Tuesday
Sep
2014
16

The Official 2014 Worldwide Photo Walk T-Shirts Are Here!

by Scott Kelby  |  9 Comments

We’ve got some really cool t-shirts for walkers and leaders this year (one of the many walker shirt designs is seen here), and once again (with the gracious help of Rob Jones of Towner Jones Photography), we’re using this to give back as 100% of the profits from t-shirt sales go directly to the Springs of Hope Orphanage in Kenya. 

Last year (with Rob’s help and generositywe raised over $6,000 to feed and cloth the children), and this year we’re hoping, with your help, to hit $10,000 just from t-shirt sales alone (which they could really, really use and we can really, really do)!

There are a number of different colors and styles, including mens and ladies cuts, so I hope you’ll pick one up right now and show your support for the walk, and more importantly for the Springs of Hope Orphanage. :)

Here’s a link to order yours today

NOTE to Walk Leaders: The link for Walk Leader’s special “Leader” t-shirts is on your Leader Dashboard

Many thanks,

-Scott

P.S. The Official Photo Walk date is Saturday, October 11th. Hope you can join us (it’s free, it’s fun!). Here’s the link to find a walk near you.

Monday
Sep
2014
15

Canon Announces the EOS 7D Mark II — Sports and Wildlife Photographers Hold on to Your Hats (ya know, if we actually wore hats)

by Scott Kelby  |  200 Comments

First, watch that video above (it’s got all the major specs, and we deliver them short and sweet!), then come on back down to find out why I think the just-announced Canon EOS 7D Mark II is literally going to shake up the entire sports and wildlife photography world (hint: we’ve never seen a camera with these specs, at this low a price — ever!)

OK, thanks for watching the video — what you just saw was literally the little brother to Canon’s flagship 1DX, but for nearly $5,000 LESS!!!

The reason why this is such a game changer is that when it came to seriously shooting sports and wildlife so many people were literally left out of the game because of the cost of the type of camera you need to shoot at that level, but with Canon putting a camera out there with these specs, at just $1,799 — today all that changed and the playing field has been leveled (no pun intended). Hey, before we get deep into this, I just want to throw out one spec that blew my mind. 10-frames-per-second! (Drops the mic. Walks off stage). ;-)

I think one of the biggest advantages this new camera has (and a lot of folks might not realize this at first), is that it’s a crop-sensor camera, so it brings you 60% closer to the action than a similar full-frame camera. This allows us to use less expensive lenses and still get in really tight, so the 7D Mark II doesn’t just change the equation for the body; it lets you get closer to the action with less expensive lenses. I think not making this a full frame camera may have been Canon’s most brilliant move.

Sports photography legend Peter Read Miller, renowned wildlife photographer Adam Jones, and I were all I lucky to have had a chance to spend some serious time with this camera before its release and it’s everything they say it is (and then some). We were all just blown away. These guys totally knew how this was going to change the game for sports and wildlife shooters, and they were just as amazed as I was at the specs and price point.  I take my hat off to Canon for taking the risk and doing what needed to be done, in releasing the 7D Mark II with these specs at this price.

Canon’s got all the detailed specs (and is taking preorders) over at their site.

Also B&H Photo (I buy all my gear there) is taking pre-orders starting today (the camera is set to ship in early November). Here’s that link. If you want a complete list of Canon’s authorized dealers that sell the camera, go to this link (I’m very linky today).

Well, that’s the big news from here — hope you all have a game-changing Monday and we’ll see you back here tomorrow!

Best,

-Scott

P.S. Although I know Canon aimed the specs of the 7D Mark II at the sports and wildlife crowd, it’ll take a photo of whatever you point it at. I did a bridal shoot with it (you can see some of my bridal shots in that video at the :56 mark and around 2:30) and it absolutely rocked!  A lot of folks outside of sports/wildlife fields will fall in love with this camera big time. 

 

Monday
Sep
2014
15

Canon Releases a Hot-Little Point-and-Shoot (Could This Be The Perfect 2nd Camera?)

by Scott Kelby  |  5 Comments

Hey Gang: Canon also released the PowerShot G7 X today, an awesome little point-and-shoot camera that’s a perfect 2nd camera for pros since it takes amazing images yet it literally fits in your pocket, and connects to your cell phone via Wi-Fi!  It’s also great for anyone moving up from a cell phone camera that wants more “umph!” and flexibility.

Anyway, check out the video and see what ya think!

More details over at Canon (here’s the link)

You can get it at B&H (well, that’s where I’m gettin’ mine, anyway). Here’s the link.

Best,

-Scott

Friday
Sep
2014
12

My Shots From The US Open Men’s Tennis Finals

by Scott Kelby  |  19 Comments

Hi Gang: On Monday night I headed back to New York to shoot the US Open Men’s Tennis Finals, and I put together a post over at Exposure.co with all the photos, including lots of behind-the-scenes shots and stories of triumph and tragedy (which includes me dropping my 16-35mm on the concrete floor, not once but twice).

Anyway, if you’ve got a sec, here’s the link: https://scottkelby.exposure.co/shooting-the-mens-finals

I tried to share more of the experience of shooting an event like this, so there’s lots of info and shots about that stuff, and of course all the camera, lens, and shooting info.

TWO MORE THINGS:

(1) Photokina (the world’s biggest photography expo, held every two year in Cologne, Germany), kicks off this coming week, and if there are any earth-shattering product releases, I’ll have that here for you on Monday morning around 8-ish.

(2) Tonight, don’t miss the world premiere of KelbyOne’s first movie (it features the amazing Moose Peterson) and it’s called “Aviation Photography: War Birds and the men who flew them.” This premiere is FREE and open to the public this one time only, then it goes inside KelbyOne for subscribers only, so come and watch it live with us tonight during this free premiere.

Moose himself will be live with me in our studios taking your questions. It will definitely be a night to remember. Here’s the link to join us tonight.

That’s it for now folks. Thanks for taking a look at my images, have a great weekend, and I hope to see you tonight.

Best,

-Scott

Thursday
Sep
2014
11

It’s Free Stuff Thursday!

by Brad Moore  |  31 Comments

Aviation Photography: Warbirds and the Men Who Flew Them
Join Moose Peterson, world-renowned wildlife and aviation photographer, alongside Scott Kelby, for a live webcast of the world premiere of Moose’s latest project. Together they’ll take us through this exhilarating documentary of two World War II pilots and the planes they loved and flew. Filmed on location with The Texas Flying Legends, this film beautifully captures the glory of these Warbirds in flight. You’ll experience the power and brilliant imagery of airplanes, such as P-51 Mustangs and B-25 Bombers, and you will see personal interviews with navigators, gunners, pilots and Tuskegee Airmen.

Reserve your space now for a front-row seat and experience Moose Peterson’s pictorial passion of preserving the legacy of these epic men and machines.

10 From The Couch Interview
10 From The Couch is a photography interview/documentary show featuring world-class photographers and influential figures in the photographic industry. In private and relaxed conversations, Stephan Bollinger and his guests talk about family, work & inspiration, and share advice along the way. Stephan recently invited Scott Kelby to be part of the show, which you can watch right above, or by clicking right here!

Trailblazers: Powerful Women of Photography
Mia McCormick’s newest KelbyOne series, Trailblazers: Powerful Women of Photography, recently launched with its first three installments! Mia sat down with award winning combat photography Stacy Pearsall, award winning fashion, glamour, and lifestyle photographer Lou Freeman, and Pulitzer Award winner Deanne Fitzmaurice to discuss their careers and how they overcame various obstacles to become go-to photographers in their respective fields along the way. You can see these classes right here and keep an eye out for more to come!

Leave a comment for your chance to watch these classes for free!

KelbyOne Live
Want to spend a day with Scott Kelby, Joe McNally, Corey Barker, Matt Kloskowski, or Ben Willmore? Check out these seminar tours!

Shoot Like A Pro with Scott Kelby
Sept 26 – Houston, TX
Oct 1 – Orlando, FL
Oct 10 – Westminster, London, UK
Oct 17 – Charlotte, NC
Dec 1 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL

The Power of One Flash with Joe McNally
Sept 24 – Cleveland, OH
Nov 6 – Washington, DC
Dec 9 – San Diego, CA

Photoshop Down & Dirty Master FX with Corey Barker
Oct 3 – New Orleans, LA

The Lightroom LIVE Tour with Matt Kloskowski
Sept 29 – Livonia, MI
Oct 22 – Colorado Springs, CO
Nov 4 – Philadelphia, PA
Dec 5 – San Antonio, TX

Photoshop for Photographers with RC Concepcion
Oct 20 – Chicago, IL
Nov 7 – Los Angeles, CA

The Photoshop Creativity Tour with Ben Willmore
Sept 22 – Arlington, TX
Oct 7 – Raleigh, NC
Nov 10 – Toronto, ON
Dec 12 – Phoenix, AZ

You can check out the full schedule for seminars through the end of the year. Leave a comment for your chance to win a ticket to one of these events!

Last Week’s Winners
KelbyOne Rental
- acombs

KelbyOne Live Ticket
- Susan Kopchinsky

If you’re one of the lucky winners, we’ll be in touch soon. Have a great Thursday!

Wednesday
Sep
2014
10

It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Moose Peterson!

by Brad Moore  |  3 Comments

Why I’m a Storyteller

It all began in a diner in Northern California years ago and the ending hasn’t been written yet. It’s a journey that has changed our lives, and we want to take you along because it might just change yours. With mastery of f/stop and shutter speed, photography becomes more difficult, challenging us to grow into storytellers and personally connecting us with our subjects through our viewfinders. Photography has this marvelous side benefit that, with the more time we spend with it, the more it becomes a vehicle for change. It affects change in us as well as in others with whom we share and are touched by our images.

It was a gorgeous morning. The ground fog had barely formed as the sun began its climb in the sky. Crews were already busy about the field as the hangar doors slowly opened, the new day’s sun streaking in, bringing light to all the commotion inside. As one would suspect, it was a beehive of activity as preparations were well underway. There I was with a mop in hand drying floors caused by the massive dawn downpour. Oh, the cameras were in hand, but at this moment simply not in use. Then the banner went up, “Honoring the past, inspiring the future!”

Undoubtedly you’ve heard, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” When telling photographically the story of the Greatest Generation and those working to honor their contributions, you need all those thousands of words and then some in every one of your photos to tell their story. That’s what this weekend was all about, honoring the veterans of the 345th Bombardment Group “Air Apaches” and 352nd Fighter Group “Blue Nose Bastards,” WWII aviators who went to war as boys to battle for the cause of freedom. They came back successful to build a country.

The host for this reunion was the Texas Flying Legends Museum. Flying a collection of WWII warbirds flown by some of the best pilots in the business, their mission is honoring the past while preserving and sharing that history to inspire the future. We were there to record and tell this story, sharing it with you, and others across the globe. This is the true calling of photography, what gives it its power to affect change and fill hearts.

On Sept 12th, I’ll join Scott Kelby to host the world premiere of our film, Warbirds and the Men who Flew Them. KelbyOne in conjunction with the Texas Flying Legends Museum takes you behind the scenes and puts you literally in the pilot’s seat in telling this ongoing story. The photographic process, what I go through to make the images to tell the story is very much present, while The Film is about so much more. If you had to sum it all up, you could with one word: passion. The passion those boys had for their country when they went to war. The passion of today’s pilots to honor those men when flying their aircraft. And my passion to be faithful to all of them.

We went about telling this gigantic story through air to air photography. This is just the culmination of years and years of hard work to get to this point. Getting to where we’re in the air with some of the most gorgeous WWII aircraft flying today took first a whole bunch of planning. Knowing your subject is so important in telling its story. In this case, we went right to the source, the vets who lived the story we’re telling in our photos. It was a great honor to have heroes like Dick Cole, Bud Anderson, Charles McGee and many more telling us their personal stories in interviews with them. Then with the help of the pilots of the Texas Flying Legends Museum, flying the photo missions we brought this history alive for our cameras today.

The Film that was produced from this gathering is the first of its kind. With the information gathered and the flying talent present, we set out with the goal to visually create and photograph the aerial battles of WWII. Recreating the conflicts of the Pacific and Aleutian Islands was no easy challenge. Pulling it off safely and photographically took much more than a single camera, but that’s where it all begins.

Every part of this process you can do and accomplish as well. And I’m not talking just aviation photography, but any personal project you are impassioned to photograph and share. Any story that has touched you that you want to touch others with can be fulfilled when you’re behind the camera.

The story is bigger than this blog, bigger than the images that are part of this blog. That’s why we produced The Film. The film crew plane photographing the plane I’m in photographing a B-25 being attacked by a Japanese Zero being flamed by a P-40 Warhawk, phew! This is the action you’ll see and how we got to make that happen. Years in the making, a year in editing, Warbirds and the Men who Flew Them is the chronicle of my personal project that is still ongoing. And it’s a passion I want to share with you as a challenge to you and your photography.

Join us on Sept 12th as we tell the story of the Greatest Generation and those keeping their contributions to our country alive today with our cameras. And when you see a veteran, tell them thanks for their service!

You can see more of Moose’s work at MoosePeterson.com and WarbirdImages.com, and follow him on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.

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