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Going to Photo Plus Expo in a couple of weeks? Come Shoot Portraits with Me!
Hi gang — it’s Monday. Here’s what’s up: If you’re going to Photo Plus Expo in New York, I want to tell you about a hands-on “Portraits on location” workshop I’m doing with the folks from Lexar Memory.

It’s limited to a small group of people, and we’re going to head out into the streets of Manhattan with two professional models. I’ll explain the technique, then you’ll split into two groups and try out the same techniques yourself with the models. We’ll be using both natural light and flash, and we’ll pack a lot into those two-hours — you’ll learn a bunch, and you’ll be shooting’ plenty the whole time.

Here’s the link to sign up for the workshop

These workshops [Photo Plus Expo calls them “Photo Walks” but they’re really hands-on workshops], are very limited to the number of participants, so if you want to join me (and Brad), then sign up right now before it’s sold out.

Another side of Street Photography on “Photography Live and Uncut”
I recently was a guest on the UK-based Web show “Photography Live and Uncut” with host Paul Griffiths (great host, and really nice guy), and we got “into it” on the topic of Street Photography. It’s a discussion you don’t hear very often, and if you’ve got a few minutes, just let this run in the background — it’s more entertaining than a Presidential Debate (but then, what isn’t?). ;-)


Honored to be included in “Get Inspired” Magazine
It’s a magazine of creative inspiration and in their current issue (issue #31) they included one of my portraits, and I’m very excited and honored to be included among such great photographers in this issue. Here’s the link to download the magazine.


Photographers in Charlotte and Sacramento — I’m headed your way!
I’m in Charlotte next Monday, the 17th, and then I’m in Sacramento the next week, on the 24th, with my full day seminar. Hope you can come out and spend the day with me. 🙂

That’s it for today! Hope yours is a great one!




Hi Gang, and happy Friday!

I finally I posted my images, and the story of the trip, over at (that’s the photo storytelling site I’ve been using for a few years now — it’s a wonderful way to share a trip like this).

Here’s the link

Thanks for letting me share some of my photos from the trip with you. :)

Hey, I’m in Minneapolis next Wednesday, and then Milwaukee on Friday doing my seminar – hope you can join me.




Today at 2:00 pm EDT I’m doing a Webcast for KelbyOne members all about my photo trip to Iceland last week. I’ll be covering:

> Gear (everything from lenses, camera bag, tripod, bodies – you name it)
> Camera Techniques
> Post Processing in Lightroom & Photoshop
> Plus I’ll be sharing lots of images from the trip

Join me and landscape and fine art photographer Jeff Leinbach tomorrow at 2pm. We’ll be taking your questions and comments live.

Note: if you’re not already a KelbyOne member – you can still join the Webcast – just take the free KelbyOne trial, and you can watch right along, plus watch all our other members-only Webcast, and more than 600 courses on Photoshop, photography, Lightroom and more.

Here’s where to watch the Webcast:

Hope you can join us later today. :)



If this ever happens to you — you go to open a JPEG image in Photoshop, and you get a warning dialog box saying you have an ‘Invalid JPEG Marker’ and it won’t open the image, here’s what I do (I made a video with what to do step-by-step – it’s easy).

I’m in Iceland right now….
…and I’m sharing my behind-the-scenes crazy stuff over on Instagram, if you follow me over there.

Tomorrow: It’s Canon 5D Mark IV day on “The Grid”
The wonderful Larry Becker is sitting in for me tomorrow on “The Grid” doing the hosting duties with our guests, Canon Explorers of Light, Rick Sammon, and video guru, Bruce Dorn, who both got a chance to shoot projects with the just-announced 5D Mark IV, and they’ll be sharing their experiences and answering questions. That’s tomorrow at 4pm ET on “The Grid.”

“Gear Head LIVE” is back tomorrow…
That’s right — they’re back — Rudy Winston (Canon’s super genius tech guru, and hero to KelbyOne members around the world), will be here tomorrow with  Brent Ramsey (Canon’s video Tech Genius guy and the other part of the Gear Head Tag Team) answering KelbyOne members questions live, and the Webcast is hosted by the always-fun Larry Becker.

KelbyOne members can watch this free Webcast at

If you’re not a member, you can still watch by signing up for the 10-day free trial. Then you’re a member (well, for 10-days anyway).

OK, that’s it from here in Iceland
Don’t miss tomorrow’s Guest Blog, right here. Same bat time. Same bat channel.



NFL 2014 -- Buccaneers vs. Packers

Hi Gang: I get asked this question enough that I thought I’d do a quick blog post on it. Here goes:

Shooting Mode: Aperture Priority

F-stop: f/2.8
Note: I shoot wide open (using the lowest numbered f/stop) on whichever lens I’m using at the time, and I don’t change my f/stop the entire day.

Shutter Speed: 1/1000 of a second or faster
Note: For late afternoon or night games, I turn on Auto ISO and I set my MINIMUM shutter speed to 1/1000 of a second, so no matter what, I’ll also have at least 1/1000 of a second to freeze the action.

ISO: Bright Sunny Day Games: 100 ISO. Cloudy Days: 200 ISO. Night games: Auto ISO (see Shutter Speed above).

White Balance: Auto for day and night games, but I adjust it if it looks funky at night or if I’m shooting in a dome. A lot depends on the lighting in the stadium.

Focus Mode: AI Servo (Continuous Focus Mode on Canon bodies)

Auto Focus (AF) Area Selection Mode: AF point expansion (up, down, left, and right)

Focus Control: Back Button Focus

Shooting Mode: High-Speed Continuous (burst mode)

File Mode: JPEG high (here’s why)

Auto Focus Configuration Tool Preset: Case 4 (on Canon cameras), but sometimes I switch back to Case 1 if I feel like I’m having a bad focus day and I want to blame it on the equipment instead of the real problem.

Highlight Warning: On


Main camera: Day game: 200-400mm f/4
Main camera: Night game: 400mm f/2.8 (to keep ISO lower)
2nd Body: 70-200mm f/2.8 and/or 24-70mm f/2.8

IS (Image Stabilization): Off
Note: If you’re shooting at fast shutter speeds, this should be turned off.

Main body: Canon EOS 1Dx
2nd Body: Canon EOS 1Dx
Note: I don’t have the Canon 1Dx Mark II yet. Canon gave me a loaner for a weekend to review, but I haven’t bought one yet. I don’t have a 7D Mark II either – again, another weekend loaner.

Memory Cards: Lexar Professional 1066x Compact Flash Cards
I generally use a 64GB or 128GB, but both are overkill because I shoot in JPEG, so I only use about 12GB on my main camera, and 6 or 7GB on my 2nd body.


I hope you found that helpful. :)

If you’re into sports photography (or even just getting into it)…
…we have a bunch of full-length online classes at KelbyOne, but I’d maybe start with these:

  1. I teach a class on “Beginner Sports Photography” (link) Catch it if you’re brand new to sports.
  2. I co-host a class featuring sports photography legend, Peter Read Miller, called “What Makes a Great Sports Photo” (it’s a really eye-opening class – he’s amazing!). Heres the link.
  3. Another great class is from renowned sports photographer, Dave Black, and it’s on “Shooting High School Football.” Such a great class! (link)

OK, I’m off to Iceland today with my buddy Terry White – my first time ever and I’m really excited. :)

Have a great Monday, and we’ll see you back here tomorrow when I’ve got a cool tip for what to do when you have a damaged JPEG image.



P.S. A big thanks to everybody who came out to my seminar in Indianapolis last Thursday. Such a great group of photographers (and thanks for the awesome turnout). Next step: Minneapolis on September 21, 2016. Tickets here. 


NFL 2014 -- Buccaneers vs. Packers

The drought is over — Football is back, and tonight’s my first game of the season (well, it’s a pre-season game, but ya know — I definitely need a pre-season game to warm up and shake the dust off a long off-season).

I’m excited to once again be covering Tampa Bay Buccaneers home games for Zuma Sports, and that starts with tonight’s epic clash against the Cleveland Browns (stop snickering). I think it’s going to be a solid year for Tampa, so I’m psyched to see how the season plays out.

NFL loadout

Here’s the load out I’m using for tonight’s game (No, I don’t have any 1DX Mark IIs – I’m still using the old 1Dxs). Buried in there is a Rapid Strap camera strap. I can probably take the Hoodman Loupe out, since it’s a night game, right? ;-)

OK, gotta run. Hope you guys have a great weekend — I’m heading to Iceland on Monday, so could be a sketchy blogging schedule next week. We’ll see.  :)