Monday
Aug
2008
11

My Weekend Workshop With Mary DuPrie

by Scott Kelby  |  3 Comments

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Three workshops in one week is a lot for even me; I took that architectural shooting workshop last weekend, then I taught that sports shooting workshop on Tuesday for the Chicago Bears, and then this past weekend my buddy Terry White and I took a weekend workshop with well known Detroit-area photographer and instructor Mary DuPrie.

My buddy Dave Moser had given me one of Mary’s excellent DVDs last year for my birthday (it was a DVD for photographers on how to work with and pose models), so when Terry told me about her workshop, I was already very familiar with her work, and signed on right away (she only allows four photographers per workshop, which gives you lots of personal one-on-one instruction).

The workshop started with a Friday night “meet and greet” with Mary, her assistant Chris, Tammy the make-up artist, and the other photographers (Blake and David). Mary’s large natural-light studio is ideal for a workshop like this, and besides having just about every prop and background known to man (I told her it was like shooting in a Pier One store), she also had about every style of strobe, softbox, and accessory, too, so everything you’d want was just an arms-length away the whole weekend.

The next morning we got right to work. While the make-up artist was getting our professional model ready, Mary started the day with a session on how to work

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Monday
Aug
2008
11

The Final Number of Worldwide PhotoWalk Cities: 236

by Scott Kelby  |  0 Comments

I’m stunned, psyched, thrilled, and a half dozen other adjectives about how many cities around the world have signed up to have their own photowalk, and that thousands of people have already signed up to be a part of the walks in their area. This is just too cool!

Here’s some other stats:

  1. 48 States have PhotoWalks
  2. 43 Countries Around the World now have PhotoWalks
  3. 47 Cities are already completely full

Although we’re no longer accepting applications to lead walks for new cities, here’s a list of some new cities that were added since Friday, so take a look and see if there’s now one close to you:

  • San Antonio
  • Panama City, Panama
  • Souix Falls, South Dakota
  • Fresno, CA
  • Boston, North End (2nd walk)
  • Philadelphia, PA (2nd walk)
  • Setubal, Portugal
  • St. Charles, Missouri
  • Hilo, Hawaii
  • Huntsville, Alabama
  • Tom Price, Australia
  • Grand Haven, Michigan
  • Lubbock, Texas
  • Melbourne, Australia
  • CD Juarez, Mexico
  • Montreal, Canada
  • Guatemala
  • Cambridge, England
  • Nuerenburg, Germany
  • San Francisco, CA (walk #3)
  • Antwerp, Belgium
  • Greenville, South Carolina
  • Kuala Lumpur
  • Bogota, Columbia
  • Oulu, Finland
  • A Coruña, Spain
  • Morristown, Tennessee

My thanks to everyone who volunteered to lead a photowalk in their city, and although we had to limit the number of cities that were awarded walks, we’re still humbled by how many people were willing to take their own time to connect with other photographers in their area. My sincere thanks to you all.

We’re less than two weeks away from the Saturday, August, 23rd walk date, and we’ll be coordinating this week with our confirmed city photowalk leaders, and nailing down some of the final details, so stay tuned.

If you haven’t signed up for a walk yet—there’s still time. Remember, it’s totally free and totally fun, and I hope you’ll join us for the history-making event (Click here for the final list of cities, and where to register to be a part of a walk near you).

Friday
Aug
2008
08

Worldwide Photowalk Update, #2

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Here’s some quick news about the August 23rd Worldwide PhotoWalk to celebrate the release of my new book, The Lightroom 2 Book for Digital Photographers. (Preorder it now from Barnes & Noble or Amazon.com)

  • Today is the final day to apply to be a Leader of a PhotoWalk for your city, and after today we won’t be adding any additional cities, so if you wanted to host one—-get right on it.
  • I just did an interview about the PhotoWalk with Shawn King of the popular YourMacLife radio show (Shawn and Photoshop World Instructor Lesa Snider are hosting the New York, Greenwich Village walk), and you can listen to it: click here
    (Note: Shawn asks me during the interview where in the world I would like to hold a photowalk if I could do one anywhere, and the answer I gave wound up revealing something very embarrassing about my past. Yikes!).
  • We now have more than 200 cities on board (I’ll release the final number of cities on Monday, as we’ll be approving the final group of cities this weekend).
  • We’ve added a number of cities this week, all around the world, including:
  1. Beijing, China
  2. White River Junction, Vermont
  3. Coney Island, New York
  4. Wellington, New Zealand
  5. Cape Town, South Africa
  6. Fredericksburg, Virginia
  7. Mount Dora, Florida
  8. Vienna, Austria
  9. Ocean Springs, Mississippi
  10. Austin, Texas
  11. Los Alamos, New Mexico
  12. Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  13. Trondheim, Norway
  14. Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
  15. Deep Creek Lake, Maryland
  16. Tel-Aviv, Israel
  17. Lake Tahoe, North Shore

If you haven’t signed up to be a part of a walk, make sure you check the current list of cities (click here), and see if there’s one near you. Hope you’ll be able to join the thousands of photographers around the world who have already signed up to be a part of this history-making event! :)

Friday
Aug
2008
08

Friday News Nuggets

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Here’s a few quick things to take us into the weekend:

  • We just released two new online training videos at KelbyTraining.com; one from photographer and Photoshop Hall of Famer Eddie Tapp called “Blending in Photoshop” (click here) and one from Photoshop World Video Guru Richard Harrington on “Color Correction in Final Cut Pro” (here’s that link)
  • Capture NX Shark Vincent Versace turned me on to this “loophole”deal on NX 2: Nikon has released their upgrade policy for people who bought (or will buy) Capture NX Version 1 from an authorized Nikon reseller, from May 1, 2008 through December 31, 2008; those folks will be entitled to receive a FREE Capture NX 2 Upgrade directly from Nikon (they just need to call Nikon at 800-Nikon-UX with their product key and provide a copy of their proof of purchase to receive a Capture NX 2 key code free of charge). If you’ve been on the fence, this may be your chance.
  • If you’re going to Photoshop World, you might want to go a day early to catch one of the new pre-conference workshops:

Canon’s live model studio shoot (with Eddie Tapp and Jack Resnicki)

An advanced workshop called “3D Lenticular Imaging w/Photoshop” taught by Adobe’s own Russell Preston Brown

The Epson Print Academy (featuring John Paul Caponigro, Jeff Schewe, and Andrew Rodney)

Dan Margulis’ new “Lab Color In Depth” workshop

A new Live Shooting class call “Inside the Studio” with Jim DiVitale.

Fay Sirkis with Impressions of Nature – A Landscape Seascape Photo Paining Class,

Kevin Ames with Lighting, Posing, Metering & Photographing Fashion

Building an Electronic Portfolio, using DVD, Slide Software, and Web Galleries, with Richard Harrington

Here’s the link with more info on each workshop, and how to sign up (note: this intimate workshops are only open to Photoshop World Full Conference attendees).

  • If you haven’t backed-up your Lightroom Catalog, right now, this very minute, is a great time to do it. If you’re using the original version of Lightroom, go to Lightroom’s preferences, click on the “Go to Catalog Settings” button, choose “Once a Week upon starting Lightroom” (then Quit Lightroom and restart it, and you’ll have a dialog pop-up that asks you if you want to back up your catalog). If you’re using Lightroom 2, then just press Option-Command-, (PC: Alt-Ctrl-,) to bring up the Catalog Settings window, and then do the same thing (choose once a week, etc.).

That’s it for today, everybody. Have a kick-butt weekend, and we’ll see you back here on Monday.

Thursday
Aug
2008
07

Teaching a “How To Shoot Sports” Workshop For The NFL’s Chicago Bears

by Scott Kelby  |  0 Comments

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Man, did I have an absolute blast on Tuesday! The NFL’s Chicago Bears flew me up to the Bear’s training camp (it’s held about 90-minutes outside Chicago at Bourbonnais, Illinois) to teach a private workshop called “How to Shoot Sports Like a Pro,” for a special group of some the Bears longtime supporters and longtime season-ticket holders. My buddy Dave Moser came along with me to help with the workshop, and generally keep me out of trouble.

I broke the class into three segments:

  1. I did the first hour in the classroom, where I did a slideshow and live camera demo talking about equipment and techniques for shooting all kinds of sports, but of course, with an emphasis on shooting Football.
  2. Then we went outside where I arranged to have three football players, in full Bears uniforms (pads, helmets and all), run a series of scrimmages for the class so we could practice the techniques we learned in class (the players weren’t actual Chicago Bears, but were part of the Bears organization and totally into the gig—they were great—you can see some of the shots below).
  3. Then after shooting outside for about 45 minutes, we headed back inside to do critiques of the shoot, so the students could see what they were doing right and what they needed to work on (I did the critiques anonymously, but when I ran across a student who had some shots that really kicked butt—then I asked them raise their hand).

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(The top photo by Dave Moser. The bottom three taken during our class shoot by Mike McCaskey. His bottom photo demonstrates a segment where instead of trying to freeze the action, we tried panning and lowering our shutter speed to 1/60 of a second to blur the movement and create a sense of motion).

The reason the second and third sections of my workshop were so important, is that the Bears graciously arranged for everyone in the class to stay after and shoot the real Chicago Bears from the sidelines during a closed practice. What an incredible opportunity, and a perfect way to end the day (I was excited that the class would have a chance to take the tweaks in composition and technique they learned in the class and apply them right away to a real world shoot). Anyway, it was just a blast—I couldn’t have asked for better, more attentive, or more involved students (some of which had brought a teenage son or daughter).

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(L to R above; my buddy Dave Moser, Bears Head Coach Lovie Smith, Me, and Chicago Bears Chairman Michael McCaskey).

Thanks to everyone in the Bears organization especially our host Michael McCaskey (shown above) and the Bear’s Director of Stadium Sales & Services, Adam Kellner, who were so gracious and accommodating to Dave and I during our trip. It was truly an honor to get to work with you and your first class organization. Go Bears!

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One last thing in the “it’s a small world” department; Dave and I just landed at Chicago O’Hare airport, and we’re outside waiting on the rental car shuttle and I hear, “Scott? Dave?” and I look beside me and standing two feet from me is John Nack, Adobe’s Principal Product Manager for Photoshop (who was my guest blogger just a few weeks ago). He was in Chicago visiting family, and we just happened to wind up in the exact same place by chance. (Photo of John and I above by Dave Moser).

Thursday
Aug
2008
07

Andrew’s Post From Yesterday and The Vibe of This Blog

by Scott Kelby  |  1 Comments

A big thanks to Andrew Rodney’s guest blog yesterday, which really opened a lot of people’s eyes as to how digital imaging is changing, how our workflow is evolving, and how Lightroom and Photoshop fit into that workflow.I especially appreciate the comments from my readers, and from Andrew himself who posted a number of follow-up comments which really expanded on what he wrote and grew into a really great and informative discussion (almost an article within an article, which I think is cool). Something that one of my readers, Dan Sroka, wrote in a comment really stood out to me and so rings true with me. Here’s what Dan said:

“After using Lightroom for quite a while now, I don’t find that I am doing less work in Photoshop…. I find that I am doing *different* work in Photoshop. Because Lightroom has taken over the heavy lifting for getting a photograph into shape, this has freed Photoshop from those tasks, and allowed me to use it in more creative ways.”

Well said Dan, and just a note to my regular readers; if you’re not reading the comments other readers post, you’re missing out on some really great insights and discussions. Also, if you do post a comment, you’ll find a very friendly, helpful community of friends awaits. Thanks Andrew for inspiring this kind of response, and for your commitment as a teacher to our digital community as a whole.

I love the friendly vibe that exists from the readers who comment, and that things don’t turn nasty here, and that you can tell it’s a group of “friends helping friends.” It’s one of the things that really makes me want to write this blog each week, and I have you all to thank. Keep up the good work.

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