VIDEO: How to Fix Bright Ears ‘In Camera’ #67

Hi Everyone

After taking a short break from recording and posting episodes of my weekly show, here’s episode 67.

At just around the 3 minute mark this is the shortest video I’ve recorded so far BUT will save you a ton of time!

I’ve already written a post about this tip which shows how I use a piece of gaffa tape to remove the brightness from your model’s ears when photographing them against a white background, but in this video you’ll also get to see the lighting set up I use in the gym; compact and effective with a small footprint so as to minimise disruption.

As always if you have any questions then feel free to make use of the comments section below or email me direct to glyn@glyndewis.com

Have a good one,
Glyn

  • December 11, 2014 - 12:17 am

    Mik - Great tip and you certainly don’t want to let Steve walk around afterwards with tape behind his ears LOL.

Dodging and Burning for UK Gold TV

As a Freelance Photographer and Retoucher I’m regularly asked to do work for the BBC and Sky TV Channels.

This usually consists of retouching images for TV series promotional material with the latest being for BBC’s The Apprentice, as well as Miranda, Most Haunted and Great Expectations starring Gillian Anderson.

Today I thought I’d give you a sneak peek at a work in progress for a commission that came in yesterday where I was initially asked to change the colour of the top being worn by the main character. Anyone who regularly uses Photoshop would likely think ‘no problem’ to change the colour of an item, however when the item isn’t a single solid colour but rather a complex pattern it does change the angle of attack somewhat.

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The best solution I found here to be dodging and burning where we can fake the look of folds and creases by adding in a mix of highlights and shadows to the right areas.

If you haven’t seen it yet, here’s a video I recorded for my YouTube channel showing the technique I use when dodging and burning.
Enjoy:)

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Social Media Update: YouTube and Instagram

Ok so before the weekend is upon us I just wanted to touch briefly on some social media; namely Instagram and YouTube.

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I posted on Facebook earlier this week a little update about my YouTube channel, so in case you missed it…

I’ve had a few people ask me when the next episode of my weekly Photoshop, Photography and Lightroom video show will be posted, so just to let you know I’ll be resuming next Wednesday (8th December)

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These past few weeks have been pretty much ‘full on’ and I simply haven’t had time to sit and record a new episode. It takes a few hours to do each one as I record and edit it all myself but with other things taking my time (completing the book, client and project work) those few hours have had to be used elsewhere.

I’m going to be including more Photography related videos too as opposed to just Photoshop, so until Wednesday next week…thanks for hanging on, thanks for asking and thanks for the support.

Oh and don’t forget to SUBSCRIBE to the channel for FREE so that you get to know when a new video is uploaded.

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I joined Instagram a while back now but to be honest I’ve been very hit and miss with it.

However, recently I’ve been using it more and am really liking it and enjoying the connections. So, if you’ve got an account add me in and let’s instagram…whatever that means:)

•Instagram username: glyndewis

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Have a great weekend, whatever you’re up to, and I’ll catch you back here in a few days.

Enjoy,
Glyn

Lighting Set Up: Kick Boxer Head Shots (2)

I’ve had a few questions lately about the lighting set up for the portraits shots I’ve been taking of Kick Boxer Steven ‘Pocket Rocket‘ Cook and the coaches for the Train Like a Pro – White Collar Boxing.

So, For today I thought I’d share a few more of the portraits PLUS a screen grab from some video we filmed this past weekend that shows another of the lighting set ups…

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In an earlier post I showed a similar set up using a light (Elinchrom RX600) firing into a very large umbrella for the background but this time I’m using an Elinchrom Rotalux 175cm Octa.

Both work great and give a small ‘footprint’ when working in a relatively busy and small corner of the room but the main difference is that with the umbrella, part of the retouching involves cloning out some of it’s framework. (I’ll be recording a short video on this for my YouTube Channel)

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Again, on the boom I’ve used an Elinchrom DLite RX One, mainly because it’s extremely light but which is firing, and the 44cm Square Reflector aiming down onto a white reflector resting on a makeshift stand out of step up platforms:)

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Just a quick post, so that’s all from me for today, so as always if you have any questions/comments, then feel free to make use of the comments section below or drop me an email to glyn@glyndewis.com

Enjoy,
Glyn

  • December 4, 2014 - 6:00 am

    terrell c woods - Glyn…always great to see your bts work & magic. Even this little tip gives me the idea now that I don’t have to take seamless with me everywhere if it’s to be just Head/shoulder portrait. I won’t be getting that Rotalux though!!!! Most likely more in the Westcott price range.

    Cheers

  • December 4, 2014 - 6:10 am

    Nathan Joseph Dodson - Great stuff, Glyn! Do you use Capture One or Lightroom for your RAW processing typically?

Bodybuilding, Photography and Photoshop

Last Sunday, for reasons I can’t explain, I woke up with the urge to have a sort out…

After a few months of neglect the garage had become a little disorganised, my book shelf was bursting at the seams and drawers in the office were getting like the ‘bits n bobs’ drawer that everyone has in their kitchen.

Anyway, after a full day of sorting through boxes, several trips to the recycling depot and charity shops and finally putting everything into order, all was calm again. Actually on a serious note, it’s incredible how good it feels to do this once in a while…almost therapeutic:)

One of the boxes in the garage had all sorts of stuff in there from random cables to brochures I’d kept but also buried at the bottom were a number of loose CD’s. I’d not idea what was on them so loaded them in and was beaming from ear to ear to discover they were photographs I thought I’d lost when a hard drive had failed on me a few years back.

The photographs were ones I’d had taken the day after my last Bodybuilding Competition around 6 and a bit years ago…

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These photographs were taken by a friend of mine who, at the time, had a small home studio in his loft space and were taken as a favour for a keep sake so that in years to come I could look back on them.

Seeing them made me think all sorts…

Bodybuilding for me felt like something I was meant to do. Getting up at 5am to do an hour of cardio, then work for the day and then go to the gym to train with weights, although gruelling, was effortless. It was something I just did because I knew that if I didn’t commit myself to it 100% then I wouldn’t get the physique I wanted. I knew that success if you like, was down to me and no one else and as I wasn’t going to be handed a physique then I had to work at it.

It may sound corny but this is how I’ve always viewed my Photography and Photoshop. Not picking my camera up each day or not doing something in Photoshop that would help me to progress, feels like it did when I couldn’t get to the gym. I find myself getting restless, chomping at the bit so will always find something to do. Thankfully it’s not often these days that I find myself going a day without having something to work on, and even if I did then I’d work on a personal project, and that’s something I’ve mentioned about before.

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I guess if anything though, what I’m trying to explain here, but going about it a very long way, is that when you find something that you truly love doing and something that feels like you were meant to do it, then working hard comes easy.

When I first started in this Photography and Photoshop industry, I didn’t have a clue what it was I wanted to specialise in. I knew, because I’d been told so many times, that I had to specialise, but finding or knowing what was another thing. Like most people I guess, I tried everything and very soon I discovered what I didn’t like to do, which left me with a clearer idea of what I did/do like to do…and guess what…it involves physiques and sport. Sure I do a lot of other kinds of work but ultimately it’s working with physiques, sport, people who have drive and determination that fascinates me and are the areas I really love working in and feel natural to do so.

On a related note, a friend of mine Keith Hammond up until the past couple of years was a successful and well respected Wedding Photographer. Week in week out Keith would be photographing weddings and he was great at it as his images showed. Now I say ‘up until the past couple of years’ because Keith all of sudden announced he wasn’t doing weddings anymore but was going to go into photographing music/bands. I’ll admit that at first I thought he was making a mistake because I thought he loved photographing weddings but when I asked him about it, he told me that he’d always had liked music and felt drawn to it; it felt like it was something he was meant to do.

Well, long story short, Keith is now photographing well known bands publicity work for new albums, photographing concerts and gigs, loving his photography and couldn’t be happier!

Anyway I’ve no idea where all this came from but I just thought I’d share it with you.

Oh and re the Bodybuilding, I’m often asked if I miss it. In truth…absolutely! But…watch this space:)

Catch you later,
Glyn