Tuesday
Feb
2015
24

Today My Blog is Dedicated To My Publisher and Dear Friend, Nancy Aldrich-Ruenzel

by Scott Kelby  |  4 Comments

Last week I heard the news that my long-time friend Nancy Aldrich-Ruenzel was retiring from her post as Publisher at Peachpit Press, the company that for as long as I can remember, has published all my books. For many years Nancy had led a team of some of the most creative, passionate, and talented people in modern book publishing history, and she and her team gave flight to an unparalleled body of work from some of the greatest educators of graphics, art and design of our time.

I’m dedicating my blog today to Nancy as my way of saying thanks for never compromising, for always striving to do what’s right by the reader, and for taking so many chances with my crazy book ideas over the years.

One of the things I loved most about working with Nancy was her love of the art of making books. It was just wired into her DNA, and she got such joy from the entire process, from the first inklings of an idea, to watching it mature and grow through the writing process and production journey, to overseeing it every step of the way as it moved through this cycle to the final printed book. Her passion and commitment to “just making great books” made being one of her authors something very special and something that I’ll dearly miss as she moves onto this next phase of her life.

Nancy is a true pioneer in this industry, and her vision for educational books for creative people really made a difference in so many people’s lives and careers and won her the respect and admiration of both her peers and her competitors alike. It’s hard for me to imagine Nancy not steering the ship, as we’ve worked together so closely over the years, and her wisdom, humor, and drive will be missed by everyone that’s ever worked with her.

She left Peachpit in very capable hands without a doubt, with a wonderful team she put together who will continue her legacy and continue making great books for many years to come, but I’ll always miss our heartfelt talks about the industry, the future of publishing and content creation, the evolution of education, and which restaurant we have to check out next time I’m in San Francisco.

Beyond her gift for publishing and the business side of things, Nancy is just an awesome, down-to-earth, fun person to be around, and even more importantly, she’s a sincerely good person who genuinely wants the best for those around her, and that’s about the greatest compliment I could pay anyone.

I’ll be forever grateful to Nancy for all her guidance, her insights, and her friendship these many years, and I wish her and her wonderful family all the joys and quality time the gift of retirement can bring.

Thank you, Nancy. It’s truly been an honor to be one of your authors, and even though you’ll be watching from the sidelines from here on out, I’ll still be out there trying to write books that would make you proud.

Much love and lots of hugs,

-Scott, Kalebra, and all your friends and fans here at KelbyOne

Monday
Feb
2015
23

Valentine’s Weekend On The Oregon Coast

by Scott Kelby  |  8 Comments

Weekend before last, my wife Kalebra and I snuck off for a Valentine’s Day getaway to meet our friends Moose & Sharon Peterson on the Oregon Coast. I did a post about the trip over at Exposure.co with some images from the trip, and the story behind them, along with my story of shooting the famous “Thor’s Well” which was, well…it was swell. Get it? Swell? Ah, forget it.

Anyway, if you’ve got a second, here’s the link. 

Hope you guys have a great Monday!

Best,

-Scott

P.S. I posted #10 in my series called “10 Things I Would Tell New Lightroom User” over at LightroomKillerTips.com

Friday
Feb
2015
20

Celebrating Photoshop’s 25th Anniversary

by Scott Kelby  |  2 Comments

It’s hard to believe, but Photoshop is 25-years-old! Yesterday was its official birthday, and yesterday in honor of, and to celebrate, “The Photoshop Guys” did a special broadcast about Photoshop, and we shared some tips and techniques, and you can watch it right above.

You’re Invited!
25 years is a pretty amazing milestone, so to continue the celebration we’re hosting a free Webcast where we’re going to look through the years at the different versions of Photoshop, and we’re going to share our favorite features introduced in each version by sharing our favorite Photoshop tips for each feature (and I’m hoping that last sentence made any sense whatsoever). In short — wanna come to a free live webcast packed with Photoshop tips? Well, you’re invited.

When you sign up for the free Webcast, you also get a link to download a PDF of our 25-year-tribute feature from Photoshop User magazine written by Adobe’s own Bryan O’Neil Hughes. Here’s the link to sign up.

One more thing!
Adobe’s Worldwide Evangelist, Terry White, did a really cool tribute for Photoshop’s birthday yesterday; he did an entire demo of Photoshop 1.0. You will be amazed at how many things were in that initial release that we still use day in/day out today. I’ve embedded his demo below.

I hope you’ll join me in wishing Photoshop, the coolest program ever made, a big “Happy Birthday!” :)

Hope you all have a great weekend (try to stay warm. If it was 28° down here last night in Tampa, I can’t imagine how cold it must be up north. Brrrrrrrr!).

All my best,

-Scott

Thursday
Feb
2015
19

Happy 25th Anniversary Photoshop!!

by Brad Moore  |  2 Comments

Today, February 19, 2015, Adobe is celebrating it’s 25th Anniversary for Photoshop!

Originally an idea by Thomas Knoll, “Display,” a pixel imaging program from the late 1980s was purchased by Adobe and the rest is history. Read more about how Photoshop got started here.

And here’s a special video from the Adobe YouTube channel:

“To celebrate the tool that has helped shape creativity, artists from all over the world contributed their most amazing dreams—and their working files with layers.”

Today at 2:00pm ET, we will be airing a special episode of Photoshop User TV with Scott, RC, Corey, and Pete sharing their fun stories and experiences with Adobe Photoshop over the years. See you there!

Thursday
Feb
2015
19

It’s Free Stuff Thursday!

by Brad Moore  |  14 Comments

The Lightroom Show is #1!
Our brand new podcast, The Lightroom Show with Scott Kelby and RC Concepcion, is the #1 video podcast on iTunes! If you haven’t watched the first episode yet, it’s just under 10 minutes long, so you can check it out now and see why it’s at the top of the charts. If you use iTunes or the Podcast app on your iOS device, subscribe now to make sure you don’t miss an episode!

Double Play Sports with Dave Black
In his latest KelbyOne class, Double Play Sports, legendary sports photographer Dave Black takes you through his approach and process for covering baseball and volleyball. Dave explains all of the types of gear he uses for each sport, then walks through his approach for getting on site early to capture details and candids, as well as setting up remote cameras, and all of the possible scenarios you might encounter as the action unfolds.

KelbyOne Live
Want to learn from Scott Kelby or Joel Grimes live in person? Check out these seminar tour dates to see if they’re coming to a city near you!

Shoot Like A Pro Tour with Scott Kelby
Mar 9 – Sacramento, CA

The Photographers Creative Revolution Tour with Joel Grimes
Feb 23 – Indianapolis, IN
Feb 25 – Atlanta, GA
Feb 27 – Arlington, TX
Mar 25 – Washington, DC
Mar 27 – Minneapolis, MN
Apr 17 – New York, NY
Apr 22 – San Antonio, TX
Apr 24 – Houston, TX

Leave a comment for your chance to win a free ticket to one of these events!

Last Week’s Winner
Mastering The Model Shoot by Frank Doorhof
- Dan

If that’s you, we’ll be in touch soon. Have a great Thursday!

Wednesday
Feb
2015
18

It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Justin Wojtczak!

by Brad Moore  |  3 Comments

What’s going on, I am Justin Wojtczak with 375 Photography from Atlanta, Georgia. We are commercial photographers who do 40 weddings a year, have been voted Best of Weddings for the past three years and I’m an instructor at KelbyOne.com.

As a commercial wedding photographer, light can be your best friend or worst enemy. We have been doing this for almost 10 years now and I have found that what has helped stand out is the ability to light and get the shot that the bride and everyone at the wedding will remember and talk about. At the beginning we relied on speed lights. They were great and easy. But there were so many times where we went out to light a shot and the speed lights did not fire. They became to us an unreliable light source.

So in 2012, we got introduced to Profoto by Lee Morris and Patrick Hall of Fstoppers. Ever since then, we rely on the D1 Air light kit. With these lights we can light any situation that we encounter during the timeline of a wedding day.

Let’s get right down to the good stuff and break down three shots.

The Moment
At 375, we get to know each client on an emotional level throughout the wedding day reading their body language and how they react to certain people.  With this shot, I knew in advanced that she and her dad had a great relationship. Knowing your subjects allows you to anticipate these moment so you’re ready when they happen.

The Breakdown:
This was a two-light shot.  We had one behind the bride and dad set to 4.0. Then we had our key light behind the camera with a shoot through umbrella pointed at ceiling.  TIP: Use the ceilings to help bounce the light to light your couple. This will make a big difference in your shot.

Last Light
This is actually two shots. With this wedding, it was all after dark. We did not get to the wedding location till 5:30pm, which was 15 minutes after sunset. I knew beforehand that catching any sort of sky would be critical to making the pictures beforehand memorable. After rushing down the stairs to the front of the house and getting the bride in place, we started to shoot. When trying to capture the sky, I wanted to draw in as much ambient (natural) light as possible.

Tip: Your shutter speed controls the ambient light in a shot when using flash. We had one Profoto with a shoot through umbrella at 7.0. as high as we could go, angled down. Look at the difference between the next shot as the umbrella being high and just facing the bride:


Umbrella facing the bride


Umbrella above and angled down toward the bride

The simple change of the angle of the umbrella made all the different in the feel of the image.

Settings:
5D MkIII at 1/20 sec, f/3.2, ISO 200
Key light: D1 Air at 7.0 with shoot through umbrella
Lens: Sigma 35mm f/1.4

Dusk
Having been to amazing venues all over the southeast, I’ve learned that it is critical to build trust with your bride and groom so when you see a shot that takes a little bit of time to get to, they know that you are asking for the best shot possible. This was up a ridge at her parents’ 1,000 acre farm. We had to take a truck to the parents’ house, then run down the fence line to the gate, then sprint to the edge of the ridge. It was well worth it!

The breakdown:
What made this shot was the height and angle of the umbrella. I wanted the umbrella just out of frame, right above their heads angled down so it illuminates the bride and groom but then to get a little spill onto the grass. I love the how the bride and groom and the grass give you a feel of the location and for the background.

Settings:
5D MkIII at 1/20 sec, f/3.2 ISO 200
Key Light: D1 Air at 4.5 with shoot through umbrella
Lens: Sigma 85mm f/1.4

Conclusion
Shooting weddings every weekend and being in sometimes remote places, it is critical that our ability to light any moment is not hindered by our light source not working for a mysterious reason. Since shooting with the Profoto D1 Airs, we have not missed a moment. They are reliable, consistent and add value to our final product. Using the D1 Air has advanced our understanding of light and has enabled us to capture moments every time where in the past it was a frustrating hit or miss moment. Capturing these moments in the way that 375 does helps to add to the bride and groom’s experience which goes well beyond the wedding day.

Thanks to Brad Moore, Pete Collins, Justin McGough and Grant Norwood for the help of this video, and to Scott Kelby for giving us this platform to share with each other!

You can see more of Justin’s work at 375Photography.com, and follow him on FacebookTwitter, Instagram, and Vimeo.

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