50% DISCOUNT: Topaz ReMask (For Selections / Cut Outs)

Hey Folks,

How’s it going?

Ok so kicking the week off I’ve a Limited Time Discount to let you know about.

One of my favourite Plug In creators for Photoshop is Topaz…I use a number of their plug ins for all different kinds of retouching tasks: Detail, Clarity, Clean and so on…

Now those of you who have followed this blog and my YouTube Channel will know that I have a bit of a fascination with finding different ways to make selections and cut outs. I really do think that it’s good to have as many techniques to do certain tasks as possible in your tool Photoshop Tool Bag as each new picture brings with it new challenges and yeah sure enough I’ve recorded tutorials for most of them.

The Pen Tool being my favourite tool and with all those techniques though ultimately I want the best selection/cut out as possible and as quickly as possible because I want my time in Photoshop to be spent being creative. So, with that in mind there are times on particularly challenging cut outs AND when time is limited that I’ll turn to a plug in from Topaz called ReMask.

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Topaz have also just released a BIG update to the Plug In so if you use the Discount Code below giving 50% OFF you’ll be getting the very latest version. Also if you’ve previously purchased the Plug In you’ll receive the update for free.

•Discount Code: julyremask

•Download Topaz ReMask by CLICKING HERE

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Right that’s all from me for today but look out for a video coming soon where I’ll be showing how I use ReMask on some tricky cut outs.

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

Enjoy,
Glyn

•Discount Code: julyremask

•Download Topaz ReMask by CLICKING HERE

Ultimate Workshop Weekend with Frank Doorhof

Hey Everyone

How’s it going?

Well with the weekend just around the corner do you have anything planned?

Any Photo Shoots? Working on a Project?

I’ll be working on a new picture in my current Animals Project as well as some writing and also some freelance retouching work for Sky TV which I’ll let you know more about in a later post.

For now though I wanted to let you know about a Brand New Workshop that my dear friend Frank Doorhof is running called the “Ultimate Workshop Weekend”

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Now I’ll not go into too much detail here as you’ll be able to check out the full details over on Frank’s web site but what I can tell you is that this is the most intense, detailed workshop Frank has ever put together.

Frank gave me a run though of the content when we were both teaching at Photoshop World in Atlanta earlier this year and it’s absolutely packed!

This workshop is where Frank will tell, show and instruct all but that’s means unlike a lot of other workshops out there this workshop also runs into the evenings with shooting both in the studio, on location, retouching, working with the models, styling, portfolio reviews and so it goes on…

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Frank’s Ultimate Workshop Weekend has just a few spaces left at the time of writing this post and there’s two locations to choose from with both workshops being in August…

The Netherlands [Link]

New York, USA [Link]

Regular readers of this blog will know that I’ll only recommend products and services that I use and can speak with confidence about and that’s why I’m recommending you take a look at this workshop opportunity with Frank. Speaking for myself I’ve learned and continue to learn so much from Frank and that’s what’s great about this whole industry…you never and will never know it all but it’s the valuable little gems you learn along the way that can quite literally be a game changer for you by making that light bulb suddenly go on. Plus it’s the social side and getting to spend quality time with folks without distraction where so much can be learned, absorbed and put into practice.

Click on the links above for more information and hey I might just see you there too;)

Have a fantastic weekend wahtever you’re up to and I’ll catch you back here in a few days.

Enjoy,
Glyn

RETOUCHING A LANDSCAPE with Lightroom and Photoshop #54

Hey Everyone

Just dropping in to let you know that I’ve a Brand New Episode of my Weekly Show online and ready for you to watch!

In this week’s episode I show you the retouching steps I went through for one of my recent Sunrise Landscape pictures that I took whilst on holiday down in Devon last week.

Now in this tutorial most of the work is done right inside Lightroom with just a short 2 minute trip into Photoshop and if you’re a Camera RAW user then no problem at all as all the adjustments will be exactly the same.

I also explain how I photograph landscapes opting to take advantage of the Dynamic Range available as opposed to using something like a Neutral Density Filter or maybe even shooting HDR.

As always if you have any questions or comments then feel free to drop me an email to glyn@glyndewis.com or leave a comment in the section below and if you could share the video with others that would be awesome!

Enjoy,
Glyn

CLICK HERE to check out other episodes of my Weekly Photoshop, Lightroom and Photograph Show

An INCREDIBLE Experience: Hawkridge Bird of Prey Centre

Hey Everyone

How’s it going?

Well yesterday we got back home after spending 9 fantastic days down on the coast in Sunny Devon.

Had a great time and feel completely refreshed and raring to go:)

Of course whilst away I’d been out and about busy with my camera and I’ll be working on some new pictures now I’m back. In fact a couple of the new pictures that I shared last week I’m considering adding into a Bonus Chapter in my new book as they’re not normally the kind of images I shoot and retouch and I think there’s a lot that could be learned from it.

Anyway today whilst we get settled back in I thought I’d share a video with you from our day at the Hawkridge Bird of Prey Centre where we had 1-1 learning about the birds and then learning how to handle and fly them free around the outdoor arena and then on a 2 hour Hawk Walk.

It was an incredible experience being so up close and personal with the birds; it made taking photographs a dream.

Check out the video and from 1:34 onwards where you’ll see Anne and myself:)

HUGE thanks to Rich, Sharon, Adrian and everyone else at the Hawkridge Bird of Prey Centre for such an incredible day; we’ll definitely be seeing you again.

For more information about Hawkridge check out their web and Facebook details below:

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Oh and if you’ve ever wanted to learn more about Birds of Prey, their care, handling and so on I’d highly recommend Hawkridge; their enthusiasm and passion for what they do was infectious and seeing people such as them all doing something like this for all the right reasons is a pleasure to see and an honour to experience!

Right that’s all from me for today…I’ve a new Peregrine Falcon picture to work on, so have a good one and I’ll catch you back here next time.

Enjoy,
Glyn

GREAT App for Successful Landscape Photography

Hi Folks

How’s it going?

We’re still away in Devon for a few more days of R&R and absolutely loving it!

So much to see and do down here and for Creatives this whole area including the Jurassic Coastline is an absolute gift; the scenery is simply stunning!

As I mentioned in the previous post I’m not normally one for taking landscape pictures of any kind but being here has definitely opened my eyes to it and I’m actually finding myself thoroughly enjoying it PLUS it’s always good to try something new and for fun; it keeps you fresh, forces you to see things in a different way and keeps you learning … and that most definitely is a good thing right:)

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Yesterday morning I set the alarm even earlier (3.30am) so I could head down to Lyme Regis Harbour and photograph the sunrise. It’s only a short 10 minute drive from where we are staying but having seen how quickly the sky can change (literally second by second) I wanted to get down there in plenty of time to photograph the sun light as it came from behind the hills.

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RICK SAMMON’S PHOTO SUNDIAL
Ok so I just have to let you know about a GREAT App I’m using on my iPhone that has helped me out massively whilst away and getting me in the right place at the right time when photographing the landscape shots.

I put a message out across social media a few weeks back asking if folks could recommend a good app for indicating when and where the sunset and sunrise would be and so many of you responded. Thanks so much if you were one of them and yes I did check them all out too. The one that I really liked and have now ended up using all the time is Rick Sammon’s Photo Sundial.

For me it does what it says on the tin: looks great, easy to use and tells me what I want to know with no fuss.

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There’s a saying that goes ‘the harder I work the luckier I get‘ but I’ll add to that … ‘the more I plan the luckier I get‘ because the times I’ve used this app it’s got me into the exact position and at the exact time I needed to be to catch the sunrise and sunset; it just couldn’t have worked out better.

Of course the app does a lot more than just telling you where and when the sunset and sunrise will be but the great thing is how intuitive it is and I love how rather than just being a compass directing you where the sun will be, the app gives you a google map view of where you are so you can orientate your device and see exactly where it will be. You can then just click and drag on the sun icon to see where the sun will be at times throughout the day…Brilliant!

Rick Sammon’s Photo Sundial is available for both the iPhone and iPad and definitely one to check out:

Photo Sundial on iTunes [LINK]

Right that’s all from me so have a fantastic weekend and to all our wonderful American friends aka family…Happy 4th July!

Catch you soon,
Glyn