Learn to Light with DEDPXL and OneLight 2.0 by Zack Arias

Hey Folks,

Hope you had a good weekend.

Those of you in the UK…how gorgeous was the weather yesterday?!?!?

Amazing how a bit of sunshine makes you feel good huh:)

Ok so today, to kick the week off I wanted to give you the heads up about OneLight 2.0 by Zack Arias.

When I was first starting out and trying to get my head around this whole photography and lighting stuff it was when I watched the original OneLight Workshop by Zack that the penny dropped! All of a sudden things fell into place; it may sound kind of corny but it literally was a eureka moment!

So, seeing that Zack has now produced a new and updated OneLight 2.0 is a no brainer; you never stop learning right?!?!?

I’ve never been formally trained in photography; never attended College, University, Night School or anything like that…what I do is self taught and from attending a few workshops here and there (mainly in the USA) but it was watching the original OneLight Workshop over and over again that has helped me more than I can quantify.

I originally heard of OneLight and Zack Arias when Dave Cross used to produce a video show reviewing products, services and all manner of different photography and photoshop related goodies; saw it…looked good…Dave was recommending it…ordered it…and geez am I glad I did!!!

It’s incredible how what you might think is a ‘small’ thing to do (such a writing a blog post, recording a video) can make such a BIG impact; had Dave not posted this review….who knows?!?

Fast forward a few years and sure things have changed somewhat and I’m really proud to be able to call Zack and Meghan friends which all stemmed from an email that came completely out of the blue. Long story short Zack and Meghan invited me over to Atlanta to spend a week with them a few years back; an incredible week as you can imagine but above all, testament to the kind of people they both are: genuine, honest, good, hard working people with damn BIG hearts and who do what they do for the right reasons…they LOVE IT!

Listen I’m not in the habit of telling you folks to just purchase stuff but today I’m making an exception because I know how much Zack’s original OneLight Workshop impacted on me.

If you want to ‘Get It’ and by that I mean this whole photography and lighting gig then I cannot recommend enough that you check out OneLight 2.0 [Link]

Also be sure to bookmark DEDPXL; Zack and Meghan’s site packed full of resources, store, blog and more (oh and lil’ ole me:)

Right have a good one and let’s make this a GREAT week!

Catch you soon,
Glyn

  • March 10, 2014 - 9:22 am

    DaveT - Thanks for the heads up Glyn.

    Dave

  • March 10, 2014 - 9:32 am

    Ray Fidler - Hi Glyn,

    I pre ordered it last week following your initial post of the video. Zack Arias is a great communicator and can’t wait to get my hands, well eyes, on it. Just purchased a Phottix flash receiver / trigger set, which I will learn today, and I’m ready to go. Ray F

  • March 10, 2014 - 9:54 am

    Mary-Claire - I’ll look into it. It’s always nice to get a solid recommendation from someone whose work one admires!

  • March 10, 2014 - 9:57 pm

    Glyn - You’ll love it Mary

  • March 10, 2014 - 9:58 pm

    Glyn - Ray…Great to hear :)

  • March 10, 2014 - 9:58 pm

    Glyn - Dave…Anytime ;)

  • March 11, 2014 - 5:05 pm

    Steve - Hi Glyn,
    I ordered it about two minutes BEFORE reading your blog regarding it. Between you and Zack, you’re costing me a fortune!! ;-)
    Best regards
    Steve

AVAILABLE MONDAY: ATHLETE (Full Length Photoshop Tutorial)

Hey Everyone,

How’s it going?

So with the weekend upon us what have you got planned?

Any personal shoots coming?

I’ll be running my first ever Photoshop Mastery – Retouching and Workflow Skills Day tomorrow.

Really excited to see that spaces SOLD OUT and we have names on the waiting list too so early next week I’ll be adding in more dates but not just for Bicester, I’m also looking for other suitable locations all over.

If you know of anywhere or would like to help me to set one up in your area then be sure to give me a shout on glyn@glyndewis.com

Today though I wanted to give you the heads up about a BRAND NEW full length tutorial that will be available in my web store on Monday: ATHLETE!

I’m genuinely excited about this tutorial being made available because in it I not only show you how to cut out a person and lots of tricks and techniques that can help with that but also how to make a completely unique background.

Below is the background I originally started with for this final picture and in the tutorial I show how with a little bit of vision and use of tools in Photoshop we can completely alter it to be something more fitting for our final picture…

Also we’ll be taking the out of camera photo of physique athlete Shaun Stafford and covering selection techniques, enhancing details, body shaping, details, adding rim lights and much, much more before adding him into our new background and creating the final look…

We’ll go through lighting effects, colour effects, creative blurring, seamless blending of the scenes to the eventual print ready image…

One thing I want to ensure is that with each new tutorial I release come new learning experiences and techniques and in this new ATHLETE tutorial I know this is going to be the case; I think you’re going to LOVE IT!

So be sure to keep an eye out on the web store this coming Monday and if you’re a Newsletter Subscriber there may well be a discount code heading your way:)

Have a great weekend and I’ll catch you back here in a few days.

Enjoy,
Glyn

  • March 9, 2014 - 11:15 am

    Steve Healy - Hi Glyn,
    just like to say how much I enjoyed the workshop. I think the pace was just right. Showing the process and the the end result first, and then letting us loose on your images worked really well.
    It was a good curry as well!!
    I hope to see you at another event soon.
    Cheesy thumbs,
    Steve

  • March 9, 2014 - 11:31 am

    Glyn - Steve…Thanks so much for that mate; it’s great to get feedback and know that things were done right…especially the pace and the process.
    Was good to see you again and yeah the curry finished things off nicely huh :)

    Catch you soon,
    Glyn

PHOTOSHOP TUTORIAL: Destructive & Non Destructive Retouching #38

Hey Everyone,

How’s it going?

Well I got back late last night from what has been the most incredible few days at The Photography Show, NEC.

I’ll be sure to post more about what went on in a future post but today I have a new episode of my weekly podcast / show for you.

The last few days were busy, busy, busy but I managed to squeeze in a few minutes just before my morning Photoshop Master Class started to record this short tutorial where I go through the difference and benefit of retouching Non Destructively as opposed to Destructively.

Just a short video, sound has a little bit of ambient from the masses at the show but I didn’t want to leave you high and dry and miss posting an episode.

Hope you like it…

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

Have a good one and I’ll catch you next time.
Enjoy,
Glyn

  • March 7, 2014 - 11:06 am

    Clive Pittam - Hi Glyn,
    I attended one of your seminars at the NEC and found it very informative – quick fixes for stuff I have previously spent some time on!
    However, the final images have the ‘painted computer game’ finish to them making them look less like photographs. Fine in some situations but not in others. Is it a by product of your methods or something that can be avoided? Your thoughts much appreciated.
    Kind regards, Clive.

  • March 7, 2014 - 3:55 pm

    Glyn - Clive…That ‘look’ is purely down to a technique I like to add at the very end of my retouching to some degree or another as opposed to being a look generated by my techniques overall.

  • March 10, 2014 - 9:09 pm

    Brian - Hi Glyn,
    Thanks, always love your tutorials. So I am clear. Previously where I would always use CMND, Option, Sift, E a number of times throughout a retouch, should I now make a smart object each time? Or can you convert to smart object only once during a retouch?
    Regards
    Brian

  • March 10, 2014 - 9:57 pm

    Glyn - Brian,yes indeed and you can have as many smart objects as you like. There will be certain techniques where you can’t use a smart object i.e. FST but as much as you can go the smart object route.
    Thanks for the kind words too ;)

PREVIEW: Successful Shoots….Guaranteed!!!

Hey Everyone,

How’s it going?

Coming at you today from The Photography, Show at the NEC, Birmingham; in fact at this very moment I’m sat here on the Adobe Stand getting ready for the doors to open for the public and my Retouching Masterclass at 11.30am.

So, keeping it and just wanted to give you a brief look at the filming we did the other day of my Successful Shoots….Guaranteed talk.

This is a talk that I first gave at Photoshop World in Las Vegas and it’s been fantastic to see how well it’s been received and how helpful people are saying the information is.

So what is it?
Well in short…imagine if there was a way that you could guarantee each and every time you had your camera in your hand and you had organised a photo shoot of some kind be it on location or in a studio you DEFINITELY get the results you want. Well that’s exactly what this is all about: a formula that will help you to get the results you wanted each and every time!

I’ll let you know more of what we’re working on to make this available to you all but for now here’s a sneak peek…

Right, must dash…time to run through this mornings class; practice, practice, practice:)

Catch you soon,
Glyn

  • March 3, 2014 - 8:51 pm

    Shane Young - Just loved your talk today at The Photography Show Glyn. Sorry we had to slip out a few minutes early to catch a seat for Joe McNally but I learned some really cool stuff from you today. Thanks for being so generous with your tips and tricks. Will be checking out all your videos from now on! Thanks again for the inspiration. Excellent stuff :-)

NEWS: Kick Boxer, FREE Photoshop Brush and The Photography Show

Hi Folks,

So it’s the day before the first ever UK Photography Show starts so I’m currently checking over my presentations making sure everything is in order.

In addition to that I’ll also be giving my Successful Shoots…Guaranteed talk tomorrow morning to an invited audience which is being filmed in preparation for a project we’re currently working on, so a busy few days ahead but I can’t wait!

Anyway getting back to today’s post I’ve a few things to share with you so let’s get cracking…

NEW PICTURE: KICK BOXER
First off here’s a couple of new pictures which very nearly weren’t:)

Well what I mean by that is the original files were ones that I’d disregarded and considered as rejects from a photo shoot, mainly because of being test shots and being underexposed, lighting not quite right and so on. However just a little time in Lightroom and Photoshop and it can be fun seeing if you can salvage something…

I’ve never been one for throwing files away. I tend to keep everything from a photo shoot and nowadays doing so isn’t such an issue as the price of memory storage is getting less and less.

I mentioned earlier in the week that I’ve recently had a completely new Backing Up system installed and I’ll be putting some videos together so you can see what I’ve gone for any why. Whilst moving files over it’s been a great excuse for having a tidy up and organising things a lot better and it’s doing this that meant I stumbled across these two files and couldn’t resist having a play.

If you missed this week’s episode of my podcast / show then I take you through the complete retouch of the image above. The episode is slightly longer than normal as it’s around the 30 minute mark but there’s a lot of stuff packed in. You can check it out on my YouTube Channel here [Link]

Also you can check out larger / better screen quality versions over on my 500px page here [Link]

FREE PHOTOSHOP BRUSH DOWNLOAD
This past week I made some changes to my Monthly Newsletter sign up page whereby now when you subscribe I’ll send you a link to download a FREE Photoshop Special Effect Snow / Debris brush that you can install and use on your own pictures.

The next issue of my newsletter will be coming out in just over a week so if you’ve already subscribed you’ll be getting the link too…I couldn’t miss you out now could I?:)

If you haven’t yet subscribed you can do so by clicking on this [Link] or by clicking on the NEWSLETTER option in the menu bar at the top of the screen.

Subscribers generally will get 1 email each month updating on all kinds of things including new tutorials, downloads, reviews, news, discounts on tutorials / workshops and more.

THE PHOTOGRAPHY SHOW
If you’re coming along to the UK Photography Show starting tomorrow, I’ll be there teaching classes each day (Sunday, Monday and Tuesday) so be sure to stop by and say hi.

Here’s a reminder of the sessions I’ll be covering over the days on the Adobe Stages PLUS for those of you who sit in I’ve prepared a little extra something for you;)

Right that’s all from me so have a great weekend whatever you’re up to an hopefully I’ll get to meet some of you at the NEC over the coming few days.

Enjoy,
Glyn