The Grid with Dixie Dixon Yesterday we had fashion photographer Dixie Dixon as our guest on The Grid, and man was she a hit! If you missed it (or if you were one of the people having issues with the streaming feed), you can watch it in its entirety right here or on KelbyTV.com (where it will be posted later today). She shared some great career advice that anyone who’s just starting out can take to heart, and answered plenty of great questions. And, if you missed her guest blog earlier this month, you can check that out right here and see her work at DixieDixon.com.
Capturing The Modern Family Portrait with Tamara Lackey Whether you’re a family portrait photographer by trade or just want to get some great photos of your own family, you’ll want to check out the latest class on KelbyTraining.com, Capturing The Modern Family Portrait with Tamara Lackey! Tamara shows you how to interact with both parents and kids on location and in the studio, the gear she uses, how to plan for the shoot, choosing locations, and even tips on wardrobe.
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Operation Photo Rescue If you or someone you know had photos that were damaged in Hurricane Sandy, the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan is hosting Operation Photo Rescue on February 2-3. People can bring up to 20 damaged photos to be evaluated and possibly restored and printed at no cost to the owner. They’ll be accepting photos from 10am – 5pm each day, and you can get all the info at OperationPhotoRescue.com.
About three years ago, I was noticing a new trend in photography, that of photo collectives, like Luceo, MJR, Prime, and Razón that were making their way onto my various news feeds through social media. I thought it was quite clever how they used their collective social networks to share the work of their various members in a way that didn’t seem pompous or overly self-promotional as it can often seem when when an individual ‘toots their own horn’ and continuously posts only their work on their personal accounts. It was then I thought, ‘why not create a similar resource for all freelancers like myself? I’ll call it “The Photo Brigade.”
It all started on Facebook where I began sharing links to great blog posts from many freelance bloggers with anyone who was interested in following our feed. Rather quickly we had over 1000 followers, at which point I felt it was time to turn Photo Brigade into an actual blog. Fortunately, over my short career I’ve become acquainted with many amazing photographers who also thought it would be a great way to get extra eyes on their recent work and agreed to participate in this concept. With the help of my super-talented, graphic designer wife Laia Prats, we built the blog and thus The Photo Brigade was born.
We live in an age where a vast majority of photo editors, image buyers, and art directors use both social media and general google searches to find the content they’re looking for, so it’s incredibly important for photographers these days to keep their work online and searchable so that they and their work can be easily found. One of the best ways for photographers to be found organically on on the web is to have their websites search engine optimized (SEO). One of the best ways to make that happen is by blogging. All that text that is written within a blog is crawled by search engines like Google, resulting in higher placement in web searches.
Blogging isn’t easy. It’s a labor of love. In fact, both Scott and Brad can attest it’s taken me many months to finally get my ass to write this very post, which I’m typing on a flight to Barcelona. I’ve run my own personal blog for years and there’s been some months when I was very regular with my posts and some months when I’d neglect it altogether. I’d noticed the same trend among my many peers and also noticed many talented individuals who didn’t blog at all, which I felt was a great disservice to them. My inspiration in starting The Photo Brigade was to not only share and promote the amazing work of my peers, but also to encourage and inspire my fellow freelancers to get their ass in gear and hop on the blogging bandwagon.
Since I graduated college I’ve only ever been a freelancer. Among many other responsibilities, that means I’ve had to purchase my own gear, worry where my next paycheck would come from, think about health/gear insurance, my retirement plan, deal with tons of administrative work, and most importantly promote myself by getting my name out for the world to see. So in building The Photo Brigade, I wanted to turn it into resource that I personally would love to use. There were many websites I used for inspiration, such as Sports Shooter where I got my first social exposure through their message boards in the days before Facebook.
Beyond all the stellar work I’ve seen and the amazing photographers, editors, and industry professionals I’ve connected with through The Photo Brigade, what I love most is the ability the blog has to adapt and grow. While we started simply featuring blog posts, we’ve since begun working with a long list of contributors to create great content like product reviews, contests, gear guides, guest posts, and other various industry-related content on the business of photography. Some of those contributors are personal friends of mine and many are those who’ve reached out expressing a desire to be part of what we’re doing, which has been the ultimate driving force behind our desire to continue this labor of love.
I’m excited to see where things go in the coming year. Along with cool contests and great features in the works as usual, we’re also working hard to expand our columns to take a deeper look into the photo industry all in hopes to become an even greater resource for working professionals and enthusiasts alike.
It’s important to mention The Photo Brigade wouldn’t be possible without the tireless work of my wife, Laia, who spends many hours/day scouring the web and editing blog posts, tweaking the design, and putting up with me. Additionally, that of our sponsors who have helped us in many ways by supporting us, providing awesome gear for reviews and prizes for our contests. To our contributors who have guest blogged and provided material for us to share, we tip our hats and give great thanks. Most importantly, thanks to you, our readers, who regularly visit our site, follow our social networks, and/or participate in any way by liking/sharing/commenting on our Facebook posts, tweets, and so on. The more we see your interaction, the more we know what we’re doing is useful and good.
If you’re interested in being part of The Photo Brigade in some capacity; guest blogging, being featured, or simply just visiting to enjoy our content, I hope you would send me an email, bookmark us, and follow us on your favorite social platform. Can’t wait to see your work and interact with you all moving forward.
Thanks Scott for the opportunity to guest post on your awesome blog and share our community with yours!
This sounds more democratic than it really is — because I did, in fact wake up late (read as: just now) so I’m no farther along in my editing process than I was last night at 1:46 am, so I bring you up close and personal with a giant ball of fluffing fluff, known locally as “Maggie The Wonderdog!”
Also, a thanks to my commenter Bibz who totally got my “She’s so fluffy I could die!” reference from my previous post and posted a link to a YouTube video clip with an explanation (it’s a reference to the very clever animated movie “Despicable Me!”).
Here’s another view of the two “Fluffy Scenes” from the movie (via YouTube) — just watch the first 7-seconds and you’ll see what I mean. :)
Lastly, let’s close with yet another “Maggie Moment.”
(Above:I would do anything to get a hold of a pair of socks to chew, but in lieu of that, I would gladly jump up on your desk and chew your Wacom stylus pen until it is unrecognizable as a pen).
Hi Gang: It’s 1:46 am and after flying in from Atlanta tonight I just got through my first-look at the images from Sunday, and well….I’m just too darn tired to do a blog post now, so I’m calling in “lame.”
However, to distract you from my lameness, please enjoy this shot of our “she’s so fluffy I could die” bundle of all bark and no bite (and reliable provider of unsolicited lick-baths), it’s “Maggie the Wonderdog.”(Who’s a good girl? Maggie’s a good girl!).
My plan is to actually post some of the shots (at least the remote images with some production shots), later this morning, but that is a very “loose” plan and is subject to change based on a myriad of things ranging from me sleeping too late to Maggie the Wonder-dog needing to be taken to the groomer (hey, it could happen), or me actually showing up for the taping we have scheduled in our video studio, so basically, when you return later this morning, you could see:
(a) Football shots from five remote cameras, or… (b) Another shot of Maggie TWD
I know you’re secretly hoping it will be another shot of Maggie and you may very well get your wish. :-)
The Falcons may have come up short at yesterday’s NFC Championship Game, but they had just an incredible season, and I was honored to be able to shoot the Falcons during the regular season, and the playoffs. Shooting alongside Falcon’s team photographers Michael Benford, Lynn Bass, Matt Lange all led by the wonderful Jimmy Cribbs, has truly been an honor this season, and I couldn’t’ ask to shoot alongside a greater group of guys. Plus, yesterday we got a special appearance from our buddy “Big Daddy Don Page,” which made it even more fun.
It’s really late (I’m still here in Atlanta — going to PPA’s ImagingUSA tradeshow tomorrow here in Atlanta), and I am just beat. So much so, I haven’t even downloaded my cards yet (and I can’t wait to see how the remote camera set-ups worked out), so I’m going to hit the sack — I’ll look at some of the shots tomorrow, and hopefully I’ll have some images to show you guys tomorrow.
Thanks again to everyone at the awesome Falcons organization for letting me shoot for you guys. It was a fantastic game, an amazing season, and the Falcons and their fans have a lot to be proud of. Go Falcons! #riseup!
It’s here! Our brand-new, just-launched magazine for photographers using Adobe’s Lightroom. We launched with two issues — a FREE launch issue (it’s a full regular issue so you can really get the look, feel and of course, the free training), and we also simultaneously released our 2nd issue ( regular issues are just $4.99. Less than an Extra Value Meal at McDonalds).
The magazine is all about teaching you how to make the most of your time in Lightroom and each issue has articles on everything from creating presets to organizing your images to my column on creating custom photo books, and much more. I’m the mag’s Publisher, but at the reins is Editor-in-Chief (& renown Lightroom guru) +Matt Kloskowski so you know it’s going to rock!
The magazine is available NOW on the App Store for the iPad (For more on our Android tablet development, see this video from +RC Concepcion demo-ing our sister-publication Light-it Magazine on an Android tablet: http://youtu.be/UjqLF7tAKz0 )
NOTE:These issues have embedded video, so the downloads are…well…lets just say we’re working on that part cause they’re pretty big and take a while to download. Patience is a virtue. :)
Shooting the NFC Championship Game on Sunday for the Falcons
OK, Brad’s been busy getting all my remote gear together for this Sunday’s game (see iPhone photo above). I’m going to be running FIVE remotes this time out, including one with a 300mm f/2.8 rigged at the top of the dome aiming down at the 50-yard-line. It’s a PocketWizard fiesta (using four of the new PocketWizard Plus III —- link).
Tried using a D5000 with a flip-out LCD screen for when I’m shooting fish-eye mounted on a monopod, but it seems like more work than it’s worth, so back to a full-frame body and shooting kinda blind with it. Can’t wait ’till game day :)
Above:We ordered a two-head floor mount from fplate.net (their stuff totally rocks!) so I can mount two cameras on the ground as the players make their entrance to the field through the smoke and fire.
Above:Ahhhh, there’s nothing more attractive than an iPhone photo of a Pelican case with a bunch of safety cables. We bought even more today for rigging that 300mm f/2.8 to the top of the dome.
When I saw I was on this list, I just couldn’t believe it!
When I first saw a link to the list in my feed, I thought someone was just bringing it to my attention, like “Hey, Scott — here’s something you might consider for your blog” and then as I’m scrolling through the 16 and I saw my name at #10, my jaw just dropped.
It’s very humbling to see the amazing photographers I’m surrounded by on that list (I just hope Jay Maisel doesn’t see that I’m ranked higher than Bresson, or he will fly down here from New York and personally beat the living daylights out of me). LOL! Here’s the link to see the full list: http://bit.ly/UNA31P
Thanks again to ExpertPhotography.com and to all the great folks who visit my blog during the year. :-)
Hope you all have a kick butt weekend. Don’t forget: GO FALCONS! (which is to show my support for the Falcons, but for some reason when I say it, it just brings out 49ers fan saying mean things instead). LOL! #riseup!