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Hey Gang, Brad here with yet another installment of Pimpy Thursday! Got LOTS of stuff today, so let's get to it... First off, I just want to thank the great folks over at Capture Integration for letting Scott and I try out the Phase One 645 DF and Leaf Aptus-II 80MP Digital Back. They rent gear too, so check them out! Another Day with Jay Maisel If you missed the live broadcast of Another Day with Jay Maisel on Monday night, the class is now available over at! How good is it? I was there for both the taping of the class AND the live broadcast, and I still got caught up watching it when I went to get the graphic at the top of this post! The HDR Book Rafael "RC" Concepcion's brand new book, The HDR Book, is now available! We…

Let me start by saying that I’ve never blogged.

In fact “Blog” was one of those odd words that seemed to creep into our social consciousness one day completely out of the blue. No one had ever heard of a Blog and then all of a sudden everybody had one. It reminded me of the word ‘scud”. Nobody had ever heard of a ‘scud’ missile and then one day everybody seemed to have one of those too.

My using the word scud as an analogy is really no coincidence because the meaning of the verb ‘scud’ is: to move fast in a straight line because or as if driven by the wind: “we lie watching the clouds scudding across the sky”.

This represents what Scott has been kind enough to let me blog to you about today; how the digital world has scudded into our lives and not only changed the images that we’re making, but completely changed the process by which we make them.

Next, I’d like to say that I am not a hippie. The fact that I’m writing this blog from a tiny cabin in Woodstock is a coincidence. I’ve lived in New York City for 29 years and never really been to Woodstock. I’m here for the weekend and it’s pouring rain, so how better to spend my time than to blog.

I’m not a hippie, but I do have one or two strongholds in my soul that were spawned by a kind of “hippieish” psychology referred to as “Gestalt” that was founded in Germany in 1912 but developed into a type of therapy used by the psychologist Fritz Pearls during the late 60’s in Northern California.

One of the cornerstones of Gestalt therapy is attempting to be truly present, to attempt to live in the ‘here and now’.

I recall this being something that was actually doable and a philosophy I tried to practice from time to time throughout my life with some success…up until several years ago.

But before I go on, here’s a very brief synopsis of my career for those of you unfamiliar with my work.

My Dad was a very good amateur photographer and he gave me his 35mm Pentax camera when I was ten or eleven. He let me take photos then edit them from a contact sheet using a loupe and a grease pencil to outline my crops. He went to great expense allowing me the chance to choose and emend how I saw.

My Mother and sister photographed by my Father in 1958

By high school I was taking pictures regularly, mostly for the yearbook. I applied to Art College and by the end of my third year had taken every photography class in the program, so I moved to New York.

It was 1982 and just as difficult to break into the industry then as it is now. After a few months of working for whoever would hire me a fortunate set of circumstances landed me inside Annie Leibovitz’s studio. I had no idea what I was doing so I started out loading film but over time learned the ropes and became her first assistant. I worked alongside Annie for three years.
In the two years that followed, I freelanced for several other top photographers including Robert Mapplethorpe and Steven Meisel.

When I ventured out on my own, my first assignment was to photograph a dance company. Those photos became the basis for my first portfolio. When I showed them to magazines they saw bodies in tights and promptly assigned me fitness stories to shoot. Which wasn’t so bad because those exercise pictures helped get me a job photographing a series of twenty books for Time/Life on health, nutrition and fitness. The fitness work led to taking beauty pictures, which led to photographing actresses, which led to photographing mostly celebrities, eventually resulting in what I do now, which is primarily magazine work, television advertising, and movie posters.

New York Magazine, 2006

ABC Family, Los Angeles, 2010

Buena Vista Pictures, Los Angeles, 2006

I still shoot dancers and have been working exclusively with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater since 1999.

Alvin Ailey Dancers, New York, 2006

That’s the shorthand version of my ten-year overnight success. Let’s return to the idea of “here and now.”

(This post contains minor PG-13 nudity/sexiness beyond this point. If you’re offended by such things, please don’t click “Read More.”)

For the first time ever, I'm taking one of my tours to Canada (my Light it, Shoot it, Retouch It Tour!), and then on to Europe. My first stops are in Canada: > Toronto, on July 6th > Calgary on July 21st > Vancouver on July 22nd Here's the link to sign up for my Canadian tour stops: Then it's on to Europe: > Cologne, Germany on August 10th (with Special Guest Calvin Hollywood) > Amsterdam, Netherlands on August 12th (with Special Guest Frank Doorhof) For Cologne & Amsterdam, use this link to sign up or get more details (note: all classes will be presented in English, and the workbooks will be in English as well). I hope I'll see you one of these cities for one of these tour dates. :-)

Hi Gang: Thanks to everybody who was a part of last night's very special event, the premiere of "Another Day with Jay Maisel" Here are just a few of the comments I received right after it aired live last night (with Jay here in the studio with us taking questions live): > Loved every min of the last 3 hrs spent with Jay Maisel & Scott Kelby...Thank You both so much. absolutely amazing and inspiring! Thank you Jay, great! > Thank you for an inspiring, insightful and goose-bumpy afternoon! You and Jay are amazing!!! > @ScottKelby who'd have thought you could top a day with Jay Maisel, fair play you managed it, great work guys! > Wow Scott! You and Jay really hit a home run, my hat is off to you, Jay and Adam for the great work! It was worth the wait!…

Hey gang, Brad here with a quick reminder about tonight's one-time-only free public showing of Another Day with Jay Maisel. We're kicking things off at 6:00pm Eastern (which is only hour away) over at We have Jay Maisel here in the studio answering your questions alongside Scott Kelby during the webcast. You can send in your questions via the Twitter hashtag #AskJay or on the live chat. You'll also want to tune in for info on a special $20 discount for annual subscriptions to Kelby Training! The discount will only be good between 6:00pm - 10:00pm Eastern tonight, and it's online only, so make sure you watch so you can take advantage of this very limited-time offer! And, just to follow up on some questions from Scott's blog post earlier today... The Phase One 645 DF and Leaf Aptus-II 80MP Digital Back Scott…

Last Wednesday, the day before my New York City seminar, I did a fashion shoot for an upcoming book project (it's one I haven't announced yet, but it's due to my editors in two weeks, so it's getting close to being wrapped up). I wanted a really cool location, so I contacted my buddy David Teng, a NYC-based photographer who has he's assisted me in a couple of shoots up there, and he turned me on to an absolutely incredible location called "The Metropolitan Building," just across the Queensboro bridge from Manhattan (link). We had the entire third floor, which was room after room of amazing walls, furniture, accessories, chairs, couches, chaise lounges, you name it. It was photography paradise! We had three professional models for the shoot (that's model Katy Beal above) , along with Hair stylist Chuck Olsen (above left), working with…