Pre Order My NEW Book: Photograph Like a Thief

Photograph Like a Thief: Using Imitation and Inspiration to Create Great Images

I’m super excited to announce that my new book, Photograph Like a Thief is now available to pre order on Amazon! This is now my 2nd book and I’m really excited to be working with the great folks at Rocky Nook publishers on this new one.

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So what’s it all about?

Well here’s the book description written by Editor, Ted Waitt to give you an idea:

No photographer works in a vacuum. Photographers, like all artists, stand on the shoulders of those who came before them, and they are informed and influenced by those working around them contemporaneously. If you are striving to find your own style, one of the most powerful exercises you can practice is to find influence and inspiration in the work of those around you, and then emulate that work in an effort to define, shape, and grow your own photographic voice. By collecting, imitating, and eventually reshaping and combining the work of those around you, your unique voice can be found and the quality of your work can soar.

In “Photograph Like a Thief!,” photographer, author, and retoucher Glyn Dewis embraces the idea of stealing and recreating others work in order to improve as an artist. By stepping inside others images, you can learn to reverse engineer their creation, then build an image yourself that simultaneously pays homage to that work yet is also an original creation itself.

The book is divided into two parts. In Part 1, Glyn discusses his approach, covering the process of “stealing ideas” and finding inspiration. He also covers the gear he uses, as well as his retouching and post-processing workflow. In a very helpful chapter on reverse engineering a photograph, Glyn discusses how to read an image by the catchlights, shadow position, and the hardness/softness of the shadows. This is a crucial skill to acquire if you want to recreate another s look.

In Part 2, Glyn works through a series of images, from initial concept and influence to lighting, shooting, and post-processing the image to get to the final result. For each image, he reverse engineers the shot to describe how it was created and discusses how the image influenced him, then works through the gear he used, the lighting for the image, and the post-processing of the image from the RAW out-of-camera shot to the finished piece. While Glyn’s work primarily focuses on portraiture, he finds inspiration and influence from a wide variety of work, from legendary photographers to animated films to book covers to movie posters.

By working alongside Glyn in “Photograph Like a Thief!” you too can learn to find inspiration all around you, discover how that work can influence you, improve your photographic and post-processing skill set, and begin your own journey to defining your unique style.
Who knows? Soon, others may be stealing from you.”

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Now one other thing I’m super proud of is that the front cover for this new book was designed by my Buddy Dave Clayton; who incidentally designed the cover for my first book The Photoshop Workbook.

Over on Dave’s blog he’s written a piece explaining exactly how and why the cover looks the way it does, so rather than me steal his thunder, CLICK HERE to take a read.

Must admit though I TOTALLY love what Dave has done with this and if you read his post you’ll see exactly why.

I’ll be sure to keep you posted with any changes in release dates etc but in the mean time, I want to say a HUGE thank you to the great folks over at Rocky Nook and to Dave for doing such a wonderful job creating a book cover that’s not only different but totally captures the content of the book. I simply couldn’t be happier!

Cheers,
Glyn

•Pre Order your copy of Photograph Like a Thief by CLICKING HERE

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  • Anthony Crothers

    One of the toughest aspects of photography for me has been “finding my photographic voice”. From the editorial it sounds like this book could be one of the missing pieces of the jigsaw for me. That’s not to say that I’ll ever stop learning and striving to improve, far from it! I totally believe in CPD (Continuous Professional Development) and whilst I’m not a professional photographer I like to think I have a professional attitude.
    Really looking forward to reading the book. Fantastic editorial, think I even learned a new word, “contemporaneously”.
    Great job by Dave on the cover. He mentions being influenced by Saul Bass, my first thought being that it was influenced by the credits of the film “Catch me if you can” starring Leonardo De-Caprio. Any connection I wonder? I’ll ask Dave!
    Further proof by all involved that hard work + talent = success, awesome!
    Anyway, my monitor has warmed up now so I’m off to work on my own stuff!

  • Rest assured my friend there is one with your name on 😉

  • Anthony Crothers

    Wow, awesome! That’s really appreciated mate, cheers!

  • GlynHarri

    Just pre-ordered – I’m sure I will love it like the last one!

  • jon allsop

    Will it be available for kindle?

  • Mark Harris

    As someone who has shamelessly “borrowed” from you Glyn, (the composited tree landscape and my recent car pic are examples) I’ve learnt a huge amount from already, so I’m really looking forward to reading this. Congratulations on the second book (and love the cover 🙂 )

  • Sure thing 🙂

  • Fantastic…thanks

  • Yeah Dave nailed the cover right 🙂

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  • Graham Jones

    Phew! I can feel less guilty now about copying your projects. I think the current euphemism is “creating an homage” . Really enjoyed your first book, so looking forward to this one. Thanks for your generosity with tip sheets, you tube videos too,

  • Genuinely excited about this new book mate

  • Stevie May

    Ah wicked. The legend with another awesome book time to buy