Hi Gang – and happy Friday. Let’s kick into the weekend with a Peter Hurley love fest:
It’s “The Top Ten Tips for Connecting With Your Subject” with Peter himself as the guest on this past Wednesday’s episode of “The Grid.” We said it was 10, but Peter was like a fountain of ideas and it was just so great. Wonderful ideas, and great insights on connecting with your subject to make better portraits. Really good stuff — so worth watching. (Plus, check out Peter’s latest look).
We just recently released a brand new full-length online training class from Peter — it’s “Peter’s Top 10 Headshot Questions Answered.” People are raving about how great this class is. Check out the official trailer (below):
Watch the full length online class at bit.ly/2kz26ts – if you’re not a KelbyOne member, take the 10-day free trial and you can watch this entire awesome class right now.
This is the one that started it all. It’s the classic, and it debuted right here on the blog, in a Guest Blog post from Peter, and now its been viewed more than 3-million times. Let’s make it 3-million and one. ;-)
There ya have it folks — a Peter Hurley Triple Play! Hope you watch Peter’s Class this weekend, and his Grid episode — just incredibly fun, helpful, insight stuff and nobody brings it like Peter.
Have a great weekend everybody and I hope to see your smiling face back here on Monday. :)
P.S.Heads up — If you’re thinking of entering your work in the Photoshop World Guru Awards Competition (a photography and Photoshop contest just open to folks attending the Photoshop World Conference 2017 in Orlando this April), the deadline for submissions is March 17, 2017. For more details on “The Guru Awards” click here.
Beginners Start Here with Scott Kelby Imagine going out shooting with Scott Kelby at your side giving you tips, advice, and strategies for using your camera the same way he does, and that’s what this class is all about. Scott’s goal is to help beginners go beyond auto mode, be in control, and make great photographs. It’s as simple as that, and it doesn’t even matter what brand of camera you are using, as these lessons apply to all cameras. Scott shares his favorite camera settings, tips for getting tack-sharp photos, favorite lenses for different situations, and so much more. Once you start putting these concepts into practice you’re going to see an immediate improvement in your work.
In Case You Missed It Join landscape and wildlife photographer Moose Peterson as he gets his first chance to shoot the beauty of Monument Valley. Moose talks about his preferences for camera gear and how he composes landscape shots. He shares some tips for predicting what the weather is going to do, and goes through the entire workflow for creating a time lapse video to share the experience of a changing landscape. Follow Moose as he photographs one of the most impressive landscapes in America.
Inspiration for the Sport Grit Look I’ve had the incredible opportunity of attending every Photoshop World (except for one) since Photoshop World started in 1999. The amount of knowledge taught in a short time is worth more than countless hours trying to learn on your own. Imagine hanging out and collaborating with instructors who have written books on the different styles you want to learn or fellow students that are top in their field. Collaboration and an image Scott took of me inspired me to create the Sport Grit look that I will teach for the first time at Photoshop World this year.
The Sport Grit Look’s Secret Ingredient The secret ingredient to produce the sports-grit look is to light the subject with harsh light. Harsh light produces strong shadows for a powerful photo. It sculptures the subject in such a way that when applying the Lightroom preset, the grit look is achieved.
Style The Shoot To Change The Mood I’ve been happy with the look for the past few years, but I felt it was time for a slight change. I wanted to create a different mood. I collaborated with my buddy, Photoshop World and KelbyOne instructorMike Kubeisy. We came up with adding tape to the athlete’s fingers and wrist to symbolize injuries. Applying eye black added to the tough look.
At this point, the athlete looked like he was preparing for a game. Although it looked good, it didn’t capture the mood I was after. I wanted to show what the athlete would look like after the game. By adding dirt to his face and arms and making sure the white tape got dirty, the style was completed and the mood was set. He looked like he just walked off the field, working through his pain and injuries to capture a hard-fought victory.
Pulling emotion out of the athlete Athletes are known for being intense when they play. To capture this emotion, have the athlete relive one of their favorite memories from a game, or create a do-or-die game winning moment. The goal is make them look intense. This short video demonstrates how I pull emotions out of an athlete during a shoot.
Finishing the look in Lightroom To finish the look, use Lightroom to desaturate the colors, over sharpen the image, and change the color temperature along with the tint. To make life easier, you can download my Lightroom Sports Grit preset or you can learn how I created it an article I wrote Shooting Awesome Sports Portraits.
Now you have the lighting foundation and the Lightroom preset for how I create my Sport Grit Look. The final step is to practice and tweak the workflow to make it your own.
If you’re planning on going to the Photoshop World Conference in Orlando this April (and I surely hope that you are — it’s open to everyone), I wanted to list the sessions I’m teaching (there are nearly 100 sessions but I hope you’ll check out a couple of mine).
Now, if you’re wondering, “Should I be attending this conference?” listen to some of the folks who’ve been there tell you in their own words (it’s short — only 30-seconds — worth a quick look to hear it from them).
I love hearing their comments and takeaways from it.
IMPORTANT NOTE:Orlando is the ONLY Photoshop World conference this year – we will not be in Las Vegas at all this year (Adobe will be holding Adobe Max conference in Las Vegas in the same time frame).
Anyway, here’s the classes I’m teaching this year:
Essentials of Designing With Type in Photoshop Bad type can ruin a really great photo and in this session, I’m going to show how to create everything from poster layouts, photo book covers, web graphics and more so your type complements your work, rather than destroying it. You’ll learn everything from the basics of typography including which fonts to use, when, and why, and how to create simple, beautiful-looking designs (it’s easier than you’d think). This class will change the way you think about and use type and photos together from this point on.
Creating Beautiful Photo Books in Lightroom In this session you’ll learn how to create beautiful photo books from right within Lightroom itself. You’ll see the entire workflow, step-by-step and exactly how to create your own custom photo books the easy way, plus I’m going to share a few tricks on creating your own custom layouts that I think you’ll really find helpful. Lots of little tips, tricks, and time-saving techniques.
Lightroom Tips & Tricks This is an updated version of one of my most popular classes at Photoshop World, with lots of cool new tips, workarounds, shortcuts, and things to make you faster, more effective, and just have more fun using Lightroom. You’re going to learn real, practical techniques you can put to work the very next day.
The conference is open to everybody, and it’s held April 20-22nd at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida (around 15 minutes from Walt Disney World). If you haven’t planned to join us yet, it’s only 60-days away — but it’s not too late.
Here’s the link — you’ll learn more in three days than you have in three years. Break though your barriers; make new friends; take your skills up a big notch, get inspired, and have a ton of fun doing it.
See you in Orlando this April!
P.S.You know who my guest is on The Grid tomorrow? If you guessed Peter Hurley (the man, the legend, the lover), then you were right! Wed. at 4pm ET at Kelbytv.com/thegrid
Hi Gang, and happy Monday (Ugh, I know). Anyway, this was a request from one of my readers — the drop shadow effect we’re talking about is from Mark Wegner’s website (Mark is the artist that won our “Gallery at KelbyOne” solo show). He has this slick little drop shadow behind his prints, and it’s actually very easy to do, so I did a video on it (below).
HOWEVER, I must warn you — you will learn a lot more Photoshop stuff in this video than just the drop shadow, because there’s lots of handy shortcuts and techniques wrapped inside this tutorial, so you should definitely check it out.
BONUS VIDEO! Below is a short add-on video that shows how to make the background transparent when you save the file, so you can place the final image on your site as just the image and shadow. Thought you might want to know that.
In other Photoshop-related news… We’re only 60-days or so away from the Photoshop World Conference in Orlando (we’re not doing Vegas this year — Orlando only), so come out and learn and play and get faster, better and more awesome at all this stuff. Check out the short trailer below to see what being at Photoshop World is really like.
Hope you find all (some, part, etc.) of that helpful.