Friday
Nov
2014
21

This Photographer Did Something I Just Love!

by Scott Kelby  |  15 Comments

A few weeks ago, I posted a link to a very short video tutorial I did over on the new KelbyOne Blog on how to use a camera on a monopod, with a fisheye lens, and trigger it with a wireless remote (here’s the link) for a really unique overhead look (it’s a lot easier than you’d think).

This week, a photographer named Konstantin Articus in Germany did something I so love — he took that monopod/fisheye lens idea that I showed for use in sports, and he took that idea and applied it to something completely different, and he got just wonderful results (see below).

Thanks so much to Konstantin for allowing me to share this images with you here, and my hats off to him for being able to take a technique shown for one use, and apply it so brilliantly somewhere else. Well done!

Hope you all have a fantastic weekend, and we’ll see you back here on Monday for my 2014 Annual Holiday Gear Guide.

All my best,

-Scott

Thursday
Nov
2014
20

It’s Free Stuff Thursday!

by Brad Moore  |  6 Comments

Cyber Weekend with KelbyOne
Cyber Weekend
is just around the corner and you can be amongst the first to gain early access to limited edition prints, commemorative DVDs, and some of the deepest discounts ever during our exclusive preview event, kicking off November 21!

Doors open for this massive discount frenzy to everyone on November 26th. Sign up now for 5 days of early access to our biggest and best offers yet!

Photoshop In-Depth: Lighting Effects with Pete Collins
The Lighting Effects filter is an incredibly powerful filter that can be used for re-lighting an existing photograph in a myriad of creative ways. From the basics of the interface to workflow tips and tricks to advanced projects like changing day to night, Pete Collins shows you everything you need to know about Lighting Effects to start using it in your next project.

Photoshop In-Depth: Cropping and Resolution with Pete Collins
Image cropping and resolution are two of the most commonly misunderstood aspects of a digital imaging workflow. Join Pete Collins as he explains the principles you need to understand when cropping, resizing, and preparing your images for output so that you can maintain the highest image quality possible for any job that comes your way.

KelbyOne Live
Want to spend a day with Scott Kelby, Joe McNally, or Ben Willmore? Check out these seminar tours!

Shoot Like A Pro with Scott Kelby
Dec 1 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL

The Power of One Flash with Joe McNally
Dec 9 – San Diego, CA

The Photoshop Creativity Tour with Ben Willmore
Dec 12 – Phoenix, AZ

Leave a comment for your chance to win a ticket to one of these events!

Jeff Cable’s Favorite Things Contest
Jeff Cable just announced this year’s Favorite Things contest, where he is giving away $10,000 in photography equipment. Win a Canon 70D kit, a DJI Phantom 2 Quadcopter and so much more! You can enter the contest right here.

Last Week’s Winners
The Photoshop CC Book for Photographers
- Rayfus Jones
- Cecil
- Bill

KelbyOne Live Ticket
- Eugene Potter

If you’re on of the lucky winners, we’ll be in touch soon. Have a great Thursday!

Wednesday
Nov
2014
19

It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Brad Moore!

by Brad Moore  |  18 Comments


Hanging with Queeny last month in London after the Shoot Like A Pro seminar

This past weekend I was able to shoot hip-hop artist Lecrae’s sold-out concert at House of Blues in Orlando. He’s out on tour supporting his latest album, Anomaly, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 when it released in September. Thankfully, I have some friends who have been working with Lecrae and his label, Reach Records, for a while now and were able to hook me up with an all-access pass to cover the show! I figured I would take this opportunity to share some of the shots with you, along with my thought process for covering the show and some post processing tips.

I started the set in the photo pit, the space between the stage and the crowd barricade. The stage at HoB is pretty high, so I always try to start from the sides and shoot tight to get those shots out of the way.

With a high-energy show, which hip-hop tends to be, there’s a lot of movement on stage, so I usually shoot a lot more wide shots than tight. While I still move back and forth in the pit to try and follow the action, shooting wide keeps me from having to move too much. There’s plenty of stuff to trip on in the pit, as well as the other photographers who are all trying to maneuver around each other, so the less back and forth there is, the less chance for bumping into someone.

This is one of my favorite shots from the show because it’s obviously a peak action moment with Lecrae flying high, but then there’s also the subtle background element of his backup singer also getting some air at the same time.

Needless to say, there was a lot of jumping.

Not always though.

There were even some quiet moments, which I took advantage of by getting in nice and close while he was at the edge of the stage.

But then there was more jumping! I liked the black and white edit of this shot more than the color version (below). I feel like not having the blue color of the lights and the red color of the screens intersecting his body below the arms makes it less distracting. Which do you prefer?

B&W PROCESSING TIP: One thing to keep in mind if you’re converting images to black and white in Lightroom or Camera Raw is that the color sliders still matter! Once you convert it to black and white, go back to your white balance sliders and tweak them. You’ll be surprised at how big a difference in light and contrast those adjustments will make.

Don’t stop there either. Head to the HSL sliders and you’ll see color sliders that will help you adjust your black and white mix. Depending on the colors in your photo, some of them might not do much of anything, but the ones that do affect the image will make a huge difference. It’s also a great way to selectively darken/brighten elements in your images.

And if you want more fine-tuning, head to the Camera Calibration sliders and see what you can do with those as well.

COLOR PROCESSING TIP: One thing I try to achieve in my color images is a nice contrast of colors. The main way I achieve this is also with the white balance sliders. Sometimes it’s a big move of the slider, and sometimes it’s the tiniest tweak. But I always try to find that sweet spot where the colors (in the case of the image above, red, blue, and purple) all pop the best. Then I’ll move down to the vibrance slider and see if pumping it up or, surprisingly, pulling back on it helps the image the most. In this case (and most of the shots from this show), dialing it back to -10 or so gave me the look I liked best.

After I was done in the photo pit, I moved up to a room upstairs and to the side of the stage that I had always wanted to shoot from but couldn’t because I didn’t have the access needed for it. This time I did, so up I went.

I only shot from here for a short time because there were already other people in the room, and I asked one of them if I could stand where they were for about 30 seconds just to get a few shots. I shot till I knew I had gotten a few shots with decent light and a good gesture, then moved back out to the main balcony.

From here I was able to get some shots of the whole stage from a different vantage point. And they broke out the lasers! Who doesn’t like lasers?

Apparently everyone loves lasers, because they turned them up to 11 and added a disco ball in as well. Because, well, why not?

While the crowd was blinded by the light (revved up like a deuce, another runner in the night), Lecrae snuck off stage and made his way into the crowd like the rule-breaking rebel he is (note the sign behind him).

I never am sure which shows certain moments better, tight shots like the first one, or wide shots like this one. In the first one, you can clearly see who it is and you have enough people around him that you can tell he’s in the middle of a crowd. But the second one shows the size of the crowd and the excitement of the people closest to him, and gives a bit more context by showing the stage and lights. What do you think?

During the last song of his regular set, my friends and I made our way backstage. Lecrae came off the stage for a short break while the crowd cheered for him to come back out, and I was lucky enough to grab this moment of him getting ready to take the stage for his encore. While it’s not the most exciting moment, it’s one of those things that few people get to see. So being able to capture it and share it with others is exciting for me.

I hope you like the images, that I was able to give a little insight into shooting strategy, and that the post processing tips were helpful! If you have any questions or input, leave a comment and I’ll get to you as soon as I can.

To see more of Brad’s work, check out BMOOREVISUALS.com, and follow him on Instagram and Twitter.

Monday
Nov
2014
17

Honorable Mentions from my 7th Annual Worldwide Photo Walk

by Scott Kelby  |  28 Comments

Although we’ve already announced the 10 finalists and the Grand Prize Winner from this year’s Worldwide Photo Walk, there are some other images that, while they didn’t wind up being a finalist or Grand Prize Winner, were still so good that I thought they needed some recognition.

Any of these could have been a finalist (in fact, all of these were in the running and on my short list at one point to make the final cut — and this gives you an idea of how hard it is making the final decisions. There’s just so many wonderful images).

Congratulations to all these photographers below who created such wonderful images during the walk and are officially receiving an Honorable Mention:

Guangzhou Guangdong, China
Photo By: Luz Kanapi

Stuttgart, Germany
Photo By: Ben

Trondheim Sør Trøndelag, Norway
Photo By: Gunnar

Shinjuku Tokyo, Japan
Photo By: C E

Ras al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates
Photo By: Shyam

Porto, Portugal
Photo By: Nuno

Nagano. Japan
Photo By: Tomohiro

Mumbai, India
Photo By: Bobby

Manila, Philippines
Photo By: Nathan

Manchester, United Kingdom
Photo By: Lisa

Luna Ilocos Region, Philippines
Photo By: Josefino Jr

Bath, United Kingdom
Photo By Linda Enfield

Lasi, Romania
Photo By: Iulia

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain
Photo by Mary Heloisa

Lancaster, PA United States
Photo By: Merle

Kallang, Singapore
Photo By: Andy

Johannesburg, South Africa
Photo By: Victor Meyer

Isfahan, Iran
Photo By: Mehrdad

Guadalajara, México
Photo By: Raul

Fife, Saint Andrews, United Kingdom
Photo By: Steve

Edmonton, AB Canada
Photo By: Gina

DuPont, Washington, USA
Photo By: Ed Adams

Colonia Tovar, Aragua, Venezuela
Photo By: Emil

Doha, Qatar
Photo By: Medel

Dallas, Texas, USA
Photo By: Tom

Cebu City, Central Visayas, Philippines
Photo By: Oliver

Cebu City, Central Visayas, Philippines
Photo By: Lucil

Caxias do Sul, RS República Federativa do Brasil
Photo By: Luis Barp

Canberra, Australia
Photo By: Amy

Cairo, Egypt
Photo By: Heba

Cairo, Egypt
Photo By: Sherif

Brownwood, Texas, United States
Photo By: Jim

Damietta, Egypt
Photo By: Malek

Brattleboro, Vermont, United States
Photo By: Donald

Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Photo By: John

Athens, Georgia, United States
Photo By: Busara

Angeles, Central Luzon, Philippines
Photo By: Archielou Romero

Again, my congratuations to all these entrants on having such great images that they deserved special recognition. Later this week we have the winner of our Leaders Competition (lots of amazing shots — it’s another tough one to judge).

Hope you all have a fantastic Monday!

All my best,

-Scott

Thursday
Nov
2014
13

It’s Free Stuff Thursday!

by Brad Moore  |  124 Comments

Scott Kelby’s Photoshop CC Book for Photographers
Yes, Scott already mentioned that his new book, The Photoshop CC Book for Photographers, is hitting bookstores soon, but… Today we’re giving away a free copy of it to three lucky commenters! Just leave a comment for your chance to win, or you can go ahead and order yours right here. If you want to check it out first, you can get a free excerpt from the book right here.

Cyber Weekend
Yes.. It’s that time again… Time for Cyber Weekend! This year we have a number of great deals and discounts AND some very special, Limited Edition DVDs and numbered Prints. Cyber Weekend starts Nov 26th but if you sign up today, you will get Early-Bird notification (and beat the rush). You can sign up for early-bird access to all the deals before they sell out at KelbyOne.com/CyberWeekend.

KelbyOne Live
Want to spend a day with Scott Kelby, Joe McNally, or Ben Willmore? Check out these seminar tours!

Shoot Like A Pro with Scott Kelby
Dec 1 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL

The Power of One Flash with Joe McNally
Dec 9 – San Diego, CA

The Photoshop Creativity Tour with Ben Willmore
Dec 12 – Phoenix, AZ

You can check out the full schedule for seminars through the end of the year. Leave a comment for your chance to win a ticket to one of these events!

Moving To Mirrorless by Brian Matiash
If you’re interested in using mirrorless cameras, you’ll want to check out Brian Matiash’s brand new (and free!) ebook, Moving To Mirrorless. All you have to do is sign up for Brian’s newsletter, and you’ll be able to download the free eBook. And check out some of his great work too so you can see what he’s been able to do since transitioning to a mirrorless system.

Last Week’s Winners
KelbyOne Live Ticket
- J Brinkman

Light, Gesture, & Color by Jay Maisel
- Gaxify

If you’re on of the lucky winners, we’ll be in touch soon. Have a great Thursday!

Wednesday
Nov
2014
12

It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Drew Gurian!

by Brad Moore  |  7 Comments


Photo by Jason Ryan

Hello!  It’s been quite awhile since my last guest blog, and I’m excited to be back here. Brad and I were just talking about a shoot I did over the weekend, and he thought this may be a good place to share what i’ve been up to.

To start with a quick introduction, here’s my backstory…

From 2008 to 2013 I was Joe McNally’s 1st assistant. I spent the majority of that time on the road traveling hundreds of thousands of miles all over the world with him. It was an absolutely incredible life experience and has made a huge impact on my photography and life to this day. As of September 2013, I embarked full-time into the freelance photo world, and like most New York photographers, moved to Brooklyn.

Since I first picked up a camera at the age of 14, I’ve always pointed it at musicians, and I’m very happy to say that just about all of my work to this day is in the music/entertainment industries.

What started as lots of live concert shoots over the years has transitioned into primarily portraits, backstage candids, and in-(recording) studio reportage for commercial and editorial clients like Red Bull, The Associated Press, Rolling Stone and The New York Times.

Instead of giving you an overview of my work, I’ve decided to share with you a real world shoot that just happened this past Sunday for The Associated Press…

The freelance world, as we know, is entirely unpredictable. I can’t begin to say how many weeks I’ve had without a single shoot booked, and then within hours, I’ve gotten absolutely slammed and am struggling to keep my head on straight.

This past weekend was certainly that case, and as of 3PM on Friday, I had plans to attend a photo festival in Pennsylvania. At 3:30PM, I got an email from AP asking if I had an interest in shooting a quick group portrait shoot on Sunday morning.

The legendary producer, T Bone Burnett was given access to a box of Bob Dylan’s hand-written, unpublished lyrics from the time of the original “Basement Tapes” recordings, and he tasked himself with putting together an all-star lineup of musicians to write songs for these lyrics, and release what is now called “The New Basement Tapes” (released on November 10th). The band he put together is comprised of Elvis Costello, Marcus Mumford (Mumford & Sons), Taylor Goldsmith (Dawes), Rhiannon Giddens (Carolina Chocolate Drops), and Jim James (My Morning Jacket).

As a freelancer, when you get an email like this, no matter what your plans are (with very few exceptions), you very quickly write back and say “yes.” To have these five musicians in one room is amazing, and to have the opportunity to photograph them is an absolute honor that you can’t take lightly.

A shoot like this involves a lot of prep work to pull it off well. Researching the artists, the location (luckily, I had shot Roger Waters at the same venue last year), pushing to get there as early as possible, pushing to have the talent for as long as possible, planning out the setup, prepping gear, etc.  At the very least, it was a full day’s work to piece this all together, and that’s before even getting to the shoot itself.

Posing five people well isn’t at all an easy thing to pull off, especially when it’s a crew like this. We got there with plenty of time to set up and test out some ideas, and here’s a very loose comp of what we had planned out. We had to plan for six people, as we were unsure until the last minute as to whether or not T Bone Burnett would be showing up for the shoot (he didn’t make it).


Thanks so much to Nick Rapaz and Erik Ellingson for all the help in pulling this off!

I knew I wanted Elvis to sit on the trunk, and had plans for the rest of them as well.  I also knew that I had to be assertive as soon as they stepped on-set, or I’d never get what I needed.

As soon as they walked in, “Elvis, I’d like for you to sit right here on the trunk.” Elvis: “I’d really rather stand than sit.” Marcus: “Yea, we’d like to stand.” They walked right past the trunk, and stood behind it, right against the backdrop, which was clearly not going to work.  We ended up moving it out, replacing it with an apple box, and then taking that out all together.

While I was shooting, I had thought about getting something usable, then bringing the trunk back in and asking them to humor me one more time. I thought that they may entertain the idea if I promised them it would look great, but I also know I could possibly get a flat out “no.” Also in the back of my mind was the fact that I had been outside a few minutes before the shoot and saw some beautiful light on the building. I really wanted to get them out there as well, and knew that if I pushed them too hard inside, I’d outright lose them and never get to photograph another setup with them.

Sure enough, we spent almost ten minutes inside (which is a lot of time with anyone notable), and I convinced them to come outside for a few quick photos.

After the 2+ hours of setup, tweaking and shooting the indoor photos, I actually much prefer the more candid feel of the photos shot outside— which were shot in under 90 seconds and lit by the sun. Go figure.

I’m happy to answer any questions you may have, and if you’d like to see more of what i’ve been up to, you can find me here:

DrewGurian.com

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Thanks so much for reading!

-Drew

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