Posts By Brad Moore

Sitting here in front of the computer having just come off an 8-day assignment, I’m struggling to come up with an opening to this post. Beginnings are often the hardest part of any venture and this seems to be no exception. I have a pretty good idea of what the substance of this post will be, just not how to begin it. Glancing over some previous guest blogs, there seems to be two different approaches to the opening – either dive right into the main topic or start off slowly with a thank you. The second option sounds like it’s as good a way as any, so let me firstly thank Scott, Brad and the team here for the opportunity to contribute a guest blog. It is indeed an honor to be here amongst so many talented, creative photographers.

Introductions are probably in order about now, so I should mention that I’m not the funny guy on TV. We share a name but that’s as far as the similarities go. What I am is an Asia (Taiwan to be specific) based travel, cultural and environmental photographer. I actually come from Australia but it’s been close to a decade since I’ve called it home.

In late 2009, I started giving some thought to a long term project that would promise to be a test of patience and discipline. Initially I was thinking along the lines of a 365 photo a day type project but it didn’t really gel in my mind. My aim was to start something on January 1st 2010 and have it run for a year. A 365 fits perfectly but I felt that the idea of such wasn’t right. I needed something more and so hit on the idea of putting together a daily phototip series. A bit of Googling suggested that no one had started and finished something so strictly defined although plenty of people have certainly posted more than 365 tutorials over time. It excited me from the outset, and promised to be a bit more of a challenge than just creating a daily photograph. I promised myself that I’d try to offer more substance than a simple one or two sentence tip. It would be quite easy to simply write something like “obey the rule of thirds” or “when shooting portraits, shoot wide open to create a nice bokeh” and pass that off as a phototip. More of a challenge would be to explain why it’s useful to do these things, and expand on those basics. And so it began. The first week of 2010 saw tips concerning creative white balance, metadata presets in Lightroom, off-center portrait composition, sunsets, vintage filter effects, access and leading lines.

The aim was to mix things up. I wanted the phototip series to appeal to photographers of all levels and abilities. For every entry-level tip such as sunny 16 and basic workflow, I tried to balance it with advice that’d be of use to working photographers with things such as copyright, business resources and shooting for your book.

For the first few months, coming up with a daily tip was fairly easy. In the weeks prior to starting the project, I made a list of as many areas to cover as I could think of, and then slowly worked my way through them. Ideas were jotted down in notebooks while riding in taxis, or recorded in Evernote on my phone and synced back to my computer. Others came up almost spontaneously as I sat down to write. Some stemmed from workshops I gave and classes I taught while others came from workshops I attended (thank you Joe McNally) and books or blogs I read.

That was the first few months. Then it got harder and a lot more time consuming. By the end of the year, it got to the point where I was spending 2-3 hours a day trying to think up and write a tip. Trying not to repeat myself, and also to keep it interesting for readers became a real challenge. I was determined however not to give up. My progress was marked in 50’s. I’d only look that far ahead which allowed myself to think “only 30 (20, 10 etc) to go. Once I reached a 50, I’d start again. It made it seem a lot more achievable than if I’d thought “250 to go”. The final month though ended up being perhaps the easiest of the lot. I had leftover ideas that had been jotted down earlier in the year that needed covering, as well as ideas that were fitting for end of year tips with topics like fireworks photography and best-of roundups. I actually managed to draft the final 15 phototips in a flurry of activity in mid-December which meant that all I had to do during those last two weeks was upload a photo and post the tip.

When embarking on a project of this nature, it was encouraging to see the level of support I got from the photographic community. The wonderful team at Black Rapid sent me a couple of R-Straps to use as giveaways in a competition, I was invited to become a beta-tester for IGVP (International Guild of Visual Peacemakers), the guys at Phottix sent me prototype flash triggers to test and review, and photographers everywhere shared, linked, Tweeted and Liked the phototip posts.

In carrying out the phototip project, I had to learn a lot myself. At some point, I wanted to cover video and although I’d bought a 5D Mark II soon after its release, other than learning which buttons to press for video, I hadn’t used it for anything other than stills. To teach is to learn, and learn I did, throwing together a behind the scenes video shot during a group photoshoot. Whether it’s any good or not is probably not something I can tell you but feel free to watch it yourself and see.

Ultimately this ended up becoming an immensely rewarding project. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend other photographers who want to try something similar and in fact, if you do, let me know and I’ll check it out. Thank you.

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And keep on reading for more pimpy :)

Hey gang, Brad here with the latest pimpy!

>> Photoshop World
Planning on coming to Photoshop World Orlando? Sign up by February 25 to take advantage of our Early Bird special and save $100 on registration!  Plus alumni save an extra $50 (unless your last name starts with “V” and ends with “anelli.”  Then we charge an extra $50 ;) ).

While you’re over at, make sure you scroll down to the bottom of the page and sign up for the PSW Newsletter. On February 9, we’ll send you the newsletter that has free Photoshop World downloads and the latest conference announcements and offers.

And we are ecstatic to announce the newest Photoshop World instructor, sports photographer Dave Black!  In his 30+ year career, he has photographed 12 Olympic Games, the Kentucky Derby, the Masters, NFL games and more for Sports Illustrated, Time, Newsweek, ESPN, etc. He’s also known for his creativity with Lightpainting, as well as his monthly “Workshop at the Ranch” tutorials.

>> Kelby Training Online
We’ve just posted three brand new classes from Joe McNally, Bill Fortney, and Moose Peterson this week!

In Accelerated Corporate Portraiture, Joe McNally shows exactly how he works through a day of corporate photography.  From managing people and locations to dealing with boardroom setups and lighting issues, he shows you how to make the client and their brand look their best.

Head up to Cades Cove in the Great Smoky Mountains on a cold winter’s day with Bill Fortney in his Intimate Landscape Photography course.  Bill describes the “intimate landscape” as a small part of the grand landscape.  He’ll show you how to focus on pieces of the scene to extract photographs from the overall scene, plus show you how he processes his images once he gets back to the office.

Moose is back with Romancing The Landscape, Part 2! Join him out in the southwest as he continues capturing the unique buttes, spires, and mesas in Monument Valley, then processing those images to create beautiful panoramas, HDR images, and black and white photos.

>> DVDs from Kelby Training
Scott Kelby’s Photo Recipes Live Behind the Scenes Vol. 2 has been bundled with his Light It. Shoot It. Retouch It. DVD for one low price! It’s like getting 4 DVDs and 1 book for the price of just the 3-disc set alone!

And Fay Sirkis just released her Master Brush Collection and the Master Background Collection DVDs in which she shows you how to create your own backgrounds and brushes that will help you transform your photos into painting masterpieces.

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

First, I want to thank Scott for inviting me to be his guest blogger for the second time here at Photoshop Insider.  It’s always an honor and a pleasure to make his accommodation.  Also, let me say that today’s post in no way reflects the views of “this station.”  Today’s post is meant to be more than a social observation, but rather a revelation of what’s happening in the field of wedding photography today, why it happened, and what can wedding photographers do about it. It may seem to be a “Doom and Gloom” read but is not meant to be. It is meant rather to be an “eye opening” read that I hope shakes all sense of complacency from our bones, and fires us up to do something about the current state of affairs.

As I researched and wrote this post, I was amazed by the confluence of circumstances that have completely changed how most wedding photographers have done business for years.  Most amazing was the speed at which these confluences collided and changed things in just a matter of 24-36 months! And all these changes mean that we must do business in a brand new way if we wish to succeed.

This post is meant to be Part 1 of a two part post. The reason, as I continued my research and writing I was topping out over 2,900 words and I still had about 1,500 to go – whew!  So, although most of this post reads like “Doom and Gloom” for wedding photography, I scatter tiny rays of hope throughout. Part 2, to be entitled “Dreams and Opportunities” or something like that ;) , will point wedding photography readers towards concrete strategies about how to grow their wedding photography business stronger and better than ever!

I hope you enjoy today’s read in the social observation context in which it was written.  Read on if you dare….


Brad here with this week’s pimpy! Check out this goodness…

Trey Ratcliff over at Stuck In Customs recently released his 100 Cameras-In-1 iPhone app, which is getting great reviews!  This app has tons of awesome effects that you can mix together to create your own unique look, plus the ability to adjust the amount of the effect. And there are even “achievements” for experimenting with different combinations to make sure you get the most you can out of the app.  Check out screen shots and get the full run-down right here, or just go ahead and download the app for only $1.99!

Ready for some killer one day seminars? Here’s what’s coming up! Matt Kloskowski is bringing the The Adobe Photoshop CS5 for Photographers: Essential Techniques Tour to Covington, KY tomorrow, January 28 and Austin, TX next Friday, February 4. Then Dave Cross is coming to San Antonio, TX on January 31 with The Adobe Photoshop CS5 Power User Tour. The Kelby Training Live tours are the “Official Adobe Photoshop Seminar Tours,” so register now to join us for a day!

If you haven’t registered for Photoshop World Orlando yet, sign up now and save $100 on registration!  Don’t forget to add on the Pro-Pass upgrade to get your After Hours Party ticket, NAPP Backpack, NAPP Badge Holder, T-shirt, and other goodies!  Also make sure you check out the great pre-conference workshops while you’re there… The NAPP Photo Safari is already sold out, and the On Location Wedding Shoot with David Ziser only has a few spots left!

The latest Kelby Training Online course is another offering from Frank Doorhof. In Photoshop Techniques for Fashion Photography, Frank walks you through his techniques for skin smoothing, cleaning up backgrounds, creating images with high tonal contrast, and more.

Have you gotten your free digital copy of Photoshop User Magazine from Dell yet? Hurry, because this offer ends Friday!

Moose Peterson just announced his upcoming his Air2Air Workshop at Fantasy Of Flight, a few minutes outside of Orlando, on April 29! Check out Moose’s blog for all the info.

Jeremy Cowart recently returned to Haiti and created a gallery of iPhone images that show the current conditions in the area.  Swing by and check them out, as well as his newly re-designed website.

This coming Tuesday is the GRAND PRIZE DRAWING for the South Africa Photo Safari Sweepstakes! You can enter here for your chance to win an all expenses paid trip to South Africa for a 10-day photo safari with John Paul Caponigro, plus a ton of other great prizes. You can also get more info and register for the trip right here.

That’s it for today. We’ll see you right back here tomorrow!

My name is Ted Waitt, and I’m an editor at Peachpit Press / New Riders. Since 2004, I’ve had the honor and privilege of working with Scott Kelby, as well as his extremely talented and hardworking team in Florida.

For many years now, Scott’s blog has been the first thing I read every day—and I suspect I’m not alone. I’d like to thank Scott for the opportunity to blog here. And I’d like to publicly thank him for all of the opportunities that working with him has afforded me over the years. Thank you, Scott.

I’ve had a DSLR for just under three years now. I don’t shoot nearly as much as I’d like, but I do venture out in San Francisco somewhat frequently. These solo, meandering photo walks are often as much about taking pictures as they are a chance to just get out of the house and see the city. Often I return home empty-handed, so to speak, but that’s okay. And every once in a while, I come back with a decent shot.

About a month ago, a former colleague recommended me to a friend who was starting a holiday photo blog called Photo Advent. The idea behind the blog was to get someone to contribute one image each day—along with a “lesson learned”—as a kind of holiday gift to the photo community. I agreed to do it, though it seemed a bit of a stretch that I’d have much of a lesson to give, and I haven’t ever really shared my photos much beyond posting them to Flickr.

I honestly thought the post would go up, a friend might see it, and that would be it. Well, that’s exactly what happened…except the friend was Scott! He liked the shot and asked me if I’d repost here as a guest blog. So, without further ado, here’s that post (slightly edited):


Moody’s Jump

Metadata: ISO 200, f/5.6, 1/1000 sec., 17mm on a Canon 17–40mm f/4, Canon 40D

This is the first image I ever asked permission to take, and it was one of the first shots where I had started to become conscious of the direction and quality of light. It was August in the Mission in San Francisco. I went out for a walk with my camera late in the afternoon. I had no particular direction in mind, but noticed that the light was low and strong, so I suspected I’d be shooting either in open shade on the west side of the street (in, for example, the shade of a building) or with that hard, directional light if shooting the east side of the street.

For me, what usually happens in a situation like this is one of two things: either a) you take exactly zero shots and, within an hour, find yourself succumbing to the open door of a bar; or b) you take a bunch of crappy shots, knowing you’ll go home, import them (“Maybe something will look good on that big monitor”), delete them all, and then head to the bar.

But eventually, persistence pays off. If you go for enough walks, you will eventually, definitely get some shots. Walking up Harrison, I saw three guys around 20th, on the east side of the street, jumping their bikes from a ramp onto a loading dock in that half-industrial, half-residential space between the Mission and Potrero Hill. They were all a bit older than one might suspect—20s to early 30s. (But then again, it’s San Francisco, where age seems almost always irrelevant.) I watched them for a couple minutes, then decided to approach one of them and see if they’d mind if I took a few pictures. What the hell, right? They decided that one of the guys, who called himself Moody, would be the best subject—as he could get the highest on the jump. (By the way, Moody looked a lot like Will Oldham.)

All I knew was that I wanted a fast shutter speed to freeze the motion, and that I’d have to shoot in continuous “burst” mode to increase the chances of capturing Mr. Moody at the height of his jump and in an interesting composition. So I switched to Shutter Priority mode and dialed in 1/500 of second—which, after looking at the shots of the first jump, ended up being not quite fast enough. Increasing the shutter to 1/1000 of a second worked (though it couldn’t’ve hurt to go a bit faster; the shot is still a bit soft…). I shot another jump, showed the guys the back of the LCD, and—with the exaggerated effect of the wide angle making it look more dramatic than it really was—they became somewhat interested. The shot here came on the third and last jump I shot. (I didn’t want to take too much of their time.) I grabbed Moody’s email address and sent him the shot later that night.

The lessons here are: a) Just look around and consciously make note of the light—the hard light creating the hard shadow on the wall is what, for me, makes this shot; and b) approach people. Seeing the light quickly gets easier and easier, but walking up to someone is still difficult for me; I approach only about 5–10% of the people I would really like to shoot. But it gets easier, too, and the worst thing that can happen is they say no. You’ll get exactly what you would’ve gotten had you not approached them to begin with: nothing.

On second thought, I suppose the worst thing that could happen is that you’ll get robbed, shot, and left to bleed out on the sidewalk, but the chances of that are probably pretty low, one would think.


So that’s pretty much it. Thanks again to Scott for the opportunity to share the post and the picture!

Here’s the ol’ Twitter handle if you’re so inclined: @TedWaitt. And if you’d like to check out a few more shots, here’s a small, fairly random set on Flickr.

And, of course, be sure to check out all of Peachpit’s great stuff at ;)