Photographing Children using an iPhone 4…sort of 🙂

Written by: Glyn Dewis

Published: May 11, 2011

Category: General

Ok so maybe a little bit of a play on words there with the title but I just couldn’t resist posting these two images taken the other day whilst in the studio…

The little man here is Luke, who if I remember correctly was playing Spiderman on his Dad’s iPhone 4 which as you can see looks like a game that’s both intense and surprising all in one 🙂

Luke’s the son of David Kelly aka @norn_ironman (pictured below) who popped by the studio the other day when I was again running through some set ups for my new workshop series “From Concept to Print” [Link]. Now when I say ‘popped by’ he actually drove one and a half hours to bring a house warming present for Anne and me but you know that’s a perfect example of the kind of person he is; incredibly generous and supportive plus always a laugh to be had in his company…an all round good guy!

Carrying on from Monday’s post here’s an example of a ‘Before‘ and ‘After‘ shot of Luke along with the lighting set up and a quick run through of what editing was involved to get the final look:

For this couple of shots of Luke, the lighting set up was exactly the same as that used when photographing Zim [Link] with the only difference being that everything was lower…alot lower 🙂


  • Brighten/Sharpen Eyes
  • Add Contrast to Skin using RGB Channel
  • Dodging & Burning 1
  • Double RAW Conversion on clothing
  • Dodging & Burning 2 (High Speed Technique)
  • Enhance Details / Add Texture
  • Add Background ‘Spotlight’
  • Vignette
  • Sharpening

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More to come this week including some fantastic developments with the NAPP UK [Link] and on Friday I’ll be posting my interview with Photoshop Guy Matt Kloskowski. I’m really looking forward to sharing what Matt had to say; tons of  information and as you’d expect accompanied by some killer photography!

As always if you have any questions or comments then please feel free to make use of the comments section below, but in the mean time,
Enjoy 🙂

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  1. Gerard Robinson

    Great stuff Glynn very interesting. Keep up the great work, Love to Ann

    • Glyn

      @Gerard…Cheers Buddy 🙂

  2. David Kelly

    Hi mate, many thanks for your kind words and the photo’s. The photo’s were rather unexpected on the day but then I should know you better for not missing any opportunity for a photo 😉
    However I thought we had a gentlemans agreement that your were only going to show that photo of me once you had mastered that new receeding hairline male retouching tutorial that your working on 😉

    Looking forward to reading the interview with Matt on Friday. I did wonder where this posting had gone to, I can’t even recall the questions I tweeted to you now 😉



    • Glyn

      @David…Yeah just trying to work out how I can use the receeding hairline tutorial in ‘real world’ 🙂

      Looking forward to posting Matt’s interview online…so much information plus the photos are killer! HDR that totally rocks!!

  3. Jonathan Thompson

    Hi Glyn, great post, I love the expressions on the boys face, I see you have yourself down as Yours Truly on your diagram, Joe McNally is Num Nuts, we’ll have to come up with something more suitable, no brain storming over beer, it could get ugly.

    Looking forward to the interview with Matt K. Good luck with the workshops, the hard work will pay off.

    Cheers Big Ears


    • Glyn

      @Jonathan…The mind boggles at what ‘nicknames’ could be used…lol 🙂

      Cheers for dropping by mate; I really appreciate it.

  4. Manuel Correia

    Hi Glyn, great blog, I’ve been a silent follower of your blog for a while and have learned lots from you, thanks for sharing.
    just wondering how you are getting on with the Ipad thethered shooting, as there’s been no mention of it for a while.

    keep up the good work, all the best for your workshops.


    • Glyn

      @Manuel…Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting; it’s great to know that you get something out of the blog 🙂
      Re the iPad tethering I’ve not done much more with that just yet as it’s been rather busy here lately. Rest assured though I’ll be posting here as soon as I get back on it.

      Cheers, Glyn


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