Hey Folks

Friday already so dropping in to wish you a great

Tomorrow morning I’ll be heading down to Brighton to meet up with everyone for a Photo Walk and I can’t wait!

We’ve a full group of 50 people registered to come along so it’s sure to be a great day with a few competitions, prizes and of course plenty of social:)


Those of you who registered to join us should have all received an email last night with a link to download an Information / Fact Sheet that I put together giving details of Start and End  Meeting Points, Timings, Parking Information, Competitions, Prizes on offer and more…

HUGE thanks to Ian Pack for donating the 1420 VAL Spigot that he designed, as a prize as well as Lee Filters for donating their Colour Magic Saturates Pack.

Although more about the social, spending time with like minded folks and making new friends there will of course be lots of photographs taken during the day and I always find it fascinating to see what gets uploaded as it shows how differently people see and interpret the same scenes.

I’ve created a Flickr page where pictures from the day will be uploaded as well as any entered into the competitions; here’s the [Link]

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


  • June 16, 2014 - 11:17 am

    Will (Wilgenix) - I know how much fun these are from personal experience and was a little miffed I couldn’t make this years due to holiday away. That said the hols were good. Will be along next year no doubt!

  • June 16, 2014 - 1:33 pm

    Glyn - Always next time mate :)

Create Hair and Fur SUPER FAST!!! – PHOTOSHOP TUTORIAL #50

Hey Everyone

Today I have a brand new episode of my weekly Photography, Photoshop and Lightroom podcast / show for you to watch; episode number 50!

For this episode I’m super excited to have a Guest Tutorial by my dear friend, Artist and Animator Aaron Blaise.

If you haven’t yet heard of Aaron he’s the real deal when it comes to traditional and digital painting and animation and worked at Disney for over 20 years on movies such as The Lion King, Aladdin, Pocahontas, Brother Bear and many more plus last year’s John Lewis Stores Christmas TV Commercial here in the UK.

Watching Aaron paint and draw has completely opened my eyes and my mind to how much we as Photographers and Retouchers can learn from traditional artists; people outside of our usual learning circle.

Since becoming friends with Aaron and watching him work I have learned and continue to learn so much from him and it’s so clear that there are techniques retouchers and traditional artists use that can complement each others’ work.

So press play, sit back and enjoy:)

Be sure to SUBSCRIBE to Aaron’s YouTube Channel

Check out Aaron’s website

Also be sure to hook up with Aaron on Social Media:


  • June 11, 2014 - 10:18 am

    Sharon Spencer - Brilliant! thanks Aaron and Glyn for sharing

Photoshop World, Las Vegas – September 2014 #PSW14

Hey Everyone

Hope you had a great weekend.

Thanks too for stopping by; I really do appreciate it.

Ok so to kick the week off I have a discount for you…

This coming September I’ll be heading out to teach at Photoshop World in Las Vegas – The World’s Biggest Photography, Photoshop and Lightroom Conference!

Starting on Tuesday September 2nd with the Pre Conference classes, Photoshop World runs until Friday 5th September – a total of 4 full days of learning with classes running from early in the morning till way into the evening.

I’m incredibly excited to be invited back and be on the team of instructors amongst folks such as Scott Kelby, Joel Grimes, Frank Doorhof, Peter Hurley, Joe McNally, Moose Peterson, Alan Hess, Matt Kloskowski, Bert Monroy, Brian Smith and many more…

When I first started out, within just a few short weeks of opening Photoshop for the very first time I headed out to Photoshop World in Las Vegas. I knew nobody, knew nothing but went out of complete and utter blind faith that it was the right thing for me to do if i wanted to build my knowledge and geez am I glad I did. So as you can probably imagine, heading back to Photoshop World in Las Vegas is really significant for me as that’s where it all began!

Come and Join Us – $50 OFF
Of course seeing as Photoshop World, Las Vegas was such a turning point for me I’d highly recommend that you come along. It’s hard to quantify not just how much you learn but also the value of the networking when you’re out there; I honestly don’t know if I’d be doing what I’m doing now if I hadn’t’s that big a deal!

Visit the [LINK] and use the discount code: PSWSM414 and you’ll get $50 OFF the ticket price!!!

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Check out the official Photoshop World for details of all the classes and to see a list of all the Instructors here [Link]

I hope you can join us!

Have a great day and I’ll catch you back here next time,

WILDEBEEST: New Picture PLUS Making Of

Hi Folks

I thought for today I’d show you a new picture in my Animals project PLUS a look at how the picture was made.

First off here’s the final picture which I’ve called Are we nearly there yet?


The final image has been made up from a total of seven separate images; 4 of which you can see below and the remaining three being the vultures you can see way in the distance that I’ve also used in previous pictures.

The Wildebeest was photographed when out at Woburn Safari Park here in the UK and the field and sky are just 5 minutes from my front door…

This was first time out at the Safari Park taking just my new Fuji X-T1 and I just couldn’t be happier with the results.

The picture below shows a zoomed in shot in Lightroom of one of the Wildebeest I photographed using the X-T1 and the Fuji 55-200mm lens. I’ve been extremely pleased so far with how this camera is performing plus of course how light, small and portable it is, but in addition to that it’s how sharp images are that is quite stunning…

Now just one thing to mention when out taking photographs of the animals for this project…

I always photograph them with an aperture of around f/8.0 to f/11.0 and the reason for that is so that all of the animal is sharp and in focus which will make it a little easier to cut out but will also look more realistic when added into the scene  in the final picture

When I’m photographing the background elements I’ll use exactly the same settings and will also photograph them from roughly the same height as when photographing the animal. I’ll also aim at a point on the ground within the field which is roughly the distance the animal was originally away from me. Taking the time to do this means that the depth of field and perspective all match when putting all the elements together.

Making Of…
The series of pictures below will give you an idea of the stages in Photoshop to put this picture together starting with the building a larger field, then adding the sky, the colouring, the Wildebeest once cut out from their original background etc…


The Final Image…

Ok so there you go … a brief look at how I photographed and then composited the final picture.

As always if you have any questions / comments then feel free to email me or leave a comment below but in the mean time the weekend is upon us so have a good one and I’ll catch you back here in a couple of days.


•You can check out a larger version of the final image over on my 500px portfolio page [Link]

PHOTOSHOP TUTORIAL: How to Remove Fence Lines #49

Hi Folks

Ok so seeing as it’s Wednesday here’s a new episode of my weekly podcast (#49) and in this video I show how using Photoshop you can remove those blurry fence lines you get in your pictures when photographing animals in their enclosures at wildlife parks, zoos etc…

Hope you ‘Like’ it and as always make sure you click on the SUBSCRIBE button and please feel free to share with others.

ps> I’ve also included a link so that you can download the same picture that I use in this tutorial for you to practice on.