SWAN ON LAKE: Natural Born Beauty

Hi Folks and Good Morning from Beautiful Devon!

Thought I’d kick the week off by sharing a new picture with you; one that I’ve been after for some time now of a Swan down on a Lake.

We’re away to recharge the batteries for a few days and seeing as the weather here is simply gorgeous I don’t want to waste a moment of it. I’ve been setting the alarm for 4.00am each morning so far, in order to head on down to the lake, sit with a coffee and just watch and listen to the day wake up.

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There’s a couple of nesting swans where we’re staying and there’s two pictures that I’ve been wanting to get; this one where the swan in against a black surround and another with the swan on the lake amongst the early morning mist so plenty more early starts ahead but I tell you…getting up at 4am has never been so enjoyable:)

Have a great day whatever you’re up to and I’ll catch you back here next time.

Enjoy,
Glyn

•Check out a larger / better screen quality version of this picture over on my 500px portfolio CLICK HERE

Hope you ‘Like’ it.

COMING SOON: My First EVER Book on Photoshop

Hey Everyone

Just had to share some news with you that I’m REALLY excited about!!!

Those of you who follow me on social media (Facebook ,Twitter, Google +) will know that I am now working on my first EVER book and which will be published by the great folks at Peachpit Press.

The book which is titled The Photoshop Workbook – Professional Retouching and Compositing Tips, Tricks and Techniques will be released in time for Christmas and as time moves on I’ll be sure to keep you posted with how things are going plus an insight into some of the content.

In the mean time though, now that that book title and front cover design has been agreed and signed off I wanted to give you a sneak peek.

I’m totally and utterly stoked that the front cover has been designed by my best buddy Dave Clayton who was commissioned by Peachpit Press; the fact that we are so close as friends and only met because of this industry makes it extra special. In fact it was Scott Kelby who introduced us when he came over to London for a trip (on the quiet) a few years back and thought that Dave and I would get on…geez was he right or what:)

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Since I shared the cover of the book on social media the response has been quite literally overwhelming. Writing a book has always been on my bucket list but only when the time felt right, so now that it does feel the right time it’s fantastic to see such great comments…thank you!!!

Oh and just to answer a few question posed so far…the book will be available worldwide just in time for Christmas AND a Kindle version will also be released. Amazon already have the book listed but in the next few days the cover will be visible and the ability to pre order.

Right that’s all from me so have a fantastic weekend and I’ll catch you back here in a few days.

Enjoy,
Glyn

  • June 27, 2014 - 11:57 am

    Michael Butcher - So looking forward to reading this.

  • June 27, 2014 - 12:44 pm

    Dave Clayton - Mate, so, so proud to be at this place right now with all the things we’ve already experienced so far since that day in October. Totally deserved, it just shows that hard work and being genuine pays off in all the right places. So pleased to be part of this, thank you.

  • June 27, 2014 - 1:31 pm

    Casey - I’ve added your book to my Christmas list. Hopefully there will be a digital version as well as a traditional print version.

  • June 27, 2014 - 3:29 pm

    DaveT - Thoroughly deserved Glyn – and another rung on the ladder of success. Look forward to seeing it.
    Dave

  • June 27, 2014 - 3:31 pm

    Oliver Kremer - Go Glyn, Go Glyn, Go Glyn. This is gonna be my bibel in the future on compositing …

  • June 28, 2014 - 12:52 pm

    Rami Sadi - that’s really Great, but what about people in Nigeria, we can’t purchase your Arts on line, they always refer Nigeria as a scam country and exclude it from countries list!
    please try and find solution for me and other Fans here in the other corner of the earth.

  • June 29, 2014 - 11:46 am

    Mup - Excellent. One for the Christmas Stocking!

PHOTOSHOP TUTORIAL: How to Fake Compositing Grass #53

Hi Folks

Today being Wednesday I’ve a new episode of my weekly podcast / show for you.

In this episode (#53) which is mainly aimed at those of you who create composite images I show you 3 tips, tricks, techniques that I would use when adding a person/animal/object into a scene where these is grass.

The techniques involve the use of brushes and layer masks and although I covered compositing into grass in an earlier video [Link], in this one I take it a few steps further in order to add to the realism.

Hope you ‘Like’ it and of course feel free to share with others.

Enjoy,
Glyn

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INDIAN ELEPHANTS: Behind the Scenes Sneak Peek

Hi Everyone

As promised, today I thought I’d give you a look at some of what went into the making of one of my new pictures INDIAN ELEPHANT: Drink Little One

Regular readers of this blog will know that I’m currently working on an animals project where I’m photographing animals that are in captivity (Wildlife Parks, Zoos etc) and then using Photoshop to put them back out into their natural habitat out in the wild.

I’m a big believer in the power of giving yourself personal projects and out of all the ones I’ve done to date this one has gripped me more than any. I guess it’s because it brings together several loves in my life i.e. Animals, Photoshop and Photography … the PERFECT combination for me:)

I literally am finding myself hungry to create these pictures and I’m constantly looking forward with excitement to what I have planned and for the first time ever (as strange as this might sound) have an emotional attachment to the pictures and the animals in them.

INDIAN ELEPHANT: DRINK LITTLE ONE

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COMPOSITE IMAGES
I photographed the Indian Elephants whilst at Whipsnade Wildlife Park, UK…

I spent quite a bit of time by their paddock so that I could photograph them all in a wide range of poses and positions which would give me lots of options for future pictures and as they were to be used in composites I was shooting around f/8.0 – f/11.0 so as every part of them was in focus.

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The ground they were added onto was made from a number of different pictures…

The yellow / dry field was used for the green grass and then the muddy field was used to give a trodden / muddy surround to the water hole which was just a puddle that I saw when driving near to where I live. Proof again that it’s always good to have your camera with you because I came past the very same puddle the next day and it had completely dried out.

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In this video you can see how I blended the puddle into the field…

The distant hills, trees and also the sky came from making use of the pictures below…

When photographing the elements that go into making the scene I’ll always photograph them using the same aperture as I did when photographing the animals. Then I’ll focus on an area of the ground that is roughly the same distance that the animals had been from me and then I take the photographs and the reason I do this is so that the depth of field on the background looks much more realistic / natural.

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ATTENTION TO DETAIL
One thing I like to spend time on is adding in all the details. It’s these bits that I want to hold the attention of whoever is looking at the picture and invariably it’s when they notice one thing they then spend longer trying to see what else they can spot. It’s adding in these details that I get such a kick out of but that also reinforces one thing that I always talk about at seminars / workshops i.e. It’s the small things that make the BIG difference in your retouching.

In this picture you’ll see that I added in the water ripples, water coming from both Elephants’ mouths and birds circling and so if you missed it, in this video I show how I actually made and added the ripples in the water where the Baby Elephant had dipped his trunk in to have a drink…

FULL LENGTH TUTORIALS???
I’ve had quite a few questions since starting this new animals project asking if I’ll be making any of the pictures into full length tutorial and available in my web store…

The answer is a most definite yes because there’s so many new techniques, tips and thought processes that go into I really do think they’ll be a great learning resource. As for time scales with that I can’t be exact just yet purely because of other things that I’m working on; priority being writing my very first book that is being published by Peachpit and will be available worldwide before Christmas.

It won’t be that long though until I do make one available but I’m also writing content from these pictures to add into the book which I’ll post more details about very soon:)

THANK YOU!!!
Finally I just want to say a HUGE Thank You to each and everyone of you that have Liked and Commented over on my 500px page.

It’s so good to see that you’re liking the results of this project that means so much to me!

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*To see the larger / better screen quality version of INDIAN ELEPHANT: DRINK LITTLE ONE simply CLICK HERE

Right that’s all from me for today so as always if you do have any questions / comments then please feel free to email me glyn@glyndewis.com or make use of the comments section below.

In the mean time though, have a good one and I’ll catch you back here tomorrow for Episode 53 of my Weekly Photoshop, Photography and Lightroom Podcast [Link]

Enjoy,
Glyn

  • June 24, 2014 - 11:47 am

    Aaron Karnovski - What I love most about this, is the fact that none of the photographs on their own stood out as anything special. I’m sure virtually anyone looking through this collection of images would be totally unimpressed and even some would be asking “why did you photograph that??”.

    What you have done here, Glyn, is nothing short of creative genius and attests to how artistic vision trumps what we observe with the naked eye. The importance of a concept and seeing the final image in your mind, before even raising the camera to your face is one of the most undervalued elements by most photographers. They rely solely on what they witness and shoot in the hopes that something magical is going to appear on their LCD screen.

    That is the biggest thing people should take away from “Drink Little One”. Have a concept or creative idea – even if it’s a rough one. Then set about achieving it. As you clearly demonstrated here, the likelihood of getting this shot in one is pretty low. Instead, look for the key ingredients and combine them individually.

    Not only is this a fantastic photograph but a great example of the creative process in action and a valuable tutorial in so many ways.

    Thanks for sharing!

    Best wishes,

    Aaron

INDIAN ELEPHANT – Drink Little One

Hey Folks

I hope you had a great weekend.

What did you get up to? Did you manage to get out and shoot for a project you’re working on?

This past couple of days I’ve been writing more content for the book (I’ll let you know more about that in a future post) plus I’ve been doing some more work on my Animals Project.

I gotta say out of all the projects I’ve ever given myself, this one I’m enjoying more than ever. I guess it’s because it brings together a few loves in my life: Animals, Photography and Photoshop…the perfect combination for me. I honestly do find myself excited to get up, get out and get on making more pictures for this series which will result in an exhibition and coffee table style book.

So on that note today I wanted to share the latest picture in this series that I’ve just finished which is made from around 12 separate images; the elephants themselves originally photographed at Whipsnade Safari Park here in the UK; I hope you like it:)

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If you head on over to my 500px portfolio page [Link] you can see a larger version of this picture where you’ll notice all the extras details like the water ripples, water spilling out of the adult and babies’ mouths and so on…

Tomorrow I’ll post a run through showing a brief look at what went into making this picture.

Have a good one,
Glyn

  • June 23, 2014 - 12:37 pm

    Vernon Nash - Glyn, thanks for posting your animal series pictures and the really helpful tutorials behind them. Looking forward to more and intrigued about ‘the book’.