Wednesday
Oct
2014
01

It’s Free Stuff Thursday!

by Brad Moore  |  4 Comments

The Business Side of Mike Kubeisy
Join KelbyOne’s own Larry Becker as he sits down with entertainment photographer Mike Kubeisy to discuss the business side of Mike’s commercial photography career in Hollywood. Larry and Mike discuss topics ranging from how to get started in the business to how to keep yourself on the cutting edge of new trends and technology. Drawing from over 30 years of experience, Mike shares some of his best advice for achieving success and living your dream.

Leave a comment for your chance to watch this class for free!

The Art of Digital Photography: The Inspirational Series with Mike Kubeisy
Join Mia McCormick as she sits down for an inspirational chat with Mike Kubeisy, a motion picture and stills photographer based in Hollywood. Over the course of an hour Mike and Mia touch on topics ranging from getting started in the industry to finding sources of inspiration from the energy and creativity on set, and on the importance of living a meaningful life to the role of personal projects that help you explore your ideas and build your portfolio. After 30 years in Hollywood Mike has an amazing number of stories and experiences that have shaped who he is as a person as well as his photography.

Leave a comment for your chance to watch this class for free!

Photoshop Camera Raw Tutorials on LayersMagazine.com
Scott Kelby recently shared some tutorials on Using the Histogram to Learn What the Sliders Do in Photoshop Camera Raw and Four Ways to Create Contrast in Adobe Photoshop Camera Raw over at LayersMagazine.com. If you’re looking to get the most out of your post processing time, these are some helpful tips that can lead to even greater looking images than you’ve been able to create before!

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

Shoot Like A Pro with Scott Kelby
Oct 10 – Westminster, London, UK
Oct 17 – Charlotte, NC
Dec 1 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL

The Power of One Flash with Joe McNally
Nov 6 – Washington, DC
Dec 9 – San Diego, CA

The Lightroom LIVE Tour with Matt Kloskowski
Oct 22 – Colorado Springs, CO
Nov 4 – Philadelphia, PA
Dec 5 – San Antonio, TX

Photoshop for Photographers with RC Concepcion
Oct 20 – Chicago, IL
Nov 7 – Los Angeles, CA

The Photoshop Creativity Tour with Ben Willmore
Oct 7 – Raleigh, NC
Nov 10 – Toronto, ON
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!

Jason Joseph – Six Beats of Separation
This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Music is a way for people to bond – its vibrations help the bridge the gap between us. In uncomfortable times, it can be the common vibrations of a mutual bond. In this discussion, Jason unveils his new charity project, “Six Beats of Separation,” a photo series which captures the moods of celebrities, attached to specific moments in music. Portrait photographer Jason Joseph has captured images of personalities from A-list celebrities to the homeless of Penn Station. It is his mission to create “WOW!” moments, for children from age 8 to 108.

Last Week’s Winners
Corey Barker’s New Orleans Seminar
- Van

KelbyOne Class Rentals
- Seth Strohecker
- Mike VanKirk

KelbyOne Live Ticket
- Matt C.

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

Wednesday
Oct
2014
01

It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Richard Bernabe!

by Brad Moore  |  5 Comments

It’s the Destination

As a photographer, chances are you’ve thought about doing some traveling, if you haven’t traveled extensively already. The journey might start out as a simple weekend getaway after a few rough days at the office or as an expansive road trip through several states and time zones: car packed with a camera and a few favorites lenses, wind in your hair, sun on your face, nothing but freedom and the open road in front of you. Over time this could lead to dealing with travel agents, passports, guides, and epic expeditions to the other side of the world involving multiple flights and a bone-jarring ride in the back of a rusted out Japanese pickup with a driver who speaks a different language than your own. Photographers are particularly susceptible to the lure of the exotic.

You could live right across the street from a premier national park with hundreds of square miles of mountain wilderness, waterfalls, charismatic wildlife, pristine beaches, wildflowers in the spring, blazing foliage in the fall – this is the cosmic photo destination we’re talking about – and you would still feel as if you were missing out on something somewhere.

It would be far too easy to dismiss this urge as a misguided grass-is-always-greener human impulse. After all, maybe the grass really is greener on the other side of the proverbial fence. Maybe the grass over there isn’t even green at all, but some other color you’ve never seen or even considered. Maybe the grass is wild and untamed, unlike the neatly manicured turf in your tidy neighborhood with which you’re so accustomed. Then again, sticking with the working theme here, maybe it’s not really about the grass at all but the journey.

I said, maybe. You see, I personally consider the whole it’s the journey not the destination sentiment as just another feel good, pop-culture pseudo-profundity that’s too easily taken at face value. The actual journey, for all the saccharin and nostalgia it conjures, actually sucks. If I could close my eyes, snap my fingers, and magically teleport myself to the destination instantaneously, while skipping the whole journey thing, I’d be happy as a clam. I’m guessing that whoever penned this particular piece of bumper sticker wisdom never had their precious little journey take them through a major 21st century airport. And yes I do realize the phrase is a derivative of Emerson’s and a well-intentioned metaphor for life. Yet all too often it’s used literally by slick travel brochures and cruise operators and I, for one, am tired of hearing about the journey’s so-called virtues.

I do find it ironic that the most blissful photogenic destinations on the planet require you to first travel through hell on Earth in order to reach them: canceled and delayed flights, missed connections, lost luggage, fees for checked bags, long lines at the check-in counter, security, passport control, and customs, rude and surly customer service representatives, invasive TSA agents, full-body x-rays, pat downs, no liquids or gels, removed shoes, crowded airplanes, no leg room, airline food, and fights with attendants about your camera pack that won’t quite fit in the overhead bin but is too fragile to allow apathetic baggage handlers to throw from luggage cart onto mobile conveyor belt are just some of the indignities to be endured and we’ve not even mentioned the repulsive edifices themselves. The English writer and humorist, Douglas Adams observed that there is no language that has ever produced the phrase as pretty as an airport.

But all the agony and pulverizing boredom of travel itself soon fade from memory once a destination is finally reached. So why do we photographers bother to travel anyway? I suppose everyone has their own personal reasons: capturing and seeing something new, exploration, adventure, enlightenment, different cultures and food, or running from the law – just to name a few. And while all of the preceding could apply to me as well (aside from the running from the law part) I should mention that it also happens to be my job. I haven’t quite mastered the art of keeping a straight face as I explain to friends and loved ones that I’m “going to work” when I pack my bags for some far-flung, exotic photography trip but I do deserve at least some credit for not employing the smug rejoinder, “but somebody’s gotta do it” or something to that effect.

And while I understand “getting away from it all,” as a justification for some people’s travel bug, it’s one that’s never quite resonated with me. I just don’t see my life and work as anything from which I need, or want, to escape.

But more than any other reason, travel takes me away from everything that’s familiar and razes the personal comfort zone to which I – and all of us respectively, really – try to cling. I like that. Sometimes I need that. Travel writer, Freyda Stark once wrote, “To awaken quite alone in a strange town is one of the most pleasant sensations in the world” and I could not concur more. When applied to photography, these strange new places and experiences act as powerful catalysts to help get my creative juices going and force me to think and see differently. After all, if I’ve never seen something before, what other choice do I have?

Then there are the places and scenes that are simply too beautiful for words, which is fortunate enough since we photographers are paid to create imagery where words alone are inadequate. The first time I laid my eyes on the southern Andes of Patagonia or the aurora borealis or a herd of mammoth elephants marching ceremoniously across the African plains, my sympathetic nervous system shot into overdrive and delivered a dose of goose bumps all over my arms and shoulders, making the hair stand straight up on the back of my neck. The very best part of this sensation was that in each instance, I never saw it coming. Each and every time was like a thunderbolt from the blue.

If I don’t screw things up too badly, I might create something that invites the viewer of the image to participate in this new experience as well, through the prism of my emotional response and photographic technique. Since I am interpreting the experience artistically, it’s still my experience but the viewer has traveled with me vicariously, except without all the burdens of modern day travel I described earlier.

Or I could forget to remove the lens cap and everyone will just have to take my word for it. Either way, if I don’t make the journey in order to witness it myself, it never happened – for any of us. So the journey is necessary, if not a necessary evil. In fact, with the right attitude – and good set of noise-canceling headphones – the journey itself might not be so intolerable after all. Just don’t let anyone tell you it’s not about the destination.

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Richard Bernabe is a landscape, wildlife, travel photographer and author as well as Contributing Editor to Popular Photography Magazine. You can see more of Richard’s work at RichardBernabe.com\ and follow him on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Tuesday
Sep
2014
30

Joe McNally’s One-Man-Show

by Scott Kelby  |  8 Comments

One of the greatest photographers ever made is having his first solo gallery show, opening this week at the Monroe Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico and if you get a chance — you have to see it in person. Here are the details:

Who: Joe McNally
What: A solo exhibition
Where: The Monroe Gallery: 112 Don Gaspar Ave, Santa Fe, NM (link)
When: October 3rd thru November 23rd
Why:  Because Joe is a photography students will study after we’re all gone.

Here’s a link to the gallery’s site with all the details. Hope you get the chance to see it in person.

I’m off to Orlando for my seminar there tomorrow — looking forward to meeting a whole bunch of you there.

Have a better than average Tuesday. That’s all I can muster for a Tuesday. ;-)

Best,

-Scott

Monday
Sep
2014
29

It’s “Update Your Portfolio” Monday

by Scott Kelby  |  68 Comments

OK, we’ve had “Backup Tuesday” and now it’s time for “Update Your Portfolio Monday” — a reminder that it’s time to shake the dust off that portfolio — see if you have newer, better shots that need to be added. Take a look at the sequence (order) of your images and see if they need changing, see if anything needs to come out, and just make sure everything’s up-to-date.

So far, I’ve only had enough time to update my Sports Photography Portfolio (here’s the link). I actually added a new category for College Football, and updated my NFL port, and made a change or two to my GameDay Detail port, too. Tonight I’m going to update my regular port (hosted by smugmug — you can use the link at the top right of my blog here).

Hey, if you update your blog today as part of “Update Your Port Monday” leave me a link here, and let me know what you did to update it. If you don’t have an online port, what are ya waitin’ for?

Here’s wishing you an updated kinda Monday!

Best,

-Scott

Friday
Sep
2014
26

Trailblazers: A new series on Powerful Women of Photography

by Scott Kelby  |  4 Comments

This is something we’re really proud, and very excited about  — our own Mia McCormick had the vision and talent to create a brand new series all about inspiring female photographers — woman who are blazing new trails in our industry and changing the way females are preceived in our industry.

Mia (an award-winning journalist and instructor herself), just did such a amazing job with this series, and the women you’ll meet, and the stories they tell, will just absolutely captivate you from start to finish. If you’re a KelbyOne subscriber, make sure you watch any interview in this series, and I know from there you’ll want to watch them all — they are just that good.

We have thousands of technique lessons on KelbyOne, and I know how important those are. This year, we’re producing more than ever have in our history, but we also feel very strongly that there’s more to learning photography than just how to use your camera and where to put the light.

Why not let this weekend be one where take a short break from the techniques and get lost in being inspired, learning the business side of photography, gaining important insights, and being swept away by amazing images, courageous people and wonderful artists.

Hope you all have a safe, fun weekend (and if you’re in Houston, Texas for my seminar here today, I hope you’ll come up and say — its always a treat to meet people in person who read my blog.

All my best,

-Scott

 

Thursday
Sep
2014
25

It’s Free Stuff Thursday!

by Brad Moore  |  26 Comments

Corey Barker’s Photoshop Down & Dirty Master FX Seminar Tour
Come spend the day with Corey Barker, the award-winning designer, illustrator and also best-selling author of the book “Photoshop Down & Dirty Tricks, Volume 2” as he brings concepts, images and ideas from his book to life in this one-day live training seminar.

Join him as he ventures to take your Photoshop skills to the next level and beyond by teaching you how to master the eye-popping techniques used by designers, artists, and photographers all over the world. You will never look at Photoshop the same way again! Don’t miss your chance to spend an entire day learning from one of the best Photoshop instructors. You’ll be amazed at what you can learn in just one day. Guaranteed!

Catch Corey in New Orleans on October 3, and leave a comment here for your chance to win a free ticket!

Wacom Tablets for Photographers with Wes Maggio
Looking to get the most out of your Wacom pen tablet, or just wondering what benefits a tablet can bring to your photography workflow? Then join Wes Maggio, Senior Evangelist for Creative Products at Wacom, for an in-depth look at how a pen tablet can help you bring out the best in your images and do it more efficiently than any other input device. A pen tablet provides a level of control that is just not possible to obtain with a mouse or trackpad. In this class Wes carefully explains the principles behind pen input and pressure sensitivity, then walks you through a series of practical photographic examples that demonstrates the strengths of a tablet workflow. Along the way you will learn how to customize the settings to fit your needs, how to take advantage of multi-touch input and functions, how to use a tablet in a dual-display environment, and what to consider when choosing the right tablet for your workflow.

Leave a comment for your chance to watch this class for free!

Motion Graphics in Photoshop CC with Corey Barker
This class with Corey Barker gets you up and running with creating motion graphics and video clips entirely in Photoshop using the newly enhanced timeline panel and keyframe based animation. Learn quick and easy tricks to getting high-end broadcast style motion graphics and animations including animating in 3D!

Leave a comment for your chance to watch this class for free!

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

Shoot Like A Pro with Scott Kelby
Sept 26 – Houston, TX (Tomorrow!)
Oct 1 – Orlando, FL
Oct 10 – Westminster, London, UK
Oct 17 – Charlotte, NC
Dec 1 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL

The Power of One Flash with Joe McNally
Sept 24 – Cleveland, OH
Nov 6 – Washington, DC
Dec 9 – San Diego, CA

The Lightroom LIVE Tour with Matt Kloskowski
Sept 29 – Livonia, MI
Oct 22 – Colorado Springs, CO
Nov 4 – Philadelphia, PA
Dec 5 – San Antonio, TX

Photoshop for Photographers with RC Concepcion
Oct 20 – Chicago, IL
Nov 7 – Los Angeles, CA

The Photoshop Creativity Tour with Ben Willmore
Sept 22 – Arlington, TX
Oct 7 – Raleigh, NC
Nov 10 – Toronto, ON
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!

David Ziser Clearance Sale
David Ziser is having his FIRST EVER MASSIVE CLEARANCE SALE at the Digital Resource Center! Everything must go and is priced at 50 – 80% OFF! Books, DVDs, bundles, and more are available for the lowest prices they’ve ever set, so head on over and grab what you can before it’s all gone.

Last Week’s Winners
Shoot Like A Pro Seminar Ticket
- marco miliani

KelbyOne Live Ticket
- Chris Mc

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

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