Thursday
Oct
2011
27

It’s Pimpy Thursday!

by Brad Moore  |  7 Comments

Hey gang, Brad Moore here with your weekly updates about what’s going on :)

Light It. Shoot It. Retouch It. LIVE!
Scott and I are headed out west to San Francisco and Seattle next month, then to Washington DC in December! Check these dates and links for more info:

- Nov 14: S. San Francisco
- Nov 21: Seattle
- Dec 2: Washington DC

Kelby Training Live
Check the dates below to see if our other tours will be hitting your town soon!

Lightroom 3 Live Tour with Matt Kloskowski
- Oct 26: Phoenix
- Oct 28: Indianapolis
- Nov 2: Tampa
- Nov 7: Arlington
- Dec 1: Philadelphia

The Photographer’s Photoshop CS5 Power User with Dave Cross
- Nov 9: Chicago
- Nov 15: New York City
- Nov 16: Toronto
- Nov 30: San Diego
- Dec 7: Jacksonville

Photography & Photoshop CS5: From Focus to Finished with Ben Willmore
- Dec 5: Ft. Lauderdale

October PhotoshopFest with Corey Barker & Pete Collins
Today is the NAPP Members-Only October PhotoshopFest with Corey Barker & Pete Collins — a live webcast from 4:00 – 5:00pm ET.

While you must be a NAPP member to get this exclusive Photoshop training — NAPP is offering a really nice sign up bonus gift when you join  —  2 extra months will added to their membership free. Use promo code: 2EXTRA to get this bonus gift when you sign up online or call NAPP member services at 800-738-8513.

The PhotoshopFest webinar will be archived on the NAPP members-only website so it can be viewed as often as a member likes.

KelbyTraining.com
Calvin Hollywood’s Post-Processing: Calvinize Your Photoshop Workflow is the newest addition to KelbyTraining.com! In this class, Calvin takes you through his personal retouching workflow to show you how he achieves his signature “”Calvinized”” look so you can take what you like, or what works for you, from his style and make it your own.

$10 Off at KelbyTraining.com
Just a reminder there are only a couple more days to get your $10 coupon at KelbyTraining.com. October is trick-or-treating month, and with every book, DVD or bundle order OR every new NAPP membership, you get a $10 coupon (treat) for your next order.  So buy something now, and get a coupon in the shipment for $10 off for later.  Check out our full selection at the Kelby Training Store.  Standard terms & conditions apply. Full details on the coupon.

The Grid
Keep an eye out for Episode 29 of The Grid over at KelbyTV.com (it should be posted later today). Scott was joined by myself (Brad Moore), his wife Kalebra, and Nancy Mass© to discuss the topic, Are Photographers Turning Off Their Social Media Audience? We had a great discussion for sure, but… Well, just make sure you watch it all the way through. I’m not sure the show has ever gone off the rails quite this badly before, but we had a blast! :)

Also, make sure you check out last week’s episode of The Grid featuring Tim Wallace with Matt Kloskowski. Tim has really great insight on building a successful photography career, in addition to some incredibly inspirational photography. Lots of viewers said it was their favorite episode yet!

That’s it for this week. Scott and I are off to Photo Plus Expo today. Hope to see some of you there!

Wednesday
Oct
2011
26

It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Matt Leitholt!

by Brad Moore  |  32 Comments

Hi, I’m Matt, I’m 19. I just started studying business at the University of Idaho and live in a small college town named Moscow. I do commercial photography and shoot dramatic portraits. I enjoy shooting photos of people because I love to tell their story in a split second of time. Most of my photos are dramatically lit because I love the intensity it creates.


Taken during Rian Flynn workshop

I started getting serious in my photography when I was 14. I shot my first job when I was a freshman in high school. My first job was a product shoot for a European footwear company. At this point in my photography life I had just purchased a Canon 40D and 28-135mm kit lens. Being a 14 year old that just got asked to shoot all of the product shots for a startup footwear company, I was pretty excited, but nervous. I immediately started studying other shoe photos and decided I could pull it off with minimal supplies. I used a display board and ran a poster board down the back to make the background seamless. I draped a white bed sheet over the top of the board and shot two work lights through the top to give it soft lighting.

This shoot really helped me to see how important lighting is in your photos. I began to see the lighting more and more in photos I loved. Shortly after I did this shoot, I was watching Photoshop User TV and saw that Scott Kelby was starting his Worldwide Photo Walk and I decided that sounded like a fun time and decided to participate!


Photo by Peter Boden

I joined the Spokane walk and met many interesting people and great mentors. We started a photography group from that first walk and helped each other grow in photography. We talked about everything from lighting to Photoshop. This inspired me to explore lighting more and be more serious about my photography. I came across David Hobby’s blog, Strobist and was immediately amazed at how much there was to flash photography. I bought a Canon 430ex, an umbrella, and some “eBay” triggers and instantly fell in love with light. I was lighting nearly every shot I could, and my photography was improving because I realized how the light made me slow down and think through a shot before it was taken. Using an off-camera flash really changed my life. It added more difficulty to the shot but also added more creativity. When I would underexpose the background, it would make the shot look so interesting and I could see the direction of the light. This curiosity about light led to my style. I loved that direction and control of the light that I was able to obtain with the off-camera flash.

Fast-forward a year. I had moved up to Alien Bees for the power and the variety of modifiers. For this shot I had used two lights in the rear sides and one on a boom up front. I used a home-made beauty dish for the main light on this shot. This is all the real grass and clouds (yes the bird was drawn in). This is the difference that light can make. It adds depth, dimension, and drama to your photos.

I continued to play with light and explore it, the inspiration of Frank Doorhof (@frankdoorhof), Zack Arias (@zarias), Joey L (@joeyldotcom), Joe McNally (@joemcnallyphoto), and Rian Flynn (@rianflynn) really helped me to keep pursuing light. Through the inspiration of these people I pushed myself to learn more and be more precise about lighting. I soon found that I was tweaking lights ever so slightly to make them perfect; this could be moving the light one inch or one degree. Doing this really helped me to be more intentional about my lighting and in turn helped me to produce some really neat photographs.

It is so important to find someone that inspires you and strive to be like them. It is how I’ve come to where I am today and how I will continue to grow in the future. Another way to keep progressing is to push yourself to get out and shoot. Think of something that you would like to shoot and exactly how you want to make that photograph. Plan it out, find a model, and go shoot it. Nothing will make you better more than practice. When you are at your shoot, pay attention to all of the elements of the photo: the pose, the background, the light, and composition.


Photo by Chris Thompson from the World Wide Photowalk that I led this year. This girl won best image from the walk.

Don’t be concerned with the gear that you have, because you can make a great photo with any camera. A high-end DSLR only helps make the photo-making process easier. It will give you better image quality but a point-and-shoot can do a great job as well! Once you’ve done your shoot, post it on Flickr or a similar forum or website. Get feedback on it and listen to the constructive criticism. It will only help you get better. You can’t improve on your mistakes unless someone points them out to you. Another important step in the growing process is to find a mentor to help you grow along your way. Find someone whose work impresses you and assist for them, ask them questions, and study how they do their work. Eventually, you’ll be on your way to creating some amazing photographs and exploring life in a whole new way.

You can see more of Matt’s work at MattLeitholt.com, and keep up with him on Google+, Twitter, and on Facebook (personal and fan page)

Monday
Oct
2011
24

More Images are Honored From My Worldwide Photo Walk

by Scott Kelby  |  38 Comments

On Friday I announced the winner and Honorable Mentions, but this year once again today I’m going to give my personal favorites in a bunch of different categories. Although these didn’t make the final cut, all of these were in the running at one point or another, and I felt they were so great that they deserved some recognition as well.

I think these images, and the one’s you saw on Friday, are actually even better than they first appear because:

  • The photographers weren’t able to choose the location (it was chosen for them).
  • Or the time of day (also chosen for them).
  • They had to shoot in whatever lighting conditions at that time
  • They couldn’t go back later (or earlier) to shoot in better light.
  • They were only able to shoot for two hours.

Compare that to most any other photo competition, where the photographers can choose any photo from your photo library, or any photo taken in the past year, etc., but in this case, the photographers hands were really tied.

Yet they came away with images that are totally inspiring and very creative. Two hours. That’s it. And look what they came up with! To me, that makes these images all the more amazing.

You and I could both make the case that any of these shots could have been one of the top 10 official Honorable Mentions, or even the Grand Prize winner which is what made the final picks so incredibly hard again this year, but at the end of the day, I had to make a decision, and I did, but it’s harder than it looks. Thanks to everybody who supported my decisions this year. You all have been incredibly gracious and it is much appreciated.

The images that follow are my other favorites that didn’t make their way into a prize category, but are nonetheless deserving of recognition:

 

Best Shot From Above
Photo by: Mico Salamanca (San Fernando City, Llocos Philippines)

Best Shot of an Adorable Little Girl
Photo by: Magnar Myrtveit (Amersfoort) 

Best Simple Composition (and use of color)
Photo by: Hylas Kessler (Bleton, Texas)

Best Shot of Another Photo Walker
Photo by: Alexis Miranda (Avil©s, Principado de Asturias, Spain)

Yummiest Shot
Photo by: Benjamin Bloom (Burlington, Vermont USA)


Best Shot That I Really Wish Was In Focus
Photo by: Prashant Kulli (Bengaluru, Karnataka, India)


Best Shot of Chairs (and there were plenty)
Photo by: Luis Martinex (Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany)

Best Flock of Seagulls
Photo by: Yolande Richard (Cavendish, PE Canada)

Best Shot of a Bird Crying
Photo by: Chase Henderson (Charleston, West Virginia, USA)

Best Shot That Gets Better Once You Spot The Subject
Photo by: Victor Kintanar (Cebu City, Central Visayas, Philippines)

Best Juxtaposition of Color and Form
Photo by: Cindy Gaab (Dallas, Texas USA)

Best Len Flare Shot
Photo by: Jason Bradwell (Des Moines, Iowa USA)

Best Shot With Sun As Subject
Photo by: Jacqueline De Guzman (Doha, Ad Dawhah Qatar)

Best Flower Shot (Well, my favorite anyway)
Photo by: Edmond Joe (Fairfax, Virginia USA)

Best Shot That Looks Like It Was Taken 70 Years Ago
Photo by:Guido Masi, Firenze, Toscana Italia 

Best Non-HDR Shot That Looks Like a Painting
Photo by: Maria Randima Sorensen (Aahrus, Central Denmark Region)

Best Fountain Shot
Photo by: Suraj Lama (George Town, Grand Cayman Islands)

Best “Why Didn’t I Hold My Photo Walk There?” Shot
Photo by: Mikael Servier (Grenoble, RA France)

 

Best Atmospheric Shot
Photo by: Glenn Euloth (Halifax, NS Canada)

Best Silhouette Photo
Photo by: Omer Burney (Karachi, Sindh Pakistan)

 

Best Dramatic Shadowy Shot
Photo by: Annie Jensen (Kobenhavn, Hovedstaden Danmark)

Best Shot Where the Subject is the Shadow
Photo by: Doug Vaughn (Lexington, Kentucky USA)

 

Best HDR at Night Shot
Photo by: Tim Burgess (London, United Kingdom)

Best Shot That Tells a Story
Photo by: RJ Palad (Manilla, NCR Philippines [Intramuros])

Best Shot That’s So Obviously Seattle, But Still Really Good
Photo by: Ben Lucas (Seattle, Washington USA)

Best B&W Shot
Photo by: Jedsada Piamplyachat (Downtown Surin, Thailand)

Most Interesting Flower Shot
Photo by: Sheree Altobelle (Visalia, California USA)

Best Shot Taken From a Moving Vehicle
Photo by: Santiago Perella (Zaragoza, Aragon, Spain)

Best Use of Color in an Non-Architectural Shot
Photo by: Ali Nasri (Tehran, Tehran Iran)

Best Shot Lit With An Off-Camera Flash
Photo by: Sreejith V Raja (Sharjah, Sharjah United Arab Emirates)

Best Water Drops Shot
Photo by: Susan Liepa (Riverside, California USA)

Best Shot Of Something Exploding During Their Photo Walk
Photo by: Artem Zhushman (Mueang Phuket, Phuket Thailand)

Best Shot That Looks Totally Staged
Photo by: Dian Wahya Utami (Parkes, ACT Australia)

 

Best Shot That Just Makes Me Smile Every Time I see It
Photo by: Eddie Greenly (Portland, Oregon USA)

 

My sincere congratulations to every one who entered the contest (it does take guts), and especially to all these fantastic photographers whose work I really felt deserved some extra recognition.

 

 

 

 

Friday
Oct
2011
21

Announcing The Winners from my 4th Annual “Worldwide Photo Walk”

by Scott Kelby  |  126 Comments

Imagine this: You have nearly 1,000 winning images from around the world, and now you have to narrow it down to just 10 finalists and one grand prize winner. This is not an easy job.

It took me hours of careful consideration to just get down to my first rounds of cuts, which left me with around 78 photos. I could make a case why each one of those could have been a winner—-they were all so good—-but unfortunately I can only choose 11 total. Ask anyone who has judged a photo competition—it’s a frustrating task, and you get torn between one photo or another, and you have to make tough cuts that see some of your favorite photos fall out of the top 10.

On Monday, you’ll see some of those photo that didn’t make the top 11, but were still so good I felt they needed a special mention. Also, on Monday I’ll post a link to the “People Choice” page where you can vote for your favorite image to win the “People Choice Award.” 

OK, I won’t keep you waiting any longer; let’s get to the winners and we’ll talk in a few moments. Here are the 10 Honorable Mentions (in no particular order):

By Eli Drlu (Bucuresti, Bucuresti Romania Photo Walk)
I know the image has kind of a creepy look to it, but I kept coming back to it again and again. I love the composition, the bright light coming from outside that’s totally blown out. I love the texture and the color, and it’s just a really interesting image.The guy standing at the window put it over the top. Nicely done.

By Kristin MacPherson (Regina, SK Canada [Wascana Centre, Regina] Photo Walk)
I love this composition, and the black white (or slightly duotoned look) the photographer applied to the image. The shadows in this image are awesome, as the sun could hardly be in a better place to make this image come together. Plus, the fact that there’s just three trees is awesome (three is a great number composition wise). I even think the lens flare adds to the photos. Very cool image, and great post processing. 

 

By Arthur Lewis (Camden Town, England Photo Walk)
I love how that one red drape stands out in such a big way. If the photographer thought to remove the color from her skin so it matched the surroundings—bravo! If he didn’t, maybe it’s even better. However, the reflection of the red drape on her arm on the right makes me wonder if her skin was just that white. Either way, a really interesting image.

By Adrian V (Cludad Autonoma de Buenos Aires, Capital Federal Argentina Photo Walk)
This one made me do a double-take, because when I first saw it, I thought for moment that there was a little boy running behind him, but more likely I think it’s a small billboard or sign on the wall behind him, but it’s his facial expression, and his clothing against that background that makes this shot make me smile. What an interesting character.

By Andres Mendez (Madrid, Comunidad de Madrid, Spain Photo Walk)
I really like the way this composition makes a perfect  ”X” through the image, but ti’s the varying color of the buildings, against that blue sky, that takes it over the top. This is another one where as soon as I saw it, I immediately liked it. Really nice composition, and kudos to Andres for thinking to look up.

By Ann Richardson (Nashville, Tennessee, United States Photo Walk)
This image was so different from most of the other entries that it really stood out. I love the vibrant colors, and the way Ann got really close to the subject. I also love how the license plate in the back is so well lit that it draws attention to the name, which suits the car so wonderfully. I also dig the use of a f/stop that would give the starbright effect to the streetlights, which I think adds a lot to the overall image. Looks like a fun walk that night in Nashville.

By Duy Pham (Phnom Penh, Phnom Penh, Cambodia Photo Walk)
I love the color, light, and composition of this shot, with the subject down low and lots of open space above that just draws you down to the subject. I love that there’s just enough light on the subject that it’s not a total silhouette and whole mood of the shot just makes me wish I was there to have Photo Walked in this area myself. Nice capture!

By Kenny Kinter (Harrisburg, Pennsylvania USA [Downtown] Photo Walk)
If I had to choose a 3rd place shot, this would be the one. This is a print I would buy, frame, and hang in my home because I just love the symmetry and composition of the image. I love the square cropping, and I love the way the sky kind of blows out to nothing. Really great shot!

By Barbara Ingersoll (Portsmouth, New Hampshire, United States Photo Walk)
It’s tough to make a great Photo Walk shot on a rainy day, but I think Barbara did just that with this great shot. I love the color tone to this image, and the water drops on the seats, the reflections on the brick, and for me the whole thing just works. As soon as it came on my screen I loved it. Very nicely done, and very tough-to-shoot conditions.

By Shyan Valentine (Magna, Utah USA Photo Walk)
If I had to choose a 2nd place shot, this would be the one because I was really torn between this shot and the winning shot. I love the cloudy moonlit sky in the background and the way it’s positioned so perfectly in the composition (balancing the large arcs on the right side with the darker sky). Although this is a very artistic shot, when I look at this photo, I just want to know the story, and that makes it work for me on so many levels. Great color, great long exposure, great composition, just a great shot. Love it!

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AND THE GRAND PRIZE WINNING IMAGE IS:

 

By Jaime Cesar Tibe (Surigao City, Caraga Philippines Photo Walk)
This shot makes me smile. As soon as I saw it, I smiled, and I’m still smiling. I love the composition and its sense of balance, and I think the post processing was spot on. I love the color all the around, and how the sky looks versus the water, and I particularly love the bubbles in the lower right corner from the last jumper. Just looks like a beautiful summer’s day, and a wonderful scene along the walk route, and it’s the kind of shot I see on places like 500px.com and think, “Wow, what a cool shot!” Great capture, moment, emotion, processing, and composition. :)

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Thanks!
A special thanks to all our sponsors for their gracious support and prizes; to our Walk Leaders who did such an outstanding job once again of giving of their time and talents to make their local walks happen, and to the wonderful photographers from around the world who created such inspiring, creative, and beautiful work.

NOTE: Don’t forget: Although this phase is over, we still have the People’s Choice Award to pick, and a special competition for your Walk Leaders (new this year—-full details next week), and on Monday I’m posting a series of other images that, while they didn’t win a prize, are so good that I felt that needed special recognition. So check back Monday to see some other amazing shots from my Fourth Annual World Wide Photo Walk.

Have a great weekend everybody, and congrats to this years winners! 

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