Photo Shoot, New Picture, Behind the Scenes and Personal Projects

Hey Everyone

Thanks for dropping in.

Today I’ve a new picture to share with you and a little bit of Behind the Scenes.

However the reason I’m posting this isn’t to just show you a new picture but rather to encourage you to do something different…

FOOD GLORIOUS FOOD

PHOTO SHOOT
The set up for this shoot couldn’t have been simpler: natural light in our conservatory and behind the food board to act as the backdrop was a piece of cardboard with some of the grey seamless attached to it…

The reason for this was that I wanted to create the look of an old plaster wall with scratches and texture in it and using grey makes creating that effect incredibly quick and easy by a simple use of textures, blend modes and layer masks within Photoshop. If you’re not entirely sure how to do that you might want to keep an eye out for next week’s episode of my Photography, Photoshop and Lightroom Show / Podcast [Link] where I’ll show you exactly what I mean but on a completely different picture.

Obviously as you can see there weren’t mice running around on the table during the photo shoot. Instead they were added in during the retouching stage having found suitable characters on iStock Photo and you can see a little bit of how that was done i.e. the cutting out in this weeks video [Link]

PERSONAL PROJECT – DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT
So as well as showing you a recent new picture I just wanted to touch on something I’m a big believer in doing…Personal Projects.

I’ve mentioned this many times before in this blog but that’s because I strongly believe that giving yourself projects to work on goes a long way to not only adding images to your portfolio but also keeps you motivated, keeps you learning and keeps you active with the camera and Photoshop.

Naturally doing what I do means I have clients and paid commissions however I’ll ALWAYS set time aside for personal shoots and I highly encourage you to do the same, but here’s the thing…THEY DON’T HAVE TO INCLUDE PHOTOGRAPHING A PERSON / MODEL!

Sure it would be fantastic for us all to have an unending supply of models who want to work with us for FREE whenever we want but that’s just not the reality. So if you can’t manage to organise a model or you fancy doing something last minute, then do something different. The picture above I did when I had a little bit of downtime and all very spontaneous i.e. I didn’t wake up that morning with the shoot planned…it just happened during the day and actually took no more than 30 minutes to get everything together, set up, shoot and packed away.

However I did have the picture in mind to do one day because I’d scribbled it down…

I carry an A5 sized black moleskin note book with me everywhere I go and whenever an idea for a picture enters my head I scribble it down; admittedly not very well but the fact is, it’s there and always in my mind. By the way I don’t use my iPad for sketching these out purely because I can’t get on with the stylus I have at the moment; however I’ve placed an order for one of the new Wacom Intuos Creative Stylus designed specifically for use on the iPad so hopefully that’ll change and make it more convenient…seeing as my iPad is always with me…

 TO SUM IT UP…
Again I say it quite a bit I know but put some time aside for personal projects and not just what you’d expect to shoot; try something different…something you can guarantee to do no matter what the weather and without having to source locations, models and all that kind of stuff. Just keeping it simple and using what you have around can be a lot of fun.

Have a great weekend and I’ll catch you back here in a couple of days.

Enjoy,
Glyn

February 27, 2014 - 7:54 pm

Kyle Russell - Ok brill thanks for getting back to me. Just to clarify that this is what you use for editing your images on photoshop? Is there an app they you need for your mac and ipad to talk to each other? I was look at the Wacom intuos however I already have an ipad mini which would save me some of the green stuff! :) thanks

February 19, 2014 - 10:24 am

Glyn - Wacom Creative Stylus on iPad Mini Kyle

February 17, 2014 - 12:58 am

Kyle Russell - What pen and touch pad do you use for your main editing? I know it’s a Wacom but what model? Ta!

PHOTOSHOP TUTORIAL: 3 TOP TIPS for Cut Outs and Compositing #35

Hey Folks

How’s it going?

Well we’ve reached another Wednesday which can only mean one thing: a new episode of my weekly Photography, Photoshop and Lightroom Show / Podcast.

This week I have 3 of my TOP TIPS for you when it comes to making Cut Outs and Compositing.

Making selections and cut outs when the background is quite busy can be challenging to say the least but in this episode I show you how you can get perfect results by making use of brushes and layer masks.

PLUS I show how to fake realism in your compositing and also take a quick look at Topaz ReMask 3; a really cool plug in from the folks at Topaz that can produce fantastic cut out results REALLY quickly!

Hope you like it:)

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

Oh and if you want to give the Topaz ReMask plug in a spin, you can get a FREE 30 day trial here [Link]

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

Enjoy,
Glyn

February 16, 2014 - 9:06 pm

Glyn - Sharon, you’re very welcome. Thanks for looking in, Glyn :)

February 16, 2014 - 9:06 pm

Glyn - Cheers

February 14, 2014 - 12:34 pm

Yoram - Awesome way to cut off specialy the last one

February 13, 2014 - 10:20 am

Sharon - ^^
What the guy above said. Me too :o) thanks for all the hard work you put into these glyn

February 12, 2014 - 8:10 pm

John Skinner - Awesome addition Glyn.

I’ve got an entire folder of bookmarks just for all of this fantastic content you have shared for months now. – Cheers.

VIDEO: Unboxing Loxley Colour Alumini and Canvas Prints

Hey Folks,

Just thought I’d drop in today to share a new video that I’ve recorded.

I’m often asked which company I use to get my pictures printed, so seeing as I took delivery of some more prints yesterday I figured now would be a good time to cover that.

The company I use for all my printing is Loxley Colour who you may remember I visited a towards the end of last year [Link]. Now I’ve used quite a few printing companies in the past but with Loxley Colour it’s not just the quality of their printing and products (which is fantastic) but it’s their Customer Service and Support that TOTALLY impresses.

The prints that arrived yesterday were an Alumini and a Canvas and in the video you get to see not just how they’re packed but also a look at the quality…

Oh and one thing I really must mention is that I’m on no commission at all for promoting Loxley Colour in this way; I just believe in shouting out about those companies and folks that are at the top of their game so you too can take a look.

Right…get printing and I’ll catch you you back here tomorrow.

Enjoy,
Glyn

February 17, 2014 - 9:27 am

David Kelly - I think the smile on your face when opening both products says it all really – there’s nothing quite like seeing your artwork in the flesh so to speak.

February 11, 2014 - 10:25 pm

Glyn - Couldn’t agree more Simon; they’re definitely setting the standard.
Cheers for dropping in and commenting,
Glyn

February 11, 2014 - 11:42 am

Simon Ward - Hi Glyn

Fantastic video and I echo everything you have said about Loxley and about product and presentation too!

Fantastic company, product, people and service!

Simon Ward

YouTube Channel Changes AND Newsletter Discounts

Hey Everyone,

How’s it going?

Thanks for stopping by at the start of the week; I really appreciate it.

To kick off I’ve got a couple of things to let you know about i.e. changes to my YouTube Channel and my first Newsletter of 2014.

Ok here goes…

YOUTUBE CHANNEL
This past weekend I’ve spent a bit of time tidying up the layout of videos in my YouTube Channel.

I’ve now added a few more Playlists that should hopefully make it easier for you to find the tutorials you’re looking for:

  • Recently Uploads
  • Compositing Techniques
  • Retouching Techniques
  • Lighting Effects
  • Behind the Scenes
  • Reviews
  • Promotional
  • Just for Fun

There’ll be a bit of an overlap where you’ll see some of the same videos in playlists e.g. a video about selections / cut outs will appear in both the Composting and Retouching Techniques playlists but this one I figured it would make searching easier.

When you get a spare moment, let me know what you think and if it helps at all.

THANK YOU FOR SUBSCRIBING
Also a HUGE thanks from me to you all that have so far subscribed to my YouTube Channel.

I’m putting a lot of work into providing FREE content each and every week and the only payment (for want of a better word) that I ask for is that you SUBSCRIBE and also let others know about the channel too.

Looking ahead I have lots of plans for the YouTube Channel so it’s great to have you onboard and also to receive such positive feedback. Knowing that the content I’m sharing each and every week is helpful makes it so worthwhile!

So again, thanks for the support!

You can SUBSCRIBE for FREE and never miss a video by clicking [here]

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2014 NEWSLETTER
Talking of subscribing, yesterday I posted out my first Newsletter of 2014.

The newsletter contains all kinds of information such as a Diary of Events, Tutorials, News, Reviews and more PLUS each month there’s SUBSCRIBER ONLY discount codes included.

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If you haven’t already then be sure to SUBSCRIBE to the newsletter and be kept up to date, oh and as regards to frequency, I’ll be posting out a new newsletter on the first Sunday of each month.

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

Enjoy,
Glyn

February 11, 2014 - 10:25 pm

Glyn - Thanks Dave; great to know the layout helps. I guess the more videos get added the more important this is PLUS it appeals to my Virgo side :)

February 11, 2014 - 12:11 pm

DaveT - Hi Glyn,

Great idea to sort the video tutorials into groups,it will make it so much easier to locate a video containing a particular technique. Thanks so much for all the content you provide – it’s a great resource.

Dave

Photoshop, Photoshop and more Photoshop…

Hey Everyone,

Thanks for stopping by…I really appreciate it.

Well today I’ve a few things Photoshop related to let you know about including a Contest and a Photoshop Show with lots of tips, tricks and techniques.

So, here goes…

ROBOCOP RETOUCHING CONTEST
Now this is just fantastic!!!

My Buddy Douglas Sonders has set up a Retouching Contest following his recent ROBOCOP Photo Shoot.

The contest is open to anyone and everyone and has some AMAZING prizes on offer to the Winner including a FULL Copy of Phase One’s Capture One Pro 7 software, a Case Logic Check Point Friendly Laptop Back PLUS lots of goodies from the great folks over at TetherTools.

Now to decide on a Winner there has to a Judge or Judges right?
Well thanks to Douglas for inviting me to get involved, this is where I come in also joined by folks such as Pratik Naik, Clint Davies (previous contest Winner), Justin Paguia (Douglas’ retoucher), Julia Kuzmenko and Douglas himself.

Together we’ll be looking through all the entries and deciding on an overall Grand Prize Winner as well as Honourable Mentions who’s details (web site etc) will be shared on the famous FStoppers website!

The deadline for entries is February 14th 2014 so there’s plenty of time left but no time like the present to get cracking.

Head on over to Douglas’ website for more information here [Link]

Good Luck:)

THE PHOTOSHOP SHOW
Earlier this week I was a guest on The Photoshop Show Google+ Hangout hosted by Jan Kabili and Ron Clifford.

I had such fun and it was great to finally meet everyone Gene McCullagh creator of the incredibly popular Lightroom Secrets web site, Seán Duggan: Photographer, Educator and Author and Erika Thornes as well as Jan and Ron.

Kicking off the Jan showing a very useful tip for all Lightroom users it was then over to me as I went through some Photoshop retouching techniques for Physiques, Lighting effects and more…

Great fun and a Great Show; definitely one to keep an eye on and subscribe to over on YouTube.

You can check out the show (episode 51) over on the YouTube Channel here [Link]

Also if you’re a Google+ user be sure to add the show into your circles [Link]

PHOTOSHOP MASTERY WORKSHOP
Ok before I go just a reminder that tickets for my NEW workshop series PHOTOSHOP MASTERY – Retouching and Workflow SKills are AVAILABLE NOW!

Spaces are limited to just 15 attendees so be sure to BOOK YOUR PLACE and take advantage of the Early Bird Pricing available until 18th February.

For more details and booking click here [Link]

Ok that’s all from me for today so whatever you’re up to have a fantastic weekend and I’ll catch you back here in a few days for lots more Photography, Photoshop and Lightroom.

Enjoy,
Glyn