Shooting MUSCLE with Elinchrom

Hey Folks,

How’s it going?

Well with just a couple of days to go until Christmas and a week to go until the New Year I’ve been taking some time to sort out and archive images from 2013.

So I thought I’d share a couple from a recent lighting test shoot with Bodybuilder and ex-WWE Wrestler Steve Lewington and give you an idea of the lighting used; all of which was with Elinchrom RX600 Heads.

B.I.G.
Couldn’t think of a more appropriate name for this one…

Lighting Set Up
Here’s a look a the lighting set up for the limited light / low key shot above…

Studio shot with black seamless roll as the background and two Elinchrom RX 600 Heads with Elinchrom Strip Boxes and Grids.

I’m a big fan of limited light for Physique shots and for me a 2 light set up is a favourite using various modifiers. When using a 2 light set up such as this there’s so many different looks you can get by changing things up a little e.g. rotate them around your subject, vary power output from each as opposed to having equal light either side and so on…

For the above picture of Steve, a 3 light set up was used. Same background and RX 600 Elinchrom Heads either side but this time instead of Gridded Strip Boxes, Gridded Spots were used. To the front was the 44cm Square Reflector with Grid from Elinchrom; a modifier I’m loving more each time I use it.

Right that’s all from me for today; I’ve a little bit of wrapping to finish off so I’d best make a move.

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

In the meant time though have a great Monday and I’ll catch you back here tomorrow…Christmas Eve.
Enjoy,
Glyn

  • December 23, 2013 - 9:36 am

    Mark Umbrella - Great job excellent! Merry Christmas!

  • December 23, 2013 - 5:22 pm

    Catherine - Thank you for all the great tips, tutorials and just plain excellent stuff you have shared over the last year – I really enjoy your work and watching your techniques etc., and know it must take an immense amount of time and effort to share all this info, but it is greatly appreciated.
    Happy holidays and I look forward to reading and learning more from you in the New Year.

Keep Shooting (Lots) and Keep Capturing Memories

Hey Everyone

Today I just wanted to finish this week of posts off with a video; a Christmas themed promotional video from Apple.

Understand I don’t show this to promote Apple but rather for the message; if you haven’t seen it take a look below:

In addition to the “Bear and the Hare” animation by my friend Aaron Blaise, this is one of this years Christmas adverts that’s stopped me in my tracks and made me think.

The advert reinforces the importance of capturing memories be they still or video. Not worrying about the perfect exposure, the perfect composition, the perfect pose…just capturing memories.

One thing I’m making a conscious effort of nowadays is taking my camera with me everywhere as opposed to only when shooting for a specific reason, which is why I ordered the Fuji X-E2 because it’s so light, portable and the picture quality is great. Up until recently I just relied on my iPhone for taking those pictures when out and about; pictures of everyday life and yeah the quality is good but I still want to use a ‘camera’…if that makes sense.

I guess I’m preaching to the converted here but Photography is so incredibly important and a comment in a blog I posted on Wednesday this week “My 2 Most Valuable Pictures and Why” totally shows why…

“Many years ago, a friend of my step-daughter visited our home. I was playing around with my camera and asked her to pose for me in the garden. Not long after, as a pedestrian, she was hit by a car in town one night and died. Her parents had been told I had an image of her and asked me to print them a copy. When I delivered that image to their home, it was very emotional. I knew then that photography would always be a part of my life”. ~ Henry Murphy

Keep Shooting (lots), Keep capturing memories and Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff!

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

Enjoy,
Glyn

  • December 20, 2013 - 6:54 pm

    Rajesh - That Fuji X-E2 is so tempting. I know Calmet are giving free 3 day trials for the Fuji X-M1′s. So I may try that. In the meantime I going to carry my slr everywhere after reading your post.

  • December 20, 2013 - 6:57 pm

    Glyn - Rajesh…Good on you mate; we MUST all do this for 2014!

  • December 21, 2013 - 1:39 pm

    Ash W - I think it must be warm in my flat…my eyes were sweating a little by the end of that vid ;)

    Happy Xmas to you and the family Glyn

  • December 21, 2013 - 5:26 pm

    DaveT - Hey Glyn, I know exactly what you mean about wanting to have a smaller camera but retain quality at the same time; I’m in a similar position. I have been looking at the XPro1 as they also have a good deal on. I recently tried out the camera fitted with a Fuji X 35mm 1.4 lens to look at how it deals with shallow depth of field, something I think a lot of smaller cameras don’t handle so well. From what I saw of the results, it looks like I will be going down this route.

    Dave

PHOTOSHOP TUTORIAL: How to Create Dust, Debris and Explosions

Hi Everyone

As it’s Thursday this means a new episode of my weekly Photography, Photoshop and Lightroom Podcast / Show is now Online!!!

This week I go through a technique showing how you can create flying dust & debris similar to what you see in a lot of movie posters these days where there’s a lot of action and drama in the pictures; kind of like it’s come from an explosion or something similar.

This particular technique makes use of some special brushes (available to download for FREE) and the main effect comes from adding varying amounts of blur to the ‘debris’ so as to give the illusion of depth and almost 3D look.

Hope you like it…

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

In the mean time though, whatever you’re up to today be sure to have a good one and I’ll catch you back here tomorrow.

Enjoy,
Glyn

  • December 19, 2013 - 3:04 pm

    José Parcerisa Vilatarsana - Hi Glyn I follow every podcast you perform and as usual it is extraordinary I appreciate very much you share your knowledge with us and take my skills to another level. Again thenk you very much and sorry for my bad english.
    Your friend Jos

  • April 14, 2014 - 8:20 am

    nardo - dwa

  • June 12, 2014 - 3:34 pm

    Mark Bogarin - just what I needed, thanks.

  • August 22, 2014 - 8:07 pm

    Beth - It’s not….there……anymore :/ ??

  • August 22, 2014 - 8:07 pm

    beth - Oh, wait, it loaded only after the comment posted lol, I did wait a few min first, i swear

  • August 24, 2014 - 4:32 pm

    Glyn - Beth…No worries :)

My 2 Most Valuable Pictures and Why

Hey Everyone,

How you doing?

So with Christmas exactly one week away are you all ready? Christmas shopping done?

Glad to say I’ve managed to get everything done and dusted now so the pressure’s off and no running around on Christmas Eve for me:)

Managed to get the final few presents yesterday but before that I met up with a close friend that I’d not seen for way too long, for an early breakfast.

It was great catching up. We got talking about what had happened over the last few years at which he reminded me of the photo below.

This is actually a photo of a photo taken with my iPhone that Barry showed me and it’s actually a photograph I him; the very first portrait I took with my very first camera (a Nikon D200) and my first set of lights (Elinchrom D Lites).

I remember taking this photo so clearly like it was yesterday. My first set of lights had turned up in the post and I rang Barry to ask him to pop round to my house so I could practice taking a portrait. I’d set the lighting up in the front cramped into a corner with the 100cm soft box pressed against the low ceiling and Barry having to contort himself to squeeze into place.

Those first photos I’d taken had mostly been lost when I suffered a hard drive failure when I was a bit blasé about backing up; an attitude that changed rather rapidly afterwards I can tell you.

Seeing this picture again made me think about pictures I’ve made that are extra special to me and this is certainly one of them because it was taken at the very beginning of me becoming a Photographer.

Another picture that means a heck of a lot to me is this one of my Best Friend and Assistant, Dave Clayton called ‘The Editor”.

Dave used to hate having his photograph taken but despite that he had to jump in on one of my workshops and be the model because the model I’d lined up was unable to attend at the last minute. Despite feeling incredibly uncomfortable and nervous Dave stepped up to the plate and ended up ROCKING IT! The attendees loved him which was great to see but more so was seeing the transformation from someone hating having their photo taken becoming someone who looked incredibly comfortable and was loving it; all in a very short space of time. Seeing that change felt fantastic!

A big part of this transformation stemmed from Dave taking on the role of someone else which in this case was the Editor from the Spiderman Movies hence the way he’s dressed and this is something I discuss in my “Successful Shoots….Guaranteed” talk that I give to camera clubs and have also done so at Photoshop World in Las Vegas and Orlando.

So what about you?
Do you have pictures that you’ve taken / made that mean more to you for some reason? If you were to name which ones out of all your pictures were the most significant / meant the most to you…could you?

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this and see what pictures mean the most to you  because we all have different reasons why so feel free to post below and if you’ve got a link to the image online share that too or share it across your social media and tag me in.

Anyway have a great day whatever you’re up to and I’ll catch you back here tomorrow.

Enjoy,
Glyn

  • December 18, 2013 - 6:02 am

    Morgana Creely - I have a photo of my husband that I took on our Scottish holiday back in 2003… it was the first portrait where I thought about composition. I still love it to this day. :)

  • December 18, 2013 - 9:04 am

    Mark Harris - Glyn, like you, this picture is one of the first ones I took with studion lights. http://500px.com/photo/37172886 It’s of my daughter who was about 7 at the time.
    The lights were cheap “jessops” specials that that I had been given. Together with a fabric background etc. I set up the lights in a spare room and took several of my 3 kids, but this one has always been my favourite and really inspired me to do more.
    Maybe it’s the subject, but I still think it’s one of the best photo’s in my portfolio

  • December 18, 2013 - 9:56 am

    Ian A. Macey - Glyn, my primary interest is motorcycle racing and having got my DSLR in June 2010 I still have a lot to learn. Even so I do have 3 photographs that mean a lot to me and I feel mark 3 steps in my journey of becoming a better photographer.

    The first photo is one of those magic moments of being in the right place at the right time and to top it off the main rider contacted me about it (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ianmcy/7054779595/in/set-72157629390840836).

    I have always struggled to envisage how I would like a photo to look before shooting and this second photo is the first time I managed to come up with the idea prior to shooting it (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ianmcy/8572211409/in/set-72157633038853408).

    I am now starting to be able to put a lot of techniques togeather, both pre and post processing, and was so pleased with the final result of this photo (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ianmcy/10515839896/).

  • December 18, 2013 - 1:10 pm

    John Skinner - Glyn

    As we close out our 2013 (It’s hard to believe I just said 2013) I would like to personally thank you for ALL of your hard work, dedication to the craft, and mostly, for allowing all of us into your world as you see it.

    It seems each year I tend to gravitate towards one of more people I feel are offering a light on where I want to go… This year, with Dave’s Editor picture becoming ‘so out there’, it was hard not to be influenced by ‘running late’, Dave himself, ALL of your work full stop.

    THANK YOU for all the hours and hours of tip filled content, and the dedication it took to do it. A nod to Mrs. Dewis for having the love and patience it takes to see the other half throw so much into another love, and be Okay with it.

    Merry Christmas Glyn. And thanks for everything.

  • December 18, 2013 - 5:58 pm

    Maryus - I’m starting in photography and I really love composites. I put together my favorite pictures from this year and I personally consider the second photo as my best work in terms of retouching, blending and model look. See the post here : http://www.maryus.ca/blog/best-of-my-photography-2013/ and let me know what you think. Thank you for your time and inspiration!

  • December 20, 2013 - 7:28 am

    Henry Murphy - Many years ago, a friend of my step-daughter visited our home. I was playing around with my camera and asked her to pose for me in the garden. Not long after, as a pedestrian, she was hit by a car in town one night and died. Her parents had been told I had an image of her and asked me to print them a copy. When I delivered that image to their home, it was very emotional. I knew then that photography would always be a part of my life.

Check out my NEW SmugMug Portfolio

Hi Everyone

Thanks for stopping by.

Today I’ve just a quick post as I wanted to give you a look at my brand new portfolio page.

This new portfolio page has been put together by the great folks over at SmugMug and is actually phase one of my entire site moving over to them later in 2014…

For some time now I’ve been in discussion with SmugMug about moving my entire site onto their system so I’m  now really excited about having started the ball rolling…

I’m really loving the way the portfolio can be displayed and how images can be enlarged full screen but more than anything how great the images look online; there seems to be no difference between looking at the pictures in Photoshop / Lightroom than on the website. The colours, sharpness etc are bang on! I don’t know how they do it but I’m sure glad they do:)

The bigger this site has become and the more content that’s added has meant it’s needed more maintenance to keep things running smoothly and so to know that in the not too distant future the entire site will be under the attentive eye of the folks at SmugMug is very comforting indeed; especially as they give 24 / 7 support including Christmas Day!

I’m also now going to be adding extra portfolios where certain images will be available for purchase as prints and screen savers PLUS there’s lots more coming from SmugMug in 2014, which like I said ultimately means I’ll be moving the entire site over.

Another thing…
Something I was unaware of until only recently was that SmugMug also provide ‘true’ unlimited online storage so I’ve also started uploading ALL my full sized jpegs too; client images, personal/family stuff…everything! You can never have enough backups right? Plus it means I can have access to any of my images no matter where I am.

Right, time to finish off the Christmas shopping so I’ll make a move.

Have a great day and I’ll catch you back here tomorrow.
Enjoy,
Glyn

•You can check out SmugMug here [Link]

  • December 17, 2013 - 8:53 am

    Alastair Jolly - Great to have you on board Glyn. Your work is outstanding. What a great portfolio buddy.

  • December 17, 2013 - 6:34 pm

    Glyn - GREAT to be onboard mate; very excited about the future :)