Monday
Oct
2014
06

Peter Read Miller on the new Canon 7D Mark II

by Scott Kelby  |  8 Comments

Hi Gang: Mia McCormick sits down with one of my all-time heroes of sports photography, the legend himself, Peter Read Miller for his impressions of the recently announced Canon 7D Mark II. If you got a sec, it’s definitely worth checking out.

Also, I shot two games this weekend using the 7D Mark II for my main and secondary bodies (weekend loaners from Canon — just early demo units — not the final shipping version), and I cannot wait to share some shots with you here tomorrow from the Vols/Gators and Falcons/Giants games, so make sure you stop back tomorrow for my field report.

Hope you guys have an fantastic Monday (I know, that’s an oxymoron) even if your team lost this weekend (all my teams lost. Ugh. But there’s still a faint hope for my Fantasy Team — I’m in third place in our league).

Best,

-Scott

Friday
Oct
2014
03

Awesome “This Weekend Only” Deal For My Readers From MPIX

by Scott Kelby  |  4 Comments

Cool deal alert: MPIX.com (the seriously awesome photo lab I’ve been using for years now), is giving my readers a “This Weekend Only” deal of 20% on everything on their site (just on Oct 4th and 5th ONLY).

When: Saturday and Sunday (tomorrow and the next day, Oct 4-5)
Discount Code: kelbympix2014
Where: http://www.mpix.com

This is a screaming hot deal from some of the best folks in this entire industry, with legendary customer service. Cannot recommend them enough!
Disclaimer stuff: When checking out with multiple orders the promo code will only apply to one order. Cannot be combined with other offers. Not valid through ROES and does not apply to orders placed prior to the sale. Offer ends October 5th, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. (Central). 
OK, go jump on this deal. Well, wait until tomorrow when it starts…then jump on this deal! Thanks to our friends at MPIX for making this available! :)
One last thing: don’t forget to scroll down for the latest Worldwide Photo Update!
Friday
Oct
2014
03

My Worldwide Photo Walk is Only One-Week Away!

by Scott Kelby  |  3 Comments

I’m getting super psyched!!! Here’s a quick update one week out:

(1) We now have more than 1,000 photo walks organized in cities around the world
All the walks are now in place, as the deadline for creating new walks has passed, so now it’s just about finding a walk near you (and can you help us spread the word to your photography friends?).

(2) We have awesome prizes for the optional photo contest portion!
Check out this link to see what all the prizes, but the grand prize winner picks up a Canon EOS 70D with EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens, a Canon Pixma Pro 1 Printer, a 1-year Adobe Creative Cloud Membership, a Wacom Intuos Pro Tablet, and much more!

(3) It’s not too late to join a photo walk in your city (it’s free)
Here’s the link to the official photo walk page — see if there’s one near you and join us on Saturday, October 11th for an experience you’ll never forget.

(4) Check out our Worldwide Photo Walk Webcast
We did a free webcast a couple of walks ago with lots of helpful hints, suggestions, and we answered a bunch of questions people had about joining and walking, and you can watch it right here. 

(5) Order your official t-shirt right now (and help the Springs of Hope Orphanage)
We have awesome official Worldwide Photo Walk t-shirts, and not only do they look really cool (lots of folks wear them on their photo walk), but more importantly, 100% of the profits from the sale of these t-shirts  go to feeding, clothing and caring for the wonderful kids at the Spring of Hope Orphanage, Kenya. Our friend Rob Jones from Towner Jones Photography, came up with t-shirt idea and we’ve raised a ton of money for the orphanage over these years (yay!) and this year we’re trying to break our record by asking every walker to donate just $1 (one single dollar) for the orphanage, too! Remember, even if you don’t want a shirt, you can still buy one to support the kids. Here’s the link  NOTE: We have special LEADER shirts as well (Leaders — you’ll find the link on your leader’s dashboard).

OK, so that’s a quick update. I’m leading a local walk this year in London, England, and my walk so rocks because we end by winding up at Byron Burger (Mmmmmmm. Byron Burger).

Cheers everybody to a great weekend everybody! :)

-Scott

P.S. Today I’m off to shoot the Vols/Gators game Saturday and the Giants/Falcons game in New York on Sunday! Gonna be an awesome weekend (almost as awesome as next weekend!) :)

Wednesday
Oct
2014
01

It’s Free Stuff Thursday!

by Brad Moore  |  25 Comments

The Business Side of Mike Kubeisy
Join KelbyOne’s own Larry Becker as he sits down with entertainment photographer Mike Kubeisy to discuss the business side of Mike’s commercial photography career in Hollywood. Larry and Mike discuss topics ranging from how to get started in the business to how to keep yourself on the cutting edge of new trends and technology. Drawing from over 30 years of experience, Mike shares some of his best advice for achieving success and living your dream.

Leave a comment for your chance to watch this class for free!

The Art of Digital Photography: The Inspirational Series with Mike Kubeisy
Join Mia McCormick as she sits down for an inspirational chat with Mike Kubeisy, a motion picture and stills photographer based in Hollywood. Over the course of an hour Mike and Mia touch on topics ranging from getting started in the industry to finding sources of inspiration from the energy and creativity on set, and on the importance of living a meaningful life to the role of personal projects that help you explore your ideas and build your portfolio. After 30 years in Hollywood Mike has an amazing number of stories and experiences that have shaped who he is as a person as well as his photography.

Leave a comment for your chance to watch this class for free!

Photoshop Camera Raw Tutorials on LayersMagazine.com
Scott Kelby recently shared some tutorials on Using the Histogram to Learn What the Sliders Do in Photoshop Camera Raw and Four Ways to Create Contrast in Adobe Photoshop Camera Raw over at LayersMagazine.com. If you’re looking to get the most out of your post processing time, these are some helpful tips that can lead to even greater looking images than you’ve been able to create before!

KelbyOne Live
Want to spend a day with Scott Kelby, Joe McNally, Matt Kloskowski, or Ben Willmore? Check out these seminar tours!

Shoot Like A Pro with Scott Kelby
Oct 10 – Westminster, London, UK
Oct 17 – Charlotte, NC
Dec 1 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL

The Power of One Flash with Joe McNally
Nov 6 – Washington, DC
Dec 9 – San Diego, CA

The Lightroom LIVE Tour with Matt Kloskowski
Oct 22 – Colorado Springs, CO
Nov 4 – Philadelphia, PA
Dec 5 – San Antonio, TX

Photoshop for Photographers with RC Concepcion
Oct 20 – Chicago, IL
Nov 7 – Los Angeles, CA

The Photoshop Creativity Tour with Ben Willmore
Oct 7 – Raleigh, NC
Nov 10 – Toronto, ON
Dec 12 – Phoenix, AZ

You can check out the full schedule for seminars through the end of the year. Leave a comment for your chance to win a ticket to one of these events!

Jason Joseph – Six Beats of Separation
This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Music is a way for people to bond – its vibrations help the bridge the gap between us. In uncomfortable times, it can be the common vibrations of a mutual bond. In this discussion, Jason unveils his new charity project, “Six Beats of Separation,” a photo series which captures the moods of celebrities, attached to specific moments in music. Portrait photographer Jason Joseph has captured images of personalities from A-list celebrities to the homeless of Penn Station. It is his mission to create “WOW!” moments, for children from age 8 to 108.

Last Week’s Winners
Corey Barker’s New Orleans Seminar
- Van

KelbyOne Class Rentals
- Seth Strohecker
- Mike VanKirk

KelbyOne Live Ticket
- Matt C.

If you’re one of the lucky winners, we’ll be in touch soon. Have a great Thursday!

Wednesday
Oct
2014
01

It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Richard Bernabe!

by Brad Moore  |  10 Comments

It’s the Destination

As a photographer, chances are you’ve thought about doing some traveling, if you haven’t traveled extensively already. The journey might start out as a simple weekend getaway after a few rough days at the office or as an expansive road trip through several states and time zones: car packed with a camera and a few favorites lenses, wind in your hair, sun on your face, nothing but freedom and the open road in front of you. Over time this could lead to dealing with travel agents, passports, guides, and epic expeditions to the other side of the world involving multiple flights and a bone-jarring ride in the back of a rusted out Japanese pickup with a driver who speaks a different language than your own. Photographers are particularly susceptible to the lure of the exotic.

You could live right across the street from a premier national park with hundreds of square miles of mountain wilderness, waterfalls, charismatic wildlife, pristine beaches, wildflowers in the spring, blazing foliage in the fall – this is the cosmic photo destination we’re talking about – and you would still feel as if you were missing out on something somewhere.

It would be far too easy to dismiss this urge as a misguided grass-is-always-greener human impulse. After all, maybe the grass really is greener on the other side of the proverbial fence. Maybe the grass over there isn’t even green at all, but some other color you’ve never seen or even considered. Maybe the grass is wild and untamed, unlike the neatly manicured turf in your tidy neighborhood with which you’re so accustomed. Then again, sticking with the working theme here, maybe it’s not really about the grass at all but the journey.

I said, maybe. You see, I personally consider the whole it’s the journey not the destination sentiment as just another feel good, pop-culture pseudo-profundity that’s too easily taken at face value. The actual journey, for all the saccharin and nostalgia it conjures, actually sucks. If I could close my eyes, snap my fingers, and magically teleport myself to the destination instantaneously, while skipping the whole journey thing, I’d be happy as a clam. I’m guessing that whoever penned this particular piece of bumper sticker wisdom never had their precious little journey take them through a major 21st century airport. And yes I do realize the phrase is a derivative of Emerson’s and a well-intentioned metaphor for life. Yet all too often it’s used literally by slick travel brochures and cruise operators and I, for one, am tired of hearing about the journey’s so-called virtues.

I do find it ironic that the most blissful photogenic destinations on the planet require you to first travel through hell on Earth in order to reach them: canceled and delayed flights, missed connections, lost luggage, fees for checked bags, long lines at the check-in counter, security, passport control, and customs, rude and surly customer service representatives, invasive TSA agents, full-body x-rays, pat downs, no liquids or gels, removed shoes, crowded airplanes, no leg room, airline food, and fights with attendants about your camera pack that won’t quite fit in the overhead bin but is too fragile to allow apathetic baggage handlers to throw from luggage cart onto mobile conveyor belt are just some of the indignities to be endured and we’ve not even mentioned the repulsive edifices themselves. The English writer and humorist, Douglas Adams observed that there is no language that has ever produced the phrase as pretty as an airport.

But all the agony and pulverizing boredom of travel itself soon fade from memory once a destination is finally reached. So why do we photographers bother to travel anyway? I suppose everyone has their own personal reasons: capturing and seeing something new, exploration, adventure, enlightenment, different cultures and food, or running from the law – just to name a few. And while all of the preceding could apply to me as well (aside from the running from the law part) I should mention that it also happens to be my job. I haven’t quite mastered the art of keeping a straight face as I explain to friends and loved ones that I’m “going to work” when I pack my bags for some far-flung, exotic photography trip but I do deserve at least some credit for not employing the smug rejoinder, “but somebody’s gotta do it” or something to that effect.

And while I understand “getting away from it all,” as a justification for some people’s travel bug, it’s one that’s never quite resonated with me. I just don’t see my life and work as anything from which I need, or want, to escape.

But more than any other reason, travel takes me away from everything that’s familiar and razes the personal comfort zone to which I – and all of us respectively, really – try to cling. I like that. Sometimes I need that. Travel writer, Freyda Stark once wrote, “To awaken quite alone in a strange town is one of the most pleasant sensations in the world” and I could not concur more. When applied to photography, these strange new places and experiences act as powerful catalysts to help get my creative juices going and force me to think and see differently. After all, if I’ve never seen something before, what other choice do I have?

Then there are the places and scenes that are simply too beautiful for words, which is fortunate enough since we photographers are paid to create imagery where words alone are inadequate. The first time I laid my eyes on the southern Andes of Patagonia or the aurora borealis or a herd of mammoth elephants marching ceremoniously across the African plains, my sympathetic nervous system shot into overdrive and delivered a dose of goose bumps all over my arms and shoulders, making the hair stand straight up on the back of my neck. The very best part of this sensation was that in each instance, I never saw it coming. Each and every time was like a thunderbolt from the blue.

If I don’t screw things up too badly, I might create something that invites the viewer of the image to participate in this new experience as well, through the prism of my emotional response and photographic technique. Since I am interpreting the experience artistically, it’s still my experience but the viewer has traveled with me vicariously, except without all the burdens of modern day travel I described earlier.

Or I could forget to remove the lens cap and everyone will just have to take my word for it. Either way, if I don’t make the journey in order to witness it myself, it never happened – for any of us. So the journey is necessary, if not a necessary evil. In fact, with the right attitude – and good set of noise-canceling headphones – the journey itself might not be so intolerable after all. Just don’t let anyone tell you it’s not about the destination.

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Richard Bernabe is a landscape, wildlife, travel photographer and author as well as Contributing Editor to Popular Photography Magazine. You can see more of Richard’s work at RichardBernabe.com\ and follow him on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Tuesday
Sep
2014
30

Joe McNally’s One-Man-Show

by Scott Kelby  |  8 Comments

One of the greatest photographers ever made is having his first solo gallery show, opening this week at the Monroe Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico and if you get a chance — you have to see it in person. Here are the details:

Who: Joe McNally
What: A solo exhibition
Where: The Monroe Gallery: 112 Don Gaspar Ave, Santa Fe, NM (link)
When: October 3rd thru November 23rd
Why:  Because Joe is a photography students will study after we’re all gone.

Here’s a link to the gallery’s site with all the details. Hope you get the chance to see it in person.

I’m off to Orlando for my seminar there tomorrow — looking forward to meeting a whole bunch of you there.

Have a better than average Tuesday. That’s all I can muster for a Tuesday. ;-)

Best,

-Scott

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