Monday
Jan
2009
05

You Did it!!! The Orphanage is Back on Track!!!!

by Scott Kelby  |  9 Comments

kenya2006_072_copy2Hi gang. I got the official update yesterday from Molly and Joseph Bail on how the fund raising has been going to finish the roof and complete the orphanage in Kenya.

They needed just over $49,000 total  to get the orphanage finished, furnished, and up and running, and I am absolutely thrilled to report that they now, thanks in part to your efforts, have over $64,000 and tomorrow Molly, Joseph and their son Elijah (pictured here) are flying back to Kenya for an entire year to feed, clothe, and care for these children.

I heard again and again how check and Paypal donations have been coming in (still averaging at least three a day from readers of this blog), and I am so touched and thankful to have such wonderful, caring and compassionate readers. There are even readers who have pledged monthly donations to help feed and clothe these children (if you’re so moved, here’s the link).

Gang, this was a BIG win! You did something really special—something really important in the big picture, and I can’t thank you all enough for your generosity and support for getting this project back on track!

I’ll be sure to post photos when the roof is finished, and from the opening day (which won’t be too far away now!) Please keep Molly, Joseph, and their son Elijah, in your prayers going forward, and thanks again for making a difference in the life of a child.   — Scott

P.S. I’ve received some emails from readers who have just gotten their first copies of my CS4 Book for Digital Photographers. As soon as the Spiral-bound editions hit our warehouse, I’ll sign them and get them right out to you all!

Monday
Jan
2009
05

Big Contest Over at Planet Photoshop

by Scott Kelby  |  3 Comments

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Corey Barker, over at PlanetPhotoshop.com just launched a very cool Photoshop contest, and the winner gets (among other prizes) a full conference pass to Photoshop World this March in Boston. Here’s how Corey describes the contest:

“The way it works is you are presented with three tutorials that have been selected from the vast library of tutorials here on Planet Photoshop. After watching the tutorials your assignment is to use the techniques you learn from one or all of them to create an original piece of artwork. Feel free to be as creative as you want. Just think of these tutorials as a springboard as you proceed to create your original art.” –Corey

The deadline is just two weeks away, so for for details (and how to submit your work), click here. Good luck! :)

Friday
Jan
2009
02

Photography Quote of the Week (from David Ziser)

by Scott Kelby  |  41 Comments

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You’ve heard me talk about David Ziser countless times on this blog, and he is one of my favorite Wedding photographers, a gifted instructor, and an amazing blogger to boot. One of the things I admire most about David is that he’s not afraid to take a stance or make a statement about a photography technique, or the photography business, that sometimes flies in the face of the status quo.

Well, I was on David’s site yesterday (DigitalProTalk.com), and I watched a video he did back in October of last year, that detailed a back-lighting problem he was having on location, where he wanted the bride and groom backlit with flash while standing in the shadowy entry way of an elegant home (as seen above—photo by David Ziser). During this video, David said something that really stood out to me—so much so that it’s my “Quote of the Week.” In talking about his lighting challenge he said:

The fact of the matter is, it’s so easy these days to go ahead and take a photograph with that [fixing it in Photoshop] in mind. Some people say “Oh my gosh; If you don’t get it right in the camera, don’t even bother pressing the button!” but I’m going to disagree with that, because I think we can fuss and fiddle with it out on location, and do everything we can do from having to go into Photoshop or Lightroom, (and I’m going to use Lightroom in this case here). My point is, “Why fuss for 10 minutes” on the job when you can fuss for one minute in Lightroom and basically get the shot that you want?”  — David Ziser

Why this struck such a chord with me is that maybe my pendulum has swung too far the other way. I really bend over backwards to get the shot right in the camera, and I probably do spend too much time sometimes on location tweaking a light, or a reflector, or a scrim, because I know I shouldn’t have to fix it in Photoshop. Anyway, it’s some great food for though from someone whose photography and photo editing skills I admire very much. Thanks David, for giving me something to think about this weekend.

Here’s the link to David’s video, which includes his quote: Bridal Location Shoot with David Ziser

Friday
Jan
2009
02

Friday News Stuff From The Photoshop Insider Blog

by Scott Kelby  |  9 Comments

Hi everybody. I hope you all had a safe and happy New Year, and as my first post of the New Year, it’s time for some Friday News Stuff. Here we go:

  • First let’s take a look at something different: I’m always featuring wedding photography here, but this time take a look a Graham & Graham Photography’s annual collection of their top-10 Bar/Bat Mitzvah shots from 2008. Really nice stuff here, and it’s definitely an art unto itself (here’s the link).
  • Thanks to Camera Dojo who named my blog one of their Top 20 Photography Websites of 2008 (here’s the link), and to Moments in Digital for including me in their list of “Blogs they followed in 2008″ (here’s that link).
  • If you’re a NAPP member, you probably catch Larry Becker’s weekly NAPP News show on a regular basis, but if you’re not a member, I mentioned a few weeks ago that you now watch it online free (through Apple’s iTunes Store), or you can subscribe to it free (so it downloads each weekly episode for you automatically). Well, the big news is—-it’s a hit! By last week it had already climbed up to the #5 spot in the iTunes list of technology podcasts. Congratulations Larry! (and if you haven’t seen it—check it out right here. Lots of good industry news, info, contests, along with NAPP news and anything else Larry wants to pass along).
  • Today my buddy Terry White over at “Terry’s TechBlog” has released his “Best iPhone Applications of 2008″ list, and if you’re into the iPhone this is a must-see post (by the way, every Friday Terry picks his “iPhone App of the Week” and half the apps in my phone came from his list. A definite must-visit every Friday). Here’s the link.

That’s it for this Friday. I have lots of cool stuff planned for next week, so I hope I’ll see you back here then. Have a great weekend! :)

Wednesday
Dec
2008
31

Happy New Years (from my 80s disco band)

by Scott Kelby  |  71 Comments

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I thought I’d wrap up 2008 with another embarrassing promo shot of my old 80s disco band, Rumor Hazit (complete with annoying moire pattern). Also, dig the Duran Duran inspired hair, the long coat, and the gloves with the fingers cut out. Sadly, this is what we wore back then, and we thought it was cool. I was so wrong. ;-)

See you back here on Friday, and until then here’s wishing you all a happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year!

-Scott

Tuesday
Dec
2008
30

Quick Tip for Nikon Sports Shooters

by Scott Kelby  |  16 Comments

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If you’re shooting sports with a Nikon D3, D700 or D300, you’re probably shooting fairly often in high-speed continuous mode, so you want the best performance (most number of frames per second) possible.

Well, if you’re shooting with a VR (Vibration Reduction) lens, once your shutter speed gets above 1/500 of a second, you should turn VR off to avoid any shutter lag or slower frame advance rates caused by the VR trying to stabilize the lens. (At high shutter speeds, you don’t really need to VR—after all, Vibration Reduction was designed to let you hand hold in low light, slow shutter speed situations. If you’re shooting with shutter speeds above 1/500 of a second, you really don’t need the VR, eh?).

When I’m shooting sports, to freeze action, I generally want my shutter speed to be at least 1/1000 of a second (or faster), so I know at the beginning of the shoot to turn my VR off. Anyway, I thought that might be helpful to other Nikon sports shooters out there. (Photo above by Eric Kuna).

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