Thursday
Nov
2011
03

It’s Pimpy Thursday!

by Brad Moore  |  3 Comments

Hey gang, Brad Moore here with the latest goings-on!

Jeremy Cowart on The Grid
On Thursday, November 17, we will be airing a special edition of The Grid featuring Jeremy Cowart. Jeremy will join Scott on the show to talk about Help-Portrait, the movement that began a few years ago which gives photographers the opportunity to give back to their community. This year’s event will take place December 10, and you can find all the info on how to be part of it over at Help-Portrait.com!

Kelby Training Live
Here are the upcoming dates for all of the Kelby Training Live seminars. Come out and see us!

Light It. Shoot It. Retouch It. Live! with Scott Kelby
- Nov 14: S. San Francisco
- Nov 21: Seattle
- Dec 2: Washington DC

Lightroom 3 Live Tour with Matt Kloskowski
- 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

KelbyTraining.com
We’ve got two brand new classes up on KelbyTraining.com this week. First is the highly anticipated followup to Syl Arena’s first course, Working with Speedlites: Multiple Flash Photography! Syl heads into advanced territory and helps you get the most out of using more than one Canon speedlite.

Next up is Matt Kloskowski’s Lightroom 3 Creative Presets. Matt takes you through all the steps to set up killer presets to get different looks for your photos and speed up your workflow at the same time.

11-11-11 Sale from NAPP & KelbyTraining.com!
We’ve got some amazing deals for this once in a lifetime date… Deals so good you may never see them again (well at least not until 12-12-12). Save on books, DVDs, bundles, NAPP memberships and Photoshop World right here!

Peachpit Celebrates 25 Years!
Our friends over at Peachpit Press (Scott’s book publisher) are celebrating 25 years, and passing on lots of great deals to you to celebrate! Head on over to Peachpit.com to check out the deals, and to see a video on their evolution as a company from the beginning till now.

Ben Willmore Workshops
Ben Willmore will be teaching all over the place during the next year! Check these dates to see if he’s coming to your neck of the woods, and head over to WhereIsBen.com for all the workshop details.

Dec. 7-11  Los Osos, CA
Feb. 16-19  Death Valley National Park
Feb. 25-26  Honolulu, HI
May 10-13  Page, AZ
Jun 24-30  Iceland
Oct 4-7    Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta
Oct 18-21 Zion National Park

That’s it for today. I’ll leave you with this, via a tweet from @JeremyCowart. Enjoy :)

Wednesday
Nov
2011
02

It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Luanne Dietz

by Brad Moore  |  16 Comments

[Editor's Note: Luanne recently attended the prestigious Eddie Adams Workshop, and when she returned told me all about it. Her excitement was so infectious, I asked her to share her experience with everyone here! -Brad]

The Eddie Adams Workshop

In photography we often set out to capture the Decisive Moment. That sliver of life where time seems to stop and every element of the frame just makes sense. The minute I stepped off the school bus and heard Kodachrome by Paul Simon playing over the loud speakers, and I saw photo greats clapping for me and 99 other selected students as I walked up the hill to the barn at the Eddie Adams Workshop, I knew I was living my Decisive Moment.

I had spent the last 5 years dreaming of the day. Wondering what it would feel like, what color team I’d be on, who I’d meet, what friends I’d make, and most importantly if being there in person would ever actually happen.

This was my last year of eligibility. This was my last chance. This was my year.

My lust for Barnstorm started back in college when I first learned of the four day intensive workshop that has become a staple in the photojournalism industry. The Eddie Adams Workshop, also known as EAW or Barnstorm, is a product of a dream that Eddie Adams had to create a place where young talent can be inspired and seasoned talent can give back. His dream, which became reality 24 years ago, has now effectively influenced 2400 students and countless veterans. For one week in October, incredible talent descends on the Adams’ family farm in upstate NY, at the base of the Catskills, for a time of inspiration, reflection and community.

Timing is a funny thing.

I remember vividly applying to the workshop in 2007 for the first time. I was still in college with a student newspaper portfolio that I thought would change the world. I had a good balance of sports photos, hard news, and even a cute story about a kindergarten chess champion. I figured I was a shoo-in. Sadly, I figured wrong.

In 2007 if you would have told me I wasn’t ready, I would have laughed at you. In 2008 I would have flashed my newspaper press badge to prove my status. In 2009 I would have told you that you were mistaken, because clearly, I’m running my own freelance business so I must be successful. In 2010 I might have said fine, because I’m moving to Israel anyway. Now in 2011, if you told me I still wasn’t ready, I might actually have agreed with you…

In 2011 I got accepted.

Looking back, I can’t imagine going to EAW at any other time in my life. About a year and a half ago I decided to throw my hands up and abandon everything I knew in Atlanta and move to the Middle East. At that time I didn’t know where exactly I was headed, but what I did know was that I needed out of where I was, and that I needed to get back to telling stories that had significance. From the minute I decided to go, life opened up for me.

This year I submitted my story from Israel on a Christian-run home for handicapped Muslim children in the West Bank as my application portfolio for EAW. I even wrote in my personal statement that this was me not trying to figure out what they wanted to see, but me showing them who I am. Thankfully it worked.

My time at the barn was life changing. It was a time where my photo heroes became my friends, and my big dreams got even bigger.

To start off the weekend, Eugene Richards spoke on the power of using our cameras as a tool to respond to life. He talked about the responsibility we have as photojournalists to act. And as if the bar wasn’t already set high just being there, he spoke right to me, literally, on the first night. I just so happened to be sitting in the front seat, at the front table, on night one when Eugene was speaking to the group. He literally was less than five feet from me, making eye contact, imparting wisdom and knowledge directly to me. I thought maybe I was just reading into it a little bit. I mean, after all I was sitting up front and the lights were off. But at the end of the evening when I went up to purchase his book, War Is Personal, I introduced myself and jokingly mentioned that I felt like he was talking right to me. He smiled and said that he was! He then took my book and signed it, “To Luanne at the Eddie Adams Workshop, So nice to talk to you.” It was game time.

The way the workshop breaks down is that there are 100 students divided into 10 teams that produce stories under the direction of industry leaders, editors, and producers. I had the privilege of being on the Bronze Team (what what.. represent!). We decided to go all Spinal Tap on EAW and crank it up to 11. Myself, along with 10 other students, worked together to tell stories of equality in Sullivan County.

I must admit I was a little nervous Friday night when I got my photo story assignment and it said “grumpy old man”. I don’t feel bad about calling him that, because he is a self proclaimed grump. So, here’s how it worked: I had two days to spend photographing with Mr. Eugene, a 91 year-old man who now lives alone on his farm in Sullivan county. Mixed in amongst my time spent with Eugene and at the barn were editing sessions, speakers, home cooked meals by photo gurus, an epic bonfire, portfolio reviews and amazing conversations. Notice, sleep is not included.

On Sunday afternoon each year there is a memorial service for Eddie, and six of his photographer friends from Vietnam. All students and veterans alike, quietly walk up the hill carrying a yellow balloon and a glass of champagne to an etched rock where friends lay down a sunflower in memory. It is a solemn time where all I can remember feeling is loss, hope, love, belonging and the wind.

This year’s memorial had an extra layer to it as Chris Hondros’s fianc©e was there to honor Chris and Tim Hetherington, who we lost in Libya on assignment earlier this year. Being a photographer can sometimes be an isolating job. This memorial time and the people who surrounded me during it, made me feel a part of something so much bigger than myself. It made me feel like family.

At the end of the week, I didn’t want it to end. I felt so close to the people I had just met. When you share intensity and birth of dreams with someone, you are destined to be friends for life. All weekend I found myself running the words of Clay Patrick McBride through my head. He encouraged us when we felt frustrated or overwhelmed, to stop and ask ourselves “Where am I?” He proceeded to tell us to look down at our feet, and where we are standing, and enjoy our moment.

I am so grateful and honored to be apart of the XXIV generation of EAW family.

After a car pool back to Manhattan we were so exhausted that we decided to order Chinese food in true NYC fashion. What I found inside my fortune cookie were the perfect words to sum up the weekend: “One’s mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.” My mind, my heart, my dreams and my ambitions were stretched. I will never be the same.

To see Luanne’s full story on Eugene from EAW and other work visit LuanneDietz.com. You can also follow her on Twitter.

Tuesday
Nov
2011
01

It’s Guest Blog Tuesday featuring Brad Moore!

by Brad Moore  |  25 Comments


Photo by Alan Hess

That’s right, you get TWO guest blogs this week :)

Scott’s neck deep in a few different projects, so he asked if I would do a quick post and share a few shots from the last concert I shot. Luckily, the last time I shot, I had a double header and shot two shows on the same night.

First up was Béla Fleck & The Flecktones at Jannus Live in St. Petersburg, FL.


Béla Fleck, one of the world’s most innovative banjo players


Victor Wooten, regarded by many as one of the best bassists in the world


Roy “Future Man” Wooten (Victor’s brother) and his drumitar


Howard Levy, who returned to touring with The Flecktones last year, completing the original Flecktones lineup for the first time in 18 years


Victor Wooten & Béla Fleck

After The Flecktones show, I went down the road to State Theatre to photograph Underoath.


Spencer Chamberlain of Underoath

Since I didn’t get there at the beginning of the show, and this venue doesn’t have a barricade, I was shooting from/over the crowd.


Timothy McTague of Underoath


Christopher Dudley of Underoath


Spencer likes to whip his hair back and forth ;)

I was surprised that there wasn’t nearly as much moshing and body surfing at the Underoath show as there was at The Flecktones (kidding)!

All in all, it was a fun night at two completely opposite ends of the musical spectrum.

And, since we’re talking in twos today, I recently did a guest blog for my buddy Stanley Leary about the high we get from creating. You can check it out right here if you’re interested.

That’s it for today! Check back tomorrow for guest blog #2 :)

Monday
Oct
2011
31

The Winner of my World Wide Photo Walk’s “People’s Choice Award” is….

by Scott Kelby  |  9 Comments

Eli Driu for his winning entry from the Bucuresti, Bucuresti Romania Photo Walk.

To see the nine runner’s up, chosen by your votes, visit the official site:

http://worldwidephotowalk.com/peoples-choice-results/

My hearty congratulations to Eli, and all this year’s People’s Choice Runner’s Up. :)

-Scott

P.S. I hope to have details on the Leader’s Competition later today. Sorry for the delay. 

Friday
Oct
2011
28

My Day in New York at the Photo Plus Expo

by Scott Kelby  |  22 Comments

(Above: RC took this shot of me standing in front of the Westcott booth with a video of me doing a lighting demo on the wall right behind me).

Hi Gang: As you read this I’m already on my way back from a quick overnight trip to New York to spend the day checking out all the goodies on the Expo floor at Photo Plus Expo. This was a fun trip for me, and since I didn’t have to do any speaking, my wife and two friends came along and after the show we all had dinner at my favorite restaurant (Carmine’s on West 44th) and then we caught the Broadway musical “Memphis” (which was awesome!), plus my big brother Jeff joined us, so it was really a blast.

The Show Floor
Although I wound up having a few meetings while I was there, there were two things I really wanted to do: (1) Check out all the latest gear from the vendors, and (2) watch some demos and presentations at some of the booths.

Westcott was getting a lot of attention
I caught bits and pieces of Jim Schmelzer’s demos over at the Westcott booth, and I’ve gotta tell ya—every time I watch Jim I learn something new, and was no exception. He was demoing and teaching lighting in general, and was showing off Westcott’s giant 7 foot parabolic umbrellas (they only cost around $100) with their Spiderlite TD-6s, and they looked really great. Jim had a huge crowd the entire day and I was peaking over people’s heads just to get a glimpse of what he was showing.

(Above: Mark Astman snapped this iPhone photo of me posing in front of one of my photos on the wall of their booth. It was such a kick to see one of my shots displayed that large).

Manfrotto keeps growing
Manfrotto had a large theater and it was packed all the time. Although I missed seeing Joe McNally present, I caught a little of Bobbi Lane’s presentation, and she had a really informative live lighting demo.

Sony was rocking
Once again, Sony had a huge booth with some really interesting Demos—they had Japanese dancers in traditional costumes out front, and hows of their cameras so you could shoot stills and/or video, and they were doing small demos in the back of the booth, and I watched two really interesting live lighting demos there as well.

Nikon was….well….
Of course, everybody and their brother was expecting Nikon to reveal something big at the show, either a replacement for the D300, or the D3, or both, but it was not to be. The natural disasters in Asia this year have really wreaked havoc on the camera industry, and while nobody at Nikon told me that directly, everybody else I talked with was talking about that being the reason we didn’t have any new Nikon gear this year.

Canon however…
Was showing off its just announced Canon EOS 1-DX and I actually got my hands on one. I have to it, it looked and felt pretty sweet, but just holding one in the booth, and not getting to test drive one pretty much left you with the spec you’ve read about on the Web, which are really impressive. Can’t wait until March to try out the low-noise and speed of that puppy, but until then…..I just got to hold it.

Epson Was Busy As Usual
Their booth was hopping, and they had some amazing prints every where you looked, and a huge backlit wall of photo of boxers that was really interesting.

Miller’s Imaging launched some cool new stuff
Miller’s Imaging (the high-end lab from the same folks who do MPIX), introduced some blind-embossing, and we saw some samples that looked beautiful. Really cool to see, and feel this type of stuff in person.

There was so much more—Peachpit Press was there and I signed a bunch of my books. I ran in to all sorts of folks, from Vincent Versace to Rick Sammon, from Syl Arena to Erik Valind. DJ Brad Moore was there with me at the show, and RC Concepcion was absolutely everywhere (he covered that place like a carpet).

Lots more to share, but I’ve got to hit the sack. It was fun to get away, the show and dinner were great, and it was great to learn some new stuff, to see some old friends, and get to enjoy a little of my favorite city. I love New York!

 

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!

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