Friday
Oct
2014
24

My Football Game Day Shooting The UT Vols

by Scott Kelby  |  1 Comments

It’s taken me a while, but I finally got my football shots from the Vols/Gator’s game a few weeks back, posted over at Exposure.co.

I’ve got lots of behind-the-scenes shots, and the whole story behind the day, including shots inside the locker room; on-field during warm-ups, and of course during the game itself.

If you get a quick minute, I hope you’ll check them out (here’s the link).

I’m shooting the Bucs/Vikings NFL game on Sunday if I can shake this cold that’s hit me this week. Finger’s crossed ’cause it could be a great day of really mediocre football. ;-)

Here’s wishing you a super-awesome weekend!

Best,

-Scott 

Thursday
Oct
2014
23

It’s Free Stuff Thursday!

by Brad Moore  |  13 Comments

New KelbyOne Website and New Blog!
We have a brand new design on our website and it looks really sleek. But more importantly, it’s super easy to navigate and find the classes and instructors you are looking for. That’s over on KelbyOne.com AND, we have a brand new blog with all kinds of photography and photoshop related content. We have contributors from all over and all kinds of industry related news and info. Check that out over at kelbyone.com/blog

How To Shoot Tack Sharp Images with Matt Kloskowski
One of the most important skills for a photographer to master is how to capture the sharpest, most in-focus image possible when taking a photo. Join Matt Kloskowski as he takes you through all of the factors you need to consider in order to nail tack sharp photos every time. Matt covers everything from how to hold the camera correctly to how to leverage the features and functions of your camera to capture the sharpest images possible. Once you’ve got the shot, Matt takes you through a number of Lightroom and Photoshop techniques designed to make those sharply focused photos appear even sharper.

KelbyOne at Photo Plus Expo
KelbyOne will be at the Photo Plus Expo in NYC Oct 30-Nov 1. We’ll be at booth #473 and we’ll have some of our instructors on hand teaching and sharing some amazing tips. Scott Kelby and Matt Kloskowski will be around, Pete Collins will show you his amazing “photo spin” technique for some awesome kids portraits. Jay Maisel will be at the booth, along with Roberto Valenzuela, Peter Hurley, Brian Smith, Tamara Lackey… the whole gang. Please stop by and say hi! And, if you can’t make it to NYC for the show, be sure to check in on the blog for show updates throughout the Expo – KelbyOne.com/blog

Be sure to check out The University on Wednesday, October 29th at PhotoPlus Expo for a great overview of the newsest techniques in photography as well as some of the newest gear. Use the code: UNIVF and get admission to this special event for free.

Explore The University’s shooting bays for 45-minute interactive sessions by Lou Freeman, Jen Rozenbaum, Peter Hurley, and Lindsay Adler, who will focus on how to strengthen your shooting and posing techniques, and how to manage everything from speed lights to studio strobes. You’ll be handling and experimenting with some of the newest gear, all provided by The U’s official sponsors: B&H, Sigma & the MAC Group!

If you have a bit more time, be sure to check out PhotoPlus’s seminar offerings by perusing the Conference Brochure.

Create Your World The Photoshop World Image-Editing Challenge
From creative composites to beauty retouching, the Create Your World contest is looking for photographs that highlight your world through your eyes. Use Photoshop to enhance natural beauty or create the environment of your dreams.

One Grand Prize winner will receive a $2,500 cash prize, a 1-Year KelbyOne subscription, a $500 Gift Card to B&H Photo, a Full Conference Pass and a Pro Pass Plus to the 2015 Photoshop World Conference in Las Vegas, NV. Five First Place winners will receive a $500 Gift Card to B&H Photo, a 1-Year KelbyOne subscription, and a Full Conference Pass to the 2015 Photoshop World Conference in Las Vegas, NV.

For more information go to CreateYourWorldChallenge.com

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
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
Nov 4 – Philadelphia, PA
Dec 5 – San Antonio, TX

Photoshop for Photographers with RC Concepcion
Nov 7 – Los Angeles, CA

The Photoshop Creativity Tour with Ben Willmore
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!

40% Off Tutorials from Serge Ramelli
This week only, our buddy and well-known French photographer and Photoshop instructor Serge Ramelli is offering 40% off his tutorial downloads! He has courses that include commercial still life photography, landscape and sky post processing, black and white photography, Lightroom presets, Photoshop retouching and more! Head over to PhotoSerge.com and fill up your cart, then enter the promo code KELBYOCT at checkout to get your 40% off through the end of the month!

Last Week’s Winner
KelbyOne Live Ticket
- Scott J

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

Wednesday
Oct
2014
22

It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Alan Hess!

by Brad Moore  |  16 Comments


Photo by Nadra Farina-Hess

My name is Alan Hess and I love being a photographer. I am really lucky that I get to photograph things for a living. As the house photographer for a large indoor arena in San Diego I get to capture some of the biggest names in music like Cher, The Who, Taylor Swift, Justin Beiber, as well as other events like the NBA, MMA, and the WWE. This year we will also have a Professional Bull Rider event. But even with the wide variety of events I get to shoot, once in a while I still find myself in a creative rut. That’s where personal projects come in.

For me, that is taking photos of my dogs.

I have two rescued boxers. They make for great subjects for a couple of reasons. They are always available since they live with me. They have distinct personalities that makes photographing them more fun (or challenging). And best of all they never want to see the photos, and never complain that they don’t look good. On the downside, they don’t have a great attention span and can easily wonder off in the middle of the shoot, and getting them to pose can be challenging.

I started off by just trying to get a portrait shot to use as a wallpaper on my iPhone, which led to experimenting with lighting and learning how to create the invisible black background portraits. This led to creating the Fuel Book, Pet Portraits that Stand Out. This Fuel Book led to my newest full book, Pet Portraits: From Snapshots to Great Shots. This was the most fun that I have ever had writing a book since it didn’t seem like work at all. I was able to take all that information I had accumulated while creating photos of my dogs and turn it into something that could help others get great photos of their pets.

First I want to tell you what this book isn’t. It isn’t a book on creating a pet photography business, or how to profit from taking photos of people’s pets. This book is not about having to go out and spend a lot of money on special gear. It is just about getting better photos of your pet, or any pet. I photographed dogs, cats, birds, horses, lizards, snakes, fish, hamsters, mice, rats, and bunny rabbits. I spent time at leash free areas getting to capture dogs in action as they ran, jumped and played with other dogs. I got nudged by horses and had a lizard climb all over my gear. I spent time with an exotic pet vet, and even though I did not cover spiders as pets in the book, I ended up with a tarantula crawling on my hands.

It was the most fun I have had writing a book.

I spent some time photographing big dogs at play. I find it fascinating what you can capture at 1/4000 second that you don’t see when watching the action in real time. These dogs are playing together on the beach, but if you just saw the fangs you might think that it wasn’t a friendly encounter.

Getting to lie in the grass and photograph a group of puppies the first time they got to roam around outside is a great way to spend a morning.

I wanted to make sure that the book dealt with all pets, and not just dogs and cats. So I tracked down a wide variety of different pet owners and rescue groups. The best part was that pet owners and rescue group volunteers are really passionate. The passion that they have for their pets is really contagious. Need a little pick-me-up? Ask a pet owner about what their pet did recently. I learned more about snakes, frogs, mice, birds and lizards in the past few months than I thought possible. Every photo shoot was a new adventure.

I spent quite a bit of time photographing cats as they are the second most popular pet in the US, right behind dogs. Cats turned out to be both easier in some respects and much more challenging in others. They love to stand in doorways and look out. Turns out that this makes for great portrait light.

It was tough to think of it as work as I lay outside watching a friend’s cat stalk his cat toy. A tough day at work.

Photographing cats became an exercise in patience. Cats can sit still for what seem like hours, then suddenly leap into action… or just stretch out and go right to sleep.

Getting up close and personal with a horse was really quite awesome. I was in constant awe of their power and size. Watching the muscles under their coat as the walk and run was fantastic, and getting to photograph them up close was really amazing.

On a final note, I used to think that personal projects were just a time suck. When was I supposed to go out and shoot stuff just for me and at the same time try to earn a living. There just didn’t seem like enough of a payoff to spend the time shooting for myself when I could be out trying to earn a living. It got to the point where I didn’t pick up my camera unless I was off to shoot something for a job…

I was wrong.

Turns out that taking the time to go out and photograph something just for me not only recharges the creative side but can lead to other work.

You can pick up your copy of the Pet Photography: From Snapshots to Great Shots from Peachpit (use the code PETSHOTS to save 35%), Amazon, or Barnes & Noble.

You can find out more about Alan and his work at AlanHessPhotography.com, and follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

Tuesday
Oct
2014
21

I’m Calling in Sick (cough, cough)

by Scott Kelby  |  16 Comments

I had hoped to have some meaningful, substantive post for this morning, but when I got home last light, I realized a cold was coming on, so instead of writing that awesome post I hit the sack early thinking a good night’s sleep would knock it out. Sadly, that was not the case so I’m kind of laying low today for the most part.

Hoping to be better for tomorrow’s episode of “The Grid” because Dave Black is here, and we’re doing Blind Critiques, so my fingers are crossed but long story short, blah, blah, blah, I don’t have that good blog post for today like I had hoped.

Here’s hoping your Tuesday is a germ-free, non-congested, clear sinus kind of day! :)

Best,

-Scott
Cough, Cough, Inc.

 

Monday
Oct
2014
20

Yes…it’s come down to this…

by Scott Kelby  |  31 Comments

You know if the Monday after the game I post a Demotivational Poster, I probably didn’t have a great shoot. I know that generally as the season progresses you’re supposed to get better and better,right? And I was really feeling like I was “in the zone” two weeks ago at the Falcons/Giants game at the Meadlowlands, but dang I just do not know what happened yesterday but I just had a real clunker!

It seemed like I was always in the wrong position, and I missed some stuff I definitely should have caught, and I was just generally to the point that I wanted to chuck my gear in the trash bin on my way out of the stadium. I didn’t, mind you. But I wanted to.

Now, don’t get me wrong — I still had a blast
Any time I get to shoot with my buddies Mike Benford and Jimmy Cribb from the Falcons, I always have a great time, but at the same time I always want to do my very best when I’m shooting for a team or a news wire (or heck, even just for myself), so I was kicking myself all the way to the airport (by the way, I think one thing I did do was prove my undying love for Delta by leaving the game around 4pm and not arriving back home until after midnight. After flying USAir to Charlotte last week, I came running back to Delta screaming, “Please, please take me back! I’ll do a connection in Atlanta — anything — just don’t make me fly USAir again!”).

Above: In the fourth quarter I went up high to get some quick Fisheye and 16mm wide angle shots. 

Above: Raven’s QB Joe Flacco looking up at me and thinking “Hey, that photographer up there is using an 8mm fisheye.”

A Mini-Momentous Occasion

Two unusual things happened during this game:

(1) It was a Sunday during the football season and the Bucs did not lose (it was their ‘bye’ week).
(2) It was my first time shooting the Ravens, and until yesterday they were the only team in the NFL that I hadn’t shot yet, so I was psyched to now have shot all 32 teams (plus, it’s always a blast to shoot in a different stadium). Still about 12 NFL stadiums I haven’t shot in yet, My top most-wanted stadiums to shoot in are; Lambeau Field (Green Bay), Seattle, the 49ers new stadium and Foxborough.

I was back using my 1Dxs this week, since I had to send the 7D Mark IIs back, and I shot with the 200-400mm f/4 with the built-in 1.4 tele. On my 2nd body I used a 70-200mm, except when I went up top for those stadium shots.

Anyway, I’m on my flight back home right now (got to go with the family to Disney World on Saturday, so this was just an awesome weekend all the way around), but I’m back in the saddle and back in the office tomorrow.

Here’s what’s coming up this week:

Tomorrow: Something, I’m sure. Not quite sure what yet. I’m open to ideas. Maybe an Exposure Post on my Vols shoot if I can get it done in time (I’m about 75% done).
Wednesday: Dave Black is in town and we’re doing blind photo critiques on ‘The Grid.” Check my Facebook page later for a link. Of course, we’ll have a cool guest blogger on Wednesday as well.
Thursday: Brad will be giving any free stuff here on the blog. Probably stuff he’s not authorized to give away. We also release new classes every Thursday at KelbyOne.com, so they’ll be one or two for sure.
Friday: I’m keeping my fingers crossed about sharing some new technology on Friday, but it’s iPad related and believe it or not, I left my iPad in London (luckily, Dave Clayton found it in one of his bags — long story, changing trains, blah, blah), anyway Fed Ex has made me getting my own iPad require an act of Parliament, but hopefully I’ll have it in time for this cool new thing by Friday.

Hey, have you met Ajna?
She is our official “Dutchess of Social Media” and she’s awesome! If you’re not following her (she runs our KelbyOne twitter and Facebook page), ya know, you really oughta. She’s always posting behind the scenes photos, and running contests and giveaways and stuff, and she probably knows more about what’s actually happening tomorrow than I do (clearly), so give her a follow if you will.

That’s it for this “I’m at 33,000 feet” edition of my Monday blog, featuring a demotivational poster and a dash of selective color. This is the kind of stuff that just starts your Monday off with a sigh. I mean, a bang! I meant bang.

Best,

-Scott
Faithful Delta Customer, Accidental Selective Color Guru, Mad at Fed Ex in the UK guy 

 

 

Friday
Oct
2014
17

Way Cool Little-Known Lightroom Mobile Feature (Plus Lots of Photo Walk Stuff)

by Scott Kelby  |  5 Comments

If you missed “The Grid” this week, we started right off with a short tutorial on a little-known feature in Lightroom Mobile that is just too cool (we start the show, posted above, with the demo), and then after the demo I talk about how at the Adobe Max conference last week they added one new thing that made it tremendously better. Really worth checking out.

We also cover lots of Worldwide Photo Walk stuff, and the fact that my buddy Bill Fortney just launched a new series of eBooks on a bunch of photography categories, and we take lots of questions and (wait for it…wait for it…) we even ended the show on time and that alone is somewhat of a miracle.

I’m here in Charlotte, North Carolina today for my “Shoot like a Pro” seminar, and I’m really looking forward to meeting a whole bunch of you  (thanks so much for the awesome turnout Charlotte!). Hope you all have a rockin’ weekend, and we’ll see you back here on Monday, or this weekend over on my Facebook and Twitter pages.

Best,

-Scott

 

 

 

 

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