Friday
Dec
2011
23

Psyched! Sports Illustrated included one of my shots from the “Beef ‘O’ Bradys Bowl” in their SI Snapshot “Photos of the Day”

by Scott Kelby  |  36 Comments



OK, I just had to share this because…well…it’s Sports Illustrated, and I am just really excited!!!!

This was shot on assignment for the wire service I shoot for, Southcreek Global Media, at the “Beef ‘O’ Brady Bowl” (A Big East conference college bowl, played at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida). During Bowl Games we try to upload images from each quarter live as the game unfolds, and so this year I again asked Matt Kloskowski to be my editor, and he worked up in the Press Box above the field during the game and after  (see his photo below).

(Above: Here’s Matt’s view from the Pressbox, taken after the game with his iPhone. He added a few annotations to show you how rough he had it). ;-) Matt gave a behind-the-scenes report over on Google+. Here’s the link).

Matt and I didn’t get home until around 3:00 am (well, after the final uploads after midnight we had an hour drive home, and a late-night stop by Applebees), so I didn’t see that SI had featured the shot until the following day when a very kind follower on my Facebook page posted the news. When I saw it, I did a major happy dance!

Thanks to SI for including my shot; to Matt for being such a great editor, and to Southcreek for giving me the assignment in the first place. I’m shooting an NFL game this week (more on this shortly), and then the Outback Bowl on January 2nd.

Friday
Dec
2011
23

RC Creates a Norman Rockwell-esque Santa Photo

by Scott Kelby  |  32 Comments

My buddy RC Concepcion created this absolutely wonderful shot of his adorable daughter Sabine sitting on Santa’s lap and I thought it was the perfect shot to share with you guys as we head into Christmas weekend.

I think his post processing on the image really gave it that painted look and perfectly suited the image. To me, it really has that Normal Rockwell look, and well…I thought it was just lovely all the way around. :)  [Thanks to RC for allowing me to share this with you].

Here’s wishing you all the joys that His season can bring, and I hope Santa’s sleigh has everything on your wish list this year!

Merry Christmas!!!!!

-Scott and all the crew here at Kelby Media Group

Thursday
Dec
2011
22

B&H Unboxing Video Contest – Win a Canon 5D Mark II!

by Brad Moore  |  9 Comments

Check out the B&H Unboxing Video Contest! All you have to do is put together a video of yourself unboxing something from B&H and upload it for your chance to win a Canon 5D Mark II DSLR camera, Kodak PLAYSPORT Zx5 video camera, or Sony MHS-FS1 Bloggie camcorder!

Of course, the more creative you get, the better chance you have of winning! Here are a few examples of videos that have already been entered…

http://youtu.be/x8Fj5cRTui0

http://youtu.be/3QkPnP7Ty8o

http://youtu.be/AImlyEmZDMQ

http://youtu.be/Z1lPOXFGDJM

The deadline for entries is January 2, and you can find all the info you need over at B&H. Good luck!

Thursday
Dec
2011
22

It’s Pimpy Thursday!

by Brad Moore  |  7 Comments

Hey gang, Brad Moore here with a few very quick things for today…

Photoshop Down & Dirty Tricks for Designers
If you missed our Photoshop Down & Dirty Tricks for Designers webcast last Thursday with Corey Barker and Scott Kelby — or if you watched it and just loved it beyond belief — it’s now available on KelbyTraining.com. Corey does a couple of really cool tutorials including the “Virtual Paint Gun.”

Speaking of Corey’s book, remember that if you order a copy between now and the end of December, you’ll get 3 free grab bag DVDs with your order and Corey will sign your book!

Kelby Training App Sale
We’re currently having a sale on a bunch of our apps. All the details listed right here:

LR3 Presents: $8.99 (10% discount)

CS5 Crash Course: $7.99 (20% discount)

LR3 Crash Course: $7.99 (20% discount)

Scott Kelby’s 10 Essential Lighting Techniques: $4.99 (50% discount)

HDR Crash Course: $4.99 (50% discount)

3D Crash Course: $4.99 (50% discount)

KelbyTraining.com
And, lastly for today, make sure you check out David Ziser’s latest course on KelbyTraining.com – Wedding Photography: Photographing Couples

David covers all you need to know about clothing choices, locations, composition, and more!

That’s it for today. Happy holidays!

Wednesday
Dec
2011
21

It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring John Keatley!

by Brad Moore  |  20 Comments


Myself, my daughter Isla, my wife Nichelle, and Oliver the Pomeranian in our 2011 Christmas family portrait

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone.

Four years ago, my friend Jessica asked me to take a picture of her and her boyfriend Brian to send out to friends for the holidays.  This was not really the type of thing I typically do, but Jessica is a good friend and a really creative person, so I agreed.  It would be fun.  Jessica happens to be an amazing producer with a great sense of humor, so I knew it wouldn’t be your typical family portrait.

When the shoot day arrived, the studio was filled with bags of old sweaters, tights, tutu’s, suspenders and some pretty funny props.  It looked like tacky Christmas threw up all over the studio.  It was awesome.

It didn’t take long until I was laughing so hard I was crying during the shoot.  It was a completely new experience for me.  I have had some laughs at photo shoots before, but never to the point where I was crying.  When it’s personal work, and you have total freedom, you can laugh so hard you cry.  Who knew!?  That shoot got me thinking about photography in a different way, and really opened up my eyes to something new.  Humor, and laughter have always been a big part of my life, but learning how that can be integrated into my photography was an exciting thing.  It was also a good reminder of why I like photography so much, and why it is so important to shoot what you enjoy.

I took so many pictures that day, it was hard to narrow them down.  But eventually I landed on a few selects I liked the most.  After thinking a little about the shoot and how much fun it had been, I really wanted to do something similar with my family.  How fun would it be do do something like that every year.  Especially when you think about 20 years from now, and how great it would be to have a collection of amazing family pictures.  It would be a really great way to look back and not only see how people have grown and changed, but also how I have developed as a photographer.  And also to see how my interests and style adapted over the years from picture to picture.

Over the next few years, I continued to take a Holiday picture of Brian and Jessica, but we also did a shoot with my family.  The first year of our family photograph, we went the Christmas sweater route,  but I wanted to add some additional subtle plot points. I decided to be in a wheel chair with a sling and a neck brace, which came about from a sledding accident with my pomeranian Oliver, who also had a bandage on his leg. And my sister Allison is holding him.

It went over really well, and it was fun to see the picture up on walls and refrigerators when I visited friends and clients. The next year, I put a lot more thought into our picture, and came up with the idea to do a snow scene with yeti.

Having mostly been a portrait photographer at that point, I had been developing a new interest in environmental images, and that interest ended up working its way into our family picture.  Our annual Christmas pictures are not only becoming a fun family tradition, but they are a great way to show potential clients my style, as well as who I am as an artist.  Photography is not just something I do for work, but it is literally an extension of who I am and how I think.  I am already looking forward to next year’s shoot.

The pictures of Brian and Jess from our very first shoot have gone on to heights I never imagined.  TV shows, magazines, billboards, posters, Holiday party invites.  I wish most of these uses were legal and approved by me, but that’s the power of the Internet I suppose, and a story for another time.  As I look back on 2011, I am happy to say I am enjoying photography more than ever thanks to fun personal projects like this.  Each year is more fun than the last, and I look forward to taking on new challenges and ideas in the new year.

So what new things are you interested in?  Who are you as an artist, and how does your personality influence your work?  In the coming year, I encourage you to look for new ways to challenge yourself and try something new.  I never would have thought family pictures would be something I could tie into my commercial work, but as they say.  You never know until you try.  Thanks for reading, and I hope you are able to finish out 2011 laughing in a cheesy Christmas sweater.  It’s the best way to end the year.

You can see more of John’s work at KeatleyPhoto.com, follow him on Twitter, and “Like” him on Facebook

Tuesday
Dec
2011
20

“Light It Magazine” App News Update

by Scott Kelby  |  52 Comments

Just a quick update for the folks that have been having a hard time downloading either issues #2 or #3:

(1) What’s driving us crazy, is the download problem is only happening a few users which makes it harder to track down. In our offices, all of our employees that downloaded issue’s 2 and 3 had no problem except one woman. She has an iPad 2, she downloaded the free update from the App store, and everything seems to be set perfectly, but for some reason she still can’t download issue #2, but she can download issue #3 no problem (uggh!). Either way; we’re working on it.

(2) One fix that has worked for a lot of people is to do this: Go to settings, and turn Restrictions ON.
Under Allowed Content make sure In-App Purchases is ON. (If it is already, then toggle OFF, then back ON for good measure.) Then try the download again.

(3) If the download didn’t work after trying it a few times, try it again today. For some reason, people who couldn’t download it two days ago now are suddenly able to download it even though nothing has changed.

It’s Slealthy
Big bugs apparently are easier to fix then problems that just a few people are experiencing, but if you’re one of the people it’s happening to, it doesn’t make it any less frustrating, so please accept my apology for the problem and know that our developer is working on it daily. We’ll get it sorted out (we have to), but in the meantime I wanted to just let you know that if you’re having a problem downloading either issues #2 or #3, we’re working on. Thanks for your patience (and believe me, nobody wants you to get your issue more than we do). :)

I’m having a flash back
This reminds of some of the problems we’ve had with our print magazines over the years. Sometimes, the magazine just doesn’t arrive in the mail. We put a stamp on it. Carefully address it, and send it to the post office, but with each issue we hear from subscribers whose issue for some reason never arrives. They’ve gotten every other issue, but this month—nothing, and for no obvious reason. But with Apps, I think we (you, me) expect that delivery isn’t going to be the problem. I guess some things never change. Double-uggh!

One last thing
If you’re having any problems, make sure you follow us on Facebook as it’s the first place fixes (and announcements of updates, and new issues) are posted. Here’s the link: http://www.facebook.com/LightIt 

 

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