Monthly Archives December 2009

The 2nd online class in my three-part series called "Light it, Shoot it, Retouch it" went up live last week at Kelby Training Online, and this one shows how to shoot and retouch a beauty-style headshot like the one you see below left (in-house we call it the "Oil of Olay" look). I show how to create the exact same beauty-style head shot that I took which wound up being featured in FJ Westcott's 2009 lighting catalog (seen below), and you see the entire process from start-to-finish including setting up all the lighting, the shoot itself, and the retouching in Photoshop afterward. I just got incredible feedback from the first one in this series, and I hope you'll give this 2nd one a look now that it's live. Here's a link to the online class.

OK gang, two quick things: (1) You know my new strict rule; if a company offers us (you, me, my readers, etc.) a "This Weekend Only" deal, it has to be a real killer deal, and it has to be exclusive to the readers of this blog (not just another regular discount they offer just anybody). (2) I'm only letting companies offer these deal if I know them, and think their products rock (even though I know that his somewhat limits how many companies I'll be able to get to do deal for you like this). This week's deal has both: an exclusive deal, never offered before, on a kick-butt product. The deal is on a group of six Photoshop plug-ins called the "Topaz Photoshop Bundle." The star product in this bundle (in my mind anyway) is Topaz Adjust---which I featured in my Gonzo…

Earlier this year I was lucky enough to get a media pass to shoot Tiger Woods during the Tavistock Cup golf tournament, and after I posted some of the shots from the day here on my blog, a friend asked if I might send him a couple of prints of his favorite shots from the bunch. I used to send him two framed prints, and I'm honored that they've been hanging on the wall of his office ever since. Yesterday I got an email from him, and the subject Line read: "Moral Dilemma." He said he found Tiger's recent actions dishonorable to his wife and family, and he was so disappointed in him, and had lost such respect for Tiger's moral judgment, that he had taken the framed prints off his walls, and he wanted to know if  I wanted them returned or…

DISCLAIMER: The video I'm linking to below by Joey L. includes some adult themes, and definitely a naughty word or two. Really naughty. I'm talking "Broncos coach Josh McDaniels on NFL Network style naughty words." You've been warned--naughty-adulty-stuff (and beer) lie ahead: Famous photographer Joey L has created a very cute video called "Nikon Girl" and if you've got a couple of minutes, it'll put a smile on your face (plus, Joey L is actually a pretty decent rapper). Enjoy! Here's the link (just remember the disclaimer above).

I can't take credit for this one----one of my readers, Ed Loziuk, came up with this better way to hang your unframed, unmounted prints (remember when I showed those IKEA shelves in my office where I clip up my prints? Here's the link back to that article). Ed's ideas also comes from your local IKEA store (sadly it's not available for online order), but it's cheaper, thinner, better-looking, and it looks like it's easier to work with all the way around. There are two parts; a thin shelf, and custom-made clips. Here's how Ed describes them: "Ikea's kitchen department sells the "Asker" display rail (48" & 24") and clips for very reasonable prices. It takes about 5 minutes to put in a couple of screws and mount the rail and clips. The best thing is that it only sticks out about 3/4" from the…

Photo by Kelsey Foster

Howdy folks… Extremely humbled to be here.  Big thanks to Scott and Brad for giving me the stage.  Three-Act play here today… let’s get started.


Three short years ago I stood in a tiny restroom six stories above 31st Street & Park Avenue in Manhattan.  Buzzed from my 4th cup of crappy office coffee, I stared at my reflection for what seemed like hours. Did I really just leave my entire world behind, only to find myself in a supremely uninspiring job in an extremely lonely city?   Was this really what the rest of my life was destined to become?  Did I really believe that moving to New York City would ignite some long-lost passion I had buried somewhere?  I was three years out of business school, stuck in a boring finance job, in a new city with zero time to invest in my growing interest in photography.  I chuckled at myself, realizing I was staring back at a young man either a) on the verge of a serious life change or b) destined for