Posts By Brad Moore

Tomorrow is the LAST DAY TO SAVE $100 on Photoshop World Washington DC registration! The conference is March 24-26, which is just around the corner.

Don’t wait around and spend more money next week. You can put that $100 toward collecting snow globes with all the monuments and government buildings!

While you’re at registering, go ahead and book your hotel room as well! The travel page has direct links to hotel websites that automatically apply the Photoshop World discounted room rate, so make sure you take advantage of those links.

Man do we have lots of great stuff to give away today!

A Day With Jay Maisel DVD – Win It Before You Can Buy It!
Legendary photographer Jay Maisel has a new DVD entitled A Day With Jay Maisel – Two Part Series that’s due out on February 20th, but we’re friends with Jay so we have the early hook up.  In this DVD, you’ll join Jay Maisel and Scott Kelby on a walking tour of Jay’s favorite places to shoot in New York City. They walk the bustling streets of the Big Apple – talking about theory, technique, and the art of finding photographs among the faces and architecture they find along the way.

Leave a comment to enter and we’ll draw 2 lucky winners next Wednesday. As always, if you don’t win it you can buy it at — just $89.99 for the set (or $69.99 if you’re a NAPP member).

$14 Off Bundles
Also – only 2 more weeks to save $14 on all Bundles at Check out the sale page and get some amazing training packages at a great price!
We’ve added some great new classes to the library in the past few weeks! Check these out:

Photoshop CS5 Finishing Touches for Photographers with Dave Cross
Photoshop Techniques for Photographers: Bringing Back the Focus with Vincent Versace
Photoshop Techniques for Photographers: Extending the Dynamic Range of Focus with Vincent Versace
Inspired Light and Automotive Photography with Tim Wallace

The Digital Photo Workshops in Moab with Dave Black
Dave Black is heading to Moab with The Digital Photo Workshops April 19–22! If you want the opportunity to learn from the master as he covers Lightpainting Arches, Action Photography with Climbers and Mountain Bikers, and photographing Mesa Arch and Canyon Vistas, you can sign up right here.

Leave a comment for your chance to win a free pass to this workshop!

Nikon School for DSLR Video
Matt Kloskowski recently attended the new Nikon School for DSLR Video and gave a great writeup about it over at There are spots available at upcoming workshops in Miami, Seattle, Baltimore, Boston, and Chicago (dates below), which you can register for right here.

March 17-18: Miami
April 21-22: Seattle
April 28-29: Baltimore
May 5-6: Boston
June 2-3: Chicago

And… Leave a comment for a chance to win a free ticket to one of these workshops! Make sure you let us know in your comment which one you want to check out.

B&W Workshop with Vincent Versace & Harold Davis
Vincent Versace and Harold Davis are teaming up to do a full-day B&W Master Class Workshop on Saturday, March 10 in Berkeley, California. They’ll be covering workflows for Lightroom, Nik Silver Efex Pro, Photoshop, creating monochromatic HDR, and plenty more.

Registration is $395.00, but you can leave a comment for your chance to win a free ticket!

All Access: Your Backstage Pass to Concert Photography
Alan Hess just released a book that’s been years in the making, All Access: Your Backstage Pass to Concert Photography! If you’ve been to Alan’s classes at Photoshop World or watched his (and Scott Diussa’s) class on Kelby Training, you know he’s the go-to guy for all things concert related. Not only does he cover concert photography from A-Z in this book, he also includes Pro Tips from other concert photographers, lighting directors, musicians, and photo editors.

I (Brad Moore) am honored to be included in Alan’s book, along with my buddies Scott Diussa, Drew Gurian, Hali McGrath and others. You can see the full table of contents over at Alan’s website, and leave a comment for your chance to win one of two copies of this book!

Blind Critiques on The Grid
Yesterday Scott and Matt tried something new on The Grid. Viewers were invited to submit photos to be considered for blind critiqued on the show! I went through all of the submissions and chose people at random, grabbed their images, and put them in numbered folders so that Scott and Matt wouldn’t know whose images they were. From that pool, they chose the ones they thought would be the most helpful to critique, then gave their feedback on the show.

According to our live viewers, this was one of the most helpful and appreciated episodes we’ve done! There’s a good chance the guys will be doing another one of these in the future, so keep an eye out on Scott’s Google+ and Facebook pages for news on that.

The episode should be posted on Kelby TV sometime today if you missed the live airing, or you can also subscribe to the podcast in iTunes.

Last Week’s Winners
The winners of last week’s prizes are… Laura Downs for the Photoshop World pass, and Anna Soens for the RC Concepcion Web Bundle!

That’s it for this Thursday. Leave a comment for your chance to win one of these great prizes!

How important is it to accentuate your subject’s jawline in a portrait?  For me it’s major, and more often than not the first direction that comes out of my mouth toward anyone in front of my camera. I believe it’s our job to pull the best out of our clients, so we need to be feeding them constant direction in order to do that.

As photographers, we all use direct direction in order to get a client into a position that makes them physically look better.  So since this one area means so much to me, I thought I’d share some tips on it in this little video.  In it you’ll see how adamant I am about having my clients bring their jawline towards my camera day in and day out.  This simple technique instantly improves the images I’m taking of my clients, and I hope you gain a few insights here that you find helpful and can implement on your next shoot.  Enjoy!

You can see more work from Peter at, follow him on Twitter, and like him on Facebook. And if you want more tips on shooting headshots, check out his 4-hour The Art Behind The Headshot DVD!

Hey gang, Brad Moore here with a quick announcement.

HP just announced their brand new Z1 Workstation, a 27″ all-in-one workstation that opens to allow for hardware upgrades! This system features the quad-core Intel Xeon processor, an NVIDIA Quadro graphics card, and options for USB 3.0, Blu-Ray Writer, SSD hard drive, and more for top performance.

Check out all the details over at!

What a few days. It’s amazing how much interest a little piece of metal can produce. As a proud member of the team at Kelby Training, I wanted to share my experience with the D800. This project has been going on for many months. i was approached by my good friends at K&L in Tokyo- Nikon’s agency for decades- and was blown away that they asked me to participate with this project. My job was well defined: Use the D800 in a way that utilizes and highlights the latest features the D800 offers in real world wedding conditions that I’d face week in and week out. Simple, right? Hah. I lost sleep for weeks, literally.

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Once the camera arrived back in June, the hardest part was not telling a soul about it. The first image I viewed on my ACD wowed me immediately.  Yes, the resolution was astounding. At 36 MP that was expected. However, I’d like to use this space on Scott’s blog to point out a few other features that are seriously being overlooked. The most glaring thing for me is how responsive it is. I didn’t think it was possible for them to improve on the D3S autofocus. However, they did. It as really obvious to me when I was able to focus my Nikkor 85 1.4 in the outer focal points within the viewfinder. These are not cross sensor points, and in the past were not as responsive as I’d have liked. However, they were really “snappy”. That’s the best way to put it. There was no hunting, and no wasted effort when I tried to focus. After the announcement came the other night, I was prepping to take the blog post live, and all of the traffic to my site crashed my server. I had confirmed with Network Solutions, and they assured me there would be no issues. Heh. Their server choked to death. May it rest in peace. I spent yesterday with my web designer, Brock Martin of Infinet Design, getting my site and blog up onto Hostnexus. Things seem to be holding so far. Brock is the best, BTW. So if you’re looking for a web designer….. back to the camera.

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In speaking with Scott, after the announcement, I discussed a few of the concerns and comments people were having after looking at my images on the blog. It amazes me that some people actually thought I would post full rez files. At 36MP??? Anyway, I digress. Features that are overlooked- The face recognition for auto exposure. For someone like myself who uses backlight the way I do, it’s a godsend. I had no trouble compensating before using my exposure comp, but this feature actually uses the 91K pixel RGB sensor and identifies the face to where it attempts to expose for just that face. That’s remarkable, and it will help you obtain more accurate exposures… faster than ever before. I also need to add that the dynamic range increase was quite noticeable- especially in the most difficult lighting conditions. Detail in the veil, gown, face, and other areas under tough lighting conditions put this camera to the test. It passed with flying colors. Two different Auto white balances are also really cool. Auto 2 keeps a little more warmth, rather than cooling the image off. I love that. Speed… this camera, even though it’s fires and writes a boatload of information to the card/s, is quite fast. It’s faster than the D3X and it never held me back when firing multiple frames quickly. There are a slew of other little things that are major improvements. The specs are for real. Check them out.

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6400 ISO Full Frame

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The pixel counters who left some blog comments need to understand that this camera is not gong to replace a D4. It’s it’s own beast. It does things the D4 wont do. The D4 will do things the D800 wont do. My camera of choice for capturing weddings will be a combination of the two new pieces of technology. The D4 will be the primary camera. It’s low lighting capabilities, responsiveness, and the overall nature of the camera is ideal for what I do. However, we now have old world, medium format image quality inside a phenomenal, incredibly responsive Nikon body. At 36 megapixels, the D800 produces unprecedented image quality and resolution within a body that boasts revolutionary technological advances. The 3D color matrix meter III, the improved auto focus with more cross sensors, additional dynamic range, and the improved AF performance in low light are just a few features that are glaring improvements. From a focus standpoint, I found it hard to believe there could be improvements to the D3S focus system. But, this camera does focus faster and will allow me to make pictures I couldn’t make before.  For those who want to focus on what they think the camera doesn’t do, perhaps you can take a moment and focus on what it CAN do until you have one in your hands, or at least wait until the camera is available. Buy one, or don’t buy one. I wont earn a dime off of the sales of this camera. However, I really believe that I can produce that I never made before with this new technology. Isn’t that what it’s all about? I hope you stop by my blog and see what I’ve done with this camera. I only had it a few short weeks. However, I have both new cameras on order with my buddy Jeff Snyder at Adorama. That’s right. I will be paying for both a D4, and the D800.

One more thing. Many people have been asking me about whether they should go for the D800 or the D800E. Many feel as though the “E” is somehow “better” because it doesn’t have the AA filter. However, unless you’re adept at eliminating moire in post production, you might want to order the D800 and not the “E”. Now, I’m not saying that it’s going to produce much moire. It’s not as if it’s particularly prone to it. When working with files that large, and shooting images that have . However, some people have somehow developed the mindset that the D800 somehow wont produce sharp images. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Just my 2 cents since this was a question many were asking. In closing, I hope people find this camera to be as groundbreaking as I think it will be. It’s a fun time to be a photographer, and the evolution of the tools are allowing us to make better images. Thank you, Scott, for sharing your blog and allowing me to give your readers a taste of what’s to come with this camera.

You can see more from Cliff on the Nikon D800 over at his blog.

Photoshop World DC – 9 Days Left for Early Bird Registration!
Photoshop World Washington DC is quickly approaching, and there are only 9 days left to save $100 on registration! Head on over to to sign up, get hotel info, see the full schedule of classes from instructors like Jay Maisel, Joel Grimes, Lindsay Adler, Glyn Dewis, and a ton of other incredible people! And, there are only a few spots left in some of the pre-conference workshops like Lightpainting 101 with Dave Black, On Location DSLR Workshop with Rich Harrington, Real World Concert Photography with Alan Hess & Scott Diussa, and others.

Make sure you leave a comment for your chance to win a full-conference pass to this amazing event!

Free Bundle from
Leave a comment if you want to be entered to win the random drawing for the Get Your Photography on the Web Bundle by RC Concepcion. This set is valued at $85.99 and yes, if you don’t win it, you can buy it. It’s even on sale in February as part of our Sweet Deals Sale ($14 off all bundles).

About the set: It’s the ultimate package for people looking to create slick, professional-looking websites for their photography without knowing an ounce of code or paying a fortune!

This bundle contains RC’s ground breaking new book, Get Your Photography on the Web: The Fastest, Easiest Way to Show and Sell Your Work, and his amazing 2 disc set, WordPress Basics for Photographers.

By following RC’s instructions, you can have a website to showcase your photography that looks like you paid a fortune for someone else to create, in only a matter of hours!

We’ll draw for winners on Wednesday & announce them on next Thursday’s edition of Free Stuff Thursday.

Light It. Shoot It. Retouch It. Live!
We’re heading to Dallas and Phoenix this month on February 21 and 22! Head over to to get all the details and register for these and other seminars.

OnOne Perfect Photo Suite 6 for $199.95
This week only, get the OnOne Perfect Photo Suite 6 for just $199.95! That’s $100 off the regular price of $299.95, which is already crazy cheap compared to buying each program individually. What are you waiting for? Go get it now!

Winner of The Photographer’s Legal Guide DVD
The winner of The Photographer’s Legal Guide DVD with Jack Reznicki and Ed Greenberg is… Erick Puentes! Congratulations Erick, we’ll be in touch soon :)

That’s it for this week’s Free Stuff Thursday. Make sure you leave a comment for your chance to win a full conference pass to Photoshop World DC or the bundle from RC Concepcion! Heck, I’ll even get RC to sign the book for ya ;)