Tomorrow’s Guest Blogger Is…

by Brad Moore  |  3 Comments

…automotive photographer Stephan Cooper!  Stephan gives an fascinating look into two contrasting sides of automotive photography – advertising and racing. One can be a slow and tedious process, while the other is a fast-moving and in the moment event.

So if you like cars and photography, make sure you stop by tomorrow and check it out :)


Shooting the Honda Grand Prix

by Scott Kelby  |  32 Comments


The Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Indy Car race got rained out on Sunday (the shot above is from the 10 minutes I got to shoot the Indy Lights race in the rain on Sunday). There was just too much water on the track, and so after spending all of Sunday waiting in the Media Center for the rain to break, they rescheduled the main Indy race to run at 10:00 am on Monday (yesterday). NOTE: Click on the images for a larger view.


I was there shooting the race on assignment for Southcreek Global Media, so even though the race got rescheduled, I really needed to be there, though a lot of photographers (and unfortunately fans) weren’t able to be there on Monday. The upside was—there was a lot of room to shoot, so there was no jockeying for position—you could pretty much shoot where you wanted to. The downside was—the stands weren’t packed, so I just pretty much avoided having them visible in the background.


Here are some of the shots from the day (the thumbs up in the shot above is because he just took second place).


TECH SPECS: I shot with just one camera all day; a Nikon D3, with a 70-200mm f/2.8 lens, with a 1.4 tele-extender to get me a little closer to the action. I had my 200-400mm in the car, but since I had to cover so much track, I decided to go with a lightweight set-up instead. I took my Boda Lens bag, and in it I had two other lenses; my 14-24mm f/2.8 and a Fisheye, and I switched lenses at almost every turn (they cut some rectangular holes in the chain link fence so the photographers have a clear unobstructed view to the track, so once I shot with the long lens, I switched and shot with the other two for a lap or two each).


I used two different sets of settings. I was really trying to make sure that most of the shots had some movement in the tires and wheels (as seen above), so the cars look like they’re moving and don’t look like they’re just parked on the track, so most of the time I shot in Shutter Priority mode at 1/125 of a second or 1/60 of a second, and I panned with the cars as they went by.


When you do this technique, you wind up with a lot of blurry photos as you’re panning (because of the slow shutter speed), but then all of sudden you have one that’s really sharp, but with a blurry background and wheels spinning and that’s the goal (so you have to kiss a lot of frogs before you find a prince).


If the cars were coming directly at me (like the one you see here), I switched to Aperture Priority mode, and shot wide open at f/4 (you lose a stop because of the 1/4 tele-extender, so your f/2.8 becomes an f/4 lens). If the car turns a little, you see the wheels are frozen (because now you’re shooting at a shutter speed of more than 1/2,500 of a second in daylight which freezes the motion), but if you look at a lot of pro IndyCar shots, you’ll see a lot of frozen wheels, so I didn’t lose much sleep over it. For post production, mostly just selectively adding contrast and sharpening, but two images got slight vignettes added.


The race was just over 2 hours, and I covered the course from one end to the other, and then I went directly to the trophy presentation, and then uploaded 21 images to Southcreek Global, after adding the appropriate metadata and naming conventions.


The weather turned out to be great, with blue skies above, and the temperature was a perfect 68 degrees with a slight breeze. It was a prefect day for a re-race. :)



Reviews and Coverage from Photoshop World

by Scott Kelby  |  13 Comments


Hi gang: Here are links to the some of the reviews you guys posted yesterday. Thanks for sharing these with my readers, and if you have a post that’s not listed here, I invite you to post the link as a comment here. :)


P.S. Photo above, by Thomas Quinn, was taken during the live shoot part of the How to Shoot Concerts Pre-conference workshop and was one of the finalist in the contest to win the Nikon D300s and lens, and was featured during the opening keynote.

Full coverage, with photos, of all three days, and David Ziser’s wedding shoot precon over at DSWfoto:

Lots of coverage and photos at Digital Photo Adventures:

Elieen Ludwig has a recap of the classes she caught right here:

Alan Hess did a post just on the after hour party, along with one of my favorite photos:

Here’s some cool coverage from Doug Plus Rox:

A.J. Wood has a post about his first East Coast Photoshop World here:

Along with photos from the event by AJ here:

Terry Reinert has a post called “Photoshop World is Over…Now what?” It’s about how to make the most of the experience after the fact:

David Ziser has a post of his own about my band’s gig at B.B. Kings:

My buddy, and fellow Photoshop World instructor Terry White has a great Photoshop World Wrap-up with lots of photos here:

Design by Firgs did a post-conference wrap up right here:


The Week of Bad Blogging Continues…

by Scott Kelby  |  37 Comments


Hi Gang:
Here it is Friday, and it’s only my second post of the week. I had such high hopes about shooting all these photos on my iPhone, and uploading them live like I did in Las Vegas, and blogging at night, etc., but I have been just back-to-back slammed since the moment I got here, and this is the first time I’ve sat down all day, and it’s quarter to three in the morning (and I am just beat).

I’m so sorry I haven’t been able to post more this week, but I did want to let you know that I’ll be back in full swing next week, with lots of details about the show. I had just an amazing time this week—one of my most fun and fascinating Photoshop World’s ever!

I’ve met such incredibly cool people, and I’ve got a lot of stories and photos to share (the one above of me, waiting off stage during the keynote, was taken by photographer Carol Sahley), but my head is about to hit the pillow. Thanks for hanging in there with me, and I hope you all have a great weekend, and we’ll see you back here on Monday.

All my best,



Photos from Day 1 of Photoshop World

by Brad Moore  |  7 Comments

Hey everyone, Brad here.  We wanted to share a few shots from the first day of Photoshop World so you can see what all the excitement is about!  (These were shot by myself and Drew Gurian)

RC goofing off before the opening keynote

Attendees taking pictures at the opening keynote

Everyone is really excited to be here! Really, they’re not trying to get free stuff ;)

Scott welcomes everyone to Orlando

Zack Arias teaches attendees about the many uses of white seamless

Vanelli welcomes Zack to his first Photoshop World

Dave Cross discovers some of the great lessons available on Kelby Training Online on the expo floor

Wes from Wacom talks about some of the new Cintiq features on the expo floor

We’ll get more posted from last night’s After Hours Part at BB King’s, and from day two at Photoshop World Orlando as soon as we can!

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