Posts By Brad Moore


Hey gang, Brad here with the latest happenings and news. Just a few things to talk about today, but they’re some pretty cool things! :)

  • The brand spankin’ new iPhone Book (by Scott Kelby and Terry White) is now available! This fourth edition has updated info for the iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4, including all the stuff you need to know to get the most out of this handy gadget. You can order your copy from Barnes and Noble or Amazon (or both!).
  • You can catch legendary sports photographer Bill Frakes TODAY at 2:00 pm EDT on a free webinar with  called “Sports Photography: Understanding Motion and Emotion.” It’s presented by the Manfrotto School of Xcellence, where you can also find archived webinars from other photographers, including Joe McNally! (If you missed Bill’s guest blog earlier this year, you should go back and check it out here)
  • Wacom recently rolled a very creative ad campaign featuring Joel Grimes, Nancy Stahl, and… Scott Kelby! It’s showing up in magazines and online, but the cool part is the website they’ve created that’s the heart of the campaign.  It features videos from each person showing you their workflow and how their Intuos 4 tablets play a vital role in their creativity. Not only that, but you can view and download each person’s settings to use for your tablet! Check it all out right here.

That’s it for today. Stop by again tomorrow to see shots from the LSU vs. North Carolina football game he shot last Saturday!

“Scott Kelby Rocks!” by William Beem

You probably saw Scott’s recap of Photoshop World earlier this week, but we thought it would be nice to let you hear from some of the people who were there as attendees as well.  Here are just a few of the people who have blogged about their experience in Las Vegas last week:

And I’m sure there are more out there, so feel free to link away in the comments if you want to share your experience from Photoshop World!



I’m thrilled and honored to be this week’s guest blogger. I’ve been a member of NAPP and a follower of Scott Kelby for many many years, and I can’t thank him enough for all the wonderful information he provides through his books and online videos.

I’ve been making my living as a photographer for more than 25 years, specializing in location work for annual reports and other types of business collateral material. Making a living as a professional photographer is hard work, no doubt about it!  You need passion, persistence and an unbridled faith in yourself and your abilities.  As hard as it is to build a successful business in photography, it is the most rewarding career you could ever imagine.

My love affair with photography started back during my high school days.  I was a staff shooter on the school paper as well as the yearbook. I enjoyed shooting B/W film, developing the negatives and making prints. My interest in B/W photography grew and I became a big fan of Ansel Adams and his beautiful landscapes. I taught myself the zone system and began shooting “rocks and trees”.  Like a lot of young people, I had no idea what I wanted to do for a living, but I did know that photography would always play a part in my life.  I had no idea that it would consume my life.



Back in the late 70’s I worked as a flight attendant for a major airline.  We had a saying in the industry, “There is a smile in every window and an ass in every seat!”  Fate was with me one day when I met a passenger that changed my life. He was a professional photographer named Joe Baraban, a Houston based shooter who shot corporate annual reports and advertising work.  I can’t remember if he was one of those smiles in a window or just another ass?  Long story short, I quit the airline, moved to Houston to assist Joe and learn the business.  I stayed for about 15 months before moving to Denver to start my own photography business.

When I moved to Denver, the economy really sucked, much like it does today.  Being young at the time, I didn’t know any better and I really didn’t care. All I knew was that I was determined to strike out on my own and succeed at becoming a working professional photographer.


Over the years I’ve photographed for all sorts of industry, however it was the engineering, oil & gas and mining work that captured my interest.  I love shooting large-scale projects and the challenge to make those industries look glamorous.  It is this sort of work which allows me a tremendous amount of creative freedom, travel and the opportunity to learn about how things work and how they are built.  I often compare my assignments with that of the Discovery program “Dirty Jobs”.


Aside from my assignment work, I also teach a lighting workshop called “Small Strobes, Big Results.  I’ve been teaching for three years now. I really enjoy sharing my many years of experience with those interested in sharpening their lighting skills.


I also I teach workshops for Nikonians, The Santa Fe Workshops, Maine Media Workshops, GPP (Gulf Photo Plus), PhotoPress Productions and Popular Photography’s Mentor Series Treks.

I’ve been very fortunate to earn a living doing something I love, and I realize that not many of us are able to say that.  When I have the opportunity to speak to young people, I encourage pursuing a career that brings them joy.  I encourage them to follow their dreams, seek out those who are succeeding in their field of interest.  Life is to short too spend your days doing something that you’re not interested in.  Reach for that golden ring!


Hey everyone, Brad here again with some more shots from the first day of Photoshop World Las Vegas. Images from the opening Keynote, various events throughout the day, and the After Hours Party at House of Blues (photos by Josh Bradley, Drew Gurian, and myself):

RC Concepcion getting the crowd to their feet with a t-shirt toss before the keynote

She’s a big Scott Kelby fan :)

Scott and the NAPP band open up the keynote with “I Wanna Photoshop All Night (And Retouch Every Day)”

Adobe Senior VP & GM of Digital Media Solutions Business Unit J
ohn Loiacono (Johnny L) and his “security detail” take the stage for the keynote presentation

Russell “Presto” Brown demonstrates the magic Photoshop CS5

Johnny L presents Scott with a copy of his could-have-been best-selling book, “Down and Dirty Trixie”

Scott poses for a picture with
Johnny L and Adobe President & CEO Shantanu Narayen

Shantanu Narayen addresses the crowd during the keynote

A full class checks out Scott’s new Down and Dirty Tricks class

Moose Peterson gives a one-on-one portfolio review

Big Electric Cat performs during the After Hours Party at House of Blues

Scott and Tony Llanes rock the After Hours Party at HoB

Scott Diussa joins Big Electric Cat on stage for a song during the After Hours Party at HoB

Tony Llanes plays during the After Hours Party at HoB


Hey gang, Brad here with a quick bit of news on David Ziser’s Captured By The Light 2010 Tour.

David is kicking the tour off in just a few days in Phoenix on September 7, then heading to Dallas, Houston, Detroit, Chicago, Minneapolis, Denver, and a bunch of other cities between now and November 4.

During the event, David will talk about lighting, composition, lenses, and more to help you get dramatic and intriguing portraits, as well as the best software and shortcuts for getting the job done quickly in post to save you time and money.

Not only will you learn tons about wedding photography (and photography in general), but you’ll get a free DVD, handbook, and the chance to win other great prizes (including Photoshop World passes)!

If you’ve read David’s book on wedding photography, Captured By The Light, you know that he is the go-to guy for anything you want to know on the subject. And if you haven’t read it, then check out these customer reviews (over 50 five-star ratings!) to see what you’ve been missing out on.

David’s coming to 20 cities throughout the U.S. between now and November 4, so check here for the full list to see if he’s coming to yours.

It’s only $79 for the whole day, and when you register, be sure to use the promo code CBLNAPP10 to get $20 off. This is one tour that you do not want to miss!

Brad here with some shots from yesterday’s Photoshop World pre-conference day. Hope you enjoy!

Tony Llanes performs during the Real World Concert Photography class. (Photo by Josh Bradley)

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Tony Llanes and Scott Diussa perform during the Real World Concert Photography class. (Photo by Josh Bradley)

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Scott Kelby, Felix Nelson, and Scott Stahley (drums) perform during the Real World Concert Photography class. (Photo by Josh Bradley)

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Jim Schmelzer talks hair, styling, and posing for portrait photography in his Quality of Light In Depth class. (Photo by Brad Moore)

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Matt Kloskowski helps an attendee in the HDR Crash Course (Photo by Brad Moore)

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Rich Harrington talks about the importance of audio quality during his Creating Video with DSLR Cameras class. (Photo by Brad Moore)

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Attendees share their initial thoughts about Photoshop World Las Vegas. (Photo by Josh Bradley)

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Attendees receive their workbook from Tom Castenada during registration. (Photo by Brad Moore)

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David Ziser talks lighting and posing during his On Location Wedding Shoot class. (Photo by Brad Moore)

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Attendees pick up their badges and workbooks upon arriving at Photoshop World. (Photo by Josh Bradley)

I’ll be posting more shots througout the week, so stay tuned!