Kick Boxer: One Light Portrait + Lighting

In preparation for some filming early next month I’ve been running through a number of lighting set ups lately, to work out which ones I’ll be including.

Yesterday I headed over to Pegasus Gym in Aylesbury to take some more pictures for the ongoing project I’m working on with Kick Boxer Steven ‘Pocket Rocket’ Cook as he trains for 2 World Championship Titles this year.

This is an ongoing project I’m working on and when I have some spare time, head over to the spend some time with Steven as he’s training either in the gym, out running and so on…

Took the opportunity to take a picture of him yesterday; a really simple lighting set up using just one Elinchrom 175cm Rotalux Octa…


Here you can see how the light was positioned during this ‘very’ quick shoot with it positioned forward so as to feather the light on Steven…

For those of you interested in camera settings:

Camera: Canon 5D MKIII
Lens: Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 isII
Settings: ISO 100, 70mm, f/2.8, 1/60 sec


The lighting diagram below gives you a ‘virtual’ overhead view so you can see how the light was positioned forward of Steven…


Hope you find this useful, and as always if you have any questions/comments, feel free to make use of the comments section below or mail me direct to


DigiDay at Wantage Camera Club

This past weekend I was the Guest Presenter at the Wantage Camera Club Digi-Day.

A full day from 10am through to 4pm I went through a mix of Photoshop and Photography techniques and also a presentation on the importance of Personal Projects / Self Assignments.

1) Invisible Black Background Technique:

2) Showing the detail and depth of field that the Faux Medium Format technique produces…

HUGE thanks to Ian Bateman and the team for inviting me in and to everyone for making me feel so welcome; I hope to see you again soon!

Copenhagen: Photoshop & Photography Day

Not long now until Saturday and my Photoshop Training Day/Seminar in Copenhagen.

Cannot wait to be there and show some of the new pictures and techniques I’ve been working on lately.

There’s so much that I want to share so I’ll also be going through a couple of ‘Live’ portrait photography demos too and then retouch the images them.

Not sure how many, or indeed if there are tickets remaining for the event so if you’d like to join us you can CLICK HERE to check availability.

Will be great to see you there for the day and of course for the social afterwards too.



Beard & Ink: New Picture PLUS Lighting Set Up

Hi Folks

Just a quick post today as I’m in the middle of getting ready for a busy couple of days with a seminar during the day tomorrow, followed by a concert at the O2 in Londonm then an early start for an all day shoot at the Imperial College in London on Sunday.

So today I thought I’d share another picture from Tuesday’s photo shoot in Crewe with James Elmore and Sarah Chrisp and also give you a look ‘Behind the Scenes’ at the lighting set up.


This wasn’t a planned shot at all but rather one that just happened. I was setting up some lighting on the studio floor and turned to see James and Sarah sat in this exact position in the office/waiting area. So…grabbed some lighting, quickly set it up and job done!

Below is a lighting diagram showing the one light set up for this picture; namely the 175cm Elinchrom Rotalux Octa positioned in such a way as to mimic a large window in the studio…


Here’s a Behind the Scenes photograph taken by Johnathan Clover (Owner of Cloverleaf Studios) showing the set up and environment…


Right that’s all from me so whatever you’re up to, have a fantastic weekend and I’ll catch you back here in a couple of days.


ps> Check out the larger version of the final picture by CLICKING HERE

  • March 13, 2015 - 3:44 pm

    Mike Macdonald - Love it as always! Loving the softness of the 175 octa! :)

Faux Medium Format Portrait

Today I’ve a new picture to share with you from one of the photo shoots I had on Tuesday, and this one in particular is from a photo shoot I had at Cloverleaf Studios in Crewe…


The technique (that I only just discovered thanks to a friend) is based around what is affectionately known as the Brenizer Method and I’ll look to record a video showing how it’s all done at some point in the future.

Long story short…multiple pictures (in this case 15) taken at a wide open aperture (e.g. f/2.8) photographing close in on the subject and then stitched together to create one complete portrait. A HUGE file is created (this one was just over 5Gb) but the result is incredible detail and depth of field.


Check out the pictures below showing the result zoomed in on an eye; such a great technique for creating images with huge amounts of detail; the kind of which is only usually found in files from medium format cameras.


The picture below shows the lighting set for this shot; although the model James Elmore is shown wearing a change of clothing; one light (Elinchrom 170cm Rotalux Octa) and silver reflector panel opposite…


Check out the Larger version of the portrait over on my 500px portfolio page [CLICK HERE]

As always any questions feel free to make use of the comments section below, but in the mean time, have a good one and I’ll catch you back here tomorrow.


  • March 12, 2015 - 12:00 pm

    Reinoud - Hi Glen,

    does this mean the model has to sit motionless between the moment of the first and the last shot?

  • March 12, 2015 - 12:48 pm

    ben - Hi Glyn
    Is there any particular reason for using a wide aperture? Is the DoF consistent throughout the subject and do you have to try and maintain the same plane of focus for each shot?

    cheers :)

  • March 13, 2015 - 1:43 am

    Jesse Mickle - I’ve used this method before, and I’m curious how you saved a PS file of over 2GB.
    While editing PS kept on throwing out a message that the aforementioned was the file size limit.

  • March 13, 2015 - 4:50 am

    Des - Hi Glyn, love the image can’t wait for the video. What did you do in terms of color grading the image? love the finished colors. It has a nice feel to go along with the medium format look.

  • March 13, 2015 - 10:54 am

    Robin Janasek - Jesse Mickle > All you need is to save the file in .psb instead of .psd. PSB is a large document format which is used to save files over 2GB.