Monday
Feb
2015
16

It’s Monday. Here’s What’s Up Photoshop and Lightroom Folks (the short and sweet version)

by Scott Kelby  |  2 Comments

Hi Gang: Happy Monday. It’s President’s Day here in the US, which is a holiday we love because a lot of folks have the day off and that’s pretty much all we know about this holiday (but don’t look a gift horse in the mouth, right?). Anyway, here’s what’s up:

> I’m back, baby!
My wife and I snuck off Thursday for a Valentine’s Weekend Getaway to Portland, Oregon with our friends Moose and Sharon Peterson. Had a total blast, and even had some pretty good weather the whole time (the shot above is from this weekend, but I shot the same lighthouse 5-years ago but on a really gray overcast day). Lots more about this trip later, but I’ve gotta hit the sack, so hit me up on social for more photos and stories.

> I posted #9 of “What I’d Tell a New Lightroom User”
If you’ve been following my series, I posted the latest one over at LightroomKillerTips.comhere’s the link if you have a sec.

> Thanks for the feedback on “The Lightroom Show”
Just a shout out to everybody who posted such kind comments here on Friday after the debut of our new weekly show. Thanks so much for all the  support and kind words. The next episode comes out this Friday. If you missed the premiere episode last week, here’s the link.

> Sacramento, here I come!
The final tour stop of my “Shoot Like a Pro” seminar is coming up next month (Monday, March 9th) in Sacarmento (come join me for the day — here’s the link).

Then in April I’m launching a totally new from the ground up full-day seminar called “Shoot Like a Pro: Reloaded” and I’ll have tour dates shortly, but my first two stops are Salt Lake City and Los Angeles (both in April).

> Rick Sammon and my “Guitar Wall”
Last week Rick and his wife Susan stopped by our new offices, and Susan got this shot of me and Rick posing in front of the left wall of my office, which is a bunch of guitars (I’m holding a Parker Maxx Fly in the photo you see here, but I just got in a Paul Reed Smith SE Custom 24 right before I left for Portland. Hardly even had a time to play it. Anyway, thought I’d share this shot to wrap up this quick look at what’s going on this sunny warm Monday here in Florida.

Hope you all have a great day. We’ll catch you here tomorrow. :)

Best,

-Scott

P.S. In case you missed it, the incredible Joel Grimes is launching a new full-day seminar tour with us, called “The Photographers Creative Revolution” tour. His first stop is Indianapolis on Feb 23rd, then he’s on to Washington DC on March 25th. Here’s the link with details. 

Friday
Feb
2015
13

It’s Here! Welcome to The Premiere of “The Lightroom Show!”

by Scott Kelby  |  25 Comments

Hey gang — it’s here: the first episode of “The Lightroom Show” hosted by RC Concepcion and yours truly, and we covered a lot of ground in a short time, with lots of Lightroom tips and tutorials (this new weekly show airs every Friday).

We pull our ideas for the show from comments our viewers post over at LightroomKillerTips.com (where RC, Pete and I post Lightroom tips daily).

Hope you enjoy the first episode and that it helps you along on your Lightroom Journey. :)

Have a great weekend everybody and we’ll see you back here on Monday.

Best,

-Scott

Thursday
Feb
2015
12

It’s Free Stuff Thursday!

by Brad Moore  |  17 Comments

It’s Fashion Photography Month at KelbyOne!
This month at KelbyOne, we’re sharing our passion for fashion! We just launched Lindsay Adler’s brand new class, Shooting Fashion on a Budget, and we also have classes from Lou Freeman and Joel Grimes.

And this month only, if you sign up for KelbyOne, not only do you get a one-year membership for just $199, but you also get Frank Doorhof’s book, Mastering The Model Shoot for FREE!

You can find out about all of this right here, and leave a comment for your chance to win a free copy of Mastering The Model Shoot.

Moose Peterson Is Heading To England!
If you’re in London, or just want a reason to visit, Moose Peterson will be there in April doing a presentation, workshop, photo walk and more! If you’re interested, you can get more details right here. He also just posted more details about the Warbird Photography Workshop, for which you can now register.

Last Week’s Winner
KelbyOne Live Ticket
-Michelle Walker

If that’s you, we’ll be in touch soon. Have a great Thursday!

Wednesday
Feb
2015
11

It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Shaun King!

by Brad Moore  |  4 Comments

To grow our photography businesses, we make images that serve specific, narrow functions. For example, our wedding photography needs to attract and satisfy a specific demographic with a certain look in order to allow us to charge a particular price and create a consistent brand. Our commercial photography needs to assist clients in generating specific feedback from their customers that are in line with business goals. Even though my photography offered me creative expression, it was being undermined by a mechanistic approach that treated photography as a utility. I realized my photography needed to participate in something.  My photography lacked a community and I needed to have an outlet where my photography could give and serve.

I thought this personal crisis was more widely shared among photographers, so I was a little surprised to find out that so few professional photographers have volunteered their time to serve their local chapter of the Boys and Girls Club. I cannot speak broadly about philanthropic photography, but my goal here is to highlight why the Boys and Girls Club is one of the best organizations for your consideration.

With over 4,100 club affiliations spread across America, the Boys and Girls Club is likely the most conveniently located nonprofit organization that you could serve. I called my county-level organization for the first time, two years ago, and was met with gratitude and opportunities to photograph almost immediately. When I said I wanted to offer service on a continuing basis, they were justifiably skeptical. Pro photographers are known to serve local nonprofits infrequently and only when they need to create an inflated tax writeoff.

By offering my photography at the county level, I was able to work with the administration team and became involved with multiple Clubs. That is a great strategy. If you volunteer exclusively at an individual Club, they will appreciate your service and your images will be put to good use, but there may not be enough opportunities to sustain your service for multiple occasions.

Most people think that the Boys and Girls Club is just afterschool care: a place where children go to hang out or do homework until for their parents finish their long hours working.

Yes, there is homework, and academic mentoring available, but you’ll be pleasantly surprised to see that the Boys and Girls Club is filled with broad opportunities. This will give your photographs variety and you’ll see yourself as photographing the life of the Club rather than repetitive stock moments.

In fact, many Clubs offer genuine outlets for play: like summer camp and networked computer gaming. And in our case, we’ve created a strong relationship the the Carolina Hurricanes hockey team, where professional athletes frequently mentor and play with our kids.

“The Club” or “teen centers” are Clubs that cater specifically to teenagers. I teach photography at my local teen center, and if teaching photography is your passion, many teen centers will welcome you with open arms.

Jay, for example, is one of my photography students. He doesn’t own a camera, but with a little networking, we got him a media pass to photograph alongside professional photographers at a Duke University Football game.

The Boys and Girls Club has an internal, nationwide photography competition for it’s Club members, sponsored by Sony. And this year, Jay entered and won 1st place in two categories at our local level. We’re hoping he’ll win again at the regional and national level.

Some teenagers like to be expressive and playful in front of the camera, so if you’re interested in practicing your commercial photography techniques with teens you’re mentoring, some of them will be happy to model for you. This is also valuable if you become involved in teaching photography because your teenage photography students will frequently want to photograph other teens.

Since the Boys and Girls Club is a nonprofit, they fundraise and need donations. But that means they need to schedule events for donors and create an atmosphere of celebration for successful contributions. This creates opportunities to provide event coverage photography.

Internal to the Club organization is a structure created to allow youth to overcome a classic leadership phobia at these events: public speaking.

I hope these experiences and photographs I’ve shared have encouraged you to find a nonprofit organization worth serving. The Boys and Girls Club, in particular, is both locally available and historically underserved by the photographic community. If you decide to serve a local nonprofit on a continuing basis, the life of the organization will unfold in front of your lens. You’ll experience a satisfaction that will sustain you through the routine affairs of operating your photography business.

You can see more of Shaun’s work at ShaunKing.com, and follow him on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Tuesday
Feb
2015
10

What Makes a Great Sports Photo?

by Scott Kelby  |  5 Comments

Today over on the KelbyOne blog, Julio posted a link to a free clip from our class with sports photography legend Peter Read Miller called “What Makes a Great Sports Photo”. Even though I did the class with Peter (I was just the host), I just watched this clip and in it, Peter shares a slideshow of his works, and…well…ya just gotta see it — totally worth it.

Peter’s slideshow is simply amazing, and you’ll recognize a bunch of the images because they were covers of Sports Illustrated magazine. Here’s the link to watch this clip above (you don’t have to be a KelbyOne subscriber to see it — just scroll down a few posts and you’ll see it).

Today we’re taping our first episode of “The Lightroom Show”
In other news: RC and I are taping our first episode of our new weekly podcast called “The Lightroom Show” where we share Lightroom tips, tricks, tutorials, and techniques (all based on reader questions and suggestions over at our site LightroomKillerTips.com). The new show should go online next week and I’ll share the link then (it’ll be part of KelbyTV.com), but in the meantime, thanks to everybody who submitted questions and ideas. We’re psyched!

Yes, that’s Mia on “The Grid”
Last week on “The Grid,” we had our own Mia McCormick as our special pop-in guest on “The Grid” to talk about a cool gadget for the iPhone she picked up at ImagingUSA in Nashville, and Mia kind of stole the show. We did talk a lot about Lightroom, but also took a look at what was new at ImagingUSA and all sorts of stuff. A really fun episode (I’ve embedded it above if you want to check it out).

That’s it from here. Off to tape our first “The Lightroom Show” episode!

Best,

-Scott

P.S. Thanks to all the photographers who came to our headquarters yesterday for an in-house “test run” of my brand-new live tour, “Shoot Like a Pro: RELOADED.” Such a great crowd to present to (and the first time we got to use our new in-house theater) and thanks for all your feedback in helping me make the official first tour stop in Salt Lake City totally rock! 

 

Monday
Feb
2015
09

I’m “Unleashed and Uncensored” (how’s that for a headline?)

by Scott Kelby  |  17 Comments

A few weeks back when we had Jared Polin (Fro Knows Photo) as our in-studio guest on “The Grid,” Jared asked if we could do an interview earlier that day (for his “RAW Talk podcast”), and he’d have his crew set up cameras in my office and we’d just go for it, and I guess I went for it with some very candid answers.

I’ve gotten a lot of great feedback on the interview and I have to say Jared did a great job by not asking the standard ol’ questions. He kind of let the interview go wherever we took it, and we took it down some streets I haven’t been down in interviews before, which I think is really cool.

Anyway, I’ve embedded the video above so you can watch it right here. My thanks to Jared for the opportunity and for coming down and being our guest on “The Grid.”

Today, I’m spending the entire day with a test-group of folks who will see the first draft of my all new “Shoot Like a Pro: Reloaded” tour. These fine, wonderful photographers will share all sorts of valuable feedback on my presentation so that when I launch the tour in Salt Lake City in April, it will be totally rockin’ right out of the gate. Plus, I’m excited that I’ll be teaching in our own brand new, in-house theater in front of a live audience (super psyched about that).

Hope you all have an awesome Monday!

Best,

-Scott

 

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