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For those of you who have watched our Kelby Training Online Class “Another Day with Jay Maisel,” (link) you will remember at the end of the class there was a tour of Jay’s gallery and home, including the amazing rooms where Jay has collected all sorts of tools, small objects, and well…just lots of fascinating stuff.

I was really captivated by those rooms, and in particular the objects he had on shelves along the outside windows, and so I spent a few minutes shooting them in between takes. Just available light, but it was soft beautiful light (courtesy of windows that probably hadn’t been cleaned on the outside for 20 years). All shot at 1600 ISO with my Nikon D3s.

Anyway, I thought I’d share a few of my favorite shots taken along “Jay’s window ledges” here on the blog.

For the first time ever, I’m taking one of my tours to Canada (my Light it, Shoot it, Retouch It Tour!), and then on to Europe. My first stops are in Canada:

> Toronto, on July 6th

> Calgary on July 21st

> Vancouver on July 22nd

Here’s the link to sign up for my Canadian tour stops:

Then it’s on to Europe:

> Cologne, Germany on August 10th (with Special Guest Calvin Hollywood)

> Amsterdam, Netherlands on August 12th (with Special Guest Frank Doorhof)

For Cologne & Amsterdam, use this link to sign up or get more details (note: all classes will be presented in English, and the workbooks will be in English as well).

I hope I’ll see you one of these cities for one of these tour dates. :-)

Hi Gang: Thanks to everybody who was a part of last night’s very special event, the premiere of “Another Day with Jay Maisel”

Here are just a few of the comments I received right after it aired live last night (with Jay here in the studio with us taking questions live):

> Loved every min of the last 3 hrs spent with Jay Maisel & Scott Kelby…Thank You both so much. absolutely amazing and inspiring! Thank you Jay, great!

> Thank you for an inspiring, insightful and goose-bumpy afternoon! You and Jay are amazing!!!

> @ScottKelby who’d have thought you could top a day with Jay Maisel, fair play you managed it, great work guys!

> Wow Scott! You and Jay really hit a home run, my hat is off to you, Jay and Adam for the great work! It was worth the wait!

> Scott, the Jay Maisel webcast was fabulous. Kudos to you, Jay and Adam. I was inspired, educated and entertained! I didn’t want it to end.

> Really enjoyed Another Day With Jay Maisel. So inspiring! Thank you so much for making it available to everyone!

> The day with Jay Maisel was wonderful! The words loving, generous, and sweet come to mind. Thank you very much for this evening! So worth it.

> The Jay Maisel Webcast… Amazing!! One of the best interviews I have seen from Kelby Training. What an interesting, creative, and great artist. Thank you for sharing this with us… Your people did a great job with putting this all together.

> Fascinating look at a fascinating man. Now to join @KelbyTraining!

> Much thanks to @ScottKelby for that fantastic insight of another day with Jay Maisel! It’s pretty late right now, but it was well worth it.

> @ScottKelby is right. Jay Maisel’s legacy will live forever…

> Thank you @ScottKelby @JayMaisel and the entire team at @kelbytraining for a fantastic video “another day with Jay Maisel”…worth the wait

> Loving the @KelbyTraining @ScottKelby Another Day w/Jay Maisel, totally inspired

> Thanks for the show w/Jay. So wonderful to see into his life and work.

> Wonderful show tonight with You and Jay Maisel. Adam did a terrific job editing, words cannot describe! So FANTASTIC and so RE-inspiring. THANK YOU

> What a way to end the day! I can’t wait to get my cameras charged up. Living in NYC, I think I’ll see things in a whole new light!

> I can’t say thank you enough times..I loved the 3hrs spent with you and Jay Maisel

> Thanks for feeding my soul!

Jay was amazing because “Jay is Jay.” Adam Rohrmann (the director of the class) did an incredible job on the directing and editing, and it was just a very memorable and inspirational evening all the way around way.

(Above: here’s our crew on set right after the broadcast; from L to R: RC Concepcion, behind him live broadcast editor Daniel Bryant, assistant editor Meredith Pack, Brad “Braddo” Moore, that’s Jay in front [of course], powerful overlord of IT Paul Wilder in the back, and in the middle our director and editor Adam Rohrmann. Behind Adam, the head of our video team Erik Kuna, then me, then the International Ambassradess to France Nancy Masse, Cameraman Juan Alphonso, and Matt Kloskowski (just hanging out and soaking it all in).

Now, if we can just get Jay to do “A Day in Paris with Jay Maisel” we can do this all again. Viva le France!

Last Wednesday, the day before my New York City seminar, I did a fashion shoot for an upcoming book project (it’s one I haven’t announced yet, but it’s due to my editors in two weeks, so it’s getting close to being wrapped up).

I wanted a really cool location, so I contacted my buddy David Teng, a NYC-based photographer who has he’s assisted me in a couple of shoots up there, and he turned me on to an absolutely incredible location called “The Metropolitan Building,” just across the Queensboro bridge from Manhattan (link). We had the entire third floor, which was room after room of amazing walls, furniture, accessories, chairs, couches, chaise lounges, you name it. It was photography paradise!

We had three professional models for the shoot (that’s model Katy Beal above) , along with Hair stylist Chuck Olsen (above left), working with Jackie (right), who was an assistant to the Fashion Stylist working with us on the shoot, and Jackie helped with props and set design) along with Make Up by the amazing Cassandra Renee (the coolest MUA in New York. This was third time working with Cassi—she rocks! Here’s her Facebook page).

(Above: Here’s an iPhone shot of our first shooting location. Well, actually it was our second, as we started each shoot on a gray seamless set-up nearby, and then we’d head to this room for our first shoot with each model. This is before we set up the lighting).

Here’s a shot of model Sophia Niekrasz, and although I took this shot above with my Nikon D3s using my trusty 70-200mm f/2.8 lens, as you’ll see in the production shot below, I tried something completely different for me.

Above: That’s right, I’m shooting a Phase One 645 DF with a Leaf Aptus-II 80-megapixel digital back, with a Phase One 150mm f/2.8 lens (I talked about this rig the day I first got it [on short-term loan] over at my Facebook page. I haven’t had a chance to look at what I captured yet (I’m working on those tomorrow), but I can’t wait to see how they came out. 80-megapixels. Yikes!!!! :-)

For this shoot, I had a really kick-butt Fashion Stylist, Emily Bess (seen here fashionizing Katy on a different set). Emily was amazing, and she created our story for the day, told through the outfits and accessories she put together. Here’s the link to Emily’s site (highly recommended!).

We were also lucky enough to have Stevie as one of our models for the day (that’s her getting fitted by Emily before one of the shoots). She was with us for the NYC “Light it, Shoot it, Retouch it” tour and I asked if she would be one of the models for this shoot for the book, and of course, she was awesome!

Above: Here’s Stevie on Set #2 and that’s me with the Phase One. It’s definitely a different experience shooting with a medium format body, but after just a few minutes, I started to get really comfortable with it, which could wind up costing me a lot of money. ;-)

Above: We also had a male model on the set, the incomparable Braddo, seen here flashing his trademark “Blue Steel” look. Poor Brad has to stand in for the models while we’re testing out the lights, and I have about 1,200 or so similar shots of Brad, that one day will come back to haunt him in a book I’ll call “The Many Moods of Beautiful Brad.” ;-)

Where are all the rest of the shots?
Well, the main shots were for a book project of mine that hasn’t been announced yet, so I didn’t want to show too much at this stage, but I still wanted to share a little behind-the-scenes look at our day in New York. The location was truly amazing—probably the coolest place we’ve ever come across, but unfortunately we did it on the hottest day I think New York has had this year so far, and of course there was no air-conditioning whatsoever, so it got crazy hot in there. By the end of the day, Brad and I could barely walk (we got there at 9:30 am, and didn’t leave until after 7:00 pm, going non-stop the whole time—building sets, moving furniture, and hiking to get water).

I’ll have a whole lot more about this shoot very soon, along with some of the photos from the 80-megapixel Phase One, but until then I want to thank Emily Bess, our awesome Fashion Stylist for taking a handful of my loosely illustrated ideas and turning it into something very creative and cool (also, thanks to her assistant Jackie who was absolutely invaluable during the day with her ideas and input).

Thanks to Cassi, MUA rock-star, and to Chuck our new hair stylist who came up with some very creative looks, and of course our models, Sophia, Stevie, and Katy. My thanks to Amanda at The Metropolitan Building for being so easy to work with, and to Jeffrey Kolsrud at Q. Management (link) for all his help in finding some fantastic fashion models for our shoot. I can’t wait to share the rest with you guys! :)

Hi gang:

It’s 1:05 am as I write this—I just got in from my flight from New York, so I’m going to keep this really short (I’m beat), but I couldn’t hit the sack until I thanked all the wonderful people who came out to spend the day with me yesterday at my seminar in New York City.

We had nearly 900 photographers there for the seminar, and we really had a ball. We had some great models, some really funny moments happened (like Brad being freakishly strong), and the Old Spice guy making a guest appearance during the day. Plus,  we even made our flight home in time (but that’s the closest I’ve come to missing a flight in a long while).

Of course, the day was not without it’s stress. I’m about to begin one of the sessions when Brad whispers in my ear “Joe McNally is here. He’s sitting in the back.” I could feel the beads of sweat forming on my forehead. (That’s like doing a talk on how to be a movie director, and right before you go on, somebody whispers in your ear “Stephen Spielberg is here.”) Gulp. Thankfully, it happened right before a Lightroom segment of the day, so I knew I was safe for at least a few minutes. ;-)

Anyway, I met so many great people; had some great conversations, and the folks in New York yesterday were incredibly gracious and fun, and I just had to thank you all once again before my head hits the pillow. I always love coming to New York (for anything), but this was particularly a blast, so just “thanks.” Hope to see you all again soon. Goodnight.

P.S. I hope I see you Monday night at 6:00 pm EDT for our FREE live public broadcast of the world premiere of “Another Day With Jay Maisel.” (link)