Thursday
Mar
2013
21

It’s Free Stuff Thursday!

by Brad Moore  |  53 Comments

Nikon School 2-Day HDSLR Video Workshop
Want to learn the basics of HDSLR video but don’t know where to start? Check out this 2-day HDSLR Video Workshop from Nikon School that’s happening April 20-21 in Clearwater Beach, Florida! Nikon School is offering a FREE ticket ($599 Value) to the this workshop, which is right on the heels of Photoshop World. If you want a great opportunity to continue the learning experience after Photoshop World leave a comment for a chance to win this great workshop from Nikon School!

Photoshop World Pre-Conference Workshops
If you’re coming to Photoshop World in Orlando next month, you’ll definitely want to check out the pre-conference workshops the day before the conference starts! Spend the day learning Lightpainting from Dave Black, shooting a wedding with David Ziser, learning portrait lighting from Jack Reznicki, honing your compositing skills with Matt Kloskowski, or shooting a live concert with Alan Hess and Scott Diussa. There are even more workshops than these, so head over to PhotoshopWorld.com and check them out.

Plus, leave a comment for your chance to win a full conference pass to Photoshop World!

Kelby Training Live
Want to spend a day with Scott KelbyJoe McNallyMatt KloskowskiRC Concepcion, or Ben Willmore? Check out these seminar tours!

The Shoot Like A Pro Tour with Scott Kelby
Apr 3 – Philadelphia, PA
Apr 30 – Chicago, IL

Lightroom 4 Live with Matt Kloskowski
Mar 22 – Phoenix, AZ

Photoshop CS6 for Photographers with RC Concepcion
Mar 25 – Houston, TX
Apr 10 – San Francisco, CA

Photographic Artistry with Adobe Photoshop with Ben Willmore
Apr 12 – Portland, OR

One Light, Two Light with Joe McNally
Apr 24 – Minneapolis, MN

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

Fireside Chat: Burma: Turning the Last Page of the 19th Century with Vincent Versace
Join Vincent Versace on March 28 for a discussion on his experiences photographing Myanmar (Burma) since 2004. In his time photographing in this country, he has seen it change from military dictatorship to democracy and will be talking about his experiences along the way.

To sign up for this free event, you can RSVP on Google+ to get more info, or view it live on March 28 at 10:00am PT (1:00pm ET) on the Nik Software YouTube channel.

Winners
Photoshop World Pass
- Carrie Fleitz

Joel Grimes Class Rental
- Marcel Bauer

Kelby Training Live Ticket
- Robert Behnke

Moose Peterson Class Rental
- Holger

Frank Doorhof Class Rental
- Matthew Mellen

Wednesday
Mar
2013
20

It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Robby Klein!

by Brad Moore  |  10 Comments

A big “Thanks” to Scott and Brad for allowing me to share this shoot with you guys. I am a music and advertising photographer currently living in Nashville, by way of New Orleans, LA. I recently had the privilege of photographing The Band Perry for the Billboard Magazine cover story. In this blog I’ll share my experience, thought process and some of the technical details behind this shoot.

Like most editorial shoots, I was given a fair amount of creative freedom. That freedom provided a great opportunity to showcase ideas and unique vision aligned with the image of the magazine and, in this case, the particular image of the talent as well. It’s someone’s job to brand the band and have them seen in a certain light so it’s always very important to understand what such branding might consist of visually. As much as The Band Perry is country, they have an edge to them that I liked and wanted to emphasize – no cowboy hats on this set!! As difficult as it is to have numerous “cooks in the kitchen” as they say, it’s important to have an open collaborative relationship with the talent, their manager, publicist, stylist, etc. that are on set.


The shoot consisted of 3 looks that I nicknamed lights, cover and fun while on set so we would all know what setup we were discussing.

Here is a breakdown of those 3 setups:

The first look, lights, was designed to be more painterly and serious than the others.
Lights required the most setup so I planned for several hours of pre-lighting and used every minute tweaking, moving and thinking. For this look we mixed constant lights and strobes.

The constant lights were Mole-Richardson 2000W Juniors. Since these lights were both part of the actual set and functioning as light sources I did a decent amount of research into what would look AND work best while keeping budget in mind. The Juniors were certainly not the most powerful lights we could have rented but their size was right and they would be close to the subjects so the lower power wasn’t going to be an issue.

For strobes we used AlienBees and focused on each band member individually giving them their own light sources. I started with one and as I tweaked the look I added one more, then one more, then another and before I knew it there was a beautiful c-stand jungle. I don’t recall exactly how many strobes we had for that look, but I remember someone behind me saying something about having 8 or 9.

Throw in some fog for atmosphere, Beyoncé blasting through the speakers, a very talented country trio and POOF! our first look is finished.

Now, the ironic thing about the setup called cover is that it did not turn out to be the cover shot although at the time I assumed it would.

When ideas were first getting tossed around for the shoot between Billboard and myself, it became clear that the cover needed to have color. For whatever reason my mind went almost straight to red then straight to a rich velvet stage curtain. After a day of searching multiple places, my buddy Shane suggested a rental house in Nashville called Drop Everything. They had exactly what we wanted.

We moved the Mole-Richardson Juniors and a few AlienBees over during the band’s wardrobe change after lights. The Mole-Richardsons were placed high and above the curtain as both a curtain light and a hair light. One AlienBees unit with a gridded large octobank was used as the key light. With the lighting scheme already determined it was only a matter of a few test shots before we had what we were looking for.

Cue Beyoncé, and we began shooting our 2nd look.

Our last setup of the day was named fun because it was the setup that we wanted to capture a very lively and energetic scene. We used the same setup from cover for this shot, just moved some of the lights around.

My vision, as I explained to Billboard, was to capture your typical brothers- picking-on-the-sister look. In case you didn’t know, The Band Perry is made up of Kimberly Perry and her two brothers Reid and Neil. When I explained it to the band they laughed and said “Oh, so just a normal day?”

The scene was of the brothers pointing the Mole Richardson at Kimberly in an annoying brotherly way and them just laughing it off. The storyline behind this image was not quite as important to me as the emotions that play along with siblings being silly together and that is what really came through.

I love what I do and I am passionate about really soaking up every experience I have and every opportunity that comes my way. I am grateful and always excited to be able to execute any job, especially ones as enjoyable as this one. The Band Perry could not be a nicer family; from their attitudes, excitement and cooperation, to their entire team on set. It was a joy to meet and work with all of them.

Check out some of the behind the scenes video from the shoot.

Behind the scenes photos by: Nathan Rocky

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

Tuesday
Mar
2013
19

Report From Our Professional Hockey Photo Workshop

by Scott Kelby  |  43 Comments

Above: Here’s our class group shot, taken with a remote camera mounted inside the goal. On Sunday morning we had a session just on mounting and using remotes. 

I thought from the beginning it was going be the coolest hands-on workshop I’ve ever been involved it, and it totally, totally was! (If this is the first time you’re hearing about, first go watch this very short video clip which explains the workshop).

Above: Here’s our workroom for the weekend, inside the VIP Club at the Tampa Bay Times Forum. Sweet digs!  (Photo by Brad Moore)

Above: Here’s Scott Audette (far right) doing a presentation on what makes a good hockey photo; which types of shots make it, and which one’s don’t. Really eye-opening and candid. That’s me (left center) and Mike Carlson (far left). (Photo by Brad Moore)

I’m going to tell the story with captions, but here’s a 30-second synopsis:

(a) We had an awesome group of photographers in our workshop. Totally into it the whole time, and we saw lots of great shots throughout. It was a weekend of non-stop laughing, learning, and making new friends.

(b) Tampa Bay Lightning’s Team Photographer Scott Audette did an absolutely kick-butt job from start to finish. His insights, tips and real-world advice really resonated with the class. He really worked hard to create something very special, and it showed. What a great teacher! (I picked up a ton from him myself).

(c) Our guest speaker, pro-sports photographer Mike Carlson was a tremendous addition to the workshop and everybody loved him.

(d) We were all, and still are, amazed at the incredible access we had throughout the workshop (hats off the Scott and the entire Lightning organization who totally supported the workshop from the start).

Now onto the workshop, which started off Friday night with a “Burgers & Beer” get-together, followed by a presentation from Scott and Mike covering everything from Safety to Camera Settings. Apparently, the safety briefing wasn’t for nothing (see below).

Above: Yup, that’s what his 70-200 f/2.8 lens looks like after getting hit with a puck during Saturday night’s game. He’s OK but the lens, well…not so much. Luckily, he wasn’t hurt, and he had a great attitude. Plus, the great folks at LensProToGo.com (totally awesome lens rental company —- I rent from them myself), helped ease his pain and gave him a $150 gift card while his lens is being repaired. How cool is that! We went to great lengths to warn our students about the realities of shooting “at ice level through the openings in the glass” but after this, they totally got it.

Above: Here’s a view of the class while they’re working on shots from the Lightning’s morning skate. The class shot from the first Mezzanine and the shooting holes at ice level (we rotated students in/out). I taught a session on post processing with Photo Mechanic and Lightroom, and my latest sports photography workflow. (Photo by Brad Moore)

Above: After the class had some time to work on their images (and I answered a number of  one-on-one post-processing questions), we did some in-class blind critiques.  Scott Audette’s and Mike’s comments were incredibly helpful and the class SO got it!!!! (Photo by Brad Moore)

Above: I did shoot the pre-game warmups from the ice (my buddy Brian Blanco was covering the game and let me shoot some of the warming from his assigned position). Guess what — my 80-400mm lens took a direct hit shortly after this photo was taken, but thankfully it didn’t crack the glass; though it cracked the plastic outside ring around the lens in a couple of places, and smeared the glass with ice, but luckily it wiped right off. (Photo by Brad Moore)

Game Night
After a dinner break, we all came back and got ready to shoot that night’s game at the Forum: The Tampa Bay Lightning vs. the Carolina Hurricanes (great game, especially since the Lightning won 4 – 1). The class shot from both “Overhead” locations (shooting spots at the first mezzanine level, which give an unobstructed view of the entire rink) and from 3 shooting holes at ice level (we rotated the students each period). I shot from the overhead positions and with Scott & Brad Moore’s help, we mounted a remote camera up in the ceiling of the forum aiming down at one of the goals.

Above: Here’s one of my shots from the remote camera up top. You guys know how I love remotes!!!! :-)

Above: Thank God for Brad Moore, who climbed with Scott up to the rafters way up above the ice (since I am, well…scared to death of heights) and rigged my D3s in place with a couple of magic arms. Lots more on this later this week, but for now, here’s the view from the rafters. Yikes! (don’t look down Brad!).

Above: Although I’m not a “climb up in the ceiling” kind of guy, I don’t mind hiking up to the top of the stands for a wide-angle shot or two, and I got this one as the Lightning scored their 2nd goal of the night. 

Above: Here’s workshop participant Matt Sunday shooting during the game Saturday night from one of the ice-level shooting positions with a hole in the glass (photo by Pete Collins). 

Above: One of our shooting holes at ice-level — you can’t get much closer to the action than this! (Photo by Pete Collins).

Above: Shooting from the 1st mezzanine shooting locations (you only needed a 70-200mm or a 300mm tops). It’s MUCH easier to capture the action from up here, and most of the images chosen as finalists for the “end of workshop competition” were taken from this overhead angle which offers an unobstructed view of the entire rink, and much less chance of being hit by a puck square in the face or having it break your lens and/or nose. This is where I shot from during the game (this isn’t my first rodeo). (Photo by Pete Collins).

Above: She’s rockin’ that 300mm — right over the glass with a clear view of both goals. (Photo by Pete Collins).

Above: Sunday morning kicked off early with a session on setting up and using remote cameras. Scott actually makes (and sells) the enclosures approved by the NHL for remote cameras inside the goal, and he knows this stuff inside and out. He set one up in the goal and the class all got to take remote goal shots with two skaters rushing the goalie. It made for some awesome shots (and we got together for that group shot at the top of this post). (Photo by Brad Moore)

Above: Here’s one of the goal cam shots; this one taken by workshop participant Thomas Quinn.

Above: Here’s Scott and his assistant Casey (she was awesome and helped out the entire workshop), showing the class how to rig an “ice level” remote.

Above: After the remote camera session, we put on “grippers” and headed out to the ice to do some portrait lighting. We set up three stations and broke into groups of seven. Here’s my station where we’re shooting with a Nikon SB-900 and a pop-up 24″ softbox. Once it was set-up, each student got to direct the subject, try out different settings and poses. (Photo by Brad Moore)

Above: Here’s one of my test-shots from my hot-shoe flash station. I did two looks: (1) One dramatic look where I clamped down on all the ambient light and let the background fall to black (shown above), and (2) One where we lots of the ambient light show and it was clear he was at center ice.

Above: Going over the different settings with my group. I used some of the new PocketWizard Plus IIIs to trigger the flash, and I’m totally digging them (everybody brought their own PocketWizards). One student brought the new PocketWizard Plus X (which I talked about a few weeks ago), and it rocked — the model of simplicity. (Photo by Brad Moore)

Above: Here’s Mike (2nd from left) at his  shooting station (we rotated groups so everybody got to shoot at each station with each athlete). On the far left is Ingo Meckmann, a very cool guy, and darn good photographer, who came all the way from Lucerne, Switzerland to attend the workshop.  (Photo by Brad Moore)

Above: Here’s Scott’s shooting station and a three-light portrait set-up using his Elinchrom BXRI’s. (Photo by Brad Moore)

Above: Here’s one of the goalie portraits (photo by workshop participant Ingo Meckmann) 

Above: After the portrait shoot, it was back to our workroom for another post-processing session, and then everybody gathered their best three images from the game on Saturday night to enter into our “Blind Critique” Contest. The winner would take home the coveted “Kick Ice” hockey trophy (shown below) and besides insane bragging rights, they won a full-conference pass to the Photoshop World Conference & Expo.  (Photo by Brad Moore)

Above: The best shot from Saturday night’s game walks away with with cool trophy and bragging rights to last a lifetime!

Above: Ladies and Gentlemen, we have a winner! From L to R: Scott Audette, Yours Truly, our “Kick Ice” trophy winner, photographer Thomas Quinn, and Mike Carlson (the human trailer hitch).  (Photo by Brad Moore)

The Wrap Up
You know what was really cool? The whole time, the teachers, the students, the assistants — everybody knew we all involved in, and experiencing something really unique and that feeling just ran through everything we did. The group got close really fast (we shared a lot of time and meals together, including a wonderful lunch over at the Columbia Spanish Restaurant), and even though we all came through the doors of the Forum as strangers, by the end we all left as friends.

We all learned a lot (the students and the teachers), and the entire workshops was permeated with laughs and learning and that sense that we had all been a part of something really special. Something that happens just once. Or..ya know…maybe twice. ;-)

Thanks to Scott, Mike, Casey, Brad, my wonderful assistant Susan Hageanon who did a fantastic job organizing the event, and to Pete Collins who came to help out and share some “Pete-a-cisims,” and of course to the wonderful folks at the Tampa Bay Lightning and The Forum whose support and enthusiasm for this workshop from the very beginning helped make this dream a reality. #kickice

Friday
Mar
2013
15

Announcing My New “Shoot Like a Pro” Tour

by Scott Kelby  |  41 Comments

The new tour kicks off in just a few weeks in :

  • PHILADELPHIA on April 3rd
  • then to CHICAGO on April 30th

I did a test-run of the full day a few weeks ago in our headquarters for a group of about 40 photographers (to get their feedback, ideas, and comments on the day and to help me tweak it before it goes out on the road), and the feedback was just fantastic!!!!

In the short video (less than 2-minutes) above I go through the five sessions I’ll be teaching that day and what it’s all about.

Here’s the link for more info or to reserve your seat right now. (Seating is limited and filled on a first-come/first-served basis).

I hope to see you in in person in Philly or Chicago very soon (it’s a nationwide tour, so we’ll be announcing lots of new cities and dates coming very soon).

Friday
Mar
2013
15

Today’s the last day to save $100 on the Photoshop World Conference & Expo

by Scott Kelby  |  3 Comments

I know Brad mentioned this yesterday during “Free Stuff Thursday” but I didn’t want you to miss out (and I really want you to be there with me and more than 30 of the world’s best photography and Photoshop instructors).

It’s Seven full training tracks that run all three days (and you can move between tracks any time). They are:

1. Photoshop for Photographers
2. Photoshop Technique (General Photoshop)
3. Graphic Design Track (Creative Suite)
4. Lightroom
5. Business Track (Marketing, Social Media, Sales)
6. Photography Technique
7. Studio and Hot Shoe Lighting

There’s over 100 classes, and you can customize your experience to fit your needs. If you want to get faster, better, more productive and efficient, make important new contacts, learn how to market your work, have more fun and learn a ton of real-world stuff you can really use, this conference is for you!

Pricing:
(1) The full three-day conference pass (if you sign up today) is only: $598 (and includes a one-year membership to the National Association of Photoshop Professionals, including a subscription to Photoshop User magazine). 

(2) If you’re ALREADY a NAPP-member, then it’s just $499 (seriously an amazing value).

(3) If you’ve been to a previous Photoshop World, you get an additional $50 off Alumni Discount. 

(4) If you want to come in a day early and take an in-depth workshop on a particular topic (most of these are hands-on), those optional pre-conference workshops are listed right here. 

Today’s the cutoff for the early-bird $100-off special, and here’s the link with more details and where you can go to sign up now to save that $100. :)

See you in Orlando next month at the world’s largest Photoshop event!

-Scott

 

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