Hey, I'm Courtney and I'm a commercial beauty photographer located in Los Angeles. I was pretty excited when Brad asked me to do a guest blog, simply because I respect the Kelby Blog and its audience so much. A bit about me: I'm originally from The Detroit Suburbs. I started my photo business in 2004, in Pontiac, Michigan. After about two years of fighting my way in a small competitive market, I set my eyes on a bigger prize. I had to move to a bigger market! NYC or LA? My sole determining factor of choosing LA, was its zillion sunny days and lack of snow. I know SO many of you feel me on this. Now I've been in LA for nearly 9 years and I've fine-tuned my studio down to one genre: I shoot beauty editorials, campaigns and e-comm for health and…
Enter my world cautiously, for all is not what it seems, and behind every image, there is always more than a single truth. Weâ€™re living in a world consumed by fear of the truthâ€”but is there really such a thing as â€œthe truthâ€ anymoreâ€”especially in visual terms? It is fear of the unknown that causes people to judge and criticizeâ€”fear of an illusion created by our own experiences and teachings. One individualâ€™s perspective may not be the same as anotherâ€™s,Â because we process and interpret visual stimuli in a variety of ways. Thus, what is reality, if not a collection of diverse perspectives?
Now that Iâ€™ve got the exposition out of the way, allow me to introduce myself. My name is Gisela Calitz, and I like to create worlds that viewers can explore, fantasy realms whereâ€”even if just for a fraction of a single secondâ€”everything is perfect. These ethereal worlds are my personal attempts at escapism, snippets and daydreams, where anything and everything is possible and dreams can become realities (even if just in print). Sometimes, I find there are surprising amounts of people who share my love for these ethereal fantasies, which is why I do what I do. So, I guess the logical question from here would be, what exactly do I do?
Iâ€™m a high fashion advertising and editorial retoucher. Generally, we make a lot less money than our everyday advertising counterparts, but I guess if I were in it for the money I wouldâ€™ve been a doctor, or a lawyer. Case closed. I fell in love with the industry at an early stage in my life and have not looked back since. I thrive on working with people who are stimulated by fantasy and all things whimsical in nature, and I strive to highlight these elements in everything I do. Sometimes, I get lost in an ocean of colour and light; sometimes my work feels like a lucid dream, and I donâ€™t want to wake up.
Now, Iâ€™ve come to a point in my career where Iâ€™ve embraced the parallel between what I do to make a living and how I live life. Like life, the journey of an image through various editing suites (whichever they may be), involves a series of choices, each of which has its own set of consequences. And just like life, these choices need to be approached with a certain degree of forethought and caution. In the end, tools like Photoshop and Lightroom are just that: tools. But itâ€™s the human on the other end of these tools that is instrumental in the progression and, eventually, the execution of a quality image. Iâ€™m that human on the other side.
In Photoshop, as in life, there are a myriad of approaches at your disposal.Â There are technical retouchers and artistic retouchers, just like there are doctors and surgeons. Sure, they may use some of the same tools, but the end results are often vastly different.Â In my line of work, experimentation is crucial in discovering the ideal creative process. Thatâ€™s why Iâ€™ve spent a large deal of my life experimenting. Iâ€™ve chosen to do things my own way, opting for a totally unique routeâ€”the road less travelled, so to speak. The resultsâ€¦ well, I think they speak for themselves really.
It all began a few years ago when I was studying design and working as model. I approached a photographer I admired to do a design project on his work. No holding back. We began collaborating on more projects, and so my love for retouching blossomed. From there, it developed so rapidly it consumed me entirely.
â€œIâ€™ve seen the birth of three amazing boys. I married the perfect woman. Iâ€™ve been around the world, a few times. Iâ€™ve climbed mountains. Iâ€™ve failed. Iâ€™ve won. Iâ€™ve lost. Iâ€™ve fought. Iâ€™ve followed. Iâ€™ve lead. All with a camera in hand. With a love of adventure and process, Iâ€™ll embark.â€œ -Corey Lack Wow, what an honor. Thank you to Scott Kelby for the opportunity, thank you Brad Moore for asking me, and thank you Myles for connecting the dots. Iâ€™ll try and keep my thoughts in the fairway and out of the sand traps as I drive these ideas home. With so many different styles of photographers reading this blog I thought Iâ€™d talk about something Iâ€™m passionate about and see if it will resonate with you. So here we go. FORE! I used to think but now I know... - Bob Goff…
Firstly thanks to Scott and Brad for the opportunity, and also thanks to Glyn Dewis for introducing me. Hi Everyone, My names James Hole,Â Iâ€™m from Brighton, UK and Iâ€™ve been given the wonderful opportunity to guest post on Scottâ€™s blog today. I began my journey in photography at the end of 2012, when a friend asked me to take a couple of DJ promo shots for him. I didnâ€™t really know anything about photographing people or using and shaping light. So I chucked a speed light (I bought on eBay that same week) on a light stand armed with a snoot fashioned from a bunch of drinking straws, I watched a couple of YouTube videos and believe it or not the shoot actually went ok. I clearly remember that moment when I began looking at everything differently, realising that I wasnâ€™t limited to just…