Howdy everybody. A few quick things to share with you (including a really slick Lightroom trick), but before we get to that stuff, just wanted to mention that in case you didn’t get to take advantage of our Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals, we’ve extended the deal for 24-hours. You have ’till midnight tonight and then they’re gone. Here’s the link to take advantage of our best prices of the year.
(Note:it’s $50.oo off a KelbyOne one year membership and $300 off a Photoshop World 2017 Full Conference pass).
OK, onto my tip: I did this tip on Friday over at my other blog (lightroomkillertips.com), and I wanted to share it with you all here. It’s a quick, easy trick for creating a shallow depth-of-field effect right within Lightroom. It looks pretty good, and it’s super simple, and I even tossed in a couple of extra Lightroom tips, too! (check it out below):
Tomorrow it’s gonna be a GOOOOOD episode of “The Grid” Dog photographer extraordinaire, wonderful educator, and just an absolutely delightful person all around, Kaylee Greer, is my guest tomorrow on “The Grid” (my weekly talkshow for photographers) at 4pm ET. Hope you can join us.
Hope you all have a great Tuesday (that’s a thing, right?).
OK guys — today, Cyber Monday, is your last chance to get our absolute best prices of the year on KelbyOne annual memberships, and Photoshop World 2017 Conference passes. Here’s the deals:
NOTE:These deals END TONIGHT at 12:00 am midnight ET
PROGRAMING NOTE:Today, starting at 10:00 am ET and running until 4:00 pm, at the top of every hour we’re doing a LIVE 10-minute screaming deal Webcast where we convinced one of our partners to offer an insane discount but just for 10-minutes (and ONLY 10-minutes). Some stuff is incredibly cheap. Some stuff (can’t tip the hats on which ones) are simply free (that’s right — they’re giving their product away for 10 minutes), but you’ve got to watch to get the code. Here’s the details:
Who: Join Larry Becker LIVE from our studios What: Unbelievable Cyber Monday deals that only last 10-minutes TOTAL! Where:Here’s the link When: Today starting at 10:00 am and at the top of every hour until 4pm. Why: Cause we always do something cool on Cyber Monday!
Of course, our deals are running all day today, too, so for goodness sake don’t forget about those!
OK, that’s the Cyber Monday scoop! The deals are here, but only for today!
Hope you have a great start to your week, everybody! :)
We’d love to have you as a KelbyOne member (we have an incredible line-up of classes planned for 2017, and some seriously cool new things you will love as a member), and of course, we’d love to have you spend three-amazing day with us in Orlando next Spring at the conference.
Hope you have a great weekend, and we’ll see ya back here on Monday! :)
P.S.On “Cyber Monday” we’ll be doing LIVE broadcasts EVERY HOUR ON THE HOUR with special “10-minute only screaming deals” we’ve specially arranged with our partners. These are CRAZY deals (including some who are actually making their products FREE but just for 10 minutes). Join Larry Becker on Monday (I’ll have all the details here on Monday, so start your day here).
Today in the U.S. we celebrate Thanksgiving; a national holiday where we give thanks for the many blessings we enjoy (and I truly feel like the most blessed guy on earth).
Traditionally this is a day where families come together to eat a Thanksgiving turkey feast, and then we watch the Cowboys lose to the Redskins. It’s just about a perfect day. Our offices are closed today for Thanksgiving, but I’ll be back here tomorrow with some insane deals on all our stuff in honor of the biggest shopping day of the year (known as Black Friday).
In the meantime, please enjoy the stock image above (nothing brings the warmth, togetherness, and joy of Thanksgiving together like a stock image with 3D-Rendered pumkins).
In all seriousness, here’s wishing you and your family a joyous, happy, and yummy Thanksgiving.
Portrait Retouching in Adobe Lightroom CC with Kristina Sherk Retouching Portraits in Photoshop is so 2005! Join Kristina Sherk as she takes you through her retouching workflow using only Lightroom. With the new capabilities Adobe has incorporated into Lightroom, you can save loads of time by skipping photoshop and retouching directly in Lightroom. You’ll learn how to remove blemishes, enhance eyes, smooth skin, whiten teeth, and more. Kristina packs the class with power user tips on saving custom Adjustment brush presets, syncing local adjustments across multiple photos, and how to use Lightroom to work smarter, not harder.
In Case You Missed It Learn the core fundamentals of retouching hair! Join Kristina Sherk as she teaches you how to retouch hair smarter, not harder. From removing stray hairs to changing your subject’s hair color, and from creating custom hair brushes to adding dimension and shine, Kristi will show you how to do the best things possible in the fastest amount of time. Every photographer working with people can benefit from adding these hair retouching techniques to their set of skills, so that you can deliver outstanding work to your clients and get back behind the camera. By the end of the class you’ll know how to make your clients look red-carpet ready and how to do it faster than ever.
A Look Into The Making Of Matt Wertz’s SnowGlobe Shop Videos
Most of you here know me, Brad Moore, and that I moved to Nashville earlier this year. Since coming here, one of my new ventures has taken me into the world of video. I met Phil Barnes, seen above, when we both arrived at a mutual friend’s concert with the idea of making a video for him. Rather than make two videos, I asked Phil if he wanted to work together on one, and he said yes. Through the experience of working together on this one video, we decided to team up and keep making videos together. Thus was born Phil and Brad Make Videos!
Fast forward to a few weeks ago, when we were approached by Matt Wertz, asking if we’d be interested in making some videos to help him launch his annual online holiday store, The SnowGlobe Shop. Each year, Matt launches this shop to sell some of his own merchandise, but also some other items that are made locally in Nashville. He wanted Phil and I to help tell the story behind each of the locally made products… Why he’s working with each company, the care that goes into making each product, etc.
The introduction video to The SnowGlobe Shop. This was actually the last video we made as it’s mostly made up of clips from the other six videos we created.
For each shoot, I filmed with a 70-200mm f/2.8L lens on the Canon 1DX, shooting at 60fps for slow-motion footage. Since I was shooting at 60fps, my shutter speed was at 1/125 and my f-stop and ISO varied depending on the shooting location. Phil filmed with a 24-70mm f/2.8L lens on the Canon 5D Mark III, shooting at 24fps for a cinematic feel. His shutter was at 1/50, and his f-stop and ISO also varied from on location to the next. We both shot handheld and only used available light since we had to move quickly and had limited time at each location.
Our first shoot was at ThreadCo, a startup fashion company that focuses on creating high quality closet staples at an affordable price. This was where we found our groove and dynamic for this project. I started off shooting wide, then quickly switched to shooting tight once we got into the space and realized what exactly we needed to focus on. As long as I was shooting tight and Phil was shooting wide and we stayed out of each other’s shots as much as possible, we knew we had wiggle room in the edit.
The last bit of filming was spent getting vanity shots, both video and stills, of each product. Throughout the process, Matt was also recording voiceovers for the videos, either spoken by him or one of the people involved in making each product. Once we had all of these pieces captured and created, it was time to put them together. To the edit!
Phil and I have a pretty great dynamic figured out, which allows us each to play to our strengths. I tend to be the primary shooter, then he drives the edit once we have all the footage. Once he has a pretty decent cut ready, I’ll take a look and give notes and we’ll discuss what fine-tune tweaks we need to make.
So, once we have all of our footage downloaded and backed up, we start making our way through it to find the best shots that are both visually attractive and help tell the story of how each item is created. We bring it all into Adobe Premiere Pro CC and delete the clips that are garbage, and cut and trim down the clips that aren’t.
We put the clips together in the order that made sense for the story of each item and slowed down the 60fps footage to 40% for the slow-motion effect, and also scaled it to fit the frame (the 1DX shoots 60fps at 720p, but it looks fine when scaled to 1080p). We also added in the graphics and credits at the end of each video.
Since we were working with a musician on these videos, we knew we would be using his music as the underlying track. He gave us the instrumental title track from his Snow Globe album, and we trimmed it to fit the length of each video. Once we had the voiceover for each video, we did some minor editing to take out the distracting elements (ums, breathing between sentences, etc), then added those to each project. Even once they were in Premiere, we were able to cut them and space them out to be better timed with the pace of each video.
After we got everything just right, Phil mixed and mastered the audio to make sure levels were good and, honestly… I’m not sure what all he did so I could just make up a bunch of technical stuff to sound smart, but just trust me when I say that he made everything sound great ;-)
All that was left from there was to export each one, send it to Matt, get his notes, and adjust each one accordingly! The final edits for each one are here, and I hope you enjoy them. Matt, Phil, and I all put a LOT of time and effort into making these, and I for one am pretty happy with how they turned out. I honestly can’t wait until our next project, whatever it may be.