Photographer: John G. Moore

Hi Folks

I hope you had a great weekend.

On Saturday I was at Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre in Dorset, UK with a group of friends and photographers. Had a great day and managed to get exactly the pictures I was after i.e. a portrait and some full length shots to use in a new composite.

I’ll share some pictures from the day in another post because today I wanted to let you know about a GREAT ebook recently released by my friend and truly inspirational photographer John G. Moore.

I’ve become friends with John over the last few years having first seen his photography online which literally left transfixed! There’s so much I could say about John and his work but I could sum it by saying that he’s the real deal; a photographer who does what he does for all the right reasons and it shows in the work he produces…stunning!

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John’s portrait work is wonderful but it’s his black and white landscape work that leaves me checking online again and again to see if he’s posted anything new. It’s hard to put into words but there’s something about his black and white work that is so much more than a black and white conversion of an already incredible photograph.

So needless to say I highly recommend you check out John’s work over on his website by CLICKING HERE

John’s brand new ebook is called SPIRIT 2014 and to steal a quote he says…

After the critical acclaim the photographs I took in the Sierra Nevada received, it would be a real disappointment if they weren’t available in some medium to inspire other people to follow Muir’s ethos. I think his work to protect wonderful places of natural beauty deserves as much publicity as possible. We all need to appreciate and embrace what he did as it’s important that places like Yosemite are preserved for future generations to enjoy.”

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SPIRIT 2014 is priced at just £4.99 so for more information and to purchase CLICK HERE

Highly Recommend!!!

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

Enjoy,
Glyn

  • August 18, 2014 - 2:31 pm

    Mike Gray - Will be purchasing this when i get home.

Facebook: Thank You for the Likes

Hi Everyone

Well Friday’s here again meaning the weekend is upon us; got much planned?

Tomorrow morning I’ll be heading down to the Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre in Dorset to spend a few hours taking some photographs for new pictures that I’ll be looking to add into my Animal’s Project.

As I was going to be there and it’s such a great place I also organised a Photo Walk which is more of a social event than anything and there’s a few people who will be coming along to join me which I’m really looking forward to. On that note if you’d like to come along I’ll be there from midday just inside the entrance so you’re more than welcome to come and join; here’s a [LINK]

Today I just wanted to say a THANK YOU to everyone who follows my Facebook page, by having clicked the Like button, as we just went over the 10,000!!!

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It’s really important to me that what I share on Facebook is a good mix of not just Photoshop and Photography related posts but also shows a more personal side or rather social side.

The biggest thing for me with social media is being able to keep in touch with friends and people that I meet day to day and at workshops, seminars and functions. Seeing what each other is up to is great and the support and encouragement you can get by sharing as such is invaluable…and of course when I say that I mean the ‘constructive’ and well intentioned responses:)

So again, a BIG thanks from me for all the continued support; it’s very much appreciated.

If you’re a Facebook user and would like to connect, here’s a [LINK] to my Page.

Right that’s all from me so have a great weekend whatever you’re up to and I’ll see you back here in a few days.
Enjoy,
Glyn

PHOTOSHOP TUTORIAL: Kick Boxer Gritty Retouch #59

Hi Folks,

Just to let you know that I’ve a new episode of my weekly podcast / show for you online NOW and this time I take you through the entire retouch from start to finish of one of my recent Kick Boxer pictures.

In the video I also show you how I combine Photoshop techniques with 3rd Party Plug Ins like Topaz Labs and the Nik Collection from Google and keep the workflow completely non-destructive.

Hope you ‘Like’ it and feel free to share.
Cheers,
Glyn

  • August 13, 2014 - 8:45 pm

    Michael Warren - Thanks for sharing this great tutorial. I have watched it 2 times and taken notes. Your generosity is awesome!!!!!

  • August 14, 2014 - 8:12 pm

    Glyn - Michael…You’re welcome; thanks a lot for watching the videos :)

  • September 3, 2014 - 8:35 am

    kay - Hi there Glyn, thank you so much for these videos. Am a fan from Nigeria and i wonder if you were self-thought or u went to a school to learn all you know? All in all, you are my mentor!

  • September 10, 2014 - 9:43 pm

    yamani - yamani kick boxng

Join us in Bath for the Scott Kelby Worldwide Photo Walk 2014 #WWPW2014

Hey Folks,

It’s that time of year again; a time when thousands upon thousands of photographers of all different experiences from all over the world get together and make history with the BIGGEST EVER photo walk event there is!!!

Yes it’s the Scott Kelby Worldwide Photo Walk (now in it’s 7th year) and in 2014 is taking place on Saturday 11th October

So what’s it all about you might ask? You check out the video below for more information…

I’ve organised and lead a walk each and every year since the event started and each year it gets bigger and bigger, and better and better.

This year I’ll be leading a walk in the beautiful City of Bath, Somerset; a City I’ve been wanting to visit for such a long time so this seemed like the perfect excuse:)

I’ll be updating the official walk page with meeting point, route and more over the coming weeks.  I’ll be looking to pre book  a restaurant / pub for afterwards so that we can all keep together at the end and carry on with all the social which everyone who has been before would agree is a BIG part of the day.

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So no matter if you take photos only with your mobile phone or your a seasoned professional with the Daddy of DSLR’s or Medium Format, come and join me and many like minded others for a great day of photography, making friends and also the chance to win some incredible prizes.

To come along you’ll need to register (for FREE) on the official Photo Walk website.

CLICK HERE to join us.

Hope to see you there.
Enjoy,
Glyn

KICK BOXER and COACH: Lighting Behind the Scenes

Hi Folks,

How’s it going?

Thanks again for stopping by…I really do appreciate it!

Ok so today as promised I’ve put together a Behind the Scenes look at the lighting set ups I used for a recent Kick Boxer Photo Shoot.

Here goes…

Lighting Set Up 1
Now when it comes to lighting the most important thing for me is not just the How? but the Why?

Of course there are endless ways that we can choose to light a scene but no matter what, the lighting has to make sense and has to fit the environment.

So with this in mind I wanted to create the feel of stadium lighting which is made up of spotlights creating lots of cross shadows and highlights.

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For the picture above I used 3 x Elinchrom RX600′s heads; two fitted with the Reflector and one into a 100cm square square softbox.

The softbox had the outer diffusion panel removed (inner diffuser used only) so as to create a harder light source and this was used to fill in shadows. It was in the ring camera right positioned and above head height of the Boxer (Steve) and Coach (Mike) as you can just about see in the BTS photograph.

The remaining 2 x RX600′s were outside of the ring camera left and camera right aiming into Steve and Mike. My only direction for this shot was for Steve and Mike to keep their backs to the lights and to keep within an imaginary line between the two. Then it was just a case of them doing their thing as I didn’t want to shoot anything stationary and staged because no matter what I think a staged shot always looks like a staged shot.

Of course there were combinations of punches and moves that we repeated over and over to get the angles right, expression and so on but the shots were always timed as opposed to stationary…if that makes sense.

One thing I like to do with this kind of shot is to get the subjects to start off slow and then build up to full speed. This way it helps me to know the positions and pattern of punches but also the more tired they become the more aggression and expression develops.

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Lighting Set Up 2
For this shot I ended up using just the two Elinchrom RX600′s with Grids and these were pretty much kept in the same position as in the set up above i.e. either side of Steve and Mike’s position, outside of the ring and facing towards each other. You can just about make out their position in the Behind the Scenes photograph below with the lighting diagram…

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•If you missed the post last week where I explained how the picture above varied from what I’d originally intended be sure to check it out HERE

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For those of you interested in knowing the kit and settings used:

  • Camera: Canon 5D MK III
  • Lens: Canon 24-105mm f/4.0
  • Exposure: 1/125 sec at f/8.0 (for set up 1 the softbox exposure was approximately f/5.6)
  • Lights: Elinchrom RX600′s (discontinued as replaced with the new Elinchrom ELC Pro HD Heads)
  • Light Meter: Sekonic 758

Final Thoughts
It’s so tempting when you’re shooting subjects like this that you want to try lots and lots of scenarios but there are problems with this kind of approach. Personally speaking as a photographer I need to know exactly what my goal is for each shoot and what pictures I want to come away with and having this focus I believe is especially important when working with athletes, fighters and so on…

To come away with pictures that look real, it has to be real…otherwise like I said before they’re going to look staged and fake. So for ‘real’ the subject has to be working and that is going to be tiring for them if the shoot drags on, so whether it’s a personal shoot or a commissioned shoot we’ll know exactly how many pictures we want to come away with. So for example in this shoot we were aiming for 2 pictures which meant just 2 set ups and I think including set up, shoot and packing away we were done in about 1.5 hours.

Right that’s all from me for today so I hope that was useful but as always if you have any questions / comments please feel free to drop me a line to glyn@glyndewis.com or better still leave a comment below so that everyone else sees it too.

Oh and also you can check out larger / better screen quality versions of both these pictures over on my 500px portfolio by CLICKING HERE

Whatever you’re up to today have a good one and I’ll catch you back here next time.
Enjoy,
Glyn

•ps> This coming Wednesday I’ll have a new episode of my weekly show Photography, Photoshop and Lightroom video podcast / show online and will be looking at recording a run through of the retouching process for these pictures. You’ll find the video HERE