Monthly Archives November 2011

(Above: You can go to and see tons of shots with a receiver catching the ball in the end zone for a touchdown [boring], but how many times do you see a new fresh style, where the focus isn’t on catching the ball, or even seeing the ball, but instead the focus is on that icon of football—the goal post. This is the kind of fresh, brash images I was capturing all game. If I had to use one word to describe it: “Magic.” I was so in ‘the zone.” ;-)

Not every shot I took was a shot of the goal post. I actually had some where you could see the ball, and I can tell you without reservation, that they are pretty darn unimpressive. In fact, I spent four quarters creating some of the most average, uninspired, and down right yawners you’ve ever seen. I don’t know what happened. I’m bummed because I went into this game really thinking I was going to have a great shoot. We had perfect weather, a beautiful stadium, total access, and yet I missed so many shots, and was in the wrong position for some many plays, that I’m just sick about it.

(Above: Here’s one where you can see the ball, and it doesn’t bother me one bit that it’s partially obscured by the ref walking into my shot. In fact, I think it adds an artsy feel to the image—one that I believe is lacking in so many NFL shots these days. In fact, I think their sharp, crisp, clear photos are just a crutch these photographers use and their clarity just further exposes the lack of referee engagement in their images. It’s sad).

(Above: X-marks the spot, and clearly that is exactly where I was focusing. The real story is the headless guy in dark blue off the field on the right side. How does he keep his job with no visible head whatsoever? That, my friends, is the story. The rest are just blurry players on a football field). 

I actually did get a few decent shots despite myself, which I’ll share tomorrow, but it’s late and I’ve got an early flight home in the morning, so I’m hitting the sack, but at least I got to share a few of my “magic moments” here with you tomorrow. More to come tomorrow —- though some will be a little less “magic” than these.

At the request of a bunch of leaders, we have officially EXTENDED the leader upload deadline to this Sunday Night at 12:00 am EDT. So, if you led a photo walk as part of my 4th annual Worldwide Photo Walk, then the deadline for getting your entries in to me for judging is now….Sunday at 12:00 am Midnight EDT. 

I’ll be choosing a winner, and 10 finalists from leaders around the world on November 11, 2011. The winner will receive their choice of either a Full Conference Pass to the Photoshop World Conference & Expo or a 1-year Online Subscription, a one-year NAPP membership, and the Full Library of Kelby Books. The 10 Finalists will all receive a 1-year NAPP membership and subscription to Photoshop User magazine.

Here’s how to enter: Simply log in to your leader account at and go to your Photo Walk page. There you’ll find a yellow box with instructions for submitting your best photo to the Leader Contest.

Good luck to all the leaders around the world, and I’m really looking forward to seeing all your entries. :)

Hey gang, Brad Moore here with the latest goings-on!

Jeremy Cowart on The Grid
On Thursday, November 17, we will be airing a special edition of The Grid featuring Jeremy Cowart. Jeremy will join Scott on the show to talk about Help-Portrait, the movement that began a few years ago which gives photographers the opportunity to give back to their community. This year’s event will take place December 10, and you can find all the info on how to be part of it over at!

Kelby Training Live
Here are the upcoming dates for all of the Kelby Training Live seminars. Come out and see us!

Light It. Shoot It. Retouch It. Live! with Scott Kelby
Nov 14: S. San Francisco
Nov 21: Seattle
Dec 2: Washington DC

Lightroom 3 Live Tour with Matt Kloskowski
Nov 7: Arlington
Dec 1: Philadelphia

The Photographer’s Photoshop CS5 Power User with Dave Cross
Nov 9: Chicago
Nov 15: New York City
Nov 16: Toronto
Nov 30: San Diego
Dec 7: Jacksonville

Photography & Photoshop CS5: From Focus to Finished with Ben Willmore
Dec 5: Ft. Lauderdale
We’ve got two brand new classes up on this week. First is the highly anticipated followup to Syl Arena’s first course, Working with Speedlites: Multiple Flash Photography! Syl heads into advanced territory and helps you get the most out of using more than one Canon speedlite.

Next up is Matt Kloskowski’s Lightroom 3 Creative Presets. Matt takes you through all the steps to set up killer presets to get different looks for your photos and speed up your workflow at the same time.

11-11-11 Sale from NAPP &!
We’ve got some amazing deals for this once in a lifetime date… Deals so good you may never see them again (well at least not until 12-12-12). Save on books, DVDs, bundles, NAPP memberships and Photoshop World right here!

Peachpit Celebrates 25 Years!
Our friends over at Peachpit Press (Scott’s book publisher) are celebrating 25 years, and passing on lots of great deals to you to celebrate! Head on over to to check out the deals, and to see a video on their evolution as a company from the beginning till now.

Ben Willmore Workshops
Ben Willmore will be teaching all over the place during the next year! Check these dates to see if he’s coming to your neck of the woods, and head over to for all the workshop details.

Dec. 7-11  Los Osos, CA
Feb. 16-19  Death Valley National Park
Feb. 25-26  Honolulu, HI
May 10-13  Page, AZ
Jun 24-30  Iceland
Oct 4-7    Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta
Oct 18-21 Zion National Park

That’s it for today. I’ll leave you with this, via a tweet from @JeremyCowart. Enjoy :)

[Editor’s Note: Luanne recently attended the prestigious Eddie Adams Workshop, and when she returned told me all about it. Her excitement was so infectious, I asked her to share her experience with everyone here! -Brad]

The Eddie Adams Workshop

In photography we often set out to capture the Decisive Moment. That sliver of life where time seems to stop and every element of the frame just makes sense. The minute I stepped off the school bus and heard Kodachrome by Paul Simon playing over the loud speakers, and I saw photo greats clapping for me and 99 other selected students as I walked up the hill to the barn at the Eddie Adams Workshop, I knew I was living my Decisive Moment.

I had spent the last 5 years dreaming of the day. Wondering what it would feel like, what color team I’d be on, who I’d meet, what friends I’d make, and most importantly if being there in person would ever actually happen.

This was my last year of eligibility. This was my last chance. This was my year.

My lust for Barnstorm started back in college when I first learned of the four day intensive workshop that has become a staple in the photojournalism industry. The Eddie Adams Workshop, also known as EAW or Barnstorm, is a product of a dream that Eddie Adams had to create a place where young talent can be inspired and seasoned talent can give back. His dream, which became reality 24 years ago, has now effectively influenced 2400 students and countless veterans. For one week in October, incredible talent descends on the Adams’ family farm in upstate NY, at the base of the Catskills, for a time of inspiration, reflection and community.

Timing is a funny thing.

I remember vividly applying to the workshop in 2007 for the first time. I was still in college with a student newspaper portfolio that I thought would change the world. I had a good balance of sports photos, hard news, and even a cute story about a kindergarten chess champion. I figured I was a shoo-in. Sadly, I figured wrong.

In 2007 if you would have told me I wasn’t ready, I would have laughed at you. In 2008 I would have flashed my newspaper press badge to prove my status. In 2009 I would have told you that you were mistaken, because clearly, I’m running my own freelance business so I must be successful. In 2010 I might have said fine, because I’m moving to Israel anyway. Now in 2011, if you told me I still wasn’t ready, I might actually have agreed with you…

In 2011 I got accepted.

Looking back, I can’t imagine going to EAW at any other time in my life. About a year and a half ago I decided to throw my hands up and abandon everything I knew in Atlanta and move to the Middle East. At that time I didn’t know where exactly I was headed, but what I did know was that I needed out of where I was, and that I needed to get back to telling stories that had significance. From the minute I decided to go, life opened up for me.

This year I submitted my story from Israel on a Christian-run home for handicapped Muslim children in the West Bank as my application portfolio for EAW. I even wrote in my personal statement that this was me not trying to figure out what they wanted to see, but me showing them who I am. Thankfully it worked.

My time at the barn was life changing. It was a time where my photo heroes became my friends, and my big dreams got even bigger.

To start off the weekend, Eugene Richards spoke on the power of using our cameras as a tool to respond to life. He talked about the responsibility we have as photojournalists to act. And as if the bar wasn’t already set high just being there, he spoke right to me, literally, on the first night. I just so happened to be sitting in the front seat, at the front table, on night one when Eugene was speaking to the group. He literally was less than five feet from me, making eye contact, imparting wisdom and knowledge directly to me. I thought maybe I was just reading into it a little bit. I mean, after all I was sitting up front and the lights were off. But at the end of the evening when I went up to purchase his book, War Is Personal, I introduced myself and jokingly mentioned that I felt like he was talking right to me. He smiled and said that he was! He then took my book and signed it, “To Luanne at the Eddie Adams Workshop, So nice to talk to you.” It was game time.

The way the workshop breaks down is that there are 100 students divided into 10 teams that produce stories under the direction of industry leaders, editors, and producers. I had the privilege of being on the Bronze Team (what what.. represent!). We decided to go all Spinal Tap on EAW and crank it up to 11. Myself, along with 10 other students, worked together to tell stories of equality in Sullivan County.

I must admit I was a little nervous Friday night when I got my photo story assignment and it said “grumpy old man”. I don’t feel bad about calling him that, because he is a self proclaimed grump. So, here’s how it worked: I had two days to spend photographing with Mr. Eugene, a 91 year-old man who now lives alone on his farm in Sullivan county. Mixed in amongst my time spent with Eugene and at the barn were editing sessions, speakers, home cooked meals by photo gurus, an epic bonfire, portfolio reviews and amazing conversations. Notice, sleep is not included.

On Sunday afternoon each year there is a memorial service for Eddie, and six of his photographer friends from Vietnam. All students and veterans alike, quietly walk up the hill carrying a yellow balloon and a glass of champagne to an etched rock where friends lay down a sunflower in memory. It is a solemn time where all I can remember feeling is loss, hope, love, belonging and the wind.

This year’s memorial had an extra layer to it as Chris Hondros’s fiancée was there to honor Chris and Tim Hetherington, who we lost in Libya on assignment earlier this year. Being a photographer can sometimes be an isolating job. This memorial time and the people who surrounded me during it, made me feel a part of something so much bigger than myself. It made me feel like family.

At the end of the week, I didn’t want it to end. I felt so close to the people I had just met. When you share intensity and birth of dreams with someone, you are destined to be friends for life. All weekend I found myself running the words of Clay Patrick McBride through my head. He encouraged us when we felt frustrated or overwhelmed, to stop and ask ourselves “Where am I?” He proceeded to tell us to look down at our feet, and where we are standing, and enjoy our moment.

I am so grateful and honored to be apart of the XXIV generation of EAW family.

After a car pool back to Manhattan we were so exhausted that we decided to order Chinese food in true NYC fashion. What I found inside my fortune cookie were the perfect words to sum up the weekend: “One’s mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.” My mind, my heart, my dreams and my ambitions were stretched. I will never be the same.

To see Luanne’s full story on Eugene from EAW and other work visit You can also follow her on Twitter.

Photo by Alan Hess

That’s right, you get TWO guest blogs this week :)

Scott’s neck deep in a few different projects, so he asked if I would do a quick post and share a few shots from the last concert I shot. Luckily, the last time I shot, I had a double header and shot two shows on the same night.

First up was B©la Fleck & The Flecktones at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg, FL.

B©la Fleck, one of the world’s most innovative banjo players

Victor Wooten, regarded by many as one of the best bassists in the world

Roy “Future Man” Wooten (Victor’s brother) and his drumitar

Howard Levy, who returned to touring with The Flecktones last year, completing the original Flecktones lineup for the first time in 18 years

Victor Wooten & B©la Fleck

After The Flecktones show, I went down the road to State Theatre to photograph Underoath.

Spencer Chamberlain of Underoath

Since I didn’t get there at the beginning of the show, and this venue doesn’t have a barricade, I was shooting from/over the crowd.

Timothy McTague of Underoath

Christopher Dudley of Underoath

Spencer likes to whip his hair back and forth ;)

I was surprised that there wasn’t nearly as much moshing and body surfing at the Underoath show as there was at The Flecktones (kidding)!

All in all, it was a fun night at two completely opposite ends of the musical spectrum.

And, since we’re talking in twos today, I recently did a guest blog for my buddy Stanley Leary about the high we get from creating. You can check it out right here if you’re interested.

That’s it for today! Check back tomorrow for guest blog #2 :)