New Picture PLUS Making Of with Elinchrom D Lite One

Well, what a fabulous weekend!

One thing I especially love about this time of year is getting together with friends, and this weekend we did exactly that.

On Saturday I was over with a group of close friends to surprise our dear friend Noel Hannan for his 50th Birthday. His wife Catherine had somehow managed to keep it secret that we were all heading over for a meal and get together, so when he arrived back home having been strategically encourage to go to the cinema, it was such a great surprise. So much laughter my sides hurt at the end of the evening.

Not all the group could make it for the evening but all sent in their wishes to Noel, but seeing as a few of us were there I thought it would be a great opportunity to grab some quick portraits; I’m of the opinion that any chance we can grab to take photographs of friends then we should do it!

Anyway I took along just one lens (70-200mm f/2.8 is II) and for lighting an Elinchrom D Lite One and the Elinchrom 44cm Square Reflector and Grid; one of my favourite combinations for simple one light portraits when indoors; light, portable, and I love the square reflector for the light fall off it gives.

I also took a sheet of black card to be held behind each person when being photographed but in all honesty because the light was in close and using the principles of the Inverse Square Law, the light fall off was rapid…


Here’s one of the results of the set up; this one being of my dear friend and fellow photographer Jonathan Thompson…


•Be sure to check out the larger/better screen quality version over on my 500px portfolio page here [LINK]

Feel free to drop any questions into the comments section below but in the mean time, have a great week and if you see any friends…grab their portrait!

Have a good one,

ps> Check out Jonathan’s website; he’s a commercial food photographer and is absolutely ROCKING it!!! [LINK]

  • December 15, 2014 - 7:28 am

    Tony - Great work, thanks for sharing, Glyn! Any insight on some of the post-processing you did to accomplish the dramatic look?

  • December 15, 2014 - 11:38 am

    Jonathan Thompson - What a fantastic evening this was only topped by the company, the best group of people you could wish to call your friends.

    Thanks for the fantastic portrait Glyn, looking all rough and tough, deep sea fisherman like… Sooooo far from the truth but I love taking on a new character.
    Thanks for the mention and the link too.


    JT :)

  • December 18, 2014 - 6:23 pm

    Mark Wood - Excellent as ever Glyn, would love to see how you processed this afterwards please.

  • December 20, 2014 - 3:08 am

    Doug Gardner - Would you get a similar effect with an 18 inch round reflector with grid?

Photoshop SOS: Can You Help???

Folks, I’d really appreciate your help with this…

You know I run a YouTube Channel covering Photography, Photoshop and Lightroom right?

Well for the coming months ahead I’m looking to add in something and a new project BUT it all depends on you; let me explain…

As someone who uses Photoshop, be you a beginner or seasoned user, have you ever found yourself needing help with a certain part of a picture? Maybe there’s something you just can’t figure out and could do with some help or just pointing in the right direction.

Well, what I’d like to do is introduce something I’m calling Photoshop SOS where each week I can record videos showing how I would tackle the issue/challenge/question…and this is where you come in.


Just email me a picture that you need help on and write a few lines saying what you need help/advice with, and I may well use it in a video to give you an answer, but also at the same time everyone else benefits too.

If you’d like to take part, email me your images to and in the subject field type PHOTOSHOP SOS and let’s see how this goes.

Let’s make 2015 the year we ALL take our imagery to the next level!


  • December 11, 2014 - 5:45 am

    Jonathan Thompson - Morning Glyn…
    How very timely, I was just saying this morning how I’d get in touch to ask your advice on a tricky bit of sign removal in a tricky part of an image. I’ve remove some but the last bit it crucial to get spot on. The annoying thing is that it should have been removed at point of capture, a silly mistake but one we all can make.
    I’ll email it over to you. Great idea by the way, Something we’ve thought of doing but a very different subject.

    Cheers, speak soon

    JT :)

  • December 11, 2014 - 5:56 am

    Craig McCormick - Now this is a cool idea!

    Time to scour the web for awful stock images and ask you to help make them “modern”, “futuristic”, “designery” and other snazzy buzz words that people who request help use :P

    Jokes aside, I’m looking forward to seeing these episodes. I predict some cool stuff will come from this.

  • December 11, 2014 - 6:08 am

    John Skinner - Glyn

    Seeing as yourself and Joel are about the only real composite people left standing with us. Here is one I can never work out.

    Scenario: You have a photo that you’ve taken to the best of your ability to match an ‘idea’ in our head. Now you’ve search the stock sites for a background that matches with your mind’s eye theme. so one goes about cutting and pasting, tweaking, and tuning it to ‘sell it’. How do you place that ultimate finished look to make a REAL shot feel as thought that STOCK shot IS one in the same? Some people place a color conditioning to the image, some throw odd lights in.. Whatever !

    I just want a way to have a stock formula as a starting place. A step in the process where I can have a place where I can go to try effects (or in this case, learn them period) to tie these images up and make the whole thing as seamless as possible. Thank you for asking the question, and thanks for your consideration.

  • December 11, 2014 - 9:29 am

    Steve Healy - briliant idea!! I’ll start diggin’…

  • December 11, 2014 - 12:25 pm

    Jessica - I would love to do this I’m about to start the 10 a month with photoshop I have never used it and would love help. :)

  • December 11, 2014 - 2:47 pm

    Carol Pearl - Hi, Glyn,
    I’ve been learning 3D and love your SOS – how’d you do the ‘O’ with the rope and white parts? How ’bout a tut on that or anything in 3D! Thanks.

    Don’t have any specific image, but am confused by the texture folders – when do you use the Diffuse folder and when do you use the Environment folder at the bottom? I think I’m getting a grip on the Bump folder. Can’t seem to find any info on this. Thanks!

VIDEO: How to Fix Bright Ears ‘In Camera’ #67

Hi Everyone

After taking a short break from recording and posting episodes of my weekly show, here’s episode 67.

At just around the 3 minute mark this is the shortest video I’ve recorded so far BUT will save you a ton of time!

I’ve already written a post about this tip which shows how I use a piece of gaffa tape to remove the brightness from your model’s ears when photographing them against a white background, but in this video you’ll also get to see the lighting set up I use in the gym; compact and effective with a small footprint so as to minimise disruption.

As always if you have any questions then feel free to make use of the comments section below or email me direct to

Have a good one,

  • December 11, 2014 - 12:17 am

    Mik - Great tip and you certainly don’t want to let Steve walk around afterwards with tape behind his ears LOL.

Dodging and Burning for UK Gold TV

As a Freelance Photographer and Retoucher I’m regularly asked to do work for the BBC and Sky TV Channels.

This usually consists of retouching images for TV series promotional material with the latest being for BBC’s The Apprentice, as well as Miranda, Most Haunted and Great Expectations starring Gillian Anderson.

Today I thought I’d give you a sneak peek at a work in progress for a commission that came in yesterday where I was initially asked to change the colour of the top being worn by the main character. Anyone who regularly uses Photoshop would likely think ‘no problem’ to change the colour of an item, however when the item isn’t a single solid colour but rather a complex pattern it does change the angle of attack somewhat.


The best solution I found here to be dodging and burning where we can fake the look of folds and creases by adding in a mix of highlights and shadows to the right areas.

If you haven’t seen it yet, here’s a video I recorded for my YouTube channel showing the technique I use when dodging and burning.

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Social Media Update: YouTube and Instagram

Ok so before the weekend is upon us I just wanted to touch briefly on some social media; namely Instagram and YouTube.

I posted on Facebook earlier this week a little update about my YouTube channel, so in case you missed it…

I’ve had a few people ask me when the next episode of my weekly Photoshop, Photography and Lightroom video show will be posted, so just to let you know I’ll be resuming next Wednesday (8th December)


These past few weeks have been pretty much ‘full on’ and I simply haven’t had time to sit and record a new episode. It takes a few hours to do each one as I record and edit it all myself but with other things taking my time (completing the book, client and project work) those few hours have had to be used elsewhere.

I’m going to be including more Photography related videos too as opposed to just Photoshop, so until Wednesday next week…thanks for hanging on, thanks for asking and thanks for the support.

Oh and don’t forget to SUBSCRIBE to the channel for FREE so that you get to know when a new video is uploaded.

I joined Instagram a while back now but to be honest I’ve been very hit and miss with it.

However, recently I’ve been using it more and am really liking it and enjoying the connections. So, if you’ve got an account add me in and let’s instagram…whatever that means:)

•Instagram username: glyndewis


Have a great weekend, whatever you’re up to, and I’ll catch you back here in a few days.