Monday News n’ Stuff

Written by: Glyn Dewis

Published: November 15, 2010

Category: General

Hi All.
Thought I’d kick the week off by giving you a ‘heads up’ about a quick Photoshop Tutorial I’ve put together showing how you can very quickly change the background in your shots.

The portrait below is from a shoot last week where I used a white ‘pop up’ Lastolite Background behind the subject and this was turned to a shade of grey by the positioning of the light and the distance she was away from it. The grey of the background works great when the image is converted to black and white but in colour, which is how I want the final images to be, I think it’s a little flat. Because of limited space there was nothing more that could be done to liven the background up like putting a spot of light on it behind the subject but shooting with Photoshop in mind allows for alot more possibilities. Personally I’m not one for using coloured gels on the backdrops as I prefer the simple ‘spot’ of light on grey but for those of you who do like a splash of colour I’ll show you how to add that in literally seconds.

I’ll post the video here on the blog later in the week so be sure to check back; oh and for those of you not using Photoshop CS5 I’ll show how you can do this just as quickly using earlier versions of Photoshop too.

Success with Livebooks Feature
A short while back I mentioned about adding a video page to my main website. Well thanks to your comments I’ve gone with the masses and decided that this video page should only be for the ‘Behind the Scenes’ videos and any others will be here on the blog and of course on my YouTube and Vimeo pages.

Since having asked LiveBooks to add the video page, I was really pleased when afterwards they contacted me about featuring my site on their ‘Success with LiveBooks‘ blog; of course it was a ‘no brainer’ and the answer was “I’d love to” …

White Reflective Flooring
Since posting a few ‘white seamless’ studio shots recently I’ve been asked a number of times about the flooring and how the effect is achieved. Well first off it’s not down to any editing in Photoshop; it’s actually down to a few 8′ x 4′ sheets of glossy white PVC.

This reflective white flooring effect has been made really popular by Atlanta based Photographer Zack Arias and he uses what is known in the US as ‘Tile Board’ available from places such as Home Depot. Now, getting hold of this ’tile board’ in the UK can be quite a challenge so the nearest thing I came up with were 2mm thick sheets of glossy white PVC which do the job perfectly. Unfortunately though they’re not the $20 or so that they are in Home Depot; in fact I think I paid roughly £120 for 2 sheets measuring 8′ x 4′ to be delivered to the studio.

Here’s a link to the UK based company where you can order the sheets from, but my advice to you would be to go for the 3mm thick sheets otherwise moving round the 2mm sheets forces you to do a great impression of Rolf Harriss playing the wobble board 🙂

Right that’s all from me so have a great Monday and I’ll catch you later in the week,
Enjoy 🙂

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  1. Govind Vekaria

    A shiny black one is also 1 to have handy (when suitable background/environment allows for it).
    And I prefer to have the shiny surface all over rather then clear sheets or sheets where only the bottom is reflective – these tend to cause double reflections and I think that spoils things.
    Keep up your brilliant posts.

  2. David Kelly

    Well if the new career a pro tog doesn’t work out Glyn, you can always try busking with that tile board. The “Management” double act could continue with Neal playing the didgeridoo 🙂

    • Glyn

      @David Kelly…lol 🙂



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