Pushing the Envelope I have a phrase for it, the Darwin Theory of Photography â€“ Evolve or Perish. While itâ€™s very true that Iâ€™m a gear head and one of my greatest pleasures in life is to get a new piece of gear and just sit and inhale the new gear smell, there is most definitely a method behind my madness. I love telling stories and since I canâ€™t draw, dancing is out of the question and my family wonâ€™t even let me sing in the shower that leaves me with photography to tell my stories. In 1998 when I first started to shoot digital, I knew then that the means in which I delivered my photographic stories was going to have to change. It gets complicated for Sharon & me in the fact that we make our livelihood by telling stories with my…
http://youtu.be/B5PqpxuYQaQ Photoshop for Digital Photographers in Washington DC On November 15, Scott Kelby will be bringing his Photoshop for Digital Photographers seminar to the nation's capital, Washington DC! Check out the video above for all the details, and head over to KelbyTraining.com to register now. Leave a comment for your chance to win a free ticket! Kelby Training Sales Donâ€™t forget, you can still getÂ 15%Â offÂ all books and DVDs at theÂ Kelby Training Store! All you have to do is use the promo codeÂ 15KTBÂ for books orÂ 15KTDÂ for DVDs when you check out. And if youâ€™re buying a book/DVD bundle, either code will work. Plus, our apps are still on sale! For a limited time, you can grabÂ Kelby Training AppsÂ forÂ 50% off. Thatâ€™s a full class from one of your favorite instructors for justÂ $4.99! Leave a comment for your chance to win a free book and DVD. Help-Portrait We're…
Thanks to Scott and Brad for the opportunity to be guest blogger. Once given the platform to blog, my issue became what I should blog about because I wear many hats. I am co-founder of D65Â and we conduct Lightroom workflow workshops around the US and have a new book on Lightroom 4 called Dâ€™65â€™s Lightroom Workbook, Workflow, Not Workslow in Lightroom 4.Â Additionally, I am a partner in Digital Photo Destinations with John Paul Caponigro and we conduct workshops in exotic locations like Antarctica, Iceland, Chile and any location presenting amazing photo opportunities. Of course I am a photographer as well and could easily write about being a cryophiliac â€œlove of Ice.â€ My passion is color but my muse is ice, hence â€œcryophiliacâ€.
After contemplating all the possibilities I decided to blog about one of my anal habits. KEYWORDING and for continuity decided to write about Keywording in Lightroom.
KEYWORDING IN THE LIBRARY MODULE
I have been called the King of Keywording. The best way of using any DAM (Data Asset Management) software is to take advantage of the applicationâ€™s ability to find specific images. Proper keywording is not only advantageous, but essentially the only way of finding specific images in a very large collection. It is one thing to scroll through a few hundred images to find the one you want. It is an entirely different matter to scroll through 50,000 images to find the image you want. With proper keywording one can find any image in a click.
THE KEYWORD LIST PANEL
A keyword tag or â€œkeywordâ€ is metadata that categorizes and describes the key elements of a photo. According to one study, it may take more than 400 keywords to accurately describe an image without actually looking at the thumbnail. Building a Keyword Hierarchy can be a tedious and painful task, but it is essential to digital asset management.
Keywords help in identifying and searching for images in a catalog. Keyword tags are stored either in the image files or in XMP sidecar files or in Lightroom Catalog. The XMP can beÂ read by any application that supports XMP metadata.
To keyword your images, think globally first and then go for local. Think of keywording the same way you would classify an animal. A Spider Monkey would first be a Mammal then an Ape, then a monkey and finally a spider monkey. For example, to classify Palm Beach Gardens (where I live), you would…
One Light, Two Light with Joe McNally in Philadelphia & Tampa The magical unicorn of lighting, Joe McNally, is going to be in Philadelphia tomorrow, November 2, and TampaÂ on November 5Â with his One Light, Two Light seminar! Whether you're using small flash or studio lighting, Joe shows the amazing results you can get using just one or two lights. It's not to late to sign up for these seminars, or you can leave a comment for a chance to win a free ticket! I'll choose a winner for each this afternoon, so don't wait to leave a comment. Photoshop for Photographers with Scott Kelby in Boston The miniature pony of Photoshop, Scott Kelby, is going to be in Boston on November 7 with his Photoshop for Photographers seminar! Scott shows photographers his famed 7-Point System for Camera Raw, 10 Portrait Retouching Techniques Every Photographer…
Let me start of by introducing myself.
My name is Frank Doorhof, and Iâ€™m based in the Netherlands where I run a photostudio together with my wife Annewiek. We shoot mainly fashion, artists, celebrities and some family work.
Where most people will probably know me from is the workshops and the videos you can find on Kelby Training. You probably already read a lot from me about why you should use a light meter, calibrate your monitor and use a color checkerâ€¦. So when Iâ€™m asked for a guest post on Scottâ€™s blog I decided to do it a bit differently this time.
One of the things I always hear during the workshops I teach can be boiled down to two main topics:
Creativity and getting your name known.
Letâ€™s look at these two for todays guestblog.
When I do portfolio reviews I see a lot of nice work, but very often I see work that I think could be improved A LOT by adding some simple things in the image. In other words, the light is great, the posing of the model is okay, the location is great butâ€¦ Well, letâ€™s start at the beginning.
We all know how we started out right?
A model with jeans and a tanktop. Now this is great as an outfit for outside, donâ€™t get me wrong. I love jeans and a tanktop (although you will never see me wearing them :D) However when we do a photo shoot itâ€™s often much more interesting to add something extra to the image and this is were the problems startâ€¦. Styling costs money right?
Well yes and no.
What a lot of photographers forget is that you donâ€™t really need a stylist per se. A stylist is a great addition to your shoot, but there is a lot you can do yourself just by being â€œcreative.â€ Most of all, learn to see possibilities with materials and props you would normally probably not see fit for photoshoots.
I can write a lot of text, but letâ€™s look at some examples and you can see how material that actually did not cost anything (or very little) can make some really interesting images.
The material in this first image is actually bubble plastic. A lot of companies have big rolls of this in the packing department, and with a bit of creativity, the model has a new dress. When lighting this material it gives an awesome look due to the structure of the bubbles and the slight reflective look.
The next image did raise some eyebrows when people heard during a seminar what the material was for these dresses… Believe it or not, but itâ€™s all Christmas wrapping paper that was left from Christmas, so in fact it got a second life.
But you can also use props.
In the following shot I used an old window that I bought for less than $20 in a junk yard. The dress the model wears looks like a wedding dress with a twist, but itâ€™s not a dress at all. The whole dress is made out of curtains (yeah the stuff that hangs in front of windows).
That same dress can be made into something really special…
http://youtu.be/yNR9xVIVTI8 A Walk In Paris If you missed the webcast with Scott Kelby, Matt Kloskowski, and RC Concepcion the other night, it's now available "on demand!" Â Join them as they discuss the Worldwide Photo Walk and Scott's photo walk in Montmarte, Paris, as well as some post processing tips from Scott. You can watch it above, or head over to YouTube and see it there. Kelby Training Live Photoshop CS6 for Photographers with Scott Kelby 10/29Â â€“ Washington, DC 11/7 - Boston, MA One Light, Two Light with Joe McNally 11/2Â â€“ Philadelphia, PA 11/5Â â€“ Tampa, FL Lightroom 4 Live with Matt Kloskowski 11/26 - Toronto, ON Leave a comment for your chance to win a ticket to one of these seminars! Kelby Training Sales Don't forget, you can still get 15% offÂ all books and DVDs at theÂ Kelby Training Store! All you have to do is…