Posts By Brad Moore

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Photoshop In-Depth: Lighting Effects with Pete Collins
The Lighting Effects filter is an incredibly powerful filter that can be used for re-lighting an existing photograph in a myriad of creative ways. From the basics of the interface to workflow tips and tricks to advanced projects like changing day to night, Pete Collins shows you everything you need to know about Lighting Effects to start using it in your next project.

Photoshop In-Depth: Cropping and Resolution with Pete Collins
Image cropping and resolution are two of the most commonly misunderstood aspects of a digital imaging workflow. Join Pete Collins as he explains the principles you need to understand when cropping, resizing, and preparing your images for output so that you can maintain the highest image quality possible for any job that comes your way.

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Shoot Like A Pro with Scott Kelby
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Jeff Cable’s Favorite Things Contest
Jeff Cable just announced this year's Favorite Things contest, where he is giving away $10,000 in photography equipment. Win a Canon 70D kit, a DJI Phantom 2 Quadcopter and so much more! You can enter the contest right here.

Last Week’s Winners
The Photoshop CC Book for Photographers
– Rayfus Jones
– Cecil
– Bill

KelbyOne Live Ticket
– Eugene Potter

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Hanging with Queeny last month in London after the Shoot Like A Pro seminar

This past weekend I was able to shoot hip-hop artist Lecrae’s sold-out concert at House of Blues in Orlando. He’s out on tour supporting his latest album, Anomaly, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 when it released in September. Thankfully, I have some friends who have been working with Lecrae and his label, Reach Records, for a while now and were able to hook me up with an all-access pass to cover the show! I figured I would take this opportunity to share some of the shots with you, along with my thought process for covering the show and some post processing tips.

I started the set in the photo pit, the space between the stage and the crowd barricade. The stage at HoB is pretty high, so I always try to start from the sides and shoot tight to get those shots out of the way.

With a high-energy show, which hip-hop tends to be, there’s a lot of movement on stage, so I usually shoot a lot more wide shots than tight. While I still move back and forth in the pit to try and follow the action, shooting wide keeps me from having to move too much. There’s plenty of stuff to trip on in the pit, as well as the other photographers who are all trying to maneuver around each other, so the less back and forth there is, the less chance for bumping into someone.

This is one of my favorite shots from the show because it’s obviously a peak action moment with Lecrae flying high, but then there’s also the subtle background element of his backup singer also getting some air at the same time.

Needless to say, there was a lot of jumping.

Not always though.

There were even some quiet moments, which I took advantage of by getting in nice and close while he was at the edge of the stage.

But then there was more jumping! I liked the black and white edit of this shot more than the color version (below). I feel like not having the blue color of the lights and the red color of the screens intersecting his body below the arms makes it less distracting. Which do you prefer?

B&W PROCESSING TIP: One thing to keep in mind if you’re converting images to black and white in Lightroom or Camera Raw is that the color sliders still matter! Once you convert it to black and white, go back to your white balance sliders and tweak them. You’ll be surprised at how big a difference in light and contrast those adjustments will make.

Don’t stop there either. Head to the HSL sliders and you’ll see color sliders that will help you adjust your black and white mix. Depending on the colors in your photo, some of them might not do much of anything, but the ones that do affect the image will make a huge difference. It’s also a great way to selectively darken/brighten elements in your images.

And if you want more fine-tuning, head to the Camera Calibration sliders and see what you can do with those as well.

COLOR PROCESSING TIP: One thing I try to achieve in my color images is a nice contrast of colors. The main way I achieve this is also with the white balance sliders. Sometimes it’s a big move of the slider, and sometimes it’s the tiniest tweak. But I always try to find that sweet spot where the colors (in the case of the image above, red, blue, and purple) all pop the best. Then I’ll move down to the vibrance slider and see if pumping it up or, surprisingly, pulling back on it helps the image the most. In this case (and most of the shots from this show), dialing it back to -10 or so gave me the look I liked best.

After I was done in the photo pit, I moved up to a room upstairs and to the side of the stage that I had always wanted to shoot from but couldn’t because I didn’t have the access needed for it. This time I did, so up I went.

I only shot from here for a short time because there were already other people in the room, and I asked one of them if I could stand where they were for about 30 seconds just to get a few shots. I shot till I knew I had gotten a few shots with decent light and a good gesture, then moved back out to the main balcony.

From here I was able to get some shots of the whole stage from a different vantage point. And they broke out the lasers! Who doesn’t like lasers?

Apparently everyone loves lasers, because they turned them up to 11 and added a disco ball in as well. Because, well, why not?

While the crowd was blinded by the light (revved up like a deuce, another runner in the night), Lecrae snuck off stage and made his way into the crowd like the rule-breaking rebel he is (note the sign behind him).

I never am sure which shows certain moments better, tight shots like the first one, or wide shots like this one. In the first one, you can clearly see who it is and you have enough people around him that you can tell he’s in the middle of a crowd. But the second one shows the size of the crowd and the excitement of the people closest to him, and gives a bit more context by showing the stage and lights. What do you think?

During the last song of his regular set, my friends and I made our way backstage. Lecrae came off the stage for a short break while the crowd cheered for him to come back out, and I was lucky enough to grab this moment of him getting ready to take the stage for his encore. While it’s not the most exciting moment, it’s one of those things that few people get to see. So being able to capture it and share it with others is exciting for me.

I hope you like the images, that I was able to give a little insight into shooting strategy, and that the post processing tips were helpful! If you have any questions or input, leave a comment and I’ll get to you as soon as I can.

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Scott Kelby’s Photoshop CC Book for Photographers
Yes, Scott already mentioned that his new book, The Photoshop CC Book for Photographers, is hitting bookstores soon, but… Today we’re giving away a free copy of it to three lucky commenters! Just leave a comment for your chance to win, or you can go ahead and order yours right here. If you want to check it out first, you can get a free excerpt from the book right here.

Cyber Weekend
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Shoot Like A Pro with Scott Kelby
Dec 1 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL

The Power of One Flash with Joe McNally
Dec 9 - San Diego, CA

The Photoshop Creativity Tour with Ben Willmore
Dec 12 - Phoenix, AZ

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Moving To Mirrorless by Brian Matiash
If you’re interested in using mirrorless cameras, you’ll want to check out Brian Matiash’s brand new (and free!) ebook, Moving To Mirrorless. All you have to do is sign up for Brian’s newsletter, and you’ll be able to download the free eBook. And check out some of his great work too so you can see what he’s been able to do since transitioning to a mirrorless system.

Last Week’s Winners
KelbyOne Live Ticket
– J Brinkman

Light, Gesture, & Color by Jay Maisel
– Gaxify

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Photo by Jason Ryan

Hello!  It's been quite awhile since my last guest blog, and I'm excited to be back here. Brad and I were just talking about a shoot I did over the weekend, and he thought this may be a good place to share what i've been up to.

To start with a quick introduction, here's my backstoryâ¦

From 2008 to 2013 I was Joe McNally's 1st assistant. I spent the majority of that time on the road traveling hundreds of thousands of miles all over the world with him. It was an absolutely incredible life experience and has made a huge impact on my photography and life to this day. As of September 2013, I embarked full-time into the freelance photo world, and like most New York photographers, moved to Brooklyn.

Since I first picked up a camera at the age of 14, I've always pointed it at musicians, and I'm very happy to say that just about all of my work to this day is in the music/entertainment industries.

What started as lots of live concert shoots over the years has transitioned into primarily portraits, backstage candids, and in-(recording) studio reportage for commercial and editorial clients like Red Bull, The Associated Press, Rolling Stone and The New York Times.

Instead of giving you an overview of my work, I've decided to share with you a real world shoot that just happened this past Sunday for The Associated Pressâ¦

The freelance world, as we know, is entirely unpredictable. I can't begin to say how many weeks I've had without a single shoot booked, and then within hours, I've gotten absolutely slammed and am struggling to keep my head on straight.

This past weekend was certainly that case, and as of 3PM on Friday, I had plans to attend a photo festival in Pennsylvania. At 3:30PM, I got an email from AP asking if I had an interest in shooting a quick group portrait shoot on Sunday morning.

The legendary producer, T Bone Burnett was given access to a box of Bob Dylan's hand-written, unpublished lyrics from the time of the original "Basement Tapes" recordings, and he tasked himself with putting together an all-star lineup of musicians to write songs for these lyrics, and release what is now called "The New Basement Tapes" (released on November 10th). The band he put together is comprised of Elvis Costello, Marcus Mumford (Mumford & Sons), Taylor Goldsmith (Dawes), Rhiannon Giddens (Carolina Chocolate Drops), and Jim James (My Morning Jacket).

As a freelancer, when you get an email like this, no matter what your plans are (with very few exceptions), you very quickly write back and say "yes." To have these five musicians in one room is amazing, and to have the opportunity to photograph them is an absolute honor that you can't take lightly.

A shoot like this involves a lot of prep work to pull it off well. Researching the artists, the location (luckily, I had shot Roger Waters at the same venue last year), pushing to get there as early as possible, pushing to have the talent for as long as possible, planning out the setup, prepping gear, etc.  At the very least, it was a full day's work to piece this all together, and that's before even getting to the shoot itself.

Posing five people well isn't at all an easy thing to pull off, especially when it's a crew like this. We got there with plenty of time to set up and test out some ideas, and here's a very loose comp of what we had planned out. We had to plan for six people, as we were unsure until the last minute as to whether or not T Bone Burnett would be showing up for the shoot (he didn't make it).

Thanks so much to Nick Rapaz and Erik Ellingson for all the help in pulling this off!

I knew I wanted Elvis to sit on the trunk, and had plans for the rest of them as well.  I also knew that I had to be assertive as soon as they stepped on-set, or I'd never get what I needed.

As soon as they walked in, "Elvis, I'd like for you to sit right here on the trunk." Elvis: "I'd really rather stand than sit." Marcus: "Yea, we'd like to stand." They walked right past the trunk, and stood behind it, right against the backdrop, which was clearly not going to work.  We ended up moving it out, replacing it with an apple box, and then taking that out all together.

While I was shooting, I had thought about getting something usable, then bringing the trunk back in and asking them to humor me one more time. I thought that they may entertain the idea if I promised them it would look great, but I also know I could possibly get a flat out "no." Also in the back of my mind was the fact that I had been outside a few minutes before the shoot and saw some beautiful light on the building. I really wanted to get them out there as well, and knew that if I pushed them too hard inside, I'd outright lose them and never get to photograph another setup with them.

Sure enough, we spent almost ten minutes inside (which is a lot of time with anyone notable), and I convinced them to come outside for a few quick photos.

After the 2+ hours of setup, tweaking and shooting the indoor photos, I actually much prefer the more candid feel of the photos shot outsideâ” which were shot in under 90 seconds and lit by the sun. Go figure.

I'm happy to answer any questions you may have, and if you'd like to see more of what i've been up to, you can find me here:




Thanks so much for reading!


Scott Kelby on the Canon 7D Mark II
First sports photographer Peter Read Miller shared his thoughts on the new 7D Mark II, then wildlife photographer Adam Jones shared his thoughts. Now Scott Kelby shares why he thinks this camera is a game changer! Between the incredible high ISO quality, 10fps frame rate, autofocus system, and affordability, this camera allows photographers to shoot things that they previously would’ve needed a more expensive body (and much larger budget) to shoot.

The Canon 7D Mark II is now shipping, so if this camera is one you want to add to your camera bag, you can order it now from B&H Photo!

A Photographer’s Guide To Rome with Scott Kelby
Is a visit to Rome on your bucket list? Consider this your travel guide on where to go for the best photographs of this beautiful and historic city. On and off the beaten path, Scott Kelby shares his favorite locations along with the kind of veteran traveler tips that will help you capture images that you'll be delighted to bring back home. Timing is everything, so you'll not only learn where to go, but what times will yield the best chances for great photographs. This is strictly a travel guide for photographers, so there's no Photoshop or Lightroom involved, just the kind of information that will aid you on your photographic journey and inspire you to get out there and shoot.

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Shoot Like A Pro with Scott Kelby
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The Power of One Flash with Joe McNally
Nov 6 - Washington, DC (today!)
Dec 9 - San Diego, CA

Photoshop for Photographers with RC Concepcion
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The Photoshop Creativity Tour with Ben Willmore
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Did you Miss PPE?
If you want to see some of what goes on at PhotoPlus Expo, you can! Mia McCormick did some amazing field reports with Phottix, Epson, Manfrotto, Mylio, ExpoImaging and many more. You can find these reports and complete show coverage over at the KelbyOne Blog.

Light, Gesture, & Color by Jay Maisel
Light, Gesture & Color is the seminal work of one of the true photographic geniuses of our time, and it can be your key to opening another level of understanding, appreciation, wonder, and creativity as you learn to express yourself, and your view of the world around us, through your camera. If you're ready to break through the barriers that have held your photography back, that have kept you from the making the types of images you've always dreamed of, and you're ready to learn what photography is really about, you're holding the key in your hands at this very moment.

You can order your copy of this book right here, get a free excerpt from the book right here, or leave a comment for your chance to win a free copy!

Last Week’s Winner
KelbyOne Live Ticket
– Michael Glover

If you’re the lucky winner, we’ll be in touch soon. Have a great Thursday!


First I want to thank Scott Kelby for having me as a guest blogger.

Scott has been so important in my life as a photographer. I have learned all my photography basics with the use of Scott's books back in 2005. His books were the easiest and funniest to understand.

We later on became friends and he has helped me a lot to grow as a teacher and a photographer through the years. He has such a big heart, you don't feel small around him; this is a quality that is very rare nowadays.

I got the idea of making this article because most of the emails I receive daily are people asking for advises on where to shoot in Paris. Paris is a big city and there are tons of photo opportunities. It is one of the most visited places on earth with around 27 millions visitors per year.

I have been taking photos of Paris for 10 years now and wanted to give you some locations where you can look at Paris from a Parisian's viewpoint, places you might not come across if you are just on a regular tourist visit and I also wanted to advise on a couple of cool restaurants in Paris!

Warning: This list is very incomplete; I'm in the process of making a photo book of 160 photos on Paris with Teneus Publishing
These are just a few places I really want to share with you.

The Eiffel Tower (map link)
If you come to Paris and you don't take a photo of the Eiffel Tower, no one is going to believe you went to Paris ☺
The most classic shots of the Eiffel tower are taken from the Champs de Mars, the Eiffel Tower itself and the Place Trocad©ro, you will find thousands of tourists there taking similar shots!

The frame in the frame of the Eiffel Tower (map link)
There is a small street located in the 16th arrondissement where you have a very original view of the tower. The Eiffel Tower is framed by very nice Haussmannian buildings, (Haussmann is an amazing architect that reshaped Paris from 1853 to 1870 and built thousands of buildings).

The Bir-Hakeim Bridge (map link)
The same Architect that built the Eiffel Tower, Alexandre Gustave Eiffel, built the Bir-Hakeim Bridge. This bridge gives you a very unique viewpoint of the tower; this is probably the best place to make nice compositions.

The Eiffel Tower Itself (map link)
I remember being with Scott Kelby right at the base of the Eiffel Tower and we were wondering how we could get an original photo that no one had shot. I got the idea of shooting very wide, with 3 photos to make a panorama. The structure itself is so amazing that I'm sure you will come up with original views.

The view from the Alexandre III Bridge (map link)
This bridge is for me the nicest in Paris and has amazing city lights, sculptures and a structure. You can get some really cool compositions with all these elements:

The three bridges in Paris you must shoot
Paris has many bridges, but for me the nicest and most interesting ones to shoot are:

The Alexandre III Bridge (map link)
I mentioned earlier you have a great view over the Eiffel Tower from here but you also have two more views that are amazing.

The first is the composition of the bridge itself with the Grand Palais behind it:

The second is a similar composition but from across the bridge with Les Invalides behind:

The Pont Neuf (map link)
This one is very close to the Pont des Arts. I think this spot is one of the most fruitful locations you can find to see the beauty of Paris.

Square du Vert-Galant of the Pont Neuf (map link)
This area is not very known, a couple of weeks ago I brought some friends that have been in Paris for years and they did not know about this place. It is where you go down close to the Seine if you want to visit Paris by boat, but it will give you a unique view on the Louvre and the Pont des arts. Here is a wide and close shot I got one night when there was an amazing sunset:

Same view with a different sky:

Close up:

Le Pont Neuf shot from la Samaritaine, will give you a great composition of the bridge itself leading to the Ile de la Cit© and it's old buildings.

A black and white version of the same photo during gray weather. When the natural lighting is not great I like to make my photo in black and white.

Pont des Arts (map link)
If you go on the Pont des Arts itself and look at the Pont Neuf, you get this amazing view:

Le Louvre (map link)
The Louvre is hard to shoot as there are lots of tourists. However if you go there during the week (except Wednesday) and you go behind the pyramid, you can get this shot.

Tip: go there right before the city lights go on (sunset) on a clear day and shoot 35 mm and make panoramas, you should get something like this:

Some high vantage points
There is nothing like seeing the City of Lights from a high vantage point, here are the 4 best places for me:

The roof of the Tour Montparnasse (map link)
It cost around 10 Euros to go to the top, but it's worth it and it's the only place where tripods are allowed, I recommend shooting from 35 to 150 mm, wider you will have trouble with the windows that have been installed:

The rooftop of the Arc de Triomphe (map link)
There are lots of stairs to go up so you need to be in good shape and unfortunately tripods are not allowed.

Tip: if you take a half emptied bag of rice you can use it as a â˜tripod' by positioning the bag of rice on the edge of the monument (after the barrier) to take a beautiful night shot which is great as the Arc de Triomphe is open late!

View of the Eiffel Tower:

View of La Defense:

The roof of Notre Dame (map link)
This is another sporty location, lots of stairs and no tripods allowed. It is very narrow up there and tourists move fast.

Tip: you should shoot between 60 to 100 mm to get parts of the city, especially try to get the view of the 7 bridges, (this is the only spot in Paris where you can see the 7 bridges), I call it the Ratatouille photo:

The view from behind is cool as well:

The Terrace of l'Institue du Monde Arabe (map link)
This is probably the most confidential of all four, but you will get a breath taking view over Notre Dame:

Tip: Credits go to Scott Kelby. At the opposite side of this view you will see there are very tiny round windows, there you have the sun that sets and if you go down on your knees you can get this one:

Montmartre (map link)
Montmartre is one of the oldest parts of Paris and is an endless source of photography ideas. It is also full of tourists, however here are some spots that are away from the tourist trail where you can take beautiful photos.

The Dalida Plaza (map link)
This place is almost always empty and has an amazing path going up to the Sacr© Coeur.

Le Lapin Agile (map link)
A very old and cute restaurant that looks like it comes out of a Disney movie. There is a good chance that you can get this shot as it is outside of the tourist zone.

Tip: try shooting it like a panorama at 35 mm by taking it in 4 photos. There are rarely any cars there because they are not allowed in that street!

Behind the Sacr© Coeur (map link)
What amazes me is the amount of people you will find at the front of the Sacr© Coeur and how little there are behind the Sacr© Coeur. It is really nice mainly after sunsets.

The Montmartre stairs (map link)
There is lots of stairs in Montmartre, but these ones are the only ones that are oriented towards the west so you can be in luck if there is a nice sunset!

Some More “Confidential” Locations

The old Od©on buildings (map link)
Hidden close to the Place de l'Od©on you have this amazing building, with no one around. You can just put your camera down and start shooting a musketeers type movie photos as nothing has changed in years.

The Saint Martin Canal (map link)
I worked in front of these stairs for many years and I love how they are arranged, it feels like the countryside in the middle of Paris:

The S©nat at the Luxembourg Gardens (map link)
In the middle of the most beautiful Paris garden you will find the Senate, a great building, most of the time the sun sets right behind it, but you have to be fast as they close at sunset, tripods are allowed.

It was really hard for me to not cover so many places, but these are my favorites that I wanted to share with you. I'm sure that everybody that has been to Paris has his or her favorite spots. These are mine; feel free to share yours in the comments!

Most of the restaurants in Paris are really good, even the tourist restaurants. These are really some of my favorite ones I've come to know over the years:

The best 25 Euros menu I ever had.

Sud-Ouest Monceau
This is the restaurant of South West cuisine, foie gras, duck and snails. Very French food, away from the tourists.

Chez Georges
I have personally never been but my brother keeps saying it is the best restaurant in Paris and he loves good food.

Le Comptoir
This restaurant was famous for being booked weeks in advance and they changed the system, first in first served.

Le Relais Saint-Germain
Tip: be there around 11:30 to have lunch.

Very nice Japanese restaurant, you have to try the brochette boeuf/fromage (beef with cheese).

This is a very cute old French restaurant.

El Palenque
This is a great Argentinian restaurant, the meat is simply amazing.

Lux Bar
A good place for cheese, saucisson and wine.

Le Bistrot des Dames
From outside this place doesn't look like there is a secret, calm and beautiful garden you can dine in. The food is amazing. Come early for lunch or dinner, as it's often full. The garden is open during nice weather.

Le Relais de l'entrec´te
This place has amazing steak and their secret sauce recipe has great reputation.

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