Photographs from Photoshop World 2019 (Orlando)

Written by: Glyn Dewis

Published: June 11, 2019

Category: Events

This past few weeks I’ve had back to back travel with having been in 3 countries in 3 days at one point with presenting at the Photoshop World Conference and Expo in Orlando, Florida then back home to the UK and less than 24 hours later heading over to Normandy, France for the 75th Anniversary of D-Day.

I’ll post some pictures from Normandy in a few days but for now wanted to share some from the Photoshop World Conference which kicked off with me hosting a 4 hour, Pre Conference Workshop showing how I set up, light and retouch my Veteran Portraits…

With a SOLD OUT session of 30 attendees I started off with a presentation going through the history of my World War 2 Portraits Project covering how it all began and then diving into how and why I light the subjects as I do.

We then moved onto the practical side of things where I showed how I set up, light and photograph the portraits mainly using Speedlights. Why speedlights? Well, most, if not all the time, I am photographing these folks in their own homes so speedlights are more than capable of allowing me to control the light as I generally shoot around the f/8.0 – f/11 range. The backgrounds and modifiers used were all very kindly shipped over by the folks at Westcott (thank you so much) as these are exactly what I use day to day; namely the X-Drop System with my Vintage Grey Art Canvas and the Westcott Switch Range of Softboxes. You can see these in the set up above and over on My Gear Page.

Thanks to my friend Kathy Porupski we had a great couple of models for the session; Jerry English (left) and Dean Bowden (Right)

Here’s some of the results from the photographs I took during the session to show folks my process…

Once the main conference started, on Day 1 I was so pleased to see such a great turnout to my hour long class on Colour Grading…

Great to see some of my pictures being used and on display round the conference…

Other classes I presented included:

  • Frequency Separation Master Class
  • Personal Projects: How to Stand out in a Crowd
  • Tips for Great People Photographs
  • The Art of Digital Photography
  • Portfolio Reviews

Great to catch up with friends; here with Dustin McClease who modelled for me during a Photoshop World Conference Workshop in 2017…

All in all a great week that went by way too quickly but thankfully I’ve been invited back to present at Photoshop World, Las Vegas.

Right that’s all from me for today so have a good one and I’ll catch you next time.


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  1. Bill

    Very nice, as usual! Is that backdrop actually big enough for a full length of two people, or are you extending it in Photoshop? I’m thinking of getting one, as I’m really getting tired of lugging around a roll of seamless, crossbar and stands.

  2. Glyn

    Hi Bill

    The background doesn’t extend out onto the floor for a complete full length but yeah I can get two people side by side no problem and extend it afterwards outwards in Photoshop.


    • Brian Dunkel

      Bill & Glyn,

      Westcott does have a Neutral Gray backdrop with sweep so you can do full length photographs. Then use one of the awesome floor textures from Glyn’s Creativity Pack 1 and you’re all set.

      Also, on a side note… Its awesome to see a professional photographer showing people how to take these type of images with minimal gear. For the longest time I shied away from flash photography because I thought that it was simply too much money to get started. Through your advice on twitter and through these blog posts, I purchased a speedlite and two modifiers for a fraction of what I thought I had to spend.

      Since then, I’ve had a blast taking portraits against a grey background and experimenting with different textures and colors in photoshop.

      I know that you always point at Zack Arias as demystifying light for you, well I always point to you for demystifying it for me.

      With all that being said, I just wanted to say thank you for everything that you do.



  3. Bill


  4. Kathy Pantling

    Really enjoyed the colour grading session – you did a great quick segment of sharpening eyes – can you give me a reminder – I can’t find it in the conference book notes – I have picked up two of your books but still travelling back to NZ so haven’t checked if it’s it’s in them . Thanks

    • Glyn

      Hi Kathy

      Thanks for the kind words…great to know you enjoyed it.
      As for sharpening eyes, here’s a video I recorded on it using Frequency Separation as in the class:



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