What is your title, and can you explain what your daily responsibilities are?
My name is Glyn Dewis and I’m a Photographer, Retoucher and Trainer. That kind of covers everything I do but generally when I’m asked I tend to say Photographer as the vast majority of people outside of the industry don’t fully understand what a Retoucher is.
What inspired you most to become a Photographer/Photoshop artist? Why did you pursue this as a career?
I’ve always been a geek…fascinated with computers and technology but actually becoming a Photographer happened completely by chance when I was introduced to Photoshop by a family member. Long story short I was hooked immediately and my kind of personality means when I do something I have to push it as far as I can so I ended up going to my first Photoshop World in Las Vegas in 2006, which was also my first trip to the USA, and from there came back studied and passed the Adobe ACE exam and it took off from there. I soon started retouching other Photographers’ work and eventually moved away from that having purchased my first DSLR, a Nikon D200, and the rest, as they say, is history.
It may sound corny but I absolutely love doing what I do and feel incredibly lucky to being doing so. Some people can go through their entire lives never finding that one thing that just clicks; something they feel that they were meant to do…and that’s how I feel about Photography and Photoshop.
I’ve tried my hand at so many things in the past probably without realising I was hunting for that one thing I was meant to do, and that’s what I encourage everyone to do. Whatever opportunities come your way seize them, give them a try and see what you think because you just never know if you’ll like it or take to it unless you at least give it a try….does that make sense?
What do you think is the biggest obstacle to pursuing a career in the creative fields?
I’d have to say ‘Time’ ….
Most people will have a full time job when they start in this industry so time can be a restricting factor i.e. not having enough of it to get out and shoot as much as you’d like and need.
Also coming at it from another angle giving yourself time to develop is important and not something to rush. I won’t call it a regret but one thing I would do differently if I was starting over, would be not to get into ‘business’ so quickly. You see when I did I still didn’t know what I wanted to shoot, what I was good at, I didn’t have a style, I didn’t know how to market myself and so on, so I had that to contend with as well as finding clients, keeping accounts and so on…
It was too much to do and my work suffered so I had to make the decision to stop and restart and go back to basics building my skill and knowledge.
So…take your time would be my advice here; take your time to develop a body of work AND continue to do so.
With all the new versions of Photoshop what changes do you personally feel are the most exciting or brilliant?
Wow so many especially with the Adobe Creative Cloud and updates coming down the line so often, but recent changes or rather updates that have really excited me lately would be the ability to now use Camera RAW as a filter. That’s a HUGE deal and combine that with Smart Objects/Filters my retouching workflow has been turned on it’s head…and all for the better.
What Photoshop artists/creatives do you follow, and why do they stand out from others in your opinion?
There are so many incredible people out there that I follow and for so many different reasons but one common factor amongst them all, despite talent, is that they’re all genuine, honest, people, the real deal with no ego and who love doing what they do.
On the Photography/Photoshop side Erik Almas, Aaron Blaise, Joel Grimes, Tim Tadder, Dean Bradshaw, Adrian Sommeling, Corey Barker, Bert Monroy to name a few…
Photography: Joe McNally, Zack Arias, Douglas Sonders, Frank Doorhof, Scott Kelby, Brian Smith, Ben Von Wong and so it goes on…
What social networks do you like most? Which present good examples of Photoshop and Photography the best?
Ok so here’s a few of the ones I use the most: Facebook, YouTube, Google+, Twitter, 500px
I think like most people I have a love/hate relationship with Facebook and use it because well, it’s the most common one (at the moment). I’m looking forward to the time when Google+ becomes the number 1 place to ‘hang out’ and I’m convinced that will happen. At the moment the amount of interaction compared to the amount of followers people have is vastly disproportionate but it’s just time.
Google+ presents your posts and images so much better than Facebook and because of all it’s formatting capabilities can be used as a kind of mini blog and hey let’s face it…Google IS the internet so where better to be social and as YouTube is all linked in, it’s a no brainer 🙂
What is your prediction of the evolution of social networks? How do you think these networks will showcase artists and Photographers better in the future?
Well for sure they’re here to stay and are going to become an even more essential part of what we do and how we spread the word and tell the world we’re here and what we can do. HOWEVER no matter how good they become, you’ll never replace word of mouth as the best form of networking. You simply cannot beat face to face interaction as a way of developing relationships and generating work.
What predictions do you have for the future of Photoshop and Photography?
Thinking of the future and how things are going to develop is something I get very excited about.
As for predictions understand I’m coming more from a Photoshop angle here but I think this is where the immediate advances are going to be. Sure cameras are going to get better with larger dynamic range, focusing enhancements and more; lighting will develop…you only have to look at the new ELC units from Elinchrom and the new Profoto B1 heads to see how things are going there but Photography is still Photography; a bad picture is still a bad picture if it’s poorly composed, lighting is off and so on…
I think it’s pretty safe to say that Photoshop, Lightroom and the likes are going to develop at breakneck speed. Personally I see 3D playing a bigger part in the future and being much more user friendly and this is an area I’m starting to study more and more now and will be looking to bring into my composites in the near future.
For anyone who is looking to develop their skills the future is very exciting indeed!