A Bodybuilder and Psycho Surgeon Workshop Combo

Written by: Glyn Dewis

Published: March 5, 2012

Category: General

Last weekend saw the first of my creative compositing workshops; a great day spent with a great bunch of people!

The purpose of the day was to work through the process of creating both 3/4 length and full length composite images from start to finish and our models for the day were my great friend Dave Clayton aka NAPP Member UK and Ex WWE American Wrestler Steve Lewington

Prior to the workshop I’d given Dave the briefing of Psycho, Weirdy, Surgeon type bloke and geez did he fit the bill after having trawled eBay and some charity shops for the required ‘look’.

Talking of Dave for a moment, it’s hard to believe that prior to the workshops he was someone that hated having his photograph taken but in a very short space of time he’s come to love it and is now featured in my ‘The Editor’ picture on the front cover of top German Photography Magazine Pictures [Link]

I’ve asked Dave to write a post explaining this transition and I really do think it could help someone who finds it a challenge to pose a model so I’ll be posting it later this week.

So, it was Dave that was being photographed for the 3/4 length shot which is what I recommend people doing first rather than trying to pull off a full length composite. Full length shots can be a heck of alot more work and can involve more advanced techniques to make them look believable so starting off with 3/4 length shots is a good way to go; get competent at those and then move on…does that make sense?

Steve was shot full length and for him we went for a miner/demolisher kind of look; something Steve can pull off without trying…I mean you’ve seen the size of his arms right?

Having explained the lighting set ups and why I was placing lights in certain positions it was then over to the attendees to get some shots that we could then edit later on as the workshops are very much ‘hands on’ for those who come along.

Opting to take refreshments as we worked so we could include more techniques we then moved onto editing and this bit I particularly enjoy; seeing the results that attendees produce is such a buzz 🙂

Here’s a couple of links to blogs written by some of the attendees giving a run through or the day plus some of their results:

Richard Parsons (www.blackpixel.co.uk) [Link]
Guy Aubertin (www.guyaubertin.com) [Link]

Following the workshop we then headed off for the obligatory curry and social which to me is a hugely important part of the day for all manner of reasons plus I’ve never liked it when a workshop ends and you then make your way home immediately afterwards. There’s so much more positive that comes out of socialising afterwards not to mention great friendships that can be built upon.

Next Workshop
My next workshop is being held on Saturday 21st April and will have a completely different theme but also combining shooting and photoshop retouching techniques from both my Character Portrait and Creative Compositing Workshops. PLUS I’ll be sharing the techniques that I’ll be teaching at Photoshop World in Washington DC at the end of the month; many of which I’ve had to keep under wraps for now 🙂

Tickets are just £95 and at the time of writing this there’s still a few places left so don’t miss out on what’s going to be a great day! Click here to for more information and to book your place [Link]

Right that’s all for now so enjoy the rest of your Monday and I’ll catch you later,

Enjoy 🙂

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  1. Tim Skipper


    I think you might better limit the number of follicle challenged, with four of in that picture I almost wasn’t sure which was you. 😉

  2. Morgana

    Any chance you might video a future workshop for those of us on the other side of the world? Or better yet, how about a trip down under? 🙂



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