Friday
Apr
2012
06

Some are calling it our best episode of “The Grid” ever!

by Scott Kelby  |  79 Comments

I’m not sure if it’s the best, but based on the feedback we’ve been getting,it certainly may be one of our most helpful ever.

Wednesday’s “Reverse Critiques” were a bigger hit than any of us imagined, and I think it’s been one of the best learning techniques for photographers we’ve even shown on the show, because seeing these images side-by-side visually brings it home in a way that really struck a chord with people.

We also kick things off with “The Five Images You Should NEVER Have In Your Portfolio” and exactly why.

I really hope you enjoy it, and get something out of it you can use in your own photography. And best of all — you can watch the show right here. :-)

Friday
Apr
2012
06

This Weekend Only Deal from Metal Murals – 51% Off!!

by Brad Moore  |  13 Comments

Today through Sunday only, get a 24″x36″ Metal Mural, plus an extra 12″ square and free shipping* for only $98.00 (that’s 51% off)!!

Always included with your Metal Mural is your wall mounting hardware (metal rod, c-hooks for connecting your tiles and hardware to mount to your wall).

Feeling a little more creative? Buy the deal twice and make a 36×48″ mural!

*Continental US only. Worldwide shipping for an additional fee. 24”x36” mural created with 12” panels. Purchase up to a maximum of 16 offers.

NOTE: Scott here (crashing in on Brad’s post). I’ve had some of my images done by Metal Murals, and they really look amazing. One of my favorite travel shots from Venice is hanging on the set where Nancy sits on “The Grid” and it takes up like a whole wall and people always comment on it when they visit the set, because it’s such a interesting way to show you work. Highly recommended (they do a great job), and you will totally dig the results. Thanks to Metal Mural’s for offering this deal for my readers!

 

Thursday
Apr
2012
05

Lightroom 4 Book for Photographers Available for Pre-Order!

by Brad Moore  |  17 Comments

Hey gang, Brad Moore here to let you know that Scott Kelby’s brand new Lightroom 4 Book for Digital Photographers is available for pre-order!

In Scott’s latest book, he explains all the latest updates and features to Lightroom 4 in his easy-going, conversational style, just like if you were sitting down with him one-on-one.

Reserve your copy from Amazon or Barnes and Noble today!

Thursday
Apr
2012
05

It’s Free Stuff Thursday!

by Brad Moore  |  193 Comments

Light It. Shoot It. Retouch It. LIVE! London
That’s right, the final seminar of this tour is happening on April 28 in Islington, London, UK! We’ve had a lot of fun with this tour over the past year, and we can’t wait to see all of you English chaps in a few weeks. You can sign up over at KelbyTraining.com, or leave a comment for your chance to win one of two tickets.

Digital Photography Library
Ready for another contest? We’re offering up the complete Scott Kelby Digital Photography Library – Books 1, 2, 3, and 4 plus a slipcase. This set includes 800 “tricks of the trade” so it’s like having a miniature Scott Kelby right there in your camera bag.

Leave a comment and we’ll randomly draw for a winner before the next edition of Free Stuff Thursday. As always, if you don’t win it – you can buy it at the KelbyTraining.com bookstore. And for those of you who already have books 1, 2, and 3 — you can pick up the slipcase and book 4 to complete your set.

The iPhone Book, Fifth Edition
For all of you iPhone 4S users out there, here’s a rare treat. Scott’s giving you a chapter from his latest title, The iPhone Book – Fifth Edition. Click here to download Chapter 3 – FREE! And if you like what you see, leave a comment for your chance to win one free copy, or you can order the book here!

Tom Bol Webinar
Adventure sports photographer (and Kelby Training instructor) Tom Bol is doing a free webinar for the Manfrotto School of Xcellence on Tuesday, April 10! Tom will be talking about the gear and lighting he uses, and planning that goes into a successful on-location adventure sports shoot. Head on over and sign  up for this webinar to reserve your spot!

Pre-Order Shooter by Stacy Pearsall
Our friend Stacy Pearsall’s upcoming book Shooter is now available for pre-order! Stacy is a two-time Military Photographer of the Year, and this book is her account of the years she spent documenting the life of war. Scott Bourne has a great post about Stacy over at PhotoFocus.com you should check out to find out more about her. You can reserve your copy from Amazon or Barnes and Noble today, and see her work right here.

Moose Peterson’s BT Journal for iPad
Our buddy Moose Peterson’s beautiful magazine, the BT Journal, is now available on the iPad! Not only does it feature Moose’s unique imagery, but his insights into the world of wildlife photography and the business of photography. A must-read for anyone who is interested in wildlife photography (or just loves seeing Moose’s amazing work)!

Last Week’s Winners
Here are the lucky winners of last week’s giveaways:

David Ziser’s Captured By The Light DVD
- KC
- The Digital Doc
- James Haverstock

Matt Kloskowski’s Lightroom 4 Seminar
- Kristina Jacob

Scott Kelby’s London Seminar
- Ana

Congratulations, and we’ll be in touch soon!

Wednesday
Apr
2012
04

It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Jerry Ghionis!

by Brad Moore  |  15 Comments

Success in wedding photography and especially in performing on the wedding day is more about your communication skills and your listening skills and knowing how to read people.  That will go a long way in making you a great photographer rather than focusing on how technically brilliant you are. The ability to have an endearing and attractive personality and the ability to work under pressure while still being technically proficient is especially important.  You almost need to be like a chameleon. In the sense that you need to know how to be relaxed and more down to earth at a casual wedding and at the same time be able to carry yourself professionally when you’re at a high society wedding.

I also believe that assisting at weddings is the best training for any photographer. At the very first wedding that I assisted, I probably learned more than in all of the time I spent in school.  And that was because I was getting on the job, real world training.  At that first wedding I was taught about the direction of light, how to use flash, interacting with clients, working under pressure, working under time constraints.

I literally just carried bags and assisted a photographer for a year and half with no pay while I was working at a camera store selling cameras.  I did all of that just so I could be involved in the industry.  And that’s because when you’re photographing a wedding, you’re actually shooting much more than that. You’re shooting a wedding, portraits and fashion, you’re shooting photojournalistically, shooting product (all the details that you need to document), landscape, etc.

So you’re photographing in all these different genres and under time constraints, weather constraints, different cultures and dealing with different personalities, so I truly believe that a really good wedding photographer can pretty much shoot in any genre.  Artistically, don’t be safe or stay in your comfort zone by going to “pose number 23 in location number 37”.  Comfort zones have never been synonymous with artistic expression.

I encourage new photographers to be as passionate about their business as they are about their photography. Consider yourself a businessperson first who happens to be a photographer.  As a business owner ask yourself, “Am I working in my business or on my business?”  Surround yourself with great people – your studio is only four walls without good staff. Stop being a control freak and get some help.  Educate yourself.  Seminar and workshops can literally change your life.  After all, knowledge is power.  Don’t be too precious about the work.

When it comes to marketing your new business, you should work on marketing that costs you nothing by first asking your clients and vendors for referrals and maximizing relationships with people who can help you.  Also, try a same day slide show at the reception.  It’s the best direct marketing you will ever do and you can also charge good money for it. If you are going to invest in advertising, don’t think about the advertising dollars you are parting with and think instead about the return. Whenever an advertising opportunity presents itself ask yourself, “Is there a better way I can spend this money?” And finally, don’t forget to consider yourself a brand.  Build it and they will come.

One of my favorite mantras has always been that I don’t focus on being the best; I just focus on being better than last week.  I believe this is one of the keys to being successful and consistently creating beautiful images.  By doing that, you become the best that you can be – you realize your own potential.

You can see more of Jerry’s work at JerryGhionis.com, keep up with him on his blog, find him on Facebook, and follow him on Twitter.

Tuesday
Apr
2012
03

My First ‘Real’ Shoot with the Nikon D4: The Tavistock Pro Golf Tournament

by Scott Kelby  |  67 Comments

OK, well…technically it was my second. I did a car detail shoot (based on Tim Wallace’s online class) right before I left for Photoshop World, and I posted those shots over on Google+ (here’s the link), but since it was just me in my garage (well, and Brad)…it didn’t feel very “official.”

These are from the Tavistock Golf Tournament in Orlando, Florida which I shot with my buddy Mike Olivella (who is an absolutely ace golf photographer).

I shot two lenses primarily: a 300mm f/2.8 (sometimes with a 1.4 tele-extender on it to get in tighter), and a 14-24mm f/2.8 on my 2nd body, which was a Nikon D3s (that’s one of those wide shots above).

I took a handful of 10.5mm fisheye shots on the 18th tee as the last flight (Tiger’s group) was headed in toward the club house to finish the match, but that’s about it.

I shot in Aperture Priority mode all day, but the sun was in/out of the clouds, so I bounced between 100 and 200 ISO a few times during the day. Even at that, I had shutter speeds up around 1/6400 of a second, so freezing the turf Tiger was digging up was not a problem.

The post-processing was all done in the new Lightroom 4 (no plug-ins or other stuff). It’s pretty amazing how much you can do in LR4 these days.

Here’s another wide angle shot on the 18th green, with some Clarity applied and I desaturated the sky a bit for a bleach bypass look.

As for the D4 — I love it!!!!
The exposure acts a little differently than my D3s, and that took a little getting used to, but I love the overall smoothness and quality of the gradations in tone and color. Plus, it’s just fast as anything, cranking off Raw shots at JPEG speed (and the buffer must be insane, because I never got near filling it).

I also uncovered lots of other little tweaks and improvements to the camera that I hadn’t heard much about in the press, which was a nice surprise. Since these were taken, I also shot at the Sun n’ Fun fly-in, and shot my first D4 Hockey Game, and it performed like a champ. I know this isn’t a full review — just my first impressions, but so far I’m totally digging it. :)

A big thanks to my buddy Mike Olivella for putting up with me (and Braddo) for the day. The weather was perfect (lunch was yummy), and I got to tease Mike endlessly about his totally old-fashioned D3. ;-)

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