Lighting Set Up: Soldier – US Military Picture

Currently sat at Birmingham Airport in the Gate Room waiting for boarding and heading off to Tenerife so just grabbing a few minutes to add this post.

As promised here’s a brief look at the lighting I used for my new Solider: US Military picture which consisted of…

2 x Elinchrom RX600’s

1 x 175cm Elinchrom Octa

1 x 70cm square Softbox with Rotagrid

…and photographed outdoors at about midday.

 

diagram

I’m using the 175cm Octa a lot lately for giving a white background such as this; it’s quick to put up with it being Rotalux and the big advantage is that it has a small ‘foortprint’ so is great for working in areas where space is tight such as gyms etc…

The 70cm Softbox is another favourite piece of kit which is again super fast for opening up and the grid helps direct the light with little spill. In this picture it was positioned quite high and angled down so as to add shadows on the very detailed body armour…

before
With a little bit of white around around the subject it’s then easy to extend it later in Photoshop to give the impression of a much larger background…

soldier_us-military

I’ll definitely be recording some video for this picture as there’s a few little tricks in there I’m sure you’ll find useful, and I’ll do that once I’m back.

Right…must dash.

Have a good one and I’ll see you back in a day or 2 as I’ll be posting whilst away.

Cheers,
Glyn

SOLDIER – US MILITARY (New Picture)

Today I’ve a new picture to share with you that I took and processed this past weekend.

Inspired by the movie American Sniper (which I have yet to see at the time of writing this post) this is a picture of my dear friend Barry Payne…

soldier_us-military

I’m a little short on time at the moment as we’re getting ready to head off to Tenerife for this year’s Photo Training Oversees (PTO) event where I’m teaching with the likes of my buddy Frank Doorhof, however I will be posting a Behind the Scenes (BTS) post for this picture in the next day or so.

The original picture was photographed in the middle of day in Barry’s back garden with a light source behind and one to the front; kind of bringing to the studio outdoors.

I’ll also be recording a video for my YouTube Channel as part of my weekly Photography, Photoshop and Lightroom show, going through some of the retouching steps for you too; again I’ll get that posted asap.

Right that’s all from me for today so have a great one and I’ll catch you back here next time.

Enjoy,
Glyn

> You can check out a larger version of the picture over in my 500px portfolio CLICK HERE

 

Selfies with The Photoshop Workbook

It’s so great to see more pictures being posted online by people who now have my new book, The Photoshop Workbook.

The picture below is actually one from a photo shoot this past weekend and is of my friend Barry Payne (I’ll be posting a look at the main image we worked on in a short while and will also post the behind the scenes and a look at some of the retouching)

As we were packing up, Barry said he had an idea for one final picture so grabbed his own copy of the book and well…I do like it when Barry has ideas:)

Incidentally Barry was the first ever person I photographed using studio lighting; he’s been such a great supporter since day one…always willing to help out, a constant stream of ideas and endless enthusiasm!

barry_book

This superbly creative selfie which was given the title of “Some Light Reading“, is by Christopher Germano over on Google+

Way to go Christopher; I love it!

Some-light-reading--by-Christopher-Germano

This selfie is of my friend Oliver Kremer; a photographer based in Germany

FBoliver_20150124_100158

HUGE thanks to everyone posting pictures online; every time I see a new one it just TOTALLY makes my day.

Got a selfie with the book? If so, please do email me a copy so I can share it here for everyone to see and so I can add it into my evidence memory folder:)

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

Enjoy,
Glyn

>Check out “The Photoshop Workbook: Professional Retouching and Compositing Tips, Tricks and Techniques” over on Amazon [LINK]

Frank Doorhof New Light Meter Training Video

In today’s world of Digital Photography there’s those who prefer to use a light meter and there are those who prefer to use the histogram and LCD on the back of the camera.

Whichever method you prefer, neither is right or wrong but rather personal preference.

Me however, am for the light meter EVERY time. Now it wasn’t always that way has been since I teamed up for a joint workshop with my Buddy Frank Doorfoh in The Netherlands a couple of years ago when we discovered I had a faulty lens.

frankdoorhof

My own reason, as I suspect for all those who do prefer to use a light meter, are that it makes it possible for me to get fast, accurate AND consistent exposures wherever I am in any situation, be it indoors or outdoors.

So today I just wanted to give you the heads up that Frank has now released a brand new training video on the use of the light meter.

With over 70 minutes of instruction, Frank covers everything you’d need to know to get the best from using a light meter and does so by going through a variety of indoor and outdoor photo shoots.

Packed with information, tips and techniques, if you’re curious about using a light meter, use one already or have no idea why you would consider using one, then I highly recommend you check it…

To find out more and to purchase this new training from Frank, CLICK HERE

Right, that’s all from me so have a great start to the week and I’ll catch you back here tomorrow.

Enjoy,
Glyn

NEW PICTURE: Giraffe Mother and Infant

Before the weekend starts I just wanted to share this new picture with you which has actually one from been that’s been re-worked.

The final picture here is a composite made from seven separate photographs with the giraffes originally photographed when I spent the day over at Woburn safari Park here in the UK.

You can check out a larger version over on my 500px portfolio page by CLICKING HERE

giraffe

Right have a fantastic weekend and I’ll catch you back here in a few days.

Enjoy,
Glyn

  • January 29, 2015 - 6:18 pm

    kelley - It turned out beautifully!