Tuesday
Jun
2012
12

Join Me Tonight For “Connecting With Cuba”, A Free Online Photography Talk

by Scott Kelby  |  30 Comments

Tonight I’m trying something I’ve never done before — a live online photography talk called “Connecting with Cuba” which is about my recent photo trip to Havana, Cuba (see yesterday’s blog for some shots from my photo book).

It’s free and everyone’s invited to join me live tonight at 6:00 pm ET as I talk about everything from the challenges of shooting in Cuba to my impressions of the Nikon D800 after my first serious shoot with the camera (along with my one major gripe with it).

My friend, photographer RC Concepcion will be interviewing me as part of the presentation, and I’ll be talking about lens selection, travel photography tips, how to get to visit Cuba yourself, the wonderful spirit of the people of Cuba, the music, the food, the images, my Lightroom post processing of the images from the trip and the frustration of being surrounded by such incredible subjects and scenery and not being able to capture it the way you want to (not because of any restrictions other than the limits of my talent). I’ll be taking your questions live on the air as well, so I hope you’ll join the discussion.

Here are the details:

When: Tonight LIVE from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm ET (world time zone converter)
Where: kelbytv.com/onair/
Cost: Absolutely Free

I hope you can join me for, “Connecting with Cuba” tonight (and I hope you’ll help me spread the word as well). Many thanks and we’ll see you esta noche.

Monday
Jun
2012
11

I’m Back From 2-1/2 Days in Havana, Cuba

by Scott Kelby  |  88 Comments

 

It’s a place I’d never thought I’d actually get to go, but when a good friend invited Kalebra and I to join of group of their friends (14 of us in all) for a Cultural Exchange trip to Havana, we were all over it.

I always just thought it was all but impossible for an American to visit Cuba without skirting all sorts of official rules (going through mexico or Costa Rica first, and then kind of slinking in without the US State Dept. knowing), but there were Americans EVERYWHERE down there. I even ran into a National Geographic Photo Tour down there, and once we were there we learned that our tour guide had taken our friend Laurie Excell’s photo workshop there earlier this year. Small world, and getting smaller every day.

Havana is such an amazing place!
Absolutely beautiful and very different in so many ways than we have always been led to believe. Havana is one of the most beautiful, vibrant, happy cities I’ve ever visited. The music, the food, and the warm Cuban people make it hands-down my all-time favorite island (well, not including huge islands like the UK). Truly authentic. Often breathtaking. Definitely enchanting. Charming, romantic and hopeful all at the same time in the same place.

I have so much to share about the trip that I’m going to try and arrange a live Broadcast just to share more photos and stories and just  talk about the experience, the place, and its people (and how you can get to Cuba now before there’s a Starbucks on every corner). If I’m able to arrange it later today, or tomorrow (more likely), I’ll post it here and invite you to join me online to hear about this incredible place which in many ways has one foot stuck in the 1950s and one in 2012. I’ve got some great Cuba travel tips for you, too!

A peek at my Photo Book from the trip
Until then, here’s a peek the photo book I always make from my trips (our flight home was delayed by more than eight hours so I had plenty of time to put it together). You know, Jay Maisel always says “Shoot what turns you on” and the thousands of 1950s classic cars on every street really turned me on so you’l see plenty of them throughout the book, just like you see them all over Havana. I have so much more to share (including more photos), and I hope I get the change to share Cuba with you soon! (click the images to see larger versions).

P.S. All shot with a Nikon D800 with just one lens: a Nikon 28-300 f/3.5 to f/5.6 VR lens. No HDR at all  (though I did shoot a bunch of bracketed shots so I will tone map a few soon).  — the post processing was done in Lightroom 4, except for Panos, I added extra contrast to a few shots, and I removed a couple of spots and a distracting sign here or there, but 98% was done in Lightroom 4 itself.

More to come during my photo talk. Gracias mis amigos!

 

 

Friday
Jun
2012
08

This Weekend Only – 45% Off SmugMug Pro!

by Brad Moore  |  18 Comments

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Thursday
Jun
2012
07

Moose Peterson’s BT Journal

by Brad Moore  |  4 Comments

Hey gang, Brad Moore here with some great news… Moose Peterson has just released the next issue of his iPad version of the BT Journal and man, have they packed in the content!

There is no doubt he loves to teach when you see the 30 minutes of video content, 28 pages of written text, the oodles and oodles of photographs, and the giant captions this issue packs inside its, covers. Moose his son Brent, who produce the iPad version, have over 140 hours in just the production of this issue, and it shows.

I really love the spinning D4, now that’s fun! Oh, the issue is about the D4 sort of, how you make the most of the body you have and how to select a new body to buy. Moose did a wonderful job talking about incorporating the D4 into his shooting while explaining how you can use the same concepts to find the right body for you.

Seriously, I think this issue is a must for everyone, every brand, every discipline of photography. Well done Moose & Brent!

Thursday
Jun
2012
07

It’s Free Stuff Thursday!

by Brad Moore  |  52 Comments

Lindsay Adler’s Fashion Flair Photography
Lindsay Adler has been getting rave reviews on her Fashion Flair Photography class…

“One of the best courses on Kelby Training!”

“Fantastic teacher!”

“It’s amazing how effective she was with simple lighting.”

“She makes you want to run to your camera and put into practice what she showed in her course.”

If you haven’t seen this class yet, head over to Kelby Training and see what everyone is loving about Lindsay!

Kelby Media on YouTube
Did you know that we have a YouTube channel? It’s packed with full episodes of our free podcasts, promos for Kelby Training classes, lessons on Photoshop CS6 and Lightroom 4, and sessions from the Google+ Photographer’s Conference are still being added! Find it all at YouTube.com/KelbyMediaGroup.

Lightroom 4 Live
Coming soon to a city near you, Matt Kloskowski and the Lightroom 4 Live Tour! Check out the latest updates and features in Lightroom 4 that will make your images look great, save you time behind the computer, and get you back behind the camera creating more images. You can get all the info and dates at KelbyTraining.com

And… Leave a comment for your chance to win a free ticket to the city of your choice!

The All New JeremyCowart.com
Our friend and Kelby Training instructor Jeremy Cowart just launched his brand new website! It’s a new design, new work, new blog, and lots more info about Jeremy and all of his projects.

Head over to JeremyCowart.com to check it out, and leave a comment for your chance to win a free copy of Jeremy’s Lifefinder DVD!

Last Week’s Winners
One-Year NAPP Membership
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Lightroom 4 Book
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Lightroom 4 Live Seminar
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One Light, Two Light Seminar
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That’s it for this week. Have a great Thursday!

Wednesday
Jun
2012
06

It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Rick Sammon!

by Brad Moore  |  23 Comments

First off, I want to thank my good friends Scott and Brad for having me back as a guest blogger. It’s always fun, and an honor, to here. What’s more, I enjoy and learn from the feedback in the Comments section – even when someone disagrees with me.

I’m often asked, “What’s your specialty?” I reply: “”My specialty is not specializing.”

You see, I try to do it all. And, I encourage young photographers not to specialize – because being good at many aspects of photography is often better than being good at just one. Plus, what you learn in one area of photography can often be applied to another.

That said, when it comes down to it, I like travel photography the most. Diving a little deeper into that specialty, I get the most joy from photographing people, especially strangers in strange lands.

I also thrive on the challenge of getting people to accept me and trust me enough to let me into their lives for a few seconds or minutes to make a picture. That’s the key when it comes to people photography.

In this guest post I’d like to share some of my favorite people pictures (click the picture for a larger view) from a workshop that I lead to Papua New Guinea. Talk about strange places and strangers in strange lands!

I’ll also share my top 10 tips for making people pictures – tips that you can apply to all your people pictures . . . even when you are photographing “strange” friends and family members. ☺

1) Make a portrait and an environmental portrait (a subject in his or her environment)
Above is an example of an environmental portrait. The last picture is this post is a head-and-shoulder portrait.

2) When you think you are close, get closer
The closer you are to the subject, the more intimate the picture becomes. My favorite portrait lens is the Canon 24-105mm IS lens. Here I used that lens set at 45mm.

3) Master fill-flash
My goal when I take a flash picture is not to have it look like a boring flash shot. The key to achieving that goal is to balance the light from the flash to the available light. Here’s an article I wrote for Layers magazine on that topic.

4) Compose carefully
Composition is the strongest way of seeing, which is the topic of my newest, and most popular, class on Kelby Training.

A simply and effective composition technique is to place the subject off center. That’s a technical composition tip. What’s more important is to compose emotionally – and to capture the mood of the scene.

5) Light the eyes
Ya gotta light the eyes. You can do that with a speedlite (as in this case), a reflector (as in photo/tip #8) or by having the subject look up toward the sky (as in photo/tip #4).

6) See eye-to-eye, or not
When you see eye-to-eye and shoot eye-to-eye with your subject, the viewer of your photograph relates most to the subject. Shooting below eye levels gives the subject a sense of power. Shooting down can look boring.

7) Consider depth of field
In travel portraiture, depth of field is important. I shoot all my travel portraits on the Av mode. Here I used a small aperture for good depth of field.

8) Focus carefully
Just because you have an autofocus camera, that does not mean the camera knows where to focus. Usually, it’s best to focus on the eye, especially when you are shooting with a telephoto lens and when there are foreground elements in the scene.

9) Enhance your pictures in Lightroom and Photoshop
Use the Vignette feature to draw more attention to the subject by darkening the edges. Also: selectively sharpen the subject; selectively blur the background. Always think selectively.

10) Crop creatively
Cropping (post-capture composing) is often needed to make a good photograph. Sometimes, you simply can’t get it right in-camera. That’s why the first thing I do when I open an image is to crop it.

Well, that’s it for now. I hope to see you all back here or at Photoshop World someday. Until then, if you’d like more people photography tips, check out my flagship app, Rick Sammon’s 24/7 Photo Buffet.

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You can see more of Rick’s work and get daily tips, tricks, and techniques at RickSammon.info, keep up with him on Google+, and stay tuned for his reality show, Exposure.

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