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  • Monthly Archives April 2010

    I'm bringing my "Photoshop for Digital Photographers" Tour to Atlanta on Friday, May 28th and I hope you can join me for the day. I haven't been to Atlanta in a few years (well, with a seminar anyway. I fly Delta, so it seems like I'm in Atlanta every other week), so I'm really looking forward to coming to town (and sneaking over to The Varsity for a greasy burger). We have limited seating, so if you want to come and learn all the latest stuff (I'll be adding in some CS5 stuff along the way), you can sign up  for just $99 for the full day, including the step-by-step workbook (NAPP members come for only $79). Here's the link with all the details. Hope I'll get to meet you in person in Atlanta.

    This weekend I had media passes to shoot the Sun n' Fun Fly-in, a wonderful air show that takes place each year in Lakeland, Florida (my hometown no less), and this time I got to shoot it with my buddy Bill Fortney from Nikon Professional Services and professional aviation photographer Jose Ramos (check out Jose's work here). It all started by setting my alarm to go off at 4:45 am on Saturday morning, and then driving to the airshow in Lakeland (about an hour or so away) to hook up with Bill to catch first light on the warbirds on display, and the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds sitting on the flight line, who would be doing demonstrations that afternoon and Sunday, and some A-10s and FA-18s (that's one seen above at dawn). It was a pretty cloudy morning, so we didn't get great light,…

    Last weekend, after my Chicago trip I headed up to Birmingham, Alabama with my close friend Dave Moser to shoot the Indy Grand Prix of Alabama. I was really excited because I had just shot the St. Pete Grand Prix a couple of weeks ago, and I wanted to take what I learned there and apply it to this shoot while it was all still fresh in my mind,  but as it turned out, I learned A LOT more at this Indy event, than shooting the St. Pete gig (more on that in a moment). (That's me directly above [photo by Dave Moser], in the yellow photographer's vest with the red headphones on for ear protection, taking the shot you see just above that, of race winner Helio Castroneves). Dave and I flew up on Saturday and hooked up with our buddies Jeff Rease…

    Hi Gang: Just a quickie: We've got Bryan O'Neil Hughes, Photoshop Product Manager, as a call-in guest on our 1:30 PM EDT free Photoshop CS5 Webinar, and he's going to be talking about Adobe's JDI (Just Do It) initiative to enhance and improve existing features in Photoshop to make our daily lives easier (and there are a TON of JDI's in CS5). Here's the link where you can watch us live, and we'll be taking your questions on the air. Also, please help us spread the word about today's show---everybody's invited---it's all free---and I hope to see you in our live Q&A forum where you can post questions. See you then! P.S. We're giving away another free upgrade to CS5 on today's show, so don't miss it!

    Hi everybody. :) After three days of doing two live Photoshop CS5 seminars a day with the NAPP crew, and fielding thousands of questions from viewers, I wanted to address a few of them here, but I also wanted to address one upgrade topic in particular, that's starting to wear on me a bit. Here goes: Q. I just got Photoshop CS4----how can Adobe already be bringing out CS5? A. Adobe released Photoshop CS4 back in September of 2008. It's April of 2010. Q. Yeah, but I just bought it recently. A. Why'd you wait so long? Q. I dunno. A. Neither do I. I know you want to blame Adobe, but the fact that you waited this long isn't Adobe's fault. Q. I know. But it seems like CS4 just came out. A. That's because you waited so long to upgrade. But I…

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    Photo by Dale Zanine

    I want to thank both Scott and Brad for the invitation to compose a blog entry for what I consider to be the most informative photography/creative blog on the web today. Scott is a true pioneer within the creative industry, and his site is always the one I look to for answers when I am lost. So, when Brad sent me an email asking me to guest blog, as many of you might imagine, I was about as jacked as I have ever been.

    Soon after, I began to realize the heavy burden of following in the footsteps of Joe McNally, Bill Frakes and all those photographers whose work I have on a pedestal so high I could not reach it if I were on a trip to the moon.

    All kidding aside, those that know me well will tell you that I have never been an out-front, in your face guy; I have always wanted my work to speak for itself, so if you have never heard of me or seen my work, no fear… After reading this Blog/Book, you will know why… I am Paul Abell, a relatively new photographer mostly known for sports photography.

    For the last several weeks, I have contemplated my approach and how I might present something different from those that have come before me, and once again, reality set in… What could I possibly share with you all that these amazing photographers have not already shared? Conclusion: I did not find a thing…

    Scott, thank you for thinking enough of me and the work that I have done to ask me to share it here. To those that are reading this, thank you for allowing me to share my work and story with you… Most of all, best of luck in all live and all your creative endeavors.

    MY PATH TO PHOTOGRAPHY

    My journey as a photographer is more than likely different than most photographers. It began just eight years ago, this April, while working as a graphic designer for an arenafootball2 (af2) team named the Macon Knights.

    Today, the Knights are no longer a team in operation, but I credit their ownership for giving me every opportunity to succeed at the highest level.

    In 2003, I had the opportunity to work with multi-talented, award-wining creative director, Kurt Tausche. Over his career, Kurt has won more than 500 national & international awards, and he was brought in by the Knights to help create a sports brand second to none in any level of professional sports.

    Kurt and I hit it off from the start, and I credit him for taking the time to work with such an unknown photographer; Looking back, I am not sure how we accomplished so much, but I credit the final award-winning productions to his abilities as a national, award-wining creative director. With all of Kurt’s award-winning projects, he could have easily refused to work with me, but for whatever reasons he did not, and I was awarded the opportunity to work alongside one of the top creative directors in the advertising industry.

    Over my 5 years with the Knights, I worked on and produced over 30 award winning designs & photographs, taking home photo of the year 2 times, Media guide of the year 5 years, as well as numerous other local Best of Show, Gold & Silver ADDY Awards.

    SAMPLE DESIGN: 2003 Macon Knights Pocket Schedule, design & photo by Paul Abell

    This was one of the award-winning designs I produced shortly after beginning my work with Kurt Tausche. Prior to the season, Kurt and I scheduled a photo shoot with many of the Knights’ players. The image seen in the design is of Knights’ fullback Byron Douzart. Our lighting was even and flat, as is was all I knew how to do… For the session, we used

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