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

 

Thursday
Mar
2013
14

Miss Out on WPPI? Check Out These Videos!

by Brad Moore  |  1 Comments

A big part of the fun and excitement of going to photography conferences is finding the newest and coolest gear on the expo floor! If you weren’t able to make it to WPPI 2013 in Las Vegas this week, the Kelby Training team has you covered with video features of some of the latest gear they discovered at the expo. Here are just a few of the videos, and you can find more at the Kelby Media Group YouTube channel.

Nikon D7100 & Nikkor 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G

TetherTools TabStrap and Look Lock

HurleyProGear Medusa LED

SpinLight 360

Westcott Rapid Box

Thursday
Mar
2013
14

It’s Free Stuff Thursday!

by Brad Moore  |  41 Comments

Last Day To Save $100 on Photoshop World Orlando
Today’s the day. You’ve waited as long as you can. If you don’t do it today, you’ll be spending more than you need to. It’s time…

To register for Photoshop World Orlando!! Come spend a few days in sunny Orlando, Florida learning from the best Photoshop and photography instructors on the planet. And when you register, make sure you book your room at the Rosen Centre Hotel so you can stay where the instructors stay!

Leave a comment for your chance to win a full-conference pass (but don’t not register and miss out on saving $100 because we won’t choose a winner till next week)!

Joel Grimes – My Uncompromising Passion To Create
This has been the week of Joel Grimes!

Last week we added his Mastering Beauty Lighting & Fashion for Portrait Photography class to the KelbyTraining.com library.

Yesterday he was the featured guest blogger here.

And now you can watch his newest KelbyTraining.com class, My Uncompromising Passion To Create. If you want to know the secret to Joel’s success, this interview is for you. Find out about the goals he’s set for himself, how he’s branded himself artistically, and his hard working creative process that has gotten him to where he is today.

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

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

The Digital Photography Book Unleashed with Scott Kelby
Apr 3 – Philadelphia, PA
Apr 30 – Chicago, IL

Photoshop CS6 for Photographers with RC Concepcion
Mar 15 – Tampa, FL
Mar 25 – Houston, TX
Apr 10 – San Francisco, CA

Photographic Artistry with Adobe Photoshop with Ben Willmore
Mar 19 – New York, NY
Mar 20 – Washington, DC
Apr 12 – Portland, OR

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

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!

Epson Finish Strong Contest
Want a chance to win $5,000 or attend a photo shoot with Joe McNally? Epson’s recent Finish Strong ad campaign has featured world class photographers shooting incredible subjects in amazing places, and now they’re looking to you to help them come up with their next shoot!

For all the details, head over to Epson.com/FinishStrongContest or click here to watch Epson’s Dan Steinhardt talk about the contest on last week’s episode of The Grid.

Moose Peterson Workshops
Sheesh, I’m starting to realize how many great opportunities are on the blog today… Let’s keep things rolling with these workshops with Moose Peterson!

First up is his Photoshop for Shooters workshop that takes place in Mammoth Lakes, California. This workshop covers everything from camera settings that will speed up your post processing workflow, to post processing techniques, to printing, and everything in between. It’s happening April 27-28, and you can get more info right here and here.

Next up is his Mono Lake Weekend workshop that takes place at, well, Mono Lake! This one is for people who want to photograph a beautiful location and get all the insider tips and tricks from the guy who calls Mono Lake his back yard. It takes place May 18-19, and you can get more info here and here.

Leave a comment for your chance to snag a free rental of one of Moose’s Kelby Training classes!

Frank Doorhof’s New York Workshop (and a special discount on some downloads)
Next up on the list of great opportunities is Frank Doorhof’s New York Workshop that’s taking place April 13-14. Spend a couple days with Frank shooting cars and models, and learning about posing, light meters, lens flare, small lights, big lights, retouching, and more! There are only three spots left, so sign up soon and get a free copy of his Live In Boston DVD!

If you can’t make it to Frank’s workshop, he’s also offering 15% off his instructional downloads. Just head over to his online store and use the code UK77 when checking out to get the discount.

Leave a comment for your chance to win a free rental of one of Frank’s KelbyTraining.com classes!

DC Shootoff 2013 Workshop
Last but not least is the DC Shootoff 2013 Workshop that’s happening this weekend! It kicks off tonight with portfolio reviews and a reception, then continues all day Friday with presentations from photographers including Ken Hackman, Tom Sperduto, Allison Shelly, Corey Rich and others. Spend Saturday photographing assignments and getting advice from mentors and editors. Then wrap things up on Sunday with a silent auction and awards ceremony.

If you’re a military or civil service photographer, this workshop is for you. You can get all the info on it right here.

Winners
Photoshop World Full-Conference Pass
- John Price

Joel Grimes Class Rental
- Marcel Bauer

Kelby Training Live Seminar
- Kathy Bargar

Signed Copy of Peter Read Miller on Sports Photography
- Brent Just

That’s it for today. Have a great Thursday!

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