Creating Photo-Real Creatures in Photoshop with Aaron Blaise

Hi Folks

Today I wanted to share a video with you from this years Adobe MAX.
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The video is actually the screen and voice recording from one of Aaron Blaise’s sessions, where he starts with a brief history and then moves on to show the process he goes through to create one of his creature characters.
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I’ve said it before but I cannot stress enough how much we as photographers and retouchers can learn from a true, traditional artist like Aaron; composition, lighting, colouring and so it goes on…
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So, get yourself comfortable, press Play, sit back and watch as Aaron brings a blank Photoshop document to life with colour, light, composition and a bloomin’ great use of texture…
Check out more from Aaron:
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Role Reversal: Photographer and Client

I think as photographers the benefit of occasionally putting ourselves on the other side of the camera is a really important and valuable thing to do.

With the imminent launch of my first ever book The Photoshop Workbook, I thought it was a good time to get a new head shot that would appear in the About Author section; something clean, fresh and well….me.
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The question though was who to commission? Well, I’d met David MacKay on a couple of occasions previously when I caught up with my Peter Hurley when he was over in the UK, and then again when David came along to Scott Kelby’s recent ‘Shoot Like a Pro’ seminar in London. I knew his work and knew also that David had recently become a Peter Hurley Associate; one of only a few select photographers around the world who have worked with Peter to develop and create a world class portfolio.
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David gave me his card the last time we met up so when the publishers contacted me saying that they needed a head shot asap, I dropped him an email to ask if he was available; it was from this point that I became the client.
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Having your photograph taken should be so much more than sitting in front of a camera; it should be an experience…an enjoyable experience and even if you’re someone who initially doesn’t like to be photographed. The skill of the photographer is not only with the camera. It’s obviously incredibly important, but secondary to how the photographer makes the client feel and their ability to show the client/subject at their recognisable best. So what about David? Well…in short..he nailed it!
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David’s website is full of valuable information for the client; do’s, don’ts, explaining the process, what will happen on the day of the shoot and beyond…all leaving no doubt as to what to expect. But despite this, we still spoke on the phone to discuss looks, clothing and ultimately to break down any nerves and answer any questions. This time on the phone was invaluable. Knowing the quality of David’s work I was already looking forward to the shoot but after the phone call I really couldn’t wait.
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The Day of the Shoot
I felt I’d known David all my life…such is his nature.
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The studio areas was all set up and ready to go, I was shown to a room to change in and refreshments were on hand.
It’s kind of weird to explain but although I knew I was there to have photographs taken it didn’t feel like it; it felt more like I was there to chat with a friend…does that make sense?
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The room was comfortable, warm and we just chatted and David, whilst subtly coaching me with posing, took photographs.
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On occasion David would give me a sneak peek at the laptop screen to see images as they came through. As a client this was a real boost seeing the quality. As a photographer it was initially the lighting I looked at but then quickly turned to myself and seeing with my own eyes how different I can look with such subtle changes was quite astounding and a fantastic learning experience.
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What really impressed me was how well David knew me, and what I mean by this is how he understood my public perception. You see I brought along a variety of different items of clothing to wear but when I turned up I was wearing a regular blue T-Shirt. We started off with me wearing the blue t-shirt as a warm up, and then moved on to some clothing changes, however David very quickly said that the blue t-shirt was…well…me. It was really interesting seeing pictures of me wearing the other items and how different they made me look. I like the open neck shirts, I like the t shirt with jacket, but it just wasn’t the look I wanted. I wanted the personality to come across and I was so impressed that David totally got this…
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Having decided that the blue t shirt was definitely the way to go, we did a few more shots and called it a day rather than doing more and more and more…
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We then sat down together and David took me though all the images and explained what he liked and why. What he said made total sense and I think we agreed 100% on what images were the ‘keepers’
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Being on the other side of the camera for an official photo shoot is something I haven’t done for a few years; in fact the last time was for a bodybuilding magazine and I was wearing considerably more:)
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Seriously though this was a wonderful experience and not only do I have a headshot that I am so incredibly happy with, I also learned a lot. I think no matter what we do, we should always be looking to learn and improve and we can learn from everyone because everyone has a different outlook, approach, style and so on.
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David is not only a great photographer in his own right but also a credit to Peter Hurley with the photographs he produces, how he gets the very best result aand the whole experience of being photographed.
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Oh and I feel it’s worth mentioning that with this photo I insisted on no deals. This is business and I wanted to experience everything as a client and having done so I can hand on heart say that I have received total value for money!
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I’ve not just got great head shots, but have paid for an experience and one that I would most defintiely repeat in the future.
I’ve also experienced photography as a client and how the experience and process made me feel and without doubt have learned some valuable lessons.
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David…thank you!
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  • November 11, 2014 - 7:59 am

    Christopher Saint Germain - Thank you for the great review and for having faith in a Peter Hurley Associate. Peter has worked so hard to build his family. I am always amazed at how much energy that man has!

PHOTOSHOP TUTORIAL: Create a Sunset Glow #66

Hi Folks

Dropping in today with a brand new episode of my weekly Photoshop, Lightroom and Photography podcast/show.

This time I have a tutorial for you showing how to create a realistic sunset and glow PLUS how to use the same technique to add lens flares.

Hey before you watch it, just to say that if you ‘like’ the video, it would be great if you could spread the word, share with others and of course make sure you follow the channel by clicking on the SUBSCRIBE button.

As always if you have any questions then drop me a line to glyn@glyndewis.com or better still, use the comment section and I can answer there so everyone benefits.

Have a great weekend and I’ll catch you back here Monday.
Enjoy,
Glyn

  • November 7, 2014 - 11:09 am

    marc - hi glyn
    again a great tutorial.
    when there again on itunes? been waiting since march.
    many thanks for your work
    marc

  • November 7, 2014 - 10:59 pm

    José Parcerisa V - Glyn, extraordinary effect, very simple once you know how to do it….I am waitnign for your book let us know when it is available…….Your friend José

  • November 8, 2014 - 11:36 am

    Mark Wood - Excellent as ever Glyn, have you done a tutorial how to drop the shadows in? That really sets the picture off nicely.

We have a WINNER!!! Bath, UK World Wide Photo Walk 2014 #WWPW2014

Hey Everyone

For those of you who took part in the Scott Kelby World Wide Photo Walk this year, yesterday was the deadline for submitting your pictures and entering the competition.

Now that all the competition entries are in, I’m really pleased to announce this years Winner for the walk I lead in Bath, UK.

Drum roll please…

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CONGRATUALTIONS to Linda Enfield for this wonderful photograph of the Weir.
I’m absolutely loving this and the black and white conversion is stunning; way to go Linda!

For winning the City Walk, Linda receives a full one year subscription to KelbyOne valued at $249 and is also entered into the overall world wide competition with a chance to win thousand of $ / £ worth of photography related goodies.

In addition, I’ll also be sending Linda a copy of my new book The Photography Workbook: Professional Retouching and Compositing Tips, Tricks and Techniques once it’s published in December.

Once again, congratulations to Linda and also a HUGE thanks to everyone who joined us in Bath for the Photo Walk and made it such a great day!

All the very best to you
Glyn

•Check out all the photos from the day and from all the walks around the world at the links below:

•Bath Flickr Page [LINK]
•Worldwide Flickr Page [LINK]

  • October 28, 2014 - 8:32 pm

    steve - Sod the Kelbyone subs, Linda has won a Glyn Dewis Photography Retouching book!!!

Flying the DJI Phantom 2 Vision + Quadcopter Drone

Hey Everyone

How’s it going?

Today I thought I’d kick the week off by sharing a video my friend Colin Smith of Photoshop Cafe, posted online recently.

Colin is an authority in the world of drones such as the DJI Phantom which is incredibly popular amongst everyday enthusiasts and photographers, and in this video shows the simple set up and gives pointers for a successful flight and capturing the best shots…

The only problem now though having watched the video a number of times is that I now want one of my own:)

So do you have one of these drones? Not necessarily a DJI Phantom, but a drone of any kind and what you’re  using it for. In particular if you use it for photography and have images online please do post a link; I’d love to see what you’ve done.

In the mean time I highly recommend you check out more from Colin as he not only teaches classes at Photoshop World on the technical and practical uses and how to fly these drones but also has countless videos covering reviews and tutorials.

Check out this post over on Photoshop Cafe for more information, tutorials and pictures: CLICK HERE

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Ok that’s all from me so have a great week and I’ll see you next time.
Enjoy,
Glyn

  • October 27, 2014 - 11:08 am

    James Farley - Morning Glyn,

    Been using similar system for around 12 months now, mine is based on the DJI Phantom 2 using a GoPro on a gimbal for capturing the footage/images.

    Yet to do the required licence for commercial work so quite restricted in where/what I can shoot at present, like the challenge though of finding suitable locations.

    Love the possibilities it opens up for photography, capturing viewpoints of a location that just a short while back would have been impossible or prohibitively expensive.

    Would definitely recommend adding one to the kitbag, admittedly not the best quality images unless you are prepared to spend upwards of £4k for a rig that will lift something more substantial than a GoPro, but good fun nonetheless.

    Few things I’ve shot with mine here, including some scrollable 360 degrees panoramas – http://www.jamesfarley.co.uk/category/aerial/

  • October 27, 2014 - 2:03 pm

    Colin Smith - You should take the plunge and get one, you will love the way you can look at the world from a new view. As a kid, the only superpower I ever desired was the ability to fly. I can now live vicariously through my quadcopter :)

  • October 28, 2014 - 6:48 pm

    Glyn - I don’t think it will long before I take the plunge Colin :)

  • October 30, 2014 - 2:13 pm

    Keith Hammond - great article, Glyn you should get one they are so much fun and seeing things in another dimension is amazing, if you do want to buy one let me know and i’ll hook you up with our supplier, excellent service from very knowledgeable guys and competitive prices.

  • November 11, 2014 - 4:13 pm

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