Tuesday
Jan
2012
10

Brad Moore on How Concert Photography Will Influence My Portraiture

by Brad Moore  |  13 Comments

When I moved to Florida, I needed to find something to get me behind the camera regularly, so I took up concert photography. With lots of advice and help from Alan Hess (whose new book you should order), I made the leap into the world of high ISOs, slow shutter speeds, long nights, and tight spaces between rowdy crowds and sweaty rock bands. And I loved it!


A fan sings along with The Word Alive during their performance at The Ritz in Ybor City, Tampa, Florida

Shooting concerts has helped me learn more about how I see, and to develop my vision. Through shooting regularly, I’ve been able to find my style, and to hone in on the type of lighting scenarios I enjoy having in front of my lenses the most. I’ve learned where to position the camera in relation to the light to get certain effects, like lens flare, in shots. It’s taught me how to tweak settings in post production to get the most impact out of the images. It’s opened my eyes to complementing and contrasting colors. To the impact of showing a full range of coverage, from close-up detail shots to wide coverage The list goes on.


Michael Maddox of Kill Hannah performs at The Ritz in Ybor City, Tampa, Florida


A fan body surfs over the crowd while A Day To Remember perform during 97X Next Big Thing in Tampa, Florida

Fast forward a couple years to today. I still love concert photography, and plan on continuing to do it. But this year I’m going making an effort to transition more into portrait photography. That doesn’t mean I won’t be bringing part of my concert photography with me, however.

Through honing my vision, I hope to bring a unique take on portraiture. By translating certain aspects from the stage to the studio, I plan on exploring new possibilities (to me anyway) in portrait photography. Thanks to all the lessons learned above, I have ideas sloshing around loosely in my head that I’m noodling on, trying to figure out how that translation is going to look when it arrives in the studio.

Can I make studio strobes mimic the effects of stage lighting?


Olga Yagolnikov of Kye Kye performs at The Roosevelt 2.0 in Tampa, Florida

Can I make a large empty warehouse look like a dance club?

Will anyone notice the large brick wall I’ve built where the cyc used to be? ;-)


Roger Waters of Pink Floyd takes the stage at the start of his “The Wall Live” tour at St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa, Florida

Like learning any new craft, it’s going to take a little while to find my footing. While I’ve had the honor of working with a couple of the greats in McNally and Kelby, I haven’t had much experience directing subjects from behind the camera on my own. There’s a HUGE difference between being told where to put a light and making the decision of where to put it, much less pulling certain expressions, or more importantly, emotions from a subject. Through years of experience, these guys know how to connect with their subjects, make them feel comfortable, even confident, in front of the lens.


Sean Gadd and Andrew Wessen of Grouplove goof around backstage during 97X Next Big Thing in Tampa, Florida

And that’s something that doesn’t come naturally to me. It’s something I’ll have to work on. Which means setting up shoots and having subjects waiting on me to direct them to figure it out. Like I said, I’ve been watching Joe, Scott, and others for years. But there’s a big difference between the water boy and the quarterback… And there are only so many tricks you can pick up from other people before you have to find a way to make them your own.

Which is why it’s important to stay behind the camera, working to make the ideas in your head reality. Even if you don’t get it right on the first try, keep working on it until what’s on the screen matches your mind’s eye. It’s a process, and not something you can learn from a book or video. Those are great for learning the technicalities of photography, but not always for finding your vision.


Derek E. Miller and Alexis Krauss of Sleigh Bells perform for a sold-out crowd at State Theatre in St. Petersburg, Florida

Vision can’t be taught. It has to be discovered.

And once you’ve discovered your vision, keep feeding it with new work so it can continue to grow and find new possibilities to explore.

So, here’s to a new year, new possibilities, and new goals that will keep pushing us all to grow creatively!

You can see more of Brad’s work at BMOOREVISUALS.com, follow him on Google+ and Twitter, and come see him at Southwestern Photojournalism Conference February 24-26.

Monday
Jan
2012
09

Great Nikon D4 Video | CES Notables | Photoshop Video

by RC Concepcion  |  7 Comments

Hey guys, RC jumping in the line over here to just share out a couple of things that came across my Google plus feed.

Amazing Nikon D4 Video

WHY – Nikon D4 Release Video from Corey Rich on Vimeo.

I know many of you are interested in the Nikon D4 as much as we all are over here. That said, the biggest question that i’ve had on the brain is just how good will the video footage be coming out of the camera? Thankfully I didn’t have to plunk down the 6K in order to find out. Corey Rich has made a phenomenal video not only highlighting the features of the D4 from a video POV, but showcasing three amazing people in sports. I dont know about you guys, but the saving of the pennies has been on for me to land one of the pro level Nikon cameras for video. This one just makes me want to chomp at the bit even more!

Upcoming Notable – The Fuji X-Pro1 (RC’s Impressions)

This has interesting written all over it. The X100 definitely put Fuji on the radar in terms of Rangefinder type cameras with impressive optics, and while I may not have warmed up to it in the end, it cannot be denied that it certainly made a splash. One of the things that I couldn’t get out of my head was “a Fixed lens? Really? We havent heard that last of this one.. there’s GOT to be more to it.”

Well, say hello to other shoe dropping. It appears that Fuji will be dropping the new X-Pro1 cameera pretty soon (some say today!). Checking the Photorumors website, the X-Pro1 looks like an X100 on Steroids, giving you a 16MP APS-C sensor in a small rangefinder body – complete with interchangeable lenses. It’s also rumored that Fuji will be making an M-mount to fit Leica lenses onto this. Interesting indeed! Click on the link below to get more inffo on this:

Photorumors – All Details about the X-Pro1

Changing Metadata Copyright Information for 2012

With it being the new year and all, it goes without saying we need to start changing our copyright data in our Lightroom and Photoshop installs. I figured id make the requisite reminder video to make sure you guys had those changes all taken care of!

Wanted to thank Scott for letting me pitch in here! Should you want to follow more of what i’m doing, please feel free to visit me on my website at www.aboutrc.com or circle me over at Google Plus

RC – www.aboutrc.com
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Friday
Jan
2012
06

It’s “I’ve got nuthin’ Friday!

by Scott Kelby  |  12 Comments

OK, I’ve got nuthin today. I had great hopes to do my annual “Best of 2011″ post today, but I had so many things due on my plate, that it got really late, and….well…I didn’t even get it started. So, welcome to “I got nuthin’ Friday.”

I’ll ask Braddo to post the winner from yesterday’s first “Free Stuff Thursday” later today, but for now…well….nuthin. Despite the fact that your Friday visit here started off with a bust, I hope you have a kick-butt day nevertheless.

Cheers,

-Scott
He’s got nuthin’

Friday
Jan
2012
06

Wait….I Found Something! Nikon Announced The D4!!!! (video)

by Scott Kelby  |  28 Comments

Thank you Nikon—–you just turned “I got nuthin’” Friday into “I’m going to have to write a book. Maybe Two, to buy this new D4 because it looks amazing Friday.” Check out the video. This thing looks yummy!!!!

By the way: B&H Photo is taking pre-orders. Here’s the link (and more details on the camera).

Nikon also introduced a new lens: an 85mm f/1.8 which at just $500 is less than 1/3 the price of their 85mm f/1.4 (which is around $1,700). Here’s that link. 

Thursday
Jan
2012
05

BREAKING NEWS: Photoshop Elements 10 for Digital Photographers is Available for Pre-Order!

by Brad Moore  |  8 Comments

Brad Moore here with a quick update… I just got word that Scott Kelby and Matt Kloskowski’s newest book, The Photoshop Elements 10 Book for Digital Photographers, is now available for pre-order on KelbyTraining.com! It’s due in next week, so any orders placed now will be among the first to leave our warehouse. It’s just $39.99, or $29.99 if you’re a NAPP member.

Head on over to KelbyTraining.com and pre-order your copy today!

Thursday
Jan
2012
05

It’s Free (and cheap) Stuff Thursday!

by Brad Moore  |  119 Comments

Hey gang, Brad Moore here with something a little different… Pimpy Thursday will now be known as Free Stuff Thursday! So, here’s the deal…

Scott is all about making sure his readers know about cool stuff and helping you get great deals on it. So each Thursday, not only will we be sharing the latest happenings and cool things that are going on, but we’ll be giving something away! To be entered, all you have to do is leave a comment on the post, and Scott will randomly choose a winner.

To kick things off, we’ve got a free ticket to…

Photo Pro Expo 2012
Let me just say right off the bat that this event looks crazy good, and it’s at a price that’s hard to beat… Photo Pro Expo 2012 is taking place February 2-5 in the Greater Cincinnati area and features instructors like Scott Kelby, Jerry Ghionis, Vincent Laforet, Joel Grimes, Syl Arena, and more. The regular price is $279 for the expo, but use the promo code PPESK12 when registering to sign up for just $149! And, if you stay an extra day through February 6, you can spend a full day with Jerry Ghionis for just $99!

There is a print competition on February 2, seminars February 3-5, and a big trade show on February 4-5. You can get the full schedule and register (if you’re not the lucky winner of the free ticket) at PhotoProExpo.com.

January Blowout Sale!
Is one of your New Year’s resolutions to become even better at Photoshop, Lightroom, or photography? If so, we’ve got some killer prices on our best-selling books and DVDs on Photoshop CS5, Lightroom 3, HDR, and Wedding Photography from Scott Kelby, Matt Kloskowski, Corey Barker, RC Concepcion, Dave Cross, and David Ziser!

If you don’t have these books or DVDs, now’s the time because we’ve discounted these as much as 70% off! The sale ends January 31, 2012 or when supplies run out – whichever comes first. You can find it all over at KelbyTraining.com.

Clearance Stuff
We’ve put some of our DVDs on clearance for as low as $9.99. If you’d like to learn things like the importance of model releases, how to avoid business mistakes and other important facets of photography, you can do just that for a low price. It’s all over at KelbyTraining.com.

Light It. Shoot It. Retouch It. LIVE
Scott (and myself) are hitting the road again at the end of the month for the Light It. Shoot It. Retouch It. Tour! On January 30, we’ll be in Austin, TX. On February 21, we’re heading to Dallas, TX, then over to Phoenix, AZ on February 22. You can get all the details and register at KelbyTraining.com.

That’s it for today. Make sure you leave a comment for your chance to win a pass to Photo Pro Expo!

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