Photoshop Tutorials and Short Courses from Dave Cross

Hi Everyone

Today I want to point you to a new website set up by my friend Dave Cross.

A Photoshop Educator since 1990, Dave was one of the first people I learned from when I started out using Photoshop, as he was also one of the original Photoshop Guys at the N.A.P.P. (National Association of Photoshop Professionals) now KelbyOne.

The original champion of using Smart Objects and working non destructively, Dave’s knowledge of Photoshop is seemingly endless and by that I mean not just his application but how he manages dig deep inside and find solutions and workarounds.

This week Dave has launched a brand new area to his website with both short tutorials and full courses covering a wide range of techniques and essential skills to help develop a deeper understanding of Photoshop…


The great thing about the courses that Dave has recorded (and is constantly adding to) is how he doesn’t just show you what something does, for example Adjustment Layers, he goes into the how and why. Dave pushes it further to show how you can do things you likely wouldn’t have thought of, and this is very typical of Dave’s teaching style in that he manages to not just teach, but educate …and there is a difference.

CLICK HERE to check out the growing number of courses and tutorials available over on

Highly Recommended!

Kick Boxing Coach Portraits: Train Like a Pro

Hi Folks

Today I thought I’d share some portraits from a recent photo shoot working on promotional material for the Train Like a Pro – White Collar Boxing Events

Over the coming weeks/months I’ll share more from behind the scenes and promotional work for these events which attract celebrities from the worlds of TV and Sport (Andy Collins, Phil Tufnell, Vernon Kay, Colin McMillan, Joe Pasquale…)

In the mean time though here’s portraits of two of the coaches, Mike and Nathan…


For those of you interested in lighting set ups, the same was used here as with the earlier portraits of Kick Boxer Steven ‘Pocket Rocket’ Cook, and if you missed the post showing that, you can check out out here [LINK]

As always if you have any questions / comments then feel free to email me direct to or leave a comment in the section below.

Also, check out the larger / better screen quality versions of these portraits over in my 500px portfolio by clicking HERE.

Ok that’s all from me so have a great Tuesday and I’ll catch you back here tomorrow.


The Photoshop Workbook: Front and Rear Cover

Hey Everyone

To kick the week off, and now that my book is about to go to the press, I couldn’t resist giving you a look at the final front and rear cover design…


Of course in the book I wrote some acknowledgements to thank a number of people that have each played a significant part in helping me get to this stage in my career, but it’s also great to see that Dave Clayton and David MacKay get a mention on the rear cover.

Also, from the very first mention on his blog, to the continued friendship, support and guidance, having Scott Kelby write a foreword, is for me, the icing on the cake:)

I’ll keep you posted as soon as the book is available later next month from Amazon, Waterstones and all other great book stores.

Cheers and have a great week,

Quick Tip: Pinterest for Photography

Hi Everyone

To end the week I thought I’d post a Quick Tip; something I do all the time when working with clients.

Now I’ve mentioned this before but as a reminder and also for those of you who are fairly new to this site, this tip involves using Pinterest.

Completely free to join, when I first heard about Pinterest I was like “Really? Another social media site to update?” but it wasn’t long until I realised there was a way I could actually use it to help with my photography.


The basic idea behind Pinterest is that it’s like a modern day scrap book where you can search / browse for pictures of things that you like and then save them into any number of boards that you create. My wife loves Pinterest and has created a large number of boards for things such as jokes, animals, houses, holiday locations, furniture, food and so on…

Now I also have a few boards that I use to collect pictures however the main way I use Pinterest is to find out exactly what it is a client wants i.e. what kind of look, feel, mood are they after in there pictures.

Private Boards
When I get hired to work with a new client I always ask them if they use Pinterest. If they do then great but if not, then I encourage them to join (it’s free anyway) and then install the Pinterest App on their phone, tablet etc…

I then create a new ‘board’ and name it their name i.e. John Smith Photo Shoot and make this Private and also so that only me and the client can add in pictures. Once this is done, whenever the client sees a picture that has something about it that they like and has the feel, look etc of what they want, then with one click they can add it to our private board. I’ll see this instantly and no matter where I am, or where they are in the world.


This is a MASSIVE help when it comes to working with clients and having a greater understanding of exactly what it is they are after, and the result of which is that we all have much more focus and understanding when it comes to the photo shoot. Before I did this it was much more effort to know what the client wanted; in fact they would often find it hard to articulate what they want, but with pictures this is so much easier.

This I also do when working with people on a personal project. So, as well as maybe drawing something I’ll also show them pictures I have collected on Pinterest to help them have a greater understanding of the concept…does that make sense?

Anyway, just a quick tip I thought you might want to give a try.

Have a great weekend and I’ll catch you back here in a few days.


  • November 21, 2014 - 9:26 pm

    Kelley - Agree! It’s been a huge help for the same reason, and many more!

  • November 22, 2014 - 4:59 pm

    andrea de paolis - Thanks for sharing, great tip

Kick Boxer: Lighting Set Up Number 2

Hi Everyone

Just thought I’d share this  full length picture from the recent Kick Boxer shoot and also give you a look at the lighting set up…


Lighting Set Up
So the lighting here was made up of two (2) x Elinchrom RX600’s at the rear and then to the front as the main light, a D-Lite 4 in a 44cm Square Reflector and Grid. In this shot this light has dropped down because we just started removing everything when I thought of taking this grab shot with the iphone, but in the shoot this was higher up and pointing almost directly down. Then just resting on some of the gym equipment you can see a silver Lastolite Reflector which was angled back to the Kick Boxer to push a bit of light into the shadows.


Again as always, any questions feel free to email me to or leave a comment in the section below.

Have a good one and I’ll catch you back here tomorrow.