New Pictures: Rescued Chimpanzees PLUS Photography Tip

Hi Folks

Thanks for stopping.

Thanks too, to each every one of you that has commented on social media where I’ve posted these recent Ape Portraits taken at the Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre in Dorset, UK; it’s wonderful to read that the portraits have moved so many of you.

Today I’d normally have a brand new episode of my weekly podcast / show for you but yesterday I flew to Glasgow for the day and didn’t get back until quite late. Consequently I didn’t have time to sit and record a video however I’ll have some content online by the end of the week so be sure to check in.

This week I’ll be giving an overview of the retouching from start to finish on these new Chimpanzee portraits but today I thought I’d give you a look at how I actually photographed the Apes in their indoor living quarters from behind the thick safety glass and show you the before and after images.

Photographing through thick safety glass from within an area with lots of light leaking in, smudge marks on the glass and so on is actually quite a simple process…

The trick is simply removing the lens hood and gently pressing the lens tight against the glass and holding it there, taking care to place it very slowly so as not to knock the glass and startle / upset the Apes (see picture below)

As for camera and settings, for these pictures I used…

Canon 5D MK III
70-200mm f/2.8 IS II

To give myself the flexibility of maybe adding in new backgrounds I set my aperture to f/8.0 and iso way up to 3200 so as to get a decent shutter speed; however saying that I did bracket for 5 shots each time too.

When it came to the retouching for these portraits I decided to add in a plain simple white background because to me they are all about the expression and that is what I wanted to focus on. Also because of the lighting from outside behind Zeyden she has highlights and rim lighting so adding in a white background I feel works a lot better as opposed to adding in a black background. On those occasions where I would add in a black background I’d choose portraits with a lot more shadow…if that makes sense.


I’m including these portraits and others that I want to do at the Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre into my Animals project and my reason for this is that although not living in the wild, the Apes are FREE from the pain and suffering they’ve endured at the hand of man as they are now living at a truly wonderful rescue centre.


I hope this come across in the way it’s intended but this is the first time I genuinely feel moved by any picture I’ve produced and that may sound kind of strange I guess so I hope you get what I mean by that.

Right that’s all from me for today so whatever you’re up to, have a good one and I’ll catch you back here next time.


  • August 20, 2014 - 1:05 pm

    Brian - Beautiful shots Glyn! Thanks for sharing! I’ve really enjoyed seeing your animal series come to life.

  • August 20, 2014 - 1:17 pm

    Jim Hutcheon - Simply stunning, as ever!

  • August 20, 2014 - 3:05 pm

    Martin Woolfe - Glyn you have surpassed yourself this time, and managed to catch the emotion of the animal, your retouching shows a real empathy and humanity for the subject matter.

  • August 20, 2014 - 4:01 pm

    Sheila Mullis - Simply beautiful…both the images and the subjects. I absolutely understand being moved by a photo…and it doesn’t sound strange. It’s that image that makes you see the greater purpose of what you do. That image that makes others ‘see’ your subjects as more than just a pretty picture…makes them want to do something to improve their lives. If your images move just one person to make a difference for other chimpanzees, than you have accomplished a great thing. :-)

  • August 21, 2014 - 6:39 am

    Mike Butcher - That’s awesome, Glyn. More power to your elbow.

  • August 21, 2014 - 4:20 pm

    Stu Cosgrave - Love how simple these portraits are, and yet very powerful. Very nicely processed aswell Glyn. Nice one!

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!

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.”


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.


  • 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!!!


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.

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.

  • 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!

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.

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.

  • September 26, 2014 - 5:53 pm

    Jim Trace - hi mate.
    Sorry to bother you but I’m struggling to download the media pack on my iPad.
    Any thoughts?