Monthly Archives April 2009

....Hollywood Movie Poster designer, and Photoshop genius designer, Tom Opasinski. I first learned about Tom back when he was still living in Poland. He was a NAPP member and had been in touch with my brother Jeff (who used to be NAPP's Executive Director before he retired a few years back). Jeff showed me some of his work back then and I was wow'd. He had always told Jeff how he dreamed that one day he could come to a Photoshop World conference. Well, one day came, he did, and Tom walked away with a Guru Award to boot. The next time I heard about Tom he had moved to Los Angeles, and a little while later I heard he was designing Hollywood movie posters. Not bad, eh? Well, tomorrow I have to honor of sharing Tom's work with you, and I'm just tickled…

I finally got around to covering a question that I get asked so often from readers here on the blog, and that is: "What is the difference between off camera flash (like a Nikon SB-800 or SB-900, or a Canon 580 EXII), and a Studio Strobe?" If I have time, I sometimes answer people back with a direct email, but I've gotten this question so many times, I haven't been able to answer them all. So, I thought I'd put together an example to show you my typical response to the question, which is purely my own opinion on the subject. What I usually say is something along the lines of: "Whether you use a small off-camera flash, or a studio strobe, what you get is a bright flash of white light aiming toward your subject." I know that sounds pretty simplistic, but that's…

This weekend I flew up to Detroit to spend the weekend with my buddy Terry White, and to do a presentation for his Macintosh User Group, "MacGroup Detroit." (There's a funny story about the snacks you see above coming up in a moment). They are just an absolutely fantastic group to present to, and I can't imagine any group any where being more welcoming, fun, and gracious to a guest speaker than they are. It really spoils you (Photo above by Louis Levin). This year my presentation was on Retouching Portraits in Photoshop, and I had a full 90-minutes so I could really cover a lot of ground. Of course, you can't go up to Terry's and not have a blast, because Terry really rolls out the red carpet, but this time was even more special because Terry had recently completed adding on a…

On June 24-28, thirty photographers will join me, along with landscape photography legend Bill Fortney, and fine art photographer Joanne Wells, for a photography and digital imaging workshop in the beautiful surroundings of Savannah, Georgia that will change how you shoot and process your images forever. You're invited to be one of those thirty photographers. This workshop, produced by the wonderful folks over at the "Great American Photography Workshops," will combine on-location shoots each day, with classroom time focused on one topic; how to create stunning landscape images. We start each day with a dawn photo shoot at some of the most beautiful shooting locales in the entire South. Then, after we break for a yummy breakfast, we're in the classroom where you'll learn about digital photography, about processing your images in Photoshop, and about how to combine the two to create really captivating…

Before we discuss the photo above (and sadly yes, we will discuss), first: Come on; did that post from Ree yesterday just absolutely make you fall in love with her or what? She has such a warm, genuine realness to her writing that I just love (and by looking at the comments, you guys did too--posting 134 comments). I just loved her post, and the totally different outlook and perspective she brought to us yesterday, and I'm so delighted she agreed to be my special guest. Thank you Ree, and please consider me one of your biggest fans! :)  Now, onto the stuff: I'm your Boogie Man... ....That's what I am. Yes folks, that's me, in the dark brown three-piece suit, big open collar, gold chains, and sunglasses posing for a promo photo (circa 1982) for the band I was in at the time;…

My Very Favorite Photography Equipment

Photo by Bill Nygard

Hi, everyone! I’m Ree Drummond, also known as The Pioneer Woman. I’m so happy to be here on Scott Kelby’s blog. What am I doing here, anyway? Photographically speaking, I’m nothing but a punk.

But I’m here, and I might as well join in the fun. I’ve decided to call this post “My Very Favorite Photography Equipment” rather than “My Photography Equipment” for a reason. A very good reason. If I were to call it “My Photography Equipment” I’d have to show you ALL of my photography equipment. This means I’d have to lay all of my sins out in the open and come face-to-face with the reality of my addiction. This way, by simply showing you just a small handful of things I love, I can keep most of my sins packed away and hidden, and avoid admitting in this public forum that I have a problem.

It’s so much better this way.

As I repeatedly tell the cool folks who read the photography portion of my website, when it comes to photography there are approximately 1,986,334 people who know more than I do. I am no expert. On the contrary: I bought my first digital SLR camera—a Nikon D70—a mere three years ago this May. I took one lesson, then dove into the twisted, confusing, and wonderful labyrinth that is Photography. I’ve taken more bad shots than there are grains of sand in all the beaches of the world. But I’ve also taken a handful of photos that I’ve loved, and they’ve kept me going.

Nope, I’m no professional. This makes the fact that I’ve managed to convince myself that I really, really, really need this lens—or ooooh! THAT lens—even more hilarious. But still, I surge on.

What is it about lenses, anyway? Why do they suck us in? I think they emit some kind of addictive, invisible gas that renders us incapable of resisting.

Wait. Isn’t all gas invisible?

But I’m going to go with this gas theory: my penchant for buying lenses has nothing to do with my own excess or lack of control. I buy lenses because an invisible gas makes me do it.

But even if that weren’t the case, I have a backup rationalization: I hate shopping for clothes and shoes and purses and almost never do it. I also live on an isolated ranch and never go anywhere. So I’m actually saving money with this photography hobby if you really think about it.

Isn’t this nice? Scott Kelby invites me to write a guest post on his photography website and I totally blow it. So before he shows up and kicks me to the curb, let me show you my very favorite equipment as of April 15, 2009.

This is the stuff I can’t live without: