Hey Everyone,

How’s it going?

Well today I’m just dotting the i’s and crossing the t’s getting organised, packed and soon leaving for the airport and heading over to The Netherlands for Professional Imaging 2014.

Seriously can’t wait as it’s my first time being there and another opportunity to hang out with friends Joe McNally and Frank Doorhof; good times!!!

So before I head off I just wanted to let you know that I’ve now added a new date for my PHOTOSHOP MASTERY WORKSHOP and this time I’m heading ‘Up North’…well, not quite North but Cannock, Staffordshire.

I strongly believe that the real skill in Photoshop and retouching in general isn’t in knowing lots of cool techniques but rather knowing when and how to use them together to achieve the final image and that is exactly what I cover in this 1 day workshop.

We’ll work Step by Step through a series of images from scratch as I show you how to go Out of Camera to Print Ready.

Topics we’ll cover include:

  • Concepts / Ideas / Planning / Preparation
  • Keeping your Eyes Open (Retouching for Realism) 
  • Equipment / Tools of the Trade
  • Lighting for Composites (Equipment, Set Ups)
  • Non Destructive Workflow – Retouching the “Professional” way
  • Preparing the Files
  • Mastering Selections / Cut Outs
  • Compositing
  • Layer Mask Magic
  • Realistic Shadows
  • Lighting Effects (Adding realistic light sources, lighting for mood / atmosphere and more…)
  • Colour Effects (Creating the ‘Look’)
  • Special Effects
  • Photoshop CC enhancements and much more…

•Limited to 15 attendees
•Every Attendee will receive a USB Card containing Asset Files & Goodies including Full Length Tutorials.
•Attendees are to bring their own computer / laptop with Photoshop & Camera RAW (Lightroom if used)
•Buffet Lunch provided

This is going to be a FULL ON day of Photoshop that I guarantee will not only improve your retouching skills but will make you think differently about how you approach retouching.

£109 per person (until 11th May 2014 – normal price £139pp)

I REALLY look forward to seeing you there and having a GREAT day oh and of course followed by social time: food, drinks etc…

BOOK YOUR TICKET by clicking here [LINK]

Any questions please feel free to email at

See you soon,

March 28, 2014 - 11:25 am

Lloyd Patterson - Thats not North, you need to come up to the proper North, Lancs. Haha

PHOTOSHOP TUTORIAL: Adding Lighting Effects using Gradients

Hey Everyone,

Thanks for stopping by.

Today I’ve a new episode of my weekly Photography, Photoshop and Lightroom Podcast / Show available online; we’re now up to episode 41 !!!

This week I show you a segment from one of my full length tutorials available in my Web Store called Athlete and in the tutorial I show how you can use what is called a Reflective Gradient to add a light source on the horizon in your pictures. PLUS I quickly show you how you can use a blend mode to make a very quick cut out.

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

I really do appreciate you folks letting others know about the tutorials I share each and every week but if you haven’t already, then make sure you SUBSCRIBE to my YouTube Channel so as not to miss any future episodes/videos that are uploaded; that’s all the support I ask:)

Have a great day and I’ll catch you back here next time.


How to GUARANTEE a Model for your next Photo Shoot

Hi Folks,

I hope you had a great weekend.

I was out shooting both Saturday and Sunday and also putting in more prep time for the upcoming Professional Imaging Show as I leave this Friday for The Netherlands.

Anyway thanks for stopping by; I really do appreciate it and the feedback you folks send in.

So today I just wanted to post about models and to be more specific…how I get models and guarantee them to be in front of the camera.

The other day I was sent an email by Alex who reads this blog and also watches the tutorials I post on my YouTube Channel, and his question was “When you started how did you get people to photograph so that you could build up a portfolio?”

Well to be honest what I did not too long after I’d started out and  is still the same thing I do now i.e. show people what I want to do before the shoot!

Let me explain…

One of the photo shoots I had this past weekend was a personal project inspired by the image below; one of the posters from the movie Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter – I’ve never seen the film but I just love the poster.

I wanted to do a shoot that has this kind of feel so I messaged a friend asking if he was free for a shoot on the weekend BUT also attached the picture below and simply asked “Fancy being in something like this?” … to which the answer came back with an immediate “Yes

Why? Because the model knew what they’re going to get from giving up their time…does that make sense?

I honestly don’t think that asking someone to come along on a Time for Prints / Pictures basis is guarantee to them turning up. I’m a BIG believer in involving the model and getting them excited so it’s not just one sided i.e. you the photographer excited and the model, well…just there (hopefully).

I do this ALL the time without fail be it a personal project or a commission; I always want those people I’m photographing to have a clear idea of what we’re working on. I find it has so many benefits and not just guaranteeing the model turns up but also helps with the trust when you’re asking them to pose a certain way, wear a certain item, act a certain way and so on…

I was recently asked to take one pictures of UK Kick Boxing Champion Steven ‘Pocket Rocket’ Cook so like always before a shoot I’ll search around some of my favourite sites / portfolios purely for inspiration and to get into the groove…

Below is picture from one of my favourite Photographers, USA based Tim Tadder and this image had the exact feel for the kind of pictures I wanted to do with Steve but in my own style…

There’s no problem with looking at other people’s work for inspiration, ideas and motivation. Heck I spend ages searching through places like 500px and Behance and it’s here that I get posing ideas, lighting, location, themes and so on, and then once you have an idea then when it comes to the shoot you just do it in your own style.

Here’s one of the results from the shoot with Steve…

So in short if you want to improve your hit rate if you like and guarantee getting models, people in front of your camera help them and you out by showing them what you want to do as opposed to trying to explain or worse still … “Let’s see what we can come up with”

Now I’ve written about Pinterest on here several times in the past; I absolutely love it for working / collaborating with clients and sharing ideas BUT in it’s simplest form it’s a fantastic way, and a quick and easy way to collect images.

If you’re not using it already I HIGHLY recommend giving it a go and the fact that you can install it not just on your computer, iPhone, iPad or whatever devices you use makes it incredibly easy to build up an inspiration board.

If you’re already in Pinterest, be sure to hook up … here’s a link to my Pinterest Page [Link]

Right that’s all from me for today so whatever you’re up to, be sure to have a good one and I’ll catch you back here next time.


March 24, 2014 - 8:24 pm

Alexander - Hi Glyn,

thanks ;-)


March 24, 2014 - 4:49 pm

J.R. Maddox - I so agree! Pinterest is so good for putting together ideas.. Helps so much in making the photography part move much faster… Time is money right?

March 24, 2014 - 2:02 pm

Robert Huber - Nice article. Thank you for that. I would love to see your final result of the Lincoln Vampire Hunter inspired image. I really like the look and feel of that poster.

PHOTOSHOP LIVE, Brighton – 18th & 19th July 2014

Hey Folks

How’s it going?

Ok so today I’ve a date for your diary…

18th and 19th July 2014 in Brighton, UK for the first ever PHOTOSHOP LIVE!!!

We’ve wanted and needed a Photoshop event of this kind in the UK for a long time now so to finally see it happening is incredibly exciting indeed especially as we’ll be joined by great friends Aaron Blaise and Matt Kloskowski from the USA, Uli Staiger from Germany, Steve Caplin and many more…

Class descriptions are being added and updated to the Official PHOTOSHOP LIVE website [Link] all the time covering all kinds of retouching skills, techniques and areas of expertise so definitely add it as a bookmark and keep checking back.

I’ll be presenting two sessions during the day on the 19th:

Check out the official PHOTOSHOP LIVE website here [Link] for more details including price and hopefully we’ll see you there.

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

March 21, 2014 - 11:11 am

Rob Pullen - Awesome news, I’ve kind of gone off the boil with my photoshop stuff but this is great news and if I’m not working I will be there. It will be great to see you people in the flesh……

PHOTOSHOP TUTORIAL: Adding Realistic Reflections (#40)

Hi Folks,

Just dropping in to let you know that a new episode of my Photography, Photoshop and Lightroom Show / Podcast is now ONLINE!

This week it’s all about attention to detail and I show you how to add realistic reflections into glasses PLUS a couple of extra little techniques for added realism.

Hope you ‘Like’ it:)

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Subscribing is FREE and just means that each time you go to YouTube you’ll see at a quick glance if I’ve uploaded any new videos since your last visit.

Also I’d REALLY appreciate it if you’d help to spread the word and let others know about my YouTube Channel and the FREE content I’m sharing; it’s support like this that continues to help the channel grow and grow.

Thanks again,