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…

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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]

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As always if you have any questions / comments then feel free to email me direct to glyn@glyndewis.com 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.

Enjoy,
Glyn

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…

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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,
Glyn

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Enjoy,
Glyn

  • 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…

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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.

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

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

Enjoy,
Glyn

Kick Boxer Portraits: Steven ‘Pocket Rocket’ Cook

Hi Folks

Today I thought I’d share a couple of portraits from a recent shoot with Kick Boxer, Steven ‘Pocket Rocket’ Cook.

Having successfully defended his British Title this year, 2015 will see him going for not one but four World Titles, and having seen him in training I’m just glad he’s on my side:)

Over the coming months we’re going to be working together on a regular basis to photographically document the journey, so I’ll be sure to keep you up to date as we move forward.

Anyway, here’s a couple of portraits from a quick shoot this past weekend and lower down in the post I’ve included a quick Behind the Scenes grab to give you an idea of the lighting set up…

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Lighting Set Up
Simple set up which takes up a small amount of space within the gym…

The large (VERY large) umbrella makes for a great white background without having to set up a seamless roll background and use additional lighting.

On the boom I used an Elinchrom D-Lite 1 RX (because it’s so incredibly light) with the Elinchrom Square 44cm Reflector and Grid. A silver/white reflector was also used to push a little bit of light back into the shadows.

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Couldn’t resist taking a quick grab shot of Steve with the two latest additions to his ‘Pack’…

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As always if you have any questions / comments then feel free to drop me a line to glyn@glyndewis.com or post a comment in the section below.

Have a good one and I’ll catch you back here next time.
Glyn

  • November 18, 2014 - 10:04 am

    Thomas Nyhus - Hi Glyn,

    Im a huge fan, i only shoot sports, thanks for sharing some of your wizdom. To me it looks like there is rim light on bough sids of Stevens face, in picture two. Is that from the umbrella?

    Kind Regards

  • November 18, 2014 - 9:06 pm

    Glyn - Hi Thomas…Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Yeah the rim lighting is all from the light through the umbrella.
    Glyn

  • November 20, 2014 - 7:27 pm

    Fabrice - Hi Glyn,

    I love it. Your post come right in time with my project of making pictures of Thai boxers in my area (Toulouse – France). All your previous posts gave me the inspiration for this project I just start a few weeks ago. I’m not yet there, I built some confidence from the coach and the boxers, during the first session. Know I should be able to ask them for more of there time for shooting portraits.
    You’re doing a fantastic job helping your readers not only with the technical side but also on the inspirational side of the business.

    Thanks for everything
    Cheers
    Fabrice