Posts By Brad Moore

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Thanks, as always, to Scott for having me back…whether I’m popping up in member-only events, recording courses or writing here, I always enjoy access to Photoshop’s most passionate and knowledgeable users (you guys teach me at least as much as I teach you – thank you).

In just days, I’ll see many of you at Photoshop World in Las Vegas! This month marks my 17th year at Adobe; anniversaries are a reflective time, especially for a sentimental fool like me. During that time, I’ve been to more Photoshop Worlds than I can count – for over a decade, I’ve visited regularly as an instructor, keynote speaker and attendee. Like releases of Photoshop, the memories all sort of blend together…but they’re all remembered with a smile.

The industry has changed a lot over the years: from film to digital; from desktop to laptop; from applications that were once individual, separate islands, to a deeply connected creative universe. Photoshop World has changed quite a bit too, social media connects and informs attendees and shares the experience with those who can’t be there. In many ways, Photoshop World represents the Creative Cloud Photography Plan, as courses are the ultimate boot camp for not only Photoshop, but Lightroom too…and increasingly, the growing body of apps and services which connect them. With more ways to capture images than ever before and a more affordable and flexible inroad to editing, it isn’t a surprise that I meet attendees both older and younger than in years prior – I love that we all have so much in common.

This year, I’m thrilled to teach a combination of my favorite courses. I’ll start with a full session on Photoshop Mix, our free, mobile app which allows you to create powerful composites, wherever you are. Even exploring all of Mix’s hidden tricks, I’m sure to have plenty of extra time, so that’s just some of what I’ll showcase on mobile – there’s a LOT more.

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My next course is a deep-dive on the Creative Cloud Photography Plan, not only is this the best deal going, but the offering has grown far beyond just Photoshop+Lightroom.

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For many years I’ve taught a course on black & white in Lightroom and Photoshop, this too has expanded to mobile apps and third party solutions.

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Last, I’ll teach my favorite course, highlights from the Photoshop Playbook. The Playbook is a year-long series that I recorded, designed to solve problems quickly; with millions and millions of views, it’s proven very popular…this link is both a great preview and resource.

So, as you can imagine, I’m more excited than ever for Photoshop World. I love that so many people are able to enjoy photography and creative imaging. For all that changes, my favorite part about the show is the people…so whether I’m fielding questions for a large group, having a hallway chat or enjoying my breakfast with Scott…the conversations always lead to fixes, features, insights and understanding.

See you in Las Vegas!

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Bryan O’Neil Hughes is Adobe’s Head of Outreach & Collaboration, closely working with product teams, partners & press. Bryan spent fifteen years on Photoshop, a decade as Product Manager (CS3-CC) & then drove the expansion to mobile with Photoshop Mix & Fix. Bryan is a regular keynote speaker, author & 5X MAX Master – his videos have enjoyed over 12 million views. He lives with his wife & two boys in the Santa Cruz Mountains, where he’s slowly restoring an old truck. Bryan was inducted into the Photoshop Hall of Fame in 2011. You can follow him on Instagram and reach out to him at bhughes@adobe.com.

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High End Hair Retouching with Kristina Sherk
Learn the core fundamentals of retouching hair! Join Kristina Sherk as she teaches you how to retouch hair smarter, not harder. From removing stray hairs to changing your subject’s hair color, and from creating custom hair brushes to adding dimension and shine, Kristi will show you how to do the best things possible in the fastest amount of time. Every photographer working with people can benefit from adding these hair retouching techniques to their set of skills, so that you can deliver outstanding work to your clients and get back behind the camera. By the end of the class you’ll know how to make your clients look red-carpet ready and how to do it faster than ever.

In Case You Missed It
In Advertising Photography: From Pre- to Post-Production, you’ll get Douglas Sonders’ unique take on everything from client interaction, pre-production, and assembling a creative team to his lighting techniques and method for coaching portrait subjects to get the reaction he needs. Then, meet Douglas’ personal retoucher and expert compositor, Justin Paguia for the post-production process.

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Hi! It’s Justin Wojtczak of 375 Photography Inc., from Atlanta, Georgia.  I work with my partner Justin McGough, and we are commercial wedding photographers. I am also an instructor for KelbyOne.

Before I get started talking about how we use drones in our work, let me get a couple of things out of the way up front:

  1. We are responsible drone pilots. No need to say anything more about what you should and should not do.
  2. We take the safety of others seriously.

So, now that we’ve got that out of the way – we love drones! And who doesn’t? Having this amazing tool in our Creative Toolbox is another way for us to get creative and offer our clients phenomenal shots! So we wanted to share with you some ways we are taking advantage of drones, as well as give you some insights from what we have learned.

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Using a drone at a wedding is a very difficult balancing act. You certainly want to take things to the next level, but you also want to be mindful of the safety of others. So let’s break down this shot:

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We shot a wedding down in the Dominican Republic and it was out of this world! When I found out months beforehand that the ceremony was going to be on a pier, I knew I had to bring the drone. I spent months thinking about how to get the kind of shot I wanted to get, and developed a general idea and plan. But after a couple of practice flights the day before the wedding, I had a completely different vision.

Did you notice how the sun hit the palm trees? I did too, and knew I wanted that to be my shot. Because the ceremony only lasted 8 minutes I had to make a decision on whether or not to risk getting the shot. I knew we were down in the DR (a unique opportunity), the drone would be over water (so if it crashed no one would get hurt), but more than anything, the bride really wanted it. Would it be worth it?

YES!

So before the ceremony I took one more test flight to make sure I knew the extract controls and maneuvers I needed to get everything in one shot. As the ceremony started, I had one camera rolling video, my wife taking pictures, and I picked up with my drone. It was already powered on and ready, so there was no delay, and I ran to my take off spot and got the shot in 57 seconds. I landed the drone, secured it, and rushed back to the ceremony on the pier.

A couple of quick observations: first, be sure to communicate with the bride and groom your vision of using the drone during the ceremony so they understand and expect the noise of the drone. Secondly, you need to have another shooter to make sure that the ceremony is covered, because it would be bad if you got drone footage but missed an important part of the ceremony.

To recap, balance the next level shot with the safety of others, and figure out what you need to beforehand. This turned out to be a great shot because the bride and groom were so blown away by the result.

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We love using the drone footage to augment our snapshot videos.

(Wait, what is a snapshot video you ask?  It is a combination of video and stills highlighting the best parts of the client’s day. We are teaching a course at Photoshop World this year called Snapshot Videos: Creating Small Videos that Create Large Opportunities. This is an amazing class on how these snapshot videos have generated some crazy opportunities for us…but you’ll have to come to PSW to find out more!)

So, as I was saying, we use the drone to add value to the footage we already have. Here are a few times during a typical wedding day that we like to use a drone:

 

– Intro shot for the snapshot video
– B-roll
– Stunning shots of the couple
– Exit shot to end the video

We’ve also found that drones are unbelievable tools when working with golf courses. The aerial footage really allows us to gain a new perspective of each course. In fact, one of the ways we’ve developed relationships with several courses is by building a relationship with the wedding coordinator when we shoot a wedding at a country club. Once that relationship is built, we can give them a sample of what we can do for that club for their marketing material. Showing a country club from a different perspective is very attractive for the club managers.

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And that’s a great tip: Don’t be afraid to be proactive and be on the hunt for potential new clients. Get comfortable with putting yourself out there, because you just never know what opportunities you might generate.

Okay, final recap:

Drones add a huge value to our work!!  In fact, just having a drone has brought us jobs. But what sets us apart is how we use it. Here are three things we do to help make our footage stand out:

  1. We take time to build a relationship with our clients and invite them to watch us while we capture footage. We get excited when we shoot and that excitement carries over to the client, especially when they connect the emotions from that moment with the footage we provide.
  2. We set ourselves up for the best possible light.  Having an amazing sunrise will make any project look even more amazing than it already is. We plan very carefully so we can capture that golden light as much as possible. Sometimes things don’t work out, but that’s okay. We’ve learned to stay calm, be flexible, and do our best to still get dramatic footage. Even if you have to come back, it will be worth it in the end.
  3. A little touch of color grading.  We are not color grading experts, but we are trying to understand how to get the best results we can. Tweaking even a few settings on the drone and in post can make a significant difference (but that’s for a different post).

If you have any questions, please let us know. If you’re going to Photoshop World, be sure to check out our two classes, Snapshot Videos: Creating Small Videos that Create Large Opportunities and DSLR: Video Basics for Photographers. Thanks for reading and happy shooting!

You can see more of Justin’s work at 375Photography.com, and follow him on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, and check out his videos on Vimeo!

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Adobe Photoshop CC In-Depth: Compositing and Masking Hair Made Easy
Gain a solid foundation in compositing by learning how to select and mask hair in Scott Kelby’s newest class, Adobe Photoshop CC In-Depth: Compositing and Masking Hair Made Easy! Selecting objects with hard edges is a breeze, but being able to realistically mask all kinds of hair is what takes real skill. In this class Scott builds up your masking arsenal by demonstrating a number of different masking techniques, step-by-step, so you’ll always have the right technique for the job at hand. Any good composite consists of being able to select the subject, remove edge fringe, match the tone and color of the background and subject, and then unify all components together to make it look realistic. By the end of the class you’ll learn different ways to handle each step of the process, and be well on your way to creating great looking composite images.

In Case You Missed It
Time to let the dogs out! Join the fabulous Kaylee Greer, a private and commercial pet photographer based in Boston, as she shows you how to capture the best dog photographs you’ve ever taken. In this class Kaylee works with four different dogs in different locations, ranging from the local park to the local animal shelter, and shows you her tips and tricks for engaging with her subjects to bring out their unique personalities and create portraits their owners will love, or that can help a shelter dog find a forever home. The locations and lighting are not always ideal, so Kaylee teaches you how she works with whatever situation she finds herself in to locate those hidden gem spots that provide the perfect backdrop for your dog. You’ll need to be prepared to get down on the ground and make silly noises, but the effort will show in the fantastic photos you can create.

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Photo by Nadra Farina-Hess

It’s good to be back here on Scotts’ blog. Thanks Scott and Brad. Photoshop World is fast approaching, and this year I’m thrilled to be presenting on Night and low Light Photography and Concert Photography. I wanted to take this opportunity to discuss an aspect of concert photography that those not in the business probably don’t even know about, and that is the Photo Release we are often asked to sign before photographing the band.

If I ruled the world and made up the rules, there would be no photo releases, but sadly (for me) I don’t rule the world (yet) and these releases are a part of doing business. Let me walk you through the typical steps involved with shooting a concert. I am going to talk about the recent 91X-Fest as an example because it is the perfect example of all the types of releases we get to deal with.

The Young Wild performs at the 91X-Fest on June 5, 2016 at Sleep Train Amphitheatre in Chula Vista, CA
91X-Fest lineup t-shirt on June 5, 2016 at Sleep Train Amphitheatre in Chula Vista, CA

The 91X-Fest is the summer concert by the local radio station, and I have been photographing it for a variety of outlets for the last few years. This year I was covering the event for the radio station but since the actual concert was put on by Live Nation at a Live Nation venue, I still had to go through the local Live Nation representative to get permission to shoot the individual bands. I emailed my request to shoot the show, stating who I was shooting it for, and what the images would be used for.

The Frights perform at the 91X-Fest on June 5, 2016 at Sleep Train Amphitheatre in Chula Vista, CA
The Frights perform at the 91X-Fest on June 5, 2016 at Sleep Train Amphitheatre in Chula Vista, CA
SWMRS perform at the 91X-Fest on June 5, 2016 at Sleep Train Amphitheatre in Chula Vista, CA
SWMRS perform at the 91X-Fest on June 5, 2016 at Sleep Train Amphitheatre in Chula Vista, CA
91X-Fest on June 5, 2016 at Sleep Train Amphitheatre in Chula Vista, CA
91X-Fest on June 5, 2016 at Sleep Train Amphitheatre in Chula Vista, CA

There were 11 bands on the schedule, and the local Live Nation rep would compile a list of all the photography requests, contact the bands and get approvals, then get back to the photographers and let them know when said yes and who said no. The local rep was also in charge of sending out and collecting the signed photo releases for the bands that had them. The photo release is a form that stipulates where the images can be used and how they can be used. Most times, they restrict the photo usage to the specific outlet that you site when applying for the photo pass. So for example, since I was shooting for 91X, the images would be used on the 91X websites and social media accounts. If I was shooting for a magazine, then the images would be limited to that magazine. One of the bands headlining the 91X show was The Offspring, and they had a photo release that limited the images to just the outlet I was shooting for. Here is an example of what that looks like.

91X-Fest on June 5, 2016 at Sleep Train Amphitheatre in Chula Vista, CA

The second headlining act was Cheap Trick, and they also had a photo release. Their release is what’s known as a rights grab release where they allow you to shoot the concert but for that privilege, they then expect to not only be able to use the images for free, they expect the photographer to sign over the rights to the images without compensation. That wording looks like this.

91X-Fest on June 5, 2016 at Sleep Train Amphitheatre in Chula Vista, CA

Not only does the band expect to approve each photo used, they expect copies of all the images (you can tell how long the band has been using this release by the wording as there is no mention of digital files but instead still reference negatives and transparencies. So even though I was working for the radio station that was putting on the show, I refused to sign the Cheap Trick photo release and did not shoot their set. One of the reasons that bands get away with this is that there were other photographers who were quite happy to sign the release as it meant they got to photograph the band even though they were not earning a dime from the work. I can’t think of any other job where people would be happy to work for free, then give away the rights to their work, just because of the subject matter. (Notice I said work for free AND give away their rights). It’s a crazy idea, yet as concert photographers we seem to think it’s pretty normal.

The Shelters perform at the 91X-Fest on June 5, 2016 at Sleep Train Amphitheatre in Chula Vista, CA
The Shelters perform at the 91X-Fest on June 5, 2016 at Sleep Train Amphitheatre in Chula Vista, CA
Chevy Metal perform at the 91X-Fest on June 5, 2016 at Sleep Train Amphitheatre in Chula Vista, CA
Chevy Metal perform at the 91X-Fest on June 5, 2016 at Sleep Train Amphitheatre in Chula Vista, CA
The Shelters perform at the 91X-Fest on June 5, 2016 at Sleep Train Amphitheatre in Chula Vista, CA
The Shelters perform at the 91X-Fest on June 5, 2016 at Sleep Train Amphitheatre in Chula Vista, CA

Out of the 11 bands that performed at the 91X Fest, there were three bands with photo releases. The third band with a release was WOLFMOTHER, and their release was a first for me. It was a photo release that actually stipulated that I could use the images for self promotion, on my social media outlets provided that it was representative of my work as a whole. It also allowed the band to use the images for their social media and websites and non-commercial use. I was good with that.

The rest of the bands that day did not have any photo release at all. You can see some of the images from their sets in this blog post. So if you have wondered about the rules when photographing a concert, I hope this cleared up some things and why you don’t always see the images from the shows I shoot on my social media or website.

WOLFMOTHER perform at the 91X-Fest on June 5, 2016 at Sleep Train Amphitheatre in Chula Vista, CA
WOLFMOTHER perform at the 91X-Fest on June 5, 2016 at Sleep Train Amphitheatre in Chula Vista, CA
The Shelters perform at the 91X-Fest on June 5, 2016 at Sleep Train Amphitheatre in Chula Vista, CA
The Shelters perform at the 91X-Fest on June 5, 2016 at Sleep Train Amphitheatre in Chula Vista, CA
IRATION perform at the 91X-Fest on June 5, 2016 at Sleep Train Amphitheatre in Chula Vista, CA
IRATION perform at the 91X-Fest on June 5, 2016 at Sleep Train Amphitheatre in Chula Vista, CA
IRATION perform at the 91X-Fest on June 5, 2016 at Sleep Train Amphitheatre in Chula Vista, CA
IRATION perform at the 91X-Fest on June 5, 2016 at Sleep Train Amphitheatre in Chula Vista, CA
KONGOS perform at the 91X-Fest on June 5, 2016 at Sleep Train Amphitheatre in Chula Vista, CA
KONGOS perform at the 91X-Fest on June 5, 2016 at Sleep Train Amphitheatre in Chula Vista, CA
KONGOS perform at the 91X-Fest on June 5, 2016 at Sleep Train Amphitheatre in Chula Vista, CA
KONGOS perform at the 91X-Fest on June 5, 2016 at Sleep Train Amphitheatre in Chula Vista, CA
KONGOS perform at the 91X-Fest on June 5, 2016 at Sleep Train Amphitheatre in Chula Vista, CA
KONGOS perform at the 91X-Fest on June 5, 2016 at Sleep Train Amphitheatre in Chula Vista, CA
WOLFMOTHER perform at the 91X-Fest on June 5, 2016 at Sleep Train Amphitheatre in Chula Vista, CA
WOLFMOTHER perform at the 91X-Fest on June 5, 2016 at Sleep Train Amphitheatre in Chula Vista, CA
WOLFMOTHER perform at the 91X-Fest on June 5, 2016 at Sleep Train Amphitheatre in Chula Vista, CA
WOLFMOTHER perform at the 91X-Fest on June 5, 2016 at Sleep Train Amphitheatre in Chula Vista, CA

You can see more of Alan’s work at AlanHessPhotography.com, and follow him on Instagram and Twitter. You can also see him live in person at Photoshop World Las Vegas on July 19 & 20!

Adobe Photoshop Update with Scott Kelby
We’re currently updating some behind-the-scenes stuff on the KelbyOne website, so this week’s class will be released tomorrow! With the latest release of Adobe Photoshop 2015.5, Scott Kelby will take you through all of the newest features, like the Select and Mask feature shown above, to make sure you don’t miss a thing in his newest class, Adobe Photoshop Update. If you’re already a KelbyOne member, keep an eye out for this new class releasing tomorrow. If you’re not a member, you can try it for FREE for 10 days!

In Case You Missed It
In Action Sports Flash Photography, Dave Black uses his speedlights to create the kind of stylized sports portraits that you normally see in feature articles, programs and magazine covers – and he shows you how to do it too. In this class, you’ll learn how to capture action sports, in varying degrees of action from track and field to motocross, with high-speed sync and fast action shutter speeds. You’ll also learn what equipment and settings work best for each progressive action sports situation; but most of all, you’ll learn that while you may not have the exact same kind of equipment Dave does, it won’t matter half as much as you think as long as you share his exuberance and desire to take an amazing picture.

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