Tuesday
Oct
2014
28

Now I’m Offically “More-Sicky”

by Scott Kelby  |  12 Comments

After feeling sicky for about a week, and every day feeling like the next day I was going to be better, I actually started getting worse in the past couple of days.  My wifey gave me that “Boy, you need to go to the doctor” look yesterday, so I did and the Doc didn’t like my cough at all — he did chest X-rays, and I do have a full-on case of Bronchitis. After looking at my x-rays he said if I hadn’t come in, it would have been pneumonia by Friday, so as usual, the wifey was right (man, I say that a lot).

I felt really cruddy yesterday, but now I’m on four different medications to knock this out fast (and I do feel quite a bit better today, but not good enough to jump on a plane and hack all over everybody).  So, I’m delaying my trip to the Photo Plus Expo, and I’ll miss out on moderating that panel tomorrow night on “How technology is leading the story-telling revolution” which really stinks, but I feel like if I can get that extra day of rest and antibiotics in me, I’ll be feeling great by Thursday.

Of course, at this point (today), I sound like that dog above looks (weird thing is, my throat isn’t sore at all). Anyway, I’m already on the mend (I know, I should have gone to the doctors last week). Luckily, my wifey is taking awesome care of me (even made me some of the most amazing chicken soup last night), so I’ll be back up and running in no time (and by no time, I mean Thursday).

I had a location portrait shoot set up for tomorrow afternoon in New York with my buddy David Vaskevitch that I’ll be missing out on now too, and I was really looking forward to it. Hope I’ll get the chance again soon.

My thanks to Greg Scoblete (tech editor for PDN and Rangefinder magazine) for covering my moderator duties on that panel (very cool of him), and in the meantime, I’ll be taking it VERY easy, and mostly playing Jelly Splash on my iPad, which has proven medicinal healing powers, only surpassed by Kalebra’s Chicken Soup. :)

Here’s wishing you good health (wash your hands often), and an awesome Tuesday!

Best,

-Scott
Cough, Hacker & Wheezing, Inc.

 

Monday
Oct
2014
27

My Speaking Schedule This Week at Photo Plus Expo in New York

by Scott Kelby  |  3 Comments

 

PLEASE NOTE:  Due to being sick, my schedule for all of Wednesday is CANCELED.  I will resume my schedule, as planned, on Thursday.

I’ve got a busy week coming up in New York at the big daddy of all photo shows here in the USA, and I hope at some point our paths cross in on my presentation. Here’s my schedule:

WEDNESDAY:

First, I’m moderating a panel on how technology is leading the storytelling revolution (details below) on Wednesday at 5pm (don’t worry — the panel doesn’t go for three hours — there’s other stuff after our talk).

Above: I did have to giggle at how they listed my title as just “Kelby” (as in Scott Kelby of Kelby) and they didn’t list any title for Jeremy. I wish they had even left his last name off, so it’s like “Cher” or “Seal.”

THURSDAY:
Canon has invited me to speak in their booth’s theater again, and it’s on one of my favorite topics: Sports Photography, and it’s open to anyone at the Expo, so come on by:

> I’m on Thursday at 2:30 pm on Canon’s main stage

I’m also speaking at the Mylio booth:

> I’m on Thursday at 12:30 pm in the Mylio booth (#273) on the expo floor.

Note: if you’re wondering “what is Mylio?” — they are launching at the show, and by next week everybody will know about Mylio. Really super cool stuff!

I’ll also be speaking at the Mylio launch party on Thursday night, but I think that one is a press event.

FRIDAY:
I’m at the Canon booth on the Expo floor, talking about sports photography.

> I’m on Friday at 10:45 am on Canon’s main stage

We have a KelbyOne theater on the show floor and I’ll be doing a session called “Photo Retouching Secrets”

> I’m on Friday at 12:30 in the KelbyOne Booth: #473

Right after that I head straight for the airport to get home in time to go trick-r-treating with my daughter (this year she decided her costume would be a throwback outfit from the 1950s, so she’s got the pink poodle skirt and the whole nine yards. So cute!

Hope you all have a great Monday and I hope I get to meet you at some point, later this week. :)

Best,

-Scott

Friday
Oct
2014
24

My Football Game Day Shooting The UT Vols

by Scott Kelby  |  14 Comments

It’s taken me a while, but I finally got my football shots from the Vols/Gator’s game a few weeks back, posted over at Exposure.co.

I’ve got lots of behind-the-scenes shots, and the whole story behind the day, including shots inside the locker room; on-field during warm-ups, and of course during the game itself.

If you get a quick minute, I hope you’ll check them out (here’s the link).

I’m shooting the Bucs/Vikings NFL game on Sunday if I can shake this cold that’s hit me this week. Finger’s crossed ’cause it could be a great day of really mediocre football. ;-)

Here’s wishing you a super-awesome weekend!

Best,

-Scott 

Thursday
Oct
2014
23

It’s Free Stuff Thursday!

by Brad Moore  |  15 Comments

New KelbyOne Website and New Blog!
We have a brand new design on our website and it looks really sleek. But more importantly, it’s super easy to navigate and find the classes and instructors you are looking for. That’s over on KelbyOne.com AND, we have a brand new blog with all kinds of photography and photoshop related content. We have contributors from all over and all kinds of industry related news and info. Check that out over at kelbyone.com/blog

How To Shoot Tack Sharp Images with Matt Kloskowski
One of the most important skills for a photographer to master is how to capture the sharpest, most in-focus image possible when taking a photo. Join Matt Kloskowski as he takes you through all of the factors you need to consider in order to nail tack sharp photos every time. Matt covers everything from how to hold the camera correctly to how to leverage the features and functions of your camera to capture the sharpest images possible. Once you’ve got the shot, Matt takes you through a number of Lightroom and Photoshop techniques designed to make those sharply focused photos appear even sharper.

KelbyOne at Photo Plus Expo
KelbyOne will be at the Photo Plus Expo in NYC Oct 30-Nov 1. We’ll be at booth #473 and we’ll have some of our instructors on hand teaching and sharing some amazing tips. Scott Kelby and Matt Kloskowski will be around, Pete Collins will show you his amazing “photo spin” technique for some awesome kids portraits. Jay Maisel will be at the booth, along with Roberto Valenzuela, Peter Hurley, Brian Smith, Tamara Lackey… the whole gang. Please stop by and say hi! And, if you can’t make it to NYC for the show, be sure to check in on the blog for show updates throughout the Expo – KelbyOne.com/blog

Be sure to check out The University on Wednesday, October 29th at PhotoPlus Expo for a great overview of the newsest techniques in photography as well as some of the newest gear. Use the code: UNIVF and get admission to this special event for free.

Explore The University’s shooting bays for 45-minute interactive sessions by Lou Freeman, Jen Rozenbaum, Peter Hurley, and Lindsay Adler, who will focus on how to strengthen your shooting and posing techniques, and how to manage everything from speed lights to studio strobes. You’ll be handling and experimenting with some of the newest gear, all provided by The U’s official sponsors: B&H, Sigma & the MAC Group!

If you have a bit more time, be sure to check out PhotoPlus’s seminar offerings by perusing the Conference Brochure.

Create Your World The Photoshop World Image-Editing Challenge
From creative composites to beauty retouching, the Create Your World contest is looking for photographs that highlight your world through your eyes. Use Photoshop to enhance natural beauty or create the environment of your dreams.

One Grand Prize winner will receive a $2,500 cash prize, a 1-Year KelbyOne subscription, a $500 Gift Card to B&H Photo, a Full Conference Pass and a Pro Pass Plus to the 2015 Photoshop World Conference in Las Vegas, NV. Five First Place winners will receive a $500 Gift Card to B&H Photo, a 1-Year KelbyOne subscription, and a Full Conference Pass to the 2015 Photoshop World Conference in Las Vegas, NV.

For more information go to CreateYourWorldChallenge.com

KelbyOne Live
Want to spend a day with Scott Kelby, Joe McNally, Matt Kloskowski, or Ben Willmore? Check out these seminar tours!

Shoot Like A Pro with Scott Kelby
Dec 1 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL

The Power of One Flash with Joe McNally
Nov 6 – Washington, DC
Dec 9 – San Diego, CA

The Lightroom LIVE Tour with Matt Kloskowski
Nov 4 – Philadelphia, PA
Dec 5 – San Antonio, TX

Photoshop for Photographers with RC Concepcion
Nov 7 – Los Angeles, CA

The Photoshop Creativity Tour with Ben Willmore
Nov 10 – Toronto, ON
Dec 12 – Phoenix, AZ

You can check out the full schedule for seminars through the end of the year. Leave a comment for your chance to win a ticket to one of these events!

40% Off Tutorials from Serge Ramelli
This week only, our buddy and well-known French photographer and Photoshop instructor Serge Ramelli is offering 40% off his tutorial downloads! He has courses that include commercial still life photography, landscape and sky post processing, black and white photography, Lightroom presets, Photoshop retouching and more! Head over to PhotoSerge.com and fill up your cart, then enter the promo code KELBYOCT at checkout to get your 40% off through the end of the month!

Last Week’s Winner
KelbyOne Live Ticket
- Scott J

If you’re the lucky winner, we’ll be in touch soon. Have a great Thursday!

Wednesday
Oct
2014
22

It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Alan Hess!

by Brad Moore  |  19 Comments


Photo by Nadra Farina-Hess

My name is Alan Hess and I love being a photographer. I am really lucky that I get to photograph things for a living. As the house photographer for a large indoor arena in San Diego I get to capture some of the biggest names in music like Cher, The Who, Taylor Swift, Justin Beiber, as well as other events like the NBA, MMA, and the WWE. This year we will also have a Professional Bull Rider event. But even with the wide variety of events I get to shoot, once in a while I still find myself in a creative rut. That’s where personal projects come in.

For me, that is taking photos of my dogs.

I have two rescued boxers. They make for great subjects for a couple of reasons. They are always available since they live with me. They have distinct personalities that makes photographing them more fun (or challenging). And best of all they never want to see the photos, and never complain that they don’t look good. On the downside, they don’t have a great attention span and can easily wonder off in the middle of the shoot, and getting them to pose can be challenging.

I started off by just trying to get a portrait shot to use as a wallpaper on my iPhone, which led to experimenting with lighting and learning how to create the invisible black background portraits. This led to creating the Fuel Book, Pet Portraits that Stand Out. This Fuel Book led to my newest full book, Pet Portraits: From Snapshots to Great Shots. This was the most fun that I have ever had writing a book since it didn’t seem like work at all. I was able to take all that information I had accumulated while creating photos of my dogs and turn it into something that could help others get great photos of their pets.

First I want to tell you what this book isn’t. It isn’t a book on creating a pet photography business, or how to profit from taking photos of people’s pets. This book is not about having to go out and spend a lot of money on special gear. It is just about getting better photos of your pet, or any pet. I photographed dogs, cats, birds, horses, lizards, snakes, fish, hamsters, mice, rats, and bunny rabbits. I spent time at leash free areas getting to capture dogs in action as they ran, jumped and played with other dogs. I got nudged by horses and had a lizard climb all over my gear. I spent time with an exotic pet vet, and even though I did not cover spiders as pets in the book, I ended up with a tarantula crawling on my hands.

It was the most fun I have had writing a book.

I spent some time photographing big dogs at play. I find it fascinating what you can capture at 1/4000 second that you don’t see when watching the action in real time. These dogs are playing together on the beach, but if you just saw the fangs you might think that it wasn’t a friendly encounter.

Getting to lie in the grass and photograph a group of puppies the first time they got to roam around outside is a great way to spend a morning.

I wanted to make sure that the book dealt with all pets, and not just dogs and cats. So I tracked down a wide variety of different pet owners and rescue groups. The best part was that pet owners and rescue group volunteers are really passionate. The passion that they have for their pets is really contagious. Need a little pick-me-up? Ask a pet owner about what their pet did recently. I learned more about snakes, frogs, mice, birds and lizards in the past few months than I thought possible. Every photo shoot was a new adventure.

I spent quite a bit of time photographing cats as they are the second most popular pet in the US, right behind dogs. Cats turned out to be both easier in some respects and much more challenging in others. They love to stand in doorways and look out. Turns out that this makes for great portrait light.

It was tough to think of it as work as I lay outside watching a friend’s cat stalk his cat toy. A tough day at work.

Photographing cats became an exercise in patience. Cats can sit still for what seem like hours, then suddenly leap into action… or just stretch out and go right to sleep.

Getting up close and personal with a horse was really quite awesome. I was in constant awe of their power and size. Watching the muscles under their coat as the walk and run was fantastic, and getting to photograph them up close was really amazing.

On a final note, I used to think that personal projects were just a time suck. When was I supposed to go out and shoot stuff just for me and at the same time try to earn a living. There just didn’t seem like enough of a payoff to spend the time shooting for myself when I could be out trying to earn a living. It got to the point where I didn’t pick up my camera unless I was off to shoot something for a job…

I was wrong.

Turns out that taking the time to go out and photograph something just for me not only recharges the creative side but can lead to other work.

You can pick up your copy of the Pet Photography: From Snapshots to Great Shots from Peachpit (use the code PETSHOTS to save 35%), Amazon, or Barnes & Noble.

You can find out more about Alan and his work at AlanHessPhotography.com, and follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

Tuesday
Oct
2014
21

I’m Calling in Sick (cough, cough)

by Scott Kelby  |  16 Comments

I had hoped to have some meaningful, substantive post for this morning, but when I got home last light, I realized a cold was coming on, so instead of writing that awesome post I hit the sack early thinking a good night’s sleep would knock it out. Sadly, that was not the case so I’m kind of laying low today for the most part.

Hoping to be better for tomorrow’s episode of “The Grid” because Dave Black is here, and we’re doing Blind Critiques, so my fingers are crossed but long story short, blah, blah, blah, I don’t have that good blog post for today like I had hoped.

Here’s hoping your Tuesday is a germ-free, non-congested, clear sinus kind of day! :)

Best,

-Scott
Cough, Cough, Inc.

 

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