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Hi Gang: On Monday night I headed back to New York to shoot the US Open Men’s Tennis Finals, and I put together a post over at Exposure.co with all the photos, including lots of behind-the-scenes shots and stories of triumph and tragedy (which includes me dropping my 16-35mm on the concrete floor, not once but twice).

Anyway, if you’ve got a sec, here’s the link: https://scottkelby.exposure.co/shooting-the-mens-finals

I tried to share more of the experience of shooting an event like this, so there’s lots of info and shots about that stuff, and of course all the camera, lens, and shooting info.

TWO MORE THINGS:

(1) Photokina (the world’s biggest photography expo, held every two year in Cologne, Germany), kicks off this coming week, and if there are any earth-shattering product releases, I’ll have that here for you on Monday morning around 8-ish.

(2) Tonight, don’t miss the world premiere of KelbyOne’s first movie (it features the amazing Moose Peterson) and it’s called “Aviation Photography: War Birds and the men who flew them.” This premiere is FREE and open to the public this one time only, then it goes inside KelbyOne for subscribers only, so come and watch it live with us tonight during this free premiere.

Moose himself will be live with me in our studios taking your questions. It will definitely be a night to remember. Here’s the link to join us tonight.

That’s it for now folks. Thanks for taking a look at my images, have a great weekend, and I hope to see you tonight.

Best,

-Scott

http://youtu.be/JeJtlrEZrAs

This is one of the most creative things we’ve done here at KelbyOne  â” the idea started as a class, then it morphed into a documentary and now it has grown into a feature film and we’re just so excited about it. Warbirds is the brainchild of renown aviation photographer Moose Peterson, and the aerial footage, and stories behind the men that flew these Warbirds is just amazing.

Please take just a moment to watch the movie trailer above, and then come and join us for the premiere this Friday. Best of all, it’s free, and Moose will be joining me live in the studio and taking your questions during the presentation. It’s going to be a really fun, “make some popcorn” dim the lights kinda night).

What: Warbirds and the men who flew them

When: This Friday at 7pm (New York Time)

Where: http://kel.by/K1warbirds

How much: Free!

If you’re an old airplane buff, if you’re into photography or cinematography, you will absolutely love this very special nite. I hope you can join us. :)

Best,

-Scott

 

We just got an email from Photoshop World and KelbyOne instructor Erik Valind letting us know that he’s doing a lighting workshop in Nelson on Saturday! If you’re interested, here are all the details directly from Erik himself…

Date: Saturday, Sept 6th 12PM – 6PM
Location: Nelson’s Ghost Town
Signup: http://bit.ly/pswpostcon

Attendees will learn how to master lighting on location using a variety of light sources and modifiers for every skill level and budget. This workshop will focus on getting the attendees behind the lens and creating killer images. I’ve hired local agency represented models and have made sure to keep the model to attendee ratio balanced to ensure maximum shooting time. I will walk them through a location and lighting scenario then my assistant Julio will step back to assist, as everyone gets a turn to direct and shoot.

We will cover the following:

  • Taming Natural Light
  • Working with speedlights and small flash
  • Overpowering the sun with studio strobes
  • Softboxes, Umbrellas, Reflectors, Diffusors, and Beauty Dishes

What is Provided:

  • Round-trip transportation from Mandalay Bay
  • Boxed lunch and plenty to drink
  • Professional models
  • An AMAZING location – Nelson’s ghost town

Again, you can find out more and register right here!

I just released a post over at Exposure.co (the photo story-telling site) with the story of my first time ever shooting a pro tennis tournament, and in this case it was Day One of the US Open Tennis Championships in Flushing Meadows, New York (these shots were taken last Monday).

I was only able to shoot starting at the 11:00 am matches and then I had to leave by 3:30 pm to catch my flight to St. Louis for my seminar there (which was awesome! Shout out to all the folks in St. Louis who came out and in Kansas City two days later. Awesome crowds â” super nice people!).

Research Beforehand Really Paid Off!
I did a LOT of research before this shoot, and while I think I did “OK” for my first time out, I have a long way to go to get to where I’d like to be. The only reason I even did “OK” was this research beforehand, plus I got help from three sources:

(1) Dave Black. I called him and he had all sorts of little tips about the bigger picture of shooting tennis. The guy’s just amazing. He’s shot everything! (including the US Open).

(2) Right when I walked in to the photo workroom at The Open, I ran right into Elsa Garrison from Getty Images (our guest on “The Grid” just a few weeks ago). She gave me some great, very specific tips for shooting at that venue. Andâ¦

(3) I read an awesome book called Photographing Tennis by Chris Nicholson and it was incredibly insightful. He really did a great job of explaining so many things I had questions about. I really got a lot out of it.

Anyway, there are lots of photos and the full story, and all the camera gear, settings, shooting positions, and the whole nine yards all over at Exposure.co â” if you’ve got a sec, I hope you’ll check them out.

 

I’ll be back…
I’m going back to New York one week from tonight to shoot the US Open Finals and I just can’t wait. It’s great to have a “second chance” to shoot any event, and even though I’m sure there will be 10x as many photographers, and that will make it that much more challenging â” I don’t care â” I’m thrilled to have that 2nd chance, and the opportunity to photograph the world’s best players.

Of course, before then I have the Bucs vs. Panther’s NFL regular season home opener and I’m off today for Photoshop World in Vegas. No rest for the weary! (hahaha â” don’t worry â” I’m lovin’ it!).

Lots to share from Photoshop World this week â” Brad will be shooting, and posting lots of pics from the Vegas show. Hope to meet a whole bunch of you there in person, and thanks for letting me share my first Tennis shoot with you here today. I absolutely had a blast, learned a lot, and can’t wait to shoot it again!

All my best,

-Scott

P.S. We’ll be streaming the Photoshop World Keynote LIVE â” keep an eye out here for the link (it’s Wednesday morning at 9:00 am Pacific Time). 

Above: iPhone shot of Bruno Mars in concert.

Whew!!! What a busy travel week. On Saturday I snuck the wifey off to Vegas to see Bruno Mars in concert at the Chelsea in the Cosmopolitan Hotel (it was a surprise birthday present — her birthday was a few weeks ago), and we had an absolute blast! Bruno Mars’ show was just absolutely outstanding — one of the best concerts either of us had ever seen. Everything from the sound to the lights to the stage show was just spot on. What a talented guy!

Anyway, here’s what’s up:

Adobe Releases “Aperture to Lightroom Migration Guide”
They actually did this a few weeks ago, but I run into lots of folks who hadn’t heard it had been released. You can download the free guide (called “”Making the Switch from Aperture to Adobe Photoshop Lightroom”), in PDF format, right here. 

 

Heads up to Canon Pro Shooters
This past week Canon launched a brand new Twitter page for pro Canon shooters here in the United States. You can follow them right here: @canonusapro

Worldwide Photo Walk Update:
We’re up to over 675 walks so far in cities all around the world, and we’re almost to 6,000 photo walkers! (Whoo hoo!). My thanks to everybody who has donated $1 to the orphanage (much love!). New cities include: Ludwigshafen, Germany; Bronx, NY, USA; Springfield, IL, USA; Embu das Artes, Brasil; Oviedo, Spain; Worcester, Worcester UK; Szeged, Hungary; and Auckland, New Zealand. Come join the walk near you: (link).

I’m in St. Louis today â” Kansas City on Thursday!
I’m teaching my full-day seminar here in St. Louis today, and on Thursday in Kansas City. Looking forward to meeting a whole bunch of you in person. http://kel.by/SM_SLAPtour 

Photoshop World is just one week away!
It’s not to late to register and join us for the full conference in Las Vegas. Here’s the link. Also, if you can’t make the full conference, but want a free pass to the Expo floor, here’s the link for a free expo-only pass. Lots of cool stuff to see!

OK, gang — that’s it for this Tuesdays. I hope if you’re here in St. Louis and you read my blog, you’ll come up and say ‘hi.” :)

All my best,

-Scott

Greetings from the Airport (well, I’m already on the plane, so “greetings from the Tarmac — I’m on my way to New York to shoot the US Open Tennis Tournament, which kicks off today. But firstâ¦.I’m heading to London!!!

When: Friday, 10, October
Where: Conference Centre Westminster
Tickets: Only 99£ at http://kelbyone.com/live/uk/
Earlybird Discount: Use the code Live10″ you save £10 — enough to buy me a pint.
Why: Because I love Swingin' London baby, yeah!

PLUS: If you sign up now, you get my “Light it, Shoot it, Retouch it” full tour (recorded live on location as it happened) as a digital download.

For more details, or to sign up (seating is limited), click right here:http://kelbyone.com/live/uk/ - If you're reading this from the UK, could you help us spread the word over there? Much appreciated.

Hope to meet you in person in London!

Cheers,

-Scott

P.S. Tomorrow I’m teaching this seminar in St. Louis and on Thursday in Kansas City. If you want to come out and spend the day with me, it’s not too late: http://kel.by/SM_SLAPtour 

 

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