Thursday
Jun
2008
12

Thursday News Quickies

by Scott Kelby  |  0 Comments

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First, a big thanks to the wonderful Moose Peterson for his inspiring story yesterday. He really brought things into perspective for many of us (myself included), and I can’t thank him enough for sharing his story and insights. Now, onto some news quickies:

  • One of my favorite photography podcasts has been “The Digital Photography Show” and last week I did an in-depth interview with one of the hosts, Scott Sherman, and we covered a wide range of topics, I shared a few photography tips (you have to hear how he tricked me, and put me on the spot, into giving them—-it’ll crack you up). Anyway, it’s online now at this link.
  • One of my readers, David Langston, brought this site to my attention, called PhotoPermit.org, and it has lots of stories relating to photo permits, the hassles of photographing today in public places, and more. Definitely worth checking out (here’s the link).
  • I got this in an email from Kodak, and if you want a little Thursday photographic inspiration, click out this “Kodak Moments” Online Gallery. There’s some really great stuff there (here’s the link).
  • Lastly, thanks to PhotoTrade’s “HyperPhocal” blog, who lists my book, “The Digital Photography Book, Vol. 2″ among their list of “5 books every photographers should own.” Here’s the link to their list.

That’s it for today, see you all tomorrow for a week-end wrap-up. Have a great Thursday, and keep showing those pixel’s who’s boss!

Thursday
Jun
2008
12

New Online Training Course: Photoshop World Live! (Free to NAPP members)

by Scott Kelby  |  2 Comments

Today we released a brand new online training course on KelbyTraining.com that was filmed live on location at Photoshop World Orlando.

The idea was to give everybody a feel for what it’s really like being at the Photoshop World Conference & Expo, and it includes a number of short segments from some of the actual training classes, some behind-the-scenes looks at the show (Including some of the special events), along with a mini-Tech Expo tour highlighting some of the new stuff from the trade show floor.

Also, we’re making this special class available to NAPP members for free; just use the link on the NAPP members home page, and then simply sign-on with your NAPP user name and password and you’ll be able to take this 2 1/2+ hour online class for free.

Wednesday
Jun
2008
11

It’s “Guest Blog Wednesday” featuring: Moose Peterson

by Scott Kelby  |  1 Comments

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A Lifetime in the Making

The old, green, “retired” warden’s Bronco stops with a lurch. The door swings open out of my hand, the truck is pointing down the steep grade. “The road is washed out beyond here, gotta walk the rest of the way.” I got up at 02:20, drove thirty minutes to meet up with the biologists and then drove another forty minutes to get to this point. The sun is a rumor on the horizon when I grab my camera gear and head off while attempting to keep up with the 24yr old springbuck biologists I’m working with this day. Down we go at an alarming rate and speed in the darkness, alarming because we’d have to hike back up the same grade to get back to the truck.

A mile down the grade, the antenna goes up and the signal is found. Cross-country we go, hurdling sage brush in a marathon race with the sun. First, down a gully and then up a hill, my guides moving like pronghorn and quickly pulling away from me (oh to have young legs). Our route is precarious at best as we zigzag, following the signal. We reach a rise to get another sounding; I look over my shoulder to see the road way below us. Not even catching my breath, we’re off again still cross-country, but now following the ridgeline we had climbed to. The biologists come to a quick halt; the signal has exploded, which means the quarry is less than 10 meters away. This routine is familiar, just did it the morning before, so I froze. Spotting the object of our quest, the biologists crouch down, walk very slowly towards the tan colored lump at the base of a sage. Less than a meter away it explodes in the air and down the slope and the biologists freeze. When they stand up and I see their faces, they look like they’d just swallowed a lemon.

“There’s none here, must have been predated upon between 17:00 last night when we last checked and this morning.” “She’s broodless.” With that, we head cross-country again, at least at a little less feverish pace and work our way back to the truck. The three mile jaunt netted all of us nothing, the biologists weren’t able to collect any data and I not a photograph. Mother Nature still rules the roost and for the moment, the Greater Sage Grouse has five less chicks to booster its falling numbers.

At this point you might be saying to yourself, “Man, you got up mighty early and walked a long way to come back empty handed.” As one of my first biological mentors always use to say, “There’s data in no data!” For the biologists, the question is now to determine what happened with the five, four day old chicks. For me, the “dry run” provides more insight into the situation and sets my mind to working on how I’d photograph the event next time. And if you’re a wise photographer, you make a plus from the negative.

I’ve been at this wildlife photography gig for thirty years and even with that, each and every day I learn something new about my craft (which joyfully means I don’t know everything). This is key if you don’t want to fall victim to the Darwin Theory of Photography, “evolve or perish.” To get to the point where I could get skunked on the hillside, thirty years had been put into the craft. Practice wasn’t needed to get skunked, but rather to learn that being skunked is part of the craft. The learned craft is what you fall back on when you do succeed and the chicks are there and for a moment Mother Nature let’s you peek inside her very mysterious world.

It’s really quite simple, this mastering of photography. There’s only one unspoken secret in this quest. It takes time! You’ve gotta put in your time and learn from your mistakes as much as your successes and always, always look for the silver lining. There are days you’re going to walk those three miles up and down hills only to get skunked. There are going to be those days when you fall out of bed and the image smacks you right in the face. In between is an incredible journey that if you only take a deep breath, smell the roses and every other bad cliché about enjoying life, time will make your photography as meaningful and as powerful as you want it to be.

Two years ago, every time I came up to a landscape photo opp, my mind would race and inside the word HELP would be screamed. “Where’s the subject, how do I compose it, folks are watching me for inspiration and the best I can do right now is a joke.” HELP! Then, just as it was for me and flash twenty years ago, the switch was turned on so for the last couple of years, making the decent to spectacular landscape photo requires no real thought on my part other than how I want to finish it in post. All the pieces of the puzzle have fallen into place. They just happen, life’s experiences have finally taken over.

This, my friends is what’s waiting for you and your photography! I know this for a fact. Playing is the heartbeat of passion. If your passion is photography, any kind of photography, play until you’re exhausted because with time, and time is the most important ingredient (not f/stop or Photoshop plug-in), you WILL experience the same joys, same rewards, same quality images that get me up at 02:20 and walk three miles only to be skunked. The same love that you’ll get up again the next day at the same time to walk the same distance to see if this day, you’ll win. Great photography is a lifetime in the making!

Tuesday
Jun
2008
10

Some Brand New Blogs to Take a Look At

by Scott Kelby  |  0 Comments

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It’s “Blogcast Palloza” as our industry has spawned a few new blogs and podcasts within the last week or so, including some from well known names in the digital imaging arena, so I thought I’d list a few of them here for you:

  • First, commercial photographer (and Photoshop World instructor) Jim DiVitale has just launched his own blog, called “Where in the World is Jimmy D” and you can check it out right here.
  • Rich Harrington (one of our DV gurus who teach on the video track at Photoshop World), has launched a weekly Podcast on Apple’s Aperture, and you can find it right here (in HD no less).
  • Don’t know if you caught this one, but last week our special guest blogger of the week, John Paul Caponigro launched his own blog (here’s the link)
  • Sly Arena (from PixSylated.com) has launched a new blog called “Photo-Resources.com” (here’s the link).
  • And lastly, I mentioned that Brad Moore (Joe McNally’s Assistant), has launched his own blog, and that link’s right here as well.
Tuesday
Jun
2008
10

Quick Video Clip on My New Book, “The Mac OS X Leopard Book”

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My brand new book, The Mac OS X Leopard Book, is back in stock at Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble.com (the initial shipment had sold out at Amazon), and so I thought I’d do a quick little video about the new book, and about two little bonus things I added to this style of book for the first time. Click on the video below to check it out.

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Tuesday
Jun
2008
10

Tomorrow’s Guest Blogger is…..

by Scott Kelby  |  0 Comments

….one of very favorite photographers; one of my favorite instructors, and one of my favorite people; Moose Peterson. Moose is an incredible teacher whom I’ve learned so much from over the years, and it’s a distinct honor to have him as here my Wednesday Guest Blogger, so stop by tomorrow and check in with Moose. :)

-Scott

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