Hi Gang: Today I thought I’d share five trailers for some new classes you might want to check out this Memorial Day weekend over on KelbyOne.com.
If you’re not already a member, you can join for $19.99 and watch the full-length versions of ALL of these classes today, (and while you’re there, you can watch any of the about 500+ more online classes on Lighting, Photoshop, Lightroom, Video Editing, and Photography unlimited for the next 30-days!) Here’s the link (but check out these trailers first!):
1. Peter Hurley shows you how to edit down an entire shoot to get you to that “one” special image
2. Joe McNally takes you underwater for a…um…Mermaid shoot? ( You’ll love it!)
3. Cliff Mautner teaches you how to shoot a wedding, during a real wedding! (live and uncensored)
4. Learn to shoot a Safari, on an actual Safari in Africa with Moose Peterson
5. Jeremy Cowart shows you how to light and shoot awesome portraits just about anywhere!
Lots of fun stuff to learn this weekend – make the most of it, and for those of you who are joining KelbyOne for the first time, welcome aboard — we’re really glad to have you with us. :)
Here’s wishing you and yours a safe, happy, and fun Memorial Day Weekend.
Jaw Dropping Landscapes Photo Contest
Think you’ve got an award-worthy landscape photo? Want to win a free ticket to Photoshop World, a KelbyOne Live event, or a KelbyOne membership? TODAY IS THE LAST DAY to submit your best landscape photo to our latest Viewbug contest for your chance to win! For all the details and to submit your photo, just click right here.
The Art of the Edit with Peter Hurley It’s all about the edit! You’ve just had an awesome photo session and now you need to narrow it down to just the best ones. How do you do it? Join Peter Hurley as he walks you through a series of live headshot sessions and then talks through his editing process with the subjects at the end. Peter is joined throughout the class by Scott Kelby, and together they edit through multiple different shoots that Scott has brought in. Editing is all about narrowing shots down to just the ones that will go into your portfolio to help you get more work. Learn how to develop this muscle and find your own shebangs!
Photography In-Depth: Mastering the Composition
What are you really trying to say in your images? Join Pete Collins and Steve Gustafson as they explore the role of composition in your photography as a means to have a dialog between the photographer and the audience. Through the use of examples and discussion Pete and Steve delve into the importance of having all of the elements contained within the frame working together in support of the larger message you are trying to convey, why it is critical that your intention for making a photograph informs the creation of that photograph, and how you can influence a variety of factors at the moment of capture and in post-processing to enhance the strength of your message. Stick around for the bonus lessons at the end where Pete dives a little deeper into a couple of topics to help drive those points home.
The Lightroom CC Book for Photographers – SPIRAL BOUND!
Scott’s latest book, The Lightroom CC Book for Photographers, is now available in the spiral-bound edition! BUT… This edition is only available for purchase by KelbyOne members. If you order by the end of the month, he’ll even sign your copy for you. Not a KelbyOne member but still want the spiral-bound book? We’re giving away THREE FREE COPIES to a few of you lucky people! Leave a comment for your chance to win!
Want to learn from Scott Kelby, Joe McNally,or Ben Willmore live in person? Check out these seminar tour dates to see if they’re coming to a city near you!
When I examine myself and my methods of thought, I come to the conclusion that the gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing positive knowledge. -Albert Einstein
I have come to believe that my job, why I was put on this earth, is to tell the truth and see the pretty. My job is to walk all over the planet and allow myself to be taken by the moment and to record the truth, beauty and moments of abandon with a camera. Interesting work if you can get it. What I discovered is so long as I stay on this path I (mostly) stay out of trouble. What I have also discovered is that coincidence is the universe’s attempt at remaining anonymous. I live in a world where my fantasy as a child has come true, to make my living creating art. To make one’s living solely from being a visual artist is to experience life as if you are in a waking dream only to find yourself waking up into a deeper dream.
This story starts with being asked in 2012 by the director of the Palm Beach Photographic Centre. “Hey, would you like to teach a five day travel workshop in Cuba?” As you can imagine it was a difficult decision to make, requiring much time and consideration… Roughly about the length of time it takes to say “HELL YES.”
For those of us who grew up in the 1960’s, Cuba has always been a great fascination. A forbidden place trapped in a time warp. Cigars, Rum, The Kennedys, the Bay of Pigs, the Cuban Missile Crisis, Black September airplane hijackings landing at the Havana Airport – all the way to today and Guantanamo Bay. So to be afforded an opportunity to enter Cuba legally in 2012 something not to say no to.
The issue that I did not know then, but discovered later, was that on my first trip to Cuba I was about to break one of the few dogmas I have: Do not walk into a shoot with any preconceptions. That the only thing you should visualize preconceiving is to prepare to be amazed by every little thing around you.
Ansel Adams said, “Without pre-visualization photography is a five finger exercise.” Paul Caponigro said, “If you believe in pre-visualization you deserve what you get.” Who’s right? They both are. What is at issue is not whether to pre-visualize or to not pre-visualize. The issue is the misconception between pre-conception and pre-visualization and the very, very, very fine line as to when to start the visualization process.
From the moment I was asked to the time I left I allowed myself to become a victim of entropy. I allowed my pre-conception of what I thought Cuba should be to color and affect what Cuba is. During the first time I was there I kept finding myself having a running dialog about, “How this isn’t right… This is supposed to be like this.” Don’t get me wrong, I had a great time; I just didn’t realize it until I got home. Somehow I had allowed myself to be looking for the moment rather than letting myself be taken by the moment.
Simply put Ansel Adams broke the creation of an image process down this way:
1) The need/desire to photograph
The first is fairly obvious, “The need/desire to photograph,” either you are on assignment (the gig) or you are where you are because you want to be there with a camera. The second, “Discovery,” for me is the moment when the picture takes you (not the other way around) and you are pulled through the lens and the impulse to click the shutter is driven by being grabbed by the moment. The third, “Visualization,” is the one step in the process that tends to do us in, and if you do not take care, you do indeed get what you deserve. The time you should pre-visualize is after the moment has taken you. Not before and not during. At that moment, after being taken by the picture, is when you should be thinking about what else you need to make the image successful. It is this, that is the catalyst for “execution.” Why this is is because the speed of life moves much faster today behind the digital camera then it did back in Ansel’s day behind the film camera with all of the considerations you need to make at point of capture. As to the speed of the thrill of photographing life? That speed remains the same, both faster than, as well as slower than, we as photographers are often capable of moving.
I spent a lot of time thinking about what I wasn’t exactly happy with of my images from my first trip to Cuba, my image capture take for me was very low, I was frustrated with the experience and I did not know why. I mean it was Havana for goodness sake! It wasn’t until I was sitting with Jay Maisel showing him my images that he pointed out something to me, which was this: I was in my images. That I took them and not the other way around. That I had pre-conceived a vision and imposed that on the place and made my images fit the pre-conception.
Did I mention that coincidence is the universe’s attempt at remaining anonymous? I walked away from that conversation with the dream of going back to Cuba. So in July of 2014 the director of PBPC asked me if I wanted to go back to Cuba in December and would I be interested in going again in 2015. Lightning does not often strike twice in the same place. Next thing I knew I found myself going to Cuba three times over 15 weeks.
This time I let the place take me. I did not focus on politics or what I thought I should be shooting. I just walked the streets with my students and allowed the spirit of the place and the people to take charge. I gave in and gave up to simply being. The outcome of this is a 103-image gallery exhibition and an additional 200 plus “keeper” images I have yet to post process.
Soooo… My point is this: Don’t think about the image before the image happens. Don’t go into the moment with a belief of what you expect to see, just go in and see what there is to see. Don’t worry about not taking any images, if they are there for you to take they will find you if you slow down enough to let them land on you. The baggage that you carry with you should be left in the hotel room with your luggage when go out to shoot.
If you still feel the need to pre-visualize before you pick up the camera, just fantasize this: I am about to be amazed by every little thing around me.
Go Back Up Your Photos. Right Now!
When I was on the road in LA a few weeks ago I heard yet another heartbreaking story from a photographer who didn’t have a back-up of his photos, and he lost every photo he had taken in the last few years, including family shots — everything — gone forever.
Stop whatever you’re doing and right this very minute, and take a few minutes to protect the visual history of your life, and back up your images. Just drag them onto another hard drive. If you don’t have one; here’s a link to one of the portable drives I keep with me — it’s a WD 1-terabyte drive for just $58 at B&H Photo. It works like a champ!). It takes so much less effort than you’d think.
My Backup and Organization Strategy
I’m working on an online class right now that not only shares some real world backup strategies (I use Synology NAS drives, which are awesome but it works with any drives), but more importantly I reveal a method for organizing your images (even before you get into Lightroom or whatever), that will make your life so much easier and less stressful (plus you’ll sleep better at night). I might do it as a live Webinar, and then record it for KelbyOne members to watch anytime — not sure yet, but I’m working on the outline now. More when I have all the details.
Anyway, this is just your friendly reminder that this is, officially, “Back Up Your Photos Tuesday.” :)
Hope yours is a productive one.
P.S.If you haven’t yet seen my stirring, emotional, personal message to the photographers in the Hartford, Connecticut area, you’ve got to take a moment and watch this short 1-minute, 30-second video. It will change you in a very dramatic way (Note: if you don’t live near Hartford, don’t watch it because then it will just freak you out). bit.ly/1AcrE2p
Hi gang — I just posted a few shots from my trip this past week to Valencia. We (my big brother Jeff and me) were only in Valencia one and a half days, and we got just over 5-hours in Madrid. Why so short? We totally messed up our planning — we were supposed to be there three days — the images, and the story, are over at Exposure.
If you get a sec, I hope you can check them out. Have a great Monday, and we’ll catch ya tomorrow.
P.S.I’m doing a series on “Features I’d love to see added to Lightroom” and today is “#4″ of 10. If you get a sec, pop on over to LightroomKillerTips.com and join in the discussion — lots of great feature ideas in the comments section.
Above:Photo of me by my brother Jeff at an awesome little restaurant near our hotel.
Greetings from Spain, everybody!
Well, by the time you read this, I’m already on my way home — it was a VERY short trip, just me and my big brother Jeffrey (the trip was a Christmas gift from my awesome wifey), and Jeff picked Valencia, Spain after a recommendation from our friend David Ziser, and David was spot on — what a beautiful, fun, charming place!
Above:That’s my big brother Jeff, at the City of Art in Valencia. He really got some great shots on this trip!
So, I don’t really have a post for today other than to say — I’m on my way — I’ll share some photos soon, and a big thanks to everybody who shared the trip with me live during my Periscope App streaming broadcasts from Valencia each day, and last night from Madrid (where our mother was born). :)
Hope you all have a great weekend, and I’ll talk to you again once the jet lag wears off. ;-)
P.S.Even though I won’t be there today for the 12:00 noon ET Photoshop World Conference Insider’s Preview, I pre-recorded a few cool tips from my “Retouching Faces” class that I’ll be doing at the conference, and they’ll be sharing those tomorrow (I’ll be there not only in spirit, I’ll be there sharing a few tips, too!).