New Pictures: Oxfordshire Home Guard – Full Length

Written by: Glyn Dewis

Published: May 24, 2017

Category: Photography

Thought I’d give you a look at a few additions to my World War 2 / Home Guard Project that I took a couple of weeks back and also give you a look Behind the Scenes at the lighting set up…
Glyn Dewis - Home Guard WW2

Glyn Dewis - Home Guard WW2

Now with this being a project / series I think it’s important to have consistency in the look and feel of the images and of course that starts with the lighting.

As you can see from the picture below involves one light positioned in such a way as to give Rembrandt lighting pattern (one side of the face lit, the other in shadow all for a triangular pattern of light on the cheek underneath the eye…

Glyn Dewis - Home Guard WW2

The difference with this set up compared to others in this series that I have written about is that the Octa Softbox used was bigger; 175cm as opposed to 135cm to ensure that the full length of the subject was lit as I wanted.

Grey seamless paper was used as the background and the floor, to which I’ve then added a combination of textures during Post Production; the floor was a stone slabs / paved image that is to be included in my Photographer’s Creativity Pack: Texture, Walls and Floors which will be available in the next few days.

This week I’m away in The Netherlands filming some material to be included in a new, full length download so there’ll be no YouTube LVE Stream. But on that note, for the next one, I’m thinking of including how I added the floor as one of the tutorials I show.

What do you think?

If you’d like me to include it please do let me know in the comments…thanks

Oh one more thing…
Here’s another Behind the Scenes where you can see the set up along with how I was shooting tethering into Library on my MacBook Pro.

The portrait on the right is one I saw at a recent exhibition. My original intent was to create pictures where there was a landscape behind the soldier that was actually a painting. This I can do in Photoshop and actually went out to photograph what I thought would look good however having tried it, changed my mind and went with the traditional grey background made to look like a canvas by using a mixture of textures and Photoshop Blend Modes…

Glyn Dewis Oxfordshire Hone Guard

Right that’s all from me so if you have any questions / comments I’ll be sure to take a look and I’ll catch you next time.

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  1. Martin Clark

    Great stuff Glyn. The floor was the one of the first things that grabbed my attention and it really makes a difference rather than have one full height texture applied. I particulary like the strong horizontal line between “wall” and “floor” as it grounds the subjects better than the seamless look would.Thanks again for the details. I need to get my phone out and get snapping more textures and floors to stick in my creative cloud library (that was another top tip).

    • Glyn Dewis

      Cheers Martin; I’ll look to do this on the YouTube LIVE early next week. Oh and yes…get that phone out 🙂

  2. Alistair Cox

    That would be great Glyn, I think I’ve figured out adding the floor but I’m sure you will have some better /more refined ways and tips…

  3. marycd

    i would never say no to anything you want to teach. Bring on the floor tutorial.

  4. john Lewis

    Yes Glyn would love to add this technique. Love this project it just gets better and better. How about some of the soldiers wives that stayed a home?
    Brilliant work Glyn

    • Glyn Dewis

      Cheers John..will do. Oh and re the soldiers wives…sure thing 😉


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