Compositing: It’s about Lighting NOT Photoshop

Hi Folks

Today I just wanted to mention about something I saw posted the other day.

Last week the folks over at Buzzfeed posted an article showing some green/blue screen video stills and their final movie output. This kind of thing I find totally fascinating seeing how the movie industry goes about creating the most amazing scenes and effects; the best thing of all being that even what you’d expect to be included during the filming is very often composted in afterwards.

Anyway, whilst it’s great looking at the difference between the real footage and the final movie, the thing that I always notice is the lighting.

What I mean by this is the lighting on the actors/characters never between the before / after. The lighting created during the original photo shoot is THE most important element when it comes to creating a composite and this is something I always stress in my teaching.

Perspective, shadows and colour can all be altered to add to the realism of a composite. Ok perspective less so because again that is a very important part of compositing however the highlights and shadows are vital; get these right during the shoot and the composting will be so much easier and so much better!

There’s no doubt in my mind that despite all the incredible advancements with Photoshop and 3rd party plug ins, one part of the equation will ALWAYS be there…and that’s the Photography!

Check out the pictures below to see what I mean…

300: Rise of an Empire


The Avengers

X-Men: Days of Future Past

CLICK HERE to see the interactive versions of these images and more over on BuzzFeed

Have a great week and I’ll catch you back here tomorrow.


Behind the Lens with Joel Grimes (@joelgrimesphoto)

Hey Everyone

Not sure if you would have seen this already but earlier this week, Joel Grimes posted the first episode of his new weekly YouTube video blog called Behind the Lens.

In this opening episode Joel touches on how he regularly will spend time looking through the work of other photographers and make a note of what he likes; a process he does on a regular basis to help inspire and give a focus for the direction he wants to head in with his own work.

Joel talks about the importance of getting out and shooting again and again to create a body of work and how doing so will help to develop your own unique style.

One of the most important points Joel makes, and this is something every single one of us at some point need to get to grips with, is that not everyone will like what you do…but that’s ok. There’s certain things you’re drawn to and certain things that other folks are drawn to and sure enough…sometimes they just don’t match up.

Enjoy the video,
Make sure you subscribe to Joel’s YouTube Channel [Link],
Have a great weekend and I’ll see you back here in a few days.


  • November 28, 2014 - 6:31 am

    Anthony Crothers - What a great video and fantastic advice, thanks for sharing.

    I’ve only recently discovered your site via you tube, I really appreciate all the effort you put in, keep up the good work,

    Best regards,


  • November 30, 2014 - 4:35 am

    DaveT - Thanks for the heads up on this Glyn – I’ll add it to my bookmarks.

  • December 5, 2014 - 8:29 pm

    Alex Saunders - Great video and advice.

Photoshop Tutorials and Short Courses from Dave Cross

Hi Everyone

Today I want to point you to a new website set up by my friend Dave Cross.

A Photoshop Educator since 1990, Dave was one of the first people I learned from when I started out using Photoshop, as he was also one of the original Photoshop Guys at the N.A.P.P. (National Association of Photoshop Professionals) now KelbyOne.

The original champion of using Smart Objects and working non destructively, Dave’s knowledge of Photoshop is seemingly endless and by that I mean not just his application but how he manages dig deep inside and find solutions and workarounds.

This week Dave has launched a brand new area to his website with both short tutorials and full courses covering a wide range of techniques and essential skills to help develop a deeper understanding of Photoshop…


The great thing about the courses that Dave has recorded (and is constantly adding to) is how he doesn’t just show you what something does, for example Adjustment Layers, he goes into the how and why. Dave pushes it further to show how you can do things you likely wouldn’t have thought of, and this is very typical of Dave’s teaching style in that he manages to not just teach, but educate …and there is a difference.

CLICK HERE to check out the growing number of courses and tutorials available over on

Highly Recommended!

  • December 1, 2014 - 4:36 pm

    Dave Cross - Thanks Mate!!

Kick Boxing Coach Portraits: Train Like a Pro

Hi Folks

Today I thought I’d share some portraits from a recent photo shoot working on promotional material for the Train Like a Pro – White Collar Boxing Events

Over the coming weeks/months I’ll share more from behind the scenes and promotional work for these events which attract celebrities from the worlds of TV and Sport (Andy Collins, Phil Tufnell, Vernon Kay, Colin McMillan, Joe Pasquale…)

In the mean time though here’s portraits of two of the coaches, Mike and Nathan…


For those of you interested in lighting set ups, the same was used here as with the earlier portraits of Kick Boxer Steven ‘Pocket Rocket’ Cook, and if you missed the post showing that, you can check out out here [LINK]

As always if you have any questions / comments then feel free to email me direct to or leave a comment in the section below.

Also, check out the larger / better screen quality versions of these portraits over in my 500px portfolio by clicking HERE.

Ok that’s all from me so have a great Tuesday and I’ll catch you back here tomorrow.


The Photoshop Workbook: Front and Rear Cover

Hey Everyone

To kick the week off, and now that my book is about to go to the press, I couldn’t resist giving you a look at the final front and rear cover design…


Of course in the book I wrote some acknowledgements to thank a number of people that have each played a significant part in helping me get to this stage in my career, but it’s also great to see that Dave Clayton and David MacKay get a mention on the rear cover.

Also, from the very first mention on his blog, to the continued friendship, support and guidance, having Scott Kelby write a foreword, is for me, the icing on the cake:)

I’ll keep you posted as soon as the book is available later next month from Amazon, Waterstones and all other great book stores.

Cheers and have a great week,

  • November 30, 2014 - 1:46 am

    Vicki DeVico - Glyn, my book is pre-ordered from Amazon…Can’t wait!

  • December 3, 2014 - 12:03 pm

    Jan - This is terrific! I always enjoy your videos and I can’t wait to add this to my reference library! Congrats!

  • December 24, 2014 - 7:12 pm

    Robert Lara - Looking forward to your book

  • December 25, 2014 - 10:55 am

    Phil - ordered mine , but will need it signed by the author