Tuesday Bits n’ Bobs

Hi All,
Bit of an impromptu ‘short’ post today but I thought I’d share just a few things with you:

Don’t be Invisible:
Ok so what I’m talking about here is having a ‘Gravatar’ or to put it another way…the ‘photo/graphic that shows up alongside your name when you post a comment on a blog’.

I’ve been asked a couple of times lately how to get your photo or logo to appear and my answer each time is to go check out a great ‘walk through’ tutorial that RC Concepcion from the N.A.P.P. put together and posted on Scott Kelby‘s blog some time back; the process is extremely quick and easy to do in just a few simple steps as you’ll see.  With Social Networking playing a big part in business these days I think it’s great to be able to to put a ‘face to a name’ and having something other than the default graphic appear alongside any comments you post is a great way for people to recognise you…if you want them to of course:)

Naturally you don’t have to use your photograph; you may choose to use your company logo or a graphic you like but anyway, I thought I’d share the tutorial with you just incase this was something you’d wanted to do, but wasn’t quite sure how to go about it.

Here’s the link to RC’s tutorial over on Scott Kelby’s blog [Link]

I Have PSD:
Now this great little video has been doing the rounds on the internet lately but for those of you who haven’t seen it yet let me explain…

Imagine if Photoshop wasn’t just an awesome piece of software on your computer but was actually something that was part of your everyday life from the moment you woke up. Now for some of us it feels like that’s already the case but imagine what life would be like if fixing all those small problems we encounter in every day life was as easy as editing a photograph.

Well imagine no more as this clever little video put together by Hypercat shows…

Ok so this begs the question…”If you could use Photoshop in real life what tool would you use the most?”. For me it would have to be the the Clone Stamp Tool…that way I could get twice as much done in the day or actually wake up naturally as opposed to jumping out of my skin when the ear piercing alarm on my iPhone goes off, as the other ‘me’ would already be up and working away.

But what about you? Just curious …

Backing Up:
These past few days I’ve been working on putting together a new ‘Backing Up’ Workflow to keep those all important image files and documents as safe as can be.

For some time now I’ve not been 100% happy with the way I’ve been backing up and having suffered a Hard Drive failure earlier this year (thankfully Apple Time Machine saved the day) a new Backing Up Workflow has been a priority.

Well after some great help and advice including some great stuff from many of you on Twitter and Facebook I’ve finally come up with a workflow I’m happy with which makes use of several Hard Drives in some form or another and an online/offsite system too.

I’ll write a post later in the week giving you the ‘low down’ on what it involves but in the mean time,
That’s all for today,

Enjoy:)

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  • October 27, 2010 - 2:52 am

    Tim Skipper - Glynn,

    That’s the way photoshop works in my world, doesn’t work that way in yours?

    As to backing up. I use Zenfolio to back up my finished JPEGS or TIFFs. This is an addition to the back-ups I have personally. But Zenfolio gives me an off site backup to my files, plus several other features for very little money each year. You know FYI.

  • October 27, 2010 - 10:00 am

    Keith Hammond - Lets see if the Gravatar works :-)

    not seen the psd vid, clever stuff.

    backing up our files, arn’t we paranoid about losing our stuff, never had this problem with film negs, just chucked them in a draw got them out a few years later and made some prints no problem, but all this electronic stuff can’t trust it :-)
    i used to copy all my stuff to dvd then paniced when read on a forum how dvd discs break down after a while and we are going to lose all our valuble files so now it’s over to several external hd’s in different locations which may seem a bit extreme but we have a duty of care to our clients who may come back in a few years wanting pictures or may have damaged their album and want a new copy.
    out of interest Glyn how long to do you plan on keeping your shoot files, i mean from a fashion point of view the clothes worn by model clients will be out of date in a year so making the pics look out of date but private clients pics will never go out of date.
    when it’s time for a clear out we will offer couples a disc of all pics at a reduced rate, so that can be another source of revenue.
    i’llo be interested to see what system you are going to take up

  • October 27, 2010 - 10:02 am

    Keith Hammond - so the Gravatar didn’t work, could be me using different email address

  • October 27, 2010 - 10:08 am

    Glyn - @Keith…That’ll be it mate. Neal had the same problem but reverted back to the original email and it worked perfect :)

  • October 28, 2010 - 10:19 am

    Glyn - @Keith…Totally agree with you about the paranoia mate. I read that too about the degrading DVD’s and possible loss of info over time; nothing to prove it as yet I think but just the mere mention of it made me jittery :)

    Re how long I intend to keep the files for, well to be honest I’ve not thought about that as I just intend to keep them indefinitely. Obviously over time this could mean yet more storage space but I’m sure I’ll be transferring them onto other media which takes up less space in the future….more house keeping chores :)

    Cheers,
    Glyn

  • October 28, 2010 - 10:20 am

    Glyn - Hi Tim,

    Although I use Zenfolio for a ‘store front’ I don’t use it to archive/backup all my digital files. Instead my ‘cloud’ is Carbonite which seems to work really well and for only around $50/year with unlimited storage space; another option I guess.

    Cheers,
    Glyn

  • November 1, 2010 - 11:11 am

    Neal - Just testing my gravatar :-)

  • November 1, 2010 - 8:07 pm

    Glyn - @Neal..I can see you mate :)

  • November 18, 2010 - 12:11 pm

    David Kelly - Thanks for the gravatar advice Glyn – just need to get a photo of myself that I’m actually happy to use. Don’t know any good photographers that can take a good portrait by any chance ;-)

    @Keith – DVDs aren’t great for long term storage as you say. Although I’ve got a few snap shots put on DVD, for me they just don’t store enough to make them viable. 4.5Gb for single-sided DVD doesn’t go far with RAW files these days! However the Gold DVDs are the best for anyone committing to DVD-R/+R – just make sure you store them properly. Blu-ray now offers more storage at ~25Gb but the question I have with all these formats is will there be a drive to read these discs in years to come?

  • November 18, 2010 - 12:37 pm

    Glyn - @David..Great to hear from you mate; re your Gravatar, I’ll ask around…lol :)

    Tend to agree with you about the DVD and Blu-Ray issue for the future and there being a reader for them. It’s going to be interesting seeing what other storage devices/media appear as time goes by.

    Cheers,
    Glyn

Photoshop Technique: Adding a Soft Glow in 3 Simple Steps

Well another week is upon us so I thought I’d kick things off with another Photoshop tutorial and this is one that I originally recorded for TipSquirrel last week.

Following on from Friday’s Guest Post, this is a technique I learned from Calvin Hollywood that shows how to add a classic soft glow to your photographs and what’s more it’s incredibly easy and quick to do.

With only 3 simple steps, blink and you’ll miss it, so I’ll leave you to click ‘Play’ below and as always if you have any questions, comments or general feedback please feel free to make use of the comments section below.

Enjoy:)

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Monthly Guest: Calvin Hollywood

I had the absolute pleasure of chatting with Photoshop Retoucher Extraordinaire Calvin Hollywood recently covering all manner of things from how he first got started using Photoshop to talking about the way he approaches a retouch and I’m really excited to be able to share that information with you now.

Thanks to Skype I was able to record everything we said so what follows is near enough a transcript of our conversation but without having to subject you to my Midland ‘twang’.

Enjoy:)

•    •    •

Glyn: First of all Calvin before we get started I just want to say a big thank you for agreeing to be a Monthly Guest here on the blog; I really do appreciate it.

Calvin: You’re welcome. I have to say thank you too; I know your blog and I know what you do. I’ve seen the previous Guest’s you’ve had and I think it’s a really good idea.

Glyn: Brilliant. Ok then to kick off, the first question I’d like to ask you is ‘What came first…the Photoshop or the Photography?’

Calvin: I actually started using Photoshop first. A friend showed me the program and I just started playing around and I soon fell in love with it. A short while later I brought myself a camera so that I could have some pictures to practice retouching on but to be honest my main interest is in retouching pictures as opposed to taking them. Taking pictures is like work to me whereas retouching is much more like fun. However that being said, there’s no question that the photography is the most important part; I just find the retouching side of work a lot more like fun.

Glyn: Ok so when it comes to your retouching obviously I’ve seen a lot of your work that you have on your blog and your main website but when you first started where was all your retouching work coming from?

Calvin: Well when I got started I was taking pictures of trees, flowers and even myself to practice retouching techniques on. I guess after about a month or so I started taking pictures of my friends, and then I started sharing the pictures in online communities. I guess after about 8 weeks or so I brought my first DSLR and then started shooting, not professionally but taking photos that were a lot more planned  and with an idea and concept already in my head.

Glyn: So would I be right in saying then that nowadays you’re always thinking about what you’re going to do in Photoshop later?

Calvin: I would say that would be about 60-70% of it but sometimes I’ll take a picture and then later I’ll decide what I’m going to do when it comes to retouching…if anything. With my pictures the scene or the story isn’t the most important thing; what is important though is the look of the pictures with regards to the contrast and details so typically I’ll take the picture and some of the retouching I’ll already know but then what I’ll do later is come back to the picture and start playing around with different kinds of looks and then eventually I’ll know which direction I want to go with it.

I suppose thinking about it, before I shoot I know roughly 50% of what I’m going to do and then once I’ve taken the picture the remaining 50% comes from inspiration as I’m retouching.

Glyn: So how long are we talking about then since you were first introduced to Photoshop?

Calvin: I first used Photoshop back at the beginning of 2005 and then by the end of the year I started sharing pictures within the online communities and it was View full post »

  • October 22, 2010 - 8:43 am

    Dan Davies - Great post Glyn & I love the “conversational” style (even if it’s loads of work for you to transpose it).

    I just adore the feather image, it both unnerves me and seduces me at the same time. It’s fantastic when images produce an emotional reaction, I guess we all strive for that so for one image to provoke two contrasting reactions is pretty special.

    Looking forward to next months guest – you’ve set a high standard!

    Dan

  • October 22, 2010 - 9:36 am

    DavSet - Hi,

    this interview is great. Good Job.

  • October 22, 2010 - 9:43 am

    Glyn - Dan, thanks so much for commenting mate, and yeah I’m totally with you on the Feather image…it just draws you in huh :)

    Glad to hear you like the ‘conversation’ style and yeah sure it does take quite a bit of time to type it up but I figure if Guests are generous enough to give their time for this then I can swallow a couple of 3am finishes to get it done…lol :)

    Thanks again mate, and I’ll see you in November,
    Cheers,
    Glyn

  • October 22, 2010 - 9:44 am

    Glyn - @DavSet…Thanks for that; glad you like it :)

  • October 22, 2010 - 10:25 am

    Christian Kotzyba - Hi Glyn,

    nice interview with Calvin. You’ve presented him well especially the way you placed his pictures along the text. I think he’ll get his international breakthrough soon.

    My best regards from Germany and a compliment for your work as well.

    Christian Kotzyba

  • October 22, 2010 - 10:38 am

    Wolfgang S. - Wow a really great Job!
    How much you wrote – thats really nice :-)

    Thank you alot.

    Greeting
    Wolle

  • October 22, 2010 - 10:43 am

    David Kelly - Glyn,

    Another cracking guest blog – many thanks / vielen dank to yourself & Calvin for this. I’ll be giving that Photoshop spotlight a go.

    I was aware of Calvin from his guest posting on Scott’s blog (and congrats to him re: instructing at PSW) but didn’t know about the English version of his DVD’s – so will have to check that out.

    Best wishes,

    David

  • October 22, 2010 - 1:57 pm

    Björn Leek - A very, very good interview!

  • October 22, 2010 - 2:38 pm

    Glyn - @Christian… Thank you so much for your kind words and yes i don’t think it’s long until Calvin gets what he wants with regards to the International Market especially with what we have planned :)

    All the best to you,
    Glyn

  • October 22, 2010 - 2:40 pm

    Glyn - @Wolle…Thank you for dropping in and for your kind words :)

  • October 22, 2010 - 2:42 pm

    Glyn - @David Kelly…Yeah it was a real pleasure chatting through all this with Calvin. In fact since speaking we now have something BIG we’re going to be planning, so watch this space :)

  • October 22, 2010 - 2:44 pm

    Glyn - @Bjӧrn…Glad you like it; thank you :)

  • October 22, 2010 - 4:46 pm

    A.J. Wood - Another great interview series. More people need to learn what Calvin inherently understood, “Practice Practice Practice, Research Research Research”

    You cannot improve your craft otherwise.

  • October 22, 2010 - 4:51 pm

    Glyn - A.J. … Here, here mate; couldn’t agree more :)

  • October 22, 2010 - 6:34 pm

    Tim Skipper - Glyn

    Thanks for introducing Calvin. I had seen some of his work, but didn’t know who had done the work. I will have to start watching what he has going on from now on.

  • October 22, 2010 - 6:39 pm

    Tim Pursall - Hi Glyn

    Wow! What a post! And I haven’t finished reading/watching it yet.

    As we discussed last week in Islington I was looking forward to this. You have not disappointed!

    Best wishes

    Tim

  • October 22, 2010 - 8:31 pm

    Glyn - @Tim…You’re welcome mate. It blew my mind the first time I saw Calvin’s tutorials; incredible stuff!! Glad you like the post and yeah definitely check out more of his stuff.

    Cheers, Glyn

  • October 22, 2010 - 8:32 pm

    Glyn - @Tim…Hi mate. Yeah I remembered you say that you were looking forward to Calvin’s post so it’s great to hear you enjoyed.
    Thanks so much for commenting that too; I really appreciate it.

    Cheers,
    Glyn

  • October 23, 2010 - 10:24 am

    Chanel - Fantastic interview Glyn, my favourite picture is the baby looking through the glass. All of these are awesome. 

  • October 23, 2010 - 12:29 pm

    Glyn - Chanel, thanks for dropping by and commenting. Calvin’s work is awesome huh :) Totally agree with you re your favourite; that one’s totally mesmerising!

  • October 28, 2010 - 12:49 pm

    Govind Vekaria - Wow, he’s really great. I heard him name before but I did not check him out but now he’s on the top of my list. Thanks Glyn for bringing him to my attention again.
    Cheers,
    Govind (hopefully my Gravatar will also come thru).

  • October 28, 2010 - 1:40 pm

    Glyn - Hey Govind…Good to ‘see’ you now the Gravatar is up and running :)
    Yeah Calvin’s quite something huh; incredible work and it’s great to hear you enjoyed the post.
    By the way we’re looking at planning something quite big next year with Calvin so I’ll keep you ‘posted’ about that.

    Cheers,
    Glyn

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Photo Shoot & Technique: Chanel Fusco

Well I’ve finally got round to putting together a post about the recent promo shoot with Singer, Chanel Fusco which we did in the studio.

The photo shoot itself was made up of three different set ups making use of a real mixture of equipment ranging from a Single Nikon SB800 Speedlight and Shoot Thru Umbrella to the other end of the scale using 3 Profoto Heads and a Large Softbox.

In the video you get to see some of the ‘Behind the Scenes’ footage where you’ll get a quick glimpse at the set ups, and further down the post I’ve included a number of photos so that you can see the kind of results each gave us along with a brief explanation of the lighting…

Set Up 1:
This first couple of photographs were taken during the ‘warm up’ stage so that we could all get into the right frame of mind for the shoot, so the set up was real simple: a single Nikon SB800 into a Lastolite Ezybox positioned above and to the front of Chanel, and finished off with a silver Lastolite Tri Grip Reflector beneath to add just a little bit of fill into her eyes…

Set Up 2:
The following 4 pictures are some that were taken on the ‘white seamless’ set up. This set up saw us making use of 3 Profoto Heads; 2 x 1000′s and 1 x 500). The two 1000′s were used to light up the white background. The reflective surface on the floor comes from using 2 sheets of White 2mm thick PVC sheets measuring 8′ x 4′ which is lit by light reflecting onto it from the background itself.

Finally, the third Profoto Head (500) is above and to the front of Chanel fitted into a Large Softbox…

Set Up 3:
The third and final set up couldn’t have been simpler: a single Nikon SB800 Speedlight into a ‘closed down’ Reflective/Shoot Thru 46″ Umbrella and using the ‘Invisible Black Background‘ Technique…

The light source and beams of light in this last photograph were actually added later in Photoshop and I’ll be posting a tutorial in the near future here on the blog to show how that can be done…

All in all a great fun shoot with a great bunch of people…

As always if you have any questions or comments at all about this post then please feel free to make use of the comments section below. It’s always good to ‘hear’ feedback and if you do have any questions I’ll be sure to reply to each and every one.

Enjoy:)

>Incidentally, the backing track on the video is called ‘Walk Away’ by Chanel Fusco and taken from here first album ‘Sad Goodbyes’.
You can check out more of her music over on iTunes (Link).
Also if you’re into Social Networking you can connect with Chanel on Facebook, Twitter & MySpace

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  • October 20, 2010 - 8:47 pm

    Chanel - I have to say It was a great pleasure working with Glyn, Neal, Syn and Ian. The day was filled with fun and was great experience for me. Glyn I’m so happy with every single shot you took it was hard choosing from the list. You are super talented, can’t wait for the next one. 

  • October 20, 2010 - 9:04 pm

    Rick Wenner - Very nice work here Glyn, Chanel and crew. The video is great, the final shots are very nice. I’m having a hard time picking my favorite but it would be between #2, #7, and #9. All are great but those stand out the most to me.

  • October 20, 2010 - 9:06 pm

    neal - Nicely done mate, who is this Chanel bird anyway? LOL, Had a great day Chanel, here is to the next one!

  • October 20, 2010 - 9:37 pm

    Ian - I have to say the whole day was such a great experience fun is the key word thanks to Glyn Neal Syn & Chanel we made a great team let’s get on to the next shoot quick :-)

  • October 21, 2010 - 5:27 am

    Keith Hammond - Good video Glynn, nice touch using one of Chanel’s tracks. Loving shots 1 & 2, fav 2 i think.
    It’s good to see the results from the use of mixed equipment, speedlights and pro heads, The PVC sheets worked really well.
    Looking forward to the “light source” tutorial, i bet it’s real easy :-)
    Now to the crew shot, there are three crew members that look like they should be holding number boards up not names and smileys, and you’ve got to stop Neal catching you in those camp poses, your reputation will suffer mate :-)
    Please send my best wishes to Chanel for the success of her album.

  • October 21, 2010 - 12:22 pm

    Tim Skipper - Glyn

    As always you write a great post. I laughed at you being caught in the “pose.” I will tell you a story if you promise not to let anyone else know. A few years ago I was shooting a former Playmate for her maternity session. She didn’t want her breast to show (even though her mother was pointing out they had already been published world wide) so I was helping her wrap a cloth over her chest. She asked me how I knew how to do such stuff and I jokingly said I was 1% gay.

    A few minutes later some of her hair was out of place and I just reached and adjusted it, she said I was pushing upwards of 3% on the gay meter. Now every time I am showing a woman how to stand or sit like you did I’m thinking my gay meter is going through the roof.

    Like I said don’t repeat that one :)

    BTW I am going to be dropping you an email. I’ve got some business questions/advice I’d like to pick your brain over.

  • October 21, 2010 - 3:01 pm

    Dan Davies - Have always been a lover of negative space so the second shot’s the biggest winner for me. Nice pose at the end Glyn – though your “portrait” seems to have a few more hairs on his head than you do.

    Cheers
    Dan (also balding!)

  • October 22, 2010 - 8:24 am

    Glyn - @Chanel…Ditto, it was great working with you too and yeah I really look forward to the next shoot :)

  • October 22, 2010 - 8:25 am

    Glyn - @Rick…Cheers Buddy; very kind of you. I think Chanel’s rather keen to head out to NYC for a shoot with your good self too now :)

  • October 22, 2010 - 8:25 am

    Glyn - @Neal…Thanks mate, and thanks for all your help :)

  • October 22, 2010 - 8:25 am

    Glyn - @Ian…Couldn’t agree more mate; bring it on :)

  • October 22, 2010 - 8:27 am

    Glyn - @Keith…Thanks for stopping by and commenting mate.

    Re the line up, what do you mean? That’s our ‘welcoming’ faces :)

  • October 22, 2010 - 8:29 am

    Glyn - @Tim…Superb story mate; definitely made me smile that one :) Oh, and no fear…I’ll keep quiet on that one…lol

    Cheers, Glyn

    ps> I’ll await our email mate

  • October 22, 2010 - 8:30 am

    Glyn - @Dan…Cheers for commenting mate; I really appreciate it and yeah I guess I was a little over-enthusiatic with the drawing huh :) Ahhh….memories

  • October 22, 2010 - 10:21 am

    David Kelly - Glyn,
    Great panel of images shown here – I’d have to say #2 and #6 would be my personal faves.

    Nice to read the very positive comments from Chanel and how pleased she is with the images. Loved her track on the video too, so will definitely be checking it out in iTunes.

    Regards,

    David

  • October 22, 2010 - 2:37 pm

    Glyn - @David Kelly…Thanks for looking in on this post and for commenting mate; I know Chanel will really appreciate it too :)

    Cheers,
    Glyn

  • October 22, 2010 - 5:54 pm

    Syn - Hey Glyn,

    Brillant – Loved working with you look forward to working with you again , YOU are a AMAZING photographer, love your energy and passion…

    Syn :-)

  • October 22, 2010 - 8:30 pm

    Glyn - @Syn…Ditto…really looking forward to working with you alot more; bring it on :)

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  • March 11, 2011 - 9:38 pm

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Scott Kelby comes to Ole London Town

Well it’s been quite a weekend; most of which was spent in London for a 3 man Photo Walk, a Photography Workshop and finally a Wedding Shoot.

Thursday:
It all started on Thursday when I caught  up with Scott Kelby (bringing over his Photoshop for Photographers Workshop from the US on the Friday) and UK NAPP Evangelist and Pearly King of Ole London Town, Dave Clayton.

With no real agenda other than to grab a bite to eat, chat and go out for an impromptu Photo Walk we headed out and hit the streets of London…

Walking across Millennium Bridge Scott and I became deeply engrossed in conversation about
World Politics,
the Economy and the correct pronunciation of Gaussian

Needless to say there were plenty of laughs which was just as well as London had decided that grey was the new blue with the weather taking a turn for the worst and the London Underground taking on some emergency maintenance. Still we made an executive decision and all decided (well, Scott and I) that the weather and the hold ups were all Dave’s fault:)

Here’s a shot of Scott & Dave near the Houses of Parliament. If you’ve read Scott’s account of his time over in London you’ll have seen the same picture
except for the fact he’s Photoshopped it so that it looks like I took a crooked shot and Big Ben was leaning over;  such a prankster:)

Just to prove that despite the weather and having an extended tour of the inside of an underground tunnel we did actually manage to take a few shots;
nothing to shout about and yes that’s Dave bottom right doing his best Harry Worth
impression.

Neither Scott or I wanted to, but Dave was adamant it would make a good shot, so anything for a quiet life…
We then headed off to find a wall covered in graffiti for the ‘arty’ shot:)

Later in the day and having removed a good few millimetres of tread off our footwear we headed back over to Scott’s Hotel to thaw out and grab another much needed coffee where we were later joined by Photographer, NAPP Guru Award Winner & all round nice bloke Ed Davis for an evening meal.

I can honestly say hand on heart when it comes to Scott, ‘what you see is what you get‘; great company, extremely enthusiastic about what he does and speaking from experience, generosity that knows no limits…the real deal! Scott, thanks for your friendship and your time…you’re a ‘Top Geezer’!

As for Dave, this was the first time we’d actually met face to face as opposed to over t’internet. Without doubt Dave is one of life’s good guys that it was an absolute pleasure to spend quality time with and who’s someone I really do look forward to catching up with alot more in the future.

The combination made for a truly great day that despite the grey skies and hold ups on the underground was a total blast with each of us getting their fare share of abuse:)… but all in jest (at least I hope so)

Friday:
Friday it was back into London but this time to the Business Design Centre in Islington where Scott was delivering his Photoshop for Photographers Workshop to several hundred Photographers from all over. In a word it was a fantastic day but then I guess you’d expect me to say that so let me explain…

Hands down this was the best workshop I’ve been to outside of the US and yeah I know Scott’s American but you know what I mean.

To an extremely attentive and welcoming audience of several hundred photographers of mixed abilities, Scott delivered a Workshop that was entertaining, informative and packed full of tips and tricks that prompted many a response resulting in sounds of ‘ooohhhh’ and ‘aaahhhh’.

Without going into too much detail the day was broken down into the following segments:

  • Scott’s 7 Point System for Camera Raw
  • Portrait Retouching
  • Killer Photoshop Tips for Photographers
  • Printing Techniques and How to show your work
  • Photoshop editing workflow from start to finish

Now before the Workshop I had my own workflow sorted…or so I thought. I had my own way of dealing with images editing mainly in Photoshop and using just a few favoured techniques in Lightroom but that has now changed…considerably. In short my workflow is now a heck of alot more streamlined that as a photographer is a real good thing meaning…more time behind the camera.

I think it’ okay to say that when it comes to using Photoshop and Lightroom I’m no slouch but sitting in on Scott’s workshop is proof yet again that you should never stop learning and refining your craft because there’s always something you don’t know…no matter who you are. Heck Scott and all the gang from NAPP and Kelby Training are always going on courses and the likes of Joe McNally are too as he did this past year when he attended a Jay Maisel workshop.

So would I recommend going along to Scott’s Photoshop for Photographer’s Workshop? … You bet! In fact next year we’re heading off to Photoshop World again and it would be great if you could join us for the most incredible learning, motivational and fun experience.

In the meantime if you haven’t already, head over to Scott’s blog (link) to read his account of the ‘London Experience’; it makes a great read.

Also, check out the superb “N.A.P.P. Member UK” website put together and maintained by Dave Clayton (Link) for heaps of information and also a great write up of Scott’s stay in Ole London Town.

Enjoy:)

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  • October 18, 2010 - 8:07 pm

    Tim Skipper - I read Scott’s blog earlier. It looks like you guys had fun despite the weather. (Truth be told I thought London always had grey skies).

  • October 18, 2010 - 8:55 pm

    Sean McCormack - Ironically most of my trips to London have had fantastic weather. Of course because I was travelling or sitting in the seminar, the weather on Friday meant nothing for a change!
    Good to meet up. Hopefully I’ll get something together for you soon too! Off to Majorca for a few days to shoot timelapse tomorrow.

  • October 18, 2010 - 9:00 pm

    Glyn - @Tim…Yeah it was real blast and you know what, you might be onto something there with the weather :)

  • October 18, 2010 - 9:01 pm

    Glyn - @Sean…Just want to say mate that it was an absolute pleasure to finally meet you although I must admit it felt like I’d known you for ages.

    Really looking forward to catching up more in the future when you’re not on such a deadline. Have a great time in Majorca and speak soon.

    Cheers, Glyn

  • October 18, 2010 - 10:16 pm

    Tim Pursall - Hi Glyn

    Thats a nice shot of the back of my shiny head in your last picture(the dark hair, not the grey!)

    It was nice to meet you last Friday. I had a brilliant day, albeit a long one! For someone like me, learning his trade, it was great to get input from the man himself! I am now a NAPP member as well.

    Keep up the good work on your blog! Looking forward to the Calvin Hollywood post.

    Cheers,

    Tim

  • October 19, 2010 - 12:31 am

    Scott Kelby - Glyn made all of this up, and used Photoshop to put me into those photos. I’m almost sure of it. ;-)

    Thanks for a great day, and for giving me some back-up while teasing Dave. It wouldn’t have been nearly as fun to pick on him if it were just me doing it alone. :)

    Cheers,

    -Scott
    The Earl of Stilton

  • October 19, 2010 - 9:51 am

    Keith - i bet you guys had a blast, and learnt something as well, it’s good to actually meet you internet friends isn’t it :-)

  • October 20, 2010 - 8:12 am

    Glyn - @Tim…Ditto mate, real nice to meet you too…thanks for saying ‘hi’ :)
    Great to hear you had a good day and also that you’ve now joined the NAPP; definitely a good decision there mate cos speaking from personal experience I’ve learned so much from them all and continue to do so. Next step…Photoshop World then huh :)

    Thanks for the kind words and yeah the Calvin Hollywood post will be online this Friday.

    Cheers,
    Glyn

  • October 20, 2010 - 8:14 am

    Glyn - @Keith…It certainly is mate and this year has been a great year for it too :)

  • October 20, 2010 - 8:16 am

    Glyn - @Scott…Ditto, much fun indeed but I fear Dave may be seeking revenge in some form or another :)

    Cheers,
    Glyn

  • October 20, 2010 - 9:30 am

    David Kelly - Hi Glyn,

    Nice to meet again in the flesh on Friday. Definitely a fun & entertaining day with Scott – he seems to get our British sense of humour (which helps!). The only downer was our lunchtime experience – if only we’d walked another hundred yards, we would’ve achieved Neal’s objective! :-)

    Nice to hear an update about your workshop too – sounds like it’s all failing into place with that studio you’ve found.

    Regards,

    David

  • October 20, 2010 - 1:25 pm

    Glyn - Always good to catch up David and yeah it sure was a good day, and agreed re the lunch but I guess looking on the positive side we all got some unexpected exercise :)

    See you soon,
    Glyn

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