Lighting on Location: New Kick Boxing Promo Pictures

Ok so today, as promised, here’s  some new Kick Boxer pictures from the series I’m working on following Steven ‘Pocket Rocket’ Cook as he trains towards two World Championship titles this year.

I’ve also included some lighting diagrams so you can see the set up for each of the pictures too; a set up that means I can also get in the gym and shoot without taking up too much space which is most definitely a consideration when working in an area where there’s a lot going on…

The picture above was shot with myself stood in the ring and Steve on the outside with the 175cm Elinchrom Rotalux Octa behind him as a backdrop.

I’m absolutely loving this as a backdrop for these kind of shots because of it’s size but also because being Rotalux it takes literally seconds to put up and means I don’t need to set up a seamless roll and light that too. Using the Octa as the backdrop means we can move quickly and easily around the gym to set up in different areas.

To the front of Steve to, high up on a light stand was a 70cm square softbox with Rotagrid fitted, angled down to emphasise shadows and add more interest and punch to the picture.



For the picture above the set up was identical to the first however with this one the front fill light was turned off.

This ended up giving the silhouette effect with the Octa adding just enough highlight onto Steve to outline his face, arms etc…


Once I have lights set up I’ll regularly see what results I get by turning some off and experimenting like this is something I encourage everyone to do as the results can be quite dramatic and a bonus to what you already had in mind.


For this final picture we moved out of the boxing ring, onto the gym floor and into an area where there are punch bags and speed balls. The lighting set up was pretty much the same with the 175cm Elinchrom Rotalux Octa as the backdrop and the 70cm square softbox and Rotagrid for fill, however…

The ceiling in the gym is really quite high and the punch bags themselves are quite deep too so when we first shot with Steve punching as in this picture, the punch bags looked just like a black blob; I felt we needed to see more of them to look right.

Solution? Combine 2 shots; one of Steve punching into the bag, and another of just the punch bag (photographed with the same lighting) showing the top along with the chains.

Then during the retouching combine the two images to…


Ok so that gives you a quick look Behind the Scenes at the lighting set up but also, just to give you a heads up, I’m going to be creating a series of ebooks soon that will take you through the whole process: the location, the lighting set up, the shoot, out of camera picture and then through all the retouching steps in Lightroom and Photoshop. This way you’ll get to see absolutely everything that went into making the picture.

I’ll let you know more about that when we get nearer to releasing them but it won’t be too long now.

Anyway, I hope this post was useful and as always if you have any questions/comments, feel free to drop me a line to or make use of the comments section below.

Catch you back here next time,

Back from Tenerife and Photo Training Oversees

Hi Folks

Well, I’m now back from a what was a great week out in Tenerife, teaching at Photo Training Oversees 2015.

It always amazes me how quick time goes by and this past week was no exception. No sooner had we arrived and met everyone at the welcome day, classes started and the week was over, but it sure was a great week spent with a great bunch of people.

I got back home late on Friday evening so this weekend has been all about quality time with Mrs D and a little bit of catching up on emails as the internet at the resort was, well…sporadic:)

I’ve lots to tell you about and I’ll do that over the next few days so for today I thought I’d share a picture that I headed out for the day to Mount Teide with great friends Frank & Annewiek Doorhof (also out at PTO teaching)  and Yvonne Michielsen.

Now I’m by no means a landscape photographer but I thoroughly enjoyed experimenting here as this was taken at night when it was pitch black; the first time I’ve ever taken night shots and experimented with long exposure times which in this case was 30 seconds. It’s not perfect nor is it award winning, but hey, it was great fun and proof that it’s always good to try something different as there’s always something to learn.

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


  • February 10, 2015 - 10:22 am

    lorenzom - you should take more landcape pictures, I like this one very much :D

Lighting Set Up: Soldier – US Military Picture

Currently sat at Birmingham Airport in the Gate Room waiting for boarding and heading off to Tenerife so just grabbing a few minutes to add this post.

As promised here’s a brief look at the lighting I used for my new Solider: US Military picture which consisted of…

2 x Elinchrom RX600’s

1 x 175cm Elinchrom Octa

1 x 70cm square Softbox with Rotagrid

…and photographed outdoors at about midday.



I’m using the 175cm Octa a lot lately for giving a white background such as this; it’s quick to put up with it being Rotalux and the big advantage is that it has a small ‘foortprint’ so is great for working in areas where space is tight such as gyms etc…

The 70cm Softbox is another favourite piece of kit which is again super fast for opening up and the grid helps direct the light with little spill. In this picture it was positioned quite high and angled down so as to add shadows on the very detailed body armour…

With a little bit of white around around the subject it’s then easy to extend it later in Photoshop to give the impression of a much larger background…


I’ll definitely be recording some video for this picture as there’s a few little tricks in there I’m sure you’ll find useful, and I’ll do that once I’m back.

Right…must dash.

Have a good one and I’ll see you back in a day or 2 as I’ll be posting whilst away.


  • February 4, 2015 - 8:19 am

    Ofir - nice :)
    is the 175cm Elinchrom Octa a Rotalux? quick folding?

  • February 4, 2015 - 8:28 am

    p.g.manoharan - very good

  • March 2, 2015 - 5:20 am

    Glyn - Ofir…Sure is


Today I’ve a new picture to share with you that I took and processed this past weekend.

Inspired by the movie American Sniper (which I have yet to see at the time of writing this post) this is a picture of my dear friend Barry Payne…


I’m a little short on time at the moment as we’re getting ready to head off to Tenerife for this year’s Photo Training Oversees (PTO) event where I’m teaching with the likes of my buddy Frank Doorhof, however I will be posting a Behind the Scenes (BTS) post for this picture in the next day or so.

The original picture was photographed in the middle of day in Barry’s back garden with a light source behind and one to the front; kind of bringing to the studio outdoors.

I’ll also be recording a video for my YouTube Channel as part of my weekly Photography, Photoshop and Lightroom show, going through some of the retouching steps for you too; again I’ll get that posted asap.

Right that’s all from me for today so have a great one and I’ll catch you back here next time.


> You can check out a larger version of the picture over in my 500px portfolio CLICK HERE


Selfies with The Photoshop Workbook

It’s so great to see more pictures being posted online by people who now have my new book, The Photoshop Workbook.

The picture below is actually one from a photo shoot this past weekend and is of my friend Barry Payne (I’ll be posting a look at the main image we worked on in a short while and will also post the behind the scenes and a look at some of the retouching)

As we were packing up, Barry said he had an idea for one final picture so grabbed his own copy of the book and well…I do like it when Barry has ideas:)

Incidentally Barry was the first ever person I photographed using studio lighting; he’s been such a great supporter since day one…always willing to help out, a constant stream of ideas and endless enthusiasm!


This superbly creative selfie which was given the title of “Some Light Reading“, is by Christopher Germano over on Google+

Way to go Christopher; I love it!


This selfie is of my friend Oliver Kremer; a photographer based in Germany


HUGE thanks to everyone posting pictures online; every time I see a new one it just TOTALLY makes my day.

Got a selfie with the book? If so, please do email me a copy so I can share it here for everyone to see and so I can add it into my evidence memory folder:)

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


>Check out “The Photoshop Workbook: Professional Retouching and Compositing Tips, Tricks and Techniques” over on Amazon [LINK]

  • February 11, 2015 - 11:03 am

    Oliver Kremer - Thanks again Glyn for getting me this autographed copy of your book. I love it. Best, Oliver

  • March 2, 2015 - 5:18 am

    Glyn - Oliver…No worries ;)