Monday
Nov
2014
17

Honorable Mentions from my 7th Annual Worldwide Photo Walk

by Scott Kelby  |  33 Comments

Although we’ve already announced the 10 finalists and the Grand Prize Winner from this year’s Worldwide Photo Walk, there are some other images that, while they didn’t wind up being a finalist or Grand Prize Winner, were still so good that I thought they needed some recognition.

Any of these could have been a finalist (in fact, all of these were in the running and on my short list at one point to make the final cut — and this gives you an idea of how hard it is making the final decisions. There’s just so many wonderful images).

Congratulations to all these photographers below who created such wonderful images during the walk and are officially receiving an Honorable Mention:

Guangzhou Guangdong, China
Photo By: Luz Kanapi

Stuttgart, Germany
Photo By: Ben

Trondheim Sør Trøndelag, Norway
Photo By: Gunnar

Shinjuku Tokyo, Japan
Photo By: C E

Ras al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates
Photo By: Shyam

Porto, Portugal
Photo By: Nuno

Nagano. Japan
Photo By: Tomohiro

Mumbai, India
Photo By: Bobby

Manila, Philippines
Photo By: Nathan

Manchester, United Kingdom
Photo By: Lisa

Luna Ilocos Region, Philippines
Photo By: Josefino Jr

Bath, United Kingdom
Photo By Linda Enfield

Lasi, Romania
Photo By: Iulia

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain
Photo by Mary Heloisa

Lancaster, PA United States
Photo By: Merle

Kallang, Singapore
Photo By: Andy

Johannesburg, South Africa
Photo By: Victor Meyer

Isfahan, Iran
Photo By: Mehrdad

Guadalajara, México
Photo By: Raul

Fife, Saint Andrews, United Kingdom
Photo By: Steve

Edmonton, AB Canada
Photo By: Gina

DuPont, Washington, USA
Photo By: Ed Adams

Colonia Tovar, Aragua, Venezuela
Photo By: Emil

Doha, Qatar
Photo By: Medel

Dallas, Texas, USA
Photo By: Tom

Cebu City, Central Visayas, Philippines
Photo By: Oliver

Cebu City, Central Visayas, Philippines
Photo By: Lucil

Caxias do Sul, RS República Federativa do Brasil
Photo By: Luis Barp

Canberra, Australia
Photo By: Amy

Cairo, Egypt
Photo By: Heba

Cairo, Egypt
Photo By: Sherif

Brownwood, Texas, United States
Photo By: Jim

Damietta, Egypt
Photo By: Malek

Brattleboro, Vermont, United States
Photo By: Donald

Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Photo By: John

Athens, Georgia, United States
Photo By: Busara

Angeles, Central Luzon, Philippines
Photo By: Archielou Romero

Again, my congratuations to all these entrants on having such great images that they deserved special recognition. Later this week we have the winner of our Leaders Competition (lots of amazing shots — it’s another tough one to judge).

Hope you all have a fantastic Monday!

All my best,

-Scott

Thursday
Nov
2014
13

It’s Free Stuff Thursday!

by Brad Moore  |  124 Comments

Scott Kelby’s Photoshop CC Book for Photographers
Yes, Scott already mentioned that his new book, The Photoshop CC Book for Photographers, is hitting bookstores soon, but… Today we’re giving away a free copy of it to three lucky commenters! Just leave a comment for your chance to win, or you can go ahead and order yours right here. If you want to check it out first, you can get a free excerpt from the book right here.

Cyber Weekend
Yes.. It’s that time again… Time for Cyber Weekend! This year we have a number of great deals and discounts AND some very special, Limited Edition DVDs and numbered Prints. Cyber Weekend starts Nov 26th but if you sign up today, you will get Early-Bird notification (and beat the rush). You can sign up for early-bird access to all the deals before they sell out at KelbyOne.com/CyberWeekend.

KelbyOne Live
Want to spend a day with Scott Kelby, Joe McNally, 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
Dec 9 – San Diego, CA

The Photoshop Creativity Tour with Ben Willmore
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!

Moving To Mirrorless by Brian Matiash
If you’re interested in using mirrorless cameras, you’ll want to check out Brian Matiash’s brand new (and free!) ebook, Moving To Mirrorless. All you have to do is sign up for Brian’s newsletter, and you’ll be able to download the free eBook. And check out some of his great work too so you can see what he’s been able to do since transitioning to a mirrorless system.

Last Week’s Winners
KelbyOne Live Ticket
- J Brinkman

Light, Gesture, & Color by Jay Maisel
- Gaxify

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

Wednesday
Nov
2014
12

It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Drew Gurian!

by Brad Moore  |  7 Comments


Photo by Jason Ryan

Hello!  It’s been quite awhile since my last guest blog, and I’m excited to be back here. Brad and I were just talking about a shoot I did over the weekend, and he thought this may be a good place to share what i’ve been up to.

To start with a quick introduction, here’s my backstory…

From 2008 to 2013 I was Joe McNally’s 1st assistant. I spent the majority of that time on the road traveling hundreds of thousands of miles all over the world with him. It was an absolutely incredible life experience and has made a huge impact on my photography and life to this day. As of September 2013, I embarked full-time into the freelance photo world, and like most New York photographers, moved to Brooklyn.

Since I first picked up a camera at the age of 14, I’ve always pointed it at musicians, and I’m very happy to say that just about all of my work to this day is in the music/entertainment industries.

What started as lots of live concert shoots over the years has transitioned into primarily portraits, backstage candids, and in-(recording) studio reportage for commercial and editorial clients like Red Bull, The Associated Press, Rolling Stone and The New York Times.

Instead of giving you an overview of my work, I’ve decided to share with you a real world shoot that just happened this past Sunday for The Associated Press…

The freelance world, as we know, is entirely unpredictable. I can’t begin to say how many weeks I’ve had without a single shoot booked, and then within hours, I’ve gotten absolutely slammed and am struggling to keep my head on straight.

This past weekend was certainly that case, and as of 3PM on Friday, I had plans to attend a photo festival in Pennsylvania. At 3:30PM, I got an email from AP asking if I had an interest in shooting a quick group portrait shoot on Sunday morning.

The legendary producer, T Bone Burnett was given access to a box of Bob Dylan’s hand-written, unpublished lyrics from the time of the original “Basement Tapes” recordings, and he tasked himself with putting together an all-star lineup of musicians to write songs for these lyrics, and release what is now called “The New Basement Tapes” (released on November 10th). The band he put together is comprised of Elvis Costello, Marcus Mumford (Mumford & Sons), Taylor Goldsmith (Dawes), Rhiannon Giddens (Carolina Chocolate Drops), and Jim James (My Morning Jacket).

As a freelancer, when you get an email like this, no matter what your plans are (with very few exceptions), you very quickly write back and say “yes.” To have these five musicians in one room is amazing, and to have the opportunity to photograph them is an absolute honor that you can’t take lightly.

A shoot like this involves a lot of prep work to pull it off well. Researching the artists, the location (luckily, I had shot Roger Waters at the same venue last year), pushing to get there as early as possible, pushing to have the talent for as long as possible, planning out the setup, prepping gear, etc.  At the very least, it was a full day’s work to piece this all together, and that’s before even getting to the shoot itself.

Posing five people well isn’t at all an easy thing to pull off, especially when it’s a crew like this. We got there with plenty of time to set up and test out some ideas, and here’s a very loose comp of what we had planned out. We had to plan for six people, as we were unsure until the last minute as to whether or not T Bone Burnett would be showing up for the shoot (he didn’t make it).


Thanks so much to Nick Rapaz and Erik Ellingson for all the help in pulling this off!

I knew I wanted Elvis to sit on the trunk, and had plans for the rest of them as well.  I also knew that I had to be assertive as soon as they stepped on-set, or I’d never get what I needed.

As soon as they walked in, “Elvis, I’d like for you to sit right here on the trunk.” Elvis: “I’d really rather stand than sit.” Marcus: “Yea, we’d like to stand.” They walked right past the trunk, and stood behind it, right against the backdrop, which was clearly not going to work.  We ended up moving it out, replacing it with an apple box, and then taking that out all together.

While I was shooting, I had thought about getting something usable, then bringing the trunk back in and asking them to humor me one more time. I thought that they may entertain the idea if I promised them it would look great, but I also know I could possibly get a flat out “no.” Also in the back of my mind was the fact that I had been outside a few minutes before the shoot and saw some beautiful light on the building. I really wanted to get them out there as well, and knew that if I pushed them too hard inside, I’d outright lose them and never get to photograph another setup with them.

Sure enough, we spent almost ten minutes inside (which is a lot of time with anyone notable), and I convinced them to come outside for a few quick photos.

After the 2+ hours of setup, tweaking and shooting the indoor photos, I actually much prefer the more candid feel of the photos shot outside— which were shot in under 90 seconds and lit by the sun. Go figure.

I’m happy to answer any questions you may have, and if you’d like to see more of what i’ve been up to, you can find me here:

DrewGurian.com

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Twitter

Thanks so much for reading!

-Drew

Tuesday
Nov
2014
11

My New Photoshop CC Book is Here! Yay!!!

by Scott Kelby  |  19 Comments

Hey gang – it’s finally here! (yay!). If you’ve got a quick sec, check out the really short video above for why this version of the book is so different from previous editions.

Good news — it should be shipping by this weekend, and you can get yours first if you preorder your copy at Barnes & Noble or Amazon  or wherever shiny happy new books are sold.

My thanks to everybody who has supported this book over the years — I hope you find this latest version the most helpful yet.

Best,

-Scott

P.S. If you’d like me to sign and personalize your copy of the book (and I would love to!), you can order it direct from us at this link.  

Tuesday
Nov
2014
11

A Day To Honor Our Military Veterans

by Scott Kelby  |  2 Comments

Today is Veterans Day here in the US, and I wanted to take a moment to honor and thank the men and women who have served in our country’s military, and who fought to defend the very freedoms we enjoy today.

America owes you a debt of gratitude for your service and sacrifice, and I just wanted to join in with a heartfelt thanks.

Monday
Nov
2014
10

Reaction to “50 Brides Reveal What Their Photographers Could Have Done Better”

by Scott Kelby  |  33 Comments

Last week on my Facebook page I pointed to an article I found  on a WPPI Forum called “50 Brides Reveal What Their Photographers Could Have Done Better” (the original article was posted on BrideBoxPro.com) and I thought it actually provided some interesting points and feedback directly from the folks wedding photographers are trying to make happy, so that’s a good thing, right?

Well, while it was widely viewed (it reached over 510,000 people on my Facebook page alone, and was reshared there nearly 1,000 times), it sure wasn’t widely embraced. A lot of wedding photographers seemed to blame the brides themselves for ‘not hiring better wedding photographers in the first place.’

Here’s a reader comment from Ross Mealey that garnered 83 likes from other readers:

“While I only shoot weddings for people I am close with… I have to comment and ask the REAL question… how many of the people who commented of the 50 things shopped around, read photographers reviews, and spent more than a couple hundred dollars and even then tried to cheap out of paying… everyone wants something for nothing… so they hire sub-standard photographers and expect the world when the product is delivered…”

Whether you find some information in that “50 brides post” that will help you better meet future brides’ expectations, or if you agree with the general feeling that these brides “got what they paid for…” I think perhaps the best learning opportunity may actually come from those Facebook comments posted by the photographers themselves. A lot of pro wedding photographers did a nice job of sharing how they handle or deal with some of the very same issues the brides pointed out, so you might find it helpful to see how other photographers are dealing with these topics by reading the 140+ comments on that Facebook post (here’s the link — scroll down to my post from November 6th).

Now, let’s turn the tables
While you’re here, if you had the opportunity to tell 50 potential brides what would help you, as a wedding photographer, to create the type of wedding images they’ve always dreamed of, what would it be?

I’ll get the ball rolling with one
I would insist if they hire me that it is an “unplugged wedding” where the Bride and Groom ask the guests in advance to leave their cameras at home and their cell phones in their pockets or purses, and just enjoy the wedding day as guests. Rather than having them experience the wedding through a glass screen, let them know that you have hired a team of photographers who will make sure everything is covered, and so they won’t have to come as journalists, they can just relax and be a part of a moment instead of trying to chronicle it. The bride and groom at the last wedding I shot agreed to do this, and it really made the day a pleasure for everyone and the guests actually got to be guests again.

I’d love to hear what ideas you’d have for those 50 potential brides (imagine that you’re speaking to them in a small ballroom at a bridal show and you have the stage sharing advice to help them out). Maybe if we get enough great responses we could create a post with ideas which we could share with potential brides?

Best,

-Scott

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