PERSISTENCE: The Sun Will Come Up Again!!!

Hey Everyone,

Today I’ve a video to share with you.

Those of you who join me over on Social Media like Google+ and Facebook would likely have seen this already BUT I’m going to urge you to stick with me and watch it again.

Allow me to explain…
You see ever since I was a kid I’ve been fascinated by successful people however what I mean by that is not the size of the success but rather what it is about the person that made them become successful.

I’m not talking luck or anything like that, I’m talking about drive, determination, the guts to get up and keep going despite endless failed attempts and feeling like life is giving them a kicking!

Outside of Photoshop and Photography related books the only other books I read (well listen to) are autobiographies. Ive just started Michael Caine’s having had it recommended and before that (for the second time) Arnold Schwazenegger’s Total Recall – My Unbelievably True Life Story

Now here’s the thing…
Out of all the autobiographies I’ve listened to and all the successful people I’ve spoken with there’s one thing they ALL have in common…Success didn’t come easy!

Each and everyone of them went through hardships, times when things just didn’t go their way, knock back after knock back and times when they could have thrown the towel in put their head in their hands and said “Why me?” … BUT they didn’t!

Earlier this year when I was invited to teach at Photoshop World, Orlando Scott Kelby asked me to speak at the closing ceremony; a huge honour to be one of 5 instructors including Joe McNally, Moose Peterson, Jack Reznicki and my other brother from another another mother Aaron Blaise.

Part of what I spoke about covered how we ALL have challenges in our life and how I remember once being told that if you were with a group of people and each one of you wrote down your ‘problems’ on a piece of paper and placed them in a bowl, closed your eyes and reached in to grab one out…you’d want you own back! It can be all to easy to look at someone perceived as successful and think it came easy to them but very rarely is that the case.

So here’s what I’m going to leave you with…a recent video shared online by my friend Aaron Blaise where he talks about being persistent despite constant knock back and tragedy; it’s a truly amazing and inspiring video that I know would have taken a lot of courage to record.

So sit back, watch and listen for the next 19 minutes and hear the message that EVERYONE goes through ups and downs but ‘The Sun WILL Come Up Again!”

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

  • November 15, 2013 - 8:55 am

    Chris Fields - Indeed. Aaron’s video resonated strongly with me too. On ‘one of those days’ when I was feeling a bit down, it gave me that bit of inspiration that if I keep plugging away, things might get better. Certainly a sad story, not more importantly,a hopeful one. It also reminded me a lot of a quote in Cast Away oby Tom Hanks’ character, Chuck Norland.

    “I knew, somehow, that I had to stay alive. Somehow. I had to keep breathing. Even though there was no reason to hope. And all my logic said that I would never see this place again. So that’s what I did. I stayed alive. I kept breathing. And one day my logic was proven all wrong because the tide came in, and gave me a sail. And now, here I am. I’m back. In Memphis, talking to you. I have ice in my glass… And I’ve lost her all over again. I’m so sad that I don’t have Kelly. But I’m so grateful that she was with me on that island. And I know what I have to do now. I gotta keep breathing. Because tomorrow the sun will rise. Who knows what the tide could bring?”

  • November 15, 2013 - 8:57 am

    Glyn - Chris…thanks so much for commenting.
    I love the quote you posted…I’m gonna have to re watch that movie now!

  • November 15, 2013 - 9:48 am

    Terry Donnelly - Amazing and inspirational.

    What a closing quote “Its our job to make someones else’s life better”

  • November 15, 2013 - 10:51 am

    Aaron Blaise - As I’m laying in a little motel in Wyoming waiting for the sun to rise 4 hours from now, I come across your post Glyn. I feel a profound closeness to my new friends across the sea. Thank you for the post and I so look forward to our time together in April. You are amazing.

  • November 15, 2013 - 12:46 pm

    Travis Foster - Aaron’s willingness to share his story was truly inspiring. Aaron has persevered through hardships and heartache, ups and downs. We celebrate with him on this up, the commercial has a profoundly deep message and the team did an award winning job on it’s execution. Aaron was the perfect man for the Bear and Hare animation. I’m grateful that Aaron is willing to share with others through his teaching.

  • November 15, 2013 - 4:52 pm

    adepetun akinfolarin - The story is wonderful. Insipirational and very very inspiring. I am going through what i describe as a turbulent period in my life. Am just been inspired to hang in there and not to give up.

  • November 15, 2013 - 5:53 pm

    DaveT - This video is good on so many levels. Apart from the very moving story that Aaron relates, there is such a great insight into the making of the commercial which is not only fascinating but informative too.

    Good luck Aaron and to you too Glyn – you both work very hard at what you do.


  • November 15, 2013 - 6:16 pm

    Myriam De Clercq - Goodness me, this story is so endearing! I almost cried… We all have no other choice than to keep going and do the best we can. Thank you so much for sharing, Glyn.

  • November 15, 2013 - 8:20 pm

    Tom Chambers - Glyn thanks for sharing this, loved the ad and even more so having watched this. Truly inspirational.

  • November 18, 2013 - 10:18 am

    Richard - What a GREAT video, thx for sharing! Life is as life does, but we need to remember to look for and towards the light. Keep living our lives, keep pushing ourselves to give the most. Our lost loved ones would want nothing less, I’m sure of that.


Hi Folks,

Just to let you know Episode #23 of my Weekly Photography, Photoshop and Lightroom Show is now online.

In this episode I show you can turn a BAD location into a GREAT location using Selections, Layer Masks and the Power of Grey:)

Hope you like it…

Make sure you click on the SUBSCRIBE button so as not to miss any of the videos that I post out each and every week and share this video and my YouTube Channel with other folks you know that might like to see and benefit from all the FREE content  (nudge, nudge, wink, wink); I really appreciate the support.

As always if you have any questions / comments feel free to drop me a line to or leave a message in the section below.

In the mean time though have a good one and I’ll catch you back here tomorrow.

  • November 14, 2013 - 3:27 pm

    José Parcerisa V - Glyn as usual your teching is extraordinary, it is a shame that I live very far from you I live in México so I have not been able to assist to your seminars, but I can tell you that following your tutorials I have taken my skill to a different level. Thanks a lot for sharing and sorry for my bad english.
    Your friend José

  • November 15, 2013 - 5:14 am

    Glyn - Hey Jose,
    Thanks for stopping by and commenting and thanks too for the kind words….it means a lot!

    Cheers, Glyn

    ps> You’re English is absolutely fine!

  • November 15, 2013 - 6:55 am

    torkil storli - really great tutorial Glyn! Thanks for sharing, i really learn a lot from you tutorials.

  • November 15, 2013 - 7:14 am

    DaveT - Another masterclass Glyn.

    The video also shows how much vision you have – I would never have had the creative foresight to see that drab hotel room and turn it into something else.


  • November 15, 2013 - 8:22 am

    Glyn - Thanks Dave; really great to hear you enjoyed it!
    Oh and I find the Badger Ale helps with ideas…lol (only kidding…honest :)

  • November 15, 2013 - 8:23 am

    Glyn - That’s great….thanks :)

  • November 16, 2013 - 4:23 am

    Fotini Theodosiou - Glyn, I just discovered you today. I added you on tweeter, I subscribed to your youtube channel and I reposted this creative and easy to comprehend tutorial to two of my photoshop related groups on facebook grphotoshop and photoshopluv and will repost to my blogs etc..

    Well I guess I loved your style and accent :) @Artfabuladesign take care my friend.


  • November 18, 2013 - 1:47 am

    Ansa - Saw you PSW orlando earlier this year. Love your style! You are inspirational! I was wondering are we still able to see the webinar on The power of a Grey? To watch the completion of this masterpiece?

  • November 18, 2013 - 7:08 am

    Glyn - Hiya. Thanks for the message and kind words. Re the webinar it hasn’t happened yet but will be advertised real soon. Cheers, Glyn

  • January 19, 2014 - 11:17 pm

    Alan - Hey Glyn, I just found your work yesterday. OUTSTANDING! I have gained many years of experience with PS just over the past 24 hours watching your work. Where is the Webinar? you left me hanging on the Gray wall. lol. Seriously, I looked all over but can’t find the rest of the video.

  • January 21, 2014 - 10:43 pm

    Glyn - Cheers Alan, glad to hear the videos are helpful. As for the webinar it wasn’t recorded however the retouch for that picture is due to be released in a few days time ;)

My NEW Classes for Photoshop World, Atlanta 2014

Hi Everyone,

How’s it going?

Got back in at very late o’clock yesterday having been with the Bishop’s Stortford Camera Club giving my 50% Photography 50% Photoshop and Succesfull Shoots…Guaranteed Talk / Presentation.

Was fantastic to see such a great turnout and to meet so many people. HUGE thanks from me for making me feel so welcome and also for the great write up on the Camera Club’s website [Link].

So today a quick post as I wanted to give you the heads up about Photoshop World Atlanta, USA which is coming up in April 2014 between the 8th and 10th (with pre conference classes running on the 7th)

Photoshop World is the BIGGEST Photography, Photoshop and Lightroom Conference in the World held twice a year (East and West Coast USA) and I’m really excited to have been invited back by the folks at the N.A.P.P. (National Association of Photoshop Professionals) and Kelby Training as an Instructor and so have written and prepared three brand new classes…


Photoshop World is the highlight of the year; an amazing event for so many reasons and one I hold very dear because of how it made such a lasting impression on me when I first started out and continues to do so.


Check out the Official Photoshop World website [Link] which has the full list of Instructors who’ll be present, Classes, Pre Conference Class details and much more being added day by day; PLUS booking early offers a great discount on the ticket price!

Right that’s all from me for today so I’ll catch you tomorrow for the next episode of my weekly Photography, Photoshop and Lightroom show.

In the mean time I’m off to get a Red Bull:)


New Pictures PLUS Behind The Scenes: Sleeping Beauty

Hi Everyone,

Thanks for stopping by.

Ok so today I’ve some new pictures to share with you from a recent Commissioned Shoot / Assignment.

The assignment was to produce promotional / commercial images for a Theatrical Production of Sleeping Beauty and was all shot on location at the De Vere Hotel, Rickmansworth. All members of the cast and crew were present including Singer Jonathan Ansell and Actor John Lyons most recognised for being David Jason’s side kick in TV Police Drama ‘A Touch of Frost’

Now I’d never been to this particular hotel before and in fact the first time there was on the day of the shoot and it turned out that the room we were shooting in had a very modern decor as opposed to the ‘Oldie Worldie’ feeling I was expecting hoping for.

Here’s an out of camera shot of one of the pictures with Jonathan to give you an idea what the starting point was:

Here too is the same kind of shot with Actor John Lyons as the King and Sleeping Beauty…ermmm Sleeping:)

Allotted time for the shoot meant it was going to be full steam ahead; just 1.5 hours to shoot all the must have shots of the cast and crew in various locations around the hotel and all requiring lighting.

So at this point a BIG thanks to my friend JJ Jones for coming along to assist on the day and did a SUPERB job!!!

Here’s a couple more pictures from the shoot; the first to illustrate the difference it makes getting your model/subject to lean forward at the waist when being photographed from a low angle.

In ‘A’ Jonathan is standing up straight and in ‘B’ Jonathan is leaning quite far forward at the waist but the result is that it makes him look like he’s standing up as normal; simple but effective…

And here’s a picture of the Wicked Witch character that I lit with 2 lights; the main coming in from a low angle aimed upwards to give that ghoulish / spooky lighting to the face:

Here’s another picture of Jonathan; lighting kept simple for speed i.e. Large Shoot-Thru umbrella to the front and Strip Box to camera right (used to add highlights on one side as I was going to be adding in a fake light source to one side during the retouching)

Retouching Sneak Peek
Here’s a look through the retouching steps that went into the pictures at the top of this post where the Prince (Jonathan Ansell) and the King (John Lyons) are next to Sleeping Beauty;

Anyone who has seen my “Successful Shoots…Guaranteed” talk will know that I’m really into planning everything out before the photo shoot; something that turned out to be vital for this shoot due to not being able to visit the venue or meet the cast and crew beforehand.

Part of the planning process for me involves creating Moodboards and I’ve mentioned about this many times before but just to give you an idea here’s a look at what I collected beforehand to help me out:

Having this series of pictures in my head before the shoot (in particular the classic picture of Sleeping Beauty on the bed) helped me to focus in on what was going to be possible once it became apparent what the room I was shooting in was like. Knowing the picture I wanted beforehand made lighting the scene a lot easier knowing what to use, where to position it and why in relation to what the light would represent in the final picture i.e. highlights would end up being from the light coming in through the window that was added later.

I’m thinking of holding a 2 hour webinar in the next couple of weeks where I take you through all the retouching steps so you’ll be able to see exactly how everything was done and why.

If this is something you’d be interested in drop me a line to or leave a comment below.

In the mean time if you missed it earlier here’s a video we recorded at the end of the shoot to give you a feeling for what the room was like and the lighting I used:

And here’s a group shot of the cast and crew with myself and JJ taken by a willing grabbed passerby at the hotel:

Right that’s all from me for today so have a good one and if you’re at the Bishops Stortford Camera Club meeting tonight I’ll see you there.


  • November 12, 2013 - 6:29 am

    Morgana - Brilliant! :)

  • November 12, 2013 - 8:26 am

    DaveT - Great insight into what the photographer has to do to make it all come together. I find these posts so informative and interesting. Thanks Glyn!


  • November 12, 2013 - 11:53 am

    Mike Mac - Love it :) would definitely watch the webinar :)

  • November 12, 2013 - 1:16 pm

    David Kelly - Ace work as always Glyn.
    Very interested in seeing how you pulled it altogether (especially the creative work on adding windowed background & light) so a webinar would be great.

    Great tip about about angled posing btw.

  • November 13, 2013 - 3:45 am

    Philip - Nice work, as always, Glyn! Count me in for the webinar!

  • November 13, 2013 - 7:11 am

    Glyn - Thanks for the comments everyone and yeah I’ll let you know re the webinar asap.


  • November 13, 2013 - 2:32 pm

    Pierre - Any Costs of the Webinar ?
    When ?

    Brilliant Job by the way :)

  • November 17, 2013 - 9:00 pm

    Steve - Great work as usual. Very interested in a webinar.

  • December 2, 2013 - 11:31 pm

    Kev Stanton - Hello Glyn! What iPad app are you using for your Mood Board?

  • December 3, 2013 - 8:07 am

    Glyn - Kevin…It’s just called Moodboard in the App Store.

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SEMINAR NEWS: Discount Code, Train to Create and Uli Staiger

Hi Everyone,

Hope you had a good weekend.

On Saturday we got up early and went out for our first walk as a Volunteer Dog Walker at a local Rescue Centre and it was just the most amazing experience.

Sure was difficult to leave little ‘Leo’ behind but taking him out of the rescue centre for a good ole stroll through the woods was great for all concerned; can’t wait to get over there again in a few days.

Anyway getting back to today I’ve got some news and a SPECIAL OFFER offer to let you know about…

A short while back I mentioned about my friend Uli Staiger; an unbelievable Digital Artist and Photoshop and 3D Guru from Germany coming to the UK on behalf of Train to Create for a Seminar and 2 Day Workshop.

Well today I’m REALLY excited to tell you that I’ll be joining Uli on stage for the Seminar at the University of East London to give a Presentation PLUS as I’m now in the planning stages with Train to Create for a seminar and workshop early next year I’ve organised a SPECIAL LIMITED TIME DISCOUNT for Uli’s Seminar and Workshop…

The usual price for Uli’s Seminar and Master Class is £499 but if you use the code GDEWIS678 you can attend the Master Class for just £350!!!

Check out the details below for more of what the Seminar and Workshop includes:

Seminar: University of East London (brand new campus in Stratford) on Friday the 6th of December

Workshop: Holiday in Commercial road in east London  on Saturday  7th and Sunday 8th of December

The Seminar
Friday, 6th of December 2013

Location: University of East London / SQUARE STRATFORD CAMPUS
University Square Stratford, 1 Salway Place, Stratford, London E15 1NN

3:30 pm to 6:30 pm

The Series will start out with a Seminar at the University of East London that will feature Uli Staiger and  Photographer, Retoucher, Trainer and Photoshop World Instructor Glyn Dewis.  The seminar is open to the students of the University of East London and those attending the Master Class. The seminar will feature several experts and insiders who will speak about their experiences in the industry  and provide helpful advice.  There will be a Q+A where guests can feel free to ask their most pressing questions about photography, 3D.

The Workshop
Day 1

The first day of the workshop will be a hands on exploration of how Cinema 4D “thinks,” how to work with it and what you can create with it. After the first day you are all set to model and render simple objects like a cup, a chair and any other objects that you have in mind.  

Day 2
On the second day you will learn how to apply the knowledge you gained during day one. We will build a simple jet racer in Cinema 4D and bring it to life in a photoshop. All you need to know in order to realize a wild composition like this you learnt the day before. And if you have a different idea, that’s no problem! We will be sure to support you with assistance, information, tips and tricks! 

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This is sure to be an amazing few days and I’m REALLY looking forward to joining Uli for my presentation on stage at the Seminar.

Now the Master Class has limited spaces so be sure to BOOK NOW and use my SPECIAL OFFER CODE of GDEWIS678 for the discounted price.

Hope to see you there,

•For more details click this [Link]