Posts By Brad Moore

Check Out Adobe’s Keynote from Photoshop World!
If you missed Photoshop World Orlando last week but want to see some of the amazing new technology that Adobe showed off during the opening keynote, check out the video above. They covered the latest in Photoshop Touch, the Creative Cloud, Lightroom 5, Photoshop, and even technology to help remove camera shake blur from photos! Watch the whole thing above or on the Kelby Media Group YouTube channel.

The Latest on
Since I missed Free Stuff Thursday last week, there are two new classes on to tell you about, and they’re both part of the continuing The Art of Photography interview series with Mia McCormick.

First up is The Art of Photography: A Natural World Adventure with Colby Brown! Mia sits down with Colby and discusses how he got started, finding work, making a difference, and setting goals for the future. And the other addition to the series is The Art of Photography: The Specialty of Not Specializing with Rick Sammon! Here, Rick talks about having a plan, setting goals, never giving up, and staying positive.

Leave a comment for your chance to win a free rental of these classes!

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

The Shoot Like A Pro Tour with Scott Kelby
Apr 30 - Chicago, IL
May 23 - Seattle, WA (info coming soon)
May 24 - Los Angeles, CA (info coming soon)

Photographic Artistry with Adobe Photoshop with Ben Willmore
May 15 - Columbus, OH
May 21 - Boston, MA

Photoshop CS6 for Photographers with RC Concepcion
May 10 - Salt Lake City, UT
May 17 - Milwaukee, WI

Leave a comment for your chance to win a ticket to one of these events!

Free Webinar with Frank Doorhof
Do you have trouble deciding with photos from a shoot are the best ones, and which ones to keep, delete, or retouch? Join Frank Doorhof at 8:00am ET on Monday, April 29 for a free webinar presented by X-Rite where he’ll cover the selection process, as well as retouching. You can get all the info and register right here.

Moose Peterson Class Rental
– Owen

Kelby Training Live Ticket
– BGidlow

Signed Joe McNally Book Set
– Alan Norfleet

That’s it for today. If you’re one of the winners, we’ll be in touch soon!

Many thanks, Scott - an honor to be able to write here.

I'll be all over the place here (I'm no writer, so my apologies), but I'll try to be quick, sprinkling little nuggets of wisdom you should probably ignore. (Seriously, the only real tip here is SHOOT. Always be shooting.) I've been through highs and lows as a photographer, and have learned a thing or two in the process. Hopefully the below will help one day.

-You can't get better if you don't continuously practice. That's really the big secret. Keep shooting all the damn time.

-You have to love photography. I mean, really love it. Photography as a hobby is much different than photography as a profession.

-Surround yourself with smart, humble, and hard-working people. Try to be the same.

-Also, be nice.

-Respect your crew and keep everyone well fed. You'll be amazed at what can be accomplished after one eats a delicious burrito.

-Try to shoot with film every once in a while, especially if you never have. And not just because it's the cool, hipster thing to do, but because it's truly magic on earth. (Seriously, darkrooms changed my life.) It will also help your photography - constraints, non-immediacy, and knowing each shot is costing you a pretty penny does wonders to your work.

-Appreciate the gift that is being given to you. What an age to be alive. To be able to capture an image before your eyes, forever eternal based on your choosing. Wow.

-Photography is great. It can also be horrible. It has provided lifelong joys and struggles; the brightest of highs and darkest of lows. There's something so beautifully human about this. I can't keep away, and realize this is the life I've chosen. Know if you can handle that.

-Photography is in oversupply. Those who are creative problem solvers and who can adapt are going to win.

-Balance your life. I recently became a father for the first time. My job demands a lot of hours and travel, and it's been a lot of work to balance that and being able to be there for my daughter and wife. Every parent goes through this, and it will always be a struggle, I'm thinking.

-This is a stressful profession. Fun, but stressful. Develop strategies to keep the stress low.

-Enjoy the ride. Photography provides access. I've traveled to many places and met many amazing people, and feel blessed to be in this position. For all the craziness this career provides, few professions provide experiences as unique and great as photography does. If you're one of the lucky few making it, know you are indeed lucky.

-Luck favors the bold and hard working. (My father told me this when I was young. It's always stuck with me, even though sometimes I believe you truly do get just lucky sometimes.)

-Watch films with great cinematography. Get shamed at how bad you are. Get inspired at how great you can become.

-Stare at the stars every once in a while. Imagine all that's been and all that can be. (You're looking at the past in the present. How beautifully strange is that?!)

-I have never taken a truly great photograph. This haunts me. I can't stop until I get a shot I'm happy with. I'm afraid it may never happen. Try to have something that both drives and scares you.

-The key to great photography is not letting anyone see your bad shots.

-I'll get some flack for this, but the equipment does matter. Doesn't mean buying the latest and greatest guarantees great shots, but it means getting the right tool for the right job, and knowing your equipment inside and out. Speaking ofâ¦

-Know your sh*t.  I cannot stress this enough. There is no excuse with the limitless (free) resources available to you. Photography is simple, but it's also mind-numbingly difficult. You don't want to be fumbling around a set - people can smell the fear. Know your equipment, the science, the software, the techniques, the styles, etc. Learn as much as possible and don't stop learning.

-Fear and nerves can ruin a shoot. Each person deals with this in different ways, but overcome any way you can once you're on set.

-Talk to people. I consider myself an introvert, but the world is different when you're in charge and a camera is present. Let those social worries melt away.  Learn to talk to people, to relate to them, to know their trepidations and what makes them unique. Go out and take some street portraits of strangers - it will do wonders to your other work. Relationships, y'all.

-I have found that you have to stop and smell the roses. We live in a fast-paced world, and we ignore the simplest of beauty around us. Stop and smell those roses.  Hang out with your son or daughter at sunset, seeing the golden light hit their face. See the patterns and chaotic randomness of nature. Hear the rain. Turn off your phone. These seem silly, but believe me - they'll help your photography. You'll see light and compositions in new ways if you just stop and see the beauty of the world.

-Get in front of the camera. Let people photograph you for a change. Know what bothers you, what makes you uncomfortable, and use that when you're finally back behind the camera.

-Learn post-processing. It's becoming a must. Shooting for post is very important nowadays, as well. This part of the process can't be ignored.

-Of course, don't shoot with an â˜I'll fix it post' mentality. Jiminy. Get your shot in-camera; shoot for post as a prepared strength, not as a way to polish a turd.

-Out of camera does not equal a retouched photo.

-Everyone is using the same equipment. There is no â˜magic' lens or camera that makes someone better. Although the gear is expensive, we're technically all on a level-playing field. Don't get discouraged by others' gear - get encouraged by their skill.

-I'm still trying to make it. I'm still learning. Still making mistakes. Always will. Take what you can from above. If you have any nuggets of wisdom you'd like to share, write them below in the comments - would love to see them. Also, some obligatory photos I've shot. Shrug:

Jessyel Ty Gonzalez is the Manager of Photography at Crispin Porter + Bogusky, an ad agency in Boulder, Colorado, working as a photographer in the process.  You can see his work here, and also follow him on Twitter.

Hey everyone, Brad Moore here with another update from Photoshop World Orlando! Yesterday was the opening of the Photoshop World Expo and our After Hours Party at BB Kings with Big Electric Cat, and we had a blast! Here are some shots from the afternoon and evening:

The Expo is open to the public today and tomorrow, free of charge! Get your expo pass right here and come check it out.

Check back again later today for more shots from Orlando!

Photos by Anthony Newman and Brad Moore

Hey gang, Brad here with a few shots from our day of pre-conference workshops at Photoshop World Orlando. I’ll be sharing photos from Photoshop World here throughout the week every chance I get. No guest blogger or Free Stuff Thursday this week since we’ll be sharing news and events from the conference!

Of course, there was plenty of fun to be had at the Real World Concert Photography workshop with Alan Hess and Scott Diussa (and Big Electric Cat, who performed for the class and will be performing at tonight’s After Hours Party!)

Corey Barker talked about all things Channels, Selections, and Masks.

RC Concepcion helped people prep for the ACE Exam

Guy Kawasaki and Shawn Welch talked self-publishing in their APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur workshop

Dave Black tackled Lightpainting 101 with live models and various sets

And we ended the day with the Poolside Meetup, where attendees and instructors had a chance to mingle and get to know each other before the start of the conference!

Check back here after the opening Keynote for more image from Photoshop World Orlando!