Posts By Brad Moore

The Business Side of Ed Greenberg: Copyright Protection for Photographers
As part of our ever-growing lineup of business classes, copyright attorney Ed Greenberg sat down with Mia McCormick for an in-depth interview on the importance of copyright for photographers in his class The Business Side of Ed Greenberg: Copyright Protection for Photographers. Don’t let the name fool you though, copyright isn’t the only thing he talks about… He shares stories about model releases, contracts, and dealing with copyright infringement as well (the name of the class was already long enough though, so it’s kinda hard to fit all that in there ;-)

So, head on over to today to have your questions answered by one of the toughest New York City attorneys in the business, and leave a comment for your chance to win a free 3-day rental of this class!

Leave a comment for your chance to win a free 3-day rental of this class!

Kelby Training Live
The first seminars of the year are on the calendar, including a new tour with Ben Willmore! Check out these dates:

Lightroom 4 Live with Matt Kloskowski
Jan 25 - Oklahoma City, OK
Jan 31 - Austin, TX

Photoshop CS6 for Photographers with RC Concepcion
Feb 1 - Covington, KY
Feb 27 – Richmond, VA

Photographic Artistry with Adobe Photoshop with Ben Willmore
Mar 19 – New York, NY
Mar 20 – Washington, DC

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

Photoshop World Orlando
Where can you find your favorite instructors like Joe McNally, Dave Black, Moose Peterson, Joel Grimes, and more all in one place? Photoshop World Orlando! Not only do we have new instructors like former Disney illustrator Aaron Blaise, New York City wedding photographer/WPPI President Jason Groupp, and Photoshop Cafe owner Colin Smith, but there are also new pre-conference workshops to check out!

If you haven’t seen the new class schedule and instructor lineup, head on over to to get all the info and register to join us April 17-19 in Orlando. And, register for the conference this week and leave a comment here for your chance to win a free Speed Pass that will get you priority seating in all the classes and the opening keynote!

Photoshop Freak Show with Glyn Dewis & Calvin Hollywood
Glyn Dewis and Calvin Hollywood are teaming up to bring you the Photoshop Freak Show, a one-day seminar in London on Sunday March 24th! They’ll be showing a whole mix of techniques for Beauty & Portrait Retouching, Compositing, Special Effects, Adjustments, Workflow, and more.

Tickets are just £79 per person, and you can find out more info and register at Space is limited, so don’t wait!

Leave a comment for your chance to win a free rental of one of Calvin’s classes, and one of Glyn’s!

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That’s it for today. Have a great Thursday!

Dave Black’s Lightpainting Grand Landscapes
Start your year off right with some creativity and venture into lightpainting with the help of Dave Black! In Lightpainting Grand Landscapes, Dave’s latest class for, he heads out to Grand Teton National Park to capture the beauty of rustic barns and grand landscapes. He covers everything from the gear he uses to create his painting-like photos, to surveying the area, and shooting the scene to capture beautiful images.

Head over to where you can rent this class (and his other classes) for only $6.99 apiece! And leave a comment for your chance to win a free 1-Month Subscription.

Kelby Training Live
The first seminars of the year are on the calendar! Check out these dates:

Lightroom 4 Live with Matt Kloskowski
Jan 25 – Oklahoma City
Jan 31 – Austin

Photoshop CS6 for Photographers with RC Concepcion
Feb 1 – Covington, KY

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

Frank Doorhof Workshop
Want to spend two days with Frank Doorhof photographing classic cars and doing glamour photography? He’ll be holding two one-day workshops on April 13 and 14 in Lakewood, NJ (just outside of NYC). You can sign up for one day for $450 or $550 (depending on the day), or both days for $900! If you’ve seen Frank’s classes on, you know that he is a master at lighting and creativity. Make sure you sign up soon, because space is very limited!

And, anyone who registers through Scott’s blog gets a free copy of Frank’s first Lighting DVD!

Photo Pro Expo 2013 Ticket
– Eric Blitz

How I Met My First Pixel

I remember that cold day in spring, back in 1991, when I visited a photography fair in the Javits Center in Manhattan. At that time, I worked for Neil Molinaro as a first assistant in Clark, New Jersey. Neil is an unbelievebly creative advertising photographer and an blooming nice guy. Not only has he created his own lighting system, he also managed to bring scenes on film that were almost impossible to even think! And because that’s not enough, he hired a German guy named Uli Staiger as his assistant.

Slowly, stop. Uli Staiger, that’s me. I am a photographer, Photoshop addict and 3D artist based in Berlin, Germany. After an apprenticeship of three years I figured I could need some international experience and boom: After a few weeks working at a New Jersey gas station I found myself as Neil’s assistant. Crazy world! So we visited the mentioned fair in NYC. Fresh design for Hasselblad’s 500 CL. Nice. New film emulsion for Fuji slide films. Woohoo. But then it happened: I met my first pixel! I hate big words, but anyway: Imagine you meet the love of your livetime, maybe at rush hour in a crowded supermarket. You wouldn’t even realize it! That’s what happened to me in a way! I clearly remember seeing this television screen (monitor), where some guy zoomed into the middle of a sun flower (pan tool). Then all of a sudden, the film grain became square: PIXELS!! And I had no idea that the scene I just whitnessed would power up my live more than anything else did before.

Back in Germany, I started my own business. Twitter, Facebook and YouTube were not even in anybody’s mind (Mark Zuckerberg was nine years old), so marketing was a complete unknown planet for me. I worked analogue, photographing with an KODAK EPS, Tmax and Highspeed Infrared.
I also went to photography school in Potsdam near Berlin. One of my classmates had this software called Photoshop. Brand new version 3.05, and of course I was curious as hell, so he showed it to me. And believe me or not: Staring at the monitor I could FEEL my life was changing in the first ten seconds I sat there! This was the most amazing gadget I could think of and I needed it. Now. Somehow I rediscovered the girl in the supermarket…

Photoshop was the missing link I needed for my work without even knowing I missed it! Sure enough it took no longer than a couple of days and I had organized a PC with incredible 16 MB RAM, a scanner and a Photoshop instruction book (at this time, there was almost nothing you could buy concerning Photoshop, so I was happy to get a PS 2.5 book). I scanned my landscape photographs and combined them with new studio stills, focusing on kitchen tools. The results were mindblowing, at least for me they were. Photoshop still was a pretty new thing to Germany’s photography scene, so anything that was somehow composed was cool and modern. I sent a few works to a contest and for the first time I won! That encouraged me a lot and I sent more stuff to more contests, even to a few magazines, hoping for a story about me and my new buddy Photoshop.

Slowly, a new kind of creativity grew in Germany and the rest of the world, and I was a part of it! The internet no longer exclusively belonged to the Pentagon, and my busines partner and I started our first website and a complete new studio. I wrote several books about Photoshop and up to this day I write articles about my work for German and international magazines. I’ve done a bunch of training videos, stage workshops in several coutries and try to improve both my skills and my style.

One of the limits I realized after a few years was the fact that my ideas grew faster then my skills. That meant I had to learn Photoshop more profoundly, not only knowing how the tools work, but also what strategies can do for me. Let me give you an example: It is nice to see what blending methods can do to an image. Good to know that "multiply" is a great way to correct overexposure, while "negative multiply" works the other way round. But masking a hairy portrait, just by using a grey background and a layer mask, thats a strategy.

In CS3, Adobe implemented a brand new feature that I always wanted to work with: The possibility to use 3D objects. That was when I started to combine 3D with classic retouching. They took it further, brought in a powerful material system and a real raytrace renderer. Today, you can import just about any 3D object you want into Photoshop, texture it, light it, render it. I combine my Photoshop work with self built 3D models. I use Maxon’s Cinema 4D, a powerful tool that works perfectly with Photoshop. Some of my design studies are pure fantasy, others are inspired like the "Racer A" by Dough Chang or the "Detonator motorcycle" by great designer Daniel Simon:

Maybe you want to earn money with your creative work, maybe you are lucky and just work for your own pleasure. Anyway I have a few tips that would have helped me when I started out (but probably I would not have believed them in my early days, so be smarter then me and at least read it!):

Show your work!
Send your images to one or more platforms on the net! Discuss with others and don’t be sad if someone gives you a mean comment. Be happy about honest compliments, think about critique and forget insults (and let me know how you do that please).

Compare your work!
Look for contests. Some of them are just for the honour of taking part, others have great prizes to win. If you do not win anything, try to find out what the difference is between your work and the winner’s.

No secrets.
In a time of omnipresent internet you can be pretty sure that you are not the first person on the planet who found out about this or that Photoshop secret. So if anybody asks you how you did it: Tell it to them! We all get better by working together, not against each other.

New learning.
When I was a kid, learning meant going to school. But the possibilities of how we can learn changed dramatically: There are fantastic blogs like the one you are reading in this very moment. You can pick tips and tricks for free from the internet, follow a webinar or get a video training. Online, offline, wherever, whenever, your choice. Just do it. Learning means sharpening your mind.

That’s the most important of all tips. Only by practicing you join your knowledge and your creativity. It may take some time until the result comes close to your imagination, but once you achieve your aim you’ll realize it was more than worth it!

Personal Style
Don’t think about it, it’s like falling in love: You will KNOW when it happens, as you will know when you develop your own style. To achieve it: See the point above!

Find your topic!
You are interested in everything? Love portraits, street photography and little birds? That’s good. Don’t make a decision, which of these themes might be more important then the other. But be aware of the fact that probably just one of them will be "your" topic in the future. Or maybe you haven’t even discovered it yet?

Make a scribble!
I could never ever start any work by opening Photoshop at first. I start with an idea. It stays in my mind until I can feel the image. Then I draw a scribble (oh yes, everybody can do that). After the idea is scribbled on a piece of paper, I start collecting the images I need, and then, but only then, I put them together in Photoshop.

Take your own pictures!
Stock images are not really expensive. But they are compromises! You decide, whether it is smart to buy an image (snow covered mountains are hard to photograph in July when you live in Texas) or if you can take it yourself. Perfect lens, perfect lighting, perfect subject. Right? Right.

Take. Your. Time.
I know people who complain that nobody likes one of the 500 composed images they produce every year. Probably it would be better to produce just 5 great ones than 500 middle class ones. And never forget: Always go on full speed, but be aware of harbour walls:

Okay. Now you have a rough impression what I do and how I do it. Want to take a look at the studio? Paul Lundahl and Glen Janssens from emotionstudios in San Francisco did this videoportrait about me and my work:

You can see more of Uli’s work at, keep up with him on his blog, and follow him on Twitter and Facebook

Photo Pro Expo 2013
Kick your year off right by registering for the Photo Pro Expo taking place February 7-11 in Cincinnati! Learn from speakers like Joe McNally, Julieanne Kost, Rick Sammon, David Ziser, Kevin Kubota, and 21 other photographers who will help you take your photography business to new levels in 2013.

Plus, you can enjoy the largest photo tradeshow in the Midwest, sign up for a portfolio review, enter the print competition, and take part in the Westcott Fantasy Model Shootout! Plus there are parties every night where you can network with fellow attendees and instructors, and even have a chance at winning some $$$ and other prizes.

The price of registration is normally $159, but use the promo code PPENAPP13 when registering and pay only $139 for four days of education from some of the top photographers in the industry! Not only that, but the first 50 people who register using this promo code will have a chance to win an iPad Mini. Not a bad deal, eh?

Even if you can’t make it for the entire four days, you can still register for just one day for $99, or grab a tradeshow pass for only $20.

And, since this is Free Stuff Thursday, leave a comment for your chance to win a free ticket to this amazing event!


Photoshop CS6 Book for Photographers (ebook)
– Martin Boling

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That’s it for today. Have a great day and a happy new year!

Hellooooo There!

First off I just want to send a heartfelt thank you over to the amazing Scott Kelby, Brad Moore & Kelby Training Team for letting me borrow their blog this Wednesday. I have been a HUGE fan and follower for years now so this is quite the honor :)!!!

Today I figured I would talk a little about my journey/approach and dive into 10 tips on how one might begin a career in the wild world of fashion photography.

My Approach/Journey (The Cliff Notes Version)
Beautiful photographs have always captivated me beyond measure. Since a young age I remember getting lost in books and magazines. But not in their words, only in their images… and in these images I saw a world of dreams! The text was always an afterthought to me because as cliche as it sounds, "a picture truly is worth a thousand words," and you can convey an entire story in a single still image.

I became deeply engaged in photography, specifically fashion photography, the summer after my sophomore year of college while studying abroad in London with a world-renowned fashion photographer. It was that summer in which I learned how to "see" the world and I became enthralled at the idea of creating beauty within the lens. This idea of having the opportunity to bring your own visions to life in a single or series of pictures has captured my imagination and turned it into a full-time passion of making images with soul!

For those of you creative folks looking to break into the biz, here are 10 tidbits I've learned that have helped me along the way:

1. Assist other photographers or work in the industry you are interested in pursuing.

2. Study Fashion and find inspiration. To work as a fashion photographer, it is helpful to have some sort of understanding of fashion and what trends and styles are out there.

3. Join Photography and Business Trade Organizations to learn more about the industry. WPPI, PPA, APA, ASMP etc. are all great resources for learning the business and technical aspects of photography.

4. Keep it simple. There is no need to drop a bunch of cash on the best equipment when you're first starting out. Save that money and start creating with what you have. I began with only the Nikon D70s Camera and 50mm 1.8 Lens. As my business has grown, I've updated my equipment to the Nikon D3x and variety of lenses.

5. Shoot what you LOVE. Many new photographers become pigeonholed into shooting a particular niche because it pays the bills. Paying the bills is of course important but there is a way to still focus on where you want to be while still shooting jobs that pay. You do this by only posting and showing the kind of work that you are passionate about in your portfolio and website. This will begin to attract those type of clients and dream jobs to you. It may take a year or two to begin, but eventually you'll get to a point where people will be hiring you to shoot exactly the kind of work that you love.

6. Develop your style. This comes from shooting A LOT. Set up your own shoots that illustrate your vision and keep building upon that. Inspiration is everywhere.

7. Build your team. Your creative team and your business team. Your creative team consists of makeup artists, models, hairstylists, wardrobe stylists, retouchers, production assistants, digital techs, and the creative people that help make your shoots happen. Your business team consists of your accountant, lawyer, book-keeper, and mentors which help your business run smoothly. Keep in mind that I did not start out with all of these people in place, it started out with me, myself, and I. As you grow, you begin to meet and find these people along the way. Many of them I bartered services with in the beginning to get my business off the ground.

8. Create a portfolio of your strongest work. Your body of work should illustrate the unique way you see the world and show consistency in the way you shoot. That is so clients will have a better understanding of what kind of images they will end up with when they hire you.

9. Network yo booty off. Photography is all about relationships. People enjoy and hire people that they know and like working with. You must get out there and meet people in person for them to remember you and think about hiring you.

10. Create the experience. This one is huge. Creating the experience includes how you talk to clients and handle their direction, how you connect with subjects on set, the type of music playing when they enter your studio, the overall energy of your team and even the basic mundane tasks such as emailing and pre-production. It’s all in the details. The great experience you create is what keeps clients coming back.

Anyway, I think thats about it. I did leave out one important one though…. I can't remember where I found this quote but here ya go: "The life of your dreams, everything you would love to be, do or have, has always been closer to you than you knew, because the power to have everything you desire is inside you!"

If you read this, thank you very much for taking the time! Let’s all go out and rock it in 2013!!!! Cheers, dd

You can see more of Dixie’s work at, keep up with her on her blog, and follow her on Twitter and Facebook