Tuesday
May
2013
28

Eight Quick Tuesday News Bits

by Scott Kelby  |  9 Comments

Hi Gang: It’s Tuesday. Here’s what’s up:

(1) Thanks Seattle and LA — you guys rocked it!
A big thanks to the nearly 1,200 photographers who came out to hang with me for the day at my “Shoot Like a Pro” tour in Seattle and Los Angeles last Thursday and Friday. What fun, gracious crowds we had, and I met so many awesome folks (and even saw a few friends like Concert Photographer Alan Hess, and Kelby Training Instructor Mike Kubeisey who came out to the LA gig). I’m very grateful to every one who came out and supported the tour — I hope you picked up some things that will help you on your photographic journey, and I hope to see you all again soon! (Photo of the crowd in LA above by Brad Moore).

(2) I have found a killer Wedding font: Parfumarie Script
I always have photographers ask me about fonts I use in tutorials or photo books, and last week I found this new one I really like called “Parfumerie Script OT” (I found it at MyFonts.com for $29). It’s an Open-Type font so I went in to Photoshop and made some examples. The top part is just different examples of the fonts upper/lowercase, and the lower part shows the first letter of each word; normal; with Swash version applied; and with Stylistic Alternates applied (you access these in Photoshop’s Character panel, in the pop-out menu up top, under “Open Type”). Hope you find this helpful.

(3) I am super-psyched to be on the Cover!
I cannot tell you how thrilled I was to see that that the Int’l Society of Aviation Photography (ISAP) chose one of my shots for the cover of their annual Symposium program

That’s my wide shot of an FA/18 at sunset in the center and they chose another for inside the program (that’s mine top left corner on the right page). Truly an honor to be alongside such amazing photographers. I heard the event was just incredible (as always). My humble thanks to the ISAP for the honor (especially as a proud ISAP member). :)

(4) I wanted to like the new flickr. I really did.
I Love the way it looks — I hate the way it works. It’s a beautiful, clunky, “let’s bury the command they’ll be looking for at a level that would make Adobe engineers proud” kind of place that, once you learn all the ins/outs is probably OK, but I just don’t have to time to play “site hide-and-seek.” I so hate sitting there thinking, “I just want to delete this photo” and all the obvious ways to do it don’t work (I eventually found it), but I had to Google numerous topics.

You shouldn’t have to use one site to research how to use another (especially when G+’s own great-looking galleries have gotten so good, and so much more intuitive). Oh well, flickr — it was worth a shot, I guess.

(5) Zack Arias’ new class on Kelby Training Online 
Zack is one of the most insightful and thought-provoking photographers out there today, and if you’re a Kelby Training Online subscriber, Zack’s presentation in our Photography Art & Inspiration series  just went live and you can watch it right here.  (Note: Zack was taping two more Kelby Training Online classes this week, one in Atlanta and one up in NYC. Can’t wait for these!). 

(6) OK, the flickr thing is a bust, but 500px.com has all the buzz
Check out Matty K’s quick walkthrough above (it’s just four-minutes and somethin’ long) and you’ll see why there’s a lot of great buzz about 500px’s launch of new online portfolios for photographers. Hats off to ‘em!

(7) Tim Wallace and the 2013 Aston Martin Vanquish 
Master of Automotive photography, Tim Wallace, did a shoot for Aston Martin’s new 2013 Carbon Fibre Vanquish…and as expected, he got some really amazing images. He did a blog post about it, and if you’re in to automotive photography (and beautiful luxury sports cars), here’s the link: http://www.ambientlife.co.uk/articles_261439.html

(8) I’m on my way back from a quick get-away to Vegas
After my back-to-back Seattle and LA seminars, I snuck off to Vegas to meet my wifey, who snuck off to meet me there (The trip was a gift last year from my publisher, Peachpit Press, for being named the world’s #1 top-selling author of books on photography. Thanks Peachipt — we love you guys!). We had three glorious days of R&R, with some great shows, delicious meals, sleeping-in late, and no work or responsibilities whatsoever. Oh well, it’s back to reality now — as you read this we’re already on the way back home and back to work. Hey, it was fun while it lasted. :)  Photo above [the view from our room at the Aria hotel] by Kalebra with her trusty iPhone.

Hope you have a kick-butt Tuesday!
It sure beats the alternative. Cheers, and I’ll see ya here tomorrow for Guest Blog Wednesday featuring the one and only, Guy Kawasaki himself. Don’t miss it!

–Scott

Monday
May
2013
27

A Day To Honor Our Nation’s Fallen Soldiers

by Scott Kelby  |  3 Comments

Today is Memorial Day in the United States, and our offices are closed as we honor and remember those who gave their lives in service to our country.

This post is also dedicated each year to the memory of David Leimbach, (shown above; the brother of our friend and colleague Jeff Leimbach), who died five years ago in combat in Afghanistan.

Just a humble word of thanks to the dedicated men and women of our armed services and to all those who came before them who laid down their lives to protect the freedoms we enjoy each day.

Friday
May
2013
24

Today Triple Scoop Music is launching my Signature Music Collection for Landscape & Travel

by Scott Kelby  |  10 Comments

I’ve been a fan of Triple Scoop Music even since I heard some of the instructors at Photoshop World using their royalty-free music tracks in their photo slideshow presentations. As a musician myself, I am just so impressed with the quality of their  tracks — their stuff is “the real deal.” That’s why I was so psyched when they asked me to put together a Signature Collection of  their music tracks that I thought would be perfect for landscape and travel photography slideshows and videos.

The “Scott Kelby Signature Series Vol 1 – Landscape and Travel Collection” launched today to coincide with my Los Angeles “Shoot Like a Pro Tour” today in LA. If you follow this link, you can go to their site and preview some of the music tracks in my collection right on their page (for those of you that caught my “Connecting with Cuba” presentation, you’ll recognize that wonderful Cuban-music track from my slideshow).

Other Signature Series Photographers
It’s an honor to be alongside some of the amazing photographers who have curated Signature Series Collections for Triple Scoop including: Jerry Ghionis, Joe McNally, Tamara Lackey, Dane Sanders, Denis Reggie, Bill Frakes, Lori Nordstrom, and Bambi Cantrell (among others). Here’s a link to see all the Signature Collections.

I really spent a lot of time carefully picking tracks because I wanted to create a collection that would work for a wide variety of presentations (their music library is pretty vast), and I hope you’ll check them out if you get a chance. My humble thanks to Roy Ashen at Triple Scoop Music for the opportunity (Roy’s a musician too!) and to everyone at TSM for creating such a cool resource for photographers.

 

Thursday
May
2013
23

It’s Free Stuff Thursday!

by Brad Moore  |  207 Comments

The Digital Photography Book Part 1 – Second Edition
Okay, Scott already announced the release of the new version of his best-selling book, The Digital Photography Book Part 1 – Second Edition. But since today is Free Stuff Thursday, I figured we would give away FIVE FREE copies to some lucky commenters! Whether you already have the first edition and just want the latest version, or if you want to give a copy to a friend, or if you just don’t have any version of this book and want it, leave a comment for your chance to win! Or, you can head over to KelbyTraining.com, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or wherever you like to buy great books and buy a copy!

Kelby Training Live
Want to spend a day with Scott Kelby or RC Concepcion? Check out these seminar tours!

The Shoot Like A Pro Tour with Scott Kelby
May 23 – Seattle, WA
May 24 – Los Angeles, CA

Photoshop CS6 for Photographers with RC Concepcion
June 12 – Nashville, TN
June 17 – Ottawa, ON
June 19 – Toronto, ON
June 21 – Calgary, AB
June 26 – New Orleans, LA

Leave a comment for your chance to win a ticket to one of these events!

Hollywood Film Tools for Photographers with Mike Kubeisy
The newest addition to the KelbyTraining.com library of classes is Hollywood Film Tools for Photographers with Mike Kubeisy! Mike has been a photographer in Hollywood for a number of years, photographing on the sets of CSI (and all of its versions), NCIS, just about any other medical/crime show you can think of! Join him as he takes you through his Hollywood toolbox and shows you all the things he uses to create amazing images. This class will be up sometime today, so check it out at KelbyTraining.com!

Leave a comment for your chance to win a free rental of this class!

Winners
Zack Arias Class Rental
- Brian Rusinko

Kelby Training Live Ticket
- Davlan Shaw

Introduction to Adobe Creative Cloud eBook
- Holly T.

WPPI On The Road Ticket
- Cheryl Tadin

How To Become A Professional Wedding Photographer DVD from Fstoppers
- Maarten Mennes

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

Wednesday
May
2013
22

It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Vincent Versace!

by Brad Moore  |  36 Comments


Photo by Douglas Dubler

A Tale of Two Photos

Once a year, on the anniversary of Guest Blog Wednesday, Scott affords me the opportunity to share some thoughts. All I can say is that it is a good thing that he gives me a year between these guest blog posts. Once again, thank you, Scott, for your gracious generosity.

Tale 1

 

Of all of the images I have or will take in my life, I suspect “Paris in Snow” will be by far my most iconic. It is the cover of my book From Oz to Kansas, and Epson uses it as the image on their worldwide packaging of Cold Press Natural paper. So the image has received some airplay.

This image is one of the best examples I have of how to capture “timelessness” in a photograph. There is no way to tell if the image was shot yesterday, one, 10, 50 or 100 years ago. This has to do with an observation I made several years back when photographing New York City: “modern” happens four stories and below, and “timeless” happens four stories and above. The shops at street level come and go, fashions change, cars change, and the banners that get hung for this or that special event all tend to be hung from the floor of the fourth story (or the ceiling of the third if you want to be picky) and below. But the truth of the city and the age of its creation all live four stories (from the floor up) and above. Case in point: in this image, I am nine stories up, and I am shooting down toward the fourth story of the buildings in the foreground.

Note: This is also an ExDR image (Extended Dynamic Range). Not merely an HDR image (High Dynamic Range). For me, HDR images tend to be ones that scream “I AM AN HDR IMAGE!!!” and are an exercise in how to make a photograph look like a Harry Potter set. Just because something looks weird does not make it art. It just means it looks weird. In this image, the dynamic ranges of focus, time, and gesture have been extended. The goal of any technique is that when the image is completed you cannot see the technique in the image.

But I digress…. Back to the tale of this image.  Continue reading

Tuesday
May
2013
21

Motorcycle Shoot (behind-the-scenes)

by Scott Kelby  |  19 Comments

(Above) Here’s a behind-the-scene shot from Friday’s shoot.  This is a three-light shoot: Two 4-foot strip banks above (with Elinchrom strobes), and there’s one additional softbox in front (you can see the light-stand right behind my laptop) that’s putting some extra light on the engine — it was a little dark in there with just the two strobe directly above the bike.

I asked my Creative Director Felix Nelson if I could shoot his Harley, but he was doing some serious tinkering with it at home and it wouldn’t be ready for days, so he suggested calling our guitar player (Felix is the bass player for Big Electric Cat), Tony Llanes since he builds custom choppers.
He didn’t have one available, but his cousin had this “Big Dog!” chopper and he came rolling up on it Friday and I was like, “Oh Yeah baby!” Only had  1-1/2 hrs to light and shoot this and his buddy’s sports bike (the yellow one seen below), but I got it done in time to attend my son’s sports banquet that night, so it’s all good. :)

Above:
Shooting from down low with a 14-24mm lens. 
Above: More wide angle 14-24mm shots.
Above: You can see the two extra backlights in this shot, used strickly to make the background solid white — even though they weren’t turned on for any of the shots I’ve shown so far. 
Above: Here’s what it looks like with the two background strobes turned on. You can see why I left them off for nearly the entire shoot — I think this particular bike, because of its color, looks better on the dark gray background. 
Above: The Sport Bike looks great on the solid white background, so here it look appropriate (so this is a five-light shoot: The same two strip-banks over head; the one small 27″ softbox in front aiming at the back half of the bike, and the two bare bulbs with reflectors to make the background solid white. 
Above: Here’s a view from the backside. Since I’m not shooting it straight on, the lighting definitely looks different (in fact, I had to brighten it in post to get it this bright). 
Above: Here’s Tony (lead guitar player for Big Electric Cat) posing on the Big Dog. I didn’t change the lighting — it’s just the lighting for the bike, so it’s not the greatest portrait lighting, but I think it’s still looks decent (but if I was lighting this as a portrait, I would have added two kicker lights in the back aiming at him. 
Anyway, there’s a quick look at the shoot. I’m doing a tutorial for the NAPP member Website on the retouching and finishing for getting rid of the apple-crate box the bike is sitting on, and on getting rid of some of the spots, specs, dust and junk. Hope you all have a fantastic Tuesday! :)

Page 57 of 477« First...102030...5556575859...708090...Last »
Advertisement