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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NhTSPIipS5A

Our buddy, French photographer and Photoshop guru Serge Ramelli was our in-studio guest this week on “The Grid” (our weekly photography talk show) and he shared seem really helpful tips — here’s the episode (above) if you’re into travel (plus, he shared some tips on the business side in response to some of our viewers live questions — definitely worth checking out).

Hope you all have a great weekend, and we’ll see you back here on Monday. :)

Best,

-Scott

I had a really fun studio car-shoot in Phoenix after my seminar there last week, and I shared my favorite images from the shoot over at the photo story-telling site, Exposure.so (here’s the link to my images).

http://youtu.be/pnQRmQT8lH0

I wound up getting to shoot both a new 2014 Corvette Stingray and a Classic Shelby Cobra (I give all the details and stuff over at that link above), including behind the scenes photos, but I thought I’d share a simple iPhone video behind the scenes (taken by Brad). I’m not wearing a mic or anything (after all, it’s a phone video), so the audio isn’t killer, but at least you get a look at the set-up and simply it was lit.

The studio we did the shoot in is owned by Paul Markow â” super-nice guy with a killer studio (met him in Vegas at WPPI on the way to another car shoot), and his assistant Robert Humanski (who helped us out like you cannot believe), gave us the run of the place for three hours and we had a total blast!

If you’ve got a minute, I hope you’ll check it out over at Exposure.so

Have a great Monday (I know, groan), and we’ll catch you here tomorrow.

Best,

-Scott

 

 

Go Back Up Your Photos. Right Now!
Just recently I heard another heartbreaking story from a photographer who didn't have a back-up of his photos, and he lost everythingâ”-every photo he had taken in the last few years, including client work, family shotsâ”everythingâ”gone forever.

Stop whatever you’re doing and right this very minute, and take a few minutes to protect the visual history of your life, and back up your images. Just drag them onto another hard drive. If you don't have one; run over to Best Buy, pick one up, and back them up. It takes so much less effort than you'd think.

My Backup Strategy (in 30-seconds or less):
I backup all my images (as soon as I return from a shoot) to TWO local G-Tech G-Speed Q drives — one at home and a duplicate of it at the office (and Brad has one for his backup, too!). We also use CrashPlan for our off-site backup. Howeverâ¦.

â¦..yes, that is RC “The Chameleon” Concepcion above on the far right. He’s out in Dubai right now teaching at the Gulf Photo Plus conference (I’d like to see him do his Chameleon thing in Sweden. Just sayin’), anyway when he gets back (on the 17th), he’s going to help me set up a Synology NAS system, which comes highly recommended and I’m excited to get it up and running. More on that soon — I’m hoping to visually chronicle the process.

If you’re going that, why not submit them to the Copyright Office now, too!
This would also be a great day to gather up your photos and submit them online to the copyright office. You've been putting it off long enough. :)

I’m off to Phoenix today for my “Shoot Like a Pro” seminar there tomorrow
If you’re a reader of the blog and you’re at the seminar, I hope you’ll stop me and say “hi” tomorrow (I love meeting people who take the time to read the blog-a-roo).

Hope you all have a kick-butt Tuesday, and we’ll see you back here tomorrow for “Guest Blog Wednesday.”

All my best,

-Scott

P.S. Since I’ll be teaching in Phoenix tomorrow, and Matt’s on vacation, we’re turning “The Grid” over to Pete Collins and Larry Becker. Please see that they’re not arrested or that they do anything that would cause them unemployment issues. ;-)

I just released another “Photo storytelling” post over at Exposure.so, and this is the first one where I’ve been able to use some of their newly introduced editing tools, including the ability to embed links, and feature one image at full width within a group of images (the editing tweaks they’ve added have been really nice. If you’re an Exposure user, here’s a link to a short video that outlines the new stuff  — when you get there, scroll down to Feb 12th).

Anyway, I put together some of my favorite automative images over there from the past year (along with two taken this past week out in Vegas), and if you've got a quick minute, I hope you'll check it out â” here's the link.

Here’s wishing you a great weekend, and we’ll see you back here on Monday. :)

Best,

-Scott

P.S. I’m working on setting up a studio car shoot next Wednesday while I’m out in Phoenix for my seminar. I’ve got an amazing studio for shooting cars lined up — now I just need an exotic sports or luxury car. If you know anyone out there who has a car that would work and wants a studio shoot and a print poster made of it, let me know here in the comments. Thanks. :)

 

http://youtu.be/-9rc6jDVeA8

SmugMug Films just released this video as a part of their on-going inspirational series on photographers and I’m so proud and excited to be a part of it. The experience of working with Smugmug on this project was so much fun, and getting to work with Smugmug’s director, editor and wizard of video, the amazing Anton Lorimer, was something I’ll never forget.

I hope you enjoy the video (and I hope you’ll share with other photographers out there as a way to introduce them this very cool series from SmugMug — I’m the fourth photographer in their series of videos and if you haven’t seen the others yet, you will love them — Here’s the link [you can subscribe for free to get all the photographer profiles as they’re released]).

My humble thanks to everyone at Smugmug for including me in their vision — it is truly an honor.

Hey Gang: Just a few quick things to take you into the weekend:

(1) I messed up on my class title at Canon’s theater at WPPI
Earlier in the week I said I’d be teaching Sports Photography classes in Canon’s booth, but thankfully I was way off (I gotta stop posting these things really late at night when I’m half asleep). Instead I’ll be doing three presentations where I’ll be covering how to make great portrait images using everything from natural light to hot shoe flash to strobes.

Here’s my WPPI Canon booth teaching schedule:
> Monday at 10:45 am
> Monday at 3:15 pm
> Tuesday at  11:30 am

Hope I’ll see you at one of these in Vegas next week.

(2) I’m working on Part 5 of my “The Digital Photography Book” series
I’m knee deep in the hoopla of writing the 5th part in my series, and this one is totally based on the most popular chapter in the previous four books — my “Photo Recipes” chapter, which is the last chapter in each of the books (so the new book will be titled “The Digital Photography Book, Part 5: Photo Recipes”).

I’m pretty excited about it because instead of just having one final image on one page and then describing the recipe on how to get that type of shot, I’m able to use two-page spreads for each look with a behind-the-scenes image to better illustrate the technique and I’m pretty psyched how it’s coming out. It’ll be out later this year (you’ll be the first to know). :)

(3) First, look at that list above. Amazing, right!
There’s only once place on earth where they all come together for three days to teach you everything from Photoshop to Photography, Lighting to Lightroom, and that’s The Photoshop World Conference in Atlanta. It’s next month (OK, well April 8-10th). You can meet them in person, be inspired in their classes, and learn their secrets and techniques for three solid days.

If you’ve never been to Photoshop World and experienced this for yourself, now’s your chance (save $100 by beating the Early Bird deadline). Here’s the link — come join me and them PLUS other amazing instructors like:

Bill Fortney, Brian Smith, Russell Preston Brown, Aaron Blaise, Alan Hess, Brian Hughes, Colin Smith, Eddie Tapp, Jack Reznicki, Ed Greenberg, Erik Valind, Felix Nelson, Fay Sircis, Jack Davis, Helene Glassman, Jason Groupp, Jim Divitale, Kevin Ames, Larry Becker, Joe Glyda, Pete Collins and Vincent Versace.

OK, I gotta run — taping a class with Dave Black today (Whoo Hoo!).
Hope you all have a great weekend, and we’ll see you back here on Monday. Cheers. :)

 

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