Editing The Debonaires: Part 3

In this final part of ‘The Debonaires’ editing series we finish off the picture by going through a number of steps including:

  • Adding a Hue & Saturation Adjustment Layer to bring the sky to life
  • Converting the image to Black & White to Desaturate the colour in the image
  • Adding a Vignette
  • Sharpening using the High Pass Filter

Of course the techniques you see me using in these tutorials aren’t the only ones that can be used to give the same results, and that’s what I love about Photoshop…the fact that there’s not just one way to do something and you can tailor your editing techniques to your own style and preferences. In fact I’d probably go so far to say that despite my ‘favourite’ techniques each time I edit a picture I’ll try something different (depending on time).

Anyway I hope you found this 3 Part editing series useful and if you have any questions or comments about what we’ve covered then as always post them up in the ‘Comments’ section below and I’ll be sure to respond to each and every one; it’s always great to ‘hear’ your thoughts and get your feedback.

Enjoy:)

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July 5, 2010 - 1:13 pm

Glyn - @Keith…Thanks for the kind words Keith :)
Re the B&W shots, there was no editing done to them apart from a B&W convert using the Nik Silver Efex Pro Plug In mate; just available light as you say.

Cheers,
Glyn

July 4, 2010 - 11:52 am

Keith Hammond - Top set of videos Glyn, great to see it all come together.
Q : for the inside B & W shots in the first blog about the shoot did you just convert in your beloved Nik software or was any other tweeking involved, i remember you saying they were quick available light shots so just wondering.

July 4, 2010 - 7:25 am

Glyn - @David…Great to hear you liked this series of editing videos David. I’m working on more and more; the hard thing being holding back from posting them all at one :)

Cheers,
Glyn

July 2, 2010 - 3:50 pm

David Kelly - Hi Glyn,

Nice finishing part to the PP on this image. Great to see the before / after image recap at the end, like DaveT said. Thanks as always for your efforts in putting these videos together.

I know you draw from a ‘dolly mixture’ pool of tools / techniques in your PP in Photoshop but the one consistent approach I see is in your use of opacity values ;-)

Take care,
David

July 2, 2010 - 10:05 am

Glyn - @Tom…Very kind of you, thanks.

All the best to you,
Glyn :)

July 2, 2010 - 9:40 am

Glyn - @Dave T…Cheers Buddy; glad you liked it :)

July 2, 2010 - 9:40 am

Glyn - @Matt…Thanks for stopping by and commenting and for the kind words mate :)

With regards to why I chose to use the High Pass Filter, there’s no real reason other than like I said in the post, sometimes I’ll chop and change from one technique to another. That being said I like to use the High Pass because it I can see the extent of the sharpening and the areas that it’s mainly going to affect before I apply the Soft Light Blend Mode; does that make sense?

Again though mate, I do go from one technique to another.
Hope that answers your question (sort of) :)

Cheers,
Glyn

July 2, 2010 - 9:01 am

Tom Haider - great tutotial. thank you.

best regards from south germany.

July 2, 2010 - 7:25 am

DaveT - Hi Glyn,

Great tutorial again – like the recap at the end ;-)

Cheers
Dave

July 1, 2010 - 10:04 pm

Matt Sanderson - Great post. Always useful to see how others approach editing.

Would you care to share why you prefer high-pass sharpening to Unsharp Mask? I used to use High-Pass Sharpening, but never really saw any difference than using Unsharp Mask – aside from the Threshold option in USM, which is why I returned to using that.

- Matt

iPhone 4 Camera & HD Video…Now that’s cool!!!

Last Thursday saw the long awaited release of the iPhone 4; but was it really worth all the hype and getting up at 4am to line up outside the O2 Store in Windsor and wait for it to open? (Along with Mrs D and 14 other people at the time I hasten to add) Well I guess as a fan of all things ‘Apple’ I’d be expected to say ‘yes’ but in an effort to remain impartial I’d still have to say that the upgrade really is quite something.

The biggest things I was looking forward to was the improved camera now boasting 5 mega pixels and with built in LED flash, HD video recording and a high resolution screen going under the name of ‘Retina Display’.

Focusing on the camera (no pun intended) the quality of the pictures in relation to their clarity, colour, tone and sharpness really are quite something in comparison to the previous iPhone models. As a photographer having a camera with me at all times is a ‘must’ as it helps to keep me fresh and constantly looking for the ‘shot’ but I also really do think that for anyone who would like to have a camera with them at all times but doesn’t fancy carrying around a Digital SLR or separate Point and Shoot, the iPhone is a viable alternative. Don’t get me wrong, the iPhone is no replacement for a digital SLR but it’ll definitely capture good quality, useable pictures for you.

As for the HD video recording, this is something I was really looking forward to seeing and haven’t been disappointed. The 720p HD is extremely crisp especially when viewed on the new ‘Retina’ display screen and the ability to ‘touch screen’ focus and expose just works…plain and simple. In addition, Apple released iMovie for iPhone which is a scaled down version of their desktop video editing software; the same software infact that I have used a lot to make some of the ‘Behind the Scenes’ and ‘Editing’ videos on my YouTube Page.

I couldn’t resist having a ‘play’ at editing some video footage on the day I got the new phone with iMovie, so here’s my first attempt using footage and photographs taken using my iPhone 3Gs. Incidentally, this took no longer than 5 minutes to put together and sure it’s not perfect by any means but it gives you a feel for what can be done with a bit more time:

Here too is a video made and edited entirely on the iPhone 4 that I saw posted on John Nack’s blog. When you watch this, remind yourself that this has all been done entirely on the iPhone 4 and has been nowhere near a computer…really cool stuff!!!

Sure there’s a heck of a lot more to the new iPhone than what I’ve covered in this short post but like I said at the start, it was the camera, HD video and Retina Display that I was most looking forward to. Of course now my mind is working overtime thinking of the possibilities; photo shoots filmed and edited entirely on the iPhone, Live video feeds and so it goes on…

So I guess the question is….do you use an iPhone and if you do have you upgraded? What enhancements were you most looking forward to?

Any questions / comments about anything in this post, as always please feel free to use the comments section below.

Enjoy:)

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June 30, 2010 - 10:17 am

Glyn - @Andy…lol…don’t mean to tease mate :)

Really liking your idea about how to make use of the video recording; exciting times ahead me thinks :)

Cheers,
Glyn

June 30, 2010 - 3:29 am

Andy Cuadra - You’re not making it easier Glyn ;-). Seriously, the HD video is something that I could use for my start up, client interviews, project clinics, etc…. Looking to make a move late summer.

June 29, 2010 - 10:49 pm

Glyn - @Keith…Thanks for that. What’s real exciting is thinking about what ‘can’ be done with it; exciting times ahead indeed :)
I’ve not seen the holders you mentioned but as i need one I’ll head over and take a look.

All the best to you,
Glyn

June 29, 2010 - 10:47 pm

Glyn - @Neil…All I’ll say is ‘You’ll love it’ but be warned, they can be Time Machines if you get my meaning :)

Thinking back as you have, I remember my Dad having one of the very first mobile phones; geez the size and weight of the battery was unreal. Come to think of it, it may have been that which got me into Weight Lifting at an early age…lol :)

Cheers,
Glyn

June 29, 2010 - 9:52 pm

Keith Hammond - you done well Glyn to knock that up that quick, and the other vid well unbelevable, all done in phone. Have you seen all the diy holders people are making on Youtube, can’t wait to get mine.

June 29, 2010 - 7:14 pm

neil Holmes - Hi Glyn, just got the e mail from Vodaphone to tell me I’ll have mine on Friday, this is my first iPhone so I’m really looking forward to its arrival.

If we step back a little and think, its my dad’s 81′s birthday tomorrow, he grew up with valve radios and 78 records, todays technology is incredible, to coin a fraze ‘What will they think of next?’

Cheers Neil

A Wedding, a Portrait and an iPhone 4…

I’d been looking forward to this past weekend for a few weeks now as on the Saturday it was Derek & Dorothy’s Wedding. I wrote earlier about these two very special people and was really pleased to see that so many of you had taken the time to send them ‘Congratulations’ by posting in the Comments section; so many of you in fact that I actually printed out 5 A4 pages worth of comments and gave them to Derek and Dorothy after their Wedding Breakfast.

During Derek’s speech, in which I found it a real challenge to hide the tears, he made mention of their photos that had appeared here on the blog and of the comments you’d all sent in. To say both he and Dorothy are overwhelmed by your kindness is an understatement. They are both clearly emotionally moved that people they don’t know from all around the world had written a message to them. Needless to say Derek & Dorothy have said that they will write a message back to you all and I’ll be sure to post it here on the blog along with some photos from their very special day.

For those of you who haven’t read Derek & Dorothy’s story here on the blog, I’d recommend you go take a look. In my opinion they set the standard that all should follow; their view on life, love and friendship is inspirational and should you ever need to be reassured that there is such a thing as ‘True Love’ you need look no further than these two wonderful people.

Incidentally the photo above is one that I took at Derek & Dorothy’s Wedding of two of their closest friends Steve & Gilly Duffy; a couple of people I have to thank for recommending me and for also introducing me to Derek & Dorothy.

Before I sign off I just want to say a BIG thank you to my Buddy Vince Callaghan who was second shooter and assistant on Saturday and who despite the 30+ degree heat and my constant ‘Can you hold the light just there, left a bit, down a bit’ demands was an absolute star and took some cracking shots of his own too.

The photo of Vince above was taken and edited with my new iPhone 4, and yes I admit I was one of ‘those’ people that got up at silly o’clock to cue in line on launch day:)

Talking of the iPhone 4 I’m really pleased with the upgrade particularly around the built in camera and HD video recording; so much so I’ll post about it later in the week and as well as showing examples of photos I’ll also show you an example of some of the movie editing you can do with the iMovie App which is the iPhone version of Apple’s Desktop Movie editing suite; very impressive stuff.

Catch you later:)

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July 15, 2010 - 12:44 am

Glyn - Hiya,

Great to hear you’re all looking forward to seeing the photos but before they’re uploaded we need to meet up with Derek & Dorothy to go through them. Once we have and they’re happy they’ll be online in a Password Protected area for friends and family to see.

Hope that helps,
Best wishes,
Glyn :)

July 14, 2010 - 10:50 pm

k worsley - where is the wedding photos, we are all waiting.

July 4, 2010 - 7:24 am

Glyn - @David…Yeah it was an amazing day with Derek & Dorothy, and their guests; definitely a day to remember.

Thanks for dropping by :)

July 2, 2010 - 3:30 pm

David Kelly - Glyn,

A nice follow-up post on Derek & Dorothy’s big day. Glad to hear that it all went so well for you & the happy couple, given the extreme weather conditions last weekend. It’s nice that you & Vince were made to feel like welcome friends / guests at the event and I’m sure that connection gave an added congruency / harmony to the work undertaken on the day. No doubt you’ve got some beautiful shots resulting from this.

As was commented on your original post, it’s that personable connection with the happy couple that’s just so important in taking wedding photographs which don’t just record the event but also capture the spirit or embodiment of the day in a still image.

Regards,

David

BTW All the very best wishes to the newlyweds

June 29, 2010 - 10:44 pm

Glyn - @Noel…Thanks for the comment about Steve & Gilly’s photo. Making a really special photo of the two of them was actually one of the days priorities for me and also Derek & Dorothy; I’ll explain why when I see you.

it was as you say a great experience; very emotional and one that has actually made quite an impact on me. Derek & Dorothy are truly wonderful people that I’m so glad to now have as friends…all thanks to photography :)

Cheers,
Glyn

June 29, 2010 - 10:41 pm

Glyn - @Shirley…Thank you so much for dropping by and posting a comment. It was a real pleasure to meet you and everyone else on Saturday; all of whom made both Vince and myself feel extremely welcome.
Saturday was a thoroughly enjoyable day and one I will always remember.

Best wishes to you,
Glyn

ps> Thanks also for the kind words about Steve & Gilly’s photo; very kind of you :)

June 29, 2010 - 5:50 pm

Noel Hannan - Glyn,
What a lovely shot of Steve and Gilly that is sure to remain a family favourite for years, if not forever!

Sounds like a great experience you had; I think the lesson here is that true love is, thankfully, more evident than one might think and that the medium of photography can be an expression of it.

Well done mate,
All the best
Noel

June 29, 2010 - 12:45 pm

Shirley Partridge - Hi Glyn – It was a real pleasure to meet you on Saturday. Your professionalism, manner and patience was second to none! Thank you. I look forward to seeing the photographs. I must also comment on Steve and Gilly – it is a beautiful picture of two lovely people.

It’s #photoshopfriday…already

It’s been a busy week with photoshoots and editing; so busy in fact I completely forgot it was Friday:)

So, carrying on with the #photoshopfriday theme here is Part 2 of ‘The Debonaires’ edit where in this video I cover:

  • Adding Contrast
  • Dodging & Burning
  • Enhancing Details

For the original ‘Final edit’ I actually used a different technique to add contrast; in fact I used the very same technique as that in the recent Beauty Retouch when I added Tone & Contrast to the model’s skin. In this video I used a curves adjustment layer but making sure to change the blend mode of the Curve layer to ‘Luminosity’. Doing this stops the colours in the photograph becoming over saturated as happens when you add contrast. Anyway, you’ll see what I mean in the video so I’ll leave you to click ‘Play’…

Enjoy:)

Finally, it would be wrong of me not to mention & again thank Calvin Hollywood for the ‘Enhancing Detail’ technique that I use in this video; Calvin ‘You da man!’:)

Any questions or comments I’d love to hear them so as always please feel free to make use of the ‘Comments’ section below.

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July 4, 2010 - 7:23 am

Glyn - @David…Glad you like the tutorial mate and re the music, TBH the old track took this video to over the 10 minutes YouTube limit so I adopted this one…think I’ll stick with it for a while now too :)

July 2, 2010 - 2:51 pm

David Kelly - Glyn,

Thanks for this tutorial – very interesting & different (well it’s new to me!) way to bring out details in the car and tarmac.

Regards,

David

BTW No one else has commented but I’ve noticed you’ve changed your opening / closing ‘titles’ music in this video – was this a instrumental ditty by the band perchance?

June 28, 2010 - 10:29 pm

Glyn - @Scot…Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting mate, and it’s great to hear you like the tutorial. If you do get to use it at some point, I’d really like to see how you used and it and what you used it on.

Cheers,
Glyn :)

June 28, 2010 - 10:27 pm

Glyn - @Andy…Ditto mate; I need to go and make an action of it too…doh! :)

June 28, 2010 - 10:26 pm

Glyn - @Dave T…Thanks for the feedback and the suggestions mate; it’s always great to hear how things could be improved. I’ll see what I can do from now on…time permitting of of course :)

Hope all is well with you,
All the best,
Glyn

June 28, 2010 - 10:24 pm

Glyn - @Neil…Great to hear from you mate and I’m real pleased you like the tutorial. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ll go and ermmm…make an action of it myself :)

Cheers,
Glyn

June 28, 2010 - 10:23 pm

Glyn - @Tim…Hi Mate, glad you like the tutorial. If you do get to use it at some point can you give me a ‘heads up’? I’d love to see how you’ve included it.

Cheers,
Glyn

June 28, 2010 - 1:05 pm

Scot Baston - Hi Glyn,

I’m totally loving the method for bringing out the detail, thank you so much for sharing

Scot

June 28, 2010 - 11:52 am

Andy Cuadra - digging these tutorials Glyn- thanks for sharing. Like @Neil said, an action was created in PS. Cheers

Andy

June 28, 2010 - 9:52 am

Mark C - Hi, I am the owner of the blog of photography http://photographymc.blogspot.com/

I have added in the favorite, I would like an exchange links with you.

June 26, 2010 - 2:45 pm

DaveT - Hi Glyn,

Another excellent tutorial.

Remember when you asked for feedback on your tutorial style? Well I like the way you outline what your going to cover in the video clip. It gives a clear outline to the viewer of what to expect. You may (video time permitting) like to consider also including a brief recap at the end of the clip, of what you have covered.

If you also include a couple of screen grabs of the key stages, you could say something to the effect of ‘ We started here, and by doing x we got to here, and doing x we got to here , and finally we finshed at this point. This technique is often used in the training world and acts to reinforce the main points you have made.

Keep up the good work and thanks for sharing your knowledge with us

Dave.

June 26, 2010 - 10:34 am

neil Holmes - Hi Glyn, just catching up with your blog after a busy period! The ‘detail’ technique is very good, I like it so much I added it as an action in PS, many thanks.

June 26, 2010 - 6:24 am

tim wallace - Great tutorial mate, I love the technique for getting detail in, never knew that, very handy for me at times and will be looking at this with some of my work.
Thanks Glyn have a good weekend

Editing The Debonaires: Part 1

Following on from a recent photo shoot with ‘The Debonaires’ I thought you might like to see some of the Post Production that went into editing one of the photographs.

The photograph I’m going to edit for you in this series of videos is Picture ‘B’ from an earlier blog post and the kind of things I’ll be showing you are:

  • Removing ‘Stuff’
  • Adding Contrast
  • Dodging & Burning
  • Enhancing Detail
  • Finishing Touches

So to kick things off I’m going to be ‘Removing Stuff’ and as I’m using Photoshop CS5 I’m going to show you how I use ‘Content Aware Fill’. One thing I do want to point out, is that all the editing you will see in the next few videos can be done in earlier versions of Photoshop; it’s just that CS5 has made doing the things we’ve always done using tools such as the Clone Stamp and Healing Brush so much easier and more importantly, so much quicker.

There is one thing I’ll say about using Content Aware Fill and this you do not have to accept the first results it gives you.Each time you use Content Aware Fill you’ll get different results…some good, some bad so just undo the result if you’re not happy and try again.

So here as promised is Part 1:

If you have any questions or comments about what you’ve seen in this video then feel free to post them in the comments section below.
Enjoy:)

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July 4, 2010 - 7:21 am

Glyn - @David…Thanks for the comment mate and yeah I know what you mean; best not to think how it does what it does :)

July 2, 2010 - 2:03 pm

David Kelly - Hi Glyn,

Thanks for a real life example / demo of the new content aware fill tool in CS5 – nice to see a different ‘test’ pic for it’s use other than the few I’ve seen via the ‘Photoshop Guys’ NAPP webcasts. I haven’t had much of a playing with it as yet since recently upgrading to CS5 but I can think of a few photographs I’d like to go back and use it on.

I still can’t get my head around the concept that this intelligent algorithm learns as you repeat the process (should it not work first time) but hey I only need to appreciate what it does, not necessarily understand how!

Regards,
David
…off to play catch-up on your posts after being MIA (missing internet action) for a while…

June 28, 2010 - 10:26 pm

Glyn - @Andy…You’re welcome mate; glad you found it useful :)

June 28, 2010 - 10:15 pm

Glyn - @Dave T … Funny you should say that cos we have a couple more shoots lined up; I’m working hard on convincing them that they need to be done in NZ though :)

Cheers, Glyn

June 28, 2010 - 10:13 pm

Glyn - @Dave T … Thanks Buddy

June 28, 2010 - 10:13 pm

Glyn - @Andyroo77…Hi Andy. Thanks for stopping by and commenting and thanks too for the ‘heads up’ about Russell Brown’s tutorials. I’ve been a little remiss lately and not checked his stuff out so this has prompted me to get back over there :)

Cheers, Glyn

June 28, 2010 - 10:12 pm

Glyn - @Richard…Yeah you may have noticed a slightly ‘surprised’ tone in my voice when the selection around the car and crane worked out first time :) CS5 has really helped to speed up my workflow for the times, just as in this example, when the location doesn’t offer the perfect setting.

Thanks for dropping by and commenting,
All the best to you,
Glyn

June 28, 2010 - 11:41 am

Andy Cuadra - Glyn- thanks for the great tip; you just saved me a lot of time my friend. Looking forward to the next one….Hope all is well with you.

Andy

June 25, 2010 - 6:57 am

Dave T - Hi Glyn,

Great tutorial – look forward to seeing the rest.
Dave

June 24, 2010 - 2:08 pm

Andyroo77 - Hi Glynn, as Richard said, nice to see Content Aware fill working in the real world, not just Adobe’s examples. I haven’t had a chance to test it out yet but it certainly opens up possibilities while shooting – like shooting wide angle and including your lights in the shot and removing them quickly and easily afterwards!
I watched a tutorial over at ‘The Russell Brown Show’ where he had a good tip for helping Photoshop know what you want as the fill target (sky/foliage etc). I think it involved removing a small piece of the target from your selection, ie; for your example, removing a little circle of sky within the crane selection and a little bit of foliage from around the car boot selection will protect those areas and tell Photoshop that that is what you want it to fill with. Hope that makes sense. Like I said, I’ve yet to try it out, but based on your use, it’s looking good to go! I’m looking forward to the next video.

June 24, 2010 - 6:17 am

Richard saunders - Nice to see a real word scenario of content aware fill. I was a little dubious when you made the selection around the car and crane. What a result. This will certainly speed up peoples workflow.

As you said space was tight and it’s not always possible to get rid of everything in camera, glad to see the tools were being used in the right context :-)