CC Mastermind: Helping each other by Sharing

I’m glad to say that from right back when I first started out in this industry, I’ve been surrounded by folks that are willing to share the knowledge they have in order to help those around them to grow and develop.

Sure there are always people that are very guarded about what they do but to honest I can’t help but think this is an insecurity; scared that people will start doing what they are and so take business from them. The reality though is that no matter what we share, we all have different personalities, different life experiences and different skill levels, so what is shared will inevitably be interpreted differently and in that person’s style..does that make sense?

In fact I’d go so far to say that if you’re scared of then it’s telling you one thing…get better and don’t expect to be able to remain at the same skill level you have today.

Anyway, with all that in mind, this past weekend we held the very first of our CC Mastermind sessions. This is where as a close group of friends we arranged a 4 hour meeting to share information. This information can take the form of anything related to Photography, Retouching, Business and in fact anything that others may find useful.

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From Left to Right: Jonathan Thompson, Keith Hammond, Noel Hannan, JJ Jones, Lee Gorecki, Yours Truly, James Hole & Brian Worley

To say the first meeting was a success would be a complete understatement. The amount shared and the amount learned by each and everyone present was quite overwhelming…

Websites, Apps, Best Business Practices, Tips, Techniques, Equipment to check out, new books worth reading and so it went on…

HUGE thanks to the guys for coming along; some travelling considerable distance to make it. Of course it’s not easy to get a date when everyone can attend so rest assured those unable were missed however we’ll be planning ongoing sessions roughly every 8 weeks. Mind you..we’ll need a bigger room if all 11 members come along:)

So what about you? Why not get a group together and do something similar? Helping each other out like this is so incredibly beneficial for all involved and by sharing with each other, we ALL move forward!

Oh and we’ve called this Masterminding session, the CC Mastermind / CC Network. Why CC? The Curry Club of course:)

Have a great start to the week and I’ll catch you back here tomorrow.

Enjoy,
Glyn

  • March 2, 2015 - 11:02 am

    Jonathan Thompson - I can’t agree more Glyn, it was a great success. I learnt tons of new stuff and it such a perfect reason to get together. Why would you want to be alone in a creative industry. Where we’re all trying to push & stretch ourselves. Competing with nobody but ourselves. It’s are beliefs, dreams, vision and fears that direct our lives more than anything else. There’s no better feeling than helping someone else along their way, by sharing something you’ve already discovered.

    We’re very fortunate to have a great bunch of guys. Without being all deep, we’re not together by accident. You look for like minded people. If you look for anything you’ll find it.

    I hope many other groups of friends put their own CC together. Let’s keep it on the downlow on being the Cupcake Network really ;-)

    Really looking forward to actioning on some of the new info and getting together again in a couple of months.

    A big Cheers to all the CC members :-)

    JT

  • March 2, 2015 - 2:39 pm

    Rajesh Taylor - Hi Glyn, love the idea of these Photography & PS Mastermind sessions. You hit the nail on the head with sharing knowledge and experiences. Really not sure with people that go cryptic and think they have some secret formula with photography. Its a people business. Even if you shoot macro or landscapes.

    If you ever decide to hold one in London try out The Rag Factory (http://www.ragfactory.org.uk/what_s_here/) It has enough space in various studios to cater for 8-20 people to get together. Even some shooting space to test out a few ideas. Its very cheap, the smallest space cost me £35 on a Sunday. Its just off Brick Lane so fulfils the criteria of Curry Club too!

Professional Imaging 2015 Line UP and Schedule

Hey Everyone

I just wanted to follow up from a post a few days back about Professional Imaging 2015 in the Netherlands, and now give you details of the full line up of speakers and class/presentation schedule…

With folks such as Scott Kelby, Bert Monroy and Terry White heading over from the USA and with home grown talent Frank Doorhof, I simply cannot wait to get started!

Check out the full list of speakers by CLICKING HERE

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Also, the class/presentation schedule is now up on the Professional Imaging website so that you can plan plan where to be and when to be there…

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Also a buddy of mine in the Netherlands on Facebook sent me these couple of images yesterday; one being the front cover of Focus Magazine with my Mamma (Elephants in the Rain) image and the other showing a page inside the magazine.

To be honest I’m stoked about being asked to return and speak at Professional Imaging and again this year to have one of my images on the front cover of Focus. It’s kind of funny but each time I se my pictures in a magazine, let alone on the front cover, it always like it did the very first time:)

 

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So are you coming out to Professional Imaging?

If you are then be sure to say hi and if not, then all I can say is that I highly recommend you try to get out there; it’s such a fantastic event!

Have a great weekend and I’ll catch you back here in a couple of days.
Enjoy,
Glyn

Quick Mask Quick Tip: PHOTOSHOP #73

Ok so here’s the latest episode of my weekly Photography, Photoshop and Lightroom video series.

Now at episode 73, this time it’s an incredibly useful Photoshop tip for those times when you’re making selections and need to add what is known as feathering.

The tip makes use of Quick Mask and takes the guessing game out of knowing how much feathering to apply.

Hope you ‘Like’ it
Glyn

Check out more of my FREE videos over on my YouTube channel by CLICKING HERE

YouTube Channel: Your thoughts needed

I just wanted to say a HUGE Thank You to each and everyone of you that tune in, Subscribe to and watch the videos I post each week on my YouTube Channel.

Hearing from folks either by email or sharing a post on social media about how useful the videos are definitely adds to the enjoyment of putting the videos together that’s for sure.

As I’m sure you can imagine, it’s quite a commitment to produce a weekly video (yes I do all the filming and editing myself) so at this point to now be about to post episode 73 feels like a real achievement; especially when I started out a few people suggested I’d only manage a few episodes before it all came too much to stick to.

Truth be told, producing the weekly videos is as beneficial to me as it is to those of you who tune in. It’s kind of like when I first started out and set up this blog. The reason wasn’t necessarily to write content for others at first, but more of a commitment to myself to HAVE to produce content each week, which in turn forced me to get out and organise photo shoots continually. This commitment certainly helped me to grow as a photographer by constantly shooting as opposed to every now and then; does that make sense?

Anyway, back to the YouTube Channel…

As more and more videos are added (there’s over 200 in total on there now) I wanted to know what you would like to see, to make it easier to find a video covering a specific topic. I created playlists a few months back but are these enough? What categories do you think would make it easier for you to find stuff?

I want to make sure that the channel as well as containing lots of information, also makes it as easy as possible to find so any of your advice / thoughts were would be great.

Thanks again and thanks for subscribing.

Cheers,
Glyn

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  • February 24, 2015 - 8:20 pm

    Jay - Hi Glen, I have been watching your tutorials since day. You ran out of fingers a long time ago.

    Since watching your tutorials I have been dabbling in composting and have found your techniques helpful. I continually apply your suggested lighting effects.

    I am happy with all that you produce, but have an interest in tutorials that ‘sell the fake’.

    Hope this helps. Thanks for sharing your knowledge

  • February 25, 2015 - 3:27 pm

    Ray Fidler - Hi Glyn, I have had a mull which included exploring your You Tube page. I feel you have got it pretty well nailed there. I searched by putting in say Glyn Dewis Selections and it threw up various tutorials to explore. Plus some other key words.I check out your playlists which are very comprehensive.

    I have also cross checked to other photographers and yours seems to be up there at the top for sourcing particular videos. On You Tube itself I can’t see how you can make it easier..
    The only thought that occurs to me is within the description that lists the techniques a given video cover. For example masks, blending modes, layer styles, selection pen tool etc. In saying that it adds to the time producing new videos let alone dealing with your back catalogue. Ray
    If you do think that is worthwhile add a link to your book on your back catalogue.

  • March 1, 2015 - 1:51 am

    Yelle Hughes - Hi, I love your videos and they have helped me so much with Photoshop. One of my biggest issues is finding a tutorial that shows how to blend a subject to a different background. I work with Poser figures and always putting them against different backgrounds that are not in the Poser system. I’ve gone through the tutorials you’ve uploaded and didn’t find one. Say for example: a figure that is flying in the air. My pics look like they are cut and pasted on the skyline and I’d like to learn how to do a better job.

    Great work and thank so much for all your doing!

    Yelle

  • March 2, 2015 - 5:16 am

    Glyn - Yelle…Making something match the background you drop it is in more about the lighting matching than anything else. The rest in Photoshop (cut out with a slight feather around the outside, colour matching etc) are all just finessing.

    Glyn

  • March 2, 2015 - 5:17 am

    Glyn - Cheers Ray; I’ll look into it.

  • March 2, 2015 - 5:17 am

    Glyn - Thanks Jay

Photography: Powerful, Emotive, Storytelling

Those of you who a regular readers of this blog will be aware that one of my ongoing Photography projects involves photographing animals in captivity (wildlife parks, zoos etc) and then use Photoshop to create pictures that look as though the animal is in it’s natural environment and free.

As a Photographer and Retoucher, and as an animal lover, the project for me, combining them altogether is a marriage made in heaven. Of course nothing would bear seeing them in their natural habitat for real, but at the time of writing this post, I’ve yet to tick that off the wish list.

For today’s post I wanted to share a video of my favourite Photographer Nick Brandt, who’s work for me epitomises what photography is all about.

When I first saw Nick’s work it was the first and only time that I’ve ever been stopped in my tracks and overwhelmed with emotion about photography; just so incredibly powerful. However, it’s not just the sheer beauty of his work that is so powerful but the stories that they are telling.

I know this sounds kind of heavy but when you watch this short video, you’ll see what I mean AND you’ll see why Nick Brandt is such a big influence in my own animals project.

Glyn

Nick Brandt Website [LINK]

Big Life Foundation [LINK]