Archive for April, 2012

One of my many goals this year is to improve my composting skills and luckily for me I came across Glyn’s site at the beginning of the year and signed up and attended the Character Portrait Workshop in January. This was such a great workshop when Glyn mentioned he was combining both shooting and Photoshop techniques from both his Character Portraits Workshop and Compositing Workshop into a new Creative Composting Workshop I signed up again straight away.
For this Workshop we had two models, Stuart the businessman and Dave Clayton (UK NAPP Evangelist) the boxer. We were giving plenty of time to photograph both models before we moved onto the Photoshop part of the Workshop.
During the Workshop Glyn covered how to set up the lights to optimise cut outs, why a gray background, camera settings, image workflow (double RAW), basic image retouching (eyes, skin etc), how to do cutouts, adding a new background and changing its colour, adding a spotlight and lots of other useful stuff to final the image.
Here’s a couple of my examples from both Workshops I have attended.
Please note the bottom two images were created after the Workshop using my own background and textures.
Here’s the link to Glyn’s blog and Workshop page. Workshops
If you want to learn composting skills I would highly recommend attending one of Glyn’s courses.
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These images were taken at the end of 2011 and processed using Topaz Lens Effect plug in. 

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Urban Exploration

Posted: April 19, 2012 in Abandoned, Urban Exploration

Forgot to post this image in previous update

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We found this derelict site at the beginning of the year and have now visited it 3 times. It’s surprising how much it changes between visits. The winter months are not good for a building with its roof tiles removed, window broken and doors open.
During the Easter Bank Holidays we visited the local funfair with the kids and I managed to take a couple of pictures of the helter skelter with my Canon S95. Sometimes I just can’t be bothered to carry the DSLR and a bag of lens!
I used my favorite textures from Flypaper Textures and ran a couple of actions to change the colours and tones. Time permitting I will try and post a before and after within the next couple of weeks.