Hi Gang – this week on “The Grid” we broadcast live from B&H Photo’s HQ up in New York, and while the first part of the show was in a meeting room, at the end of the show we walked over to the actual store itself where you give you a tour inside the greatest photography store in the world! Here’s where the tour starts (below), with my guest Gabe Biderman.
We had that wild “Inception” Moment when we ran into a woman in the store who was watching The Show live on her iPad from inside the store. Hope you can check it out.
If you want to watch the full episode (our topic was Night Photography and Gabe was absolutely AWESOME!), here’s the link.
I’m back home now, kinda beat, so I’m hitting the sack – I’ve got a class to record tomorrow – it’s the follow-up to my “Just One Flash” course, it’s called “Just One More Flash!” That’s right — it’s how and why to add a 2nd flash. :)
Make Money While You Sleep By Selling Your Images on Adobe Stock with Terry White Learn how to get started licensing your work through Adobe Stock! Join Terry White as he breaks down what stock photography is all about and how to contribute your work directly to Adobe Stock so that you can make money while you sleep. Terry takes you through all of the steps required to become an Adobe Stock contributor, as well as an in-depth look at what makes a good stock photo. You’ll learn the ins and outs of keywording, preparing your photos for submission, how to get model and property releases, and even how to submit vectors and video. Terry wraps up the class with a review of the most common questions he gets on stock photography, and you’ll leave feeling ready to start uploading your first submission.
Outdoor Lifestyle Photography with Erik Valind With outdoor lifestyle photography your job is to sell the experience to the viewer. You need to be able to work in all kinds of lighting situations and with a range of gear-from strobes to diffusion panels-to get the kind of killer shots that makes the viewer wish they were there. Erik Valind takes you through a series of locations and situations demonstrating lighting, posing, and composition tips and techniques all along the way.
I have no clue why these thoughts cross my mind, but they do. When the shooting gets slow and I’m with some friends and we just start talking to kill the time, my mind wanders to the bad side. Someone leaves their camera sitting on a tripod unattended, I slip over, remove the battery and then go back innocently to my own shooting. There’s the time I slip my CF memory card wallet vertically in the shade of a fellow photographer’s big lens. They can’t see it through the viewfinder but the AF can’t function at all. And of course, there’s the always-immature move of taking photos with another’s camera when they aren’t looking. A photo they definitely would not have taken themselves. My favorite comes from the days of film when someone would ask, “Got any good photos?” I had a dummy roll of film in my vest pocket that I would take out, grasp the leader, pull out all the film and look through it at the sun, then simply shrug. Oh the look on their faces when I did that! My only excuse for all of this is, photography has gotta be FUN!
I’m very blessed with two great sons who had to suffer through dad’s teaching as well as bad jokes. When the opportunity arose though for the shoe to be on the other foot, they made good use of it. Both are great cross-country skiers, something I will never be able to do despite all the help they provided and the fun we had together. Brent said something once though that I will never forget, because it so pertains to photography. I had all the right gear on, had read all I should do, and watched the videos. But falling I did with absolutely no grace. We were up on the mountain and I was soaking wet from falling so many times in my attempt to XC ski. Brent simply looked down at me as he helped me up and said, “You know you’re learning if you’re falling down.”
While simply said and blatantly true, it’s pretty darn deep if you ponder it at all. In order to learn how to ski, you gotta fall down, and a lot until you master staying up. This directly applies to photography. Your photography will only grow if you fall down, fail. The thing is, you have to learn from your failures or you’ll either just keep failing, or worse, give up. Just how can we learn from photographic failures so we can keep growing? Having been falling for four decades and still being able to laugh at myself, I think I might have a suggestion or two to pass along.
It’s Only A Photograph!
The first is to understand this very important principle. It’s only a photograph! The right photograph taken of a powerful subject in a powerful way at a time when its clarity is needed by the world can have a huge impact. And I always remind folks their photographs can change the world. But at the same time, I also realize that if I totally toast a photograph, the sun will still rise tomorrow and life will go on. It is just a photograph. We put so much pressure on ourselves when we’re shooting that really shouldn’t be put there. Ever go back and look at photos you took a year ago, really look at them and think back at your thoughts when taking them? It’s those times if I were standing next to you, I might pull one of my bad photographic jokes on you just to remind you that it’s just a photograph.
The second is to remind you of the KISS theorem…Keep It Simple Stupid (the last word being key). We tend to not only take our photography too seriously but also make it too complicated. While there are times for fun, we go complicated. But making that part of our regular photographic ritual is suicidal for so many reasons. The main reason relates to, it’s just a photograph. When we make things complicated, they become a task, a chore. And how do we mentally treat chores? We tend to put them off. But more importantly in taking advantage of the best teacher we all have for our photography, ourselves, complicated makes learning really hard.
When we KISS, when we are successful, it’s really easy to figure out what we did right so we can repeat it again and again. But when we make it complicated, determining what went wrong is difficult so we run the risk of repeating that mistake. Failure is so important to our learning only when we learn from that failure. There is the practical side of KISS that you might like even more it – costs less! It takes a whole lot less gear and time to KISS than make it complicated. And when you take all you’ve learned, working with KISS and removing the stress of the importance of a photograph, you know what happens in time? You become a better photographer and that’s the whole goal (perhaps why my mind wanders and I cause trouble…hmmmm).
Wanna prove my point to yourself? Next time you’re working in the digital darkroom with a friend and they leave to take a break, take a screen shot of what’s on their computer. Then open that screen shot in Photoshop, make it full screen, and just leave it. They will come back and click on it like a madman to make it work, but nothing will happen because it’s just a screen shot. KISS! Take a deep breath, enjoy the amazing rewards photography brings to us every time we venture into it and remember to not take it too seriously. KISS and the most important thing, you know you’re learning if you’re falling down.
Hi gang, and welcome to “Copyright your photos, Tuesday” where we stop for a moment from all the other stuff we’re doing, and make sure our photos are protected by registering them with the U.S. Copyright Office (of course, this is for folks in the US — if you’re in another country, this is when you look up what the process is in your country to make sure your images are protected).
It’s never been easier to copyright and protect your images than it is today — you just go to the US Copyright Website; create an account; upload your images (yes, you can upload thousands at a time); pay the $55 registration fee, and in a while (usually somewhere between two to six months) they’ll get back to you with a registration certificate that says, ‘Yup, We got ’em. You’re set,” or something along those lines (it sounds a bit more formal than that when they say it).
Also, check out this article from PDN magazine about a plug-in that lets you send your images for copyright directly from Lightroom (thanks to our friend and Lightroom guru Rob Sylvan for that one).
If you’re not sure why you should copyright your images, or what the benefits are (and how it protects you), check out our online course called “Copyright Essentials for Today’s Photographers” from attorney Ed Greenberg and photographer’s rights advocate Jack Reznicki (hosted by Mia McCormick). Not only will you learn a lot in a short amount of time, you’ll be thoroughly entertained along the way (Jack and Ed are so much fun). Here’s the official trailer:
This is something you know you’ve been putting off, but today’s the day — now let’s get to it!
Hope you have a kick-butt Tuesday!
P.S.We are about 24-days from the big Photoshop World Conference in Orlando, Florida – if you want to come and totally immerse yourself in getting better at Lightroom, Photoshop, Photography and Flash, this is the place to do it. It’s not too late to get your ticket. You’ve always wanted to go — now’s your chance. :)
Happy Monday everybody. Today we’re doing five tips for making your Photoshop look and act the way you want it by customizing a few key things (including a couple of hidden things that are pretty cool. Check out the short video below.
Hope you found that helpful.
Here’s wishing you the best Monday this year so far!
Scott Kelby’s 7-Point System for Lightroom Scott Kelby’sSeven Point System book revolutionized how photographers edit their images, and in this new course you’re going to learn his latest updates and refinements to the system (including his own post processing “secret sauce”) for Lightroom (or Camera Raw) users. Once you learn these Seven Points, you’ll know exactly what to do, in what order, and why for every JPEG, Raw, and TIFF photo you edit. It will transform the way you edit your photos from this moment on.
In Case You Missed It Streamline your mobile photography workflow with Lightroom Mobile! Join Josh Haftel, senior product manager at Adobe, as he teaches you how to use Lightroom Mobile to import, organize, edit, and share your mobile photography, as well as how you can synchronize it all with Lightroom on your desktop and Lightroom Web.