Shooting Fake Album Art with Friends

Getting out and shooting just for the fun of it, to experiment and try out ideas, and best of all doing it all with friends is THE best way learn and discover new techniques, new looks and so it goes on…

Last weekend I did exactly that with friends of mine Lee Gorecki, JJ Jones and new friend Gaetano Giglio

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Although we were just out shooting and experimenting, we still went out there with a theme. So, this time we took photographs with the idea that we were shooting album cover art for a ‘fake’ singer which in this case was Gaetano, who had brought along a mix of different clothing.

Below shows a one light set up using an Elinchrom RX600 and a Elinchrom 44cm Maxi Lite Reflector. Definitely one of my favourite light modifiers (when shooting outdoors) and which is great for mimicking the sun.

So for this shot, Lee positioned himself in front of Gaetano with the Maxi Lite pointing directly at his chest and exposed 2 stops over; the result of which you can see a little further down…

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Resulting image from set up above:

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Another of the shots wanted to be

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The resulting image from the set up above:

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I guess we were out shooting for a couple of hours or so before the cold took hold, the fog got thicker and Gaetano’s feet turned blue so we then called it a day and headed off for a bite to eat. Whilst packing up I grabbed a few quick portraits of the guys using one light and the Elinchrom 44cm Square Reflector and Grid; this one below is of JJ using my Invisible Black Background technique.

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

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

Enjoy,
Glyn

  • January 8, 2015 - 7:26 am

    Brian Worley - These portraits are really cool, looks like you and the guys had a great few hours of fun.

    The last picture of JJ with the invisible black background shows how well the invisible black background technique works and makes me want to see how the 44cm beauty dish I have compares to the square one you are using.

  • January 8, 2015 - 7:59 am

    DaveT - Great post Glyn, good to see these behind the scenes posts again; they are so useful.

    Hope to see more of them in the future.

  • January 10, 2015 - 4:05 pm

    Kyle Russell - I really enjoy seeing the lighting set ups. As a beginner it’s so insightful to me. Out of curiosity I’ve a Godox battery pack coming to me in the post. Are you happy with yours? Thanks

  • January 13, 2015 - 9:42 pm

    Mark Wood - Hiya mate excellent as ever. If you could do a Post Process post on the portraits that would be just ace. Thanks again for all your work on here its appreciated.

Benson James Wellness Services – Promo Shoot

One of the last promotional shoots of 2014 was for Benson James Wellness Services based in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire.

Specialising in Health, Fitness and Wellness Services for both Individual Clients as well as the Corporate Sector, Benson and his Team were an absolute dream to work with, so I just thought I’d share some of the results along with a couple of lighting set up (behind the scenes) too…

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Here’s a BTS (Behind the Scenes) shot showing a lighting set up for the shot beneath: Elinchrom 175cm Octa at front left and two Reflectors (minus grid) rear left and right:

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The resulting shot:

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Regal Lion: New Year, New Picture

Ok so with the New Year now full steam ahead I’m looking forward to continuing working on personal projects over the coming months.

If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you’ll likely know that one of my ongoing projects is based around animals whereby I’m taking photographs of animals in captivity (Wildlife Parks, Zoos etc) and then using Photoshop to build pictures that then make the animal appear to be in it it’s natural environment; in effect…setting them free.

I’m aiming for around 25 to 30 pictures for starters but one of the things I did recently as an experiment was to revisit a couple of earlier pictures and rework them changing things such a position of background elements, depth of field, crop, black and white conversions etc…

The first version of this composite image was in full colour which you can see here in my 500px portfolio: [LINK]

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Check out the larger / high quality version here [LINK]

So when was the last time you looked back at some earlier pictures and reworked them? Maybe you never have. If so why not give it a go and see how you do things differently?

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

Enjoy,
Glyn

  • January 6, 2015 - 1:56 am

    Shannon Herren - Absolutely breathtaking!

The Photoshop Workbook now on Kindle

Since my book, The Photoshop Workbook was officially released yesterday I’ve been absolutely blown away by the response especially seeing that it went to the number 1 Best Seller spot in it’s category on Amazon!

As an author (feels kind of strange saying that now) seeing that the book is in demand is a wonderful feeling however I do know that this has now caused there to be a slight delay in Amazon despatching copies.

A few folks have asked on social media and by email if the book will be in Kindle (ebook) versions, so I just thought I’d post to let you know that the ebook versions are NOW AVAILABLE (Amazon Kindle, Kobo etc…)

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Have a wonderful weekend and I’ll catch you back here in a few days when we’ll be hitting the ground running.

Enjoy,
Glyn

Happy New Year!!!

Wishing you all a Bloomin’ Marvellous New Year!!!

Thank you so much for all the support this past 12 months; hand on heart I appreciate it more than I’m capable of expressing!

Let’s ROCK 2015…each and everyone!

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  • January 1, 2015 - 6:36 pm

    kelley - From the first time I commented on your foggy morning pic on twitter to seeing your Best seller post, I’ve watched you two go through so much life and success. It’s been wonderful being internet friends and meeting in person at PSW! You’re one of my favorite couples and I’ve been thankful for your kindness and support! Have a fabulous 2015! All the best to you both! xxx