Posts By Brad Moore

Photo by Nancy Leigh

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 D65  and we conduct Lightroom workflow workshops around the US and have a new book on Lightroom 4 called D'65's Lightroom Workbook, Workflow, Not Workslow in Lightroom 4.  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 "love of Ice." My passion is color but my muse is ice, hence "cryophiliac".

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.

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 application'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.

A keyword tag or "keyword" 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 be read by any application that supports XMP metadata.

Keywording Images
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… (more…)

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 Tampa on November 5 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 Needs To Know, Down & Dirty Tricks, Killer Tips, and ends the day showing how he finishes an image beginning to end.

If you want to know how to make your images look great quickly, sign up right here! Leave a comment for your chance to win a free ticket.

Conquering Midday Light with Lindsay Adler
Doing an on-location portrait shoot, and the only time your subject is available is the middle of the day? That’s every photographer’s worst nightmare. Well, thanks to Lindsay Adler’s latest class on Kelby Training, it doesn’t have to be anymore. In Conquering Midday Light, Lindsay shows you how to create great images even in the harshest of light. With just a couple of accessories and available light, you can still get images that you and your subject will both love.

Shortcut Sumo
Scott told you all about this on Tuesday, but it’s a free app and today is Free Stuff Thursday, so I’m mentioning it again! :-) Shortcut Sumo was designed to help you find all the shortcuts available in Adobe Camera Raw, Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign, along with some of The Photoshop Guys’ favorite shortcuts in a short video for each program.

[And, of course, they couldn’t just do something like “Hi, I’m Matt, and my favorite Lightroom shortcut is pressing D to switch to the Develop module.” because that would be lame and boring. So, let’s just say they decided to have fun with the videos :-)]

Right now, the Adobe Camera Raw module is available for free, the Photoshop module is available for $2.99, and Lightroom, Illustrator, and InDesign are on the way!

Photoshop CS6 for Photographers with Scott Kelby
– John Swarce

One Light, Two Light with Joe McNally
– Zach Winnie

Lightroom 4 Live with Matt Kloskowski
– Michael Scott (but only if you show up as Michael Scott…)

Kelby Training Book/DVD
– Maarten Mennes

That’s it for today. And if you’re in the US, don’t forget to set your clocks back an hour this weekend!

Let me start of by introducing myself.

My name is Frank Doorhof, and I'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 I'm asked for a guest post on Scott'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.

Let'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 but⦠Well, let'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, don'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 it'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 don'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 "creative." 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 let'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 it'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 it'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… (more…)

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!”  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
10/29 - Washington, DC
11/7 – Boston, MA

One Light, Two Light with Joe McNally
11/2 - Philadelphia, PA
11/5 - 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% off all books and DVDs at the Kelby Training Store! All you have to do is use the promo code 15KTB for books or 15KTD for DVDs when you check out. And if you're buying a book/DVD bundle, either code will work.

Plus, our apps are still on sale! For a limited time, you can grab Kelby Training Apps for 50% off. That's a full class from one of your favorite instructors for just $4.99!

Leave a comment for your chance to win a free book and DVD.

Kelby Training Book/DVD
– Martin

Lightroom 4 Crash Course App
– Laura Fowler
– Sage Green

Photoshop CS6 Crash Course App
– Bull Munder
– Joel Schilling

Photoshop CS6 for Photographers Seminar
– Jose Valcarcel

Food Photography & Lighting by Teri Campbell
– Kevin Fishel

Secrets of Great Portrait Photography by Brian Smith
– Howard Jackman

Hello every one! My name is Regina Pagles, aka ‘shineylewis’ and I am a hobbyist photographer living in Springdale, Utah.

I am honored to be writing a post for this blog. Thank you Scott Kelby and Brad Moore for providing me this opportunity. Dreams really do come true!

It was roughly 20 years ago that my dad purchased the first version of Photoshop and installed it on his Apple 2e computer. We had no idea how to use the software and it was clearly above our skill level. In spite of this, we managed to figure out how to place my dad’s head onto Arnold Schwarzenegger’s body. To this day, I remember our laughter!

I was fascinated with the program, but never found the time to devote to learning all of it’s intricacies. I always said to myself, “One day…”

Fast forward 20 years: that day has come. I am obsessed with learning Photoshop and have finally decided in earnest to master the program to the best of my ability.

I considered myself primarily a landscape photographer until I was first introduced to studio lighting and portraiture at Photoshop World 2010. Westcott had a ‘Shoot Out’ booth on the Expo floor with professional lighting, sets and models. I was instantly hooked and spent hours taking hundreds of photographs. Upon returning home, I entered Westcott’s Flickr Photoshop World Shoot Out contest and amazingly, won first place. Shortly after, a truck pulled up to my front door and delivered a bunch of lighting equipment. Luckily, my husband and I had the space and we set up a small 400 sq. ft. studio. I can’t imagine ever going back to landscapes!

Even though it has been 2 years, studio lighting is still a mystery to me. I approach each photo shoot as an experiment. Sometimes the experiment goes well and sometimes not as well as I had hoped – but it’s all a learning experience. It's the same when it comes to retouching. Some images are winners and quite a few end up in the trash can. I need to constantly remind myself: “Every shot does not have to be a masterpiece.”

I would like to make it clear that I am not a naturally gifted artist or photographer. In fact, I consider myself to be quite a hack. My theory is that if you throw enough mud against the wall, some of it is bound to stick. I just persevere.

A huge inspiration of mine is Joel Grimes, and my favorite quote from him is that “Hard work will out perform talent any day of the week.” That quote resonates with me because I am just a rather boring and realtively unimaginative person with a lot of patience and drive.

Early on, I worried about what others thought about my style of processing. Will THEY like it? I didn’t even know who THEY were, but their opinions were very, very important to me. Thankfully, I stopped caring and that’s when I started improving. The only approval I seek now is my own.

I realize that my style of retouching is not for everyone. It is not important to me that my images remain ‘natural.’ I view the face of the person that I am photographing as a blank canvas, and I have no idea what the result will look like in the end. Sometimes the resemblance to the subject is similar in the finished version, sometimes they don’t look anything like themselves. I don’t like blemishes, wrinkles, uneven skin tones or defects on myself and I have a tendency to obliterate them on any portrait I retouch. Up until very recently, I would apologize for this fact, however now I have decided to make it a disclaimer.

Photography and retouching are just a hobby and I do not accept paid assignments. I made a promise to myself not to turn my passion into a career and I am proud to consider myself an amateur. It is and always will be just a hobby, albeit one that I eat, breath, sleep and dream about. It is liberating to pursue something just for the sheer love of it. For me, it doesn't always have to be about money.

This is a subject that I feel very strongly about and have actually gotten into serious arguments over. It amazes me how many people that I come across who feel that if a person doesn’t charge money, then their work or art has no value. Worse still, some feel that I devalue their work because I ‘work for free’. I have ruined many hobbies in the past, turning them into jobs. It may sound silly and possibly extreme, but I am of the opinion that once a person hands you money, they own your creative vision. It becomes all about the clients’ wants and needs and I want it to be all about me! I am perfectly fine with no deadlines, no do-overs, no unsatisfied clients and no stress!

I know that there will probably be quite a few photographers reading this that support themselves and their families with the income that they derive from providing photographic services. It is not my intent to diminish what they do or suggest in any way that they pursue photography just for money. I have chosen to keep photography and retouching a hobby and not a career.

Retouching Info:
Many have asked if HDR is involved, but I do not incorporate HDR into my portraits. The dynamic range is brought out many ways, but the ‘Tonal Contrast’ filter in the Color Efex bundle by Nik Software does a great job. I also use Perfect Photo Effects by onOne Software and on every photo I process. I will experiment with a variety of their filters. Finally, I love the filters from Topaz and don't know what I'd do without them!

I get a few inquiries on how I retouch skin. First, I remove the imperfections with the healing brush. Then I will dodge the darker areas and pores and burn the lighter areas. Recently, I have begun experimenting with Imagenomics â˜Portraiture' plug-in for skin. With the right settings, I am able to get decent results, while still retaining the pore structure. But my "go-to" skin retouching technique comes from retoucher Natalia Taffarel. On average, a portrait takes me about 10 hours to complete, but a lot of that time is devoted to trying out new techniques and experimenting. I work at a high resolution, but because I only display my images on the web and have never printed any, a lot of that detail is wasted.

I wish there was an easy answer to the questions I receive regarding my retouching techniques. Learning Photoshop for me has been painfully difficult and tedious to say the least. I want to throw in the towel on a regular basis (almost every photo). Unfortunately, there is no magic button. But with hard work, patience and perseverance, it is possible to realize your personal or professional goals.

The most important piece of advice I can offer is to impress yourself and stay true to your own vision. Don't worry what THEY think!

I have a long way to go in defining my style and still rely heavily on my heroes for inspiration. Here are some links that I hope you will find useful:

Calvin Hollywood – German digital artist and photographer
I first discovered Calvin when he appeared as a guest poster on Scott Kelby’s Blog.
His English DVD training ‘Calvinize’ is amazing and I credit a lot of my techniques to him. He includes the skin retouching technique learned from Natalia Taffarel in this â˜Calvinize' training. You can also find his classes offered on Kelby Training as well as his YouTube Channel. Most of his videos on YouTube are in German, but there are some in English as well, and they are worth seeking out!


Guest Blog Post on Scott Kelby's â˜Photoshop Insider'

Calvin Hollywood Photoshop Tutorial Part 1 (YouTube)

Calvin Hollywood Photoshop Tutorial Part 2 (YouTube)

Calvin Hollywood Photoshop Tutorial Part 3 (YouTube)

Calvin Hollywood Photoshop Tutorial Part 4 (YouTube)

Joel Grimes
I love Joel Grimes. I devour every word that comes from his mouth. He is such an inspiration and is so generous with his knowledge. [Framed] Network teamed up with Joel and aired weekly videos on the lighting set ups Joel uses to attain his images. There is so much information packed into those 20 minute videos. Joel also has classes offered on Kelby Training and amazing videos on YouTube.

â˜Lit Up' on the [Framed Network]

Joel Grimes – BEHIND THE SCENES – Dorion

Joel Grimes – BEHIND THE SCENES – Hope Solo

Joel Grimes – BEHIND THE SCENES – Lauren

Joel Grimes – BEHIND THE SCENES – Aimee

Peter Hurley
You have to experience Peter in action to truly appreciate him and what he has to offer. He will drill home the importance of interacting with the person in front of your camera and he is a true master, so you learn from the best. I love this guy and you will, too!

â˜Art Behind The Headshot' Trailer

Guest Blog Post on Scott Kelby's â˜Photoshop Insider'

Natalia Taffarel – High end digital retoucher from Argentina
A real pro. I have her DVD, it's 11.5 hours of advanced beauty retouching techniques. A little over my head, but worth it for the stuff that's not. This is where I learned how to retouch skin. Her technique is awesome, especially at retaining pore structure.

â˜Beauty and Hair Retouching High End Techniques' DVD

Sue Bryce
What can I say about Sue Bryce. Watch her on CreativeLIVE and see for yourself. A master at posing, she transforms average Janes into supermodels before your eyes, with just a simple pose. If only I could remember to apply a fraction of the advice I've learned from her…

â˜Glamour Photography' Course on CreativeLIVE

â˜Inside The Glamour Studio' Course on CreativeLIVE

Amy Dresser
An amazing digital retoucher, famous for her retouching on images by Jill Greenberg. I learned quite a bit from watching her â˜Pointy Man' tutorial on RetouchPRO. Worth the $15.00 if you have 2.5 hrs. to spend in front of the computer. You only have 3 days to watch it before it expires. Covers her â˜Carve' technique that is a big part of her style.

Amy Dresser Rentals Page on RetouchPro
Amy Dresser's retouching on Jill Greenbergs' images

Scott Kelby, whom I have learned so much from over the years. He has generously offered so much of his knowledge, in the form of books, tutorials, workshops, seminars, etc. If you've never been to Photoshop World, I can't recommend it highly enough. It was there that I won that contest, sponsored by Westcott, that got me started in Portraiture.

Thank you, Scott!

My sincerest thanks to all those who have generously offered their time and energy to assist me in my endeavor to improve my skills, especially my husband, Fred.

You can see more of Regina’s work and follow her here:

Portfolio Website

15% Off Kelby Training Books and DVDs
Starting today, you can get 15% off all books and DVDs at the Kelby Training Store! All you have to do is use the promo code 15KTB for books or 15KTD for DVDs when you check out. And if you’re buying a book/DVD bundle, either code will work.

This sale goes till January 1, so start your holiday shopping early to make sure your favorite people get that book or DVD they’ve had their eye on :-)

We’re giving away a free book and DVD of your choice, so leave a comment for your chance to win!

50% Off Kelby Training Apps
Not only are our books and DVDs on sale, but so are our apps! For a limited time, you can grab Kelby Training Apps for 50% off. That’s a full class from one of your favorite instructors for just $4.99!

We have two free download codes each for the Lightroom 4 Crash Course and Photoshop CS6 Crash Course apps. Leave a comment for your chance to win!

Kelby Training Live
Photoshop CS6 for Photographers
10/19 - Chicago, IL (with RC Concepcion)
10/29 - Washington, DC (with Scott Kelby)

One Light, Two Light with Joe McNally
11/2 - Philadelphia, PA
11/5 - Tampa, FL

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

Worldwide Photo Walk
Just a reminder for everyone who participated in the Worldwide Photo Walk this past Saturday… The last day to submit your best photo to the competition is Monday, October 22. If you haven’t already submitted your photo, make sure you do it soon! All you have to do is go to, log in, go to your Photo Walk page, and upload your photo. RC Concepcion even put together a quick video showing how to do it.

And why wouldn’t you submit a photo? You have nothing to lose, but a chance to win some really cool prizes!

Mpix Tap To Print App
Our friends over at Mpix have just released their FREE Tap To Print iOS app! With this app, you can order 4×6 and 5×7 prints from Mpix straight from your iPhone or iPad! You know all those pictures on your phone are just screaming to get out and be put on display for all to see. So take a few minutes to download the app and get prints of those works of art :-)

Food Photography & Secrets of Great Portrait Photography
Our friends over at New Riders Publishing have just released two great new books: Food Photography & Lighting from Teri Campbell, and Secrets of Great Portrait Photography from Brian Smith!

Lucky for you, we have one copy of each to give away, so leave a comment for your chance to win.

One Light, Two Light Seminar
- Dee Francis

Photoshop CS6 for Photographers Seminar
– Mike Barber

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