Posts By Brad Moore

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Hey everyone. Good to see you here again!

A big hug goes to Scott and Brad for inviting me back to be a guest blogger. It’s not only quite an honor to post here, but it’s also great fun to share photo how-to info – and photo inspiration – on Scott’s popular blog.

I call this post, Transforming Your Home into a Professional Photo Studio, which coincidentally is the title of my newest class on KelbyOne, releasing tomorrow!

In this new class (which was shot in a home near the KelbyOne studios in Oldsmar, Florida) I share tips, tricks and techniques for shooting in your home with speedlites, constant lights, Ice Lights and even a small flashlight. The main idea of the class is that you don’t necessarily need to spend thousands of dollars a month on a studio rental, as well as thousands of dollars on lighting gear, to get good portraits.

Let’s start by taking a look at some of the end-result photographs, as well as some of the behind-the-scenes photos, from the class. For each photo I’ll share a quick tip.

After sharing some photos from the class, I’ll share some of my “home studio” images that were taken closer to home, actually in my home in Croton-on-Hudson, New York.

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Hey everyone, Brad here with a quick update on where we are with all things Worldwide Photo Walk! Here’s what to expect in the coming days…

Scott will be announcing the Grand Prize Winner and Top 10 Finalists right here at ScottKelby.com this coming Monday, November 9.

Voting for the People’s Choice Award will be open until Tuesday, November 10 (you need to be logged in to cast your vote for this award), and the winner will be announced soon thereafter.

And the Grand Prize Winner and Top 10 Finalists of the Leader Competition will be announced next week as well.

Sorry for the delay in the announcements, but you’ll find out who the winners are soon! Make sure your email address on your Photo Walk account is up to date in case you’re one of the winners and we need to get in touch with you. And a big thanks to everyone who participated this year and made it another great event! (more…)

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The Headshot by Peter Hurley
Following yesterday’s guest blog from Chris Gillett, why not give away a free copy of Peter Hurley’s wildly popular book, The Headshot?? This book doesn’t just cover Peter’s signature lighting look and posing; it gets to the heart of drawing emotion and expression out of your subjects. Whether you’re a headshot photographer, a portrait photographer, or, well, any type of photographer that has people in front of your lens, you’ll find this book to be an incredible addition to your toolkit!

Leave a comment for your chance to win a copy of The Headshot for free!

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liketherazor_Mike Schacht Chicago Headshot Photographer
Chicago has several great headshot photographers, and the king of Chicago, Michael Schacht, made this portrait of me, which is why it is the best photograph in this article.

How Peter Hurley Made a Headshot Photographer Out of Me
I was totally dejected and felt like I had failed my friend. I stared at the headshot I took of him trying to figure it out. He had a cool little mustache and looked handsome in his Army uniform, but Peter Hurley had just told me that he looked constipated.

1_Victoria-Jordan_Chris Gillett Houston Headshot Photographer
Faint smiles like this from Victoria take us into Mona Lisa territory. That such little movement can be so evocative leads some to conclude that the soul can communicate through the face beyond its mere physical appearance.

My friend had joined the United States Army right after 9/11. It has not been the easiest life for him, and I am very proud of him. I so wanted to do a good job on his headshot, and it was tough to hear that, in the opinion of arguably the best headshot photographer in the world, I had failed. Hard as it was to hear, it was lessons like this from Peter that took me from a bad amateur with no ability to make people look good in headshots to a working headshot photographer. You may not like my work or you may find it too derivative, which is certainly okay. My purpose here is to praise Peter for his teaching ability and to strongly recommend the information contained in his new book The Headshot: The Secrets to Creating Amazing Headshot Portraits. (more…)

Location Lighting with the Elinchrom ELB 400 with Scott Kelby
Take your studio lighting game on location! Join Scott Kelby for an action packed class on how to use the Elinchrom ELB 400 in a variety of locations. From a local golf course to the Nevada desert to a wedding venue, Scott shows you all kinds of ways to leverage the portability and power of the ELB 400 to unleash your creativity. Scott starts off by introducing the kit he uses on location, explaining the various components, and showing you how they work together. From there it is location, location, location, as Scott demonstrates how this kit works by putting it through its paces indoors and out. At the end of the class Scott shows you three very cool special effects modes this kit can do that are a lot fun to see in action. All along the way Scott digs deep and shares lighting tips and tricks to help you get the most out of your time and get the best results possible.

Whether you have this lighting system or not, you’ll gain insights into Scott’s methods of working on-location and lighting techniques. This class will be available to KelbyOne members later today, so keep an eye out for it. You can also leave a comment for your chance to win a 1-month KelbyOne membership so you can watch for free!

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tears of a clown: a satirical look at depression showing that even though many appear happy on the outside, they might be struggling with larger issues below the surface. It is not a glorification of suicide by any means, rather a way to hopefully start a dialog about mental issues
Tears Of A Clown: A satirical look at depression showing that even though many appear happy on the outside, they might be struggling with larger issues below the surface. It is not a glorification of suicide by any means, rather a way to hopefully start a dialog about mental issues.

Go Shoot Yourself
Hello, My name is Mark Rodriguez–though some folks on the interwebz refer to me as Godriguez–and I am a self-portrait/conceptual artist from Tampa, Florida. When many people think of self-portraiture the first thing that will usually come to mind is that they are just selfies, and it is a form of narcissism that should be eradicated from the earth. They hear “selfie” and think of dirty bathroom shots with duck lips and shot from a high angle. But a well-crafted self-portrait can in fact be a form of therapy, as has been in my case, and can help tell stories that might only be important to the artist themselves.

coming to the surface: we all have our breaking points and only we know how far we can be pushed before that anger is released. Truth be told, I was having extreme back pains when I took this shot so the emotion in my face is real
Coming To The Surface: We all have our breaking points, and only we know how far we can be pushed before that anger is released. Truth be told, I was having extreme back pains when I took this shot so the emotion in my face is real.

Let me step back and give you a bit of history as to how I began shooting self-portraits in the first place.

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