Monthly Archives April 2011

My publicity-shy wife, who was very hesitant when I wanted to share the story of her getting her private pilot’s license last month, was totally caught off guard when the largest pilot’s association (The AOPA) saw her story on my blog, and contacted her to see if she would be willing to let them do a story on her for AOPA Pilot magazine.

Of course, I really wanted her to do it, so I kind of nudged her along, until she said “OK.” (Luckily, she loves being an AOPA member, so it wasn’t a very hard sell). But when you’re hesitant to be out there like that, of course you know what happens right? That’s right—it winds up running on their Web site right on the home page! (as seen above). Although she’s not quite sure how to handle all the attention, I think it’s cool as anything (said the proud hubby!).

Here’s a link to the full story, along with photos (special thanks to Keri McDaniel for the shot of my wife singing for the story).

Hey gang, Brad here with lots of cool and kick-butt stuff (and probably lots of exclamation marks too)!

FREE Live Webcast with Scott Kelby & Matt Kloskowski
Today’s the day! Tune in at 3:00 pm Eastern this afternoon to catch Scott Kelby and Matt Kloskowski during their FREE live webcast on Scott’s new book, Professional Portrait Retouching Techniques for Photographers Using Photoshop.  They’ll be discussing some of Scott’s favorite retouching techniques from the book and answering your questions. You can sign up for the webcast over at

Scott Bourne just reviewed the book a few days ago over at, so you can head over there to see what he thinks about it!

Westcott Photoshop World Shootout Deadline
Not only is today the day, but so is tomorrow!
If you were at Photoshop World Orlando and took part in the Westcott Shootout Contest, tomorrow is the deadline to submit your images. Head on over to Flickr to submit your images for a chance to win some great gear from Westcott!

Kelby Training Live Seminars
Ben Willmore is bringing the Photography & Photoshop CS5: From Focus to Finished Tour to Livonia, MI on April 27 and Columbus, OH on April 29! You can get all the details and register over at

Datacolor Presents: How to Capture Color!
The Manfrotto School of Xcellence and Datacolor are teaming up to bring you a free webinar called How To Capture Color! It’s happening on Tuesday, April 19th from 2pm-3pm EDT, and you can get all the info right here.

From Idea to App: Creating iOS UI, Animations, and Gestures
Shawn Welch (the guy who designs and develops all of our iOS apps at Kelby Media Group), just published a new book with Peachpit called, From Idea to App: Creating iOS UI, Animations and Gestures, and teaches you what you need to know about iOS to design and/or develop apps for the iPhone and iPad.

Shawn wrote this book for designers who are interested in iOS, not just for a technical audience.  One of the reasons website designers in a non-technical role are able to work the way they do is because of an inherent knowledge of what is possible in web design — they know how websites should behave and how developers work. While From Idea to App teaches developers how to write better code, it also teaches designers what they need to know in order to design and communicate a user experience in iOS back to a developer.

You can pick up your copy from Amazon and Barnes &Noble.

Photoshop Remote for iPad
Speaking of Shawn, check out this Photoshop Remote iPad app he’s working on

It’s expected to release in May, and you can get all the details over at Shawn’s blog.

Want to know what’s new in Adobe’s CS5.5 update? Head on over to the NAPP website to check out some videos from Corey Barker showcasing the new apps developed for iPad and Photoshop users!

And don’t forget to scroll down on that page to take advantage of some killer this-week-only deals (like $20 off Scott Kelby’s books, $100 off Photoshop World Vegas registration, and more) from NAPP and Kelby Training. These offers expire tomorrow!

Above photo: © Greg Lawler

My name is Chris Orwig and I am a photographer and a teacher. While this post is about photography, my goal is not to help you take better pictures but to help you become more creative and alive. I hope to stir things up a bit with a few simple ideas, some pictures and quotes. Here’s to breaking out of our routines and to starting something new!

Photographers are an interesting bunch. We are different and diverse yet bound by a common desire to capture and captivate. The best photographers are those who have discovered the key to a full and vibrant life. It is the insight that comes from making photographs. For by doing this we discover that life’s small mysteries and moments can be magnified. Somehow we get more out of life with a camera in hand. When we take pictures, we see more clearly, we remember more deeply, and we live more fully.

Above photos: Jeff Johnson is an accomplished photographer, big wave surfer, mountain climber, skateboarder, and adventurer. He is not one to settle for the ordinary life.

I like things that are hand made—my young daughters’ drawings, pencil-written notes, and the old driftwood gate in our backyard. There is something special about those things that cannot be mass-produced. This interest is one of the reasons I make pictures. As photographers, we aren’t technicians who repeatedly follow the same steps. We create our own path. We are driven to create something that is one of a kind. We want to expresses our unique voice and vision. It is something we have to do. Taking pictures satisfies an internal thirst. It is an essential part of who we are. (more…)

After teaching more than 2,100 photographers in four cities, it’s time to take the show to the Big Apple, as my “Light It, Shoot It, Retouch It Tour” comes to New York City for its only New York stop this year (the shot above is from my Chicago tour stop last week. All photos by Jeff Leimbach). Here are the details:

When: Thursday, June 2nd
The Javits Center
$99 for the full day, including detailed step-by-step workbook.
>> Only $79 for NAPP members
Reserve Your Seat: Right Here.

The tour has sold out in every city so far, so if you want to join me for the day, I would grab your seat right away.

Above: That’s Brad Moore looking concerned between sessions, but then…Brad always looks concerned. Well, between sessions anyway.

Above: Brad is working the hair fan during one of the shoots. Notice how he’s looking away from our model, Stevie Lynn, so the fan is actually aiming at the neck of her bass guitar instead of her hair. Yes, it was that kind of day. ;-)

Anyway, I’m really excited about bringing the tour to New York, and I hope I’ll get to shake your hand in person on June 2nd at my seminar. See you there! :)

P.S. Don’t forget—if you’re not absolutely 100% head-over-heels in love with what you learn that day in my seminar, and for any reason you don’t think it totally kicks butt, we’ll refund your entire tuition right on the spot!

My new book, “Professional Portrait Retouching Techniques for Photographers,” just debuted at Photoshop World and I’ve had a lot of questions about the book, what it covers, and how it does it, so we’re hosting a retouching book shindig later this week.

You’re invited to join Matt and me for this free online webinar (a Web-seminar if you will), where I’ll be sharing some of my favorite techniques from the book, and I’ll be taking your questions about the book, and portrait retouching in general, live on the air.

When: This Thursday, April 14th at 3:00 pm EDT
Where: Click this link to register now for free

Be sure to register now for a chance to win some prizes and sign up for a reminder in the liveblog window to the right. Then, join us on the 14th at 3pm EST. See you there!

And if you haven’t already picked it up, you can order the book from Amazon, B&N, or Kelby Training right now (it’s in stock. Well, it was when I posted this anyway).