Posts By Brad Moore

Get A FREE Pass for the Expo Floor at Photoshop World!
Thanks to our friends at B&H Photo, you can score a FREE pass for the Expo Floor at Photoshop World Vegas! Come check out all the Bonus Classes on September 5 and September 6, check out the latest gear from Canon, Epson, G-Technology, Hoodman, Westcott, Wacom, and tons of other companies, and even find out how you can get a killer new website from SmugMug or Squarespace! You can see the full list of exhibitors right here.

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Bill Fortney’s Vintage Auto America
Join outdoor photographer and author Bill Fortney in his class Vintage Auto America for an immersive trip through vintage auto Americana as he explores over 6 miles of trails filled with old cars, trucks, and the many other things that can be found at Old Car City, outside Atlanta, GA. There are classic treasures at every turn and Bill walks you through his gear, philosophy, and techniques for shooting on this kind of special self-assignment. From wide environmental portraits of a rusting DeSoto to up-close and personal gritty macros of decaying hood ornaments, Bill digs deep and shares from his wealth of tips and tricks to inspire you to get out to your nearest junkyard and have your own photographic adventure.

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Kelby Training Live
Want to spend a day with Scott Kelby or Joe McNally? Check out these seminar tours!

Shoot Like A Pro with Scott Kelby
Sep 13 - Miami Beach, FL
Sep 18 - Livonia, MI (Detroit area)
Sep 20 - Arlington, TX (Dallas/Ft. Worth area)

One Light, Two Light with Joe McNally
Sep 10 - St. Louis, MO
Sep 12 - Kansas City, MO

Lots more dates have been added for the rest of the year, so head over to the Kelby Training Live site to get the full schedule! And leave a comment for your chance to win a ticket to one of these events!

Rick Sammon’s Photo Sundial
Our friend and Kelby Training instructor Rick Sammon has a new iPhone and iPad app that will help you find the best light for the best pictures. It’s called Rick Sammon’s Photo Sundial and is on sale for $2.99. The app not only shows the sun’s position and where shadows will fall, but it also displays the phases of the moon, a five-day weather forecast, a sun compass, a shadows meter and 25 of Rick’s favorite sunrise/sunset images with tips. Read all about it right here.

Aviation Photography Workshop with Jos© Ramos
As a photography enthusiast have you ever walked the flight line at an airshow and wondered what it would be like to capture vintage warbirds without the crowds?  Or have you asked yourself what would it take to plan a successful sunrise photo shoot with these amazing pieces of history?  Have you wanted to create images of warbirds with models and reenactors, giving the image that extra vintage feel, but you just did not know where to start?

Throughout the coming months, 3G Aviation Media is partnering up with several warbird facilities to host a series of unique learning opportunities that will allow you to expand your knowledge and skill of photography. Through a mixture of classroom presentation, hands-on instruction and group interaction, they strive to provide their attendees with a controlled environment where they can try new techniques with subjects they may not have readily available.

You can get more info on the upcoming workshop in Peachtree City, Georgia happening November 15-17 right here.

Photoshop World Ticket
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Dave Black Class Rental
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Kelby Training Live Ticket
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Vincent Versace Class Rental
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Hi everyone! Aaron Blaise here. For those that don't know who I am⦠I've been in the animation industry for almost 25 years now with 21 of those years spent at Walt Disney Feature Animation. I was lucky enough to have contributed to many of Disney's latest classics including Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Lion King, Pocahontas, and Mulan. I also co-directed Brother Bear. In the last few years I've been developing several films for various companies by way of story development and visual development/concept design. I've been a guest on Photoshop User TV a couple of times and will be an instructor at the upcoming Photoshop World event in Las Vegas! (That WILL be fun!)

Thereâ¦now that I got the intro out of the way, I'd like to share with you the latest project my directing partner, Chuck Williams and myself have been working on, Art Story. First I'd like to give you a little background on this project.

A few years back, Chuck and myself were presented with an amazing opportunity. Leave Disney in California, and move back to our home state of Florida to head up the creative development of a brand new animation studio being created in Port Saint Lucie. The studio was to be a division of the then visual effects giant, Digital Domain.  It was a big gamble for us, but ultimately we couldn't resist the opportunity.

We started in April of 2010. Chuck and I were tasked with creating content for animated feature films and hiring the staff to make them. Over the next year we, along with a great story team, developed four original ideas. One was a fantasy piece (Art Story), another was a comedy, another was a sci-fi piece, and the last one was a big epic adventure called The Legend of Tembo.

After looking closely at all four projects we decided to go with The Legend of Tembo as our first film. It was a big story and one we thought would be perfect as a first film for our young company.

It was the story of a gentle, young African elephant named Tembo, taken from his savannah home and shipped over seas where he is forced to become a battle elephant. It's here that he must fight for his freedom and make his way back home.

Tragedy struck though 13 months into making Tembo. After over a year of preproduction and development and literally 3 weeks from the start of actual production we came to work on a Friday to learn that the company had gone bankrupt and everything was shutting down. We had two hours to clean out our desks. Just like that the dream was crushed.

Over the next 6 months or so Chuck and I worked on trying to get Tembo out of bankruptcy with no luck.  It was then though that our ex-boss, John Textor was able to get Art Story out of bankruptcy.

Art Story was going to be our follow up to Tembo, a completely different film from our big elephant adventure. It’s a story about an 11-year-old, meticulous boy, WALT, and his crazy, loopy GRANDPA — two complete opposites — who get stuck in a vast, imaginative WORLD OF PAINTINGS.  Inside, they cross paths with a ruthless painted character determined to make it into our world. In order to get home and stop the villain, Walt and Grandpa have to set aside their differences, work together and navigate worlds where the rules can change around every corner.

It's a big visual undertaking in that every time Walt and Grandpa enter a different painted world they take on the look of that world. It'll be like having 7 or 8 completely different art directed little films in one!

It was at this time that we decided we wanted to try and create something from the ashes of what we once were. We decided we wanted to make this film. We didn't have a studio anymore though and all of the staff we had once hired had moved on to other jobs.

Chuck and I had used up almost all of our savings and parts of our retirements just to get by over that year. We needed to figure out how we were going to get at least the start of this film funded. That's when we decided we wanted to give Kickstarter a try.

For those that don't know, Kickstarter is a crowd funding website owned by Amazon where you can present a project to the masses and they can decide if they want to donate to it or not. In return for their donations they receive different rewards that we come up with at different monetary amounts given. It's a simple idea really but one that's really taken off.

After figuring out what key work we would need done over the next year or so, we came up with an amount of $350,000 that we would try and raise to get the film seeded. Chuck and I then put together a short video explaining our story and process and attached it to our new Kickstarter home page and launched it July 7th. Kickstarter has a finite number of days for you to raise the funds. If you don't do it within the days allotted then you get nothing. We had 47 days. We had until August 23rd to raise the $350,000 needed to get started. This is where we got our lesson in social media! We plastered ourselves and Art Story everywhere we could, several times a day. Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest, Instagramâ¦and it worked!! By August 23rd we had exceeded our goal and raised $365,670 donated by 1,785 backers!!! We couldn't believe it! You can see our Kickstarter page right here.

And now here we are. Chuck and I are in the early stages of utilizing the funds (we aren't taking salaries) and getting Art Story to next stages of development. We intend to get our script finished and very tight, create all new visual development/concept pieces, create a new story reel of the film, and we also want to do something a little different. We want to create both a children's book and an e-book telling the entire story and release them before the film. Where the big studios like to keep there original content secret up until their release dates, we thought we would get the story out there ahead of time and get the public behind it. Get them excited for the film version!

All of these pieces you see here were done in Photoshop CS6 on my 21″ Wacom Cintiq. I have to say that it is an incredible amount of fun for me to put our characters into these great pieces of art and try to emulate the various styles. (Keep in mind I'm painting our characters into existing high res pieces)

Creating animated features is a marathon process, taking up to 5 years to complete. We are just now in the beginning stages of Art Story and we have a long road ahead of us, but I hope you'll keep up with our progress over the coming few years on our website.

Thanks so much to Scott for allowing me to share with you all our little movie and thank you readers for taking the time to read my ramblings. If you happen to be in Vegas for Photoshop World and you see me, please come up and say hi. I'll also be teaching classes on Digital Character creation, Wildlife painting in Photoshop, and Character design.  You can see more of my work at Hope to see you there!!   -Aaron

You can see more of Aaron’s work at, and follow him on Twitter and Google+

Photoshop World Vegas
What can I say that hasn’t already been said recently that could help you decide to come to Photoshop World Vegas? It’s an amazing conference with amazing instructors, amazing events, and amazing people all around. Just listen to the people in the video above. If you haven’t already booked a flight, you can get some info on travel right here. And if discount airline Allegiant Air flies out of an airport near you, there’s a chance you can get a cheap, direct flight to Vegas!

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The Art Of Digital Photography with Dave Black
Join Mia McCormick for an inspirational conversation with Dave Black, a world renowned sports photographer with over 30 years of experience. Over the course of an hour Dave and Mia discuss topics that range from getting started in photography to overcoming challenges, from the importance of thinking differently to how to develop your own unique style, and so much more!

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Kelby Training Live
Want to spend a day with Scott Kelby or Joe McNally? Check out these seminar tours!

Shoot Like A Pro with Scott Kelby
Aug 27 - San Jose, CA
Sep 13 - Miami Beach, FL
Sep 18 – Livonia, MI (Detroit area)
Sep 20 – Arlington, TX (Dallas/Ft. Worth area)

One Light, Two Light with Joe McNally
Sep 10 - St. Louis, MO
Sep 12 - Kansas City, MO

Lots more dates have been added for the rest of the year, so head over to the Kelby Training Live site to get the full schedule! And leave a comment for your chance to win a ticket to one of these events!

Peter Read Miller Sports Photography Workshop
The Peter Read Miller Sports Photography Workshop returns to Atlanta, GA for the second year. Class will start Monday afternoon October 28 and end on Sunday morning November 3, 2013. If you want to learn from sports photography from the best of the best, this is where you can do it! Join Peter as he teaches you how to photograph football, baseball, volleyball, swimming, and more. You can download a PDF with all of the workshop info right here (right-click and Save Link As if it doesn’t download automatically) and sign up for the workshop right here.

Vincent Versace Workshops in India
Join Vincent Versace next month for some unique workshop opportunities in Banaras (Varanasi), Kolkata, and Mumbai India! Working in conjunction with the Indian talent sharing website Tumbhi, you can choose to do just one or all three! These workshops will involve intense learning, hands on sessions and lots of fun with Vincent and guest instructor Mickey Strand.

You can get more info on these workshops right here, and leave a comment to win a free rental of one of Vincent’s classes!

Photoshop World Ticket
– Adam Bucci

Zack Arias $5K Challenge Rental
– Patrick Farrington

Kelby Training Live Ticket
– Christopher Arnold

– Tricia Kennedy

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

Wow, what a great honor to be this week's Guest Blogger - thanks Scott!

Folks who know me personally know that I've never met a soapbox that I didn't love so I'll try to keep today's musing short and succinct.  I'll have a chance to pontificate at length at this year's Photoshop World and encourage all attendees to try to catch both of my information packed seminars.

On Thursday, September 5th I'll be presenting The Ten Commandments of Cinematic Lighting.  Although trying to distill thirty years of hard-won Hollywood and high fashion lighting experience down to an hour's worth of easily digestible tips is an almost impossible task, I've taken my best shot at it.  This isn't a class for hardware fetishists but rather a philosophical primer on the emotional and practical application of any artificial light source, be it large, small, classic, current, or yet to be revealed.  That said, please don't mistake this class's admittedly philosophical bent as code for "More Useless Mumbo-Jumbo" for that would be a huge mistake – attentive attendees will learn from many carefully created examples and take away ten concise and useful tips to consider when creating a dramatic lighting design for either cinema or stills.

And these tips are not a simple distillation of my own extensive experience but rather a finely crafted brew of knowledge gleaned from years of working with The Best of The Best in both the still and motion image-making arenas.

Yep, over the course of my career I have had the honor of not only producing wonderful imagery but also the great pleasure of assigning the creation of such work.  As a young man, working as an Art Director for Conde Nast Publishing's Mademoiselle Magazine, I routinely assigned juicy editorial assignments to some of the worlds' best fashion photographers.  Can you imagine how much I learned by offering creative challenges and then stepping back to quietly but intently observe each individual artist's approach?  It was an amazing time and I gleaned a lot of fresh knowledge with each new experience.

Ditto on the Cinematic side of the street.  As time passed, and my interests changed, I segued from the Rag Trade into the more creatively-broad arena of Advertising.  I continued to do a bit of Graphic Design and Art Direction - and a lot of Still Photography - but ultimately found my True Love in The Art of Cinematography.

I must be the luckiest guy alive because one thing led to another and I soon found myself working in Hollywood!   After induction into the Directors Guild of America, I became a Creative Director at the world's biggest motion picture special effects house (Robert Able & Associates) where I spent many years busily designing, producing, and directing major television advertising campaigns.  Big budgets and lots of creative freedom added up to what could only be described as truly awesome times.  And, as a Producer and Director, I was once again blessed with the great pleasure of assigning plum jobs to other creative souls - this time to the guys and gals who I think occupy the highest rungs of the lens-based visual arts, the Cinematographers or, as they are also known, the Directors of Photography.  Sweet!

Which finally brings me to my second seminar offering at the upcoming Photoshop World conference, Introduction to HD Storytelling, on Friday September 6th from 1:00-2:00pm.  This seminar will focus on the exploitation of contemporary hybrid tools for a personal exploration of motion picture storytelling.

Here's how I see it: I think every person has an interesting and compelling story in them – maybe more than one.  These stories may big and far-reaching or small and private but at their heart every well-told story is based on effective structure and basic technique.  If you own a hybrid camera - one that offers both Still and HD capture - and a computer with an editing program, well heck, you're halfway to your three-picture studio deal with Paramount!   That's how it went for Writer/Director/Producer Robert Rodriguez when he created and shared his first short film "El Mariachi"!!

Okay, so you're not really halfway to Hollywood just because you own some gear but you do have a solid foundation on which to build your own personal exploration of motion picture storytelling. And I'm excited to help you along the way with an inspiring hour of entertaining examples and solid advice to get the ball rolling. My personal career with the motion picture camera has taken me to the most exciting places on the planet where I see and capture the most beautiful things. In this seminar I'll also share how that came to be and offer solid advice on how to start your own cinematic show reel.

My advice? Invest two hours hanging out with me, Brucie -The Second Most Interesting Man Alive!  Fail to do so and you'll miss out on good solid advice, inspirational imagery, and a well-marked road map to Big Fun ;)

Wait a minute – just two hours?!? I could do days on these topics! Quick, someone tell Scott to get me on the video tutorial program around here!

You can see more of Bruce’s work at and, and follow him on Twitter.

Photoshop World Vegas
We’re just a few weeks away from Photoshop World Vegas! We’ve put together a series of videos to help people who’ve never been to Photoshop World get an idea of all the things that happen at this one-of-a-kind conference, and you can watch them above. Our very own Larry Becker takes you through everything including the in-depth workshops, the opening keynote, Midnight Madness, the After Hours Party, and much much more.

If you want a chance to win a free ticket to Photoshop World, just leave a comment!

The $5K Challenge with Zack Arias
What could you do photographically with five thousand dollars? Join Zack Arias in The $5K Challenge: Professional Photography On A Budget, as he sets out a challenge to show what can be done on a budget of $5,000. Zack does everything from buying the camera gear to covering his expenses for a weekend of travel in New York City, and even hiring a photo editor to sit down and help him edit his photos down to a tight new body of work. At the end of the project he'll have new gear, an interesting experience, a new portfolio, and money left over to do it again.

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Kelby Training Live
Want to spend a day with Scott Kelby or Joe McNally? Check out these seminar tours!

Shoot Like A Pro with Scott Kelby
Aug 16 - San Antonio, TX
Aug 21 - Indianapolis, IN
Aug 27 - San Jose, CA
Sep 13 - Miami Beach, FL

One Light, Two Light with Joe McNally
Sep 10 - St. Louis, MO
Sep 12 - Kansas City, MO

Lots more dates have been added for the rest of the year, so head over to the Kelby Training Live site to get the full schedule! And leave a comment for your chance to win a ticket to one of these events!

Win An Ice Light from FJ Westcott
Our friends at FJ Westcott are giving away a free Ice Light to one lucky person! All you have to do is go to and enter your email address in the box when it pops up. And be sure to check out the video above if you want to see the Ice Light (and its creator Jerry Ghionis) in action!

Olloclip Up for Entrepreneur of 2013
It’s no secret that we’re HUGE fans of the olloclip here at the Kelby offices. That’s why we’re pumped to hear that they’re up for Entrepreneur of 2013 from Entrepreneur Magazine! If you’re also a fan, head on over and watch the video of how Patrick O’Neill came up with the idea for this fantastic iPhone camera accessory and submit your vote!

Leave a comment for your chance to win your very own olloclip!

Photoshop World Ticket
– Pam Singleton

Lightroom 5 Book for Digital Photographers
– Daniel Buckenmyer
– Jim Kirk
– John Williamson
– Reena Smurf
– Paul P

Tim Wallace Class Rental
– Holger

Kelby Training Live Ticket
– John Price

The Digital Photography Book, Part 1
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– James

If you’re one of the lucky winners, we’ll be in touch soon! Have a great Thursday, and come say hi if you’re at the San Antonio or Indianapolis seminars in the next few days!

Photo by Greg Mellang

To do, or not to do, that is the "new" question. A Photoshop Journey, for the non purist.

First of all, thanks to Scott and Brad for having me here, it's an honor.

I have been writing a regular column for Photoshop User Magazine for over a decade, but this is my first time as guest blogger. I hope you enjoy what I have to share.

Now that we have Photoshop and great resources to learn how to master the tool, is it still necessary to do "trick photography" or create surreal looks in camera? Should we be using all the tools at our disposal, or should we try and be purists?

What is purism anyway? It's funny how as artists we can so quickly go from pioneers to museum keepers. Painters scoffed at photographers, film photographers scoffed at digital photographers, digital photographers are now scoffing at iPhone shooters. Where will it all end I wonder?

My opinion? Why cripple your artistic vision with prejudice or elitism? It's not the tools that you use, it's the art that you make that matters. Personally, I like to use every tool that's available. Because of this, I like to do as much in camera as possible and also do as much in Photoshop as needed. To top it off, I also like to throw in some 3D as well, and if needed, I'm not opposed to mixing illustration.

Ever since I started to create digital art, I have been influenced by movies and often have a cinematic leaning to my images.

There is nothing more thrilling than creating art using lighting, photographic techniques and Photoshop together. It's easy to get lost in the moment and stay up all night making images. There have been many times when I see the sun come up before I leave my computer for some sleep. I believe if you really want to get good, you have to put in the time. I heard a great quote once: "Work while others are loafing, study while others are sleeping, and then dream while others are wishing."

Let's go through a few of my images and see if you can tell which ones have been processed more than others. I'll also tell you the techniques used.

First of all, what do you think of this pelican shot? Unusual perspective to say the least. Surely, I composited this in Photoshop, right?

I felt very lucky to get this shot

Wrong! The only post work on this was a slight vignette and a contrast boost. This was shot with a GoPro Hero 3 on my DJI Phantom quadcopter. I was hovering when this bird swooped underneath it, I knew I had a killer shot. Ok, I did also remove the small shadow of the phantom using Lightroom.

Come to Photoshop World and attend the in-depth workshop that I will be teaching with Russell BrownTop Gun Flight Training from Photographers.

In this workshop you will have the opportunity to fly a Phantom for yourself. Russell will be teaching still photography and I'll be teaching the video side of things.

The next image is one that I shot recently in Maui Hawaii. The mist look was created by attaching a Neutral Density filter to my Canon 5D MkIII. By reducing the amount of light coming into the lens, I was able to slow my exposure time down to 30 seconds and allow the waves to become like mist. I also shot 3 exposures and turned it into an HDR image to preserve the details in the sunset while opening up the shadows in the rocks.

There is nothing like a beautiful sunset in paradise!

I have actually used HDR in most of the images that I'm sharing here. Maybe you aren't used to seeing HDR used in these ways. I like to use HDR more for the advantages of an extended dynamic range than to create an "effect." Don't get me wrong, I like the effect, too, it's just not the only use for HDR.

This next image, has to be totally done in Photoshop right? Or did I shoot a scale model? Nope, this is the real Times Square, New York. I used a Lensbaby Edge 80 lens to create the "tilt shift" effect that creates the miniaturized look and some HDR to make the details and color pop. No other Photoshop work involved.

Little New York

This next Photo involved HDR, so that I could capture the lens flare from the car headlights without totally blowing them out. The model was illuminated with a single Canon EX580 speedlight modified by a Chimera Octo-beauty dish. I then did some Photoshop work to create a mysterious cinematic feel.

Going for a cinematic look and feel

This is another from the same shoot, using the same setup. I wanted to create a nice rim light using the car's headlights. Sometimes you can use what is known as "practical light" when an object in the scene is used to create part of the lighting effect.

The same scene from more a fashion perspective

Finally, you know it. This image was heavily Photoshopped. I shot the model in my studio and used some blue colored gels to simulate the moonlight on her rim. The moon and the rock were both shot as HDR images and composited into the scene. I created the tail in Maya (a 3D program) and composited and textured it in Photoshop. I was very honored to have Adobe show this image during their keynote address when they unveiled Photoshop CS6. This was the featured image on for almost 2 years.

A few different parts used to make up this scene

Some of you may have seen this image before. I created this image for a cover story in Photoshop User Magazine and walked the readers step by step through the creation of this piece. All the asset files were also available to NAPP members. This began life as a portrait in my studio. It was lit by Kino-flo video lights. Everything else was composited in Photoshop. The text was created with Photoshop's 3D tools.

I'm glad I didn't have to actually expose my guitar to water

This image is a mixture of everything. I modeled these wasps in Maya. The background, I photographed as HDR at the Television Center in Hollywood, which I thought was a perfect setting for my killer wasps. I then took all the elements together and composited them in Photoshop and added some illustration to finish it off.

These wasps wear gas masks because they are mutants and their stingers emit lethal gas

I was going to stick with all photographic imagery in this post. But I decided a good way to finish off is with a piece that I won a Guru award at Photoshop World,  1st place for Illustration. This guitar was created 100% in Photoshop. I didn't use Illustrator, 3D or any photography at all. It's all illustrated from scratch in Photoshop 6 (not CS6) out of the box with no 3rd party plugins. This one took me a while, but it was so much fun!

100% Photoshop

Thanks for reading this post and going on a little Photoshop Journey with me. I really hope that you can make it to see me at Photoshop World in Vegas in a few weeks!

You can see more of Colin’s work and tutorials at, and follow him on YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter.