Dramatic Portraits with the Invisible Black Background

Hi Everyone,

Just a quick post today as it’s full on busy here at Photoshop World, Atlanta and I’m up in just a few hours to teach my next class; 8.15am for Creating your First Composite.

Today I’d normally be posting a new episode of my weekly podcast / show but with all that’s going on I’ve not been able however I’ll be recording 2 new episodes once I’m back home this coming weekend.

Anyway today I taught my Dramatic Portraits with the Invisible Black Background so I as a follow up I thought I’d post the walk through video I recorded some time back as a reminder of this simple but really effective technique.

Thanks to everyone who came along to the class and especially a HUGE thank you to my friend and incredible Photographer and fellow Instructor Joel Grimes who came along to my class and was a great sport for being my model when demonstrating the technique…

Here’s the video I recorded showing how to create dramatic portraits using the Invisible Black Background technique…

Right, must dash…need to grab some sleep before day 3 of Photoshop World.

Catch you later,


April 12, 2014 - 7:34 am

DaveT - Great reminder of this technique Glyn; I had forgotten how easy you make it look. So this time, I intend to have a go at actually trying it out rather than trying to commit it to memory.


It’s time for Photoshop World, Atlanta

Hey Folks,

How’s it going?

Ok so I’ve just landed in Atlanta, USA for Photoshop World having been in Florida for the last few days.

This week I’ll be posting as a kind of diary to let you know a few of the things going on over here especially any news and updates that come from the conference.

The past few days I’ve been over here with Dave and we’ve caught up and hung out with great friend Aaron Blaise and his partner Jonelle at their home in West Palm Beach. It’s been a truly amazing few days hanging out and experiencing things that have quite literally blown my mind.

Those of you who have joined me on social media will know the kind of things I’m talking about here but I’ll be posting a few pictures later too.

In the mean time here’s a shot of Aaron, Dave and myself from our last morning in Florida before we all headed over to Atlanta.

Enjoy the rest of the day and I’ll catch you back here soon.


NEW PICTURE + Composite Images: Mamma (Elephants in the Rain)

Hey Eveyone,

I hope all is good with you and you’re looking forward to the weekend.

As always thanks so much for stopping by; I really do appreciate it!

Following on from Wednesday video tutorial I thought you might like to take a look at the final image of the elephants and also a look at all the images used to put it together in Photoshop.

So first of all here’s the final retouched imaged that I’ve called MAMMA (Elephants in the Rain)

Check out a Larger / Better screen quality version here [Link]

Below you can see all the images that were combined to make the final picture.

I’d been looking for a suitable photograph of elephants to use in this picture having had the idea in my head for quite some time. I’d visited a Safari Park here in the UK but due to the weather the elephants there (Whipsnade) the elephants weren’t wandering in an area suitable due to the ground being so wet. I also made the mistake of going to a zoo here in the UK too which is something I will never do again; incredibly upsetting to see such beautiful animals clearly not being themselves and in enclosures way too small. It took me 2.5 hours to drive there and I must have been inside for no more than 15 minutes before I left!

Thankfully whilst instructing at The Photography Show, NEC recently I caught up with a friend of mine (Dave T) who told me he’d only just returned from having been on a Safari in Kenya. I asked if he had any elephants photos he’d be happy for me to use in a new picture I wanted to do and without hesitation he sent a few over.

So along with DaveT’s photograph here’s other images I used in the final picture; the field being 5 minutes from my front door…

I’ll be recording a couple more videos over the coming weeks showing some of the retouching techniques but in the mean time if you missed the video n Wednesday showing how to create the Sun Beams here its is:

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

Over the coming months I’m going to be working on a new personal project based around animals so rest assured I’ll share them as they’re complete along with a look at the the making of etc…

Finally, A HUGE thank you to those of you who have since viewed, liked and commented on this picture over on 500px; I saw this morning that it reached the Number 1 spot with 99.9% !!!

Ok that’s all from me for today so whatever you’re up to, have a fantastic weekend and I’ll catch you back here in a few days.


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April 5, 2014 - 7:38 pm

mariam - hi mr. dawis, i really like ur techniques and i was interested in invisible blak background technique but unfortunately youtube.com is currently unavailable in our country. if you may be kind enough to share the technique in words, i would be very thankful to u.

PHOTOSHOP TUTORIAL: How to make SunBeams (Special Effect) #42

Hey Everyone,

Just to let you know that Episode 42 of my weekly Photography, Photoshop and Lightroom podcast / show is now online!

This week I give you a sneak peek at a new picture I’m working on and show how I go about creating Sun Beams using just one layer; it’s nice and quick but a great way to add realistic looking sun beams coming through the clouds.

Hope you like it:)

As always a HUGE thanks to each and everyone of you who SUBSCRIBE to my YouTube Channel and also let other folks know about it. It’s your support, comments, Likes and Shares that help this channel to grow!

If you haven’t already then make sure you SUBSCRIBE by clicking here; it’s completely free and just means you’ll be able to see at a quick glance if and when I’ve posted new videos for you.

Right that’s all from me so whatever you’re up to, have a good one and I’ll catch you back here soon.


April 3, 2014 - 11:44 am

DaveT - Excellent tutorial Glyn. I really like the clear explanation and the thinking behind the choice of technique you choose. Also, adding those bits of how to tweak the techniques by diving into the sub menus are a real bonus. You really do get under the hood to show us things we perhaps have never even come across before.

Having seen the final picture on 500PX I hope you do some more tutorials and show us how you created the rain too.

Cheers mate,


Professional Imaging 2014 Presentations Online!!!

Hey Folks,

Hope all is good with you.

Well it’s been a truly amazing few days here in The Netherlands presenting at The Professional Imaging Show along with friends Joe McNally and Frank Doorhof. The generosity and kindness shown by so many people here has been quite literally overwhelming!

There’s so much to tell you about with regards to what went on but I’ll save that for a future post as I need to start packing and thinking about heading off to the airport soon but in the mean time…

All of our presentations were streamed ‘Live’ over the internet yesterday but also recorded and have also now been posted on the official Professional Imaging Show website; all of which you can check out by clicking on this [Link]

A HUGE thank goes to Peter and Anja Duringhof (Show Organisers) and their wonderful Team for making us all feel so incredibly welcome and for taking care of us all so well; Good Times!

Have a great day whatever you’re up to and I’ll see you back here soon.


April 2, 2014 - 12:19 am

Will Guthrie - Glyn, can’t thank you enough for posting the link to this event. Just had time this evening to watch the talk by Joe McNally and, I gotta say, it’s the best, most insightful, funny, heartfelt, awesome glimpse into the man’s life and career that i’ve seen to date. I admire this guy so much and, as an amateur, he never fails to deliver for me with his unique and truly gifted style of photography; a wonderful storyteller in the best and truest tradition. No wonder Zack Arias calls him ‘the grand poobah on the mountain top’, for that is what he truly is. Behind the humour and self-deprecating delivery you know, deep down, this guy has made real sacrifices in his life to get where he is today. Not many of us would have the bravery, commitment and ‘pig-headed determination’ to craft storytelling images the way he has been doing the last 35 years. The fact that we also get to, in some small way, share his life experiences, and those of his subjects, is quite remarkable. Good or bad, it’s real life, delivered with the utmost care and respect by a master of his craft. Forty minutes of joy; cheers for that. Oh, and you’re up tomorrow evening dude; looking forward to that too. Have a safe journey home fella!