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.
Cheers,
Glyn

  • 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

*** UPDATE: START TIME CHANGED TO 3PM ***

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.

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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.
Enjoy,
Glyn

  • 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?

KICK BOXER and COACH: Lighting Behind the Scenes

Hi Folks,

How’s it going?

Thanks again for stopping by…I really do appreciate it!

Ok so today as promised I’ve put together a Behind the Scenes look at the lighting set ups I used for a recent Kick Boxer Photo Shoot.

Here goes…

Lighting Set Up 1
Now when it comes to lighting the most important thing for me is not just the How? but the Why?

Of course there are endless ways that we can choose to light a scene but no matter what, the lighting has to make sense and has to fit the environment.

So with this in mind I wanted to create the feel of stadium lighting which is made up of spotlights creating lots of cross shadows and highlights.

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For the picture above I used 3 x Elinchrom RX600’s heads; two fitted with the Reflector and one into a 100cm square square softbox.

The softbox had the outer diffusion panel removed (inner diffuser used only) so as to create a harder light source and this was used to fill in shadows. It was in the ring camera right positioned and above head height of the Boxer (Steve) and Coach (Mike) as you can just about see in the BTS photograph.

The remaining 2 x RX600’s were outside of the ring camera left and camera right aiming into Steve and Mike. My only direction for this shot was for Steve and Mike to keep their backs to the lights and to keep within an imaginary line between the two. Then it was just a case of them doing their thing as I didn’t want to shoot anything stationary and staged because no matter what I think a staged shot always looks like a staged shot.

Of course there were combinations of punches and moves that we repeated over and over to get the angles right, expression and so on but the shots were always timed as opposed to stationary…if that makes sense.

One thing I like to do with this kind of shot is to get the subjects to start off slow and then build up to full speed. This way it helps me to know the positions and pattern of punches but also the more tired they become the more aggression and expression develops.

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Lighting Set Up 2
For this shot I ended up using just the two Elinchrom RX600’s with Grids and these were pretty much kept in the same position as in the set up above i.e. either side of Steve and Mike’s position, outside of the ring and facing towards each other. You can just about make out their position in the Behind the Scenes photograph below with the lighting diagram…

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•If you missed the post last week where I explained how the picture above varied from what I’d originally intended be sure to check it out HERE

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For those of you interested in knowing the kit and settings used:

  • Camera: Canon 5D MK III
  • Lens: Canon 24-105mm f/4.0
  • Exposure: 1/125 sec at f/8.0 (for set up 1 the softbox exposure was approximately f/5.6)
  • Lights: Elinchrom RX600’s (discontinued as replaced with the new Elinchrom ELC Pro HD Heads)
  • Light Meter: Sekonic 758

Final Thoughts
It’s so tempting when you’re shooting subjects like this that you want to try lots and lots of scenarios but there are problems with this kind of approach. Personally speaking as a photographer I need to know exactly what my goal is for each shoot and what pictures I want to come away with and having this focus I believe is especially important when working with athletes, fighters and so on…

To come away with pictures that look real, it has to be real…otherwise like I said before they’re going to look staged and fake. So for ‘real’ the subject has to be working and that is going to be tiring for them if the shoot drags on, so whether it’s a personal shoot or a commissioned shoot we’ll know exactly how many pictures we want to come away with. So for example in this shoot we were aiming for 2 pictures which meant just 2 set ups and I think including set up, shoot and packing away we were done in about 1.5 hours.

Right that’s all from me for today so I hope that was useful but as always if you have any questions / comments please feel free to drop me a line to glyn@glyndewis.com or better still leave a comment below so that everyone else sees it too.

Oh and also you can check out larger / better screen quality versions of both these pictures over on my 500px portfolio by CLICKING HERE

Whatever you’re up to today have a good one and I’ll catch you back here next time.
Enjoy,
Glyn

•ps> This coming Wednesday I’ll have a new episode of my weekly show Photography, Photoshop and Lightroom video podcast / show online and will be looking at recording a run through of the retouching process for these pictures. You’ll find the video HERE

The Ultimate Goal is Emotion (Kick Boxer)

Hi Folks

How’s it going?

I must say that at the moment time really does seem to be flying by…more so than normal.

Still, as I’m sat here writing all I can see out of the window is sunshine and a blue sky so all is good:)

Ok so for today I thought I’d share a new picture from a recent Kick Boxer photo shoot that I’m calling FINISH IT!!!

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On Monday next week I’ll be posting a run through of the photo shoot showing a look at some of the lighting set ups that I used for this shoot but for now here’s a look at how I originally worked the picture and how it ended up.

During the shoot as you can see from the smaller inset picture, I lit and photographed the scene with the intention of having a full length picture which is why we included such things as the bucket and bottle of water. However it wasn’t until looking through and sorting images in Lightroom after the photo shoot that this one to me screamed out that it needed to have a tighter crop.

In the picture the expression and connection between the boxer Steve and Coach / Trainer Mike I feel is such a powerful one that although working in a full length shot, cropping in tight for me makes it feel so much…does that make sense?

kickboxer_coach2

I guess if there’s any kind of message I’m trying to get across in this post it’s to be flexible to change and also not to just look at the entire scene but instead look for a connection, a feeling, an emotion. This is beginning to sound a little heavy I know but joking aside when all is said and done when it comes to our pictures ultimately we want them to project a story and to make the viewer feel something. This may well mean as in this case that you end up cropping entirely different to what you had planned but if it works…go for it!

Ok so like I said, on Monday I’ll have a Behind the Scenes post for you showing the lighting set up plus any tips and tricks from the shoot.

In the mean time you can check out a larger / better screen quality version of the picture above over my 500px portfolio page by CLICKING HERE

Hope you ‘Like’ it.

Thanks for stopping by,
Have a great weekend and I’ll catch you back here in a few days.

Enjoy,
Glyn

  • August 8, 2014 - 7:59 pm

    AndyK - Really like this image – I can’t wait to read how you achieved the look. Its awesome!

  • August 8, 2014 - 8:34 pm

    Michael Glover - This is an amazing shot Glyn! You definitely captured the emotion of the scene. The vertical shot doesn’t really seem to tell the story as strongly as this one does. Your work is truly inspirational! Have a great weekend my friend!

  • August 8, 2014 - 9:14 pm

    Robert Belgrad - Looks great, Glyn. For what it is worth, I prefer the cropped in version for exactly the reason you stated. The top of the coach’s head being cut off is probably not the way I would have gone… but then again, if everyone did things the same way, it would be a very boring world!

    Did you settle on a quote?

  • August 10, 2014 - 9:43 pm

    Jonathan Thompson - Emotion and connection are what image making is all about. Wether it’s between people, animals, food and the viewer or, as Pixar has demonstrated so well, a desk light and the camera.

    Every image we create has to make the viewer feel. Telling the story all by itself, without us explaining it. I think it’s one of the most challenging skills. You can have mastery of light, framing and or post processing skills, but if there’s no emotion, it falls short.

    Great image and story telling Glyn, nicely done mate.

    Cheers

    Jonathan

  • August 10, 2014 - 10:07 pm

    Glyn - Jonathan…Totally agree mate!!!
    Cheers,
    Glyn

  • August 10, 2014 - 10:10 pm

    Glyn - Cheers Robert. Oh and re the quote…I’ll sit with Steve and see what he wants to go for. So many great ones though I don’t think it’ll be easy :)

  • August 10, 2014 - 10:11 pm

    Glyn - Michael…Thanks so much for that and it’s great you feel the same as I do about the composition; cheers mate!

  • August 10, 2014 - 10:11 pm

    Glyn - Thanks Andy

How to SMASH WINDOWS with Photoshop #58

Hi Everyone

Just to let you know that today I have a new episode of my weekly podcast / show online for you.

In this video I show you a very quick tutorial to create a special effect that makes it look as if windows in buildings are broken / smashed; great for those of you looking to create a scene that has that run down, decayed, grungy kind of feel.

Hope you ‘Like’ it and of course feel free to share as much as you can…I mean want:)

Thanks for looking in,
Glyn

  • August 10, 2014 - 9:58 pm

    Jonathan Thompson - That’s a great tip. More useful for me, not being a huge PS user right now, is how the tool works and adjusting the tolerances within the tool.
    I’ll be scheduling 3 of your free tutorials a week soon, I really want to learn it all.

    Thanks for all the videos Glyn, makes it so much easier to learn.

    Cheers

    Jonathan :)

  • August 10, 2014 - 10:06 pm

    Glyn - Jonathan..Cheers for looking in mate :)