Today is Veterans Day here in the US, and I wanted to take a moment to honor and thank the men and women who have served in our country's military, and who fought to defend the very freedoms we enjoy today.
America owes you a debt of gratitude for your service and sacrifice, and I just wanted to join in with a heartfelt thanks.
I love learning, and I actually feel like I’m picking up new stuff all the time, but Wednesday afternoon I really felt like a learned so much that it will change the way I make portraits from here on out. It happened during Joe McNally’s blind portrait lighting critiques during Wednesday’s episode of “The Grid.
He wasn’t critiquing my images.
What I learned wasn’t even about lighting.
If you’re wondering when the last time you really learned something new that made a real difference in your photography, it can be today, in one hour, with one amazing teacher, and it won’t even cost you a dime, but what you’ll learn from Joe is priceless.
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The Grid – Lighting Critiques with Joe McNally If you missed yesterday’s episode of The Grid, it’s one that you’re going to want to watch! Special guest Joe McNally joined Scott for a show focused solely on critiquing photographers’ lighting. Hearing Joe’s insight from his 30+ years of experience was incredibly eye-opening and thought provoking. The episode will be up at KelbyTV.com sometime today, as well as on the Kelby YouTube channel.
Hey Guys, RC here- wanted to thank Scott for letting me randomly come in and just share with you a couple of things that i’ve been up to, as well as some resources that I think you guys would really dig – in the event that you’ve missed them.
The Exclusive Look at the Profoto B1 500 AirTTL
I’ve been out traveling a bit more than normal (the shot above was something that I took while in Germany and the Czech Republic testing out the 41Megapixel Nokia phone), but that didnt stop me from making it out to the Photo Plus conference in New York. While there I was approached by the folks at Profoto and given an exclusive access to do a “First Look” video at their new battery powered light. I was grateful for the opportunity, and wanted to get as much information as I could into a bonus Photography Tips and Tricks episode. If you’re not familiar with my weekly podcast on this, make sure you click on this link to check it out.
Exposing HDR : Zombie Attack!
I love being able to find new and interesting ways to teach something. To that, I had been cooking up an idea for going through HDR in an urbex fashion, yet add another dimension to it. With the Halloween season, I figured it be a good idea to take this concept and add a splash of zombies to the mix, making “Exposing HDR”. It seems like people are really digging it – and Im thankful to all of you who have checked it out already. If you havent – make sure you go and see it here
Just Plain Love: A Bresson Documentary
A couple of weeks ago, I did an episode of The Grid with Pete Collins and Brad Moore talking about the importance of having a visual library of photography from which to build on your own work. In there, I had mentioned a free documentary that was on youtube from Henri Cartier Bresson called “Just Plain Love”. I thought this was a great shot in the inspirational arm for this morning and thought i’d reshare that.
I Got Gregory Heislers New Book and Love It!
While I was out at Photo Plus, I was able to take in a lecture and a live shoot with someone that I have on my top 3 list of inspirations for me – Gregory Heisler. Gregory is widely considered to be the master at the art of the Portrait – and he is one person that never disappoints in a talk. He has a new book out (thats been killing it, btw), and in NY his book release party was actually thrown by Mayor Bloomberg! I was fortunate enough to be in a spot where he was selling his book and got a signed copy of it – something I am personally very proud of. Just great stories and information on what it takes to really get down to the essence of making a portrait of someone, with some amazing photography in it (my fav shot right now has to be his OJ Simpson shot… wont spoil it). To check out the book, click on this link
Hopefully this has brought a little something for everyone, and giving you a quick taste of the things i’ve been up to. Again.. thanks for the opportunity. If you’d like to keep up with my antics, i’d suggest following me at http://www.aboutrc.com or at http://gplusrc.com
Rather than just In addition to posting 55 images and descriptions in the world’s longest blog post, last night Matt, RC and I did a video webcast to showcase and discuss some of the amazing images that just missed the final cut to be either finalists or the Grand Prize winner.
Best Shot Of A Kid On A Raft Calvin Alcala (Bacolod City, Philippines)
Best Shot Of A Leaf (or whatever it is) On Bars Marco Van Apeldoorn (Graveland, Netherlands)
Best Shot Of A Woman Wearing A Headband Looking Up Through Slats Amado Ill Reyes (Baguio City, Philippines)
Best Abstract Looking Shot Of Person Standing On A Cool Sidewalk Matthew Short (Chorlton-on-Medlock, Manchester, UK)
Best Shot Of A Laughing Guy Sitting On The Ground Arial Boral (Daraga, Bicol, Philippines)
Best Shot Of A Steering Wheel In A Classic Car In Sweden Martina Sjoberg (Eskilstuna Sverige, Sweden)
Best Shot Of A Flower Against The Sky That Looks Like A Painting Carol Eade (Ft. Lauderdale, Florida)
Best Shot Of A Dog That The Photographer Risked Their Life To Take Piotr Siemienas (Eblag, Poland)
Best Planet Of The Apes Looking Shot Kevin Miller (Fort Washington, Maryland)
Best Shot Of A Cool Looking Thing With Great Color And A Nice Reflection John Roushkolb (Kansas City, Missouri)
Best Shot Of Construction Workers In The Sky Zenald Baclayon (Lungsod, Cebu, Gitnang Visaya, Philippines)
Best Shot Of An Upside Down Reflection Skyler Burt (Muscat, Oman)
Best Shot Of A Perfectly Lit Sleeping Fox AC Jacobs (Binghamton, New York)
Best Shot Of A Not Abstract Enough To Be Abstract Blue Building Slawek Lekacz (Birmington, UK)
Best Shot Of A Skateboarder Jumping Onto A Wall Cristina Ramirez (Brooklyn, New York)
Best Post Processing On A Shot Of An Arrow Sign And Power Lines Tracy Salava (Clay Center, Kansas)
Best Shot Of A Child With Bread Wessam Ghazy (Gazirat Ad Dahab, Giza, Egypt)
Best Symmetrical Shot Of A Bike Breaking The Rules Ruben Dario Sanchez (San Juan, Puerto Rico)
Best Shot Of Cool Looking Circular Stairs Lorenzo Montezemolo (San Francisco, California)
Best Shot Of A Reflection From Scott’s Walk In Rome That Turned Out Better Than He Thought It Would Marco Censoplano (Rome, Italy)
Best Shot Of Kids Playing Soccer Taken Through Two Rings David Sury (Prague, Czech Republic)
Best Shot Of A Photographer’s Reflection With Their Hand Up In The Air Michael Ishlove (Toronto, Canada)
Best Shot Of A Happy Guy Carrying Stuff Tamara Hernandez (Taboga, Panama)
Best Light Painting Shot Of A Tumbleweed Thing On Water Petra Ashment (Tooele, Utah)
Best Picture Of a Guy Smoking A Pipe With An Instagram-y Looking Feel Tsafrir Melamed (San Jose, California)
Best Shot Of People Staring At A Smoker Sitting On A Bench RafaÅ‚ BaszczyÅ„ski (Warszawa, Polska)
Best Shot Of A Girl Looking Out A Window Ricardo Sanchez (Buenos Aries, Argentina)
Best Shot Of A Shopping Cart Full Of Clocks Jarno Heikkinen (Jyv¤skyl¤, Finland)
Best Shot Of A Guy In A Shop From Our Favorite Call Of Duty Map Bartosz Kolonko (Kowloon, Hong Kong)
Best Really Dark Shot With Nice, Subtle Light Nikki Esteban (Nueva Ecija, Central Luzon, Philippines)
Best Timeless Looking Shot Of A Barber In Indonesia Donny Datulangi (Manado, North Sulawesi, Indonesia)
Best Shot Of People On Top Of A Train Station Nisa Paobunthorn (Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, Thailand)
Best Shot Of Guys Smashing Stuff With Mallets Kriengsak Talek (Bangkok, Thailand)
Best Shot Of A Guy Standing Outside A Tattoo Parlor Daryl Porter (Nottingham, United Kingdom)
Best Shot Of A Wooden Wheel Agains A Wall With Great Texture David Woodward (Yuma, Arizona)
Best Shot Of A Woman With An Umbrella And Child Sitting On Steps Pramit Debmallik (Kolkata, India)
Best Shot Of Someone Sitting On A Bench Reading A Book In Front Of A Large Wooden Door Rashed Almubarak (Kuwait City, Al Asimah Kuwait)
Best Shot From A Superb Carnival Peter Cameron (Perth, Australia)
Best Shot Of Kids On The Ground That’s Probably Staged But We’re Okay With That Ken Chua (Manila, Philippines)
Best Black & White Shot Of Park Benches In The Fall Sean Scally (Belleville, Ontario)
Best Shot Of Plants That Make A Really Cool Pattern Sharon Holck (New York, New York)
Best Shot Of A Guy In A Purple Jacket Looking At Meat Stephen Freeman (Osaka, Japan)
Best Shot Of A Monkey With A Great Expression Ness Flores (Jacksonville, Florida)
Best Shot Of A Woman In A Doorway Looking Affectionately At A Man Ines Belkahla (Tunis, Tunisia)
Best Shot Of A Window With Cool Reflections And A Guy Sitting Inside Mark Emirali (Auckland, New Zealand)
Best Long Exposure Shot Of A Ferris Wheel (or some sort of large structure) Niren Mehta (Surat, India)
Best Panning Shot Of A Woman On A Bike Carrying A Bucket Deiter N¶th (Groningen, Netherlands)
Best Shot Of People Staring At A Big Yellow Dot On A Wall John Yip (Sydney, Australia)
Best Barely Lit Shot But You Can Still See What’s Going On In The Image Theo Alexiou (Patra, Greece)
Best Black And White Shot Of A Park With Lots Of Bikes And Trees Qrister Almar (Trollh¤ttan, Sweden)
Best Shot Of Someone Dancing In A Really Cool Place Bill Crookston (Glasgow, UK)
Best Shot Of A Lighthouse In Nice Light Brian Bonham (Newport, Oregon)
Best Shot Of A Chain With An HDR Effect Martin Kukielka (Resenberg, Germany)
Although these images didn’t make it into a prize category, they are so good that I really felt they needed special recognition.
People’s Choice Award Voting: We have a special “People Choice” category where you get to vote for your favorite images from the walk, and the People’s Choice winner receives an amazing prize package. Here’s the link to cast your vote.
I’ll have details on the Leader’s Competition here shortly.
Congrats to all the images featured in the video, and best wishes to everyone in the People’s Choice competition. Lots of amazing shots in there!