Tuesday
Jan
2013
22

Today’s Blog Post Will Be Significantly Late, So Please Enjoy…”Maggie, The Wonder Dog!”

by Scott Kelby  |  20 Comments

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.  :-)

Nite (unless you’re reading this in the morning),

–Scott the Sleepyguy

Monday
Jan
2013
21

What a Game! What a Season!

by Scott Kelby  |  15 Comments

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!

Friday
Jan
2013
18

Friday News Stuff (and the launch of our new Lightroom magazine!)

by Scott Kelby  |  24 Comments

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. :)

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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.

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“The Grid” is back from our holiday break, and this Wednesday was our “Blind Photo Critique” show

Here’s the free re-broadcast of yesterday’s “Blind Photo Critique” Episode of “The Grid.” (We get such great feedback from these blind critique episodes).

We had some great moments in this episode, and I even got tagged as a “Quote of the Day” when I said:

 “I don’t think there’s enough sliders in Lightroom to fix that shot.” LOL!

It’s a really helpful episode with some great learning moments. Check it out above. :)

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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

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A big thanks to ExpertPhotography.com for choosing this blog as one of their “Top 20 Photography Websites of 2012″

Just saw this a couple of days and was really psyched (and honored) to see my blog was included alongside some of really wonderful photography sites out there (here’s the link to see all 20: http://www.expertphotography.com/top-20-photography-websites-2012/).

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!

Thursday
Jan
2013
17

It’s Free Stuff Thursday!

by Brad Moore  |  44 Comments

The Business Side of Ed Greenberg: Copyright Protection for Photographers
As part of our ever-growing lineup of business classes, copyright attorney Ed Greenberg sat down with Mia McCormick for an in-depth interview on the importance of copyright for photographers in his class The Business Side of Ed Greenberg: Copyright Protection for Photographers. Don’t let the name fool you though, copyright isn’t the only thing he talks about… He shares stories about model releases, contracts, and dealing with copyright infringement as well (the name of the class was already long enough though, so it’s kinda hard to fit all that in there ;-)

So, head on over to KelbyTraining.com today to have your questions answered by one of the toughest New York City attorneys in the business, and leave a comment for your chance to win a free 3-day rental of this class!

Leave a comment for your chance to win a free 3-day rental of this class!

Kelby Training Live
The first seminars of the year are on the calendar, including a new tour with Ben Willmore! Check out these dates:

Lightroom 4 Live with Matt Kloskowski
Jan 25 – Oklahoma City, OK
Jan 31 – Austin, TX

Photoshop CS6 for Photographers with RC Concepcion
Feb 1 – Covington, KY
Feb 27 – Richmond, VA

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

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

Photoshop World Orlando
Where can you find your favorite instructors like Joe McNally, Dave Black, Moose Peterson, Joel Grimes, and more all in one place? Photoshop World Orlando! Not only do we have new instructors like former Disney illustrator Aaron Blaise, New York City wedding photographer/WPPI President Jason Groupp, and Photoshop Cafe owner Colin Smith, but there are also new pre-conference workshops to check out!

If you haven’t seen the new class schedule and instructor lineup, head on over to PhotoshopWorld.com to get all the info and register to join us April 17-19 in Orlando. And, register for the conference this week and leave a comment here for your chance to win a free Speed Pass that will get you priority seating in all the classes and the opening keynote!

Photoshop Freak Show with Glyn Dewis & Calvin Hollywood
Glyn Dewis and Calvin Hollywood are teaming up to bring you the Photoshop Freak Show, a one-day seminar in London on Sunday March 24th! They’ll be showing a whole mix of techniques for Beauty & Portrait Retouching, Compositing, Special Effects, Adjustments, Workflow, and more.

Tickets are just £79 per person, and you can find out more info and register at PhotoshopFreakShow.com. Space is limited, so don’t wait!

Leave a comment for your chance to win a free rental of one of Calvin’s KelbyTraining.com classes, and one of Glyn’s!

Winners
1-Month KelbyTraining.com Subscription
- Greg Beliera

Lightroom 4 Live Seminar
- lewisw

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

Tuesday
Jan
2013
15

Some Shots from Sunday’s Falcons/Seahawks Playoff Game

by Scott Kelby  |  41 Comments

WOW!!!! What an unbelievable playoff game!!!!

It came down to literally the last seconds of the game, when Atlanta came back from behind with a beautiful field goal by Matt Bryant for the big win and to take the Falcons to the NFC Championship Game this coming Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers. The winner of that game goes to the Super Bowl! I’ll be there  this coming weekend again shooting for the Falcons team (thanks Jimmy, Mike, Matt, Lynn and crew) and I could barely be more psyched! Post season baby! Woo Hoo!!

When they gave out our assignments, besides regular game coverage, I volunteered to not just shoot the action, but to shoot some of the moments surrounding the game, and so I included a few of those here as well. The energy and excitement in the Georgia Dome was just incredible and it was amazing just to be there and soak it all in, but there’s wasn’t much time for that, so here we go:

Above: I took this one during pre-game warmups when the Defense forms a circle and get each other pumped up with some serious “BOOM!” chants and lots of smack talk. It’s an awesome thing to see, but a bit risky to do what I did here: I had my camera mounted on the end of a monopod, facing up toward the top of the dome with a 14-24mm lens (at 4,000 ISO) and shot straight up. The guy who is off-center lead the chant and when he’s done, he jumps up and then dives to the ground and so I had to be careful my camera didn’t get in his way — especially since all those guys would have turned on me in an instant. LOL!).

Above: Here’s one of my remote shots with the 14mm. I went a little too wide and put the camera a little too far forward so you don’t see any of the massive smoke and pyrotechnics going off, but this Sunday I’ll move it back farther, plus I’ll have three remotes going from three different angles. I really like the idea of seeing a lot of the dome, crowd, cheerleaders, drumline, etc, but at this small size you can’t appreciate it. It looks much better full screen on my laptop, but alas, it just needs better execution, and I’m very lucky I get to try it again this weekend. By the way — see that guy holding a monopod up right just player the player on the left. That’s me!

Above: I just love these overhead super-wide angle shots during the pre-game warmup.

Above: This one is right after the win, heading into the locker room from the field. It was a very emotional few minutes of the game.

Above: Falcon’s Defensive End John Abraham between plays. I totally dig his tattoos, and a shot I took of him on the bench last season is in my football portfolio so I was particularly drawn to making this image. The subject of this shot, like the one in my port, are the tats, so I framed it so it was nice and tight, but I really like the way the NFL logo on his towel becomes part of the focus of the image.

Above: Here’s the coin-toss right before the kick-off with the Captains of both team. If you look up at the dome, you can see the coin in mid air. This was a hand-held shot, I’m down on one knee with the 14-24mm at 14mm aiming up.

Above: Here’s a game action shot, but I wasn’t as focused on the game as usual as I was looking for opportunities to shoot things and players surrounding the game.

Above: To stop a Falcon, you have to take flight. See, this is why they don’t let me be a color commentator in the booth — I would actually say lame things like that. LOL!

Above: I kept thinking I was going to capture a great shot of Wilson getting sacked, but that guy is amazingly slippery and got out of some situations that would have gotten most other QB’s sacked for a huge loss.

Above: It’s good!!!!

Above: Shot of kickers get little love, so I thought I’d toss one in here just to say I did.

Above: Sorry, this lane is closed!  (That was courtesy of “Lame Caption Man”).

Above: This is what it looks like when the Falcon’s kicker split the uprights to win the game for Atlanta. I so wanted to turn toward the field and get Matt Bryant’s reaction, or the other player’s reaction, but instead I turned around and saw a stadium cheering on its feet.

Above: Nothing like a genuinely happy fan!!!!

OK, how about some “Behind the Scenes” shot? (mostly taken with my iPhone). 

Above: Here’s a glimpse of the media work room (for still and video crews covering the event). They had some serious Southern Style cooking for us — Fried Chicken, BBQ Sandwiches, Baked Beans, Cornbread, Potato Salad and Apple Cobbler. Just enough calories and carbs to slow you to almost a full stop! LOL.

Above: This iPhone Pano is from the pressroom, where we work after the game getting our final images together for downloading. The Falcons have a runner who comes and takes your cards from you right after the initial player introductions (when the first come on the field through the fire and smoke), and then at the 2-minute warning before Halftime, and then we turn them in again up here, where by buddy Mike Benford and I spend an hour or so sorting images and talking about the game over a soda and some stale popcorn. The food and drink might not be fancy, but you can’t beat the view. 

Above: Here’s my Camera Gear load-out for the game. 

Above: here’s my remote gear, in a rolling Pelican Case. I also have three steel safety cables as well. 

Above: That’s me, testing the remote camera shortly before they do the player intros. Notice the PocketWizard in my hand (I use that for triggering the remotes), and the super-stylin’ neon green vest! ;-)

Above: Oh yeah! Oh yeah! How ’bout we go to the NFC Championship Game next week! 

My thanks to the Falcon team photographers, the always cool Jimmy Cribbs, Matt Lange, Lynn Bass, and Michael Benford. Some of the best and most talented guys out there, and I’m truly honored that you let me shoot for you guys during such an important season.

Also, of course a big congrats to the Atlanta Falcons for pulling off a HUGE win, and let’s do it again this week when a very tough 49ers come to town. Oh yeah, one more thing: GO FALCONS! #riseup!

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