Kick Boxer: Lighting Set Up Number 2

Hi Everyone

Just thought I’d share this  full length picture from the recent Kick Boxer shoot and also give you a look at the lighting set up…


Lighting Set Up
So the lighting here was made up of two (2) x Elinchrom RX600’s at the rear and then to the front as the main light, a D-Lite 4 in a 44cm Square Reflector and Grid. In this shot this light has dropped down because we just started removing everything when I thought of taking this grab shot with the iphone, but in the shoot this was higher up and pointing almost directly down. Then just resting on some of the gym equipment you can see a silver Lastolite Reflector which was angled back to the Kick Boxer to push a bit of light into the shadows.


Again as always, any questions feel free to email me to or leave a comment in the section below.

Have a good one and I’ll catch you back here tomorrow.


Kick Boxer Portraits: Steven ‘Pocket Rocket’ Cook

Hi Folks

Today I thought I’d share a couple of portraits from a recent shoot with Kick Boxer, Steven ‘Pocket Rocket’ Cook.

Having successfully defended his British Title this year, 2015 will see him going for not one but four World Titles, and having seen him in training I’m just glad he’s on my side:)

Over the coming months we’re going to be working together on a regular basis to photographically document the journey, so I’ll be sure to keep you up to date as we move forward.

Anyway, here’s a couple of portraits from a quick shoot this past weekend and lower down in the post I’ve included a quick Behind the Scenes grab to give you an idea of the lighting set up…



Lighting Set Up
Simple set up which takes up a small amount of space within the gym…

The large (VERY large) umbrella makes for a great white background without having to set up a seamless roll background and use additional lighting.

On the boom I used an Elinchrom D-Lite 1 RX (because it’s so incredibly light) with the Elinchrom Square 44cm Reflector and Grid. A silver/white reflector was also used to push a little bit of light back into the shadows.


Couldn’t resist taking a quick grab shot of Steve with the two latest additions to his ‘Pack’…


As always if you have any questions / comments then feel free to drop me a line to or post a comment in the section below.

Have a good one and I’ll catch you back here next time.

  • November 18, 2014 - 10:04 am

    Thomas Nyhus - Hi Glyn,

    Im a huge fan, i only shoot sports, thanks for sharing some of your wizdom. To me it looks like there is rim light on bough sids of Stevens face, in picture two. Is that from the umbrella?

    Kind Regards

  • November 18, 2014 - 9:06 pm

    Glyn - Hi Thomas…Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Yeah the rim lighting is all from the light through the umbrella.

  • November 20, 2014 - 7:27 pm

    Fabrice - Hi Glyn,

    I love it. Your post come right in time with my project of making pictures of Thai boxers in my area (Toulouse – France). All your previous posts gave me the inspiration for this project I just start a few weeks ago. I’m not yet there, I built some confidence from the coach and the boxers, during the first session. Know I should be able to ask them for more of there time for shooting portraits.
    You’re doing a fantastic job helping your readers not only with the technical side but also on the inspirational side of the business.

    Thanks for everything

Tip: Gaffer Tape those Ears

Hey Everyone

Hope you had a great weekend.

Today I thought I’d kick the week off with a quick tip from yesterday’s Kick Boxer portrait shoot.

Ok so one of the shots we were working involved a bright light behind the subject to give a white background; however this set up can invariably lead to the light shining through the ears.

Solution? A piece of gaffer tape behind the ears…


It could be very tempting to rely on Photoshop to correct this however as Zack Arias famously said “If you find yourself thinking I’ll fix that later in Photoshop, put down your kit and slap your self hard across the face because you’re being lazy” … kind of sums it up huh:)

One minute adding in some tape can save you a whole lot of time in Photoshop doing something that’s certainly no quick fix that’s for sure…


A – No Gaffer Tape
B – With Gaffer Tape

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


Author Page on Amazon

Well the book is all complete, PDF sheets back from the publishers, checked and signed off.

As for a release date, Peachpit are expecting it to be the end of December with fingers firmly crossed for Christmas.

In the mean time, an Author Page has now been set up on and

•Author Page on [Link]

•Author Page on [Link]

Can’t wait to finally see it come together and have a copy in my hands; I’ll keep you posted as we near release.

Have a great weekend

  • November 15, 2014 - 8:49 pm

    Neil Holmes - Pre ordered with Amazon Glyn, I look forward to if popping through the letterbox :)

  • November 18, 2014 - 9:07 pm

    Glyn - Neil…Thanks so much mate :)

iPhone 6 Plus: Upgraded and Impressed

I’ve made a few changes lately with regards to mobile phone and carrier provider.

First off…Carrier Provider
Despite working great for the first few weeks of the contract, for the past 12 months I’ve experienced zero mobile signal whilst at home. Several phone calls later and promises of a unit that would mean I could use the wifi signal to make/receive calls and texts never materialising I finally moved away from T-Mobile/EE.

I’m now with the 3 Network and am experiencing great coverage and service. Plus I don’t need any special unit to use the wifi for calls/texts should I be without cellular cover; one free app from 3 does it all and works great!

Upgrading to the iPhone 6 Plus
On the phone front I’ve just upgraded to the iPhone 6 Plus. Having taken out a new contract with 3, I’ve purchased the phone outright which works out considerably less cost than being subsidised over a 2 year period.


I’ll post more over the coming weeks but early impression is that I’m VERY impressed. The photo quality is fantastic and the video is, well, outstanding!

In addition to this, the screen recording software I use when recording tutorials, Screenflow, has recently been upgraded and is now able to capture the iPhone screen. The reason I mention this is because I’ll be recording some mobile phone retouching tutorials too, for the fun of it and also showing some great applications for doing do that I’ve been recommended recently.

Have a good one and I’ll catch you here next time,

***UPDATE: Found out that the iPhone/iPad screen can now be recorded with Yosemite and iOS8 built in***