IRON MAN: New Picture PLUS Retouching Stages

Written by: Glyn Dewis

Published: November 27, 2013

Category: General

Hi Folks,

Today I’ve a new picture to share with you….IRON MAN!!!

I photographed the original picture as a Personal Project earlier this year when I was up in Halifax, UK and I’ve been waiting for the right moment to work on it…

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Obviously waiting for the right moment isn’t something you have the luxury of when shooting for a client but when it comes to personal projects I do like to take my time.

I talk a lot of about planning and preparing your shoots so that you go into them knowing exactly what it is you want the final picture to be like and how that gives you much more focus (no pun intended). However when it comes to the retouching the best piece of advice I was ever given when I started out was to slow down; not just so you produce better quality of work but also because you can end up changing the direction you take the picture.

If you rush into your work desperate to retouch it and share online then once it’s done…it’s done. Yeah I know you can change it later but the moment has gone…you’ve already shared it so the next time you upload an updated version, the impact won’t be there…does that make sense?

Anyway here’s a look at the original out of camera image along with the final retouched picture:

And here’s a run through giving a look at the retouching stages:

You can see larger versions of the retouching stages over on my Behance Profile here [Link]

Also check out Episode #19 of weekly Photography, Photoshop and Lightroom Show where I covered the Photoshop retouching steps that show how I added the dents and scratches onto Iron Man:

On the subject of my weekly show, if there’s anything within this Iron Man picture that you’d like me to cover in another episode just post a comment below or drop me an email to and I’ll see what I can do.

Oh and to check out a larger / better screen quality version head on over to my 500px portfolio here [Link]

Right that’s all from me for today so whatever you’re up to, have a good one and I’ll catch you back here tomorrow.


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  1. Craig McCormick

    That is crazy awesome!! Obviously having a very cool and authentic subject helps, but that final image is really making me geek out >.<

  2. Glyn

    Thanks Craig; really great to know you like it. Cheers

  3. Neil

    Hi Glyn

    Your images don’t look to bad on Facebook – despite the massive compression that FB applies – would you share how you size/sharpen & export your images for FB?

  4. Terry Donnelly

    Final version is spot on, not to much going on but enough to have the impact, and dints to die for!

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