Photosmith Launch date PLUS Win a FREE Copy!!!

Hi Folks
Just a little note to say that tomorrow (Tuesday 26th) is the official release date of Photosmith: The iPad Mobile Companion for Adobe Lightroom [Link]

I’ll be posting a full review to coincide with the launch PLUS this week I have 3 promotional codes to give away so that you can download yourself a FREE copy of this incredible iPad App, so be sure to stop by tomorrow for more details.

Enjoy:)

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  • April 25, 2011 - 4:34 pm

    AlexFrame - Everybody is crazy about ipads)) It’s so funny.

  • April 25, 2011 - 4:49 pm

    LynneM - I’m so excited about these Adobe apps!

  • April 26, 2011 - 8:34 pm

    Erik Wardekker - I can’t wait any longer…I really want a copy of Photosmith: The iPad mobile companion for Adobe Lightroom

Book Review: Professional Portrait Retouching Techniques by Scott Kelby

If you ever find yourself sat infront of your computer screen staring at some portrait shots you’ve taken, Photoshop open and saying “Now what?” or quite simply you want to make your portrait shots look their very best, then I can’t say it any simpler than You Need This Book!

Professional Portrait Retouching Techniques for Photographers using Photoshop’ is the latest book by Photographer and Photoshop Guru Scott Kelby and in my own opinion this time he’s out done himself and produced what I predict will become the Retouching Bible! Seriously…the book is that good!

With what appears to be an infinite supply of Photoshop books out there lining shelves in book stores it can be incredibly difficult knowing which ones/s to get especially when each and every one promises to ‘share the secrets of the pros’. The risk of possibly wasting your hard earned cash on a book that you’ll glance through disappointingly and then never pick up again is real, and one that I’m sure most of us have done on more than one occasion.

However, this latest book changes things. We now have a book that not only gives us techniques that are easy to follow and apply but a book that eliminates the feeling of ‘What do I do now?’

This new book is full to the brim of techniques that work and work extremely well and what’s more they’re written and explained in a way that makes them easy to understand and then apply to your own work.

If you’re familiar with Scott’s Digital Photography Book series [Link] and the one page, one tip style then this is kind of written in the same way. Now obviously I don’t mean that each technique takes just one page to explain but what I do mean is that the techniques don’t drag on and confuse the heck out of you; Scott gets to the point and in a way that feels like he’s there with you…“Do this, now do that…there you go!” Simple!

Some folks have ‘complained’ in the past about Scott’s humour in his writing but I think even ‘they’ are going to be impressed this time. I don’t know if it’s an intentional decision on Scott’s behalf but this latest book does seem to be written in a way that’s slightly different to what we’ve become accustomed to, but that’s definitely a good thing. Personally I like Scott’s writing style…I’m a very visual person so for me to read, I need to be entertained as well as informed but this latest book will definitely appeal to all.

So what does the book cover?
The book is made up of 7 Chapters each covering a different area of retouching and on most occasions showing more than one technique to achieve the same/similar result so you can choose which fits in best with your way of working…

Chapter 1: Retouching Eyes

  • Increasing Contrast in the Iris
  • Darkening the Outer Rim of the Iris
  • Adding More Life to the Eyes
  • Enhancing and/or Creating Catch Lights
  • Brightening the Whites of the Eyes
  • Removing Eye Veins
  • Changing Eye Colour
  • Reducing Dark Circles Under Eyes
  • Making Eyes Larger (or Smaller)
  • Swapping One Eye for the Other
  • Enhancing Eyelashes
  • Creating Beautiful Eyebrows
  • Making Fuller Eyebrows
  • Darkening the Eyebrows
  • Sharpening Eyes to Make Them Sparkle

Chapter 2: Retouching Skin

  • Removing Blemishes
  • How to Avoid Plastic-Looking Skin
  • Basic “Quickie” Skin Softening
  • Softening Skin While Retaining Texture
  • Softening Skin & Adding Texture Back In
  • High Pass Skin Softening
  • Softening Skin Using Channels
  • Reducing or Removing Wrinkles
  • Removing Hot Spots
  • Balance Skin Tones
  • Reducing Stubble
  • Applying Digital Makeup
  • Creating Porcelain-Looking Skin
  • Sharpening Portraits

Chapter 3: Reshaping Facial Features

  • Reshaping the Face and Head
  • Making Features More Symmetrical
  • Sculpting the Face by Dodging & Burning

Chapter 4: Retouching Hair

  • Adding Highlights to Hair
  • Removing Stray Hair Strands
  • Fixing Gaps in Hair
  • Changing Hair Colour
  • Darkening a Part Line
  • Hiding Roots

Chapter 5: Retouching the Lips and Mouth

  • Making Lips Larger
  • Creating Glossy Lips
  • Applying or Tweaking Lipstick
  • Changing the Shade of Lip Colour
  • Repairing Teeth
  • Whitening Teeth and Reducing Yellowing

Chapter 6: Slimming and Trimming

  • Overall Slimming
  • Slimming One Person in a Group Shot
  • Reducing a Double Chin & Thinning the Face
  • Thinning Arms or Legs
  • Getting Great Abs
  • Fixing Clothes (Lumps, Bagging & Folds)

Chapter 7: My 5-, 15-, and 30 Minute Retouches

  • Retouching Checklist
  • My Five-Minute Retouch
  • My 15-Minute Retouch
  • My 30-Minute Retouch

Now this Chapter is the icing on the cake! Sure it’s ok to know all these different techniques but when do you apply them, and in what order and more to the point how do you decide what needs doing anyway?

In Chapter 7 Scott goes through 3 retouches from start to finish…each more involved than the next; a 5 minute, a 15 minute and a 30 minute retouch covering techniques explained throughout the book and what’s more there’s an included ‘Check List’ that you can use during your own retouching that goes through the kind of questions you should be asking yourself and that will help you to decide what to do.

Summary
As Photographers we should all aim to get the best ‘out of camera’ images we can but it doesn’t stop there! The money and time we’ve all invested, and continue to do so, to improve our skills still doesn’t take away the fact that EVERY image requires some form of editing…even if it’s adding a little more contrast and some sharpening.

Being proficient in Photoshop is all part of being a photographer just as knowing what to do in the dark room was in the days of film and this book will give you all you need to finish off your portraits and show them off at their very best.

No matter how proficient you may be in Photoshop you will DEFINITELY learn some valuable techniques amongst the books 384 pages, oh and although the book is written in such a way that you can dive into any section you want, be sure NOT to skip the introduction as there’s some valuable hints and tips plus details of the book’s accompanying website that includes downloads for you to use too.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

Professional Portrait Retouching Technique for Photographers using Photoshop by Scott Kelby
ISBN-10: 0321725549
ISBN-13: 978-0321725547
Currently priced at £18.50 from Amazon UK

UPDATE: You can now catch the webinar with Scott Kelby & Matt Kloskowski discussing the book and showing some of the retouching techniques here [Link]

  • April 22, 2011 - 4:20 pm

    Terry Donnelly - This is on my MUST HAVE LIST!!!

    Cheers for the review Glyn

  • April 22, 2011 - 10:10 pm

    Lorri E - I knew I wanted to get this book, now I really can’t wait to get it. Excellent review, Glyn.

  • April 23, 2011 - 5:54 am

    Glyn - @Terry…Money well spent for sure ;)

  • April 23, 2011 - 5:55 am

    Glyn - @Lorri…That’s great to hear; you’ll love the book…it’s just full page after page of Photoshop tips and techniques that will be used.
    Enjoy ;)

  • April 23, 2011 - 7:21 am

    DaveT - Glyn, I echo what Lorri said. The other thing that makes your review and recommendation so valuable is that it is written by a person (shown through the many tutorials you have posted)that you know what you are talking about. In other words it is an expert opinion.

    I totally agree that there are a plethora of Photoshop books around, and not all are value for money. Your valued opinion on this book is very welcome – thanks.

  • April 23, 2011 - 8:50 am

    Glyn - @DaveT…It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of Scott Kelby’s teaching; I owe alot to him for gettng me to the stage I’m at now. Truth be told I would have purchased the book no matter what BUT this one really has gone to a new level.

    I honestly think that whoever you are and whatever skill level you’re at, you will benefit from this book. Within minutes of reading the section on eyes I’ve found myself adapting my editing and using new techniques eg sharpening the eyes using Photoshop’s Sharpen Tool; quick and very effective!

    I’ve got the book on my iPad so can take it everywhere with me and grab a quick read whilst having a coffee :)

    You’ll love it…I guarantee that.

    Cheers,
    Glyn

  • April 23, 2011 - 5:48 pm

    AlexFrame - Scott is always amazing at hiz job and jokes.

  • April 23, 2011 - 9:09 pm

    Neil Holmes - Hi Glyn, I received my copy on Wednesday, I followed Scotts tutorials on Kelby TV before and the book contains many of the techniques see there and many more. Top read! Cheers Neil

  • April 24, 2011 - 2:47 am

    Tim Skipper - Glyn

    Like you I make a living at portrait work. Over the years I developed my own style or editing and post production work. But when Scott released this book I ordered it right away. Already I have found techniques that make my work faster and easier. Scott always delivers with his books.

  • April 24, 2011 - 8:28 am

    Glyn - @Neil…Cheers mate ;)

  • April 24, 2011 - 8:30 am

    Glyn - @Tim…Couldn’t agree more mate; a cracking read!
    Cheers,
    Glyn

    ps> Hope all is well with you ;)

  • April 25, 2011 - 4:42 am

    Professional Portrait Retouching Techniques – Scott kelby | Ken Anderson Photography - [...] here.  Also, if you would like to read an excellent in-depth review of the book, you can find it here on Glyn Dewis’s blog, well worth subscribing to as well, a very well written and informative [...]

  • April 25, 2011 - 5:17 am

    Just a Bunch of Little Things « Scott Kelby's Photoshop Insider Blog » Photoshop & Digital Photography Techniques, Tutorials, Books, Reviews & More - [...] First Two in-depth Reviews of my Retouching book There’s one right here, and right here. If you guys know of any others, send ‘em my [...]

  • April 25, 2011 - 2:49 pm

    Ken Anderson - Glyn – Excellent review. Just got my copy on Saturday and can’t wait to put it to use!

  • April 26, 2011 - 7:55 pm

    Richard O'Brien - Great review Glyn! Would the book ‘work’ in Kindle format, do you think?

  • April 26, 2011 - 7:58 pm

    Glyn - Hi Richard.
    Thanks for dropping by and for the kind words. Re the kindle version, I have it on the iPad using the Kindle App but obviously that’s all in colour. Not quite sure if it would work on the actual Amazon Kindle though to be honest.

    Regards,
    Glyn

Tune into ‘The Grid’ or else…

Well, we’re now unpacked and settled in our new home so it’s time to catch up on a few days blogging so I thought I’d kick off with a little reminder…

If you’re a photographer, you like photography, you’ve got a camera or what the heck if you like looking at photos then you’ll definitely want to check out the ‘The Grid‘, a ‘live’ weekly discussion show about Photography and Photoshop. Hosted by Scott Kelby and Matt Kloskowski, and with special guests the show has quickly become the show to watch.

You can catch the show live [Link] as it’s broadcast on the internet on your computer, iPad and iPhone and post comments/questions to the presenters via Twitter using the #thegridlive hash-tag.

This is definitely a show not to miss…believe me:)

Since we’re talking of Scott Kelby, he’s recently released a new book “Professional Portrait Retouching Techniques for Photographers using Photoshop” …

To give you an idea of what the book covers Scott will be joined by Matt Kloskowski for a live webinar airing today at 3pm EDT (8pm UK) which you can watch over at: www.kelbytraining.com/webcast

Also, tomorrow I’ll be posting up a review of this new book which I must say is a killer! Trust me if you ever find yourself looking at your portrait shots on the computer and thinking “Now what?” you need this book!

Right that’s all for now so I’ll catch you later,
Enjoy:)

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  • April 21, 2011 - 2:34 pm

    Lee ramsden - The grid is a top show and I watch it on my iPod when I’m stuck on an oil rigg working. But I personally much prefer D-town TV. Saying that, D-town needs Scott and Matt back :0)

    Hope the move went well and enjoy the next 6 months unpacking, moving, painting and removing all your worldly possessions around :0)

  • April 22, 2011 - 8:35 am

    DaveT - Hi Glyn,

    I haven’t watched the Grid yet – I picked up that it was just discussion, in which case I rather it was a podcast that I could listen to on my I -touch. I’ll have to give it a view and re consider.

    I watched the Scott Kelby webcast last night – enjoyed it and it’s definitely pointing me to get hold of that book. Hey – you even got a mention on the show – something about last weeks show being rescheduled to fit in with your move ;-)

    Hope your settling in.

    D

  • April 23, 2011 - 5:53 am

    Glyn - @Lee…Yeah move went well thanks but if I ever see another cardboard box I think I’ll vomit :)

  • April 23, 2011 - 5:54 am

    Glyn - @DaveT….You’ll love The Grid mate…great discussion show and interaction with viewers via Twitter; definitely ‘the’ Photography and Photoshop Show ;)

  • April 28, 2011 - 1:58 am

    Egypt - Stands back from the kyebroad in amazement! Thanks!

It’s an iPad for Photographer’s Love Fest!!!

Ok so we really are neck high in boxes now as we move house in the next couple of days but whilst I grab a few minutes I thought I’d give you the ‘heads up’ on a couple of things…

Firstly, if you’re a Photographer who owns an iPad and uses Adobe Photoshop Lightroom in your workflow you’re going to love this:

Photosmiththe iPad mobile companion for Adobe Lightroom‘ will very soon be available in the iTunes App Store. Being part of the Press Release Team I’ve been using the full version for a short while already in order to have a review ready for launch date, and I’ve got to say it works like a dream!

Being able to sort through your images, tag, reject, pick, create collections, add descriptions, copyright info and more whilst ‘chimping‘ plus when back in front of your main computer having all this sync perfectly and wirelessly into your Lightroom Catalog is incredible!

The creators of Photosmith are now just waiting for Apple to dot the i’s and cross the t’s before it becomes available in the App Store but it’s expected to be in the coming week, which is when I’ll post up a full review:)

In the mean time you may want to add the Photosmith blog [Link] to your RSS readers to keep up to date on all that’s going on:)

Watch ‘The Grid’ on your iPad
No longer will you have to race home or stay on in the office to catch the live broadcast of the Photography & Photoshop discussion show ‘The Grid‘. Hosted by Scott Kelby & Matt Kloskowski and with Special Guests each week it’s now possible to tune into this incredibly popular show live on your iPad.

Of course this is going to mean hooking into a WiFi Hotspot and a little bit of multi tasking by watching on your iPad and tweeting on your mobile phone at the same time, but now there’s no need to miss a ‘live‘ show; oh and here’s the link you’ll need www.kelbytv.com/thegrid

Right that’s all for now, must dash…this packing isn’t going to do itself.
Have a great weekend and I’ll catch you later,

Enjoy:)

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  • April 18, 2011 - 8:19 am

    DaveT - What !!!! yet another reason to buy an Ipad. I’m not sure how long my resistance is going to hold out;-)

    Good luck with the move Glyn

    D.

  • April 23, 2011 - 5:51 am

    Glyn - @DaveT…Go on…you know you want to…resistance is futile :)

  • April 26, 2011 - 1:57 pm

    Patrick Frani - I can’t wait any longer…I really want a copy of Photosmith: The iPad mobile companion for Adobe Lightroom

Random News: Adobe Subscription Service Update & iPad Wi-Fi Tethering

Well I’m currently sat here surrounded by boxes because of the imminent house move so I thought I’d post up just a couple of ‘news’ articles for you that I caught this week…

Adobe Subscription Service
First off the big news this week was that Adobe have released an update to the CS5 suite. Now this latest update taking it to CS5.5 isn’t something I’ll be making the move to particularly as it doesn’t offer an update to Photoshop CS5 however along with the upgrade came the news of the Adobe Subscription Service. In short what this means is that folks will be able to pay a small monthly fee for access to the Creative Suite range of products.

Sure as you’d expect this has been met with mixed emotions but my own opinion is that this is a stroke of Genius by Adobe.  Now those folks who didn’t want the upfront cost of Photoshop or the full Creative Suite can get to use the software without being ‘out of pocket’ … and that has to be a good thing:)

Having seen this announcement I contacted John Nack (Principal Product Manager at Adobe) and asked something I guess we’d all like to be sure of and that is if the subscription service would still allow users to have the Adobe Products shared on more than one computer. Anyway true to form John spoke to members of his team and this is the reply I received…

Glyn,
I work for Adobe and just confirmed with the somebody on the CS Subscription team and they confirmed that with subscription there is still the provision for a primary and secondary computer (work/home, desktop/laptop), just like always, as long as two people aren’t using the software at the same time.


Hope that’s good news for you!
Adam

So…looks like a win, win situation to me. But…what do you think? Does ‘renting’ from Adobe appeal to you?

*I’ll post up UK prices for this subscription service as soon as I know them but to give you an idea, in the US Photoshop is priced at $35

iPad & Wi-Fi Tethering
In an earlier post [Link] I mentioned about shooting tethered into Lightroom and how the issues I was having have now been solved thanks to a great piece of FREE software called SOFORTBILD.

Well, on the subject of tethering I saw a post on Terry White’s ‘Tech’ Blog [Link] yesterday that gave an insight into something that could prove to be exactly what I’ve been looking for i.e. a way to shoot tethered ‘wirelessly’ to my iPad whilst on location

At the moment if I want to shoot tethered ‘on location’ this means bringing along my MacBook Pro and having a physical link (wire) to the camera. This works perfectly well but the obvious issue here is that it means more kit which translates into more weight to carry. However it looks like this could all change in the near future thanks to the new card from Eye-Fi; the Mobile X2 8Gb that gives W-Fi tethering direct to an iOs device such as an iPad but without being near a Wi-Fi hotspot!

Check out this short video to see what I mean…

At the moment this new Eye-Fi card is only available in SD format and as I shoot with a Nikon D3 that uses CF cards I’m going to try out an adaptor to see if it works. Eye-Fi themselves don’t promote the use of adaptors with their products but the possibility of this working is too much to resist. So, once the cards become available here in the UK I’ll give it a whirl and you’ll be the first to know how it goes:)

Right, I guess it’s time to get back to the packing so I’ll catch you later,
Enjoy:)

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  • April 13, 2011 - 7:09 am

    A.J. Wood - The WiFi is Billy Bad-Ass indeed. I had heard some rumblings out of Photoshop World about Terry White & David Ziser shooting WiFi to iPads during their sessions. I’m sure by the time Vegas rolls around there will be some very cool stuff out.

    I think the subscription service from Adobe was inevitable. I personally don’t mind the option, so long as it remains just that–a choice for the consumer. I know that I will certainly rent Photoshop the next time I have a class over capacity, or bring on an intern for projects.

  • April 13, 2011 - 12:16 pm

    Russell - Hi Glynn,
    I used Ipad 2 for a soccer game last Saturday and transmited sports pictures live from pitchside, if this card works as well as i’m hoping, it’s one less thing i need to carry.

    I’m going to try this on Saturday in Manchester at The Amir Khan fight i’m covering
    Russell.

  • April 23, 2011 - 5:49 am

    Glyn - @A.J. Yeah the whole Wi-Fi Tethering thing is very exciting indeed as being able to shoot directly into my iPad without being near a hotspot is going to be awesome for ‘on location’ work ;)

  • April 23, 2011 - 5:50 am

    Glyn - @Russell…Sounds great. Would love to hear how you got on at the fight mate.

    Cheers,
    Glyn