Revisiting old images with new techniques

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I have been making space on my hard drives and whilst looking at the pictures I took some time ago I wanted to edit them using new techniques as well as filters which I have on the new Photoshop CC.  This is an image I took of Kris Sommerville which I retouched using techniques by Glyn Dewis.

The image was taken using one large softbox and making use of the inverse square law to get the background to go dark as it has.  The post processing consisted of a raw conversion, sharpening as well as a different than usual black and white conversion.

Sommerville film noir

I personally love this film noir style because of its striking drama.  It is simple to achieve and very effective.

I based some of the post processing on the following video tutorial by Glyn Dewis

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Builder’s Hands Video Tutorial

Hello and as promised I have recorded a short video tutorial on how I achieved the look in my previous post called BUILDER’s HANDS [click here].

What you will notice is that I have used a similar image, instead of the posted one, and that to save time I walked you through the different layers explaining what I did and why.

Let me know what you think either below or via e-mail

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Stock Photography Video Tutorial : Editing your image

Hi folks and I hope that you are all well?

Over the last few weeks I have been recording a number of video tutorials.  Not easy to do in one take at the moment, but I am sure as I progress they will become a little easier and complete within the one recording.

Not so long ago a friend asked about the process of my stock workflow as he is keen to become a contributor.  So I put together this set of videos which are intended to be a beginner’s guide to taking an image from the RAW capture through to the upload and categorising of the picture at the agency.

The techniques which I regularly use for editing stock images I have learnt from the following – Calvin Hollywood [click here], Glyn Dewis [click here] and AJ Wood [click here].

I am still rather new to the world of video tutorials, so please any constructive feedback will be appreciated either on here, or you can contact me via e-mail

Next time I will be sharing the second part of this tutorial which is keywording your image.

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A very quick first video tutorial – The Screen Blend Mode

Hi folks! I hope that you are all well?

Not so long ago I put together a tutorial showing you how to brighten up your images using the SCREEN blend mode.  This is a fantastic little technique because you can use it for a variety of different techniques, for example brightening the whites of the eyes, as well as the general image.

The post to which this relates to can be found by clicking here.

This is my first video, and there is no sound as I have written out the steps to the technique on the linked post.  Please let me know what you think and I am sure that by the time I record the next few I will be a whizz at the software I have downloaded!



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Quick Photoshop Technique – Brightening Images using Blend Modes

Hello and welcome from a snowy London! What the heck is going on with the weather?  I cannot remember a March like this before where it has snowed!

Here is a very quick tutorial for you for you to give your images brightness using the levels adjustment layer and the Screen blend mode.

This is a very basic technique but I have used it on a number of occasions, now.

Step 1
Open the image that you are looking to edit in Photoshop.

Step 2
Click the Levels Adjustment Layer


Step 3
Change the blend mode to Screen


Step 4
Press Command/Control I to invert the white adjustment layer to black and cover the whole image.


Step 5
Select a soft brush and change your foreground colour to white and paint over the areas you wish to lighten.  Should the area you painted over be too bright then just adjust the opacity of the layer until it looks correct.  In this image the left hand side of the image has been adjusted to show you the difference in shade and brightness.


Thanks for stopping by.  I propose to upload a quick video of this tutorial in the next couple of weeks.

This technique can be used for a number of different purposes, especially when whitening the whites of the eyes.  It involves the same steps as this one.

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Wedding Photography – The shots you cannot afford to miss

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I am just topping and tailing preparations for a wedding which I am photographing in a couple of weeks and I am reading through some old notes relating to the key shots for the day, which I have in a handy pocket sized book that I would keep as a reference tool.  Having captured these key shots I would then be able to concentrate on capturing the bonus shots.

So what are the key shots?  The key shots that I have and follow are divided into the different sections of the wedding day.

Bride’s Home
Dress details
Flower details
Shoes and jewellery
Engagement and good luck cards
Bride getting ready
Bridal portraits – full length / head and shoulders / three quarter length
Bride and parents/chief bridesmaid/siblings/other family
General reportage at the house
Unique religious/cultural ceremonies, eg Greek wedding customs

Groom’s Home/Hotel etc
Shoes and other accessories
Groom getting ready
Groom portraits – full length / head and shoulders / three quarter length
Groom and parents/best man/groomsmen/siblings/other family
General reportage at the house
Unique religious/cultural ceremonies, eg Greek wedding customs

The Church
Arrival of the groom
Detail shots – church, decorations/flowers/Order of Service/general location shots
Groom with best man / groomsmen / best man and groomsmen
Groom with parents / close family members
Arrival of guests

Arrival of the bridesmaids
Mother of the bride and shots with bridesmaids

Arrival of the bride – as an example I like to try and get as many different shots that I can, eg through the window, any gaps when the door is opened, and shots of the interaction between bride and whomsoever is giving her away.
Bride getting out of the car and her arrival into the church or other venue where the ceremony will take place.

When taking the shots of the ceremony itself, your meeting with the couple would have highlighted any specific shots that were must captures, for example in Jewish weddings the breaking of the glass.


Shots of the couple as husband and wife either walking down the aisle, or leaving the venue where the wedding took place.

Formal Shots
As discussed during your meetings with the clients.  There is nothing wrong in asking the couple whether there is someone in the party who would assist in ushering those required for the formal shots.

Couple Shots
This I found would vary from couple to couple – selection of formal portraits covering full length, three quarters, and zoomed images, as well as creative images depending on time available.

Detail shots – table decorations / signs referring to the wedding day / flowers / cake etc
General reportage images
Cutting of the cake – some prefer to stage this, however, I would do it at the actual time of cutting.
Reportage shots arising from the cake cutting
First dance
General reportage of the party

As I said this was my check list, and I am aware that there is a lot to remember, hence, why I always kept it with me in a note book, as it may seem obvious, but you don’t want to take that risk as you only have one chance to take those shots, and once the moment is missed, there’s no going back.

I hope that you liked this, and have found it of some use?  Please feel free to leave your comments and thoughts in the section below.

PSD Box – One to take a look at if you are serious about Photoshop

Hi and I hope that you are all well?

A few days ago I discovered a guy on Youtube called Andrei Oprinca [click here] purely by chance.  I was really wowed with his tutorials that I thought it would be good to share them with you.

Andrei Oprinca has a site called PSD box [click here].  I have only had the time to take a cursory look at this site, but cannot wait to be able to sit down this week and really plough through it and learn some new techniques!

Here is the tutorial that I saw which I wanted to share – I found it very easy to follow and very easy to understand Andrei especially as English is not his first language. There are plenty more on his site and Youtube.  This covers the topic of compositing.

I am sure that if you are into Photoshop, or would like to discover the full potential of the software then please subscribe to him on Youtube/Website etc.

Let me know what you think of the video tutorial you can leave your comments below.

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