Posts By Brad Moore

Coming off such an amazing year, it's a bit daunting to think about the New Year already unfolding. Being a very fortunate photographer with the lifetime self-assignment of affecting the world as a visual storyteller, each day brings its frustrations and rewards, propelling me onto the next. As one who really hates calendars and loathes clocks, containerizing life in twelve-month blocks at times seems stifling. Like Mark Twain said, "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."

The process of projecting the year to come in large part is based on the year(s) that has passed. It's comparable to what I always refer to as the great blessing of digital photography. We need to go through our day's images to see what we did right, and most importantly, see what part of the visual story we didn't capture or we can improve. While these are questions I ask others when they seek my photographic business advice, I ask them of myself when looking to the photographic future. Where do you want to take your photography and where do you want your photography to take you?

Where do you want to take your photography? This question often befuddles folks because there isn't a technical answer that quickly comes to mind. The usual quick answer isâ¦make it better. But that's a given and something you really don't need to put conscious thought into because it's going to happen without conscious thought. Your photography is always getting better as long as you constantly keep shooting. It's probably just not as fast as you'd like but trust me, there is no race to win being better quickly. As a creative, you should take this question and look inward for the answer, for it's in your heart that you'll find the force that drives your photography forward. That's right, the answer is your passion, that's where you want to take your photography.

Dang, there's no histogram that can help with that! And that's really hard to put on a calendar or purchase at B&H, that passion thing. What you can put on the calendar are lots and lots and lots of shoots, especially ones that really make you sweat! "So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor" is really sage advice! You want to take your photography where it hasn't been before, and from that exploration comes the growth that propels you to better photography. What can you look back on this past year that fits that description? How did you fare? Were there failures you can improve on? Are there successes you can build upon? You hold the answers inside your heart as to where you want to take your photography, you've just gotta listen to it.

April found me in an 8x8x6 plywood box with my dear friend for 18hrs on the very cold Platte River. Mark and I were once again going after the magical sunrise where we look out our wooden cell-like blind to the delight of thousands of Sandhill Cranes, dancing on the sandbars. And while we had an amazing sunset and lots of hours of conversation locked in our box (good thing Mark is such an amazing pastor), we awoke again to just empty sandbars. Not the first time for us, and not the last, but getting skunked is part of the photographic equation you've got to embrace. If I just shared the photos of the naked sandbars, sand isn't that attractive. Wanting to grab heartstrings, I know the purdy sunset shot with all the reds will suck you in and is the one to share. Perfecting your storytelling is just as important in where you want to take your photography as the f/stop.

After a 13-year absence I headed north again to the Tundra of Churchill, Canada in May for one of the most amazing bird spectacles a photographer can witness. I went looking for one species, the Hudsonian Godwit, a bird that in all my previous journeys to Churchill eluded me. Yet on this summer's trip, the first trip from the lodge and within a few blocks of the town literally on the side of the road, I nailed it. Go figure. When that happened I wondered to myself what I was going to do for the rest of the week. That's when you reach down and look for the photos, the stories that sum it all up. Think about it this way. When you grab your iPhone and show folks photos that sum up your trip, how many photos do you show them? One, two, five or fifty? Often it's just one or two that you find on your journey and put your passion into!

And no matter where you are in your photographic pursuits or career, you have to keep evolving or you parish (my version of the Darwin Photographic Theory). I pushed myself this past year into areas where I'm not only technically not as "sharp" as I should be but also personally very uncomfortable. In July, Jake and I headed to Oshkosh and while most naturally think of planes, I knew for my work that week, they would just be the backdrops. My focus was going to be people involved with aircraft and in particular, WWII vets. Shooting just shy of a thousand portraits in one day (and retouching), I thought I was gonna die! But I made new friendships and furthered others that I will always cherish. One new friend is Clancy.

Clancy and I struck up an instant bond from my very first click. You see him here standing in front of just one of the many aircraft he flew during WWII, a TBM Avenger. In his hands is a photograph of his and if you can identify the four aviation anomalies in the photo, then you're OK in his book. You see, Clancy amongst his other hooligan roles during WWII, was a Navy photographer. Most of the photos we see in history books from WWII from the Pacific are his.  After I got done taking this easy portrait (18-35AFS with the cement acting like a giant fill card and scattered skies above), I went over to shake his hand and say thanks. Clancy said, "You know light, you worked the situation perfectly." Our shortest phone call since that day has been ninety minutes, he's simply a hoot! And you could say I'm slowly, finally, getting out of my box working with folks.

And that's what we all must constantly keep doing, following our heart to push our photography further. Because it's in this pursuit we slowly, ever so slowly get the hint where we want our photography to take us. It's not about a destination, but rather a journey. And more often than not, it's not a journey we can note on a calendar and schedule, especially not in a twelve-month period of time and perhaps not even unfolding over a decade. I'm going on decade four, if that's any encouragement.

I've been very fortunate that life has taken me on an amazing journey for which I can take very little credit for piloting. The last few years has included my longtime passion for aircraft. And fortunately I learned early on it's not the aircraft but those behind them that is really the story. Sharon and I love to fly and when you get in the air with classic aircraft with dear friends at the stick, well there simply is nothing better (except a critter). Combining what I've come to do with critters and landscapes, seeking the light and wanting to tell the story, aviation photography has evolved into a big part of our lives now. All those WWII vets we've come to call friends tell us their exploits from the war, which coming full circle, with our friends flying their warbirds to turn those vets' stories into living images. And while we think we know where we might want our photography to take us, the serendipitous nature of being creatives, you just never know where the magic will take you.

"We need you to take a portrait." My good friends at the Texas Flying Legends Museum have carte blanche with me, whatever they need or want I'm there, so with such a simple request, I said yes. "Tomorrow at 1300, meet us in front of the XXX lodge, we'll pick you up." The next day with just the D4, 24-70, SB-910 and TTL cord, I was dropped off and walked across the street and waited at the XXX lodge to be picked up. Five minutes later two Escalades came down the road, the door opened on the second one and I jumped in. Greeted by the pilots of TFLM, we headed down the road. Ten minutes later I was in the personal office of Pres. George Bush at Kennebunkport, taking portraits. After it was all said and done I was asked if I wanted my portrait taken with the President. "Of course Moose does," the President said (the autographed print is one of my most cherished). Moments later I was in the office all alone with the President having a conversation about my dad and the President's time as a TBM pilot during WWII. You simply just don't know where your photography is going to take you!

And like all of you, I now look back on the last year and ponder what this New Year has in store. We need to know where we want to take our photography and with reflection we can focus better where that is. The heart is a great guide, keeping in mind one important fact. What the world needs is not more technically perfect photographs, but rather more photographs with passion. And when you share those photos, when you visually tell the stories of your journey, we take the world along with us. Photography is still one of the grandest pursuits I know and I look forward to seeing how the year unfolds in your photographs. "Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."

You can see more of Moose’s work at MoosePeterson.com and WarbirdImages.com, check out his iPad app MoosePress to keep up with his iBooks publishing, and follow him on Facebook, Google+, Twitter, and YouTube.

http://youtu.be/hGxlADbOlZ8

What’s Happening At CES 2014?
If you haven’t been able to keep up with all the new gear announcements coming out of CES 2014, Larry Becker and Mia McCormick have you covered! They’re at the event checking out the new gadgets every day and getting hands-on previews from Canon, Sony, Nikon, Sigma, Panasonic, and more. You can start with the Canon Powershot Cameras in the video above, and head over to our YouTube channel to check out the rest. More videos are being added throughout the conference, so keep checking back throughout the event!

Introducing KelbyOne
You’ve no doubt heard the news about NAPP and Kelby Training combining to become KelbyOne, your central resource for learning about photography and design. Well, to celebrate, we’re giving away a FREE YEAR of KelbyOne to THREE lucky people! Just leave a comment for your chance to win, or you can head to KelbyOne.com and sign up now.

KelbyOne Live
Want to spend a day with Scott KelbyMatt Kloskowski, or RC Concepcion? Check out these seminar tours!

Shoot Like A Pro with Scott Kelby
Feb 21 - Tampa, FL
Feb 24 - Atlanta, GA
Mar 12 - Phoenix, AZ
Mar 28 - Minneapolis, MN

Lightroom 5 Live with Matt Kloskowski
Jan 31 - Covington, KY (Cincinnati Area)
Feb 5 - Richmond, VA

Photoshop for Photographers with RC Concepcion
Feb 19 - Lansing, MI
Feb 26 - Oklahoma City, OK
Mar 4 - New York, NY
Mar 26 - Arlington, TX

You can check out the full schedule for seminars through March! And leave a comment for your chance to win a ticket to one of these events!

Frank Doorhof New York City Workshop
On May 3, Frank Doorhof will be hosting a workshop in New York City at a great location that will combine studio work, shooting with natural light, and even shooting on top of a building.

The group is limited so there is a lot of time for personal attention. This will be a learning frenzy with loads of tips and tricks on lighting, coaching the models, getting the right expression, natural light, strobes, mixing light sources, telling a story, building a brand, retouching and much much more.

Click here to book your ticket for the workshop you don’t want to miss!

Leave a comment for your chance to win a copy of Frank’s book, Mastering The Model Shoot!

Last Week’s Winners
Photoshop For Lightroom Users
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Wedding Photography Essentials Rental
– Jacquie

KelbyOne Live Ticket
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If you’re one of the lucky winners, we’ll be in touch soon. Have a great Thursday!

On the heels of the biggest college football game of the year, the BCS National Championship, I found myself laying in bed the next morning (yesterday) when the phone rings and the lovely voice of Brad Moore is on the line. "Why are you calling me this early?" I mumble. Well it turns out Brad was asking me to write this guest blog about my experience at the big game the night before. So with that in mind, I don't think I'll have any life-changing epiphanies or deep, touch-your-soul revelations, but I hope you will at least be able to get a glimpse into what things were like Monday night and enjoy some decent images.

As I write this, I'm not sure what the time is. I can read a clock, but I'm not sure how my body feels. As is the case with many of the shooters last night who cover both teams, I live in the Eastern Time Zone, and obviously the game was on the West Coast, so it felt like the game started at 5:30 and ended at 3 o'clock in the morning. But I digress.

I feel like the most asked question I got when telling people I was going to the game: "Who are you shooting for?" So to get that out of the way, I am the team photographer for the Tennessee Volunteers and my counterpart at Auburn, Todd Van Emst graciously extended an invitation to help cover the game for Auburn. So out to California I flew.

Technical Specs
(3) Canon 1DX camera bodies
Canon 16-35 f/2.8
Canon 24-70 f/2.8
Canon 70-200 f/2.8
Canon 600mm f/4
Canon 1.4x extender
16gb cards

Shutter speeds were at 1/1000 or higher and fastest available aperture except for the fireworks shots which were f/11 - f/22.

Note: It was my first time putting a 1.4x extender on a 600 and it was great shooting downfield like that. Will definitely do it again.

If you watched the game, you know it was not a disappointment to football fans. Big lead. Big comeback. Down to the last few plays. Everything you want in a game (except the team I was shooting for didn't win).

Sidelines were exceptionally crowded, as you would expect from a big game, but I was extremely impressed with the organization and communication with photographers out there. It was shoulder-to-shoulder with shooters most of the way around the field. As you can see in the photo here, there wasn't a lot of room to move. But I never heard anyone having any trouble, which is unusual for a historically curmudgeon-y group. One thing I thought was pretty cool that you'll probably see more often was the use hard-line ethernet cables run to the field.  With the technology in cameras to now shoot tethered via Ethernet cable, this was huge for the shooters who had them to send their images instantly to an editor in the digital workroom. In a world of instant gratification, I can't imagine it can be sped up much faster than that.

You'll notice looking my photos that there are no photos of FSU raising the crystal ball. I was there shooting for Auburn so I followed Auburn off the field.  I'm sure there are hundreds, if not thousands, of those somewhere else if you really want to see them :)

Lastly, and most notably among the photography world, I want to make one final note. It was a wonderful night of College football. The BCS had its final game, as there will be a playoff next year. The weather was perfect, per usual in Pasadena, CA. And the crowd was loud and proud. It was a who's who of sports photography, with staffers from Sports Illustrated, Getty Images, AP, USA Today Sports Images, other top agencies, and even a bunch of bums like me who managed to get in. One person who was not there was the legendary Dave Martin. As many of you may know Dave Martin, aka "Mullet" died tragically while shooting the Chick-Fil-A bowl in Atlanta, GA.


Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/USA TODAY Sports Images

There were several events Monday night to celebrate his life and what he meant to the photojournalism industry. I believe these events were the workings of USA Today Sports Images C.O.O. Bob Rosato. There was a group photo of photographers who knew Dave, there were T-shirts for people to wear, there was time on the Jumbotron dedicated to honoring Dave, and even graphic stickers for shooters to put on their gear to show their support.

But the thing I thought was the coolest of all, was a spot reserved for ole' Vern (the name he affectionately gave to many of his fellow photographers) on the sidelines.  With shoulder-to-shoulder shooters, and people standing behind those who were kneeling, it was very cool to see a space left open for a man who was dear to many fellow photojournalists. An honor that stood above the rest. If you don't know who Dave Martin is, please search his name or visit his tribute page on Facebook.

Thank you all for taking the time to read this and look at some of the images I captured Monday night.  My hope for all of us is that we continue to work, continue to learn, and continue to get better in everything we do…

"Just shut up and make a picture."
– Dave "Mullet" Martin (1954 - 2014)

You can see more of Donald’s work at DonaldPage.net and UTSports.com, and follow him on TwitterInstagram, and OKDOTHIS.

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Photoshop for Lightroom Users
If you’re a Lightroom user who wants to also take advantage of what Photoshop has to offer, but feel overwhelmed by all of the many powerful features it offers, Scott Kelby has written a book just for you. It’s Photoshop for Lightroom Users, and in it Scott focuses on the essentials edits, techniques, retouching tutorials, and tweaks that you can't perform in Lightroom, but which will take your images up a notch. Scott covers everything from compositing to adding text over an image to retouching to creating a book cover to advanced sharpening techniques. With Photoshop for Lightroom Users, readers will learn all they need to know in order to fold Photoshop into their imaging workflow with Lightroom.

You can pick up your copy from KelbyTraining.com, Amazon, or Barnes & Noble, or leave a comment for your chance to win one of three copies we’ll give away here!

Wedding Photography Essentials with Frank Salas
If you're interested in wedding photography then this class is for you! Whether you're just starting out or are a seasoned pro looking for some of the latest tips and tricks; join Master Photographer Frank Salas as he breaks down the absolute essential information every wedding photographer should know. In this class Frank covers everything from the equipment you'll need to take to that first time meeting with the bride, to basic posing technique, how to proof your images, increase sales, and so much more!

Leave a comment for your chance to win a free rental of this class!

Kelby Training Live
Want to spend a day with Scott KelbyMatt Kloskowski, or RC Concepcion? Check out these seminar tours!

Shoot Like A Pro with Scott Kelby
Feb 21 - Tampa, FL
Feb 24 - Atlanta, GA
Mar 12 - Phoenix, AZ
Mar 28 - Minneapolis, MN

Lightroom 5 Live with Matt Kloskowski
Jan 31 - Covington, KY (Cincinnati Area)
Feb 5 - Richmond, VA

Photoshop for Photographers with RC Concepcion
Feb 19 - Lansing, MI
Feb 26 - Oklahoma City, OK
Mar 4 - New York, NY
Mar 26 - Arlington, TX

You can check out the full schedule for seminars through March! And don't forget, if you register for a seminar at least 14 days in advance, you can save $10 by using the code KTL10 at the checkout. And leave a comment for your chance to win a ticket to one of these events!

Something Big Coming on January 7
Something big is coming to Kelby Training on Tuesday, January 7! If you want to be among the first people to find out what it is, you can sign up at KelbyTraining.com/CreativesUnite!

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If you’re one of the lucky winners, we’ll be in touch soon. Have a great Thursday and a Happy New Year!

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A Beginners Guide To Photographing Christmas Morning with Pete Collins
Join Pete Collins for this special holiday class that is all about taking those Christmas photos on Christmas morning. If you just got a brand new DSLR camera and you want to learn how to make your photos better, sharper, faster, and not drive your family crazy while you do it, then this class is for you!

Leave a comment for your chance to win a free rental of this class!

Kelby Training Live
Want to spend a day with Scott KelbyMatt Kloskowski, or RC Concepcion? Check out these seminar tours!

Shoot Like A Pro with Scott Kelby
Feb 21 - Tampa, FL
Feb 24 - Atlanta, GA
Mar 12 - Phoenix, AZ
Mar 28 - Minneapolis, MN

Lightroom 5 Live with Matt Kloskowski
Jan 31 - Covington, KY (Cincinnati Area)
Feb 5 - Richmond, VA

Photoshop for Photographers with RC Concepcion
Feb 19 - Lansing, MI
Feb 26 - Oklahoma City, OK
Mar 4 - New York, NY
Mar 26 - Arlington, TX

You can check out the full schedule for seminars through March! And don't forget, if you register for a seminar at least 14 days in advance, you can save $10 by using the code KTL10 at the checkout. And leave a comment for your chance to win a ticket to one of these events!

Holiday Gift Guide for Photographers on The Grid
If you missed the live airing of yesterday’s episode of The Grid and need some last-minute gift ideas that are under $100, you’ll want to watch it as soon as it’s posted! Scott and Matt shared some of their favorite photo tools, gadgets, and gizmos (I’m assuming, since I wasn’t there for the show today. More on that later…) that the photographer in your life will love and won’t break your wallet! You can check it out later today on KelbyTV.com and YouTube, so keep an eye out for it!

Advice From 88 Cinematographers
Our buddy and Kelby Training instructor Mike Kubeisy just sent me this link to check out, and I found some great advice here! Over at TheBlackAndBlue.com, they asked 88 people from the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC), “What’s the best professional advice you’ve ever received?” The responses are great because they’re not just applicable to cinematographers, but also photographers and anyone who is ever on set for a shoot of any kind! Check it out, and you’re sure to find some words of wisdom that you’ll take to heart.

93.3 FLZ Jingle Ball Concert
A couple paragraphs ago I (Brad) mentioned I wasn’t around for The Grid yesterday, and that’s because I was photographing the 93.3 FLZ Jingle Ball concert in Tampa for Clear Channel. The show featured a bunch of pop stars like Flo Rida, Enrique Iglesias, Robin Thicke, Miley Cyrus, and lots of others. If you’re into any of those people or just concert photography in general, you can check out the photo galleries right here. Of course, you also know that at least one of those people I mentioned is a bit on the risqu© side, so some of the images on there are too. There were other photographers shooting as well, so you can see who shot what in the credit line below each image.

Just a little behind the scenes info… Because there are so many acts on the bill that play in very quick succession throughout the day (the stage rotates, so on one side that the crowd sees is the current performer, and on the back side they’re setting up for the next performer), the photographers shooting for the radio station had card runners taking cards to photo editors who were working on the images and posting to the site throughout the concert. So, the reason I say all of that is because I wanted to say that I had a blast shooting and think/hope I got some cool shots, but I haven’t actually seen all of them yet! I went through some of the galleries and was happy with what I saw, but haven’t seen all of them just yet ;-) Hope you enjoy!

Last Week’s Winners
KelbyTraining.com Rental
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If you’re one of the lucky winners, we’ll be in touch soon. Because of the holidays, I’m not sure what the plan is for the blog next week, so we may or may not see you here again next Thursday. Either way, have a great Thursday today!

Griswold Ain't Got Nothing On This!
Hello everyone and Merry Christmas! Corey Barker here and I just wanted to pop in and share a few things as we wrap up the year and get ready for what hope to be a very exciting 2014. One thing I wanted to share, or re-share is a video time-lapse I had done last year on taking a normal photo of a house and decorating it with Christmas lights all in Photoshop. It was a lot of fun and everyone seemed to enjoy it. Well here it is and is set to some rather appropriate Christmas music. If you haven't seen it yet go ahead and check it out and if you are a NAPP member then you can see the tutorial in real time over at the NAPP member website.

http://youtu.be/yQ99NVFpVsc

The Bear & The Hare Christmas Spot
Many of you may know of my friend Aaron Blaise, who is a former Disney animator and perhaps one of the best illustrators I know. He also has taught at the last two Photoshop World's and has wowed crowds with his skill in creating realistic character art all in Photoshop using a Wacom Cintiq.

Just this past year Aaron went back to his roots to do some 2D hand drawn animation on a Holiday commercial for a London based company. Aaron had told me about the project months ago but couldn't reveal too many details. When I finally saw the finished piece I was nearly brought to tears. It's a beautiful piece and has a lot of heart. It shows how 2D animation can still capture our hearts the way the old Disney classics used to.

Aaron did all the animation of the actual bear and hare characters and other animators did the rest. What is interesting is how they did it. It combines practical model effects with 2D characters and animated as stop motion. When you are done watching the video go and watch the behind the scenes of how they did it. That is as impressive as the piece itself.

In the end the spot is nothing short of amazing and big tip of the hat to Aaron and the rest of the production for making a piece of art and not just an advertisement.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XqWig2WARb0

A New Down & Dirty Book is On the Way

Just this past week I finished up Volume 2 of the Down & Dirty Tricks for Designers book. The first book was a big hit with designers and was filled with eye-catching images. I believe this next one is as every sequel should be, better than the first. I have completely new material throughout the book with an expanded 3D chapter that takes Photoshop 3D to the extreme. In addition to more 3D I have my Hollywood Effects chapter with a complete movie poster project from start to finish. I also have a short chapter where I use images provided me by notable photographers like Moose Peterson and Glyn Dewis.

As I mentioned the book is in post-production and hopes to be shipping sometime in late January/early Feb 2014. Be sure to look for that soon and also check out coreysbarker.com for more info as well. Here are a few examples of what you can expect to see in the book.

This was created with images shot by Glyn Dewis and is a play on the movie Looper starring Bruce Willis.

This is the poster project I referred to earlier. This tutorial is fully step-by-step starting with the raw image right out of the camera.

The 3D chapter boasts some of the most eye-catching and complex 3D you probably ever seen in Photoshop. You will see how this very logo was created entirely in Photoshop with no third party applications used at all.

What about product design? No problem, learn how to create and combine simple shapes into an elegant product shot that you can view and render from practically any angle.

As I said, these are merely a small taste of all the fun that is to be had in this newest Volume of Down & Dirty Tricks for Designers. What always drove me to write such a book like this was because these books, and the first volume, were the books I would have been looking for if I were a design student or aspiring artist. Often just seeing what is possible is enough to fuel your creativity and drive you to create something that sends that thrilling chill down your spine. I only hope this book can do that for you. Stay tunedâ¦more to come!

You can see more of Corey’s work at CoreySBarker.com, and follow him on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and YouTube.

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