Posts By Brad Moore

Photoshop World Early Bird Ends TOMORROW!
That’s right, tomorrow is the last day to register for Photoshop World Vegas and save $100! While you’re registering, go ahead and book your room at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino so you can stay where the instructors stay. Just think… You could be playing the slots right beside Moose Peterson or enjoy an elevator ride with Dave Black!

Seriously though, don’t wait and end up spending more money. Register now!

Kelby Training Live
In just a couple of weeks on August 14, RC Concepcion is bringing the Photoshop CS6 for Photographers Tour to Charlotte, NC! Head over to KelbyTraining.com for all the details and to register. Leave a comment for your chance to win a free ticket!

KelbyTraining.com
There’s no one who knows how to manipulate light like Joe McNally, and he’s back with his latest Kelby Training class, Light, Shadow and Motion! Join Joe as he captures dancers in dramatic fashion utilizing his 30 years of experience to tailor the light for each frame.

Want to check Kelby Training out for free? Leave a comment for your chance to win a free one month subscription!

The Grid
Yesterday on The Grid, RC Concepcion and Matt Kloskowski were joined via Skype by Jeremy Cowart to discuss How Inspiration Can Fail You As A Photographer. Throughout the hour, RC, Matt, and Jeremy discussed working through creative ruts and making images regardless of whether you’re inspired to or not. If you’re a creative person who can’t always find the inspiration and motivation to keep producing work, this is an episode you don’t want to miss! Keep an eye out for it to be posted sometime today.

Vincent Versace Workshop in Cuba
Join Vincent Versace and Fatima NeJame in Cuba November 10-18 to explore and photograph Havana, Vi±ales National Park, and other beautiful historic locations. Get the full itinerary and register at Workshop.org.

Leave a comment for your chance to win a free copy of Vincent’s upcoming book From Oz to Kansas and a signed 11×14 print of the cover!

Last Week’s Winners
Photoshop World Pass
– Ken Campbell

Photoshop CS6 for Photographers Seminars
– Tom Peterson
– Jerry

Captured by Moose Peterson
– Donald Townsend

We were flattered and honored when asked to write a guest blog – and, we were told, we could write about whatever we wanted. But, we wondered, why us? What could we possibly have to say to the readers of this blog?

Visitors to our photo gallery frequently ask us, “are you THE photographer?” (that may be flattering, but not if you happen to have photographs from the early 1900’s on exhibit); or, “are you A photographer?” (“no, we leave that to the experts”). Truth be told, besides taking pictures of our children when they were young, we have no real camera experience whatsoever and could not by any stretch be considered “photographers.” So, stop here if you want technical advice or news on the latest digital accessory, plug-in, or wiz-bang program.

As gallerists concentrating on photojournalism, what we do know is that the way a great photograph can capture time, emotions, and experience is what makes photography a unique art form. There is a certain mystery about a photograph that captivates viewers and causes them to pause in thought and remembrance, and maybe, just maybe, change the way they think.

Throughout our careers we have been privileged to know, or to have known, many committed photographers who have created a visual record of the times we all live in. Within each of these beings exists a drive and a determination to tell the story. At the very beginning of our careers, Alfred Eisenstaedt told us that the photographer's job "is to find and catch the storytelling moment." And that is how we have looked at photographs ever since.

So we decided to take this opportunity to acknowledge the dedicated photojournalists who have been, and continue to be, there to bring the voices and the images of the people to us all through photographs. And, in the process, we’ll affirm the place for storytelling in the 21st Century.

To some, the single image seems almost “quaint,” if not obsolete, in today’s world. We are told that video, multi-media, and “platforms” are the way to tell stories. And, we are bombarded by images throughout our daily routine: photos are sent instantly by mobile phone; the internet is literally saturated with every image conceivable; and the pictures on the TV news and in newspapers and magazines are almost an afterthought. So, is there a place for the story of the single image?

We were too young to remember, at that time, the published pictures of the assassinations of John F. Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy, and Martin Luther King, but rather have memories of those events from the reactions of adults around us at the time. Today, photographs of these leaders connect generations not only with their causes and ideals, but with the tragic and violent end to these leader’s lives – all of which were captured on camera.

However, we do remember vividly the daily publication of photographs from the Vietnam War, and the nightly footage on television news. These images communicated the stark reality of war in a way words could never describe. We could not fully comprehend the politics and issues of that war, but because of those photographs, we came to understand what war was.

(Consider that for the past 10 years, the world has seen very little from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Can you cite “iconic” images of these wars, as compared to the now-classic images from World War II and Vietnam? Photojournalists from many leading news organizations have of course been covering the conflict, and what has been missing from the newspapers will be presented in the forthcoming book by Michael Kamber, Photojournalists on War, a groundbreaking new visual and oral history of America's nine-year conflict in the Middle East. We recommend that everyone get this book – there are a few limited edition copies left.)

In the 1980’s, we were extremely fortunate to get to know the great Life photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt. At one of our first meetings, he shuffled through stacks of prints and history came alive before our eyes: Goebbels, Hitler, Mussolini, Einstein, Oppenheimer, Churchill, the Kennedys, and everyday people and extraordinary locations of the 20th century – frozen forever in a single frame. Eisie introduced us to Carl Mydans, who once wrote: “Sometimes people have asked me why I devoted so much of my life to covering these terrible scenes, these disasters, these wars.  The answer always has been that what I am doing is important, and that’s why I am here. I am making a record of historic times.” (If you are not familiar with Mydans’ photographs, you owe it to yourself to find out about one of the most unheralded photojournalists of all time.)

Our course was set, and for decades now we have worked to enhance the understanding of photojournalism and promote the work of photojournalists in print form. In the beginning, many photographers were nothing short of incredulous; completely unconvinced that anyone would care to see their pictures outside of a magazine or newspaper. It continues to be our unwavering belief that history lives on beyond newsprint.

Perhaps it is the same with every generation, but the challenges humanity as a whole faces today seem to be enormous. From the politics of your local hometown, to the platform of the national stage, to the innumerable issues facing people and countries world-wide, these are tumultuous times. Yet at the same time, if one so chooses, it is very easy to simply block out the inconvenient truths of our time, or to blame it on “the other side”. Of course the world is more complex than that, and there are thousands of dedicated photojournalists covering critical issues and events in every corner of the world right at this very moment, some at great peril and personal risk. The stories their pictures tell are critical to helping us all confront and understand complex issues. Their photographs will be a record for historians in the future and will inform future generations of events that shaped the world they inherited.

And despite what you may have heard, these pictures are out there to be seen. Even sometimes in newspapers and magazines (The Guardian and Telegraph not only publish good photo stories, but have dedicated sections for photography on their websites.) Find out about some of the important work being done at photo agencies such as NOOR and VII Photo, to name just a couple; and collectives such as Facing Change: Documenting America; and by all means be sure to check out TIME’s LightBox and Photojournalismlinks. Sometimes, to see, one has to look.

Our current exhibition presents photographs of select human rights struggles, and the exhibition has affirmed our steadfast belief in the power of a photograph. The exhibit’s press release stated “Photographers in this exhibition illustrate the power of photography to inform, persuade, enlighten and enrich the viewer’s life.” Visitors to the gallery may not know what to expect when entering, and some have whirled about to face the front desk and exclaim “This is serious!” Today a gentleman said to us, “Well, I’ve seen some beautiful paintings, but this makes you think”. We have seen parents quietly explaining the situation behind a photograph to their children, we have seen people softly weeping, we have been asked “why do you show this?” and the quiet of the gallery has occasionally been startled by someone gasping “Oh my God!”

It is this quality that has caused photography to become the main medium of our times. It is this “storytelling moment” that in fact defines photojournalism. Joe McNally wrote “What I truly believe about a powerful picture is that after viewing it, you are never the same. You have been changed, forever. You might not realize it at that moment, but you are.” And we think that is exactly correct.

So, as we started, we take this opportunity to acknowledge the dedicated photojournalists who have been, and continue to be, there to bring the voices and the images of the people to us all through photographs. We honor your commitment and service to humanity. The word “story” is often misunderstood to mean a “tale” or a fictional narrative; but its actual definition is simply “history.” Let us all open our eyes, and see the stories that form our collective history.

You can see more at MonroeGallery.com, keep up with them on their blog, follow them on Twitter, or just stop by the gallery when you’re in Santa Fe!

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Only 10 Days Left To Save $100 On Photoshop World Vegas!
Photoshop World Vegas is coming up quickly, and there are only ten days left to save $100 on registration with the Early Bird Special!

Plus, if you register now through Sunday, use the code PW12-SPEEDLV to get a free Speed Pass, which lets you take advantage of priority seating in classes and the opening keynote.

And, leave a comment for your chance to win a full-conference pass for Photoshop World Vegas!

Photoshop CS6 for Photographers Tour
TOMORROW, Scott Kelby is in Philadelphia for the latest stop on his Photoshop CS6 for Photographers Tour!

After Philly, Scott’s headed to New York City on Monday! There’s still time to sign up for both of these… Just head over to KelbyTraining.com for all the info.

Leave a comment for your chance to win a free ticket to one of these seminars. I’ll check in later today and choose one for Philadelphia, then tomorrow for NYC!

Nik Color Efex 4 Webinar with Alan Hess
On Tuesday, July 31 at 6:00p ET, our buddy Alan Hess will be hosting a free webinar with Nik Software on Using Color Efex Pro 4 with Night and Low-Light Photos! Using Lightroom and Color Efex 4, Alan will show you how to bring out detail and add finishing touches to make your images sing.

Only the first 1,000 people to register will be able to participate in this webinar, so head over to NikSoftware.com to register now!

Moose Peterson Workshops
Short Lens Wildlife Photography Course is for anybody with any brand and any focal length lens. But the goal is to teach basic and advance wildlife photography techniques and strategies using lenses no longer than 400mm. Just how do you fill the frame with your subject with just a 200mm or 300mm lens? That's one question we'll answer in this two day class. In that answer is such information like finding the critter, light, flash, biology, approach and a few other essential pieces of the puzzle. August 18-19

Photography Biz Course - The business of photography, it seems to mystify, frustrate and baffle most. I can understand why, there is a ton of really bad information out there! For a long time, we held a business course in our office but the response died so it stopped. Then with the web getting hot, the "need" seemed great again so we offered a class but it too soon died off. Now in the first half of this year we've been pounded with the question, "DO you offer a photography business course?"  November 17-18

To register, call 760.924.8632, and leave a comment for your chance to win a copy of Moose’s book, Captured!

Last Week’s Winners
Photoshop CS6 Book for Digital Photographers
– Mobafoto
– Anthony Nguyen
– Randelm

Photoshop CS6 for Photographers Seminars
– A.J. Borromeo
– Ken Lager

Roberto Valenzuela’s Picture Perfect Practice eBook
– Shawn Highfill

Bert Stephani’s Motivational Light DVD
– Meghan Molin

We’ll be in touch with you today to coordinate your prizes with you. Have a great Thursday!

WOW! Pretty much the words that came out of my mouth when I was asked to write for Guest Blog Wednesday. For those who don't know me I am Josh Bradley, and like Mike Wiacek I am not a full time photographer, but I am heading back in that direction slowly but surely. I was lucky enough to get the opportunity to work as Moose Peterson's assistant for a little over 2 years and learned more in that time about photography than some folks do in 10 years.

As photographers we are always learning with every click of the shutter. We learn to see light in new ways, how to get just a bit lower to the ground so that your subject is larger than life, and most importantly we learn how to tell stories. After all, that is what we are. We are storytellers of moments in time. From the images of star trails with long exposure telling the story of the Earth spinning through space, or at 1/1000th of a second freezing the moment a sprinter crosses the finish line, they are all stories.

So in recent times I have found a new story to tell that that has been in the making for the past year. I live in California in a small mountain community. It's a community that is one filled with lots of animal lovers. Most of the area has ranches with horses, dogs, goats, and the list can go on and on.

One thing that this community also has is a place called Marley's Mutts Dog Rescue. For those who don't know me I am a dog person. I have 4 of my own (all rescues from shelters), and as I am writing this I have one laying under my feet and another trying to get his head scratched (so if there are typos in this post, blame him!). This rescue has been around since 2009, and I have become involved with it doing the photography for all the dogs that are rescued from shelters since late 2010. In the time that I have been helping there have been 200+ dogs rescued with a grand total of 500+ since the rescue opened.

One day I asked the director of the rescue, Zach Skow, "How bad is it at the shelter now?" The next time I visited, he asked me to bring my camera. Suffice to say when I got there I was overwhelmed by the sight.

At that moment this new story started being told. I am calling it "The Abandoned Project" and it tells the stories of dogs in kill shelters. I photographed that day for about an hour. There were hundreds of dogs there to photograph, but I honestly couldn't take it anymore.

The knowledge that most of these dogs weren't going to be around in 3-4 days was heartbreaking. Plus, knowing I may be one of the last people they see that paid them any attention or gave them any type of affection was too much. To give you some perspective, 17,188 dogs came through the county shelter where I was photographing. Of those 17,188 dogs, 10,814 were euthanized.

So I am doing this project and telling this story to put a face to these numbers. It is not easy and the only thing that makes it remotely bearable is that every time we go, we bring back 2 or 3 dogs to the rescue to give them another chance at life, and find them new homes.

The end to the story I am telling is almost done, and I am hoping that bringing awareness to this plight helps reduce the number of dogs in shelters all over. Because I know that if this is going on where I live it has to be going on in other places as well. Even if it was just one other town that had the same statistics, that is one town too many.

For all the photographers out there I will say this in closing. Never EVER stop telling the stories of the world. Photograph and bring light to the dark places so that other people can tell your story and pass it on.

Check out more of Marley's Mutts on Facebook
Follow Josh at his Blog on Facebook, or over on Twitter

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Hey gang, Brad Moore here with this week’s news and free stuff!

High School Football Photography with Dave Black and Scott Kelby
You’ve gotta check out this new Kelby Training class from Sports Illustrated photographer Dave Black on High School Football Photography! Join Dave and Scott Kelby on the sidelines of a high school football game to learn all their tips and secrets to getting the greatest shots you can.

Photoshop CS6 for Photographers Tour – NASHVILLE & PHILADELPHIA
Wake up Tennesseeans! Scott Kelby is bringing the Photoshop CS6 for Photographers Tour to the greatest state capital in the country, Nashville (though I may be a bit biased), on Monday!

After that, he’s heading up to Philadelphia on Friday, July 27 for the second tour stop!

Leave a comment for your chance to win a free ticket to each of these seminars (I’ll pick for Nashville tomorrow).

Photoshop World Photo Walks
Register for Photoshop World by Sunday, July 22 and you’ll have the chance to participate in one of the following FREE photo walks:

Las Vegas By Day!
Taking place in the afternoon on Tuesday, September 4, the Explore Las Vegas By Day photo walk, led by noted photographer and onOne Software manager Brian Matiash, will take you through Las Vegas and give you the chance to absorb, embrace and capture the essence of Las Vegas during the day.

Las Vegas By Night!
Taking place in the evening on Thursday, September 6, the Explore Las Vegas By Night photo walk, led by noted photographer and B&H marketing manager Gabriel Biderman, will take you through The Entertainment Capital of the World at night to capture the beauty of this cultural mecca.

Head over to PhotoshopWorld.com to sign up today!

Get Roberto Valenzuela’s Picture Perfect Practice for $9.99
If you enjoyed yesterday’s guest post from Roberto Valenzuela, make sure you check out this week’s Peachpit eBook Deal of the Week, his Picture Perfect Practice for just $9.99! This offer is only good through Saturday, so make sure you pick it up before then!

Leave a comment for your chance to win a free download of the ebook!

Bert Stephani Workshop
If you watched The Grid yesterday, you had the pleasure of seeing Bert Stephani take part in blind critiques with Scott and Matt. Now he’s on his way to West Palm Beach to teach his Portrait and Lighting Workshop from July 20-22! Don’t miss out on this opportunity to learn from one of the best.

Leave a comment for your chance to win a copy of Bert’s Motivational Light DVD!

Last Week’s Winners
Photoshop CS6 for Photographers Seminar
– Shadow Fox Fotos

Photoshop CS6 Book for Digital Photographers
– Dale Willingham
– Todd Crump
– John Dewberry

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