The Workshop for Geeks

Written by: Glyn Dewis

Published: January 30, 2012

Category: General

Hey Folks…How’s things?
This past weekend I held the 2nd of my Character Portrait Workshops over in Wokingham; a fully booked workshop with a great bunch of photographers from all over the country with plenty of laughs, hands on photography, Photoshop and all wrapped up with a curry and good ole chin wag 🙂

Having made a great impact with attendees at the the last workshop back in December I just had to get my buddy Dave Clayton back in for a spot of modelling. Before the workshop I briefed Dave (who is fast becoming known as the man of many faces…a kind of a modern day Phil Cool for those of you who remember him) that the look I was after this time was Geeky and geez did he come up trumps; false teeth, glasses complete with plaster, shaving cuts and a dress sense any geek from the 70’s would have been proud of 🙂

Also this time in addition to Dave, model Steve Lewington kindly came along so that workshop attendees could try out some shots for compositing in addition to taking some Character Portraits.

This workshop is very much ‘hands on’ so once I’ve explained the lighting set ups and shown the kind of shots to aim for it’s then the attendees time to step in and start shooting. Having attended many workshops in the past I’m very conscious of how sometimes attendees can feel rushed to get their shots, feeling very aware that someone is waiting behind them and so not really getting what they want. Keeping numbers of attendees to no more than 12 and also having 2 models on 2 different sets works a treat so that no one feels rushed and gets plenty of time to get the shots they need and then to experiment and it’s this bit I love…seeing how each and every person gets completely different looks despite being on the same set.

Once everyone had got all the shots they wanted we then turned over to Photoshop and began working through some retouching; starting first with the shots of Steve. Now I’ve not quite finished my own edit of Steve’s picture yet where in the final image he’ll look as if he’s hiding behind a brick wall ready to take out the guy walking up the street towards him but I’ll be sure to post that here once it’s done. I’ll also be giving the full Photoshop file to attendees so they can see every single step that goes into making the final picture.

This was to give a taster as to what is covered during my Creative Compositing Workshop where having a clear idea of what the final image is going to look like even before you’ve shot it is vital if the lighting is going to be right and if the final picture is to work.

Having shown some compositing techniques we then worked through the character portrait of Dave and it was fantastic to see the variety of images being created by everyone; again so many different looks from the same model and lighting set up…fantastic!

And of course the obligatory visit to a local curry house followed with the majority of attendees coming along for a bite to eat and to carry on the chat:

So a HUGE thanks to everyone who came along and made it such great fun; I had a blast and can’t wait for the next Workshop, Creative Compositing which is on Sunday 26th February:

I’m really looking forward to going through everything that’s planned for the day working through everything from the lighting, the shooting and the retouching to make some exciting, atmospheric composited images.

There’s a few spaces available at the time of writing this but don’t delay…BOOK NOW to come and join me at the studio for a workshop packed with Photography & Photoshop and start making your own Creative Composites!

See you there 🙂

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