Tree Surgeon: Behind the Scenes Video & New Picture

Written by: Glyn Dewis

Published: April 3, 2013

Category: Videos

Hi Everyone,

How’s it going?

Today I’ve some Behind the Scenes footage and the final picture from the recent Tree Surgeon photo shoot I mentioned about on Monday.

Hope you like it 🙂

Ok as for the lighting, I used an Elinchrom Quadra…just the one battery pack but running 2 heads.

The Quadra is a great piece of kit…small, light (very light) and incredibly portable BUT not quite enough oompff to overpower the sun during the middle of the day; not that there was all that much of it around anyway mind you.

My thinking here was that I already knew I was going to be adding in a completely new backdrop during the retouching to make it appear as though Morgan was higher than he actually was, so all I was looking for was a blown out or featureless sky.

Why? Well to make the selecting and cutting out easier so all I was asking of the Quadra was to provide some highlights running down Morgan’s left hand side and to add some fill light to the front.

As for modifiers I used a medium softbox (without main diffusion panel) to the front and for the rear highlights, a beauty dish; not ideal as I would have preferred to have fitted a reflector but truth be got left behind. Anyhow, the beauty dish worked out fine.

One question I’ve been asked since sharing the video across social media is “Why go high up when the Tree Surgeon was going to be cut out?”

A couple of reasons to be honest:

  1. We had to get off the ground to have clear sky behind which made the cut out easier as I mentioned earlier
  2. For realism. Now that might sound kind of strange but I think it wouldn’t have looked right if we’d taken the photos just off the ground; maybe something about Morgan’s expression might not have been the same, I don’t know but it’s like when I’m shooting 3/4 length shots or even head shots I think it’s important the subject still poses as if they were being photographed for full length shots for the pictures to look right…does that make sense?

So there’s a quick Behind the Scenes look at what went into this particular shoot but if you have any questions or comments, then as always feel free to make use of the comments section below or drop me an email to

In the mean time though, you can see a larger, higher quality version of the final picture over on my 500px portfolio page here [Link]

Thanks for stopping by and I’ll catch you tomorrow,

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  1. Kenedy

    Loving it… Cool Glyn, great work.

    A question, did you use the same workflow used on kellbytraining training? I bought it a week ago. I really liked it. I want to recreate this kind of style in my images. They are more than a simple photos, it’s like art.

    Another one, wich technique to create this kind of image:

    I just love it.

    Thankyou in advance for the info. Really looking for your help with those effects.

  2. Dan Glass

    Nice Glyn! It would be cool to see the final advertisement as well. No other tree surgeon will have as nice a shot.


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