Wednesday
Oct
2008
15

It’s “Guest Blog Wednesday” featuring Laurie Excell

by Scott Kelby  |  0 Comments

1-alligator.jpg

Creativity lies within each of us. Anyone can learn the technical functions of a camera, it’s the unique vision we each have that brings a personal touch to our images. Too often photographers get caught up in the technical aspects of photography wanting to capture the perfect exposure & composition. More important than what aperture we select or which lens we choose, is digging deep down within ourselves and creating the image we see with our heart and our mind. Knowing what it is that we want to communicate in our image will help us to decide the technical details and select the appropriate equipment that will help us to bring our vision to life both in the camera and later in the digital darkroom.

Photographing things we love is a great place to start. If we have a personal involvement with our subjects, our images will improve. Familiarity breeds an understanding of our subjects that allows us to anticipate when the light will fall just right across the scene or the peak of action as a grizzly climbs from the river to the bank and shakes the water from his fur. It’s this knowledge that takes us to the next level in our photography. And that knowledge is gained from spending the time learning about and observing our subjects.

2-grizzly-shaking.jpg

Today’s cameras are technological wonders; accurately reading the light value and automatically adjusting the white balance to give us most technically perfect image possible however, our cameras are inanimate objects without emotions or a personal connection with our subject. It’s up to us to add our own creative touch when deciding which aperture/shutter speed combination best captures the essence of the moment or which lens allows us to include the elements that tell our story.

3-cape-kiwanda.jpg

It’s the love of my craft and a deep passion for the subjects I photograph that is the driving force behind my photography. I enjoy the planning and anticipation of visiting a new location to photograph new subjects, deciding which camera, lenses and accessories will help me to realize my vision in the form of images that I can share with others. I love every aspect of the image making process, immersing myself in the sights, scents & sounds of the environment, waiting for the composition that best captures my emotions to reveal itself. It may be the quality of light falling upon my subject that first catches my attention, or the sheer force of a storm that draws me in. Bright colors and patterns may cause me to isolate my subject capturing intimate details within scene rather than that of the overall landscape.

The blossoming image may lend itself best to B&W or other techniques that I will use to Continue reading

Tuesday
Oct
2008
14

Tomorrow’s Special Guest Blogger is…

by Scott Kelby  |  0 Comments

…one of my favorite outdoor photographers, the head of NAPP’s Gear Desk, a Photoshop World instructor, and one of the nicest, most genuine, and fun people you’d every want to meet, the amazing Laurie Excell.

Laurie has one of the coolest, and most demanding jobs in photography training, as one of the instructors for the famous “Digital Landscape Workshop Series” (link) along side photography legends Moose Peterson and Joe McNally. So, how do you get to be that “third instructor” beside Moose and Joe? You have to be really, really good (and Laurie is exactly that). I’m honored to have her here tomorrow as my guest blogger—make sure you check back to see what Laurie has in store (in the meantime, here’s a link to Laurie’s photography blog).

Tuesday
Oct
2008
14

Tuesday News and Stuff

by Scott Kelby  |  0 Comments

brad1.jpg

Hi everybody. Here’s what’s up:

First, since this is the first time I’ve done a “News Quickie” since last Wednesday, I wanted to thank Ben Willmore for his terrific post, and a fascinating look at his life and his work. Very cool stuff (Thanks Ben!). Now, onto the news:

  • I am really excited to announce that in just over a week, Brad Moore (Joe McNally’s current full-time assistant) is moving to Florida to join our team as my full-time photography assistant and general digital tech guy. (In case you were wondering; I didn’t steal Brad from Joe; I won him fair and square in a card game). Actually, it was Joe that brought the opportunity my way, as Brad was wrapping up his 2nd year with Joe. I’ve known Brad for a while now (that’s him pictured above on an average day), and he already works for us at Photoshop World as one of our official show photographers (along with Josh Bradley), and he is just a really great guy; really sharp, and not surprisingly a first-rate photographer as well. I’m really tickled to have Brad coming on board (I could really use the help), and you’ll be hearing a lot about Brad and his new role here, and some very cool projects he’ll be involved with soon. Brad wrote his farewell post over at Joe’s blog, and you can check it out right here.
  • Don’t know if you caught this, but Adobe released a free Camera Raw update (Camera Raw 4.6), which includes supports for some of the newer DSLRs like the Canon 50D, and the Nikon D90. Here’s the link to download it from Adobe (Mac) or (PC).
  • Terry White over at Terry’s Tech Blog wrote a really great, in-depth review on the new Firewire version of the Drobo, and it’s definitely worth a read if you’re losing sleep over the safety of your images. Here’s the link to his review.
  • If you speak Italian, I did an interview with the Italian Website “Total Photoshop,” and you can read it online right here. (Intervista esclusiva!)
  • Now for some “And Stuff;” So I’m at home catching up on some writing, and my sister-in-law and her daughter come to where I’m writing, and she tells me “You’re going to think I’m crazy, but I think there’s a bald eagle in the backyard!” I yell, “He’s back!” and while I’m rushing to grab all my gear, she tells me “There’s actually three of them” and now I’m really scrambling. I pop-in a memory card, sneak out around the side of the house, being super quiet and surprisingly unobtrusive (for me, anyway), and son-of-a-gun if one of them didn’t spot me, and all three flew right off. I got one lame shot of one of the three flying away (too lame to post). So, I did miss the shot this time, but hey—-not only did he come back—he brought some friends. So, now there’s hope there will be a next time (by the way; if you have an idea on the best way to sneak up on Eagles, let me know, because apparently I have no clue).

That’s it for today folks. Have a great Tuesday!

Tuesday
Oct
2008
14

Terry and I Give You The Scoop on The Major Update to Our Book, “The iPhone Book”

by Scott Kelby  |  0 Comments

[kml_flashembed movie="http://www.youtube.com/v/vM0Zfsi4ZX8" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" /]

This has dink to do with Photoshop, but here’s a quick video from Terry White and I about the major update to our award-winning book, “The iPhone Book,” (due in bookstores any day now). If you’ve got an iPhone (or know someone who does), check it out.

Here’s a link to the book on Amazon.com and Barnes&Noble.com

Monday
Oct
2008
13

Rapid R-Strap Review

by Scott Kelby  |  5 Comments

rapidstrap.jpg

When I was hosting my Dunedin, Florida PhotoWalk (as part of the worldwide photowalk), I saw a photographer in my group, a very nice guy named David Rogers, using the handiest camera strap I’ve seen in while. It’s called the Rapid R-Strap, and while I thought it was ideal for shooting in situations like a photowalk, I’m going to order one tonight for use with my 2nd camera when I’m shooting sports.

After talking with David about it, he offered to do a full review of it for the blog, and so, here you have it; the complete review from photographer David Rogers (Thanks David!).

Review: Rapid R-Strap from BlackRapid
The Worldwide PhotoWalk seemed a perfect opportunity for me to test the R-Strap from BlackRapid, Inc. I’m not the kind of person that likes to wear a tie let alone a 6lb. swinging weight around my neck so when I found out about this strap and the fact that it came with a 30-day return policy I felt I couldn’t lose. If I didn’t like it I’d send it back and be no worse off.

It aint going back! The simplicity of the design alone has you saying “why didn’t I think of that.” Truth is, much like the automatic kitty litter box, you probably did think of it but never did anything about it.

How it works:
The R-Strap is worn over one shoulder (my left) and crosses the body like a car seat belt or messenger bag. It attaches to the camera via the tripod socket on a large lens setup or the camera body when using smaller lenses. The camera is now hanging upside down at your side or just above your right butt cheek. In one very smooth motion you grab the camera with your right hand and swing it forward and away from your body up to your eye. Shoot!, then lower it back to your side and continue about your day.

[ed. Here's a quick video from the manufacturer showing the R-Strap in action]:

[kml_flashembed movie="http://www.youtube.com/v/14Q1IxI_Opw" width="425" height="350" wmode="transparent" /]

The greatest feature of this setup is the fact that your hands are free and your Continue reading

Friday
Oct
2008
10

New Online Class From Joe McNally on “Corporate Photography” at KelbyTraining.com

by Scott Kelby  |  2 Comments

joem3.jpg

We posted another new online training class from the amazing Joe McNally at KelbyTraining.com this week, and this one is on corporate photography, in particular, shooting an executive portrait on location.

Joe takes you through the entire process, and it’s really fascinating to see how he deals with problems that crop up, how he deals with lighting challenges, and how he works with the executive to get the shot. Click here for more info.

Page 356 of 474« First...102030...354355356357358...370380390...Last »
Advertisement