OK, first last night we launched a totally new Photoshop World Conference & Expo Web site (seen above), with better, easier, and more “Vegas-ie” navigation plus lots of cool photos and stuff to help you plan your trip to Vegas with us. OK, enough of that (but if you jumped over there right now to see the new site, it wouldn’t hurt my feelings one bit). [wink] ;-)
NEW INSTRUCTORS Next, who’s new to our teaching roster this September: I’ll tell ya — it’s cool people. Really cool people, like:
Tim Wallace UK-based Automotive Photographer
> Amazing teacher and talent (I love this guy!) > Looks better in person than this photo > Not as good looking as me of course, but certainly handsome > He’ll be shooting a car right in his class. We’ll patch the bullet holes with Bondo.
Roberto Valenzuela LA-based Photographer and trainer, Book Author, Lover (by looking at his photo)
> This guy’s books are killin’ it! The dude can write. > He can shoot and teach like a boss! > If he looks this good in person, I’m going to cut him from the roster. > He’s part of our new Wedding Photography Track, that runs all three days. He’s “Berry Sessy!”
Frank Salas Master Wedding Photographer and instructor
> Another handsome guy. Not helping me. > His bio is a mile long, but in short, he was named one of the best wedding photographers in the world > He crushed the classes he did for KelbyOne. Plus, some of our staff have crushes on him. Just sayin’ > He’s on our new Wedding Track, too! You knew that, right?
Peter Hurley Stud. Also shoot head shots.
> Looks like a model. Was a model. A model prisoner. (unconfirmed rumor) > Taught at Atlanta Photoshop World, so he’s not “technically” new but he’s new to our Vegas conference, so…. > He was a huge hit in Atlanta. He’s a huge hit everywhere he goes. Peter Hurley for President > Not nearly this good looking in person. Looks more like Comedian Gilbert Godfrey. Quite possibly his twin.
PSYCHED TO HAVE THEM BACK AGAIN: These are some awesome instructors who we’re thrilled to have back on our “Instructor Dream Team:”
Lindsay Adler NYC-based Fashion Photographer
> Awesome photographer and fantastic teacher > Wears dangerously high heels when teaching. Could fall at any time which adds drama. > Really good at lighting, posing, and knows many colorful New York phrases > Great business sense. Great fashion sense. May have Spidey sense.
David Curedon Retoucher, Photographer, Big Ol’ Teddy Bear
> We have missed this guy — his retouching is off the chain (plus, we just love him) > He has a ton of fans at KelbyOne for his online retouching classes (and cool custom retouching brushes) > His head is smaller than all the other instructors but we don’t mention it (feelings matter). > Suffers from Aulophobia (the fear of flutes), but still is a great teacher as long as “Aqualung” doesn’t come on
James Schmelzer Senior Portrait Photographer and Lighting Ninja
> Has mad skills. Does a lot of teaching for the Westcott lighting folks. Awesome instructor! > Is based in Michigan but yet owns a foreign car. That’s one strike. > Has been spotted several times in North Korea on “business.” Strike two! > Is not Peter Hurley. Good save. #schmelzerforthewin
PLUS THESE FOLKS WILL BE TEACHING THERE, TOO: It’s an instructor dream team of the best of the best:
> Scott Kelby(Devastatingly handsome man. That alone should be enough) > Joe McNally (Magical Unicorn of Flash) > Dave Black (Sports Legend and Untapped Source of Energy) > Joel Grimes (Compositing and Lighting Shogun) > Moose Peterson (Love Machine) > Tamara Lackey (She Shoots Kids. Er…photographs children) > Jay Maisel (Cranky New Yorker) > Matt Kloskowski (Landscape Photographer. Photoshop Guy. Carb Collector & Licensed Calorie Trustee). > Ben Willmore (Photoshop Rainmaker specializing in classic bus repair) > Brian Smith (Celebrity Photo Guru and has really cool glasses) > Corey Barker (Insane Photoshop Skills. Too good for his own good. Not sure what that means) > David Ziser (Wedding Wunderkind and Certified Kentucky Colonel) > Frank Doorhof (He’s Dutch!) > Pete Collins (Photoshop Guy often seen wearing an Urban Sombrero) > Bill Fortney (A man barely alive) > Russell Brown (Adobe’s own madman of Photoshop and flight. Distills his own bourbon) > Jason Groupp (Best dressed Wedding photographer in Northern Hemisphere) > Kevin Ames (Knows many good restaurants in Atlanta. Only drinks Coke products) > Terry White (Adobe Guy. Owns several Apple products. Possible Vegan) > RC Concepcion (Photoshop Guy, 43.3% Clairvoyant. Master Sergeant of HDR and other acronyms) > Glyn Dewis (Has a funny accent. Could be foreign. Will probably be deported.) > Jim DiVitale (His name means love in seven languages) > Helene Glassman (Gets awfully cozy with Jim Divitale) > Jack Davis (Graphics Guru from Cali [...ain't no party like a west coast party cause a west coast party don't stop]) > Faye Sirkis (Passionate Artist with a shoplifting habit) > Erik Valind (He’s young and in love. Probably). > Dave Cross (Stealing American jobs for more than a decade) > Scott Diussa (Concert photographer & screaming lead guitar player) > Alan Hess (Concert photographer, can’t play anything but has great hair) > Bert Monroy (Not a concert photographer, but could draw a very convincing concert scene) > Julieanne Kost (Adobe’s own Diva of Lightroom. Probably using a stage name) > Bryan Hughes (Adobe power broker. Deadly at Pai Gow Poker) > Colin Smith (Sounds Australian. Check his papers). > Joe Glyda (Shoots food. It sometimes shoots back. Loves Red Dye #3)
MAN, THAT’S A WHOLE LOTTA INSTRUCTORS! Well, we’ve got a whole lotta classes — over 100, in seven different training tracks, over three days. Whew!
OK, SO ARE YOU COMING TO JOIN US IN VEGAS? Not 100% sure? Then watch this quick video below that shows some of these awesome instructors in action (no way you can not go after watching that video. No way! It’s Vegas for you baby!)
YOU WANNA GO, RIGHT? Of course you do. Just say it out loud, “This is the year. I’m going!”
If you sign up right now, you can save money and get a full conference pass for only $525 (for KelbyOne members, it’s only $449. Seriously, that’s crazy!).
That’s for all three days, all the classes, the expo floor, the special events, the Adobe keynote, the get-togethers, the fun, the networking, the learning, the e-coli (just checking to see if you were still reading), and you’ll get to meet all your favorite KelbyOne instructors in person — so come and be with us out in Vegas — you’ll never forget it!
Here’s the link — head over there right now, then book your flights. See you in September! :)
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“We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.” —Martin Luther King
I have come to treat this, my annual installment on the anniversary of Scott’s “Guest Blog Wednesday,” the same way I treat my birthday. I try to spend my birthday the way I want my year to be. For this annual blog post I endeavor to write it the way I want my heart and spirit to go for the rest of the year.
Change takes but an instant. It is the journey to change that often takes a long time. The moment of change, the defining instant, when you are at your core different than you were the moment before. It is as if in comparison to all other moments in your life, it feels like you have just had a momentary lapse of reason. An island of understanding in the sea of confusion.
So I want to tell you about the momentary lapse of reason that occurred when this picture took me.
I was asked to come to India to teach Indian photographers how to “see” their country differently. It was an amazing experience, more for me than for my students, truth be told. I was interviewed about my work for the article in Asian Photography after having done a radio show interview on Mumbai’s Radio One 94.3 just before we left to travel to Varanasi for the workshop. But that’s not the story I want to discuss. What I want to talk about is the moment that this picture took me.
The journey began a few years back when I photographed Aung San Suu Kyi.
To get the opportunity to photograph her as part of the American Photography feature on Burma that I did for the 2012 January issue, the promise I made was to do “right” with my pictures. It was not until over a year later I discovered what that meant. (You can read the guest blog I wrote about the experience here)
Journey As The Destination It was early January, just before sunrise, a very long way outside of the city of Mandalay. It was myself, Kyaw Swa Min—“Joe” for short—and our driver. It was a chilly 85 degrees (it was January after all), and we had spent three and half hours driving on what the locals affectionately refer to as the “Burma Super Highway,” which is a dirt and gravel road so full of pot holes and cliff-like ruts that you are frequently thinking that Columbus was actually wrong and the world is indeed flat. We arrive at 5 a.m., half an hour before first light and about an hour before sunrise.
How we wound up here is because Joe said he knew this place…. FYI: for the 12 years I have known Joe every one of my great Burmese adventures starts with him saying, “Vincy… I know this place.” This time “the place” was just outside a village that makes bricks. The village was located next to a bend in a river that had a huge clay deposit.
The reason I was told I wanted to be there was because of the profound lack of motorized vehicles and the amount of morning fog that happens on the river that time of year. So off we went and there we were. After shooting the moments just before sunrise and the sun rising, we are now faced with having traveled three and half hours and having basically captured two “pretty” shots. Which means we have three and half hours to get back to where we started and I have two shots. Parts of my backside still hurt from the ride there and the thought of going the same we just came was not exactly something to be looking forward to. Which is when I saw smoke that was now coming up from over a hill, which means fire, so I followed the smoke.
What was over that hill was a village that makes bricks—bricks upon bricks upon bricks as far as the eye can see to a perspective point. Keep in mind that it is 6 a.m., and the brickyard is in full swing. They have been up for awhile. Making bricks, stacking bricks, “firing” bricks (baking them), gathering clay. I even watched a boy and a girl in the process of falling in love.
I found myself lost in these moments, witnessing moments happen in front of me at the speed of life. All of which was happening in beautiful light. When you have moments like these, who needs coffee to get your heart racing and your mind to wake up?
As we started moving into the city of never-ending bricks and light, there were children everywhere playing in the bricks. Keep in mind it is 6 a.m. And the morning is filled with the laughter and giggles of children.
So as I am blissfully clicking away in snot-encrusted child photography heaven, Joe starts talking to the adults who are amused by the big tall goofy “hello person” playing with the children. (The reason the Burmese refer to Americans as “hello people” is because Americans always wave and say “Hellooo” no matter where, what, or when. So the Burmese wave and say “hello” back. If Burma is anything it is a polite society). During the course of his conversation, he finds out the reason why there are so many children about at 6 a.m. There is no school, not because there is a holiday—there is no school in this village. So the children play amongst the bricks while the parents work. What this also means is that most of the villagers do not know how to read and write well, if at all. It is also the responsibility of the older children to look after the younger children.
The highest anyone was paid in the village was $3.00 a day for a 12-hour workday. The factory ran 7 days a week because of the demand for bricks, which was due to the lifting of sanctions and the growth happening in the urban areas of the country. If you think about it, we spend more for a cup of coffee than these highest paid workers make in a day. The life expectancy age of a Burmese man is 57 and the life expectancy age of a Burmese woman is 62. The life expectancy age for men and women in this brickyard is 50.
5 years old
15 years old
35 years old
As Joe was telling me all this, the moment that the picture of the girl who became the cover of Asian Photography magazine took me. It was that moment that I realized what Aung San Suu Kyi meant when she said to “do right with your photographs.” Her request was not about putting your money where your mouth is, it was about putting your art where your heart is. At that time I experienced a momentary lapse of reason. I was changed. At that moment I decided that I am going to build a school. I had no idea how; I just knew I had to do right by these people.
“One person can make a difference, and everyone should try.” —President John F. Kennedy
We have traveled in different ships to get to this moment in our lives, but we are all in the same boat now. At this moment, if you have read this far, you and I are literally on the same page. The issue I’m about to discuss is not an issue of liberal or conservative, or the religious belief you hold. This issue is about the one defining thing we all share. We are all humans that live on the same planet. Whatever affects one directly, ultimately affects all of us indirectly. Are there many things that need fixing in our human experience? There surely are. Can you fix all of them? You surely cannot. But the best you can do is fix the things you can. So do that. If everyone did that at least once, just think where we would be today? Tomorrow? A year from now?
So my goal is this: I want to use the power of the camera to build a school in this village. I want to use the power of the camera to create something that will take the experience that affected one person directly and use it to affect as many people as directly as possible.
The etymology of word “photography” means to write with light. Thomas Jefferson (among others) said, “The pen is mightier than the sword.” Well…TJ did not have a digital camera. Because the camera is mightier than the pen. Which means that a photographer wields a light saber.
I have started the site CameraIsMightier.org. The first goal of the site is to build a school in this village, using art to do it. My plan is to first create a limited edition set of four 17×22 portfolios, then to create a book from the 137,000 captures I have of Burma to help keep it going.
What I need is help.
I am asking for help from the collective all of you. From straightforward legal advice, to help and ideas about book layout, to ideas of how to expand the thought of fixing things that we can with our art, creating a forum to show the things that take us. If you have an idea, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you want to help the school project send an email to email@example.com.
In his acceptance speech for the Nobel Peace Prize, Martin Luther King said, “I have the audacity to believe that peoples everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for their minds, and dignity, equality and freedom for their spirits.” Next time you drink a cup of Starbucks there is someone in this world we all live in that has to toil all day to make what you spent in a moment. If not for them, take pause for a moment and think of their children playing in a brickyard whilst they work. That you, one person, have within your power to make a difference in life. All you need do is try.
This one (above) really is like a movie trailer, and I’m in a pirate suit, so I’m not quite sure what to say here…..anyway, we have a Pirate theme for the Vegas Photoshop World Conference & Expo this year, and this little trailer gives you a taste for what’s in the opening keynote movie that kicks off the three-day training event. It should be Arrrrrrrrr rated! (Sorry, I couldn’t help myself).
Anyway, Steve Nicolai, Daniel Bryant and our crew over in KelbyOne video land do some really clever, amazing, and often funny trailers for our online courses and I thought I’d share 10 of my favorite’s here (you can watch them below — they’re all pretty short — usually 30-seconds to a minute each). Here goes (in no particular order):
1. Peter Hurley’s “Mastering Headshot Photography” I love how real Peter is throughout this trailer, but it’s the very end that just cracks me up!
2. Joe McNally – Making Great Photos in Bad Weather This is just so Joe. Dig the Twister reference, and Joe’s inappropriate arm gesture.
3. Dave Black – High School Football Photography Our crew did such a great taking the images Dave made during the live class and giving it a real big-time sports theme. The graphics, type and treatment are just great (and Dave’s class is killer, so it really fit).
4. Exposing HDR — What Happened to RC? This was our first teaser trailer, and…well…it’s just creepy. I wouldn’t have shot there.
5. Frank Doorhof ‘s “The Art of Dance Photography” I love this one simply because of the shots Frank was able to pull off during this class (seen in the trailer). He is just amazing.
6. Bill’s Fortney’s “Close up: An introduction to Macro Photography” I like the twist and reveal near the end of the trailer.
7. Bill Frake’s Environmental Sports Portraiture Bill just flat out does some clever stuff and you get a peek at some of it in this trailer. One of my sports photography heroes.
8. Glyn Dewis’ Character Composite Just like McNally’s trailer is so “Joe,” Glyn is just so “Glyn” in this trailer. The funny thing is, the mechanic in the trailer is a real mechanic who works right down the street from our studios.
9. Dave Black Horse Racing I love the historic feel and look of this trailer. Really well done, and it makes you not only want to watch Dave’s class, it’s make you want to grab your camera and head to the track.
10. Tim Wallace — lighting cars with just one flash I think what I love about this class is the final shot of the car, completely lit with one hot shoe flash, and I’m still like “dude, no way!” but yes. Way!
10.5 Matt’s Compositing Secret’s Book OK, this technically isn’t a class, but it’s one of my all-time favorites, and one of the first one’s Steve did when he came on board with us as our trailer superhero and man he just won our hearts with this clever, funny, and really well done book trailer.
I know nothings worse that seeing a cool trailer and not being able to see the feature (or in our class, the online class), so if you want to watch any of these classes, and you’re not already a KelbyOne subscriber, you can get a free 24-hour pass and check them all out (as long as you don’t have anything planned that day, right?). Anyway, here’s the link just in case.
If you’re already a subscriber, if I were you I’d still watch all 10 — even if the topics aren’t what you normally shoot. Maybe today’s the day you fall in love with something new because these instructors are so inspiring, so amazing, and so information it just might open a whole new world for you. Hey, ya never know. :)
P.S.Tomorrow on “The Grid” it’s our “Blind Photo Critique” episode and if you’d like your 3 or 4 of your images considered to be critiqued during tomorrow’s 4pm live show, submit your images at this link. Good luck!
Hi Gang: Here’s just a quick collection of stuff I thought you find interesting (well, I thought they were interesting, anyway):
(1) I wish I had thought of this I saw this (below) over on Digital Photography School and this is way cool! I love the portrait and I like how the photographer (Rey Vladyc Mangouta) got there even more (that behind-the-scenes shot is awesome!). Here’s the link to the article at DPS.
(2) Matt Hernandez is crushin’ it with his portrait series of McDonald’s All-Americans You can see more of Matt’s series (and his other work) at this link. Super-diggin’ his work.
(3) “Around the World in 360° — I love how this photographer is living his life! I know I’m not the first to share this video (below), but if you’ve already seen it, you probably want to watch it again — really fun and inspiring. Wish I had the guts to do what he’s doing when I was his age. Talk about “going for it!”
(4) Another “Matt” is making some awesome landscapes! My buddy Matt Kloskowski was in Portland last week (just a few days before I got there for my seminar) and he took quite an amazing hike, which including hiking down a stream in a wet suite in freezing neck-deep water and traversing a huge Beaver dam to get the shot you see below (my favorite from shoot), but make sure you see his whole story and his other images. Very cool stuff (here’s the link). Also, congrats to Matt — this image on 500px.com make it up to the #1 spot the same day he posted it!
(5) This is a really fascinating Time Lapse called “India within – Mumbai & Bangalore” I’m not really big on Time Lapse stuff, but when you see a really good one, they’re really good! Well done to photographer Pierre Ogeron (saw this originally on CBSnews.com).
Well, there ya go — just some cool stuff I ran across this weekend. Hope you enjoyed it, and here’s wishing you a better than average Monday. :)