Friday
Jan
2014
17

New Photoshop Features For Photoshop CC users

by Scott Kelby  |  24 Comments

Adobe released a bunch of new features yesterday for Creative Cloud subscribers, and I’m sharing some of the videos they created to showcase the new features here on the blog, like the one above which introduces Perspective Warp (really handy for people who are bad at shooting images for compositing. OK, sorry, I couldn’t’ resist).

Above: That’s an overview of the new Photoshop CC features

Above: This is one a lot of folks are psyched about — linked Smart Objects.

Above: 3D printing from Photoshop. Sounds like something Corey Barker would do, right?

Above: This one’s from Adobe’s own Julieanne Kost, and she’s revealing some of the little tweaks, enhancements and little improvements added to Photoshop CC

There’s a list of these little enhancements over at Jeff Tranberry’s blog (here’s the link).

There’s some fun stuff to work on this weekend — hope it’s a great one, and we’ll see you back here on Monday. Cheers. :)

-Scott

P.S. Besides these new features announced yesterday, Adobe released a number of new little tweaks and improvements to Camera Raw back in December of 2013, but the announcement slipped past a lot of folks. Stuff like “Auto Temperature” and “Auto Tint” for white balance, and kind of an “Auto Levels” for automatically setting the Whites and Blacks sliders, among other new little tweaks. The full list of Camera Raw tweaks from December are at this link. 

Thursday
Jan
2014
16

It’s Free Stuff Thursday!

by Brad Moore  |  78 Comments

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Photoshop for Photographers with RC Concepcion
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Wednesday
Jan
2014
15

It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Moose Peterson!

by Brad Moore  |  19 Comments

Coming off such an amazing year, it’s a bit daunting to think about the New Year already unfolding. Being a very fortunate photographer with the lifetime self-assignment of affecting the world as a visual storyteller, each day brings its frustrations and rewards, propelling me onto the next. As one who really hates calendars and loathes clocks, containerizing life in twelve-month blocks at times seems stifling. Like Mark Twain said, “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

The process of projecting the year to come in large part is based on the year(s) that has passed. It’s comparable to what I always refer to as the great blessing of digital photography. We need to go through our day’s images to see what we did right, and most importantly, see what part of the visual story we didn’t capture or we can improve. While these are questions I ask others when they seek my photographic business advice, I ask them of myself when looking to the photographic future. Where do you want to take your photography and where do you want your photography to take you?

Where do you want to take your photography? This question often befuddles folks because there isn’t a technical answer that quickly comes to mind. The usual quick answer is…make it better. But that’s a given and something you really don’t need to put conscious thought into because it’s going to happen without conscious thought. Your photography is always getting better as long as you constantly keep shooting. It’s probably just not as fast as you’d like but trust me, there is no race to win being better quickly. As a creative, you should take this question and look inward for the answer, for it’s in your heart that you’ll find the force that drives your photography forward. That’s right, the answer is your passion, that’s where you want to take your photography.

Dang, there’s no histogram that can help with that! And that’s really hard to put on a calendar or purchase at B&H, that passion thing. What you can put on the calendar are lots and lots and lots of shoots, especially ones that really make you sweat! “So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor” is really sage advice! You want to take your photography where it hasn’t been before, and from that exploration comes the growth that propels you to better photography. What can you look back on this past year that fits that description? How did you fare? Were there failures you can improve on? Are there successes you can build upon? You hold the answers inside your heart as to where you want to take your photography, you’ve just gotta listen to it.

April found me in an 8x8x6 plywood box with my dear friend for 18hrs on the very cold Platte River. Mark and I were once again going after the magical sunrise where we look out our wooden cell-like blind to the delight of thousands of Sandhill Cranes, dancing on the sandbars. And while we had an amazing sunset and lots of hours of conversation locked in our box (good thing Mark is such an amazing pastor), we awoke again to just empty sandbars. Not the first time for us, and not the last, but getting skunked is part of the photographic equation you’ve got to embrace. If I just shared the photos of the naked sandbars, sand isn’t that attractive. Wanting to grab heartstrings, I know the purdy sunset shot with all the reds will suck you in and is the one to share. Perfecting your storytelling is just as important in where you want to take your photography as the f/stop.

After a 13-year absence I headed north again to the Tundra of Churchill, Canada in May for one of the most amazing bird spectacles a photographer can witness. I went looking for one species, the Hudsonian Godwit, a bird that in all my previous journeys to Churchill eluded me. Yet on this summer’s trip, the first trip from the lodge and within a few blocks of the town literally on the side of the road, I nailed it. Go figure. When that happened I wondered to myself what I was going to do for the rest of the week. That’s when you reach down and look for the photos, the stories that sum it all up. Think about it this way. When you grab your iPhone and show folks photos that sum up your trip, how many photos do you show them? One, two, five or fifty? Often it’s just one or two that you find on your journey and put your passion into!

And no matter where you are in your photographic pursuits or career, you have to keep evolving or you parish (my version of the Darwin Photographic Theory). I pushed myself this past year into areas where I’m not only technically not as “sharp” as I should be but also personally very uncomfortable. In July, Jake and I headed to Oshkosh and while most naturally think of planes, I knew for my work that week, they would just be the backdrops. My focus was going to be people involved with aircraft and in particular, WWII vets. Shooting just shy of a thousand portraits in one day (and retouching), I thought I was gonna die! But I made new friendships and furthered others that I will always cherish. One new friend is Clancy.

Clancy and I struck up an instant bond from my very first click. You see him here standing in front of just one of the many aircraft he flew during WWII, a TBM Avenger. In his hands is a photograph of his and if you can identify the four aviation anomalies in the photo, then you’re OK in his book. You see, Clancy amongst his other hooligan roles during WWII, was a Navy photographer. Most of the photos we see in history books from WWII from the Pacific are his.  After I got done taking this easy portrait (18-35AFS with the cement acting like a giant fill card and scattered skies above), I went over to shake his hand and say thanks. Clancy said, “You know light, you worked the situation perfectly.” Our shortest phone call since that day has been ninety minutes, he’s simply a hoot! And you could say I’m slowly, finally, getting out of my box working with folks.

And that’s what we all must constantly keep doing, following our heart to push our photography further. Because it’s in this pursuit we slowly, ever so slowly get the hint where we want our photography to take us. It’s not about a destination, but rather a journey. And more often than not, it’s not a journey we can note on a calendar and schedule, especially not in a twelve-month period of time and perhaps not even unfolding over a decade. I’m going on decade four, if that’s any encouragement.

I’ve been very fortunate that life has taken me on an amazing journey for which I can take very little credit for piloting. The last few years has included my longtime passion for aircraft. And fortunately I learned early on it’s not the aircraft but those behind them that is really the story. Sharon and I love to fly and when you get in the air with classic aircraft with dear friends at the stick, well there simply is nothing better (except a critter). Combining what I’ve come to do with critters and landscapes, seeking the light and wanting to tell the story, aviation photography has evolved into a big part of our lives now. All those WWII vets we’ve come to call friends tell us their exploits from the war, which coming full circle, with our friends flying their warbirds to turn those vets’ stories into living images. And while we think we know where we might want our photography to take us, the serendipitous nature of being creatives, you just never know where the magic will take you.

“We need you to take a portrait.” My good friends at the Texas Flying Legends Museum have carte blanche with me, whatever they need or want I’m there, so with such a simple request, I said yes. “Tomorrow at 1300, meet us in front of the XXX lodge, we’ll pick you up.” The next day with just the D4, 24-70, SB-910 and TTL cord, I was dropped off and walked across the street and waited at the XXX lodge to be picked up. Five minutes later two Escalades came down the road, the door opened on the second one and I jumped in. Greeted by the pilots of TFLM, we headed down the road. Ten minutes later I was in the personal office of Pres. George Bush at Kennebunkport, taking portraits. After it was all said and done I was asked if I wanted my portrait taken with the President. “Of course Moose does,” the President said (the autographed print is one of my most cherished). Moments later I was in the office all alone with the President having a conversation about my dad and the President’s time as a TBM pilot during WWII. You simply just don’t know where your photography is going to take you!

And like all of you, I now look back on the last year and ponder what this New Year has in store. We need to know where we want to take our photography and with reflection we can focus better where that is. The heart is a great guide, keeping in mind one important fact. What the world needs is not more technically perfect photographs, but rather more photographs with passion. And when you share those photos, when you visually tell the stories of your journey, we take the world along with us. Photography is still one of the grandest pursuits I know and I look forward to seeing how the year unfolds in your photographs. “Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

You can see more of Moose’s work at MoosePeterson.com and WarbirdImages.com, check out his iPad app MoosePress to keep up with his iBooks publishing, and follow him on Facebook, Google+, Twitter, and YouTube.

Monday
Jan
2014
13

My Favorite Football Shots From The 2013 Season

by Scott Kelby  |  31 Comments

First, A 90-Second Recap:
I shot four fewer games this year than last year, even with my season credentials for shooting the Buc’s home games for Zuma Press. I picked up a few other games when the Buc’s were on the road, including two Falcons games (one against the Bucs); a Titans game in Jacksonville, plus the Broncos/Chiefs out in Denver and the Eagles/Cowboys in Texas.

Here are the teams I got to shoot this season:

  1. Tampa Bay Bucs
  2. Tennessee Titans
  3. Miami Dolphins
  4. Arizona Cardinals
  5. Washington Redskins
  6. Atlanta Falcons
  7. Denver Broncos
  8. New Orleans Saints
  9. San Francisco 49ers
  10. Kansas City Chiefs
  11. Jacksonville Jaguars
  12. Buffalo Bills
  13. Dallas Cowboys
  14. Philadelphia Eagles

There’s only ONE single NFL team left I haven’t had the opportunity to shoot yet: The Baltimore Ravens.

As we’re kicking off this New Year, I thought I’d take a look back at some of my favorite shots from this past season. All of them pretty much taken with the same set-up: 2 camera bodies: both Canon 1Dxs (truly amazing for football). Main lens: a 400mm f/2.8 with a 1/4 tele-extender added on, or a 200-400mm f/4 with a built-in 1.4 tele-extender. Second body lens: 70-200 f/2.8 and an 8-15mm fisheye zoom.

My Football Gallery
I was inspired by how the Atlanta Falcon’s coverage of Tony Gonzolaz’s last game, using “Exposure” (a new photo storytelling blogging service with simple on-screen editing [no coding -- all drag-and-drop] that I had signed up for earlier this year when they were in beta). So, all the shots are at this link (the screen shot at the top of this post is the opening shot of my gallery on Exposure):

http://scottkelby.exposure.so/best-of-football-2013

I’ve written more over at that gallery, and if you get a few minutes, I hope you’ll check it out.

There ya have it —-my favorite shots from this season 
Thanks to everybody who tolerated all my football posts once again this season and to everybody who supported me throughout the year with your kind comments. I love sharing what I pick up from these games (good and bad), and it’s been really fun having you all along with me for the ride. :)

Friday
Jan
2014
10

How to Become a Better Photographer in 2014

by Scott Kelby  |  15 Comments

“The Grid” our weekly photography talk show which airs live each Wednesday at 4:00 pm ET, was back after our holiday break this week, and we did our 2nd annual “How to become a better photographer in….” show, where we give our viewers ideas on how to move forward in their photography in the coming year.

Last year’s episode was one of our best of the year, and this year we had the advantage of having a wonderful in-studio guest, landscape photographer Karen Hutton, and she was just fantastic. Lots of great insights and totally worth watch just for her tips and perspective. Best of all, it’s free and you can watch it right above (how about that awesome thumbnail up there, eh? Geesh!).

Here’s wishing you a kick-butt weekend, and we’ll see you back here on Monday. :)

Thursday
Jan
2014
09

It’s Free Stuff Thursday!

by Brad Moore  |  252 Comments

What’s Happening At CES 2014?
If you haven’t been able to keep up with all the new gear announcements coming out of CES 2014, Larry Becker and Mia McCormick have you covered! They’re at the event checking out the new gadgets every day and getting hands-on previews from Canon, Sony, Nikon, Sigma, Panasonic, and more. You can start with the Canon Powershot Cameras in the video above, and head over to our YouTube channel to check out the rest. More videos are being added throughout the conference, so keep checking back throughout the event!

Introducing KelbyOne
You’ve no doubt heard the news about NAPP and Kelby Training combining to become KelbyOne, your central resource for learning about photography and design. Well, to celebrate, we’re giving away a FREE YEAR of KelbyOne to THREE lucky people! Just leave a comment for your chance to win, or you can head to KelbyOne.com and sign up now.

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

Lightroom 5 Live with Matt Kloskowski
Jan 31 – Covington, KY (Cincinnati Area)
Feb 5 – Richmond, VA

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!

Frank Doorhof New York City Workshop
On May 3, Frank Doorhof will be hosting a workshop in New York City at a great location that will combine studio work, shooting with natural light, and even shooting on top of a building.

The group is limited so there is a lot of time for personal attention. This will be a learning frenzy with loads of tips and tricks on lighting, coaching the models, getting the right expression, natural light, strobes, mixing light sources, telling a story, building a brand, retouching and much much more.

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