Revisiting old images with new techniques

Hello folks and I hope that this post reaches you well?

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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Promo Shoot : 12 week body transformation

Hi folks!

I hope that you are all well? I had the pleasure of doing a photo shoot with Thamir who recently completed a 12 week body transformation with On Point Training, London.   Thamir went through 12 weeks of hard training with Jay Benedetti.  I was extremely impressed with the transformation having seen the before images!  I you would like to find out more then contact OnPoint Training by clicking here.

A few times prior to the shoot Thamir contacted me to say that he was getting rather nervous for the shoot itself.  I explained that he had nothing to worry about as I have a couple of techiniques which I employ when working with clients.

On the day of the shoot it was Thamir, as well as Jay and a make up artist. I explained to Thamir that I knew he was nervous so we would be starting off with some simple excersizes I have found that work when working with someone who is a little nervous.  The first technique I use is when I am doing the test shots.  This is where I get the client to close their eyes, relax their facial muscles and control their breathing, which will in turn calm their heart rate.  Whilst they have their eyes closed and are focused on this I take a number of test shots and when happy with the exposure I explain to them that on the count of three to open their eyes very slowly.  I have found that I can get some very intense images with this technique, too.  Following on from this another task I gave to Thamir was to go through various poses which would get him to focus on something other than the camera.

The studio we used was called Village Studios based in Bexley as opposed to the usual one I use in North West London.  It was very nice, very friendly, albeit a bit of a schlep! The lighting which was used was two strip boxes either side and a fill light to the front.

Here is one of the images from the shoot.  The processing was a combination of techniques used by Joel Grimes, Glyn Dewis and Calvin Hollywood at Kelby Training [click here].  Furthermore, I also downloaded a trial copy of Topaz Adjust which I have used sparingly here.  An absolutely, awesome bit of kit!

Here is one of the images from the shoot which I quite liked.  Please let me know what you think of the shot in comments section below.

Thamir Website

If you would like to learn more about physique photography and see what images inspired my shoot then go to Glyn Dewis’ site where you can see a selection of images as well as future courses on the subject [click here].

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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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My first composite image

One thing that I have been meaning to start learning is compositing.  Everything that you see whether in magazines/billboards etc seems to have been a form of composite.  Initially I was not enthused by the thought of a composite, however, I have seen that it has its benefits – whether it is learning how to make the perfect selection using the quick selection tool, to creating images using a multitude of backgrounds.

Today, I had the time to sit down and start practising compositing.  I used a lesson that I found on line by Glyn Dewis [click here].  It is one of many techniques that are out there.  I have a number of images to composite using techniques from Matt Kloskowski’s Compositing Secrets Book – and I will be sure to post them on here for you to comment.

I know this image is not going to make the likes of Matt Kloskowski and Calvin Hollywood quake in their boots, however, it is a start! PS I have to thank Matt Kloskowski for the background image.

Your feedback will be graciously received.

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A link to a cool photographer : David E Jackson

This week has been a bit of a stressful week for the family, as my mother in law had to go in for open heart surgery, after she had another heart attack a couple of weeks ago. So as you will appreciate I have not been able to do what I would have initially liked for my blog.

However, I would really like to share with you a link to an amazing photographer who is based in the US. I love his portrait work, his style of wedding photography, and creativity.  I introduce to you David E Jackson.

[Click Here] to go to his blog where you will find some great shots as well as the added bonus of the lighting explained in detail.  Recently David E Jackson was interviewed by Glyn Dewis and you can read what he had to say here.

Thanks for taking the time to read this and I hope you enjoy the link to David E Jackson’s work.


Invisible Black Background – short lesson courtesy of Glyn Dewis

Recently, on a number of shoots, I have been making use of a technique whereby you can turn any background completely black.  There are a number of names for this but to keep it simeple I cam going to refer to it as The Invisible Black Backdrop. This is achieved by controlling how much ambient light you are allowing onto the camera’s sensor.

Here is an example where I used the technique.  This image was taken on a very sunny day.  I found an area of soft light and set my shutter speed to 1/250th, my speedlight was in manual and set to 1/4 power, and I started the aperture at around f6.3.  I checked the display screen on the back of my camera and adjusted the aperture as necessary.  A point of note, and you will see this in the linked tutorial, when taking your picture ALWAYS hold the camer as you would be taking a portrait in its vertical position.

A good friend and very talented photographer and Photoshop editor, Glyn Dewis, showed me on his blog how to get the invisible black backdrop look and here is a short video, and link to his tutorial.

[Click here] to read the tutorial on Glyn Dewis’ blog.

For more of Glyn’s video tutorials [click here] and here is also a link to his blog that is a wealth of info on all things photography [click here]

I hope you enjoyed the tutorial and it is something well worth adding to your photographic repertoire!

Have a great Easter weekend!


Forgotten Blog Post!

I have just been looking through my blog posts and have seen that I did not post anything last week!  This week I will be uploading a couple of posts for you.  The first will be an image that I have chosen from a recent family shoot that I did, where I utilised the invisible black background method – something that I learnt from watching the Zack Arias One Light DVD / and also from a tutorial video made by Glyn Dewis.

The settings that I used for the image were

::ISO 200



::Manual flash set to 1/4 power – fired through a softbox