Just wanted to give you a heads up about Issue 19 of Practical Photoshop magazine which is due to hit the shelves any day now.
In this next issue I’ve written a 7 page tutorial and also recorded a video going through all the retouching steps that went into my picture of Fitness Athlete Shaun Stafford.
In the tutorial as well as other techniques I cover a 2 part process that I use for cutting out people from their backgrounds. Refine Edge in Photoshop is pretty damn cool however do you ever find that when you’re using it to select all those extra stray hairs that it affects the selection you originally made of the subject’s body? Well in the tutorial I show how to work around this and get a great selection of the body and hair quickly and easily.
When it comes to the background for the final picture I wasn’t able to get out and find what I wanted so opted for the next best thing…making my own from parts of another photograph.
So I also show how you can manipulate a photograph that has kind of what you want and then using selections, transform, cloning and a few other tips and tricks, turning it into exactly what you want
With the magazine there’s a CD provided which has the video tutorial on it but also all the image files you’ll need if you want to work through the retouch as well; if you do then be sure to give me a shout…I’d love to see the results you come up with.
Hope you like the tutorial
Right that’s all from me for today so have a good one and I’ll catch you back here tomorrow,
Today I want to share something that my best buddy & assistant Dave Clayton posted yesterday over on the NAPP MEMBER UK website; a completely unexpected post that quite literally left me speechless.
You know there’s so much more to this wonderful industry than just Photography & Photoshop. I genuinely feel blessed with the people in my life I can call friends..truly great friends whom had I never first opened Photoshop or picked up a camera I never would have met!
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Today’s post has a strange title and to pretty much everyone will mean nothing. But today I wanted to write about something that happened two years ago today that pretty much changed my (Photoshop/NAPP) life. It was two years ago this very day that Scott Kelby came to London to do his seminar at the Islington Design Centre (details here) and (here). A really big moment for me as I hadn’t long been ‘NAPPMEMBER UK’ and I had only just returned from my first ever Photoshop World in Vegas, where I met a ton of awesome people including another (now) good friend, David Rogers. I could name loads from that trip but today’s post isn’t about that or then….
It’s about this guy….Glyn Dewis.
Glyn, a bloke who I knew was a photographer, I knew that Scott already knew him from my article I wrote way back that was published in Photoshop Creative (the article that was the seed which grew into NAPPMEMBER UK).
I was to meet Glyn at Paddington Station on the morning of the 15th and then go off and meet Scott Kelby at the Hilton in Islington. What an amazing opportunity to have by any standards, a day around London with the grande fromage himself, Scott Kelby, but also to get to know a guy I had followed a bit on Twitter and his own blog.
It was this meeting that really changed things for me. Glyn and I just clicked, a lot of that was down to sharing Scott’s sense of humour. It was such a fun day, it was like spending time with two guys you’d known from way back……I think to Scott that day probably felt like years…just kidding, but you know what I mean. I had met a friend who, two years on, has proved himself to be solid gold. I really owe a lot to him for pushing me, supporting me, assisting me and teaching me. Glyn has unbelievable enthusiasm for his art, he is a first class photographer, an incredible self taught Photoshop expert, an engaging trainer, a superb husband to Anne and the kind of friend you could only wish for.
We’ve shared some fantastic times these past two years: workshops, photo walks, curry clubs, a Photoshop World, photo shoots, most recently Photokina in Germany…plus so many other things that have changed my outlook and approach to many things in life. It’s great that we are seen as a team but take nothing away from him, Glyn has worked bloody hard to be where is today and all the places he’ll be heading in the future. Well deserved rewards for a top fella. Without him I wouldn’t have had my big old face adorned on a few of the best Photoshop/Photography magazines out there. He made me a cover star !! Unbelievable. He gave me confidence to step in front of the camera and to appear on video. We’ve had so many laughs together to the point of that moment when you laugh so hard you actually stop making any sound at all and tears stream down your face. So many great memories in two years and many, many more fantastic experiences ahead of us both.
So, whilst this may sound like a bromance love fest, I am not shamed to say thank you Glyn, you are a diamond, a great friend and I love ya bro !! Here’s to many more good times and successful plans coming to fruition.
Any guy who can get me in stockings, in Oxford, on a Saturday, on video has to be pretty special…
Glyn, I doff my bowler hat to you sir and thank you. And thank you Scott Kelby for all that you do and have done for us both, both publicly and privately. You sir, are also a legend.
As you were folks ……. have a superb Monday, well Tuesday now but you know what I mean
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Have a great day everyone and I’ll catch you back here tomorrow,
A fantastic day with a great bunch of folks; some who’d travelled several hours to be there and it was great to finally put some faces to names.
As is always the case the 2 hour walk literally flew by but then it was on to a local establishment for refreshments and a good ole chin wag…without doubt my favourite part of the whole day.
Actually come to think of it I don’t think I took more than a couple of photographs; we did however do a little bit of video and record a brief account of the days events
Those darned nice folks at ThinkTank Photo sent over the new City Walker camera bag to try out on the day so rather than write a review we thought we’d video one, and well…here’s how it went:
So yet again another fantastic day had by all and here’s looking forward to next year. Huge thanks to everyone who ventured to Oxford and made the day what it was; great to meet up with new and familiar faces
Oh, a quick reminder for everyone who participated in the Photo Walk (no matter where in the World) you need to submit your favourite photo from the day to your Photo Walk page by the 22nd October if you want to enter the City & Worldwide Competition; if you came to the Oxford, UK Photo Walk you can do that here [Link]
Right that’s all from me so whatever you’re up to today be sure to have a good one and I’ll catch you back here tomorrow,
I’ve been meaning to post this for a while now so…
Today sees a brief return of Inspiration Friday and I want to point you to the incredible work of Uli Staiger…
A Digital Artist from Germany I was first introduced to Uli’s work by my great friend Calvin Hollywood and have been a massive fan ever since; the art that Uli creates in Photoshop is completely mind blowing!
Over the past couple of years Uli and myself have kept in touch but never actually met so to finally catching up and hang out at this year’s Photokina in Cologne, Germany was definitely one of the highlights.
It’s kind of funny but not matter what age, there are always those people who are, I guess you could call ‘heros’ and Uli is most definitely one of mine; one of the good guys…genuine, the real deal and incredibly talented!
On the Web You can check out Uli’s work here, but be warned…you may find yourself losing track of time as you look through his portfolio
Hey it’s only a couple of days now until the weekend which means…Photo Walk time!!!
I’m so looking forward to this coming Saturday when the Annual Scott Kelby Worldwide Photo Walk takes place and with over 1300 Photo Walks and some 30,000 Walkers taking part this is a record breaking year!
This year along with my best buddy and top assistant Dave Clayton we’ll be leading a walk in the beautiful City of Oxford, UK and if last year’s walk is anything to go by it’s gonna be a blast, and with all 50 spaces filled up and more folks on the waiting list I just hope Oxford is ready
Here’s a video from last year’s walk alos in Oxford which I’m sure must have been the hottest day; fingers crossed Mother Nature smiles down on us again this time too huh
For all those of you coming along to the Oxford walk I’ve posted a few updates on the offical Oxford Photo Walk page which you can check out here [Link]. There’ll you’ll see details of the meeting place and time, plans for after the walk and View full post »