Our friend and KelbyOne instructor Moose Peterson has released the latest issue of his BT Journal, and it’s huge! This issue is packed with more images, more video and more text then ever before so you feel like you’re right next to them in that Landie! This issue is 80 pages (it’s normally 24 pages) this time. It centers around Moose’s July Africa Adventure. Before you think further, the issue is the length it is because so much of what it is to be a wildlife photographer, going to Africa and much more has been clouded with time. The romance, the technical, the good for your soul and so much more are what bulks up this issue and it is inspiration I think you need and will enjoy reading! Those of you wanting to improve your wildlife and landscape photography, what are you waiting for? Go get it now!
Last year, I got to shoot a classic Cobra and a brand new Corvette at photographer Paul Markow’s studio in Phoenix (a super-nice guy with a killer studio — big enough to shoot a car no problem, and a cove roof to bounce the lights off). This year I wound up shooting a Maserati GranTurismo — seen above (believe it or not, I rented it from Enterprise rent-a-car in Phoenix for a song), and then Adam Thaler, a photographer who follows me on Facebook, saw my search for an exotic car and brought over a red Ferrari California — so the shoot was on!
Hi Gang: I got some of my favorite images together from our trip, and I posted them, and the story of the trip over at exposure.co (that’s the photo storytelling site I’ve been using for a year or so now, and I love it!).
Here’s the link: https://scottkelby.exposure.co/australia-new-zealand
I am so excited to tell you about my brand-new book — it’s kind of my ‘greatest hits” book, because I took just the very best tips and most useful techniques from ALL FIVE parts of my “Digital Photography Book Series” (all five books are different), and put them into this one single new book called “The Best of the Digital Photography Book Series.”
It’s due to ship around October 2nd (13 days from now), but you can pre-order it right now (Amazon has it for only $16.73 and Barnes & Noble for $16.49) and be the first to get it. If you’re a KelbyOne member, you can order it direct from us at a full 40% off![IMPORTANT: the cover at Amazon isn’t the same as the one you see above – they’re showing the first mock-up cover, not the actual final cover above, but you’ll get the right book with the right cover now matter where you order it).
Check out my video below – it’s short, but really explains how we put all this together.
Thanks to every one who has supported this book series, which started back in 2006, and to all those folks who made Part 1 of this series the #1 topselling book on digital photography ever. I’m thrilled to see this series live on in this “Best of” volume, and I hope you’ll give it try.
Have a great Monday everybody – I’m off to Phoenix today for my all new “Shoot Like a Pro: Reloaded” seminar tomorrow (my next stop is Washington DC, on October 16th).
P.S. We’re 14 days away from my Worldwide Photo Walk on Saturday, October 3rd and we have 930 walks organized all over the world. If you haven’t signed up to join a walk near you (it’s free and it’s so much fun), here’s the link with more details.
I know that a lot of you already are on Instagram, but almost daily I have somebody ask why they should be on Instagram if they’re already on Facebook or on Twitter. But it wasn’t really until two things happened recently, that I really got excited about Instagram and started to post there regularly.
The first happened during an episode of “The Grid” where we were talking about social media for photographers, where that same “Why should I be on Instagram” question came up, and when I heard my answer out loud, it even upped my usage of Instagram (I was really, really late to the Instagram thing – I started an account years ago but only used it a couple of times because I really didn’t “get it” but there were other reasons. So today, I’m giving you 7 reasons, including my first one, from that Grid episode:
- It’s the only big social media platform based on photography
Twitter is about text (and not much of it at that). They just started embracing photos recently, but they still penalize you for using a photo by taking away from your 140 character count. Facebook only started really caring in the last couple of years, and that’s only because when Google+ was getting big, it did care about a photo. A lot. That’s why it resonated with the photo crowd. So, that was what I said on “The Grid” that day in answer to that guy’s question — it’s the only big social media platform based on photography – how can you not be there?
- They fixed the whole “your image has to be cropped square” thing
Now you have the choice, and it’s built right into the app. This is a brand new development and it changed everything for me personally (this is the 2nd thing I mentioned above). I used to use a separate app called SquareReady which kept my image’s original wide orientation intact by adding black bars on the top and bottom (kind of like letterbox widescreen in movies), but now that’s it added right in, it doesn’t take me twice as long, and two different apps, just to post one photo. This is a HUGE thing for serious photographers because the original crop is how we saw the scene. It’s our composition. Having to make your image square (or use a separate app with a letterbox effect), wasn’t cutting it. Thank you Instagram for making your app serious photography friendly.
- You don’t have to write a lot.
Unlike the other social media, here your image counts more than your words, so you can say very little, or nothing at all, and its totally OK. Sometimes, I just can’t write another post, but I still want to share an image. Instagram is perfect for that.
- Tons of photographers are already there
All the big name photographers. All the big brands. The whole world is on Instagram, so you’ll be in good company and lots of it. It took off back in 2010 and it’s just exploded since then. I wish I had embraced it a long time ago.
- It’s a wonderful place for inspiration
Just like other social media platforms, you follow the photographers you want to follow and you’ll see the images they post daily (I hope you’ll follow me there – I’m posting lots of travel, portraits/fashion and sports images there each day now. I’m on there under ‘scottkelby‘ on Instagram). There’s tons of inspirational images that keep your creative juices flowing. I see a lot of really wonderful, beautiful, compelling images there every day. You can tap a heart to send a like. You can comment. Or you can just sit back and scroll through a stream of inspiration and fun.
- The Instagram App is really good
It’s simple and clean and that’s a good thing. It’s the least complicated app on earth – you just scroll down through images. If you want to post an image, you can tap the bottom center icon; either upload a photo from your camera roll or take one with the built-in camera. It has built-in filters (it was Instagram that made all those retro looks so popular) and you can apply them with one tap (you get a preview), and that’s pretty much it. Simple is good.
- There are photographers you’ll only find there
Just like you have people who are famous ‘Youtubers,’ you have photographers who have gained their fame from being ‘Instagrammers’ and this is where they showcase their work. They’re getting working from Instagram. Lots of people are. People can get noticed here. Maybe you’ll be next.
Of course, there are some things I wish were different on Instagram. For example:
- It doesn’t allow you to embed links into your posts.
You can put a web URL in your post, but if viewers click on it, it doesn’t take them to your link. It does nothing. Ugh. It’s about the only place left on the entire internet where posting a URL doesn’t create a live link.
- It gives you very little analytics other than likes and comments
I use a Web app – Iconosquare.com (which is excellent by the way) to give me all the stats you should be getting from Instagram.
- You can’t post images from the desktop
You can see them on your computer, but you can’t post images or comment, etc. without subscribing to an expensive third-party service – you have to do it from the phone app itself. Ack! This is a pain for sure. Plus, there’s no iPad app — you just download the iPhone app and then it runs at 2x size, but the images don’t look nearly as good. Instagram just recently upped it resolution, so I’m hoping that an iPad/Tablet app is behind that move.
Those three things aside (things that I imagine will all be addressed at some time in the near future), I have to say I’m loving my Instagram experience (and it’s now my wife’s favorite social media. You can follow her at kalebrakelby – she posts some really wonderful stuff, and her stories and commentary and either quite touching or really hilarious).
If you’re not already on Instagram, I hope this post at least has you giving Instagram a try. The app is free. The account is free. The free is free. It’s free! Give it a try for a few weeks – I’ll bet you fall in love – after all – it was made for you!
Hope you all have an awesome Tuesday!
P.S. I’ll be up in NYC all week this week at the big Canon Expo. I’m speaking on Thursday afternoon doing a class “How to Present Like a Pro!” (the class is sold out, so if you’re already signed up – I’ll see you there! I’m really excited about this session – I’ve put a ton of time into making it really valuable for anyone who attends).
It’s a huge event, held once every five years in New York, Paris, Tokyo and Shanghai and not only is it my first time attending, I’m actually teaching a session in the conference track, and get this — it’s not Photoshop, Lightroom or Photography related.
Canon asked if I might do a business class this time around, so I’m really excited to be doing a class next Thursday (a week from this Thursday), called “How to Present Like a Pro” where I’ll share my favorites tips and techniques for making presentations that rock.
But besides my class…
Everybody I’ve talked to about this tells me how huge this Expo is, and it covers everything Canon does, from film-making to photography to copiers to…well, Canon makes a lot of products covering a wide range of stuff, and I can’t wait to see it all, and you can too. Here’s the details:
When: September 10-11, 2015
Where: Javits Convention Center, NYC
Here’s the link for details and to register (you need this ACCESS CODE to register because this is an invite-only event, but don’t worry — this access code is your invite: IGKB4PPT).
Check out this video (below) – I found it on YouTube and it’s from the 2010 Paris Canon Expo – I can’t imagine what the one in NYC is going to be like. That’s some crazy stuff!!! Looks like it’s going to be a blast!
Hope I’ll see you there in person next week. It’s going to be (wait for it…wait for it…) epic!