Thursday
Feb
2014
20

It’s Free Stuff Thursday!

by Brad Moore  |  48 Comments

Creative Cloud Month on KelbyOne
Each weekday this month, a new Creative Cloud class is being added to KelbyOne! Take advantage of your full Adobe Creative Cloud membership by learning about the other programs you haven’t been familiar with. Just this week we’ve added Premiere Pro CC for Photographers, The Essentials of Typography, Getting Started with Audition CC, and today On Using Behance is becoming available! Check back tomorrow for Premiere CC Beyond The Basics, and each day for the rest of the month for even more.

Leave a comment for a chance to check these classes out for free!

KelbyOne Live
Want to spend a day with Scott KelbyMatt Kloskowski, or RC Concepcion? Check out these seminar tours!

Shoot Like A Pro with Scott Kelby
Feb 21 – Tampa, FL (Sold Out)
Feb 24 – Atlanta, GA
Mar 12 – Phoenix, AZ
Mar 28 – Minneapolis, MN

Lightroom 5 Live with Matt Kloskowski
Mar 5 – Los Angeles, CA

Photoshop for Photographers with RC Concepcion
Feb 26 – Oklahoma City, OK
Mar 4 – New York, NY
Mar 26 – Arlington, TX

You can check out the full schedule for seminars through March! And leave a comment for your chance to win a ticket to one of these events!

Free From Macphun Software – Snapheal!
Want a free copy of Macphun Software’s Snapheal for Mac? Just click here and enter your info at the bottom of the page! Use this to easily remove unwanted objects from your images, fix skin blemishes, and make other enhancements to your photos. Offer good until March 1, so grab it before it’s too late.

Exploration Photography and Shooting Abandoned Places
Our friends at Peachpit are giving away 5 free eBooks of their latest from Fuel Books, Urban Exploration Photography: A Guide To Shooting Abandoned Places. This new eBook by Todd Sipes is part of Peachpit’s new FuelBooks series. Check it out here, and leave a comment for your chance to win one of the five free copies!

They’ve also got a free Photo Club coming up next Tuesday on this very same topic. Sign up here to reserve your spot!

Last Week’s Winners
SLAP Atlanta Ticket
-Allison Cobb

KelbyOne Classes
-H G Bennett

KelbyOne Live Ticket
-Jerry W

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

Wednesday
Feb
2014
19

It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Todd Spoth!

by Brad Moore  |  9 Comments


Feeding the Sika Deer in Nara, Japan. 2012. (Captured by my sister, music writer, Alex Vickery.

I stared at this cursor for a good ten minutes before I actually let a line stick. I feel like the ending to an episode of Doogie Howser, M.D.

An enthusiastic, “Yes,” was my response to Brad’s request that I pen a guest post, without question, because Brad is awesome, but the fact is I spent a lot longer than ten minutes catching up on the past guest posts here that I had missed. I was blown away at the inspiring words and visuals and was suddenly at an impasse.

With 62 pages of posts from world-renowned artists, what was I going to bring to the table? After considerable thought I decided to try to answer a question that I’m casually asked all the time.

“What is your favorite photo?”

Now I’m sure most are implying an image that I personally took, in which case I have frames that I like at any given time. To get those out of the way here are a few of my own most recent images that I personally enjoy.


Houston artist Kelsey Jackson. 2014.


Houston-native, Machine Gun Kelly. 2013.


Actress Katlynn Simone of BET’s “The Game”. 2014.


Polar Vortex 1. Buffalo, NY. 2014.


Old Forge, NY. 2014


Houston artist Cray Cray. 2013.

Back to the question at hand. My answer is the same every time. My favorite photograph is one I didn’t personally take, in fact I don’t really know who took it. It’s a medium format print of an image of my grandfather teaching a firearms class during his time in the Air Force stationed Tachikawa AFB near Tokyo, Japan. I always loved the texture of the image and the official stamp on the back. The photo, as old as it is, is sharper than 99% of digital captures today. It makes me want to use my Hasselblad more.

Both of my grandfathers died in the late 90’s and I loved both of them dearly, however the reason why the image is so important to me isn’t just because of who is in the photo, but more of what the image represents: family.

I remember being envious of grade school classmates that always seemed to have several cousins close by or a huge family gathering every weekend. My family was stretched from San Francisco to New York to Tokyo to Cleveland to Paris and everywhere in between. I moved with my family from Houston, TX to Paris, France in the middle of my 5th grade year. Then we moved back 3 years later. It was a tough adjustment, but I got through it. In the end I had been to a dozen different schools, as many or more different houses, different environments and different memories.

No matter where we were, I always loved that I could open up our photo albums and see the same photos of friends and family. Those photographs held it all together.


My dad and his brothers on Halloween. Buffalo, NY.

Ever since I started to really enjoy photography several years ago, I have been on a quest to preserve as much of my family’s negatives, prints and old video footage as possible. It started with the tedious task of converting our family’s old VHS tapes into digital files and progressed into scanning prints, negatives, and sometimes other interesting documents like postcards or report cards.


Me. Normandy, France. 1994.

As photographers we take the greatest care organizing and archiving our own photography, so why not make that same effort to protect our family’s historical record? Regardless of how organized and secure our own pixels are, for most of us, there is an aging box of yellowing prints from a pre-digital era that aren’t part of that archiving workflow, but they should be.

My sister recently moved back to the states from Dublin. My mom lives in Singapore. Before that they were in Brazil. It’s tough not getting to see some of your family as much as you’d like. In 2012 I visited my grandmother in New York whom I rarely get the chance to see. She had a very old photo from 1914. It was a photo of her mother, my great grandmother as a young schoolgirl in 1914. She was about to throw it out. I had to save it.

I rescued the photograph and scanned in a ton of old photographs she had collected. It’s important to me, these photographic records of my family’s history. Sometimes, if not all the time, the process of scanning and organizing an overwhelming pile of prints is tiresome, but the look on your family’s face when they’ve re-discovered an old memory at the bottom of that pile that you unearthed and preserved can make it all worth it.

In 2010, for my grandmother’s 80th birthday, I compiled my favorite scanned images into a 400-page book that I self-published as a surprise for her. Check out my blog to read more about that project.

They all don’t have to be a book project, but if that unorganized pile exists for you and your family, scan them in. Burn them to a disc or drive. Make copies and give them to family members for safekeeping.


My grandmother. Akron, Ohio. 2010.


Family Selfie. Zugspitze, Germany. 2012.

My favorite photographs are the ones of my sister as a baby in Paris, the ones of my dad holding me as a baby, my grandma making me fried rice, grandpa as a kid.

I am their historian. I am their archivist. I am the only one who knows how to work the scanner.

Todd Spoth is a commercial and editorial photographer based out of Houston, Texas, USA. When he isn’t making pictures, writing sentimental blog posts or speaking in the third person he writes and records his own music which can be heard here.

See more of Todd’s work at ToddSpoth.com and connect with him on Twitter and Instagram.

Tuesday
Feb
2014
18

Photos From My Weekend Trip to Santa Fe

by Scott Kelby  |  32 Comments

Well, we’re back from our Valentine’s weekend getaway (with Sharon and Moose Peterson) and did we have a blast! (We packed a lot into 2-1/2 days).

I put together a photo-story-gallery post over at Exposure.so of my self-assigned photo project while I was there — I chose “Color” as my subject (and I explain why in the Exposure post) and share lots of images there as well.

If you’ve got a minute, I hope you’ll check it out (here’s the link).

Although I’msharing photos from my “color as my subject” project, we did lots of other fun stuff including:

(a) Visiting a way-off-the-beaten-path white cliffs/mountain-thingy in Abiquiu, New Mexico called “Plaza Blanca” where key parts of the movie “Cowboys & Aliens” was filmed. It was actually pretty cool (even though I’ve never seen the movie). I took plenty of photos. None of them good (we were there at “high noon”).

(b) Making over an hour drive to a State Park that was “Closed for the Season.” Ugh.

(c) Dining at what Joe McNally called “The best Mexican food he’s ever eaten” (Joe doesn’t like Mexican food, so that’s saying something). It’s called Gabriel’s and it’s just outside of Santa Fe. Super yummy.

(d) Getting lost and accidentally winding up in Taos, New Mexico, which as it turned out was not a bad thing.

(e) We laughed for 2-1/2 days solid. Our sides still hurt.

Now I’m back to work, and ready to roll — lots of fun stuff to work on this week.

Hope you all have a great day, and hope you get a chance to check out the shots from the trip. :)

 

Monday
Feb
2014
17

Greetings from New Mexico!

by Scott Kelby  |  5 Comments

Well, I say that but by the time you read this we’ll actually already be on our flight back home from our Valentine’s Day getaway weekend, where Kalebra and I met up with Moose Peterson and his wife Sharon in Santa Fe, New Mexico to spend a few days relaxing and shooting a few pictures in between (including this shot of the famous San Francisco de Asis church in Taos made famous by Ansel Adams).

Even though I’ve taught workshops out in Santa Fe in the past, my wife had never been, so we all decided to meet up here and spend a few days relaxing and just having fun (and we did plenty of both). The weather was absolutely beautiful (in the low 60s° in the days, and a bit cooler at night), and we had such a great time — Moose and Sharon are a blast to hang out with.

I have lots of shots to share, but couldn’t get them done for today’s blog, so hopefully I’ll have them later this week. Tomorrow I have a Commercial Shoot for a new client, and then Wednesday and Thursday Peter Hurley is in town to finish up work on his new book which we’re producing for Peachpit Press (and of course, Peter will be our in-studio guest on “The Grid” on Wedneday at 4pm ET). Then on Friday I’m teaching my first “Shoot Like a Pro” seminar of the year to an already sold-out crowd in Tampa, and then on to Atlanta on Monday (there still a few seats left in Atlanta if you want to snag one of the last ones. Here’s the link). Ya know, as I write all this, I can see why I needed a few days off. LOL!

Hope you all have a great Monday, and hope to see you here tomorrow.

Cheers,

-Scott

Friday
Feb
2014
14

Happy Valentine’s Day Everybody! :-)

by Scott Kelby  |  10 Comments

Howdy folks. Sorry for the late post, but I took today off to spend with my sweetie (we actually took the day off work, and snuck away to spend some time together). :)

By the way: the photo of Kalebra and I above (taken by our dear friend Mike McCaskey), was taken in Paris, France on the “Love Lock Bridge.”  To take part in this romantic tradition,  you  buy a lock, then take a marker and write your names on it; then you  lock it somewhere on to this bridge to symbolize your love. then you toss the key into the Seine river below, so the lock can never again be opened, and thus your love can never be broken.

This shot was taken while we were in Paris taping my Travel Photography online class and “A week in Paris with Jay Maisel” for KelbyOne but on my birthday that same year my wife surprised me with a return trip to Paris (one where I didn’t have to teach a class), and she presented me with another lock with our names engraved on it and we attached this new lock and threw away the key. :)

Today we’re celebrating our 27th Valentine’s Day together (and this year we’ll be married 25 years!). As all my friends (and people on Facebook and Twitter) are quick to remind me — I am the luckiest guy in the world, and are they ever right (and man, do I absolutely know it, and am tremendously grateful for it). :)

Here’s wishing you a Valentine’s Day to remember, and safe, happy, fun weekend! :)

-Scott

 

Thursday
Feb
2014
13

It’s Free Stuff Thursday!

by Brad Moore  |  28 Comments

Shoot Like A Pro Tour
In less than two weeks, Scott Kelby’s Shoot Like A Pro seminar tour is coming to Atlanta! On February 24, come spend the day with Scott, the photographer who wrote the bestselling book on digital photography, as he brings the concepts, images and ideas from his best-selling book series to life in this one-day live training seminar.

If you’re not in Atlanta, here are a few more cities and dates that are scheduled, with more coming soon!

Feb 21 – Tampa, FL (Sold Out)
Mar 12 – Phoenix, AZ
Mar 28 – Minneapolis, MN

Leave a comment for your chance to win a free ticket to the Shoot Like A Pro Atlanta seminar!

Creative Cloud Month at KelbyOne
Each weekday this month, a new Creative Cloud class is being added to KelbyOne! Take advantage of your full Adobe Creative Cloud membership by learning about the other programs you haven’t been familiar with. Just this week we’ve added Getting Started with Acrobat CC, Adobe After Effects CC Basics, Getting Started with Bridge CC, and today Illustrator CC: Beyond the Basics is becoming available! Check back tomorrow for Lightroom 5 Basics for Photographers, and each day for the rest of the month for even more.

Leave a comment for a chance to check these classes out for free!

KelbyOne Live
Want to spend a day with Matt Kloskowski or RC Concepcion? Check out these seminar tours!

Lightroom 5 Live with Matt Kloskowski
Feb 17 – Houston, TX
Mar 5 – Los Angeles, CA

Photoshop for Photographers with RC Concepcion
Feb 19 – Lansing, MI
Feb 26 – Oklahoma City, OK
Mar 4 – New York, NY
Mar 26 – Arlington, TX

You can check out the full schedule for seminars through March! And leave a comment for your chance to win a ticket to one of these events!

The W.H.Y. (We Hear You) Project in San Francisco
What would happen if you gave students, ages 15-18, iPod Touch cameras and let them take to the streets of their neighborhoods? What stories would they tell? This is what Luanne Dietz asked herself before starting The W.H.Y. Project. She soon found out when she and other photojournalists teamed up with the students and were blown away by the emotions and stories the students captured.

The results will be on display in San Francisco at the Haus of Hipstamatic on February 28, from 6:00pm – 8:00pm. You can find out more about The W.H.Y. Project here, and get all the info about the gallery show here!

Last Week’s Winners
KelbyOne.com Class
-Lyle

KelbyOne Live Ticket
-Michael Allen

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

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