Behind the Scenes: Shooting James Bond (Part 1)

Written by: Glyn Dewis

Published: October 8, 2012

Category: General

Hey Folks,

Thanks for stopping by.

Hope you had a good weekend 🙂

Ok so to kick the week off I’ve a new picture to share with you from a recent photo shoot…

The photo shoot was a personal project for me which is something I like to do on a regular basis; helps to keep me fresh, pushes my retouching and also means my portfolio is constantly being updated.

So, seeing as Skyfall, the new James Bond movie is soon to hit the big screen I thought I’d go for something with that kind of feel. So I spoke with friend and photographer Glenn Richardson to see if he’d mind being on the opposite side of the camera for a change and thankfully he was up for it.

Before the shoot we’d spoken through ideas and again as was the case with my buddy Dave Clayton, because Glenn was playing a ‘character‘ he wasn’t being himself which in turn meant he wasn’t so self conscious and so relaxed into it a lot quicker:

The main purpose of the photo shoot was to work on a composite image where amongst other things Glenn will be put into a street/alley way scene along with a car, headlights on, clouds, empty bullet cartridge cases on the floor etc…

Good Ole Facebook
As soon as I’ve finished the composite I’ll be sure to post it here. Incidentally, having mentioned about this shoot on social media a magazine has commissioned a tutorial to include the final picture along with the retouching steps; good ole Facebook huh 🙂

Anyway the picture at the top of this post is one from the studio shoot as we worked through a number of poses that would suit the final composite so I thought I’d give you an idea of the set up and retouching that went into it:

Q: How come you’ve used a white background instead of a grey one?

A: I knew I’d be cutting Glenn off the background to put him into a new one as opposed to using a blend mode like Soft Light to do so. Glenn was wearing black and has black hair so putting him against a contrasting background makes the cut out so much easier.

Q: What was your lighting set up?

A: Here you go….2 strip lights behind and to either side + one medium octa from the front:

Q: What were your settings and why?

A: As a new background is going to added in I needed Glenn to be sharp and in focus from front to back so he was shot at f/11. The side lights were metered to f/16 so that the rim light they gave was dominant. The rim lights were used so as to mimic the light hitting Glenn from the car headlights etc…

As for the retouching very little was done; maybe 10 minutes in total:

  • Removing blemishes
  • Brightening & adding colour/contrast to the eyes
  • Adding details
  • Dodging & Burning
  • Cleaning up backdrop and floor
  • Shaping the clothing

  • Contrast & Sharpening
  • B&W Conversion
  • Extend the background

Right that’s all from me for today so as always if you have any questions/comments feel free to make use of the comments section below, but in the mean time,


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  1. ally parr

    Great post, looking forward to seeing final image, I am guessing the car headlights will be photoshopped in 😉

  2. Mark Imhof

    Good Morning Glyn,
    Looks like you guys had alot of fun!
    Looking forward to seeing the end result.


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