My New Workshop: Photography 1st, Photoshop 2nd

Last Sunday (27th March) saw the first ‘tester’ of a new Workshop I’m putting together covering both Photography & Photoshop techniques…

What to do?
With an abundance of workshops out there covering photography & lighting for both studio and location I didn’t want to just jump onboard and do my own version of the very same thing but then the question remained…what do I do?

Now I’m an avid user of social media regularly updating Facebook and Twitter; I also write this blog and have committed to post atleast 3 times each week and in addition to that I post images up on sites such as Flickr, on forums, onto the N.A.P.P. Member Portfolio and record ‘Behind the Scenes’ and editing videos for posting on my YouTube and Vimeo Pages. All of this certainly keeps me busy but one big advantage of doing so means I can track what is popular or well received and what isn’t. So, being able to view these ‘statistics’ kind of helped make my mind up on what I should look at offering in this particular workshop.

The Workshop:
The planned format is to spend the first half of the day working on putting together specific images that can then be edited later, and when I say edited I mean using photoshop techniques to create composite images and creating a definitive look. So, rather than working through a multitude of lighting set ups, we would start the day with the end result in mind and then kind of work back thinking how the light should be.

For example let’s say we were going to put this composite image together which was originally shot in the studio against a grey (seamless) paper background…

We’d start off with a good idea of what the final picture would look like so to kick off (no pun intended:)) we’d already have a background in mind that we were going to use and from that we’d know the kind of angle we would then need to shoot our subject from. A great deal of time would be spent figuring out how the lighting should be set up so that we get highlights and shadows exactly how we want them and all this goes towards making the final composite look as realistic as possible.

What this new workshop isn’t is purely a Photoshop Compositing and editing course. Emphasis is placed on the most important aspect which is the initial photograph and getting it as near perfect as we can ‘out of camera’. The editing side of things then naturally follows on to create a final look/feel rather than being used to correct what should already have been done during the photography part of the day.

Working backwards in this way i.e. with the end result in mind is how I generally always approach a photo shoot and by doing so I find that it stops that “Right now what?” feeling having loaded the images into the computer. In my opinion this can lead to over editing or simply not getting the best out of the final image, but going into the shoot already knowing what you want it to look like at the end really helps.

Anyway, getting back to last weeks ‘tester’…

I’d invited along six photography friends, each of varying experience and skill levels to be ‘stooges’ for the day and play the part of workshop attendees. Their main role was not only to go through the workshop but to give me brutal honest feedback about what was being delivered and how. I needed to know what they thought of the content, the timings, how the editing side of things went etc; warts and all I wanted to get as much feedback as possible.

Having chatted through what we were going to be covering it was then over to the photography side of things. Our model for the day was someone I’d never worked with before Steve Lewington; a giant of a man who used to be a WWE Wrestler in the United States. I must say Steve was a dream to work with and will definitely be featuring as a regular model once the workshop is finalised and goes live.

The lighting was put together from scratch explaining everything along the way from why lights were placed in certain positions, why certain modifiers were being used, why I was using a certain aperture such as f/8.0 and narrower at times and so on. Attendees could see the results as they came in thanks to being tethered to my MacBook pro and also a projector showing my screen up on one of the studio walls. This was great for everyone to clearly see all the minor tweeks here and there that were being done to ensure the image was exactly how I wanted it for editing later.

One thing I’m really conscious of is that those attending get plenty of shooting time themselves so once I’d set everything up and got the images I needed to be able to go through the editing later in the day it was over to the attendees. Lighting was moved out and settings altered so that everyone attending could then set it up again and understand it as they did so. That way when they leave they can say that the pictures they leave with are what they made rather than having the workshop instructor set everything up and them simply walk in and take a shot having been told the camera settings.

Having folks along who were all at differing skill levels and experience was really handy for me to see who this workshop should be pitched at…

Having been well and truly fed and watered (thanks to my wife Anne aka Mrs D) it was then onto the second half of the day which was the editing…

As this was a ‘tester’ those attending didn’t get any kind of workbook or notes to follow along with but that’s certainly something that will be available when the workshop goes ‘live’. Understandably everyone will be at differing skill levels with their editing but the idea of this workshop is that most will be learning new techniques that they can take away and use.

Having chosen a couple of images that I was going to work on it was then a case of showing the kind of editing I would do; everything from firstly tidying up the image by removing any dust specs and blemishes and then such things as adding contrast and texture to skin, editing the eyes, enhancing details, altering the colour/tone, adding contrast and then finally putting together the composite…

Here’s an example of one of the the before ‘out of camera’ images and the final edited composite…

Of course how far you go with the editing is completely down to you and your own personal taste, so for this workshop let it be said that…

Here’s a couple more ‘before’ and ‘after’ examples from shots taken during the workshop…

Having covered the editing involved to make a composite I then finished off with some extras showing such things as how to add makeup to a portrait, how to lengthen a models’ neck (digitally of course) plus a few other useful everyday kind of techniques.

During this ‘tester’ we only focused on taking 3/4 length shots but during the workshop we’ll be doing a mix of 3/4 and full length shots, all with a theme to add a bit more focus and fun to exactly what we’ll be looking at putting together…

All in all we had a blast! Personally speaking from all the feedback, I’ve learned alot about what I should and shouldn’t include in the workshop, how I should think about timing the day and how best to present the editing amongst many other things. I’m going to run one more tester which will be a complete run through of how the workshop will go and that’s going to be around the 7th May but I’ll be posting the details of that up in the very near future.

In the mean time though a big thanks to everyone that came along and made the day what it was; a day of photography, editing and with plenty of laughs thrown in. Plus an extra BIG thanks to model Steve who you will be seeing alot more of I’m sure, Syn for the makeup, Gareth for providing us with studio space and equipment that is to die for, Brian for bringing along the projector for us to use and my wife Anne for looking after everyone and making the most delicious food for us all:)

One more thing…
I guess every workshop needs some kind of a name but the question is what? So far I’ve come up with ‘The Camera Never Lies’ for the reason that there is a big emphasis on getting the photograph right first before moving onto the editing, but what do you think?

If you have any thoughts or comments then as always please feel free to make use of the comments section below, but in the meantime,

ps> A couple of the folks who were at the workshop tester have already blogged their thoughts and some of their own results which you can check out here:

Gareth Davies (Photographer & Studio Owner) [Link]
Brian Worley (Photographer and Guru on all things Canon) [Link]
Noel Hannan (Photographer and all round top bloke) [Link]

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  • April 1, 2011 - 10:30 pm

    Terry Donnelly - Excellent blog post Glyn.

  • April 1, 2011 - 11:00 pm

    Keith Hammond - great post mate, i think we all got something out of it, not just you for the tester, a great day, i’m glad you gave me the Hollywood smile :-)
    I gotta post this to James, Orbis inventor, he’ll love it
    best wishes for the workshop, i know you have put a hell of a lot into this and it’s going to be a winner.

  • April 2, 2011 - 7:18 am

    DaveT - Hi Glyn,

    Great post and it looks like all that preparation is paying off.

    I am wondering Glyn. When you get your workshops up and running, will you be doing any work with camera flashes on location?

    I can see how using the studio setup and clean backdrop naturally links to the post production you had in mind. As you rightly point out, the studio set up is complimentary to being able to make the composite work, using the lighting shadow and so forth.

    Whilst I like the studio shots, I also like the work you do on location, like the post you showed a few weeks ago of the guy on the bridge, the street cafe shot, and the ‘invisible black background’ shots. I can identify with these more because its more the type of shot that I would like to be able to recreate myself with the gear I have, or could get easily with out to much outlay.

    But this of course would have to be followed up by post production in the Glyn Dewis style ;-). Maybe its another workshop, but I suspect there are others who would like to see this covered too.


  • April 2, 2011 - 8:53 am

    Noel Hannan - Well done, great post that describes the workshop very well. As Keith says, no doubt this will go from strength to strength!
    All the best

  • April 2, 2011 - 9:24 am

    Gareth Davies - Top post mate, I am still surprised how many little “hints & tips” I picked up that were incidental. It highlights how much I have to learn and the fact that I had a resulting image that I was really happy with – is testament to you delivering your objectives for the day.

    The speed light course is a great idea one I would be most interested in!

    Great stuff

  • April 2, 2011 - 6:58 pm

    Glyn - @Keith…Cheers Buddy and thanks so much for all the support to date; you’re a good man and great friend!

  • April 2, 2011 - 7:01 pm

    Glyn - @DaveT…Funnily enough mate you’re not the first to ask about that so yeah I will be putting together a ‘speedlight out and about’ course showing what you can do with them and make it also look like when you’re in a studio when you’re not :)

    Thanks as always for your constant supoort and input; it’s this kind of feedback that goes a long way and is a massive help so again, thanks!

    All the best to you and yours,

  • April 2, 2011 - 7:03 pm

    Glyn - @Noel…What can I say except for ‘Thank You’ for your tireless support and encouragement. I have alot to thank Photography and Social Networking for, especially the friends I’ve made along the way! You’re a good man and it’s great to have you along for the ride :)

    Cheers Buddy,

  • April 2, 2011 - 7:04 pm

    Glyn - @Gareth…Thanks mate :)
    It’s great to hear that you got something from the workshop but as you know from our discussions, this is just the start….lots more planned! Here’s raising a glass to the future and what we can all do together.

    Cheers, Glyn

    ps> The Speedlight course is in the bag; will be done :)

  • April 3, 2011 - 5:23 pm

    Nickie - Well done, great post that describes the workshop very well. But can you share a full video? We all wanna look at it. Thanks

  • April 3, 2011 - 10:41 pm

    Glyn - @Nickie…Thanks for that. Unfortunately I don’t have video from this particular workshop but the next one on the 7th will be recorded so I’ll be sure to post that up; outtakes and all :)

  • April 4, 2011 - 1:46 pm

    David Kelly - Glyn,

    How freaky is this. In playing catch-up on your blog I had purposely worked through the timeline of your postings in order, read your “…Workshop – Can you help?” post, and made some wishlist comments. I now get to this post, and lo & behold, it looks like you’ve hit the nail on the head on them.

    So, where do I sign up? :-)


  • April 5, 2011 - 6:04 am

    Glyn - @David…You’re always welcome mate :)

  • April 21, 2011 - 6:45 am

    jeff - Your photography is amazing. Excellent work! And great use of your model Mr. Lewington. I’m famiur with his work in the States. He is very professional and I have no doubt that he has a bright future in the modeling world.

  • April 23, 2011 - 5:52 am

    Glyn - @Jeff…Very kind of you to say so mate…thanks. I’ll pass on your regards to Steve when we meet up next ;)

Nikon Tethered Shooting with Lightroom 3

I’m in the middle of writing a post about last Sunday’s ‘tester’ for the new workshop but before I put it online I just wanted to mention about a super cool piece of software that has put an end to my ‘tethering’ woes; let me explain…

In the studio I’m always shooting tethered to my Apple Macbook Pro running Adobe Lightroom 3 for the obvious benefits of seeing images appear on a larger screen as I work through them. Now I know I’m not the only one experiencing this, but the tethering facility built into Lightroom 3 I find to be a little on the temperamental side and from time to time causes me no end of hassle by refusing to bring in files.

I thought at first it may be that Lightroom doesn’t like it when I turn off my camera at times during a shoot whilst it’s connected but I’ve had issues without doing this too. Anyway, regardless of that one thing I know for sure is that I need to be able to rely on my kit 100% to do it’s job as we all do; especially when with a client.

However, it looks like my tethering woes are over thanks to a piece of software called SOFORTBILD. Exclusively for Mac users shooting Nikon this free piece of software works exceptionally well with Lightroom and what’s more it’s incredibly easy to set up once you’ve downloaded and installed it. (Note: If you’re a Windows user shooting Nikon go to to download the Nikon tethering scripts for Windows and use that instead)

In a nutshell, the tethering side of things is all dealt with by SOFORTBILD, so as you’re shooting, the images are put into a folder of your choice on your Mac. Lightroom can then ‘watch’ this folder so that when it sees image files appearing in it as you’re shooting, they are automatically put into a catalogue and appear on screen.

3 Simple Steps

Step 1:
From within Sofortbild, go to PREFERENCES and choose a location or set up a new folder where you want the ‘captured’ images to go during the tethering process..

For my own ‘tethering’ workflow I’ve created a folder on my desktop called ‘TETHERED’ which is where images will appear at point of capture…

Step 2:
From within Lightroom, go to the FILE menu at the top of your screen and choose AUTO IMPORT and then AUTO IMPORT SETTINGS. Once here all you need to do is to tell Lightroom where the ‘tethered’ images will appear and ensure that you place a tick in the ENABLE AUTO IMPORT box…

And that’s all there is to it. Once you gone through these 2 simple steps connect you camera, start shooting and from that point on you’ll see your images appearing as you shoot. Naturally there is a slight delay before each picture appears but that’s all it is…a slight delay.

My own preference is to view the images in Lightroom as they appear so I simply minimise the window containing Sofortbild, but another good thing about Sofortbild is that you can see all your camera settings on screen, and what’s more they’re ‘real time’ so if you make any adjustments you’ll see that change appear on the display…

This method of tethering into Lightroom rather than using Lightroom’s own built in system worked flawlessly during last Sunday’s Workshop ‘tester’ and has continued to perform without problem since, so I’m definitely sold on it; even more so as it’s free :)

Now, it may be that you’re a Nikon user tethering into Lighroom and are experiencing no problems at all, and if that is the case then fantastic. However if like me you have had a few issues then this is definitely a great solution.


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  • March 30, 2011 - 4:19 pm

    Brian Worley - For Canon users the EOS Utility software that came free with your camera allows tethered shooting in to a folder like the Sofortbild described above. Once it’s in the ‘tethered’ folder the the same Lightroom trick for auto import works too.

    EOS Utility is available for both pc and mac and updates to the latest version are freely available from Canon.

  • March 30, 2011 - 4:29 pm

    Glyn - Brian, you’re a star! Thanks for posting that :)

  • March 31, 2011 - 4:01 pm

    Paul Hodgson - Hi Glyn, Brian makes a great point. Buy a Canon and the tethering software comes free but us Nikon peeps have the privilege of paying for the software! But there’s an alternative that works and is also free though don’t know if it’s for PC users only.

    I’ve used it for years now when required and whilst it doesn’t have the fancy user interface the point is it works.

  • April 1, 2011 - 10:32 pm

    Glyn - @Paul…Top man, thanks for the link. The more stuff like this that gets shared the better.


  • April 4, 2011 - 1:37 pm

    David Kelly - At least that’s one small advantage us Canon users have over Nikon, from the info Brian’s supplied ;-)

  • April 5, 2011 - 6:04 am

    Glyn - @David…Absolutely. Wish Nikon would think about including the software too; shame :(

  • April 13, 2011 - 6:22 am

    Random News: Adobe Subscription Service Update & iPad Wi-Fi Tethering » Glyn Dewis Blog - [...] & 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 [...]

  • April 25, 2011 - 8:24 pm

    toby snelgrove - Many thanks … same problem … now another problem … for some reason “develop” mode makes automatic adjustments to my image once they appear. If underexposed, they push it up to whatever it needs. I do not what this. I want it to come in as shot so I can make my adjustmens myself.
    Any ideas?

  • August 19, 2011 - 12:08 am

    Kevin Kubota - Great find! Thanks for sharing that tip, we experience the same issues on occasion and it’s frustrating.

  • August 22, 2011 - 10:06 pm

    Glyn - Hey Kevin…Thanks for stopping by and commenting; great to ‘hear’ the post helped.
    Regards, Glyn

TipSquirrel Workshop: Photography without the Tripod Police!

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I’m really excited to announce that I’ll be one of the instructors at the very first TipSquirrel Photography Workshop which is to be on Saturday 13th August 2011 at the incredible Peterborough Cathedral.

Along with Photographer and Photoshop Trainer Gavin Hoey and the elusive TipSquirrel himself, I’ll be taking attendees around the Cathedral with an unprecedented ‘Access All Areas’ pass to take photographs of the Cathedral and it’s surroundings, Portraits in locations that you just wouldn’t normally have access to and also some HDR without having to worry about the Tripod Police ‘zip lining’ down from the roof tops.

Full details of the day long workshop can be found on the website at this link.

See you there for a great day of Photography, Photoshop and some laughs along the way,

*Note: The workshop is limited to 20 attendees, so to steal a phrase … “Book early to avoid disappointment”:)

New Photography & Photoshop Workshop: Can you help?

Ok so this coming Sunday (27th March) I’m going to be in the studio for a day long ‘tester’ of a new workshop I’m putting together covering both Photography & Photoshop…

I’ll be joined by 8 other photographers, all of varying experience and skill levels who have been invited along to play the part of ‘students’ for the day so they themselves will get hands on with the shooting and editing. Most importantly though they’re there to give brutal, honest feedback (*gulp*) on what we cover: what works, what doesn’t work, what should and shouldn’t be included and so on.

When we ‘go live’ my intention is to have a workshop that’s basically split in two with the first half of the day being spent setting up the lighting and shooting to achieve a specific look and then the second half of the day spent editing the images to get the kind of results you see above covering compositing techniques, portrait retouching and all the kind of stuff that you see me posting here on the blog. What I don’t want is for this to be just another workshop on Photography, which is why I’m going through this ‘tester’ process and also where you can maybe help me out…

Can you help?
I think it’s fair to say for the photographers out there that most if not all of us have been along to a workshop at some point…some good and some maybe not so good; but what was it that made it so? If you were coming along to this new workshop what kind of images and techniques would you really like to get ‘hands on’ with and see being covered from start to finish?

What I really like the idea of is coming along to a workshop knowing exactly what you’re going to be able to achieve by the end of the day. So, if it was up to you and looking over the kind of work I do, what would you want it to be?

We’re all going to have our own thoughts on what the workshop should include and how it should run so with that being said if I could ask you to post your thoughts either in the comments section below, on Facebook, Twitter or email me directly ( that would be a massive help, thanks.

Oh, and I’ll be sure to post what we got up to at this Sunday’s ‘tester’ at some point next week,

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  • March 25, 2011 - 9:27 am

    daniela - i’m just a beginner but a big fan of your work. i find just about anything you do just outright stunning, so let me just say, no matter what you do, i’m sure it will be worth the money for any of your students. i won’t give you advice on holding a workshop, you’ve got more experience in that field than i do, i’ll just tell you what i like about your tips and teachings on your blog and see if maybe you can take some of that into “real life”.
    what i very much like is your attitude how it’s all exciting and fun! it’s always so much easier to learn something from an enthusiast rather than a mere lecturer.
    your humor is sure fantastic to ease things up (one learns better when one is relaxed rather than tense).
    i appreciate the background info you give – like in your video tutorials you don’t just say “use high pass at 24 radius” you explain why it should be in the range of 24 rather than 48 or 12 or you say you’re doing this and that to achieve this or that effect. it’s easier to follow and remember steps when one knows where they should lead.
    one last thing that i didn’t like about a workshop i once went to was that there was hardly any time to take notes AND try out the stuff and the amount of stuff we were shown was just overwhelming so by the end of the day my head was all dizzy and i didn’t remember much of anything plus i didn’t have any notes to refer to later. so it’d be nice to either have a handout or allow time for notes i believe.
    don’t try to cover to much but rather go into depth with the things you do cover – as you already so wonderfully do on your blog and video posts.
    that’s all i can say. nothing new i’m sure but i still wanted to share.
    i also want to let you know that i’m still super interested in attending one of your workshops some day, so i’m wishing you all the best for this experiment as well as the real thing :)

  • March 25, 2011 - 10:11 am

    Miguel Campos - Hi Glyn.
    You know that I am a big fan of your work, and like it was mentioned above You do explain very well in your tutorials.
    Who ever goes to your workshops will learn a lot, and I know for a fact it will be good value for money.
    Regarding asking opinions about Workshops, well, you are a Professional and not only that, you like what you do.
    I know that this one and others will be a success.

    All the best mate and keep up the good work ;)


  • March 25, 2011 - 10:25 am

    Steve - Glyn, sounds like it will be a great day, lucky people!

    For me I would like to spend time on lighting setup/techniques with minimal kit ie 2 speedlights (no modifiers) & camera. I would’nt want to be overwhelmed.

    Spending more time going through the settings on the camera and speedlights before attempting a shoot so I would understand how changing anything effects the end result.

    Next for me would be workflow best practices, import into LR, adjustments in LR/PS/onOne/Nik. The importance of backups and versions etc. Output (printing, web etc).

    You cover most of what I look for to be honest Glyn here on your blog, but if was to spend a day with you, the above is what I would be quizing you over.


  • March 25, 2011 - 12:38 pm

    DaveT - Hi Glyn,

    Here is a summary of some of the things I liked/disliked from various courses/workshops I have attended.

    Positive and friendly approach of the trainer.
    Open to questions, and responsive to participants needs.
    Knowledgeable trainer/leader
    Making sure that the workshop/ course covered what it said it would
    Comfortable environment
    Positive learning environment
    Fun but focused learning experience
    Coming away motivated and feeling that the experience was worth the money

    Trainer/leader looking after their own needs and not that of the participant’s
    Leader/trainer using the workshop to get their own photographs at the expense of the person paying to be there.
    Poor value for money
    Poor facilities
    Not enough equipment to allow proper participation by the student

    Hope this helps

  • March 25, 2011 - 1:32 pm

    Michelle Lovegrove - Hi Glyn,

    having followed your work with interest I think the main things I would like to learn from one of your workshops would be:

    Effective lighting using flash for studio or location
    Principles of posing to get the best out of your models
    Efficient Lightroom Workflow
    Post production of portraiture work to minimise artifacts and give a natural but glamour look.

    I think to cover all of that in a day would be more than enough for my brain to cope with in one sitting whilst being invaluable experience that could be utilised in countless situations.

  • March 25, 2011 - 7:03 pm

    Glyn - @Daniela…Thanks so much for taking the time to put together your comment. What you say is really encouraging so I thank you for that…very kind of you! Having fun is definitely a big part of it cos I remember having been on workshops where I was struggling to keep my eyes open for one but wanting to pull my teeth out with the boredom too…lol :)

    The idea of the handouts is definitely something I’ve thought about but more as a .pdf (ebook) as that method is becoming more and more called for…what do you think?

    Thanks again and yeah would be great to see you at one of the workshops in the future; who knows huh :)
    All the best to you,

  • March 25, 2011 - 7:03 pm

    Glyn - @Miquel…Very kind of you to say, so thanks very much for that.

    Best wishes to you,

  • March 25, 2011 - 7:05 pm

    Glyn - @Steve…Thanks for the comment. Hadn’t given much though to showing my importing workflow but I think you’re spot on there, so again thanks for the pointers.


  • March 25, 2011 - 7:07 pm

    Glyn - @DaveT…Cheers for the positive and negative lists. Totally with you on the 2nd negative point cos that is something I have definitely experienced in the past; well that and turning round to say goodbye to the instructor and seeing he’d already shut the door :)

    Thanks too for the email which I’m just about to head over and read.


  • March 25, 2011 - 7:08 pm

    Glyn - @Michelle…totally with you there on the point about covering just the right amount. I’m thinking that working on 3 set ups and editing those; would be about right…what do you think?


  • March 26, 2011 - 6:19 am

    DaveT - Hi Glyn,

    Regarding Daniela’s point of handouts, and your idea of supplying them in PDF format.

    Yes good idea, particularly if it can be read on an Ipad/phone/touch which has the added benefit of being used as a potential set of field notes.

    This option would also be cost effective for you in terms of output. But, it may be worth having paper option’s available too in case people don’t have access to devices to read from, or prefer something they can file away for future reference.


  • March 26, 2011 - 7:02 am

    Dave - Hi Glyn,
    I think workbooks which can be taken away by the student covering the key points/techniques taught are vital as when you see something in the session there is that “aha!” moment where it makes sense seeing it being done, then you go home and a few days later, suddenly it doesn’t seem so clear!

    I think another key thing to get right is the amount of time each student gets to be “hands on”. When I first started out and would go to workshops, we would all watch the tutor all day and then get a few mins to try the lighting setup (usually actually put togethedr by the tutor) and take maybe 2 or 3 frames before having to let the next person have their go. If you are new and nervous, there is a tendancy to rush and just fire off 3 crap frames. You come away with 3 bad pictures and no actual experience of setting up the shot.

    Finally, try not to pack too much in to one workshop. One workshop will not fit all. Pitch too high and newbies wont benefit. Pitch too low and intermediates and above will feel like it wasn’t worth their time and money. Decide what you want to teach (maybe 2 or 3 main topics and a number of “tips” along the way)focus on teaching those well and making sure everyone gets it. Be clear on your promotional blurb as to what can be expected from the course.

    Hope that helps,


  • March 26, 2011 - 9:07 am

    Glyn - @DaveT…Yep, totally agree mate. The only thing I’ve found with a paper version is that over time it gets torn and tattered but as you say not everyone will have access to an iPad, iPhone etc… But then I guess, if it’s in pdf they can have it safely in digital format on their computer and then print out if necessary. Best of both worlds?

  • March 26, 2011 - 9:09 am

    Glyn - @Dave…Absolutely mate. Nothing worse on a workshop than, as a student, feeling rushed into taking a few quick shots and stepping aside; been there for sure :)

    It’ll be interesting tomorrow to see what everyone there thinks about ‘how much’ is being covered and if in reality it should either be condensed, made into a 2 day workshop or actually 2 separate workshops. It’s all this info that is so valuable to gain…thanks mate :)

  • March 26, 2011 - 9:53 am

    daniela - sure, pdf handouts would be perfect! people can concentrate on experimenting and when they get home they have the pdfs with all the technical bits for future reference.

  • March 26, 2011 - 8:17 pm

    Glyn - @Daniela…Yeah seems like the best option and for those who prefer a hard copy I guess this is the best of both worlds i.e they have a digital copy plus they can print it out if they wish.

    Thanks again :)

  • March 26, 2011 - 9:41 pm

    Tim Gonzalez - Hi Glyn!

    So you’re studio shooting, right? I think going over you “should” or for that matter why you don’t need to use a Flash meter. I know loads of photographers that do not use them. Though admittedly there is a certain benefit to using a flash meter. Also since someone else mentioned your workflow (Michelle Lovegrove), perhaps ya might want to at least approach the subject of RAW shooting vs jpeg. (Its always a sensitive subject I think). oh and though I know your are doing a photography & post processing workshop. PLEASE remind your students, that getting “IT” right in camera, is not only better but saves you so much time in post processing. Of course that should be obvious, but I’m surprised how many times people will say, “OH I can just fix that in Photoshop” That just slays me when I hear that.

    Take care – Tim

  • March 30, 2011 - 6:24 pm

    Neil Holmes - Hi Glyn,

    Just catching up on reading blogs.

    When you read the comments above different people want different things, If I attended one of your workshops I’d be there because I like your work and I’d like to see you shooting and post producing (I wouldn’t want to be shooting), I’m interested in the things you can only pick up face to face. I’d like to be in a small group (6?) with people of a similar level.

    Hope this helps :) Cheers Neil

  • April 1, 2011 - 10:30 pm

    Glyn - @Tim…Thanks for that. I actually went through a bit of ‘workflow’ having read your comment and it seemed to go down well so thanks for the pointers there.


  • April 1, 2011 - 10:31 pm

    Glyn - @Neil…Sounds good to me mate, thanks for that. One of the guys that came along did exactly that…turned up for the editing side of things but did squeeze just a little shooting in too.


  • April 4, 2011 - 1:23 pm

    David Kelly - Hi Glyn – apologies for playing catch-up here on your blog. I know we’ve talked about this before, but I guess my key points in a lighting/PP workshop would be:

    – keeping the class since small. This will facilitate the instructor being able to keep an eye on all the attendees and see if they’re keeping up with things or looking blank ;-). Hopefully it will also give the instructor more time to offer 1:1 support to those who need it.

    – being completely upfront with the course content / objectives / skills required. This should help ensure that everyone who attends knows what they’re going to get out of the course. Hopefully this may also help to get people with similar experience levels on the course.

    – Good course notes being supplied (with electronic versions / pdfs also being supplied). The recipe idea I talked about with you previously I think would really work here for me. With a iPhone compatible pdf file I could look to follow the recipe for say, set up #2, when I try to recreate it and apply in the real world, a fortnight on from the workshop.

    – friendly, supportive tutor (think you’ll do fine on that count :0)) who’s prepared to spend time with everyone on the course not just a chosen few who seem to become teacher’s pet during the course of the day (been on one of those courses before)

    – back up theory talking with practical demonstration / application. So for instance let’s say when talking about for example the rapid fall off of light on a subject, you show image(s) which demonstrate the meaning of this. This is particularly useful when taking the untouched image captured to the retouched composite image that the tutor has in mind from the outset.

    – the tutor conveys their thought process in their approach to a scene / subject, what they’re trying to achieve with certain modifiers, why one modifier is better than another (& again demonstrating the difference).

    – enough equipment / projects for all attendees to be working something simultaneously, as opposed to have to wait and form an orderly queue would be good.

    – active feedback to individuals throughout the day

    – regular breaks to discuss / recap progress so far. this will allow attendees to ask Q’s on what they’ve encountered so far during practical sessions as well as helping the tutor understand how people are retaining the info presented so far and any issues encountered

    – in learning about artificial lighting, for me it would be really beneficial to learn more about getting the most out of speedlites when you don’t have access to studio quality lighting.

    Not sure how different this is from what you did at the first tester but I guess I’ll find out when we talk later this week :-)



  • April 5, 2011 - 6:03 am

    Glyn - @David…Thanks for the input here mate; lots to think about and definitely alot in there that I’ll work on. Cheers :)

  • May 28, 2013 - 9:57 am

Photographers: Do you Scrapbook?

Before I decided to resist the temptation to buy invest in an iPad and when I was putting together ideas for upcoming photo shoots, one thing I always did was keep scrapbooks of images torn out of magazines and newspapers. The pages would be full of random images that had grabbed my attention and had been stuck in place with glue and from time to time I’d look through them for inspiration.

Now this worked well for a time but did have it’s draw backs. You see before a shoot I always like to meet up with a client at least a couple of times for a coffee and talk to through the photo shoot to get more of an understanding for what it is exactly that they’re looking for; the concept, the feel etc… I’ll task them before we meet up again to start collecting images that grab their attention and that also give off the same feel that they’re after. I’ll ask them tear pictures out of magazines and newspapers (with permission of course) and/or email over images that they’ve seen on the web.

Anyway, now that I have an iPad this whole process has improved no end, with the help of a fantastic little application called Moodboard

Moodboard is the iPad equivalent of a Scrapbook so now rather than discretely tearing out pages from magazines in waiting rooms I’ll simply take a photo with my iPhone, send it over to my iPad and start building up collections. Of course with the iPad having a built in camera taking photos of pictures in magazines and newspaper and adding them into Moodboard will be even easier.

Images that clients see on the web and that they email over I’ll add into the iPad too and then with images that I have also found, will start building up an overall feel of what it is we’ll be looking to achieve.

Moodboard is really easy to use and what I really like is the ability to make different boards/collections for different shoots, edit pictures, customise the background and so on… Oh and another cool feature is that you can email these boards over to your client to get instant feedback that what you’re thinking of is on the right track rather than having to wait until the next time you meet up.

Below you can see an example on the left of a board I made up for the recent promo shoot with band, Spriggan Mist with the image on the right being one from the shoot itself. The images in this ‘moodboard’ were made up of ones that the band members themselves had seen and emailed over to me and ones that I too had found.

This simple process takes alot of the guess work out of a shoot and can save heaps of time figuring out what you’re going to do. Of course if I didn’t have an iPad I’d still be using the traditional scrapbook method but it’s just that with this little ‘app’ it’s become alot more streamlined and user friendly.

So what do you do to help figure out what you’re going to work towards on a specific photo shoot? Do you use scrapbooks? Maybe you’ve found another gem of an ‘app’ that really works for you?

Feel free to make use of the comments section below to share any methods you use and maybe even recommend some applications for use on the iPad; just don’t recommend too many as I’m a bit of an ‘App Addict’:)

Moodboard is available in the App Store [Link] and is currently priced at £5.99, however there is a FREE, Lite version but obviously that comes with a few less features.

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  • March 23, 2011 - 10:14 am

    Scot Baston - I am trying to resist getting an iPad and this article is not making it any easy :P

    Really like this write up and can see how it would help my workflow.. so far I have been using dropbox folders but this is much more elegant


  • March 23, 2011 - 10:31 am

    Keith Hammond - Looks a great app but Mrs H does not want it on her iPad

    @ Scott : resistance is futile and you know it, Glyn caved in very quickly, lets face it we all love a good gadget don’t we :-)

  • March 23, 2011 - 12:48 pm

    Tim Skipper - I’m glad I’m not the only one who does this. I use my phone, but the same idea. It is such a huge help to create a visual reference you and the client can talk about.

  • March 23, 2011 - 4:32 pm

    DaveT - Oh Heck! Just another useful little device to tempt me into getting that Ipad I have been resisting ;-)


  • March 24, 2011 - 1:15 am

    Paul Pratt - This tool is exactly what I’ve been looking for. I’ve been dumping them into Evernote up until now. Now, all I need is an iPad!

    If I get in trouble from the wife Dewis I’ll send her your way!



  • March 24, 2011 - 8:30 am

    Glyn - @Scot…It’s Apps like this that have totally sold me onn why I got an iPad; so darned useful. Go on…you know you want to :)

  • March 24, 2011 - 8:31 am

    Glyn - @Keith…Absolutely we do however I do feel I was bullied into it :)

  • March 24, 2011 - 8:32 am

    Glyn - @Tim…Yeah totally agree mate and saves luggingg round the scrap books huh :)

    Hope all is well with you,

  • March 24, 2011 - 8:32 am

    Glyn - @DaveT…The Force is strong and resistence is futile :)

  • March 24, 2011 - 8:35 am

    Glyn - @Paul…Hey now that’s wimping out; take it like a man…or better still get one and say you won it in a competition :)

  • March 24, 2011 - 12:10 pm

    Dermot - Hi Glyn, Thanks for posting the BTS!

    I’m wondering how you went about mixing the quadra with the speedlights?

    Where you firing all flashes on manual? Did you trigger the quadra in slave mode or have you the quadra set to wait for the TTL signals before flashing (I believe you can do this)?



  • March 25, 2011 - 7:48 am

    Glyn - @Dermot…Thanks for commenting mate. Regarding the lights, all were in Manual and fired using Pocket Wizards; Speedlights with the new Flext TT5’s, Quadra with a PW Transceiver II and the Mini TT1 on camera.

    Looking at it now, I could well have done what you say about having the Quadra in Slave Mode but to be honest didn’t even think of that at the time; will do next though :)


  • April 1, 2011 - 10:22 am

    Mark Beaumont - Just wanted to say thanks for posting this. I’m absolutely loving it. It’s been a massive help on two shoots so far, a great way of showing the client my ideas.
    Thanks Glyn

  • April 1, 2011 - 10:32 pm

    Glyn - @Mark…That’s great to hear mate, thanks for letting me know :)

  • April 2, 2011 - 2:08 am

    Matthew Roach - That’s a neat little app.

    I use LittleSnapper on my Mac, it’s essentially a screen shot capturing app on steroids. You can also drag & drop any other images onto it saving them into its library. There are a few little niggles I have with the functionality but overall it’s a good bit of kit.

  • April 2, 2011 - 6:59 pm

    Glyn - @Matthew…Cheers for the recommendation mate; I’ll take a look at that too :)

  • April 4, 2011 - 1:25 pm

    David Kelly - Looks like a really useful app.
    (Oh no, answer reason for getting an iPad – will this list ever end ;-))

  • April 5, 2011 - 6:03 am

    Glyn - @David…Do it…you know you want to :)

  • March 8, 2012 - 5:26 am

    How to Help your Model to Model » Glyn Dewis Blog - [...] So it’s giving a theme to the photo shoot that I’m talking about; something that helps both yourself and your model to focus on what it is exactly that you’re looking to achieve. I find it also goes a long way in helping your model to ‘get into’ the shoot and relax because they’re not so self conscious because ultimately they’re not being themselves…does that make sense? Of course getting your model to play the part of a character or someone else isn’t always possible for every photo shoot you do so this is just another tool in the bag to call on as and when. I also find Moodboards a massive help when it comes to getting everyone to focus in on exactly what we’re looking to achieve and I’ve posted about how I do that in an earlier post [Link] [...]

  • June 15, 2012 - 7:16 am

    How I’m using Pinterest as part of my workflow » Glyn Dewis - [...] Last year I wrote a post about how I use Moodboards [Link] and to be more specific the Moodboard App on my iPad [Link]. In brief when I’m working with a [...]