Monday
Aug
2008
04

Shooting & Learning This Past Weekend In Los Angeles

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Remember week before last, when I said there was a workshop coming up in California on how to shoot home interiors, and do you remember how I said I’d really like to take that class? Well, this weekend, I flew to LA and took it (along with my buddy Matt Kloskowski).

On Friday Matt and I spent the day with our buddy Marv, and then we spent the afternoon at Warner Brothers Studios on the set of NBC’s Chuck, where we hung out with our buddy, (the show’s photographer), NAPP member Mike Kubeisy. After we left the studio, we headed down to Venice Beach for our own three-man photowalk until the sun went down.

Saturday morning we were up early for the workshop, which was conducted in two brand new, beautiful, fully-furnished, professionally decorated homes in Santa Clarita (about 1 hr. outside LA), and the instructors (well known interior and architectural photographers Thomas Grubba, and Scott Hargis), were just absolutely terrific.

There were 20 students in the class, including Matt and Myself, and in the morning they talked about camera and flash techniques (they use Nikon SB-800 wireless flashes), and then we broke into groups (10 to a house—five people shooting upstairs in groups of two, and five downstairs in each house), and they showed us exactly how they’d light each room.

After spending the first part of the morning arming the class with interior shooting techniques, they cut us loose to actually start lighting the rooms from scratch. Once you got a room lit, and got the flow going, one of the instructors would come in, see how you’re doing, help you tweak your set-up, critique your shots, and generally make sure you’re “getting it.”

They had a catered lunch served in one of the houses, and after lunch when Matt and I were switching houses (you shoot in both houses during the workshop), we both commented that we had already gotten our money’s worth. After reflecting later in the day, we agreed that we had gotten our money’s worth in the first hour. It was that good.

Thomas and Scott are the real deal—guys who are out there doing this for a living day in and day out, yet, they openly shared everything from techniques, to business advice, and they were friendly, engaged, and very attentive to their students questions the whole day (they worked us hard—we were all beat by the end of the day).

If you’re into this type of shooting, I highly recommend their workshop (it’s honestly under priced for what you get, at $225). Here’s where to find out more about their workshops, and their flickr group. Thanks Thomas and Scott for producing such a first-class workshop. We had a blast! :-)

Monday
Aug
2008
04

Worldwide Photowalk Update

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Just a quick update on our August 23rd Worldwide Photowalk:

  • A number of cities are already completely full for their walks, and we’ve had a number of cities now with multiple walks (like New York, with three walks), so if you’re thinking of going to a walk near you, don’t wait to sign up, because once it’s full—it’s full.
  • We’re now up to 171 cities worldwide, but this coming Friday we’re going to have to stop adding new cities, so if you want to apply to lead a walk in your city, register right here right way. Here’s a look at some of the new cities just added:
  • Montpelier, Vermont (USA)
  • Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  • Tarpon Springs, Florida (USA)
  • Kiev, (Ukraine)
  • Johannesburg, Pretoria, South Africa
  • Thousand Oaks, California, USA
  • San Diego, California, USA
  • Mexico City, Mexico
  • Prague, Czech Republic
  • Sugarland, Texas, USA
  • Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • Gainesville, Florida
  • St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada
  • Juneau, Alaska
  • Paris, France
  • São Paulo, Brazil
  • Reno, Nevada
  • Warsaw, Poland
  • Rome, Italy
  • Spokane, Washington, USA
  • Bilbao / Getxo, Spain
  • Lansing, Michigan, USA
  • Don’t know if you caught this last week, but Worldwide PhotoWalk official sponsor Adobe Systems graciously added 10 copies of Lightroom 2 as part of our photo contest, so 10-runner’s up for the grand prize will now get a great prize, too. Thanks Adobe!
  • Keep an eye on Jeff Revell’s “Photowalk Pro” Web site (they’re an official sponsor of the walk as well), as he’s been giving out great advice to photo walk leaders, and participants on how to get the most of their walks (By the way; Jeff is leading two walks that day, one in the morning; one in the afternoon, and they’re both already full).

That’s it for this update. Thanks for everybody who has come on to lead a walk in their city, and to everyone who’ll be joining us for the walk. It’s going to be an amazing day!

Monday
Aug
2008
04

Two Industry Icons To Be Inducted Into The Photoshop Hall of Fame

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I’m proud to announce that well known Photoshop author, instructor, and London-based fashion photographer Martin Evening, along with Adobe’s Prinicpal Product Manger for Photoshop, John Nack, will be officially inducted into the Photoshop Hall of Fame during a special presentation ceremony that’s part of the opening keynote at the Photoshop World Conference & Expo (held Sept 4-6, 2008 at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino).

The Photoshop Hall of Fame was founded in 2001 to honor those individuals whose contributions to the art, business, and development of Adobe Photoshop have enduring value.

It’s an honor to recognize Martin and John in this way, and to add their names to the Photoshop World Hall of Fame trophy alongside some of our industry’s most valued, respected, and beloved individuals. My sincere congratulations to them both for their amazing achievements.

For more information, and a list of past inductees, visit PhotoshopHallofFame.com

Friday
Aug
2008
01

Friday News Quickies

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It’s Friday, and time for some crunchy morsels of news:

  • First, just a reminder; today is the last day to take advantage of the $100 Off Early Bird Discount for Photoshop World Conference & Expo. Here’s the link. (Hope to see you in Vegas!).
  • I’m happy to report that today we have over 113 cities around the world who now have Photo Walks as part of my World Wide Photo Walk event. Click here to see if your city was added in the last two days. Thanks everybody—this is going to rock! :)
  • USA Today’s Jefferson Graham did a video interview with Adobe’s Lightroom Marketing Manager Fred Johnson, and if you’ve got just a minute, click here to check it out.
  • Yesterday I saw that Dave Piazza from Westcott is doing a free class at B&H Photo’s ‘Event Space’ at their Manhattan store, on “Portrait Lighting with Daylight Fluorescents.” (Which I’m sure will including the TD-5 Spiderlites. The class is Wednesday, August 20, 2008. Here’s the link.

That’s it for today folks. Have a great weekend, and I’ve got lots of stuff so share next week, so we’ll see you back there then.

Friday
Aug
2008
01

If You’re a Wedding Photographer; You’ve Got To Check Out This Video

by Scott Kelby  |  14 Comments

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A few weeks ago I was doing an on-location video shoot for my new book, The Lightroom 2 Book for Digital Photographers. (This video is a special bonus feature exclusively for people who buy the book, in addition to the two new workflow chapters already in the book; one on location portrait photography and one on travel photography).

Anyway, I tried out this new piece of gear for the shoot (I’m not going to tell you what it is), and it worked so amazingly well, that I decided on the spot to do a quick little side video just to show it off.

I have no affiliation with the company whatsoever, but Larry Becker (NAPP Exec Director) was with me and let me know that NAPP members get a $10 discount on it, so then I had to do the video. It’s only 1 minute, 47 seconds long, so if you’re a Wedding photographer, you’ve got to watch that video up above.

By the way, here’s the link, to the product I’m demoing (ya know, just in case). ;-)

Thursday
Jul
2008
31

My World Wide PhotoWalk Q&A

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Since we launched my World Wide Photowalk on Monday, things have been just crazy. We thought it would be popular, but honestly we were unprepared for the avalanche of interest, sign-ups, and people who want to lead Photo Walks in their cities around the world.

We were also flooded with questions, so I thought I’d do a quick Q&A to answer some of the most common questions.

Q. Are more cities being added?
A. Absolutely—so far there are 33 cities, but new ones are being added daily (just yesterday we added Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates, and Cincinnati (led by none other than David Ziser himself), along with Manila in the Philippines, Ybor City (Tampa), and Malmo, Sweden, among others.

Q. Are there are lot of cities pending approval?
A. Oh yeah—about 108 more cities so far. We had to add a little more automation to the “becoming a leader” process, and by tomorrow we expect that 40 or 50 of those will be awarded a Photo Walk city, and added to the list shortly thereafter.

Q. Will some big cities have more than walk the same day?
A. Yup. When you see a listed city that’s followed by a name in parenthesis, that usually means there are multiple walks in different areas of the city. For example; New York City (Chinatown). They’ll be other New York locations as well.

Q. Are walks starting to fill up yet?
A. A number of cities are already completely full, and registration is now closed (unless someone else can lead an additional walk in that city).

Q. Have you added any more prizes to the photo contest part?

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