Tuesday
Sep
2008
16

Tuesday News Quickies

by Scott Kelby  |  0 Comments

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Howdy, folks. First, a few answers from questions posted about yesterday’s FSU sidelines shoot.

  • I shot in Aperture priority because I knew I wanted to shoot “wide open” all day. I had plenty of light, so shutter speed wasn’t really an issue—the challenge was white balance. When a play started in the sun, the white balance looked great, but as soon as a running back or receiver would wind up in the shade, everything turned blue.
  • As for renting a lens; I wish I had time to rent the 200-400mm f/4 (my favorite all-around sports lens) from LensProToGo.com, but I only found out on Thursday night that I’d be shooting on Saturday, and leaving my house at 7:00 am Saturday, so no time to have one overnighted. I’m probably going to have to break down and just buy a 200-400mm, but they are just darn pricey (around $5,000. Yeeeeoch!).
  • I had the question, “Besides white balance, what else would you have done to those shots?” I would have made sure that the players faces where well lit, so you could better see their expressions (I would either use Fill Light or a Screen layer and a Layer Mask). I also probably would have done some dodging and burning, and some spot sharpening as well. Not on every shot—only the best of the bunch.
  • As for tracking the action: I just switched my D3 from Single to Continuous focus (the switch is right below the lens itself on the front of the camera), which I always do for any moving subject. Works great for tracking sports. I also set the camera to the 51-point focus mode (though I normally leave it at 21 point for day-to-day stuff).
  • Here’s another question from yesterday; “…could you recommend a tripod head that lets you switch from horizontal to vertical FAST in a situation like this [shooting sports]?” When you use large lenses, they usually have a collar around them, which attaches to the monopod, which lets you instantly rotate your camera and lens by just loosening a knob. It’s ideal for sports shooting.
  • Lastly, my FSU shooting buddy Mike Olivella posted a very detailed comment yesterday about how to get credentials to shoot a college game. Go check the comments from yesterday post for Mike’s insights. Absolutely invaluable (thanks Mike!). Also, check out Mike’s sports shooting portfolio here.

Hope that answers some of those questions. Now, onto some news quickies:

  • Photoshop World instructor David Ziser did an interview with Donny Hoyle (the guy behind the popular “You Suck at Photoshop” series on YouTube.com. Take a quick moment and check out what David found out. (Here’s the link to it on David’s “Digital Pro Talk” blog).
  • If you read German, check out my interview/tips article in the online version of the popular German magazine Spiegel, called Spiegel Online by clicking right here.
  • My congratulations go out to Susan Hayre Thelwell (who I was lucky enough to have as my lab teaching assistant during my Santa Fe workshop last year), as she won an “Honorable Mention” in the Blurb.com photo book competition, for her photo book, “Mitchell’s Lot.” She’s a terrific photographer (and just a wonderful person), and if you’ve got a minute to take a look at some really great photography, click right here to see some of her beautiful images from the book. Way to go Susan!!!!
  • When I did my “Top Five List for Everyting” list earlier this year (link), in one of the categories I listed my top five photographers I’d love to take a workshop from, and they included Jay Maisel, Karen Kuhen, Nevada Weir, Michael Greco, and Lou Manna. Well, one of my readers sent me this link to an article along those lines that absolutely made my day (here’s the link).

That’s it for today, folks. Have a kick-butt day! :)

Tuesday
Sep
2008
16

Tomorrow’s Special Guest Blogger is…

by Scott Kelby  |  0 Comments

…Photoshop World instructor, DV guru, the author of the DVconfidential blog (link), the Director of the Photoshop World opening keynote presentation, and one of my oldest and dearest friends, the “MacDaddy” himself—-Rod Harlan.

If you’ve ever seen Roddy (as I call him) training at Photoshop World, or NAB, or any one of the conferences he appears at, you know he’s always coming up with some cool stuff, and I can’t wait to see what he’s got cooked up for tomorrow (no, he hasn’t told me). So, check back tomorrow and see what’s up from Roddy. (er, Rod). ;-)

Monday
Sep
2008
15

Shooting the Florida State Seminoles From the Sidelines

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On Saturday I shot the Florida State Seminoles vs. the Chattanooga Mocs from the sidelines (FSU won 46-7). Being a longtime Noles fan, this was really a treat for me (let the “Gators” comments ensue). ;-)

Below are some pics from the shoot (which are pretty much raw from the camera—I didn’t really have time to do anything but fix the white balance on two of the photos and add an unsharp mask).

SPECS: I shot with a Nikon D3, and a 300mm f/2.8 Nikon lens (which I borrowed from my buddy, sports shooter Mike Olivella) but I attached a 1.4 tele-extender attached to get me closer to the action, because the full-frame sensor puts me farther away than with my D300. All the shots were taken wide open at f/4 (with the tele-extender, you lose a stop of light) to blur the background, and most were taken at 200 ISO at around 1/2000 of a second. I also did use the D3′s high-speed Crop mode a number of times when I couldn’t get close enough to the action (because of the team’s bench, and their position on the field).

I had several challenges during the day; since the game started at 3:45 pm, by the 2nd half the field was 2/3 in the shadows, so plays would start in the sun, and end in the shade, which wreaks havoc on your white balance. I wound up having to increase my ISO to 800, which was no problem whatsoever on the D3 (I didn’t see any visible noise whatsoever). The other problem was my camera itself—it wasn’t shooting nine frames per second—for some reason it was hiccuping, and skipping frames all day. I brought a back-up D300, but my brother Jeff was with me, and I let him shoot with it, so I didn’t want to snag it back. (Had I been on assignment, I would have had to switch to it). Either way—the D3 goes to Nikon for repair today.

Overall, despite the frustration of the hiccuping, I had a great day of fun and football, and of course a win is a win! :)

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Friday
Sep
2008
12

My First Lightroom 2 Tour Dates Are Announced

by Scott Kelby  |  0 Comments

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The first two tour dates for my Lightroom 2 Live! Tour have just been announced. My first stop is in:

  • Dallas, Texas on Monday, October 27th, and then it’s on to
  • Orlando, Florida on Wednesday, October 29th.

I’ll also be coming to Denver, Colorado and possibly Ft. Lauderdale, Florida before the end of the year, and then I’ll be hitting the road next year once again (I’ll announce cities and dates as soon as they’re available).

Here’s a link to the seminar registration page, with detailed class descriptions, cities and dates, and more info. I hope to see you out there this time around! :)

Friday
Sep
2008
12

A Little Photoshop Angel Is Born

by Scott Kelby  |  1 Comments

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I am so thrilled to announce that my good friend RC Concepcion (co-host of Layers TV, and NAPP’s resident “Photoshop and the Web” guru), and his lovely wife Jenn (also known as “J-Bonn”) had a new arrival at 2:30 am Thursday morning; a wonderful, adorable, newborn baby girl—”Sabine Annabel Concepcion.”

She was 7 lbs., 12 oz. and 21″ long.

I’m so excited for RC and Jenn, and send them warm wishes on being blessed with a little “Photoshop Angel.”

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