When did you last have some ‘Me’ time???

So when did you last have some ‘me’ time? … time when you’ve made a point of getting away from the hussle and bussle and gone out with your camera with no agenda, no deadline and just captured whatever ‘catches’ your eye?

Last weekend I found myself down in Sunny Devon photographing a beautiful country house complete with thatched roof, wooden beamed ceilings and gorgeous gardens; the photos are to be used by the clients to pass on to location scouting agents with a view to it being used in TV and Film work. So, Saturday was spent photographing interior and exterior shots but rather than make the 3 hour drive back home once I’d finished I decided to make a weekend of it and stay over to the Sunday..

I arranged to meet up with a friend of mine, Scot Baston, in Lyme Regis…one of my favourite locations and go on a mini Photo Walk, and that’s exactly what we did; walked, talked and armed with one camera and one lens (most of the time) took photographs of anything and everything.

I did this a couple of times last year down in Brighton [Link] and Bournemouth [Link] and got so much out of it. I didn’t intend to leave it so long before getting out and doing this again but we can get so busy being busy that time passes by at an alarming speed and before you know it another month, another 2 months and more have gone.

Anyway both Scot and I went out with the view that if we didn’t get anything worthwhile it didn’t matter; just getting out with the camera in the fresh air and with no agenda was what it was all about.

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No tripod needed here…
The first two images in this post are HDR (High Dynamic Range). Now, normally you’d think to photograph HDR images using a tripod but thanks to the HDR function within Photoshop CS5 all three ‘hand held’ exposures can be aligned, blended together and edited pretty seamlessly; great news if you’re on a Photowalk as this means less to carry:)

Again, no real purpose here and not what I normally do but just playing:

Back at the computer continuing the ‘playing’ theme with textures in Photoshop can be real fun and produce some interesting results. The picture above for example couldn’t have been easier; the original image open in photoshop with an old paper texture layer above with it’s blend mode set to Overlay.

A few more shots of ‘stuff’ that just caught my eye…

I guess what I’m getting at here is this…Make time to get away from it all and just shoot whatever ‘catches’ your eye. There’s something incredibly uplifting and energising about walking around in the fresh air, hanging out with folks with the same interests and taking photos without any pressure of working to a brief or time constraints.

So why not put a date in your diary right now and commit to some ‘me‘ time; you’ll be amazed at the benefits!

As always if you have any questions or comments then please feel free to make use of the comments section below but out of interest when did you last go out on a Photo Walk and just photograph whatever caught your eye? When was the last time you just played around in Photoshop as opposed to working on client images?

One last thing…
I thought I’d leave you with a photograph of Scot. This shot was taken during the last ‘tester’ for my new workshop [Link] when Scot foolishly kindly agreed to step in whist I was setting up and testing the lighting…had to be done:)

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  • May 20, 2011 - 6:04 am

    AlexFrame - Oh Yeah) I do something similar on my bike rides)

    Deffinetly Calvin Hollywood is your good friend)
    You have a lot of similar in seeing things.

    Glyn, i do not want you to be mad on me, but just 1 small little note i want to say. You are going too much on retouching and this contrast,sharpening. Try to reduce a little bit of this. Tastes differ but good pictures do not need much. It’s just my point of view.
    Tastes differ)

  • May 20, 2011 - 7:33 am

    Ken Anderson - Love the pics. Especially the beach with the overlay. As always, inspiring!

  • May 20, 2011 - 8:00 am

    Glyn - Thanks for that Ken; not normally what I’d do but no harm in getting out and just shooting…certainly helps to ‘clear’ the head :)

    Cheers for stopping by,
    All the best to you,
    Glyn

  • May 20, 2011 - 12:53 pm

    CallumW - I’m not sure you can call it ‘me time’ if photography is your business?

    It’s more like training the eye, personal work, collecting stock, testing equipment … in all cases a ‘busmans holiday’ ;)

    CW

  • May 20, 2011 - 1:30 pm

    Tim Pursall - Great images Glyn.

    I captured a similar image when we were in Lyme back in January – http://www.tpimages.co.uk/blog/?p=995

    Lots of fresh air and photo opportunities!

    Cheers,

    Tim

  • May 20, 2011 - 6:49 pm

    Tim Skipper - I just came from a shoot that was just for fun. I was feeling a little burned out so I grabbed a model and experimented. No pressure to get it right just the experience of trying something new.

  • May 22, 2011 - 10:02 am

    Glyn - @Callum…Yeah I guess but when I’m near the sea…it’s always relaxing:)

  • May 22, 2011 - 10:02 am

    Glyn - @Tim…Spooky huh :) Great shot BTW and love the editing.

    Cheers,
    Glyn

  • May 22, 2011 - 10:03 am

    Glyn - @Tim…Liking the sound of that; no pressure, no agenda just shooting…love it :)

  • May 24, 2011 - 3:25 pm

    claudio.von.grubens - Hi Glyn!

    very important to have some time off! i always compare that to clean out my brian… another good point was the picknick with you wife! that told me to also take more time off with my beloved ones ;)

    cheers.cvg

  • May 25, 2011 - 8:04 am

    Glyn - @Caludio…Yep, very important to get away from it all mate, even if for just a couple of hours.

    Enjoy :)

Hollywood Superstar Coming to London!!!

Calvin Hollywood is finally coming to London Wokingham!!!

Ever since Calvin appeared as a Guest here on the blog [Link] we’ve talked about him bringing over his workshop to the UK. Well, after much discussion and several more emails back and forth I’m really excited to announce that it’s finally happening:)

Details:
For full details check out Calvin’s blog [Link] but to give you a brief overview this is a 2 day ‘hands on’ workshop; the 1st day covering Calvin’s Photography Techniques and the 2nd being a day of Photoshop Magic as Calvin shows and teaches the retouching and compositing techniques that have made him into one of the hottest names in the Photography and Photoshop World today!

The workshop is being held at my favourite studio where I do all my indoor shoots and that’s the fabulous Gareth Davies Studio in Wokingham, Berkshire [Link]; an 1800 sqft studio with drive in access, state of the art photographic and post production facilities and with easy access by road or train…

This is a 2 day Workshop being run on the 27th and 28th August with 12 spaces available. My advice to you would be to book your space now because they’re going to sell fast and I mean real fast!

So, head on over to Calvin’s blog for more details of the workshop and how you can book your space by following this link: www.calvinhollywood-blog.com

Look forward to seeing you there:)

  • May 19, 2011 - 1:52 pm

    Tim Skipper - That’s great! I just watched Calvin on Kelby Training this week. He did a great job in his video plus as an extra bonus he sounds like Arnold Schwarzenegger!

  • May 19, 2011 - 6:24 pm

    AlexFrame - Calvin is AMAZING person, he is cool insructor.
    Sometimes his contrasty techinuqes going a little bit over.
    But he is one of my favorite insructors.

    Glyn i suggest you to do some BTS videos – it’s so easy and simple nowdays. People a getting lazy to read))

    Thanks!

  • May 19, 2011 - 10:13 pm

    Glyn - @Tim…Never thought of that but yeah…good point :) lol

Monthly Guest: Alan Hess…Coming Soon!!!

I’m really excited to tell you that the next Monthly Guest is San Diego, California based Commercial Photographer Alan Hess

Specialising in Concert and Live Event Photography Alan has photographed: Billy Idol, Black Eyed Peas, Bruce Hornsby, Marilyn Manson, Robin Williams and Willie Nelson to name but a few and not only that he’s an Instructor at Photoshop World, Kelby Training and a Best Selling Author in Photographic Books; his most recent book ‘The iPad: Fully Loaded” [Link] becoming the ‘Go To’ book for iPad owners!

Alan is one of the best Photographers and Instructors in his field out there and that combined with his genuine love of passing on his knowledge with others means I’m pretty much champing at the bit to share what we talked about with you.

In the mean time be sure to check out more of Alan’s work over at: www.alanhessphotography.com and for more ‘Behind the Scenes‘ follow Alan on Twitter (@shotlivephoto) [Link]

Enjoy:)

 

  • May 16, 2011 - 4:44 pm

    AlexFrame - Watched his Concert Photography Course – he is really cool guy!
    And he loves ROCK!!! Oh yes!

Monthly Guest Photographer: Matt Kloskowski

I had the absolute pleasure of chatting recently with Photoshop Guy, Photographer, Best Selling Author & Trainer Matt Kloskwoski.

We talked for quite some time covering all manner of things such as how he first got started, how he came to be one of the Photoshop Guys and end up working with the Scott Kelby and everyone at the N.A.P.P. and Kelby Training, Adobe Lightroom, his latest book and much, much more…

Everyone who knows and has met Matt will vouch for him not only being incredibly talented but a a gifted trainer who genuinely gets a kick out of helping others to develop their skills. His generosity too knows no limits and it’s for these reasons that I’m really excited to be sharing the content of our conversation here with you…

Enjoy:)

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Glyn: Hey Matt great to speak to you again.

Matt: Yeah it’s been way too long

Glyn: Matt before we start going through some questions I just want to say a huge thank you from Anne and myself for sending over the picture that you did; it just blew us away mate it really did.

Matt: Hey well I’m glad it found a good home

Glyn: Absolutely it did. We got it framed by a company over here called Kaleidoscope who have done a cracking job and it’s now taking pride of place in our living room.

Matt: That’s really great to hear.

Glyn: Well I just want to say firstly how grateful I am for you giving up some of your time for this cos it’s clear to see that you guys are real busy to say the least.

Matt, what I’ve done is put together a few questions and also I’ve a few questions that people sent in via Twitter, but I don’t want to take up too much of your time and I promise you that none of them are too probing…well, not all of them anyway:)

Matt: Ok sounds good to me, let’s go for it…

Glyn: Alright then let’s kick off with the first question which is probably the most obvious, but how did you first become involved in Photoshop and then with the N.A.P.P. and Kelby Training ?

Matt: Alright so I first got started with Photoshop, and it’s really kind of boring, and that was after I graduated from College back in the early 90’s having studied marketing so I got a job selling construction equipment and our advertising department was pretty busy so it was hard to get any advertising from them so I kind of took it upon myself that if I wanted any kind of flyers or any type of handouts that I could give to customers as I came across them, you know anything that was different to the standard company literature, then I pretty much had to create it myself. So, I got a copy of Photoshop and started making my own and that was my first use of it.

I actually dropped out of it for a couple of years after that and then I came back into it when I went to a night school and got my IT Degree in Computer Science and Programming and all that stuff. When I went to work in the IT field I was doing alot of web development and this was in the beginning or like the infancy stages of the web so maybe 1995/1996 when if you had a Red Button on your website that was considered Hi-Tech. So my boss walked over said we need to make our website look better, dropped a copy of Photoshop on my desk and that’s when I started to mess around with it again.

Glyn: Ok so from that point how did you finally come to work with Scott, Dave and guys at the N.A.P.P. ?

Matt: Well I took a liking to teaching but you know I never went to school with the intention of one day becoming a teacher or anything like that, but I just kind of developed a liking for it. I adopted certain technologies at the company I worked for, the IT, Web Development Company, that became ‘needed’ pretty quickly so because I adopted them when I did, I was the only guy that knew what to really do with them. This was when people were just starting use XML, ASP and all that kind of stuff and it just wasn’t that mainstream so I became the guy that they needed to teach people because the IT business was growing so rapidly and we were hiring people that didn’t have that much real world experience. So that’s how I got into teaching and into Photoshop and I then started sharing my knowledge online and I sent emails to every book editor, magazine editor and web site that would have me; the N.A.P.P. happened to be one of them and I just started doing weekly articles for them on a freelance basis. Then one day they needed somebody full time and they gave me a call.

Glyn: Obviously that’s different to being in the UK here because the Photoshop User Magazine which is produced by the N.A.P.P. would be something you’d have been able to get off the shelf in a newsagents or magazine store?

Matt: Exactly…you can buy it off the shelf here. In fact before I was even a NAPP member I used to buy the magazine and then I realised I can become a NAPP member and get it for free

Glyn: You see that was something I was always intrigued about because I literally stumbled across the NAPP completely by accident. I’d not long got into using computers, my uncle who was using photoshop showed me some stuff he could do…you know high end editing like removing red eye and all that kind of stuff but when I got a copy I remember sitting there thinking ‘what the heck do I do with this?’ and I was just browsing round the internet looking for tutorials and came across the NAPP and it was just blind faith really that said ‘go with it’

Matt: Yeah totally, I remember where I was when I got my first Photoshop User magazine…I was in a Barnes and Noble store.

But hey I already kind of knew everybody at the NAPP having met them before and living in Tampa but anyway I came along for the interview and a week later I got

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  • May 13, 2011 - 6:31 am

    Tim Pursall - Hi Glyn

    Great interview! I wondered when it was going to end!

    Love the last section about embracing Photoshop and not being afraid of it. I’ve spent hours and hours learning different aspects of it and I WILL use it and be proud of the results (hopefully!).

    Keep up the good work!

  • May 13, 2011 - 6:37 am

    DaveT - Great interview Glyn – lots of insightful questions and great response from Matt. I like the relaxed style but also the fact that you covered a lot of ground and really got into the subject matter – the sign of a good interview.

    I loved the bit about confessing to using Photoshop in post-processing. Is there a support group in NAPP where you meet others in a group meeting and you say is “Hi, I’m (insert name) and I am a Photoshop user” ? ;-)

    Seriously, this post must have taken a lot of work to put together – so thanks to you and Matt.

  • May 13, 2011 - 10:50 am

    David Kelly - Hi Glyn,

    A great post and many thanks to Matt for his time (and yours of course for pulling this together!).

    I found it very surpising to read that Matt’s first response to what he like to shoot was portraiture. Like you I thought landscape would have been his first response (though I know his portfolio includes portait work) given that it’s mostly part of his portfolio that we see showcased on PSUTV, LR Killer Tips et al. Even more surprising was that there was not a single mention of HDR in the interview! ;-)

    Regards,

    David

  • May 13, 2011 - 11:24 am

    Muzna - Great interview and I love the portrait of me!

  • May 13, 2011 - 12:56 pm

    Russell Pritchard - Glyn,
    great job, really enjoyed reading this, Matt seems like a great guy he really does.

    I especially love his Basketball player photo.

    Well Done

    Russell.

  • May 13, 2011 - 1:41 pm

    Neil Glover - Great interview Glyn. I love some of Matts photos, they look even better on my new iPad! What is it about these iPads that makes photos look that bit better?…

  • May 13, 2011 - 10:44 pm

    Jonathan Thompson - Great interview Glyn, really enjoyable read. Anything we can do to spead their good word and teachings has to be great. Since moving back to the UK from Canada, I’ve found a higher number of photographers who just don’t want to share or encourage. That’s a shame, I know too well how hard it is to get started in photography but other than my own love for it, I want to share in the passion, have photog friends who are reaching for the stars and want to give you a hand up too.
    The NAPP guys are fantastic, like you, I don’t know where I’d be if I’d not stumbled across them.
    Thanks for sharing Glyn, thanks for the blog and the interview with Matt, it’s a lot of hard work but we appriciate it.
    Take care mate, have a great time in Devon.

    Cheers.
    Jonathan

  • May 15, 2011 - 9:04 am

    AlexFrame - Oh)Matt)
    I like the way he teaches and he is really good and kind person.
    He helped so many people to learn)
    Big thanks for post!

  • May 17, 2011 - 9:09 pm

    Glyn - @Tim…Great to hear from you mate and great to know you enjoyed Matt’s interview.
    Be sure to share some of the editing results mate and yeah….be proud :)

    Cheers, Glyn

  • May 17, 2011 - 9:11 pm

    Glyn - @DaveT…A support group…love it! :)
    Great to see you enjoyed the interview mate and thanks for stopping by and commenting…definitely made me chuckle :)

    Cheers, Glyn

  • May 17, 2011 - 9:12 pm

    Glyn - @David…Talking of HDR…they’re some killer images huh! Seriously good examples of how it should be done!

    Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment mate,
    All the best to you,
    Glyn

  • May 17, 2011 - 9:12 pm

    Glyn - @Muzna…That’s superb!!! Thanks

  • May 17, 2011 - 9:13 pm

    Glyn - @Russell…Yeah I know what you mean about the Basketball player image…great compositing huh :)
    Oh and yeah Matt is the real deal for sure; incredibly generous and true to his word..a great guy.

    Regards,
    Glyn

  • May 17, 2011 - 9:14 pm

    Glyn - @Neil…Ah yes the iPad…how cool is that screen huh :)

  • May 17, 2011 - 9:15 pm

    Glyn - @Jonathan…Thank you so much for the comment my friend…that means a heck of alot.
    Sure the blog takes quite a bit of work..especially transcribing the interviews but it’s so worth it!

    Thanks for stopping by and for the support mate…I really appreciate it!
    All the best to you,
    Glyn

  • May 20, 2011 - 11:12 am

    Dave Clayton - Once again mate – superb interview, watch out Parky ;o)

  • May 20, 2011 - 11:39 am

    Glyn - @Dave…Cheers mate :)

  • May 20, 2011 - 12:12 pm

    Terry Donnelly - Cracking interview Glyn, thanks for putting that together really enjoyed reading through it.

  • May 22, 2011 - 10:01 am

    Glyn - @Terry…Thanks for that mate; glad you enjoyed it :)

  • May 23, 2011 - 9:11 pm

    Matt Kloskowski - Thanks for the great comments everyone. And of course, a BIG thanks to Glyn for asking me to participate. Glyn rocks and is one heck of a contributor to the photography community himself.
    :)

    Matt K

Check it out: NAPP Member UK’s New Website!!!

Regular readers of the blog will have seen me mention the National Association of Photoshop Professionals aka the N.A.P.P. [Link] on more than one occasion. Based in the US, they are without question THE organisation to be part of where you can learn from some of the most talented people in the World of Photoshop and Photography.

I’ve been a member of the NAPP from the very first day that I started using Photoshop and haven’t looked back since! In fact had it not been for the NAPP I may never have picked up a camera let alone start my own business.

Now did you know that there’s a NAPP Community in the UK?

My very good friend Dave Clayton is the NAPP UK Evangelist and works tirelessly on developing the NAPP Community and spreading the word; a big part of that being the NAPP Member UK Website.

Dave has been working extremely hard over the past few weeks/months redesigning the new site which was unveiled this week and geez what an incredible job he’s done! Not only has the site gone through a complete facelift but there’s now a blog that’s regularly updated, a NAPP US and UK Section, Gallery and more…

To mark the launch of the new site there’s a competition running until the 23rd May open to a Worldwide audience called ‘The Photoshop TV/Movie Name Game’ complete with prizes; you can check it out here [Link]

So if you’re a Member of the NAPP be sure to head on over and check it out and if you’re not a member then I strongly recommend you do the same…as in my case, it could be one of the best decisions you make!

Links:
Website: www.nappmember.co.uk
Blog: www.nappmember.co.uk/blog-2
Twitter: www.twitter.com/NAPPMEMBER_UK
Facebook: www.facebook.com/nappmember