My 2 Most Valuable Pictures and Why

Written by: Glyn Dewis

Published: December 18, 2013

Category: General

Hey Everyone,

How you doing?

So with Christmas exactly one week away are you all ready? Christmas shopping done?

Glad to say I’ve managed to get everything done and dusted now so the pressure’s off and no running around on Christmas Eve for me 🙂

Managed to get the final few presents yesterday but before that I met up with a close friend that I’d not seen for way too long, for an early breakfast.

It was great catching up. We got talking about what had happened over the last few years at which he reminded me of the photo below.

This is actually a photo of a photo taken with my iPhone that Barry showed me and it’s actually a photograph I him; the very first portrait I took with my very first camera (a Nikon D200) and my first set of lights (Elinchrom D Lites).

I remember taking this photo so clearly like it was yesterday. My first set of lights had turned up in the post and I rang Barry to ask him to pop round to my house so I could practice taking a portrait. I’d set the lighting up in the front cramped into a corner with the 100cm soft box pressed against the low ceiling and Barry having to contort himself to squeeze into place.

Those first photos I’d taken had mostly been lost when I suffered a hard drive failure when I was a bit blasé about backing up; an attitude that changed rather rapidly afterwards I can tell you.

Seeing this picture again made me think about pictures I’ve made that are extra special to me and this is certainly one of them because it was taken at the very beginning of me becoming a Photographer.

Another picture that means a heck of a lot to me is this one of my Best Friend and Assistant, Dave Clayton called ‘The Editor”.

Dave used to hate having his photograph taken but despite that he had to jump in on one of my workshops and be the model because the model I’d lined up was unable to attend at the last minute. Despite feeling incredibly uncomfortable and nervous Dave stepped up to the plate and ended up ROCKING IT! The attendees loved him which was great to see but more so was seeing the transformation from someone hating having their photo taken becoming someone who looked incredibly comfortable and was loving it; all in a very short space of time. Seeing that change felt fantastic!

A big part of this transformation stemmed from Dave taking on the role of someone else which in this case was the Editor from the Spiderman Movies hence the way he’s dressed and this is something I discuss in my “Successful Shoots….Guaranteed” talk that I give to camera clubs and have also done so at Photoshop World in Las Vegas and Orlando.

So what about you?
Do you have pictures that you’ve taken / made that mean more to you for some reason? If you were to name which ones out of all your pictures were the most significant / meant the most to you…could you?

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this and see what pictures mean the most to you  because we all have different reasons why so feel free to post below and if you’ve got a link to the image online share that too or share it across your social media and tag me in.

Anyway have a great day whatever you’re up to and I’ll catch you back here tomorrow.

Enjoy,
Glyn

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6 Comments

  1. Morgana Creely

    I have a photo of my husband that I took on our Scottish holiday back in 2003… it was the first portrait where I thought about composition. I still love it to this day. 🙂

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  2. Mark Harris

    Glyn, like you, this picture is one of the first ones I took with studion lights. http://500px.com/photo/37172886 It’s of my daughter who was about 7 at the time.
    The lights were cheap “jessops” specials that that I had been given. Together with a fabric background etc. I set up the lights in a spare room and took several of my 3 kids, but this one has always been my favourite and really inspired me to do more.
    Maybe it’s the subject, but I still think it’s one of the best photo’s in my portfolio

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  3. Ian A. Macey

    Glyn, my primary interest is motorcycle racing and having got my DSLR in June 2010 I still have a lot to learn. Even so I do have 3 photographs that mean a lot to me and I feel mark 3 steps in my journey of becoming a better photographer.

    The first photo is one of those magic moments of being in the right place at the right time and to top it off the main rider contacted me about it (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ianmcy/7054779595/in/set-72157629390840836).

    I have always struggled to envisage how I would like a photo to look before shooting and this second photo is the first time I managed to come up with the idea prior to shooting it (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ianmcy/8572211409/in/set-72157633038853408).

    I am now starting to be able to put a lot of techniques togeather, both pre and post processing, and was so pleased with the final result of this photo (http://www.flickr.com/photos/ianmcy/10515839896/).

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  4. John Skinner

    Glyn

    As we close out our 2013 (It’s hard to believe I just said 2013) I would like to personally thank you for ALL of your hard work, dedication to the craft, and mostly, for allowing all of us into your world as you see it.

    It seems each year I tend to gravitate towards one of more people I feel are offering a light on where I want to go… This year, with Dave’s Editor picture becoming ‘so out there’, it was hard not to be influenced by ‘running late’, Dave himself, ALL of your work full stop.

    THANK YOU for all the hours and hours of tip filled content, and the dedication it took to do it. A nod to Mrs. Dewis for having the love and patience it takes to see the other half throw so much into another love, and be Okay with it.

    Merry Christmas Glyn. And thanks for everything.

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  5. Maryus

    I’m starting in photography and I really love composites. I put together my favorite pictures from this year and I personally consider the second photo as my best work in terms of retouching, blending and model look. See the post here : http://www.maryus.ca/blog/best-of-my-photography-2013/ and let me know what you think. Thank you for your time and inspiration!

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  6. Henry Murphy

    Many years ago, a friend of my step-daughter visited our home. I was playing around with my camera and asked her to pose for me in the garden. Not long after, as a pedestrian, she was hit by a car in town one night and died. Her parents had been told I had an image of her and asked me to print them a copy. When I delivered that image to their home, it was very emotional. I knew then that photography would always be a part of my life.

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