PHOTOSHOP: Changing Mood and Feel with Puppet Warp #48

Hi Everyone

Thanks for stopping by.

Today I have a brand new episode of my weekly podcast / show (#48) for  you and this week we’re taking a look at Puppet Warp.

In this video I show you how to use Puppet Warp and how using it to make subtle adjustments and make a BIG difference to the overall mood / feel of your pictures.

One thing to note: In the video I mention that Puppet Warp is not available as a Smart Filter HOWEVER since recording and publishing I’ve had a bit more of a play and sure enough you can also use Puppet Warp as a Smart Filter giving you much more flexibility with your retouching and saving you time. See…always something to learn right:)

Hope you like it.

As always if you have any questions / comments then feel free to drop me an email to glyn@glyndewis.com or leave a comment below.

In the mean time though make sure you click on the the SUBSCRIBE button and share the video as much as you like.

Enjoy,
Glyn

  • May 15, 2014 - 4:34 am

    Michael Glover - Awesome tutorial and image Glyn!

BRIGHTON PHOTO WALK 2014

Hey Folks,

Hope you had a good weekend.

Ok so I thought it was about time we had some kind of social event so I’ve gone ahead and put a date in for the next Brighton Photo Walk.

FREE to anyone and everyone with a camera of any kind (DSLR to Mobile Phone) I’ve posted more details including the who, where, why, what and when PLUS how to Register to say you’re coming along (numbers are limited) below the poster…

Q: Who is the Brighton Photo Walk for?

A: The day is open to anyone and everyone who likes taking photos with anything from a mobile phone to a high end DSLR. No skill level is needed as the focus here is on having fun.

Q: What’s it all about?

A: This is just a good fun social event for folks who like taking photographs. It’s a great occasion to meet like-minded people, make friends, take photographs and hey there’s even some prizes up for grabs too. The Photo Walk is set for 2 hours but afterwards if there’s time for more shooting then I’m all up for that:)

Q: How much does it cost?

A: Nothing at all…it’s Free! Of course there’s travel expenses, but joining the Photo Walk is completely Free.

Q: Do I need to register?

A: Sure thing;  you’ll need to fill in details just to say you’re coming so we can keep track of numbers and let you know if you’ve won a prize after the photo walk has ended…You’ve got to be in it, to win it right.

Q: What time does it start?

A: We’ll aim to start the walk at 1pm but would ask that everyone registered meets up at 12.30pm

Q: Where does everyone meet at the start?

A: Meeting place will be at the entrance to Brighton Pier.

Q: So are there any prizes on offer?

A. Hey you never know

Q: How can I find out more?

A: I’ll be sending out more details to those who have registered as we get nearer to the date of the walk.

Q: Is there a limit to how many people can come along?

A: Sure thing…the walk is limited to 50 people.

Hope to see you there,
Glyn

CLICK HERE to Register

  • May 22, 2014 - 9:10 am

    Kevin Roche - Glyn, I have signed up for this event but have just been told I have to be in Edinburgh that day for work. How do I cancel so someone else can use the space?

GIRAFFES ON GRASSLAND: New Picture PLUS Behind the Scenes

Hey Folks,

Thanks for stopping by today.

I thought I’d finish the week off by giving you a look at a new picture AND go through a little bit of what went into putting it all together…

FAMILY: GIRAFFES ON GRASSLAND
Ok so this picture is another in my Personal Project I’m working on where I’m photographing animals in captivity i.e. Wildlife Parks, Zoos etc and then using Photoshop create scenes putting them back out into the Wild where they should be.

Check out a larger version over in my 500px portfolio [here]

I mentioned in an earlier post where I showed the Behind the Scenes for my recent White Rhino picture, that this will be form part of a body of work of approximately 20 – 25 pictures of animals BIG or small by the end of 2014. When I get to having made that many pictures then my intention is to create a coffee table style book with them all in PLUS put on an Exhibition. One thing I am looking into is how eventually the pictures could possibly be used to raise funds for Animal Welfare, Conservation etc and that’s something I’ll be looking into over the coming weeks / months.

PHOTOGRAPHY
Ok so here’s the pictures that I photographed for this picture; the Giraffes at Woburn Safari Park, UK and the fields and sky being a few minutes from my front door.

The Giraffes were photographed before anything else as I didn’t really know what picture I was going to end up with. I talk a lot about planning and preparing so that you know the kind of picture you want to create but this animal project is having a slightly different twist on it because the animals aren’t going to be posing…they’re just going to be doing there thing. So with this series what I’m doing is knowing a rough idea of what I want to do i.e. Giraffes in a field of long grass but it’s the resulting photographs I get when out at the Safari Parks that decides the final direct, mood, feel; does that make sense?

When it comes to taking the photographs for this series, I’m using a 200mm lens although most times the animals are so close 70mm is more than enough, and I’m shooting around the f/8.0 – f/11.0 mark so that every part of the animal is in focus which important because during the retouching I’m going to be cutting them off the background and placing into a new scene.

As the Giraffes were photographed from being sat in my car, and in order for everything to composite better in the final picture, that was roughly the same height I photographed the field and then the sky:

So as to help with the authenticity, again this time I made use of stock image sites to get pictures of things that would be seen in Africa and that I can’t photograph here in the UK:

RETOUCHING – CHANGING THE MOOD
I wanted to use an adult and infant Giraffe in this picture and luckily the herd at Woburn is rather large so there are all ages and sizes but just having the adult and infant next to each other didn’t seem enough. So to help change the mood of the picture I changed the angle of the infant’s head a little so it appeared to be looking up more toward the adult and created more of a connection between them:

SELECTIONS / CUTTING OUT
I think it’s fair to say that a lot of tutorials out on the inter web showing how to make selections and cutting something off a background, tend to use backgrounds that are quite simplistic; in cases like those tools like Photoshop’s Quick Selection can work great, and as the name suggests…Quickly. However in this instance cutting the Giraffe’s off their original backgrounds called for a few techniques to be combined namely the Pen Tool to make the initial selection / cut out and then Channels, Levels, Brushes and Layer Masks to cut out and combine the other parts such as the tail and mane.

If you haven’t seen it already here’s a video I recorded showing how to use the Pen Tool:

BLENDING THE GRASS
Once cut off their original backgrounds, the Giraffe’s were being placed into the new scene which then would have them standing in long grass and here’s an episode of my weekly podcast / show that gives you an idea as to how that is done (the part in the video to look for is when I’m cutting out the zebra):

So there you go, a look Behind the Scenes at how I Photographed and then a bit of how I made the final picture in Photoshop; hope it was useful.

I mentioned before that with regards to the work done in Photoshop combining everything together, adding the shadows, the lighting, colouring, selections and cut outs, adding in new sky and horizon etc I’m going to be recording a full length tutorial going through the retouch of my recent WHITE RHINO picture and that will include the original RAW files and assets to that you too can go through each step as opposed to just watching; I aim to have it in the web store and available in the next few days.

Right that’s all from me for now so whatever you’re up to this weekend have a good one and I’ll catch you back here in a few days.

Enjoy,
Glyn

  • May 9, 2014 - 8:58 am

    Michael Butcher - I love these animal composites, Glyn. Hope you have great success raising money for wildlife conservation God knows we need it.

  • May 9, 2014 - 9:40 am

    Suman Zaman - The elephant one is my favourite but I love them all. excellent work again Mr Dewis! Have you thought about found a full ‘start-to-finish’ video tutorial? Naturally I am asking for my own selfish reasons!
    Thanks for sharing matey.

  • May 9, 2014 - 5:42 pm

    Will - thoroughly enjoyed this one matey and such a beautiful idea

  • May 10, 2014 - 6:06 pm

    Glyn - Thanks Buddy :)

  • May 10, 2014 - 6:06 pm

    Glyn - Thanks Suman and yeah absolutely re the tutorial…watch this space :)

  • May 10, 2014 - 6:07 pm

    Glyn - Cheers Michael

  • May 10, 2014 - 9:33 pm

    Rajesh Taylor - Really nice composite image Glyn. I like the story between the two giraffes. It must be easy to over complicate a composite piece. This is so peaceful. Good luck with the 20-25 project. I’d love to see this up in an exhibition. Coffee table book is also a great idea too.

  • May 12, 2014 - 10:58 am

    Glyn - Thanks Rajesh :)

Guest Tutorial: Removing Noise with Camera RAW #47

Hey Everyone,

Thanks for stopping by.

Well today being Wednesday means a new episode of my weekly podcast / show is now ONLINE!!!

This week we have a Guest Tutorial from Concert Photographer and Best Selling Author Alan Hess.

Like myself Alan is also a KelbyOne and Photoshop World Instructor and at the recent Photoshop World out in Atlanta I sat in on one of his classes which was where he was showing how he retouches his concert photographs – having to deal with challenging lighting and high noise levels.

One of the pictures he worked on was such a dramatic change and done so quickly I asked if Alan would record a short tutorial for this podcast showing what he did – all using just Camera RAW.

Alan was telling me that on average he’ll only spend around 2 to 3 minutes at most on a picture so this tutorial is a quick one but I really do think there’s a lot to learn from it as it shows how very quickly and easily BIG changes can be made.

Enjoy:)

Website:
www.alanhessphotography.com

Books:
Amazon
PeachPit Press (Fuel Series)

HUGE thanks to Alan for taking the time out of his busy schedule to record this for us!

Have a great day whatever you’re up to and I’ll catch you back here next time.
Glyn

  • May 7, 2014 - 3:08 pm

    Todd Thompson - I was in Atlanta for PSWorld 2014 and did not go into Alan Hess’ class. Huge mistake on my part. Awesome clip.

The FujiFilm X-T1 – I’m LOVING it!!!

Hi Folks,

How’s it going?

Today I just wanted to mention about a new addition to the family … a FujiFilm X-T1:)

After seeing and hearing so much positive about this camera (plus a little bit of persuasion from friends) I decided to take the plunge and go for it so ended up buying the camera along with the battery grip, cable release and two lenses: 18-55mm and the 55-200mm.

I’ve only had it a few days so far and so haven’t as yet been able to compare it with everything I use my Canon 5D MKIII for however just by playing at the moment I’m VERY impressed…

As you’d expect the overall portability of this camera is fantastic; and that’s with carrying the battery grip with 2nd battery, lenses, cable release all in a ThinkTank Retrospective 5 shoulder bag ; in fact the sum total of all the kit I have for it at the moment feels lighter than my Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 lens:)

Picture quality is very impressive especially when viewing the RAW files on a big screen; the level of detail is quite something…

One thing I need to do later is to photograph a field I’ve found locally that will be ideal to use in a new picture I’m working on in my Animals project. I’m very interested to see how distant objects appear compared to my Canon when shooting at around f/8 – f/11 as this is the aperture range I tend to use when taking pictures of the animals and the background elements. I’ve taken pictures with it that have objects in the distance but what I want to do next is to shoot exactly the same picture with my Canon and compare them side by side.

On that note if any of you folks reading have the Fuji AND take landscape pictures I’d love to hear your thoughts / feedback.

I’m really liking having all the main controls as dials on top of the camera and the menu system is easy to access and navigate around i.e. menu options appear to be where I’d expect them to be, everything makes sense and as for the ability to WiFi images direct to my iPhone…I’m loving it!

I’m not a landscape photographer but even so, using the built in pano stitching is fun to use, crazy fast and seems to work really well…

This is the first time I’ve used a Fuji of any kind and I’m really impressed with the build quality of the camera; it has a robust / built to last feel as do the accessories and lenses.

But anyway like I said I’ve only had the camera for a few days so haven’t put in enough mileage yet to try everything out especially as one area I want to see it perform is with lighting and also in the studio. I know one thing I won’t be able to do which is a pity is tether directly to my MacBook PRO but I guess one workaround could be using an Eye-Fi Card. I’ve never used one before so have no idea about their reliability, see of use, transfer speed etc so if any of you folks have any experience I’d love to hear.

Will the FujiFilm X-T1 replace my Canon 5D?
Well my intention when getting the Fuji was to have a camera that’s always going to be with me because guaranteed…when I don’t have my camera I ALWAYS see something or a scene that would be great to use in a picture. I also wanted a camera that’s great for travel and for days out and yeah 100% the X-T1 ticks that box and more.

But as for replacing my Canon 5D all I can say at this stage is that I can see it happening for some but not all HOWEVER having seen what his camera can do so far and how it does it I wouldn’t be surprised if the X-PRO 2 (whenever that appears) could give me a definitive answer; at the moment though I’m having A LOT of fun using this camera and taking it everywhere with me.

I’ll be sure to post more thoughts / findings over the coming weeks but for now here’s a couple of reviews; one from DigitalREV TV:

And the other being a blog post by my friend Frank Doorhof who has been using a FujiFilm X-T1 for a while now:

[Click Here]

Right that’s all from me for today so whatever you’re up to, have a good one and I’ll catch you back here next time. Oh and if you have any thoughts / feelings / experiences with the Fuji it would be great to hear them.

Enjoy,
Glyn

  • May 5, 2014 - 4:32 pm

    DaveT - Hi Glyn,

    You asked about peoples Fuji experience, well I’m afraid my experiences of using Fuji, short as they were, were not as favourable as most people I read about. I fully accept that this is due to my own preferences and in no way reflects on Fuji products in terms of quality and build.

    I had an XPro 1 for a couple of months. I initially thought that it would be the ideal camera for me (smaller, compact and a quality build), especially on trips abroad when a smaller system would be useful. But I discovered some limitations to my style of shooting that were going to limit me.

    Like you, I have a 5D MKIII, and use a number of lenses from the Canon range.

    One big limitation came in reading that the Fuji does not have a very high shutter speed limit. So when using a fast prime in bright sunshine and wanting to use something like f1.4 or F2 you would have to use a ND filter to be able to use these apertures because the shutter speed didn’t go as high as some SLR models. As I like doing people portraits when travelling, this was likely to be a limitation. The initial appeal of the wide aperture on the Fuji lenses began to wane.

    Also, I often use fill flash when shooting people especially when travelling and in harsh lighting. And, on occasions, I also like using off camera flash, again people shots mostly, but also some interior shots. Perhaps I didn’t look hard enough, but I didn’t find something that would give me the same power and flexibility that the 580 EX and STE2 trigger could give me.

    On looking hard at the types of images I shoot, I realised that I shoot quite a wide range of subjects, and that I also do a fair bit of macro and wildlife too. The AF system on the FUJi is not yet able to track fast enough, and the focusing system is not as sophisticated as the 5D MKIII. Also whilst Fuji make a macro lens I believe it doesn’t offer 1:1 magnification.

    So, on balance I came to realise that in going down the Fuji route, it was going to limit me a bit, and I would potentially be carrying around two systems. In the end I sold the Fuji gear and invested in a big prime lens.

    BTW, I did look briefly at the XT-1 but decided that, whilst it had some improvements over the XPro1 it wasn’t going to sway me enough to stay with Fuji.

    I’m sure that the Fuji system meets a lot of peoples needs, it was just unfortunate it didn’t meet mine. Like I said at the start it’s just my personal experience and shooting style that made me realise it wasn’t the system for me after all.

    Dave

  • May 6, 2014 - 12:04 pm

    Glyn - Cheers for the feedback Dave.
    It’s early days for me with the X-T1 but so far I’m really happy but as for what I end up using it in pale of the Canon 5D only time will tell. I think like I mentioned if the X-Pro 2 is as rumour would have us believe then that could make a HUGE difference.

    Catch you soon,
    Glyn

  • May 6, 2014 - 1:24 pm

    Dan - OK, I couldn’t stump up the cash for a Fuji but funnily enough just last week I took the plunge and bought a tiny micro 4/3 camera (Panasonic GM1) from DigitalRev. It’s filled the gap perfectly for all those times that I didn’t want to be lugging around my DSLR (which is a lot).

    Picture quality is great with my 20mm f/1.7 and for me and the work I do (amateur) it is perfect. In fact because of it’s size and portability it’s meant I’ve ended up getting shots I’d never have got with my DSLR. Oh, and linking my iPad/iPhone to the camera via Wifi is a dream, again yet another way I can take photos that I can’t on my ageing DSLR.

    For all DSLR shooters out there, I can’t recommend going down this route enough. This little camera is glued to my side now so that I never miss a shot again!

  • May 8, 2014 - 5:11 pm

    Steve - Hi Glyn,
    Using an X-T1 with “kit lens 18-55″ the sharpness and colour was noticeably better than anything I taken before (including the Nikon D800 with f2.8 lenses). My next purchase would be the 55-200. so would be interested how you get on with it.

    Cheers,
    Steve

  • May 10, 2014 - 6:07 pm

    Glyn - I’ll keep you posted Steve but having used for it a few shoots now I can tell you…it’s blooming marvellous :)

  • May 16, 2014 - 8:21 pm

    David Hodgins - If you’re looking for landscape shooters with X-T1 experience, Bill Fortney has had a good look at one.
    http://billfortney.com/?p=10435

  • June 8, 2014 - 9:37 pm

    fuji newbie - after reading all the positive reviews on the X-T1, i went ahead and purchased the camera along with several lenses. i was very disappointed.

    two main issues…

    1) Adobe hasn’t done a very good job at the Photoshop/Lightroom RAW conversion for this camera. results are very soft with loss of local contrast and micro-details. smears it in some cases so the image looks unnatural and painterly. this is more of an issue with Adobe more than with Fuji. Irridient RAW developer does a great job according to many blogs. but it only works on a Mac. so if you’re on a PC and your normal workflow is with Photoshop/Lightroom, then you’re in a bind until Adobe comes up with a decent version of ACR. so this is fixable with time. some say Photo Ninja and Capture One does an okay job. having said that, i must admit that the JPEGs look great on screen.

    2) no onto maybe the bigger problem – the color. JPEGs look great on screen. but something bizarre is happening with the color space when printing. i get muted colors.

    my typical workflow is to convert RAW to 16-bit Adobe RGB working space. i do my editing and then save as 16-bit Adobe RGB TIFF file. printing is done on an Epson 9900 using ImagePrint’s RIP and ICC color profile for Exhibition Fiber. comes out looking like i had not used any printer profile at all. i’ve never had this problem with my Canon or Sony cameras. but for some reason, it just can’t seem to print the rich vibrant colors of other cameras. what gives???????? anyone know? please post any suggestions you have. again, i’ve never had this problem before. my prints have always matched what i see on screen.