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  • Category Archives Guest Blogger

    http://vimeo.com/53617569 Four years ago we started this crazy idea of Help-Portrait. The concept was simple – find a person in need, take their picture, print it and deliver it. Our goal was to give photographers, stylists and friends “permission,” so-to-speak, to use what they had in their hands to give back to the community. The idea caught on quickly, thanks in no small part to Scott Kelby lending his platform for me to share this idea. Help-Portrait is now a global volunteer effort that takes place each second Saturday in December. To date 20,000+ volunteers have given approximately 200,000 portraits to the less fortunate. We’re doing it again this December 8th. Then Hurricane Sandy hit, and I was reminded why we do this. Why we have to do this. I was watching the telethon after the superstorm and nor’easter wrecked New York City and…

    Pushing the Envelope I have a phrase for it, the Darwin Theory of Photography – Evolve or Perish. While it’s very true that I’m a gear head and one of my greatest pleasures in life is to get a new piece of gear and just sit and inhale the new gear smell, there is most definitely a method behind my madness. I love telling stories and since I can’t draw, dancing is out of the question and my family won’t even let me sing in the shower that leaves me with photography to tell my stories. In 1998 when I first started to shoot digital, I knew then that the means in which I delivered my photographic stories was going to have to change. It gets complicated for Sharon & me in the fact that we make our livelihood by telling stories with my…


    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.

    KEYWORDING IN THE LIBRARY MODULE
    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.

    THE KEYWORD LIST PANEL
    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…

    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 checker…. 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.

    Creativity
    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 start…. 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…

    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…

    How to Really Learn Video Rob Adams - “Forget about audio….” Random Photographer – “Okay. Wait, what?” Rob Adams – “You’re not good enough for audio yet.” Random Photographer – *blinks* I don’t pull punches. This is what I tell every photographer venturing into the arena of HDSLR video for the first time. I also tell this to photographers who have been shooting (messing around) with their video functions for some time now. Why? Well, imagine WPPI, Imaging USA, After Dark, PDN and InFocus. These are all conventions dealing with photography, or nowadays imaging to be more precise. Now imagine just about the same amount of conventions that are similar in size and attendance and that are geared towards only audio. That’s why. Audio is its own beast and it’s the mitigating factor as to why I hear so many photographers say “I want…

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