PHOTOSHOP TUTORIAL: Destructive & Non Destructive Retouching #38

Hey Everyone,

How’s it going?

Well I got back late last night from what has been the most incredible few days at The Photography Show, NEC.

I’ll be sure to post more about what went on in a future post but today I have a new episode of my weekly podcast / show for you.

The last few days were busy, busy, busy but I managed to squeeze in a few minutes just before my morning Photoshop Master Class started to record this short tutorial where I go through the difference and benefit of retouching Non Destructively as opposed to Destructively.

Just a short video, sound has a little bit of ambient from the masses at the show but I didn’t want to leave you high and dry and miss posting an episode.

Hope you like it…

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

Have a good one and I’ll catch you next time.
Enjoy,
Glyn

March 10, 2014 - 9:57 pm

Glyn - Brian,yes indeed and you can have as many smart objects as you like. There will be certain techniques where you can’t use a smart object i.e. FST but as much as you can go the smart object route.
Thanks for the kind words too ;)

March 10, 2014 - 9:09 pm

Brian - Hi Glyn,
Thanks, always love your tutorials. So I am clear. Previously where I would always use CMND, Option, Sift, E a number of times throughout a retouch, should I now make a smart object each time? Or can you convert to smart object only once during a retouch?
Regards
Brian

March 7, 2014 - 3:55 pm

Glyn - Clive…That ‘look’ is purely down to a technique I like to add at the very end of my retouching to some degree or another as opposed to being a look generated by my techniques overall.

March 7, 2014 - 11:06 am

Clive Pittam - Hi Glyn,
I attended one of your seminars at the NEC and found it very informative – quick fixes for stuff I have previously spent some time on!
However, the final images have the ‘painted computer game’ finish to them making them look less like photographs. Fine in some situations but not in others. Is it a by product of your methods or something that can be avoided? Your thoughts much appreciated.
Kind regards, Clive.

PREVIEW: Successful Shoots….Guaranteed!!!

Hey Everyone,

How’s it going?

Coming at you today from The Photography, Show at the NEC, Birmingham; in fact at this very moment I’m sat here on the Adobe Stand getting ready for the doors to open for the public and my Retouching Masterclass at 11.30am.

So, keeping it and just wanted to give you a brief look at the filming we did the other day of my Successful Shoots….Guaranteed talk.

This is a talk that I first gave at Photoshop World in Las Vegas and it’s been fantastic to see how well it’s been received and how helpful people are saying the information is.

So what is it?
Well in short…imagine if there was a way that you could guarantee each and every time you had your camera in your hand and you had organised a photo shoot of some kind be it on location or in a studio you DEFINITELY get the results you want. Well that’s exactly what this is all about: a formula that will help you to get the results you wanted each and every time!

I’ll let you know more of what we’re working on to make this available to you all but for now here’s a sneak peek…

Right, must dash…time to run through this mornings class; practice, practice, practice:)

Catch you soon,
Glyn

March 3, 2014 - 8:51 pm

Shane Young - Just loved your talk today at The Photography Show Glyn. Sorry we had to slip out a few minutes early to catch a seat for Joe McNally but I learned some really cool stuff from you today. Thanks for being so generous with your tips and tricks. Will be checking out all your videos from now on! Thanks again for the inspiration. Excellent stuff :-)

NEWS: Kick Boxer, FREE Photoshop Brush and The Photography Show

Hi Folks,

So it’s the day before the first ever UK Photography Show starts so I’m currently checking over my presentations making sure everything is in order.

In addition to that I’ll also be giving my Successful Shoots…Guaranteed talk tomorrow morning to an invited audience which is being filmed in preparation for a project we’re currently working on, so a busy few days ahead but I can’t wait!

Anyway getting back to today’s post I’ve a few things to share with you so let’s get cracking…

NEW PICTURE: KICK BOXER
First off here’s a couple of new pictures which very nearly weren’t:)

Well what I mean by that is the original files were ones that I’d disregarded and considered as rejects from a photo shoot, mainly because of being test shots and being underexposed, lighting not quite right and so on. However just a little time in Lightroom and Photoshop and it can be fun seeing if you can salvage something…

I’ve never been one for throwing files away. I tend to keep everything from a photo shoot and nowadays doing so isn’t such an issue as the price of memory storage is getting less and less.

I mentioned earlier in the week that I’ve recently had a completely new Backing Up system installed and I’ll be putting some videos together so you can see what I’ve gone for any why. Whilst moving files over it’s been a great excuse for having a tidy up and organising things a lot better and it’s doing this that meant I stumbled across these two files and couldn’t resist having a play.

If you missed this week’s episode of my podcast / show then I take you through the complete retouch of the image above. The episode is slightly longer than normal as it’s around the 30 minute mark but there’s a lot of stuff packed in. You can check it out on my YouTube Channel here [Link]

Also you can check out larger / better screen quality versions over on my 500px page here [Link]

FREE PHOTOSHOP BRUSH DOWNLOAD
This past week I made some changes to my Monthly Newsletter sign up page whereby now when you subscribe I’ll send you a link to download a FREE Photoshop Special Effect Snow / Debris brush that you can install and use on your own pictures.

The next issue of my newsletter will be coming out in just over a week so if you’ve already subscribed you’ll be getting the link too…I couldn’t miss you out now could I?:)

If you haven’t yet subscribed you can do so by clicking on this [Link] or by clicking on the NEWSLETTER option in the menu bar at the top of the screen.

Subscribers generally will get 1 email each month updating on all kinds of things including new tutorials, downloads, reviews, news, discounts on tutorials / workshops and more.

THE PHOTOGRAPHY SHOW
If you’re coming along to the UK Photography Show starting tomorrow, I’ll be there teaching classes each day (Sunday, Monday and Tuesday) so be sure to stop by and say hi.

Here’s a reminder of the sessions I’ll be covering over the days on the Adobe Stages PLUS for those of you who sit in I’ve prepared a little extra something for you;)

Right that’s all from me so have a great weekend whatever you’re up to an hopefully I’ll get to meet some of you at the NEC over the coming few days.

Enjoy,
Glyn

PHOTOSHOP TUTORIAL: How to turn a BAD picture into a GREAT picture #37

Hi Everyone,

Just to let you know that the latest episode of my weekly podcast / show is now ONLINE!!!

This week I take you through the entire retouch of a picture from out of camera to the finished print ready version BUT focusing on how to turn a BAD picture into a GREAT picture.

The original starting image was a test shot taken at the very start of a photo shoot and actually a file I’d completely disregarded and thought of as a throw away HOWEVER seeing as I keep all the files from every shoot, from time to time I’ll revisit these throw away images to see if something can actually be done to make it portfolio worthy…

The technology we have at our finger tips these days with incredible sensors in our cameras and constant updates and improvements to Lightroom and Photoshop is definitely allowing us to push things that much further than we ever could; to the point where we can (at times) literally make something from nothing.

That being said, you can’t and never will beat getting the best possible file in camera but it’s a a lot of fun playing that’s for sure:)

Hope you like the video and as always feel free to share it with as many others as you like.

Thanks for the support and I’ll catch you here next time,
Glyn

February 27, 2014 - 11:20 am

Glyn - Thanks John and thanks for looking in; I really do appreciate the support. ;)

February 26, 2014 - 4:40 pm

John Skinner - Great tutorial Glyn.

That bit with the lights added and the different than usual color gradient really made it pop. I was a little shocked at he final image size being 1.32 GIGS !! WOW. I don’t think my system will handle an image that size on a good day.

But it was a lot of food for thought on the ‘looking back through older images’ and see what can be done.

THANKS for all this great and valuable content. I have taken away SO much for the last year or so following you and your style.
-John

NEWS: New Photoshop Book, Backing Up and a FREE Seminar

Hey Folks,

How’s it going?

Hope you had a good weekend.

Lots going on this coming week so I’ll have to make this a quick one.

A few things to let you know about so here goes…

PHOTOSHOP DOWN & DIRTY TRICKS – Volume II
Ok so the much anticipated Volume II of Corey Barker’s Best Selling Photoshop Down and Dirty Tricks book has just hit the shelves in Amazon!

At the moment it’s available in the Kindle Store and expected to be available as a hard copy book on the 3rd March.

I guarantee you this book is going to sell out judging by all the sneak peeks we’ve had of the content and remembering how Volume I was received so I DEFINITELY advise pre ordering.

Check it out on Amazon here:

Oh and there’s a couple of folks in there you might recognise:)

MY BACK UP PARANOIA IS CURED
I’ll be recording some videos and doing a couple of write ups about this but I’ve now finally, thanks to Chris Fields of CHNO Technology, got what I believe is the perfect solution for my Backing Up needs.

As photographers / retouchers I think it’s fair to say that if there was one thing that’s common between us all is our concern about losing files to a dreaded Hard Drive failure. They (whoever they are) say that a hard drive is only ever in one of two states: Failed or about to Fail so with that in mind it’s more a case of making sure you have backups of backups and so on; not necessarily an easy thing to configure.

Anyway this little lot from CHNO Technology has me covered both for my main machine AND when travelling so I’ll let you know real soon what it is.

In the mean time here’s a link to my friend Chris Fields and CHNO [Link]

Also make sure you check out their blog as Chris regularly posts handy tips, tricks, did you know’s to do with technology and solutions particularly for photographers.

SUCCESSFUL SHOOTS GUARANTEED SEMINAR RECORDING
Now I can’t say too much at this stage but there’s a lot of work going on behind the scenes developing my Successful Shoots…Guaranteed talk which in short is a formula that guarantees each and every time you take your camera out and have a photo shoot you get EXACTLY the results you wanted!

It’s been fantastic getting such positive feedback from folks who have seen the talk and found it incredibly useful so we thought we should take it further and make it widely available.

The first stage of this is happening this coming Saturday 1st March where I’ll be giving the talk to an invited group of around 25 people and this is being filmed but here’s the thing…

YOU ARE INVITED!!!
If you’d like to come along and hangout for a couple of hours this coming Saturday (FREE) to be part of the audience for this filming just drop me an email to glyn@glyndewis.com

You’d need to be in Bicester, UK for 11am but spaces are limited to just 25!!!

At the end of the filming I’ll also go through some retouching techniques for those who came along; a kind of FREE mini 1 hour presentation

Right that’s all from me for today so have a good one and hey hopefully I’ll see you Saturday!

Catch you in the next post,
Glyn