Last Thursday we were very lucky to have Glyn Dewis visit our club to give our members a talk and even more privileged to see his new format. Known as a professional retoucher and for his photoshop expertise Glyn’s talk was refreshing as it concentrated much more on his photography skills and in particular the use of professional lighting. It had a great blend of discussion and interaction and even a model shoot (using one of our own members that will teach him to sit at the front).
I can highly recommend Glyn’s book which is very easy to navigate and comes with downloads so that you can follow along with the projects. It must be good as it has reached Number 1 in the digital photography category.
We learnt the importance of having projects to push ourselves as photographers and to help us improve our skills in both the taking and the processing. I know from personal experience setting yourself a project can get you out of a creative block period.
Glyn has a super youtube channel with lots of videos to help with processing and general photography skills. I recommend you check it out.
GLYN DEWIS YOUTUBE CHANNEL
Specific Clips that I can recommend below (please click on the image to be taken to the respective video clip.
Glyn Dewis – Special Lighting Effects
Glyn Dewis – 3 top tips for cut outs and compositing
Glyn Dewis – Body Resizing (Super Fast)
This is a chance to meet up with the fellow GNPC members and practice your street and urban shots. Everyone is welcome and I am told that Caz, one of the members, is able to recommend a good real ale pub to go to afterwards.
Meeting time is 7.30pm and we will be walking around for approx. 2 hours.
Meeting point is Riverside Ice & Leisure Centre Car Park,Victoria Road, Chelmsford,Essex,CM1 1FG.
ONLY ONE WEEK TO GO – COME ALONG AND APPRECIATE THE MEANING OF THE PHRASE
“SELL THE FAKE”
Church Triptych – Ian Carse
The GNPC meeting of 4 June gave a 45 minute challenge. As it’s name suggests, members were given 45 minutes to go out and take their best shot. You could go by foot, bike, car or by gyrocopter, this was all irrelevant – go as far or as near as you like, just be back within 45 minutes. All images were to be shot in JPEG. On return they were put straight onto the screen from the camera cards.
This task poses two problems for the photographer. Firstly the speed of having to locate, compose and take a shot can be difficult for those used to planning the shot and lighting in advance. Secondly that the images are given directly out of camera without any additional processing. This can be like sending a modern soldier into battle with a sword. Yes you can definitely kill someone with a sword, but it is a whole lot easier with a kalashnikov.
Soup Cans – Tom Lewington
For the second part of the evening the images were discussed in the safe environment of the club. Praise, gentle suggestions for possible improvements, laughing and joking.
The winner was the church triptych by Ian Carse. Ian has used an in-camera effect to pick out and exaggerate reds in the image. All agreed that the result was stunning and interesting. A side conversation was over whether the man with the trophy in the centre was Sepp Blatter.
Daisy – Roy Essery
First joint second was soup cans by Tom Lewington. What makes this image is the one falling over vegetable soup can. Tom did not arrange this, it was a pure photographer’s eye spot. Side conversation was about which soups sell best in the Summer. This shared joint second with Daisy by Roy Essery. A classic flower capture directing the eye with light onto the flower head in the bottom third and with aperture set to render a blurred background.
The night was a great success with much fun had all round.