PHOTOGRAPHY: How to Back-Up and Protect your Picture Files

Hey Everyone,

Thanks for stopping by.

Today I thought I’d kick the week off with  video for you.

The video is one we recorded yesterday and it’s all about Backing Up your Files.

Recently thanks to my friend Chris Fields at CHNO Technology I’ve had a complete overhaul of my Backing Up Workflow; something I’ve been meaning to do for a while because I’ve tried all kinds of systems and methods and none seem to work 100% or I just wasn’t happy with the process.

Thankfully sitting with Chris and explaining how I work, what I do and how I do it he put together a Bespoke System for me using several RAID set ups that covers me for working in the office/home AND when travelling.

Anyway rather than me explain it all, click PLAY on the video below and see what Chris came up with AND what I hasten to has worked out to be PERFECT for me…

Sure the system I have in place may not be suitable for everyone; the TOUGH TECH Duo would probably be enough for most but the idea here was to give you food for thought and maybe to take another look at your own workflow to see if you need to tweak it a little.

Of course when it comes to Backing Up there’s always going to be What If’s so the idea is to try and minimise them as much as possible.

Anyway, definitely check out Chris over at CHNO (links below) and also make sure you bookmark his blog which he updates on a regular basis with all kinds of tips and tricks for keeping your computer (mainly Mac but does cover Windows too) running healthy.

Catch you next time,
Glyn

CHNO Technology on the web:

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POCKET ROCKET (Kick Boxing): New Picture PLUS Lighting Set Up

Hey Everyone,

How’s it going?

Thanks again for stopping by; I really do appreciate it.

So with the weekend just around the corner do you have anything planned Photography related?

Ok so today I’ve a new picture to share with you and I thought I’d also give you a look at what the lighting set up was too seeing as a few folks have asked about it; here goes…

LIGHTING SET UP
So the diagram below gives you a look at the lighting set up I used for the picture above.

Initially I’d started out with 2 lights: the gridded soft box which was positioned as if to be a window light and then a single light with reflector (no grid) on the opposite side to Steven. This worked great except for the fact that his dark lower half was almost disappearing so a third light was added to just give a bit of an outline to his lower half and this was hidden from camera behind the punch bag he was kicking and punching.

Once in Photoshop the main retouching work consisted of adding details and a colour effect to increase the mood but also removing the light stand from the 3rd light that was added behind the punch bag; oh and the Elinchrom 40cm Maxi Spot Reflector I’d left on the floor in the background…doh!:)

I guess we were shooting for around 3 hours or so and took a variety of shots in different locations and set ups around the gym.

INVISIBLE BLACK BACKGROUND
Here’s an example of the shot I just have to do; my Invisible Black Background Technique with Steven photographed sat on my camera bag in the Fighting Ring:

•Check out this short video over on my YouTube Channel showing how to do this [Link]

I’ll post more images once I’ve worked through them and again will give you a look at the set up for each one but in the mean time a HUGE thanks to my friend Ray Fidler who drove 1.5 hours to come and help out. Ray…you’re a STAR!!!

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

Enjoy,
Glyn

March 14, 2014 - 6:56 pm

Isaiah - Thanks for sharing man. Your work always inspires me and there’s always something new to learn.

March 14, 2014 - 4:46 pm

J.R. Maddox - Very nice! I love the grittiness of the images! Thats always been my favorite part of images..
One day would love to work together on a project!

J.R.

March 14, 2014 - 12:17 pm

Ray Fidler - You are more than welcome Mr. D. Thanks for the mention I learnt a lot on the day and your lighting diagrams shown here plus your comments re post processing will help me further in the future. Have a great weekend. Ray

March 14, 2014 - 11:11 am

Alexander - Hi Glyn,

thank you so much for sharing this Information. I tried some similar shots last week in a fitness Studio but the lightning conditions were so bad (Windows everywhere, almost impossible to create the lightning that I wantet to have) that I had to replace the Background of all Images. Too sad.

Anyway, great work and cool Inspiration.
Best
Alexander

PHOTOSHOP TUTORIAL: Perfect Green Screen Cut Outs #39

Hey Folks,

Today I have a new episode of my weekly Photography, Photoshop and Lightroom Podcast / Show for you.

This week I show you how to make perfect cut outs when having photographed your subject on a Green / Blue screen; commonly known as Chromakey.

This is a technique widely used in the movie industry and with advances in Digital Photography is being used more and more in compositing. Over the coming weeks I’m going to be experimenting more and more with this technique photographing on location and in the studio but for now I thought I’d show you what you can do in Photoshop with regards to making the cut outs / selections.

Photographing on green / blue such as this does create a few extra steps such as having to remove the colour that reflects back onto the subject but all in all the fix is still quite quick.

Enjoy:)

As always if you have any questions / comments then please feel free to make use of the comments section below or email me direct to glyn@glyndewis.com

Also make sure that you SUBSCRIBE to my YouTube Channel so that you don’t miss any of the new content that’s posted each and every week.

Subscribing is FREE and it just means that each time you go to YouTube you’ll see if and how many new tutorials have been added which basically saves you time going to the page to check. I’m looking to build the audience on my YouTube Channel so that more people get to see the content so I really do appreciate it when you subscribe and let others know about my channel too.

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 soon.

Thanks for stopping by,
Glyn

March 14, 2014 - 5:56 pm

DaveT - As always, its the devil in the detail. Those tips on adding the shadows and the gradient fill shadow technique are the little jems you do so well Glyn.

Thanks,

Dave

ATHLETE: Full Length Photoshop Compositing Tutorial AVAILABLE NOW!!!

Hey Everyone,

Just dropping in to let you know that I’ve released a Brand New Full Length Compositing Tutorial called: ATHLETE

Available NOW in my Web Store I’m genuinely pleased and excited how this tutorial has turned out!

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Throughout the tutorial I take you step by step covering all of the retouching in Camera RAW and Photoshop and of course all that we do in Camera RAW can be done in Lightroom too if that’s what you prefer.

When you purchase the tutorial as well as the original RAW file and images that go to make up the background you get 2 full layered Photoshop files: one for the original work on the athlete and then the other showing how the background was made from scratch and then how the final composite was put together.

There’s 17 video tutorials that take you through each of the stages in detail which includes:

VIDEO SUMMARY

VIDEO 1: Introduction & Brief explanation of lighting

VIDEO 2: Creating the Running Track – Part 1

VIDEO 3: Creating the Running Track – Part 2 (Using Vanishing Point)

VIDEO 4: Creating the Running Track – Part 3 (Removing the Buildings etc)

VIDEO 5: Creating the Running Track – Part 4 (Changing the Perspective / Camera Angle)

VIDEO 6: Creating the Running Track – Part 5 (Adding Sky, Lighting Effects and Birds)

VIDEO 7: Enhancing Details and Eyes in Camera RAW

VIDEO 8: Removing Blemishes, Dust and Hot Spots PLUS Image Settings and Smart Objects

VIDEO 9: Non Destructive Body Reshaping

VIDEO 10: Dodging and Burning – Part 1

VIDEO 11: Dodging and Burning – Part 2

VIDEO 12: Removing Shadows using Frequency Separation PLUS Working on Hair

VIDEO 13: Making the Selection / Cut Out PLUS the Overlay Trick

VIDEO 14: Adding the Athlete into the Scene PLUS Techniques for enhancing the hair cut out

VIDEO 15: Selection / Cut Out Technique for Quickly Removing Outlines

VIDEO 16: Matching Colour between Foreground and Background PLUS Black & White Conversion to Desaturate

VIDEO 17: Finishing Touches

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At just $27 and with just under 2 hours of content, the tutorial is worked through in Photoshop CC but the techniques covered are also transferable to earlier versions going back to Photoshop CS4 as I also show workarounds.

Check out ATHLETE in my Web Store at this [Link]

Have a great day and I’ll catch you back here tomorrow.
Enjoy,
Glyn

March 11, 2014 - 3:41 pm

Nick Bayliss - Excellent tutorial yet again. Love the way you talk us through each step and your very easy to listen to. Made my photoshop skills improve since finding your site and you have shown me some short cuts to working that would of taken me hours in the past.
Keep up the good work.

Nick

Learn to Light with DEDPXL and OneLight 2.0 by Zack Arias

Hey Folks,

Hope you had a good weekend.

Those of you in the UK…how gorgeous was the weather yesterday?!?!?

Amazing how a bit of sunshine makes you feel good huh:)

Ok so today, to kick the week off I wanted to give you the heads up about OneLight 2.0 by Zack Arias.

When I was first starting out and trying to get my head around this whole photography and lighting stuff it was when I watched the original OneLight Workshop by Zack that the penny dropped! All of a sudden things fell into place; it may sound kind of corny but it literally was a eureka moment!

So, seeing that Zack has now produced a new and updated OneLight 2.0 is a no brainer; you never stop learning right?!?!?

I’ve never been formally trained in photography; never attended College, University, Night School or anything like that…what I do is self taught and from attending a few workshops here and there (mainly in the USA) but it was watching the original OneLight Workshop over and over again that has helped me more than I can quantify.

I originally heard of OneLight and Zack Arias when Dave Cross used to produce a video show reviewing products, services and all manner of different photography and photoshop related goodies; saw it…looked good…Dave was recommending it…ordered it…and geez am I glad I did!!!

It’s incredible how what you might think is a ‘small’ thing to do (such a writing a blog post, recording a video) can make such a BIG impact; had Dave not posted this review….who knows?!?

Fast forward a few years and sure things have changed somewhat and I’m really proud to be able to call Zack and Meghan friends which all stemmed from an email that came completely out of the blue. Long story short Zack and Meghan invited me over to Atlanta to spend a week with them a few years back; an incredible week as you can imagine but above all, testament to the kind of people they both are: genuine, honest, good, hard working people with damn BIG hearts and who do what they do for the right reasons…they LOVE IT!

Listen I’m not in the habit of telling you folks to just purchase stuff but today I’m making an exception because I know how much Zack’s original OneLight Workshop impacted on me.

If you want to ‘Get It’ and by that I mean this whole photography and lighting gig then I cannot recommend enough that you check out OneLight 2.0 [Link]

Also be sure to bookmark DEDPXL; Zack and Meghan’s site packed full of resources, store, blog and more (oh and lil’ ole me:)

Right have a good one and let’s make this a GREAT week!

Catch you soon,
Glyn

March 11, 2014 - 5:05 pm

Steve - Hi Glyn,
I ordered it about two minutes BEFORE reading your blog regarding it. Between you and Zack, you’re costing me a fortune!! ;-)
Best regards
Steve

March 10, 2014 - 9:58 pm

Glyn - Dave…Anytime ;)

March 10, 2014 - 9:58 pm

Glyn - Ray…Great to hear :)

March 10, 2014 - 9:57 pm

Glyn - You’ll love it Mary

March 10, 2014 - 9:54 am

Mary-Claire - I’ll look into it. It’s always nice to get a solid recommendation from someone whose work one admires!

March 10, 2014 - 9:32 am

Ray Fidler - Hi Glyn,

I pre ordered it last week following your initial post of the video. Zack Arias is a great communicator and can’t wait to get my hands, well eyes, on it. Just purchased a Phottix flash receiver / trigger set, which I will learn today, and I’m ready to go. Ray F

March 10, 2014 - 9:22 am

DaveT - Thanks for the heads up Glyn.

Dave