Discovery Magazine – Front Cover

Hey Folks,

Just dropping in with a quick post…

Rather than being a post about anything in particular I just wanted to use this time to record something if you’re ok with that…

This month one of my pictures made front cover of DISCOVERY Magazine produced by Sky TV’s Discovery Channel in The Netherlands as well as appearing in one of their TV commercials, and well…I’m kind of stoked about it:)

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The magazine contacted me around 4 week ago but the first I saw of the cover was when the model, Kick Boxer Steven Cook posted the picture below on Facebook as he was passing through Schiphol airport.

Best thing was that he was completely unaware so to then see himself on the front cover of a magazine whilst passing through was awesome and as he put it “Totally made his weekend!”

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Below is the complete image and if you’d like to see a bit of the Behind the Scenes showing how this picture was photographed (lighting etc) then check out the video at the bottom of this post…

Anyway thanks for stopping in briefly and I hope you don’t mind me posting up.

Catch you next time,
Glyn

  • May 2, 2014 - 2:46 am

    Michael Glover - That is really cool Glyn! Congratulations! You truly deserve it!

  • May 2, 2014 - 8:33 pm

    Jan Aymerich - Congrats Glyn… you Rocks!!!

    Jan Aymerich
    Barcelona – Spain

  • May 2, 2014 - 9:17 pm

    Glyn - Hey thanks Jan :)

  • May 2, 2014 - 9:17 pm

    Glyn - Thanks a lot Michael :)

PHOTOSHOP TUTORIAL: Compositing with Patterns #46

Hey Folks,

How’s it going?

Ok so today being Wednesday I have a new episode of my weekly podcast / show for you and can you believe we’re already up to episode 46?!?!

So in this episode I want to show you something that you may not have seen as it’s a technique buried way deep down in my YouTube Channel and actually within a series of videos going through a complete retouch fem start finish.

The picture being retouched is the one below and for this week’s technique I show you how to create the floor completely from scratch just by creating and using a pattern all within Photoshop. Of course we then pay attention to the small details by using a texture to make the floor look like it’s dirty and grungy.

So here’s the video showing how we can do exactly that very quickly and very easily…hope you like it:)

As always if you have any questions / comments then please don’t hesitate to make use of the comment section below or drop me an email to glyn@glyndewis.com.

Finally if you haven’t already then make sure you SUBSCRIBE to my YouTube Channel where you’ll get new content added for FREE each and every week (click here to SUBSCRIBE) and if you could help spread the word by letting others know about it I’d REALLY appreciate it:)

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

ps> Check out the 3 videos showing the entire retouch in my Retouching Techniques playlist over on YouTube here [Link]

WHITE RHINO: New Picture PLUS Behind the Scenes

Hey Folks,

Thanks for stopping by today.

To kick the week off I thought I’d give you a look at a new picture AND go through a little bit of what went into putting it together…

WHITE RHINO ON THE AFRICAN GRASSLANDS
This picture is another in my Personal Project I’m working on to create images of Animals photographed in Wildlife Parks, Zoos etc and using Photoshop put them back out into the Wild where they should be.

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

As I mentioned in an earlier post the this will be form part of a body of work of approximately 20 pictures of animals BIG or small by the end of 2014 and the great thing here is that it’s something I can work on with my wife. Spending time around animals is something we both love to do so when out taking photographs we go together and the plan at the end of the project is to create a coffee table book of the images.

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

Just a couple of things to point out here that I think are important:

The Rhino were photographed using a 70-200mm lens on my Canon 5D MKIII so that is the lens I then used when photographing the field and the sky with the same focal length and same aperture; this I feel helps everything to fit together much more realistically.

Also when photographing the Rhino it was one of those days where the sun was out then it wasn’t, sun was out then it wasn’t…if you know what I mean, so the time to photograph the Rhino was when the sun was hidden for a short period of time behind the clouds. This was there were no hard or deep shadows or overly bright areas on the Rhino’s body so then when it comes to photographing areas like the field I jet waited for another overcast day or when the sun was hidden behind clouds. Again this all helps with everything fitting together and I can then add in any shadows if I want at a later point as opposed to having Mother Nature dictate to me how my picture will look.

Here’s a video I recorded a while back now that coves how I photograph all the elements for a composite:

ADDITIONAL ASSETS
As I wanted the White Rhino to look as though he/she was walking across the dry grasslands in Africa that meant having other elements true to that area in the picture too. So, this meant turning to some stock images and below you can see the ones I found and used:

  • Oxpecker (Bird)
  • Acacia Tree
  • Vultures (Bird)

PHOTOSHOP
Once all the elements had been gathered it was then time to head over into Photoshop to bring it altogether…

RETOUCHING THE HORIZON LINE
Here’s an episode of my weekly podcast / show that I recorded showing how to finesse the horizontal line to add more realism in your composite images:

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So there you go, a look Behind the Scenes at how I Photographed and then made the final picture in Photoshop.

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 it all and this will include the original RAW files and assets to that you too can go through each step as opposed to just watching.

There’s a lot of techniques that would be covered here and different techniques to what I’ve shown in previous tutorials so keep an eye out for that; I aim to have it in the web store and available in the next week.

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

Enjoy,
Glyn

Saving Eliza: Buy a Print and Save a Life !!! #savingeliza

Hey Everyone

Today I want to let you know about a campaign that I and many other Photographer friends are now taking part in called Saving Eliza.

Eliza O’Neill is a happy 4-year-old who, because of a degenerative genetic disease called Sanfilippo syndrome, may not live into her teens. If she doesn’t get the treatment she needs, she will lose the ability to speak within 6 months and suffer   irreversible brain damage within a year and a half…

Photographer Ben Von Wong teamed up with Smugmug and PetaPixel Editor in Chief DL Cade to make a difference and have done so by setting a place where other photographers from around the world can upload an image and make it available to be purchased as a print with ALL the proceeds going to this life saving project.

I’ve uploaded an image (Mamma – Elephants in the Rain) that you can purchase in a range of different sizes as have the likes of great people like Scott Kelby, Adrian Sommeling, Ben Von Wong, Aaron Nace, Brooke Shaden and many more (each photographer pledges to raise $1,000 from the sale of their prints) and as Scott said in his blog post today…

I hope you’ll consider picking up one of my prints, or any of the photographers who have pitched in to help by visiting this link; click on the photo you’d like a print of to help Eliza, then click the “BUY” button in the lower right corner and it brings up a window will all different sizes, papers, and prices. The photo community is awesome for coming together for important things like this and I hope you’ll join in by buying a print and become part of her cure.

Thanks for reading and I’ll catch you back here in a few days.
Glyn

  • April 25, 2014 - 7:51 am

    Rich - Wonderfull gesture, we should all contribute

  • April 25, 2014 - 7:56 am

    Glyn - Rich…Absolutely mate!

  • April 25, 2014 - 1:01 pm

    Roberto Palmari - I shared it on all the platform and to the widest audience I could, let’s hope to give her and her family hope.

  • April 25, 2014 - 1:15 pm

    Glyn - Thanks so much Roberto!

PHOTOSHOP TUTORIAL: Creative Compositing with Brushes #45

Hey Folks,

Just to let you know that a new episode of my weekly Podcast / Show is now ONLINE!!!

In this episode I show you a technique I’ve used in a new picture I’m working on depicting a White Rhino walking across the dry grasslands of Africa and the technique shows how to add realism to the horizon line.

All will become clear in the video which is only around 10 minutes long but it’s definitely a technique that’s worth knowing if you’re wanting to add realism into your composites and it’s a great example of how paying attention to the small details makes a BIG difference in your retouching.

Hope you like it:)

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

Also make sure you SUBSCRIBE to my YouTube channel and let others know about it too; it’s the support from you all that helps make this channel grow and I REALLY do appreciate it!

Ok that’s all from me so enjoy the video and I’ll catch you back here next time,
Glyn

  • April 23, 2014 - 5:44 pm

    Michael Glover - That was an awesome tutorial! You are the man Glyn!

  • April 23, 2014 - 8:36 pm

    Glyn - Thanks for looking in and for the kind words Michael :)