Stop Dying Inside and Live Your Dream

Hey Everyone

How’s it going?

Ok so today I have something different for you; a Guest Post by my good friend Oliver Kremer that he has aptly titled Stop Dying Inside and Live Your Dreams; you’ll see why when you read it but first…

How do I know Oliver?
Well, back in April 2013 I was teaching at a week long workshop in Germany and Oliver was one of the attendees. We’ve  kept in touch ever since that week and have become good friends meeting up at other functions such as Photo Live, London where I was teaching a number of classes, The Professional Imaging Show in The Netherlands and also chatting via Google + Hangouts, Facebook etc…

With friends: Terry Donnolly, Oliver Kremer and Sander Sterk when they came along to Photo Live in London sporting surprise T Shirts:)

In fact it was just before heading out to The Netherlands where we caught up again that actually prompted this Guest Post. I’ll let Oliver tell you exactly what it was because when he told me the BIG decision he made felt so inspirational I felt an overwhelming need to let others know.

Good on you my friend; Oliver…it’s over to you..

STOP DYING INSIDE AND LIVE YOUR DREAM

There are so many beautiful places in our world …

I had a very tough business week behind me and I flew out to Paris on that day in November 2012 to start another tough business week which I knew would be resulting in very tough decisions leading into another wave of cost cutting and headcount reductions, i.e. staff layoffs.

We had our European Management Meeting planned in Paris. So, in order to reflect on the past week and mentally prepare for the coming week I decided to take a walk through beautiful Paris to fuel myself up with energy. At the bridge “Pont Alexandre III” I rested for a while watching the Eiffel Tower casting it’s fantastic light into the foggy sky disected by the blue-ish beams on its top. I couldn’t stop watching it … after a while I realised that I was resting on a beautiful bridge with rather marvelous rich sculptures on its top.

To look at all the beauty was such a mental load removing moment and it really did give me the energy I was looking for to survive the tough, upcoming week …

I know that this was the moment when I decided I have to change my life and so as I always have my camera with me so I started thinking about how I could actually catch this moment forever and share it with my family later on; but how would I combine the bridge and the tower in a way that retains it’s beauty in front of one other and also tells the story?

That is when I positioned my self between the sculptures, waiting for that particular moment when the turning lights on top of the Eiffel Tower pointed towards the sculptures thus drawing the attention of the spectators eyes from the monument towards the small sculptures on the bridge. I can tell you it took more than an hour to catch it okay. As you can imagine I had to manage the exposure quite well to see all the details in the shadows while maintaining sufficient detail in the lights and not destroying this wonderful overall warm feeling.

Well, I got the picture and life continued with this one thing in mind … Change Your Life Oliver!!!

The picture was taken in Paris on “Pont Alexandre III” at “Quai d’Orsay” within area 75007. A bridge that is disecting the 7th (Invalides) and 8th (Petit and Grand Palais) districts in Paris. It is a 5 frame HDR with almost no post processing on top of the HDR process. I used Photomatix 5 as the HDR engine and some colour correction through Topaz’Adjust 5

Just a few of weeks ago now, I have quit my (actually very well paid) job because I realised that I was slowly dying inside not doing what I really wanted in life. I’d been working for 25 years in the IT business and had established a pretty good career but it became more and more unsatisfying.

So, I decided to start all over again by creating my own little Photography business during 2014 hoping that I’d be able to find a way to establish a living from it for my family and me.

A couple of days after I quit my job, one of the first things I did, was take out this very special photograph from my archives and share it with the community as it was the ignition for the move I made. I shared it on National Geographic and surprisingly it became published as part of their “Daily Dozen” ; a selection of twelve pictures every day on National Geographic and then went on to be published in National Geographic’s “I Heart My City” assignment for the story.

Some days later I was contacted by a National Geographic Photography Editor out of Washington DC telling me that they wanted to run this photograph as the “Photo of the Day” and asked if I was ok with that. Well I quite literally fell off my chair when I read that and I am very proud to say that this picture meanwhile did become “Photo of the Day” Worlwide on National Geographic’s web page on March 27th, 2014, and at it’s highest peak it got over 14,000 shares on Facebook, over 7800 shares on G+ and about 500 Tweets on Twitter.

Glyn, Frank Doorhof and living Photography Legend Joe McNally have personally signed a printed version of this photograph for me on the weekend whilst at The Professional Imaging Show in The Netherlands.

This picture will take pride of place in my new studio office reminding me of the day when I decided to change my life to live my dream. With the signatures on it of some of the photographers I’ve admired for quite a while now it will also remind me of the wonderful people supporting me.

All the best to all of you,
Oliver

Check out more of Oliver’s work here:
Website: www.okr-photography.eu

Join up with Oliver over on Facebook:
www.facebook.com/Oliver.Kremer.1

  • May 16, 2014 - 7:06 am

    Regina Pagles - Thank you for sharing Olivers’ story, Glyn. I wish him the best of luck in his new endeavor!

  • May 16, 2014 - 8:09 am

    lorenzo m. - you made a very important decision Oliver and you are a light at the end of the tunnel, a hope and ispiration for all the people (including me) that, one day, would not just dream but LIVE the dream and do what make them realized and happy, thank you, mate and thank to Glyn for sharing this and gave you the opportunity to put your story in the spotlight :)

  • May 16, 2014 - 8:21 am

    MIchelle Howard - Oh my goodness.. what a inspirational story. I couldn’t help but to keep reading. In fact not just inspirational but courageous… to stop every thing.. to take stock and to bet it all on your passion. I love to see others passion for the same job that I do… its so easy just to see businesses being setup.. but with no love of the craft involved in what we truly do as artists. Well I can see that you passion is well centered and that it really does deserve your soul attention, it would be a crime to spend that energy anywhere else but with your camera and the moment in front of you!!

    Thanks Glyn… Thanks Oliver I wish you all the best.. keep us posted..! :) xx

  • May 16, 2014 - 8:28 am

    Terry Donnelly - Way to go Oliver, great blog post and thanks Glyn for sharing, great story and inspirational!

  • May 16, 2014 - 8:59 am

    Roberto Palmari - Thanks Glyn for another bright example of your rich soul. Giving Oliver the chance to tell his story and inspire others is simply wonderful.
    I know both of you guys and I’m so proud to be able to call you my friends. We all met at the same workshop in 2013 and since then we never stopped being in touch.
    I remember the day Oliver told us about his decision, we were planning to do a shoot together to start living our dream and “leaving the living rooms”. I learned a lot from both of you and keep on learning how to focus on life, my own life. Living the dream means, well, simply living. Being yourself finally and live. Stop living someone else’s life trying to meet someone else’s expectations, injected dreams are the worst sickness we could all face. And we all are sick, until, a bridge, a wonderful and magic city…something clicks in your mind and you realise that to be free and happy you have to give yourself up and start it all again from scratch.
    Thanks for sharing your story Oliver. Looking forward to hear from you soon.
    Thank you Glyn for being, well, you ;)
    Ciao
    Roberto

  • May 16, 2014 - 10:18 am

    Alexander Schwarz - Hi Glyn and Oliver, you both have just made my gloomy day(s) better!

    I just love how this turned out and wish you all the best!

    This was really a very special workshop and I am glad and proud to have been one of those fortunate people to be able to attend. We all made a lot of new friends who are still in contact.
    Hope to catch up with you in person soon!

  • May 16, 2014 - 4:35 pm

    Oliver Kremer - Dear all,
    thank you very much for all your feedback, comments and good wishes. I really appreciate you for this.

    @Alexander, I will be on a charity bicycle-tour from Budapest to Munich in mid July. We are collecting money for kids that are living on the streets and destiny didn’t show its best face to them … On that tour we will most probably come close to Vienna. Once I will be there, I drop a line. Perhaps we can meet up at that time.

    @Roberto,
    the “leaving the living room experience” was the right thing to do Roberto. I am glad we still arrange those great shooting sessions together with the team. I am looking forward to the one in the UK in October. See you there at the latest …

    @Terry,
    I know you are somewhat in a similar decision process. I am very confident you chose the right path.

    @Michelle,
    I love the way to phrased it. It is the same words in writing that my soul passes on to me every day … thanks so much for that.

    @Lorenzo,
    thank you very much for your kind words Lorenzo. It is really motivating me to see all those nice responses. The next time I am in Italy I promise to come visit you …

    @Regina,
    thanks Regina … I will be hugging you and say thank you in person when we meet in Vegas. Can’t wait.

    AND GLYN,
    I cannot thank you enough for being that much of a teacher, mentor, and friend to me.

  • May 16, 2014 - 5:03 pm

    gary nicholls - Fantastic Posting well done Oliver. Glyn, you just seem meet some of the greatest people on the planet! nice one.

  • May 16, 2014 - 5:23 pm

    Dave Prill - Glyn, thank you for sharing Olivers story with us. I recently have also found myself at a crossroads and it is very inspiring to hear of others that have discovered that living your dream, doesn’t have to be something only dreamt about.

  • May 16, 2014 - 8:29 pm

    Sander - Hey Glyn,

    Thanks for giving Oliver the oppertunity to tell his story on your blog! It’s a great and inspiring story and I know how Oliver was struggling with his decision. It’s great to see that after making this decision he feels so liberated. That alone tells me he made the right one.

  • May 17, 2014 - 5:06 am

    Oliver Kremer - @Sander,
    thanks mate. Hope to catch up soon again.

    @Dave,
    very true. I wish you all the best and always a good hand when making those decision at all the crossroads you are standing at.

    @Gary,
    thank you very much for this kind compliment. Very much appreciated.

PHOTOSHOP: Changing Mood and Feel with Puppet Warp #48

Hi Everyone

Thanks for stopping by.

Today I have a brand new episode of my weekly podcast / show (#48) for  you and this week we’re taking a look at Puppet Warp.

In this video I show you how to use Puppet Warp and how using it to make subtle adjustments and make a BIG difference to the overall mood / feel of your pictures.

One thing to note: In the video I mention that Puppet Warp is not available as a Smart Filter HOWEVER since recording and publishing I’ve had a bit more of a play and sure enough you can also use Puppet Warp as a Smart Filter giving you much more flexibility with your retouching and saving you time. See…always something to learn right:)

Hope you like it.

As always if you have any questions / comments then feel free to drop me an email to glyn@glyndewis.com or leave a comment below.

In the mean time though make sure you click on the the SUBSCRIBE button and share the video as much as you like.

Enjoy,
Glyn

  • May 15, 2014 - 4:34 am

    Michael Glover - Awesome tutorial and image Glyn!

BRIGHTON PHOTO WALK 2014

Hey Folks,

Hope you had a good weekend.

Ok so I thought it was about time we had some kind of social event so I’ve gone ahead and put a date in for the next Brighton Photo Walk.

FREE to anyone and everyone with a camera of any kind (DSLR to Mobile Phone) I’ve posted more details including the who, where, why, what and when PLUS how to Register to say you’re coming along (numbers are limited) below the poster…

Q: Who is the Brighton Photo Walk for?

A: The day is open to anyone and everyone who likes taking photos with anything from a mobile phone to a high end DSLR. No skill level is needed as the focus here is on having fun.

Q: What’s it all about?

A: This is just a good fun social event for folks who like taking photographs. It’s a great occasion to meet like-minded people, make friends, take photographs and hey there’s even some prizes up for grabs too. The Photo Walk is set for 2 hours but afterwards if there’s time for more shooting then I’m all up for that:)

Q: How much does it cost?

A: Nothing at all…it’s Free! Of course there’s travel expenses, but joining the Photo Walk is completely Free.

Q: Do I need to register?

A: Sure thing;  you’ll need to fill in details just to say you’re coming so we can keep track of numbers and let you know if you’ve won a prize after the photo walk has ended…You’ve got to be in it, to win it right.

Q: What time does it start?

A: We’ll aim to start the walk at 1pm but would ask that everyone registered meets up at 12.30pm

Q: Where does everyone meet at the start?

A: Meeting place will be at the entrance to Brighton Pier.

Q: So are there any prizes on offer?

A. Hey you never know

Q: How can I find out more?

A: I’ll be sending out more details to those who have registered as we get nearer to the date of the walk.

Q: Is there a limit to how many people can come along?

A: Sure thing…the walk is limited to 50 people.

Hope to see you there,
Glyn

CLICK HERE to Register

  • May 22, 2014 - 9:10 am

    Kevin Roche - Glyn, I have signed up for this event but have just been told I have to be in Edinburgh that day for work. How do I cancel so someone else can use the space?

GIRAFFES ON GRASSLAND: New Picture PLUS Behind the Scenes

Hey Folks,

Thanks for stopping by today.

I thought I’d finish the week off by giving you a look at a new picture AND go through a little bit of what went into putting it all together…

FAMILY: GIRAFFES ON GRASSLAND
Ok so this picture is another in my Personal Project I’m working on where I’m photographing animals in captivity i.e. Wildlife Parks, Zoos etc and then using Photoshop create scenes putting them back out into the Wild where they should be.

Check out a larger version over in my 500px portfolio [here]

I mentioned in an earlier post where I showed the Behind the Scenes for my recent White Rhino picture, that this will be form part of a body of work of approximately 20 – 25 pictures of animals BIG or small by the end of 2014. When I get to having made that many pictures then my intention is to create a coffee table style book with them all in PLUS put on an Exhibition. One thing I am looking into is how eventually the pictures could possibly be used to raise funds for Animal Welfare, Conservation etc and that’s something I’ll be looking into over the coming weeks / months.

PHOTOGRAPHY
Ok so here’s the pictures that I photographed for this picture; the Giraffes at Woburn Safari Park, UK and the fields and sky being a few minutes from my front door.

The Giraffes were photographed before anything else as I didn’t really know what picture I was going to end up with. I talk a lot about planning and preparing so that you know the kind of picture you want to create but this animal project is having a slightly different twist on it because the animals aren’t going to be posing…they’re just going to be doing there thing. So with this series what I’m doing is knowing a rough idea of what I want to do i.e. Giraffes in a field of long grass but it’s the resulting photographs I get when out at the Safari Parks that decides the final direct, mood, feel; does that make sense?

When it comes to taking the photographs for this series, I’m using a 200mm lens although most times the animals are so close 70mm is more than enough, and I’m shooting around the f/8.0 – f/11.0 mark so that every part of the animal is in focus which important because during the retouching I’m going to be cutting them off the background and placing into a new scene.

As the Giraffes were photographed from being sat in my car, and in order for everything to composite better in the final picture, that was roughly the same height I photographed the field and then the sky:

So as to help with the authenticity, again this time I made use of stock image sites to get pictures of things that would be seen in Africa and that I can’t photograph here in the UK:

RETOUCHING – CHANGING THE MOOD
I wanted to use an adult and infant Giraffe in this picture and luckily the herd at Woburn is rather large so there are all ages and sizes but just having the adult and infant next to each other didn’t seem enough. So to help change the mood of the picture I changed the angle of the infant’s head a little so it appeared to be looking up more toward the adult and created more of a connection between them:

SELECTIONS / CUTTING OUT
I think it’s fair to say that a lot of tutorials out on the inter web showing how to make selections and cutting something off a background, tend to use backgrounds that are quite simplistic; in cases like those tools like Photoshop’s Quick Selection can work great, and as the name suggests…Quickly. However in this instance cutting the Giraffe’s off their original backgrounds called for a few techniques to be combined namely the Pen Tool to make the initial selection / cut out and then Channels, Levels, Brushes and Layer Masks to cut out and combine the other parts such as the tail and mane.

If you haven’t seen it already here’s a video I recorded showing how to use the Pen Tool:

BLENDING THE GRASS
Once cut off their original backgrounds, the Giraffe’s were being placed into the new scene which then would have them standing in long grass and here’s an episode of my weekly podcast / show that gives you an idea as to how that is done (the part in the video to look for is when I’m cutting out the zebra):

So there you go, a look Behind the Scenes at how I Photographed and then a bit of how I made the final picture in Photoshop; hope it was useful.

I mentioned before that with regards to the work done in Photoshop combining everything together, adding the shadows, the lighting, colouring, selections and cut outs, adding in new sky and horizon etc I’m going to be recording a full length tutorial going through the retouch of my recent WHITE RHINO picture and that will include the original RAW files and assets to that you too can go through each step as opposed to just watching; I aim to have it in the web store and available in the next few days.

Right that’s all from me for now so whatever you’re up to this weekend have a good one and I’ll catch you back here in a few days.

Enjoy,
Glyn

  • May 9, 2014 - 8:58 am

    Michael Butcher - I love these animal composites, Glyn. Hope you have great success raising money for wildlife conservation God knows we need it.

  • May 9, 2014 - 9:40 am

    Suman Zaman - The elephant one is my favourite but I love them all. excellent work again Mr Dewis! Have you thought about found a full ‘start-to-finish’ video tutorial? Naturally I am asking for my own selfish reasons!
    Thanks for sharing matey.

  • May 9, 2014 - 5:42 pm

    Will - thoroughly enjoyed this one matey and such a beautiful idea

  • May 10, 2014 - 6:06 pm

    Glyn - Thanks Buddy :)

  • May 10, 2014 - 6:06 pm

    Glyn - Thanks Suman and yeah absolutely re the tutorial…watch this space :)

  • May 10, 2014 - 6:07 pm

    Glyn - Cheers Michael

  • May 10, 2014 - 9:33 pm

    Rajesh Taylor - Really nice composite image Glyn. I like the story between the two giraffes. It must be easy to over complicate a composite piece. This is so peaceful. Good luck with the 20-25 project. I’d love to see this up in an exhibition. Coffee table book is also a great idea too.

  • May 12, 2014 - 10:58 am

    Glyn - Thanks Rajesh :)

Guest Tutorial: Removing Noise with Camera RAW #47

Hey Everyone,

Thanks for stopping by.

Well today being Wednesday means a new episode of my weekly podcast / show is now ONLINE!!!

This week we have a Guest Tutorial from Concert Photographer and Best Selling Author Alan Hess.

Like myself Alan is also a KelbyOne and Photoshop World Instructor and at the recent Photoshop World out in Atlanta I sat in on one of his classes which was where he was showing how he retouches his concert photographs – having to deal with challenging lighting and high noise levels.

One of the pictures he worked on was such a dramatic change and done so quickly I asked if Alan would record a short tutorial for this podcast showing what he did – all using just Camera RAW.

Alan was telling me that on average he’ll only spend around 2 to 3 minutes at most on a picture so this tutorial is a quick one but I really do think there’s a lot to learn from it as it shows how very quickly and easily BIG changes can be made.

Enjoy:)

Website:
www.alanhessphotography.com

Books:
Amazon
PeachPit Press (Fuel Series)

HUGE thanks to Alan for taking the time out of his busy schedule to record this for us!

Have a great day whatever you’re up to and I’ll catch you back here next time.
Glyn

  • May 7, 2014 - 3:08 pm

    Todd Thompson - I was in Atlanta for PSWorld 2014 and did not go into Alan Hess’ class. Huge mistake on my part. Awesome clip.