Workshop testing

Testing 1…2…3…

This past weekend I was one of the fortunate folks selected to road test Glyn Dewis’ workshop. Having run training, workshops and delivered presentations many times myself it is always valuable to see how other folk do things, and I was happy to contribute feedback to Glyn on his workshop. The workshop tester was a great experience with participants drawn from a broad spectrum of backgrounds. The format of plan it, shoot it, retouch it was excellent, not to mention the great catering provided by Mrs. D.

Far from a typical studio workshop with pretty girl, bright lights and white seamless, Glyn sought to share how he plans, lights, shoots and processes images. As part of this Glyn had persuaded Steve to model for the group. Steve soon resembled a prize fighter with a couple of additional bruises applied by the make-up artist. Our task was to shoot an appropriate image in keeping with this and also one that was ready for the post processing that we would find out about later in the day.

Steve - as shot

Steve - straight from camera

The first image is the ‘straight from the camera’ or at least DPP straight conversion. The key was to get a background that would work for the compositing technique. The main light on Steve came from a beauty dish just above his head and two strip boxes to each side.

Using some of the post processing techniques shown during the workshop I was able to convert the image as shot to the one below. It’s a neat and controllable transformation and one that I will look to use for some images in the future. The key to this is the intention of the end result, and shooting to work to enable it all to work. The brick wall was shot at the side of my house earlier today when I realised I needed a suitably gritty background. I used the wall upside down so that the slight perspective distortion of the wall fitted Steve’s position.

Final retouched image

Steve with post processing