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…

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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…

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A – No Gaffer Tape
B – With Gaffer Tape

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

Enjoy,
Glyn

  • November 17, 2014 - 10:11 pm

    Mik - Great effective tip. Just remember to get them to remove the tape before they leave.

  • November 18, 2014 - 9:06 pm

    Glyn - Mik…Oh I made sure to tell him about that…I value my life too much not too :)

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 amazon.com and amazon.co.uk

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•Author Page on Amazon.com [Link]

•Author Page on Amazon.co.uk [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
Glyn

  • 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.

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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,
Glyn

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

Creating Photo-Real Creatures in Photoshop with Aaron Blaise

Hi Folks

Today I wanted to share a video with you from this years Adobe MAX.
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The video is actually the screen and voice recording from one of Aaron Blaise’s sessions, where he starts with a brief history and then moves on to show the process he goes through to create one of his creature characters.
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I’ve said it before but I cannot stress enough how much we as photographers and retouchers can learn from a true, traditional artist like Aaron; composition, lighting, colouring and so it goes on…
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So, get yourself comfortable, press Play, sit back and watch as Aaron brings a blank Photoshop document to life with colour, light, composition and a bloomin’ great use of texture…
Check out more from Aaron:
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Role Reversal: Photographer and Client

I think as photographers the benefit of occasionally putting ourselves on the other side of the camera is a really important and valuable thing to do.

With the imminent launch of my first ever book The Photoshop Workbook, I thought it was a good time to get a new head shot that would appear in the About Author section; something clean, fresh and well….me.
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The question though was who to commission? Well, I’d met David MacKay on a couple of occasions previously when I caught up with my Peter Hurley when he was over in the UK, and then again when David came along to Scott Kelby’s recent ‘Shoot Like a Pro’ seminar in London. I knew his work and knew also that David had recently become a Peter Hurley Associate; one of only a few select photographers around the world who have worked with Peter to develop and create a world class portfolio.
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David gave me his card the last time we met up so when the publishers contacted me saying that they needed a head shot asap, I dropped him an email to ask if he was available; it was from this point that I became the client.
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Having your photograph taken should be so much more than sitting in front of a camera; it should be an experience…an enjoyable experience and even if you’re someone who initially doesn’t like to be photographed. The skill of the photographer is not only with the camera. It’s obviously incredibly important, but secondary to how the photographer makes the client feel and their ability to show the client/subject at their recognisable best. So what about David? Well…in short..he nailed it!
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David’s website is full of valuable information for the client; do’s, don’ts, explaining the process, what will happen on the day of the shoot and beyond…all leaving no doubt as to what to expect. But despite this, we still spoke on the phone to discuss looks, clothing and ultimately to break down any nerves and answer any questions. This time on the phone was invaluable. Knowing the quality of David’s work I was already looking forward to the shoot but after the phone call I really couldn’t wait.
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The Day of the Shoot
I felt I’d known David all my life…such is his nature.
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The studio areas was all set up and ready to go, I was shown to a room to change in and refreshments were on hand.
It’s kind of weird to explain but although I knew I was there to have photographs taken it didn’t feel like it; it felt more like I was there to chat with a friend…does that make sense?
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The room was comfortable, warm and we just chatted and David, whilst subtly coaching me with posing, took photographs.
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On occasion David would give me a sneak peek at the laptop screen to see images as they came through. As a client this was a real boost seeing the quality. As a photographer it was initially the lighting I looked at but then quickly turned to myself and seeing with my own eyes how different I can look with such subtle changes was quite astounding and a fantastic learning experience.
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What really impressed me was how well David knew me, and what I mean by this is how he understood my public perception. You see I brought along a variety of different items of clothing to wear but when I turned up I was wearing a regular blue T-Shirt. We started off with me wearing the blue t-shirt as a warm up, and then moved on to some clothing changes, however David very quickly said that the blue t-shirt was…well…me. It was really interesting seeing pictures of me wearing the other items and how different they made me look. I like the open neck shirts, I like the t shirt with jacket, but it just wasn’t the look I wanted. I wanted the personality to come across and I was so impressed that David totally got this…
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Having decided that the blue t shirt was definitely the way to go, we did a few more shots and called it a day rather than doing more and more and more…
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We then sat down together and David took me though all the images and explained what he liked and why. What he said made total sense and I think we agreed 100% on what images were the ‘keepers’
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Being on the other side of the camera for an official photo shoot is something I haven’t done for a few years; in fact the last time was for a bodybuilding magazine and I was wearing considerably more:)
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Seriously though this was a wonderful experience and not only do I have a headshot that I am so incredibly happy with, I also learned a lot. I think no matter what we do, we should always be looking to learn and improve and we can learn from everyone because everyone has a different outlook, approach, style and so on.
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David is not only a great photographer in his own right but also a credit to Peter Hurley with the photographs he produces, how he gets the very best result aand the whole experience of being photographed.
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Oh and I feel it’s worth mentioning that with this photo I insisted on no deals. This is business and I wanted to experience everything as a client and having done so I can hand on heart say that I have received total value for money!
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I’ve not just got great head shots, but have paid for an experience and one that I would most defintiely repeat in the future.
I’ve also experienced photography as a client and how the experience and process made me feel and without doubt have learned some valuable lessons.
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David…thank you!
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  • November 11, 2014 - 7:59 am

    Christopher Saint Germain - Thank you for the great review and for having faith in a Peter Hurley Associate. Peter has worked so hard to build his family. I am always amazed at how much energy that man has!