Monthly Archives February 2011

If you’re going to Photoshop World in Orlando, I hope you’ll check out one of my classes. I’m teaching four sessions in the conference track this year:

Wednesday: Portrait Retouching Techniques for Photographers
This all new class was inspired by my upcoming book (with a similar) name, and it’s especially aimed at photographers who do their own portrait retouching in Photoshop. It’s designed to help you: (a) determine exactly what needs to be retouched (b) how to do it quickly and efficiently and (c) how to keep detail and texture in everything you do for realistic looking retouches.

Thursday: Photoshop for Travel Photographers
Travel photography is one of my real passions, and I’m really excited about this session, which shows you how to make your travel photos look like you’ve always dreamed they would. I packed a lot of cool stuff in this class, and I honestly can’t wait to teach the class, because I think it’s going to help a lot of people. I love classes like this!

Thursday Afternoon: Blogging for Photographers
I hosted this panel at Photoshop World Las Vegas and it wound up being a bigger hit than I ever expected, so we’re bringing it to Orlando this year. I’m joined by some very successful bloggers who all share their insights and expertise and I hope you’ll stop by and check it out. There’s a lot of info here, including a lot of things I don’t see anybody talking about anywhere, and I really think you’ll get a lot out of it (and you’ll get totally inspired to start a blog of your own).

Friday: Lightroom Killer Tips
This is an updated version of my popular class on the Lightroom track. I learned a bunch of new stuff since last time, so I updated the class to add these new techniques, and this is another one of those classes that I can’t wait to teach. Man, I love Photoshop World! :)

Anyway, if you’re going, I’d love to see you in one of my sessions, so I hope you’ll drop by. If you haven’t planned on going, why not? Here’s the link—come and spend a few days taking your career, and your skills, up a big notch (warning: if you go even once, you’ll want to go every year. Ask anyone that’s been to one). See you in Orlando at the end of March!

Hi Gang: Just a really short one for today—I’m up late prepping for a new nationwide tour I’m about to launch called “Light it, Shoot it, Retouch it, Live!” and today (Monday) I’m doing a test run of the tour with a small (25 people) live audience in our studios down in Florida.

We invited 25 or so NAPP members to spend the day with me for free today as I do the entire seminar, start to finish, just for them. That way I can get their one-on-one feedback, ideas, and generally test and tweak everything out before we hit the road. I’ll have the official tour dates and cities shortly, but in the meantime I wanted to share something that I’ve been seeing more and more of, and it makes me think the camera or lens manufacturers are missing something in their instruction books.

(Above: iPhone photo of lens with the lens hood attached, like normal)

We were at Disney World this weekend celebrating my daughter’s 5th birthday, and time and time again I noticed photographers with really nice DSLR cameras, with long expensive lenses attached, but with the Len Hood on backwards (like you’d put it when storing it away in your camera bag—as seen in the photo below). I must have seen a dozen like that, yet they were shooting right out in broad daylight. Of course, my natural inclination is to say, “Um, you have that on backwards” but thankfully I just kept to myself.

(Above: photo of what I see again and again—lens hood Backwards while shooting)

The one time I did say something was when I was shooting a football game at my son’s school one week. I see another parent there always shooting the games with a 70-200mm lens, and yet his lens hood is always on backwards, even in the direct Florida sun. So, he and I were already chatting on the sidelines one day, and I casually said, “Is your lens hood messed up?” And he said “I dunno. It is working, right?” I loosened it; turned it around and put it on properly, and he was stunned. He told me he had never though to try that.

So, since I see this so often now, I’m wondering if the camera and lens manufacturers shouldn’t drop a sheet in the box with a line drawing that shows the sun, and the lens hood in place properly, and then a camera bag with the lens hood shown turned around for storage. Hey, it couldn’t hurt. Keep an eye out for this next time you’re on vacation, and you’ll be amazed how many times you’ll see it.

Well, I have to hit the sack tonight. I’ve got to rock that seminar tomorrow (although it’s so late, it’s already tomorrow)! Have a great Monday everybody. :)

In January you guys posted more than 1,700 Comments
I just went back and added up the number of comments posted by readers from Jan 3rd to Feb 1st, and it was a whopping 1,730 (although 1540 of those were from Ken Toney). ;-)  I was just astounded at the community you guys have built, and I want you to know that I read each and every one. Because I see your comments, I wanted to answer some of the questions I see popping up again and again that aren’t specific to that particular post. However, before I do I just wanted to thank you all for taking the time to share your comments, and especially to thank you for keeping your comments positive and making this a place where everybody’s treated with respect, and people don’t get flamed (or even lightly toasted).

(1) Q. Did you ever get your monopod replaced?
A. As it turns out, getting my monopod broken was the best thing that happened to me at that game. When I posted the story about Packer’s Quarterback Aaron Rodgers breaking my monopod during his touchdown dive (link), the folks at Really Right Stuff (the people who make my beloved BH-40 and BH-55 Ball Heads, which I cannot live without), graciously overnighted me their brand new, super-heavy duty MC-34 Carbon Fiber Monopod (shown above, on the Photoshop User TV set, where I’m telling the story—photo by Brad Moore), which is awesome! Incredibly well built (I’m not sure Rodgers could even take this one out), and it’s getting its first workout next week. That was truly cool of the Really Right Stuff crew.

Then, last Friday I got to speak at Manfrotto Distribution’s Annual Sales Meeting up in New York. They’re the folks behind a lot of the gear I use on a daily basis, including Elinchrom lighting, Lasto modifiers, Avenger stands, and (wait for it, wait for it), Gitzo tripods and monopods.

I’ve done presentations before in their tradeshow booth, but this time they had invited me to do a presentation to their distributors on how I use their gear in my own photography. So, I did a similar presentation to the one I do in their booth for the public, but then I ended with a quick portrait retouch (that’s me in mid retouch above—photo by Will Holowka), and then I ended with a short football photography slideshow.

After I was done, they presented me with not only a replacement for my broken Gitzo monopod, but the replacement was their upgraded model; the Gitzo GM3551 6X Caron Fiber Monopod, which is built like a tank. I don’t think a Packer’s lineman could take this puppy out. This all worked out much better than I could have ever hoped, because now not only do I have two awesome monopods, but I took the $220 Aaron Rodgers gave me, bought some whiskey, and went Honky Tonkin’. ;-)

(2) Q. Where’s the Kelby Training iPad App?
A. Every time I see that comment, which is now daily by the way, I cringe because I don’t have a decent answer. We have run into more hurdles with this project than you can imagine, and every time I think we’re a week away from releasing it, a new issue pops up in a different area. I can tell you we do have Beta versions in-house on our own iPads where we’re testing it, but there’s a reason it’s still in Beta—it’s not quite ready for release. This is one complex puppy, but once it’s lept over every hurdle, it’s going to be awesome. But until it is released, I’m in full cringe mode. Just know, it’s at the top of our list of projects, and I want it as badly as you guys do. Maybe more.

(3) Q. When’s the next Annual World Wide Photo Walk?
A. We haven’t picked the exact date again, but I imagine it will be approximately around the same time frame (late summer, so it’s really hot outside), but as soon as we nail down a date, I’ll be releasing that date here for sure.

(4) Q. When is the new Season of D-Town TV going to air?
A. OK, you have to keep this under wraps, but it’s been delayed a few weeks because we are launching an awesome new show in the next couple of weeks that I think you all will love. I can’t reveal all the details yet, but in the meantime it looks like D-Town TV will kick off its new season next week, but with some changes, which will be revealed in that first episode. It’s all good stuff, so stay tuned.

(5) Q. When is Jay Maisel’s new class going to be released? What about Jeremy Cowart’s 2nd class?
A. Good news: Jay’s class (which is incredible by the way) is almost out of editing, and should be up within just a few weeks. I am excited to tell you that Jeremy’s 2nd class is set to be released later today (his first class was one of our most-watched classes of the year, even though it didn’t come out until October). That’s Jeremy above, in a photo taken by RC yesterday at our studios where Jeremy was recording videos on how he does his Photoshop post-production. This is part of his upcoming online class where we went on location to Nashville to tape him doing an album cover shoot with a big name band. An amazing teaching opportunity from an amazing photographer and instructor.

(6) Q. When are you going to release an iPad App for “Photo Recipes, Part 2?”
A. The App is actually produced by my book’s Publisher, the fine folks over at Peachpit Press, and I imagine we’re probably just a few months away from its iPad release. I’ll let you guys know as soon as I hear anything concrete, but so far I haven’t heard a proposed ship date.

(7) Q. So Scott, are you shooting the SuperBowl?
A. Man, I wish. Unfortunately, I’ll be just watching the game at home, but luckily I’ll be surrounded by friends who all wish they were shooting it too, so we can drown our sorrows in yummy football food, while we scream at the TV (all wearing our Bears logo gear. We were so close!). Now, although Football season is just about officially over, I have a feeling it might be time for an NBA shoot this coming week. :-)

So, there you have it. Some quick answers to those lingering questions. Thanks again to everyone who posted comments and joined in the discussion this year. I love reading your comments, and commenting back when I have the chance. Have a great weekend everybody and we’ll see you here next week.

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To take advantage of this limited-time offer, just enter the discount code FEB15 during checkout.

While you’re there, also make sure you check out their sister site,!

And keep on reading for more pimpy :)

Hey gang, Brad here with the latest pimpy!

>> Photoshop World
Planning on coming to Photoshop World Orlando? Sign up by February 25 to take advantage of our Early Bird special and save $100 on registration!  Plus alumni save an extra $50 (unless your last name starts with “V” and ends with “anelli.”  Then we charge an extra $50 ;) ).

While you’re over at, make sure you scroll down to the bottom of the page and sign up for the PSW Newsletter. On February 9, we’ll send you the newsletter that has free Photoshop World downloads and the latest conference announcements and offers.

And we are ecstatic to announce the newest Photoshop World instructor, sports photographer Dave Black!  In his 30+ year career, he has photographed 12 Olympic Games, the Kentucky Derby, the Masters, NFL games and more for Sports Illustrated, Time, Newsweek, ESPN, etc. He’s also known for his creativity with Lightpainting, as well as his monthly “Workshop at the Ranch” tutorials.

>> Kelby Training Online
We’ve just posted three brand new classes from Joe McNally, Bill Fortney, and Moose Peterson this week!

In Accelerated Corporate Portraiture, Joe McNally shows exactly how he works through a day of corporate photography.  From managing people and locations to dealing with boardroom setups and lighting issues, he shows you how to make the client and their brand look their best.

Head up to Cades Cove in the Great Smoky Mountains on a cold winter’s day with Bill Fortney in his Intimate Landscape Photography course.  Bill describes the “intimate landscape” as a small part of the grand landscape.  He’ll show you how to focus on pieces of the scene to extract photographs from the overall scene, plus show you how he processes his images once he gets back to the office.

Moose is back with Romancing The Landscape, Part 2! Join him out in the southwest as he continues capturing the unique buttes, spires, and mesas in Monument Valley, then processing those images to create beautiful panoramas, HDR images, and black and white photos.

>> DVDs from Kelby Training
Scott Kelby’s Photo Recipes Live Behind the Scenes Vol. 2 has been bundled with his Light It. Shoot It. Retouch It. DVD for one low price! It’s like getting 4 DVDs and 1 book for the price of just the 3-disc set alone!

And Fay Sirkis just released her Master Brush Collection and the Master Background Collection DVDs in which she shows you how to create your own backgrounds and brushes that will help you transform your photos into painting masterpieces.

That’s it for today. Have a great Thursday!

First, I want to thank Scott for inviting me to be his guest blogger for the second time here at Photoshop Insider.  It’s always an honor and a pleasure to make his accommodation.  Also, let me say that today’s post in no way reflects the views of “this station.”  Today’s post is meant to be more than a social observation, but rather a revelation of what’s happening in the field of wedding photography today, why it happened, and what can wedding photographers do about it. It may seem to be a “Doom and Gloom” read but is not meant to be. It is meant rather to be an “eye opening” read that I hope shakes all sense of complacency from our bones, and fires us up to do something about the current state of affairs.

As I researched and wrote this post, I was amazed by the confluence of circumstances that have completely changed how most wedding photographers have done business for years.  Most amazing was the speed at which these confluences collided and changed things in just a matter of 24-36 months! And all these changes mean that we must do business in a brand new way if we wish to succeed.

This post is meant to be Part 1 of a two part post. The reason, as I continued my research and writing I was topping out over 2,900 words and I still had about 1,500 to go – whew!  So, although most of this post reads like “Doom and Gloom” for wedding photography, I scatter tiny rays of hope throughout. Part 2, to be entitled “Dreams and Opportunities” or something like that ;) , will point wedding photography readers towards concrete strategies about how to grow their wedding photography business stronger and better than ever!

I hope you enjoy today’s read in the social observation context in which it was written.  Read on if you dare….