyn

July 19, 2010 - 5:50 pm

kelley - Fantastic post. A great reason to move into CS5

Thanks, kelley

July 19, 2010 - 9:12 am

David Kelly - Hi Glyn,

Hope you’re keeping well.

Nice tip here – I was very interested in how you got that textured layer as a background when you initially posted those images of Danny. Glad to see just how straightforward & easy it was :-)
I always find it enlightening to see how much can be achieved by layers blend modes. As much as Photoshop keeps adding new features with each new release e.g. Content Aware Fill, it’s amazing to think that a feature that was available right back in version 3 (I think) of Photoshop is still so powerful.

Regards,

David

NEWSFLASH: A.J. Wood ‘The Protector’

If like me you’re someone who regularly uses Facebook and uploads photographs into albums this is definitely something you’re going to want to take a look at. In short it’s a Facebook connect application being beta tested by Walmart that will allow them to print off any of your images from out of your Facebook Albums.

However there’s no need to panic as my buddy A.J. Wood who from now on will be known as ‘The Protector‘ has it covered:)
To quote from his blog:

Thanks to Walter Van Dusen who brought to my attention Walmart is beta testing a new Facebook Connect application. This application allows access to your photo albums for printing. Many photographers have been using Facebook photo tagging as a way to generate word-of-mouth referrals from clients. I would assume a lot of folks have their album security set to “Friends of Friends”. Anyone who is listed with Friends access to your Facebook album will be able to print it via the Walmart application.

Before you decide to delete all your FB albums, it is possible for you to make a quick security settings change. Simply go to the Walmart Photo application and block it. Once blocked your albums will no longer show when someone uses Facebook Connect with Walmart Photo. The application ID on Facebook is 181585006811.

Here’s a quick video tutorial to show you how to block the app:

You can check out more of A.J. and his work here on his company website, Media Cats, his blog and his YouTube Page.

Any thoughts / comments, then as always please feel free to post them in the comments section below,
Enjoy:)

July 19, 2010 - 6:34 pm

Glyn - @Kelley…You’re welcome :)

July 19, 2010 - 5:53 pm

kelley - Done and done. Thanks for passing this on, it was easy as pie.

Thanks again, Kelley

July 18, 2010 - 5:09 pm

Glyn - @Frank…Gotta hand it to A.J…no sooner does he hear about this he puts out a video tutorial so that we’re all protected; top man :)

Cheers,
Glyn

July 18, 2010 - 4:07 pm

Francisco DelValle - Great post, thanks Glyn.

July 18, 2010 - 10:27 am

Glyn - @Gene…He sure does Gene; a great guy :)

July 17, 2010 - 8:25 pm

Gene McCullagh - A.J. always keeps us informed and safe from Internet ill-doers!

Photoshop Friday (#photoshopfriday) + Odds n’ Sods

With Friday now upon us and the weekend just around the corner, I’ve got a few things I want to leave you with:

First of all this weeks #photoshopfriday is a Photoshop tutorial by my good friend A.J. Wood over at Media Cats. In this tutorial A.J. demonstrates how you can use the Content Aware function to realistically stretch or squash an image which is extremely useful for photographers and designers alike when it comes to making an image fit a certain dimension. I had been planning on recording a tutorial for this technique myself but when I saw that A.J. had done exactly that, I thought I’d leave you in his very capable hands:

Other Stuff

1. Carrying on with the tutorial theme, for all you Lightroom users out there Matt Kloskowski recently wrote a post about the difference between the Exposure and Brightness sliders on his Lightroom Killer Tips Blog. It makes for quite an interesting read and you can check it out by clicking here.

2. With the Scott Kelby World Wide Photo Walk kicking off next Saturday 24th July, Dave Cross of the N.A.P.P. wrote an excellent post on his blog giving some useful advice for those of us taking part covering all manner of hints and tips from how to keep safe, what kit to consider taking along and so on. You can check it out by clicking here.

3. For all you iPhone users out there Scott Kelby has just released his very own App which is basically a pocket sized, go anywhere version of one of his most recent books ‘Photo Recipes Live: Behind the Scenes‘.

The book/DVD combo (now also available as an App) is pretty much like a live seminar in a box. It brings you along with Scott as he takes you through a live photo shoot on location at a New York loft studio. Scott walks you through the necessary steps to pull off a successful model shoot without breaking the bank plus lots more. If you’re interested in seeing more ‘behind the scenes’ of photo shoots then I’d certainly recommend you give this a look by clicking here.

Ok so that’s all for now so have a great weekend and I’ll see you next week,
Enjoy:)

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July 19, 2010 - 6:35 pm

Glyn - @Kelley…It certainly is; and A.J. is definitely the guy to show them :)

July 19, 2010 - 6:03 pm

kelley - AJ’s tutorial was awesome! Thanks for posing that. Its so wonderful to learn new tricks.