Work in Progress: I’m a Magic Man (Magician Promotional Photo Shoot)

Written by: Glyn Dewis

Published: May 9, 2013

Category: General

Hey Everyone,

How’s your week going?

Today I thought I’d give you a sneak peek at a recent photo shoot with Magician Michael Otton. Regular readers may recognise the name as I photographed Michael last year for his D.J. promotional material too:

This particular shoot was for Michael’s new promotional material and one that we’d be planning for some time. Having always enjoyed magic as a kid I was really looking forward to seeing some of the props and maybe, just maybe being shown a few tricks during the day too.

As is common practice for me, in the time leading up to the shoot I’d asked Michael to send over or Pin (using Pinterest) any pictures he saw across the internet that he liked the feeling of; not so we could copy but just to give me an idea for what he liked when it came to poses and ‘feel’. It was also a good way to see what he didn’t like as this is sometimes easier to say as opposed to defining a specific look…if you know what I mean.

Anyway, here’s some of the images I got through from Michael arranged in one of my favourite iPad Apps: Moodboard

As for the photo shoot we worked on four specific sets / looks namely: 3/4 length portrait, levitation, escapologist and card throwing and with a brief to produce one image from each.

Aiming for one shot from each set is something I find helps me to focus and so produce a much better result. Instead of ending up with lots of average photos I prefer to spend time getting one exactly how we both want it and once we have the ‘one’ we can go for more but not too many as the priority then is to move onto the next set.

Here’s a screen grab from my Lightroom Catalog to give you an idea of some of the out of camera shots we came up with; of course now it’s time for the retouching so I’ll be sure to post a few of the finished images once they’re ready.

Have a great day whatever you’re up to and I’ll catch you back here tomorrow.


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  1. DaveT

    Hi Glyn,
    I appreciate these posts, it’s good to get the background to the shoot and how it all unfolds. Looking forward to seeing the end results.


    • Glyn

      Thanks DaveT 😉

  2. jlua

    Glyn, I would love to see a tutorial from you describing the retouch process that you use to get that rendering of faces and skin that looks so graphic.

    • Glyn

      Hi jlua…I’ll be releasing tutorials covering exactly that very soon.

  3. José Parcerisa V

    Glyn I like very much the shot and treatment you have made to the DJ. As usual an excellent work. congratulations. Your friend José.

    • Glyn

      Thanks so much Jose 😉

  4. Jason Joseph

    Hi Glyn,

    I do the very same thing with Pinterest. I also ask clients to feel free to create a separate board of photos that they absolutely hate…I learn a ton that way.. and sometimes even more than what I learn from what they like.


    PS you should check out Disqus commenting system for blogs.. its top level kit.


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