Thursday
May
2010
20

RC Concepcion & Dave Cross Honored by Westcott Lighting

by Scott Kelby  |  13 Comments

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A big congrats go out to my buddies RC Concepcion and my Photoshop User TV Co-Host Dave Cross as they’ve both been honored by lighting company FJ Westcott with inclusion into their “Top Endorsed Pros” program. (The image at top is from Westcott’s Top Pros site, featuring the work of some of the photographers already in the program). Click on the image to jump there to see some of their online galleries (or just click here).

Here’s how the folks at Westcott describe the program:

The Top Westcott Endorsed Pros was developed for photographic education and inspiration. This elite group is comprised of talented photographers from around the world, each a master of his or her own creative specialty, including fashion, sports, wedding, nature, photojournalism, advertising, portraiture, food and travel photography. Most Top Pros share their photographic and technical expertise with eager audiences of photo professionals, hobbyists and enthusiasts in a variety of workshops throughout the world. Top Endorsed Pros use Westcott lighting equipment.

Way to go RC and Dave!!!! :-)

Wednesday
May
2010
19

It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Jeremy Cowart!

by Brad Moore  |  90 Comments

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First of all, thanks to Scott and Brad for giving me this opportunity. It’s always an honor to be a guest blogger here. And last time I blogged here, some amazing things happened. More on that later.

I wanted to chat this time about a growing concern I’ve had lately. I’ve been noticing from a few people that follow my work over the last couple years that seem misunderstood in their perception of who I am as a photographer or more importantly, how hard I’ve worked to succeed in the first place and how hard I’m still working. They seem to think that I’ve arrived at some magical destination in photography land where I just sit back and watch the jobs roll in. But more alarmingly, they seem to think the same thing is going to happen for them too. I see it all the time and it’s frustrating. It’s frustrating because they have the talent but they don’t have the drive or motivation. They seem to think that their amazing talent is going to do all the work for them. And sadly, that’s just not the case. Maybe it used to be that way but it’s not that way anymore.

I recently heard an assistant (24 years old) mocking a 30-something year old wedding photographer. He said, Continue reading

Tuesday
May
2010
18

Catch My Guest Spot on The PhotoFocus.com Podcast

by Scott Kelby  |  6 Comments

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Social Media magnate Scott Bourne had me on as a guest on his awesome PhotoFocus podcast on Saturday and I gotta tell ya—we had a blast.

He takes questions from listeners, and one of the questions I loved in particular was one about a viewer who got a pit pass to the upcoming Indy 500 race, and wanted some tips on shooting the race. I couldn’t have been more pleased with a question. :) As luck would have it Scott Bourne used to shoot motorsports for years (including Indy), and he and I just went off on this topic and had a lot of fun.

Of course, we covered all sorts of other topics, everything from lens selection to Photoshop questions, and it was an awful lot of fun. You can listen it to right here (he has three different feeds on this page: You can listen to it in iTunes, or outside of iTunes, or you can just download the MP3 edition of the Podcast, so you’ve got plenty of choices).

My thanks to Scott for giving me the opportunity to spend some time with him and his great listeners. Now go give it a listen. :)

Tuesday
May
2010
18

D-Town TV (the weekly show for DSLR Shooters) is Back With Season #3 (Watch it Right Here)

by webeditor  |  33 Comments

Hi Gang: I’m happy to announce that the weekly show for DSLR Shooters: D-Town TV (hosted by me and Matt Kloskowski) is back for Season 3 (right on time, which is somewhat a miracle unto itself), and our first episode is packed to the gills with cool new stuff. Here’s what’s in the first episode of Season 3:

- I kick things off with three great tips for beginners on getting sharp shots in low light situations
- Moose Peterson is back to show us how to use a gimbal tripod head for shooting moving subjects
- Matt talks about the mode and setting switches on both Canon and Nikon 70-200mm lenses
- Top Pro Wedding photographer Cliff Mautner shows a tip for getting great edge lighting on location
- I share a really handy accessory for you off-camera flash shooters, called “Sticky Filters” (which are gels that stick to your flash to help color balance your light). Leave a comment on the D-Town Site (link) for your chance to win a set!
- Plus this week’s featured photographer is adventure photographer Tyler Stableford!

Of course, it’s all free, and you can watch the show right here (well, right above here, anyway).

Tuesday
May
2010
18

Tomorrow’s Special Guest Blogger is….

by Scott Kelby  |  2 Comments

….none other than Jeremy Cowart.

I totally dig Jeremy’s work (and I also love the way he has his portfolio categorized into the types of shots by their style — Mood, Light, Texture, Atmosphere [my favorite] — rather than the usual categories we see day in, day out).

Besides his amazing work, I’m equally impressed with the kind of person he is, and how he gives back (like what he’s done with Help Portrait), and while I can’t wait to see what he has in store for us tomorrow (it’s truly an honor to have him back once again as a guest blogger). Why don’t we all take a quick moment right now to jump over to his portfolio, and check out his work?

It’ll get you in the mood for tomorrow (and it will make you want to grab your camera and start shooting in the meantime). Here’s the link, and we’ll see you back here tomorrow.

Monday
May
2010
17

For Those About To Rock!

by Scott Kelby  |  48 Comments

OK, this totally has nothing to do with Photoshop or Photography, but my buddy Scott Diussa sent me a link to the band Rock Sugar, and they are a band of middle-aged rockers who fuse (mash-up) classic rock songs from the 80s with pop songs from the 80s, but the way they do it absolutely kicks butt!

The band is really talented (the lead singer is off the hook), so it’s not just how how cleverly they blended the two songs, but their performance is on the money, and now everybody at NAPP HQ is listening to Rock Sugar all day (a tremendous productivity killer).

I put their video below, which is a mash-up of Metallica’s Enter Sandman mixed with Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing,” which they call “Don’t Stop the Sandman” You just gotta hear it for yourself. Great video, great guitar work, great harmonies, great stuff all around. I promise you’ll be smiling. Here’s the video (the song actually starts 38 seconds in):

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