Quick Tip: Pinterest for Photography

Hi Everyone

To end the week I thought I’d post a Quick Tip; something I do all the time when working with clients.

Now I’ve mentioned this before but as a reminder and also for those of you who are fairly new to this site, this tip involves using Pinterest.

Completely free to join, when I first heard about Pinterest I was like “Really? Another social media site to update?” but it wasn’t long until I realised there was a way I could actually use it to help with my photography.


The basic idea behind Pinterest is that it’s like a modern day scrap book where you can search / browse for pictures of things that you like and then save them into any number of boards that you create. My wife loves Pinterest and has created a large number of boards for things such as jokes, animals, houses, holiday locations, furniture, food and so on…

Now I also have a few boards that I use to collect pictures however the main way I use Pinterest is to find out exactly what it is a client wants i.e. what kind of look, feel, mood are they after in there pictures.

Private Boards
When I get hired to work with a new client I always ask them if they use Pinterest. If they do then great but if not, then I encourage them to join (it’s free anyway) and then install the Pinterest App on their phone, tablet etc…

I then create a new ‘board’ and name it their name i.e. John Smith Photo Shoot and make this Private and also so that only me and the client can add in pictures. Once this is done, whenever the client sees a picture that has something about it that they like and has the feel, look etc of what they want, then with one click they can add it to our private board. I’ll see this instantly and no matter where I am, or where they are in the world.


This is a MASSIVE help when it comes to working with clients and having a greater understanding of exactly what it is they are after, and the result of which is that we all have much more focus and understanding when it comes to the photo shoot. Before I did this it was much more effort to know what the client wanted; in fact they would often find it hard to articulate what they want, but with pictures this is so much easier.

This I also do when working with people on a personal project. So, as well as maybe drawing something I’ll also show them pictures I have collected on Pinterest to help them have a greater understanding of the concept…does that make sense?

Anyway, just a quick tip I thought you might want to give a try.

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


  • November 21, 2014 - 9:26 pm

    Kelley - Agree! It’s been a huge help for the same reason, and many more!

  • November 22, 2014 - 4:59 pm

    andrea de paolis - Thanks for sharing, great tip

Kick Boxer: Lighting Set Up Number 2

Hi Everyone

Just thought I’d share this  full length picture from the recent Kick Boxer shoot and also give you a look at the lighting set up…


Lighting Set Up
So the lighting here was made up of two (2) x Elinchrom RX600’s at the rear and then to the front as the main light, a D-Lite 4 in a 44cm Square Reflector and Grid. In this shot this light has dropped down because we just started removing everything when I thought of taking this grab shot with the iphone, but in the shoot this was higher up and pointing almost directly down. Then just resting on some of the gym equipment you can see a silver Lastolite Reflector which was angled back to the Kick Boxer to push a bit of light into the shadows.


Again as always, any questions feel free to email me to glyn@glyndewis.com or leave a comment in the section below.

Have a good one and I’ll catch you back here tomorrow.


Kick Boxer Portraits: Steven ‘Pocket Rocket’ Cook

Hi Folks

Today I thought I’d share a couple of portraits from a recent shoot with Kick Boxer, Steven ‘Pocket Rocket’ Cook.

Having successfully defended his British Title this year, 2015 will see him going for not one but four World Titles, and having seen him in training I’m just glad he’s on my side:)

Over the coming months we’re going to be working together on a regular basis to photographically document the journey, so I’ll be sure to keep you up to date as we move forward.

Anyway, here’s a couple of portraits from a quick shoot this past weekend and lower down in the post I’ve included a quick Behind the Scenes grab to give you an idea of the lighting set up…



Lighting Set Up
Simple set up which takes up a small amount of space within the gym…

The large (VERY large) umbrella makes for a great white background without having to set up a seamless roll background and use additional lighting.

On the boom I used an Elinchrom D-Lite 1 RX (because it’s so incredibly light) with the Elinchrom Square 44cm Reflector and Grid. A silver/white reflector was also used to push a little bit of light back into the shadows.


Couldn’t resist taking a quick grab shot of Steve with the two latest additions to his ‘Pack’…


As always if you have any questions / comments then feel free to drop me a line to glyn@glyndewis.com or post a comment in the section below.

Have a good one and I’ll catch you back here next time.

  • November 18, 2014 - 10:04 am

    Thomas Nyhus - Hi Glyn,

    Im a huge fan, i only shoot sports, thanks for sharing some of your wizdom. To me it looks like there is rim light on bough sids of Stevens face, in picture two. Is that from the umbrella?

    Kind Regards

  • November 18, 2014 - 9:06 pm

    Glyn - Hi Thomas…Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Yeah the rim lighting is all from the light through the umbrella.

  • November 20, 2014 - 7:27 pm

    Fabrice - Hi Glyn,

    I love it. Your post come right in time with my project of making pictures of Thai boxers in my area (Toulouse – France). All your previous posts gave me the inspiration for this project I just start a few weeks ago. I’m not yet there, I built some confidence from the coach and the boxers, during the first session. Know I should be able to ask them for more of there time for shooting portraits.
    You’re doing a fantastic job helping your readers not only with the technical side but also on the inspirational side of the business.

    Thanks for everything

Tip: Gaffer Tape those Ears

Hey Everyone

Hope you had a great weekend.

Today I thought I’d kick the week off with a quick tip from yesterday’s Kick Boxer portrait shoot.

Ok so one of the shots we were working involved a bright light behind the subject to give a white background; however this set up can invariably lead to the light shining through the ears.

Solution? A piece of gaffer tape behind the ears…


It could be very tempting to rely on Photoshop to correct this however as Zack Arias famously said “If you find yourself thinking I’ll fix that later in Photoshop, put down your kit and slap your self hard across the face because you’re being lazy” … kind of sums it up huh:)

One minute adding in some tape can save you a whole lot of time in Photoshop doing something that’s certainly no quick fix that’s for sure…


A – No Gaffer Tape
B – With Gaffer Tape

Have a great week and I’ll catch you back here tomorrow.


  • November 17, 2014 - 10:11 pm

    Mik - Great effective tip. Just remember to get them to remove the tape before they leave.

  • November 18, 2014 - 9:06 pm

    Glyn - Mik…Oh I made sure to tell him about that…I value my life too much not too :)

Author Page on Amazon

Well the book is all complete, PDF sheets back from the publishers, checked and signed off.

As for a release date, Peachpit are expecting it to be the end of December with fingers firmly crossed for Christmas.

In the mean time, an Author Page has now been set up on amazon.com and amazon.co.uk


•Author Page on Amazon.com [Link]

•Author Page on Amazon.co.uk [Link]

Can’t wait to finally see it come together and have a copy in my hands; I’ll keep you posted as we near release.

Have a great weekend

  • November 15, 2014 - 8:49 pm

    Neil Holmes - Pre ordered with Amazon Glyn, I look forward to if popping through the letterbox :)

  • November 18, 2014 - 9:07 pm

    Glyn - Neil…Thanks so much mate :)