Above:That’s me, Nicole Young, Brad “Your face is going to freeze like that” Moore, and Brian Matiash at a waterfall somewhere in Portland (note the beautiful falls behind us. Errrr, to the left of us. Outside the frame. Yeah, that one).
Greetings from beautiful Portland, Oregon where the sun is shining (well, not this instant as I’m writing this right before bed, but it was a gorgeous day here today), and we’re hanging out with some friends, and shooting’ and stuff.
I’m here for my “Shoot Like a Pro” Seminar today, and as you can see from the photo above…I’ve just got nothing for the blog today. Nuthin’ — but on some level, I think the expression Brad is making above was totally worth a visit. Just sayin’.
Hope you all have a “I hope your face doesn’t freeze like that” type of day!
P.S.Although I’m posing here in Oregon with Brian Matiash (from Google photos), he’ll be our very special in-studio guest this Wednesday on “The Grid” where he’ll be sharing some cool stuff. That’s all I’m gonna say. :)
My favorite photography photo-telling site, Exposure.co, has been adding lots of important features for the past few months, but this one may be the important so far because by adding “Categories” they’re making the stories and the photographers who post their visual stories there much easier to find.
They’ve got a bunch of different categories you can browse through now — everything from Travel to Causes, Lifestyle to Events, Sports to Weddings and a whole bunch more. Here’s a link to their Categories page if you’ve got a sec. Also, I’ve got seven photo stories posted there myself — here’s the link to my page (seen below). NOTE: they recently changed their site link from exposure.to to exposure.co — I have no idea why, but just though I’d mention it in case you already have them bookmarked.
This is really a big step forward for the site. If you’re not telling your stories there already, here’s the link to learn how. Congrats and a big high-five to Luke Beard and the folks at Exposure.co for making this tool even better and better! Super digging’ it!
P.S.I’m off to Portland, Oregon for my “Shoot Like a Pro” full-day seminar there on Tuesday. Hope I’ll see you there (if you’re not already registered, here’s the link). Next stop Nashville on June 16th.
Hi gang: I recently did three portrait shoots for the Coca Cola company and their “Journeys” project to celebrate Mother’s Day.
My idea was to feature three very special mom’s and to make a portrait of them in their home holding one of their most memorable Mother’s Day gifts, along with the person who gave them such a memorable gift, and the story behind it.
The Art of Digital Photography: The Inspirational Series with Dixie Dixon Join Mia McCormick for an inspirational chat with Dixie Dixon, a commercial fashion photographer based in Texas. Over the course of an hour their conversation touches on topics ranging from how Dixie got started shooting fashion to a behind the scenes perspective on some of her favorite images, and from the importance of finding sources of inspiration to the growth that can come from pursuing personal projects.
Leave a comment for your chance to see this class for free!
KelbyOne Live Want to spend a day with Scott Kelby, RC Concepcion, Joe McNally, Corey Barker, or Ben Willmore? Check out these seminar tours!
Some Things I’ve Learned Over The Years. In Order Of Importance. Six things I have learned over the years that are relevant to this increasingly common desire. In order of importance.
1. How you see the world and what you have to say about it (also known as point of view) is the single most valuable asset you have as a photographer. Often, developing a strong point of view has very little to do with photography and a lot to do with what you read, think, and have seen. What is you point of view? What you are doing to develop and expand it?
2. Be a nice person. Clients give work to talented people they want to spend time with. Its that simple. In the past 25 years I could probably trace every job I have ever gotten back to about 15 people. They would recommend me to others because I had put in enough hours to get good at my craft and they enjoyed my company. Its that simple. Solid Talent + Nice Personality = Third Person Referrals. Third person Referrals = everything. This also happens to be a much less icky way to think about marketing.
3. Walk before you fly. The curve of every successful photographer I know represents a slow and steady rise over time powered by passion. They started with small unglamorous assignments for small unglamorous publications and through dogged commitment and talent built their careers one picture at a time. Sorry folks, there is no fast track to success. For some reason people don’t want to hear this. I’m gonna sound old here, but this is especially true with some younger people. It takes 10,000 hours to master a craft. The sooner you accept this, roll up your sleeves, and start doing the hard work the better off you will be.
4. Find a mentor (and listen to them). I can trace everything that has ever happened in my career back to 4 mentors. Each of them helped me through different stages of my career in a very old fashioned way. Basically, they would give me advice and I would follow it. A lot of the time this advice made no sense but in retrospect it always did. None of them every told me I was great and all of them expected a lot of me.
5. It’s not about the gear. For every minute you research or think about gear/technology you need to spend 100 hours actually using it. Look at the greatest photographs ever taken, almost all of them could have been shot with a 35mm or 50mm lens. I’m begging you… shut down your computer get offline and shoot more. The real world can be so much more interesting and rewarding than the virtual one anyway.
6. Embrace business. You’re better off being a mediocre photographer who is an excellent business person than vice versa. I know, creatives are supposed to be above business. Here’s the key, don’t think of business as something that will turn you into a suit and tie. Think of business as nothing more than a way for you to enable your dream job and lifestyle. The better you get at the business part of it the more opportunities you will have. Business for photographers is really just a different application of the creative problem solving skills we already posses.
Here’s some cool free stuff from me that you might have missed, so I thought I’d share it here in honor of it being ‘Seis de Mayo’ and all. ;-)
(1) Download My FREE Lighting Recipes iPad App It’s an App dedicated to teaching different lighting set-ups — The cool thing is, it’s not just a couple of lighting setups… There are 13 lessons in all, showing you the finished image and production shots, a lighting diagram, and my own audio commentary so you can see how each one is set up. It’s been downloaded about a bazillion times — it’s has nearly 700 reviews on the iTunes Store and it’s rated 4-1/2 stars (Whoo hoo!!!). Anyway, it’s free from the App store (or you can use this link).
(2) Take my FREE online class on creating custom photo books in Lightroom That’s right — it’s my full-length class on KelbyOne.com where I take you through the entire Lightroom photo book-making process from beginning to end and you’ll see exactly how it’s all done (and learn lots of helpful tips and hints along the way.
Here’s how it works: Our online classes are also available as downloadable 3-day rentals (just like you’d download a movie rental), and that’s the case here, but you’ll notice that instead of there being a $6.99 rental fee, the rental button says FREE (well, technically it says “RENT NOW” but you’ll see that the rental price is actually $0.00, and $0 means F-R-Double-E Free!).
Here’s a link to the free online class, and I hope you find it helpful (photo books are easy to get hooked on — make one and you’ll fall in love).
(3) Watch my online class called “Crush The Composition” for Free! This is the free rebroadcast of my talk at the Google+ Photographer’s Conference about why so many of us struggle learning photo composition and I introduced a new way to teach composition that breaks with the traditional methods and it has just really struck a chord with a lot of people. In fact, I probably get more email from fans about this class than any I’ve ever taught. It’s been viewed over 200,000 times and you can watch the entire class free (I’ve embedded it right above).
Well, there ya have it folks — three free things from me! :)
Hope you find this stuff helpful and if it moves you even just a few more feet down the road, then I’ll be a happy man. Have a great Tuesday everybody. Hope it’s your best one so far this year! :)