Friday
Jan
2013
04

The “Best of 2012″ Here on the Blog (Part 1)

by Scott Kelby  |  12 Comments

I thought I’d kick off the new year with a quick look back at the most popular, and most commented-on posts of 2012 here on my blog, and some of the fun stuff we shared during the past year.

By the way: If you’re wondering how many posts we put up in the course of a year, in 2012 it was 355 posts! (Whew). Also, in case you were wondering: I actually do write all my own posts with the exception of “Guest Blog Wednesday” and “Free Stuff Thursday” which are handled for me by my photo assistant Brad Moore, to which I am boundlessly grateful for and for which I will be forever in his debt. Wrangling those two is a lot more work than it looks by a long shot (many thanks Braddo). :)

The Top 10 Most Commented-on Posts of 2012
Here are the posts that garnered the most comments from readers during the year, in order: (NOTE: I didn’t include any of my “Free Stuff Thursday” giveaways in these tallies or Guest Blog comments which have their own separate catagory).

1. I’m Done with Drobo (548 comments) link

2. Why I think Lightroom 4 is going to sell like crazy (185 comments) link

3. This Story About Photography is About Much More Than Photography (173 comments) link

4. Something’s missing from my new MacBook Pro (170 comments) link

5. The Nikon D800 vs the D600: Which One is the Right One For You? (146 comments) link

6. Lightroom 4 and leaving the past behind (138 comments) link

7. My Creative Cloud Quick Q&A (129 comments) link

8. Drobo CEO Tom Buiocchi Responds (126 comments) link

9. My Location Scouting trip to Ireland (105 comments) link

10. My first NFL Shoot with the Nikon D600 (100 comments) link

 

Guest Bloggers
I’m indebted to all the Guest Bloggers who shared their images, ideas and inspiration with my readers each Wednesday. Here are the top commented posts from 2012:

1. Peter Hurley (163 comments) link

2. Regina Pagles (109 comments) link

3. Cliff Mautner (93 comments) link

4. Tamara Lackey (65 comments) link

5. Glyn Dewis (73 comments) link

6. Dave Clayton (59 comments) link

7. Adam Elmakias (56 comments) link

8. RC Concepcion (effects of printing and hanging) (48 comments) link

9. Patrick LaMontagne (46 comments) link

10. Bill Frakes (41 comments) link

 

My Photo Shoots
When I do a shoot, I usually post the images here within a day or so (or the spread from the photo book I made if it was a travel shoot), and here are the shoots that garnered the most comments from 2012 (in order of popularity):

1. My Location Scouting trip to Ireland (105 comments) link

2. My First NFL Shoot With The Nikon D600 and some other new gear (92 comments) link

3. I shot my First NHL Hockey Game Last Night (97 comments) link

4. I’m back from 2-1/2 Days in Havana, Cuba (87 comments) link

5. Some pages from my Paris Photo Book (80 comments) link

6. My four days in India (79 comments) link

7. My first three-light car shoot (with lots of help from Tim Wallace’s online class) (73 comments) link

8. Back From a Week in Paris (and a new photo series emerges) (71 comments) link

9. My Favorite Football Shots of the 2011 Season (71 comments) link

10. My First ‘Real’ Shoot with the Nikon D4: The Tavistock Pro Golf Tournament (65 comments)  link

That’s it for Part One
I’ll be back on Monday with Part Two, where we’ll look at some of the milestones from an entire year here on the blog and I hope you’ll join me back here then. In the meantime, here’s wishing you a fantastic “1st weekend of the New Year” and I hope it’s the beginning of a string of wonderful weekends to come!

Thursday
Jan
2013
03

It’s Free Stuff Thursday!

by Brad Moore  |  57 Comments

Photo Pro Expo 2013
Kick your year off right by registering for the Photo Pro Expo taking place February 7-11 in Cincinnati! Learn from speakers like Joe McNally, Julieanne Kost, Rick Sammon, David Ziser, Kevin Kubota, and 21 other photographers who will help you take your photography business to new levels in 2013.

Plus, you can enjoy the largest photo tradeshow in the Midwest, sign up for a portfolio review, enter the print competition, and take part in the Westcott Fantasy Model Shootout! Plus there are parties every night where you can network with fellow attendees and instructors, and even have a chance at winning some $$$ and other prizes.

The price of registration is normally $159, but use the promo code PPENAPP13 when registering and pay only $139 for four days of education from some of the top photographers in the industry! Not only that, but the first 50 people who register using this promo code will have a chance to win an iPad Mini. Not a bad deal, eh?

Even if you can’t make it for the entire four days, you can still register for just one day for $99, or grab a tradeshow pass for only $20.

And, since this is Free Stuff Thursday, leave a comment for your chance to win a free ticket to this amazing event!

Winners

Photoshop CS6 Book for Photographers (ebook)
- Martin Boling

1-Month KelbyTraining.com Subscription
- John Skinner

That’s it for today. Have a great day and a happy new year!

Wednesday
Jan
2013
02

It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Dixie Dixon!

by Brad Moore  |  15 Comments

Hellooooo There!

First off I just want to send a heartfelt thank you over to the amazing Scott Kelby, Brad Moore & Kelby Training Team for letting me borrow their blog this Wednesday. I have been a HUGE fan and follower for years now so this is quite the honor :)!!!

Today I figured I would talk a little about my journey/approach and dive into 10 tips on how one might begin a career in the wild world of fashion photography.

My Approach/Journey (The Cliff Notes Version)
Beautiful photographs have always captivated me beyond measure. Since a young age I remember getting lost in books and magazines. But not in their words, only in their images… and in these images I saw a world of dreams! The text was always an afterthought to me because as cliche as it sounds, “a picture truly is worth a thousand words,” and you can convey an entire story in a single still image.

I became deeply engaged in photography, specifically fashion photography, the summer after my sophomore year of college while studying abroad in London with a world-renowned fashion photographer. It was that summer in which I learned how to “see” the world and I became enthralled at the idea of creating beauty within the lens. This idea of having the opportunity to bring your own visions to life in a single or series of pictures has captured my imagination and turned it into a full-time passion of making images with soul!

For those of you creative folks looking to break into the biz, here are 10 tidbits I’ve learned that have helped me along the way:

1. Assist other photographers or work in the industry you are interested in pursuing.

2. Study Fashion and find inspiration. To work as a fashion photographer, it is helpful to have some sort of understanding of fashion and what trends and styles are out there.

3. Join Photography and Business Trade Organizations to learn more about the industry. WPPI, PPA, APA, ASMP etc. are all great resources for learning the business and technical aspects of photography.

4. Keep it simple. There is no need to drop a bunch of cash on the best equipment when you’re first starting out. Save that money and start creating with what you have. I began with only the Nikon D70s Camera and 50mm 1.8 Lens. As my business has grown, I’ve updated my equipment to the Nikon D3x and variety of lenses.

5. Shoot what you LOVE. Many new photographers become pigeonholed into shooting a particular niche because it pays the bills. Paying the bills is of course important but there is a way to still focus on where you want to be while still shooting jobs that pay. You do this by only posting and showing the kind of work that you are passionate about in your portfolio and website. This will begin to attract those type of clients and dream jobs to you. It may take a year or two to begin, but eventually you’ll get to a point where people will be hiring you to shoot exactly the kind of work that you love.

6. Develop your style. This comes from shooting A LOT. Set up your own shoots that illustrate your vision and keep building upon that. Inspiration is everywhere.

7. Build your team. Your creative team and your business team. Your creative team consists of makeup artists, models, hairstylists, wardrobe stylists, retouchers, production assistants, digital techs, and the creative people that help make your shoots happen. Your business team consists of your accountant, lawyer, book-keeper, and mentors which help your business run smoothly. Keep in mind that I did not start out with all of these people in place, it started out with me, myself, and I. As you grow, you begin to meet and find these people along the way. Many of them I bartered services with in the beginning to get my business off the ground.

8. Create a portfolio of your strongest work. Your body of work should illustrate the unique way you see the world and show consistency in the way you shoot. That is so clients will have a better understanding of what kind of images they will end up with when they hire you.

9. Network yo booty off. Photography is all about relationships. People enjoy and hire people that they know and like working with. You must get out there and meet people in person for them to remember you and think about hiring you.

10. Create the experience. This one is huge. Creating the experience includes how you talk to clients and handle their direction, how you connect with subjects on set, the type of music playing when they enter your studio, the overall energy of your team and even the basic mundane tasks such as emailing and pre-production. It’s all in the details. The great experience you create is what keeps clients coming back.

Anyway, I think thats about it. I did leave out one important one though…. I can’t remember where I found this quote but here ya go: “The life of your dreams, everything you would love to be, do or have, has always been closer to you than you knew, because the power to have everything you desire is inside you!”

If you read this, thank you very much for taking the time! Let’s all go out and rock it in 2013!!!! Cheers, dd

You can see more of Dixie’s work at DixieDixon.com, keep up with her on her blog, and follow her on Twitter and Facebook

Tuesday
Jan
2013
01

Here’s Wishing You All a New Year Filled With Peace, Joy, Health and Happiness

by Scott Kelby  |  22 Comments

It’s a national holiday here in the US (the banks are closed, government offices, and so on), and our offices are closed today as well, as we celebrate the beginning of a New Year.

My humble thanks to everyone who visited me here on the blog this year; to all my wonderful guest bloggers who shared their wisdom and images; to all the folks who offered my readers special deals and free-stuff on “Free Stuff Thursdays” and to everybody who said a nice word, had my back, made me smile, and made writing this blog so much fun this past year. Also, a big thanks to my assistant Brad Moore who helped so much once again this year in making sure every Wednesday and Thursday went off without a hitch. Thanks Brad (you rock!).

I read every single comment posted here during the year and your words of encouragement, support and friendship mean more than you know. What a wonderful time to be a photographer and a “Photoshop Guy.”

Here’s wishing you and your family your very best year yet!!!

Warm regards,

-Scott and my wonderful crew here at Kelby Media Group

 

Monday
Dec
2012
31

Take my new class on creating custom photo books in Lightroom 4 — for free!

by Scott Kelby  |  21 Comments

Whatdayasay we end the year with a free class! We just released this new class on creating your own custom photo books using Lightroom 4, and you can take the class for free as our way of saying “Thanks for an amazing year.”

Here’s how it works:
I mentioned here a few weeks back that we now offer some of our classes as downloadable 3-day rentals (just like you’d download a movie rental), and that’s the case here, but you’ll notice that instead of there being a $9.99 rental fee, the rental button says FREE. 

Here’s a link to the class, and I hope you find it helpful (photo books are easy to get hooked on — make one and you’ll fall in love).

Here’s to a 2013 filled with lots of wonderful images (and some beautiful custom books).

All my best,

-Scott

Friday
Dec
2012
28

End of Year Deals on Nikon D600 and D800

by Scott Kelby  |  8 Comments

Saw this yesterday and I thought these deals might be perfect for someone who got a B&H Photo Gift Certificate for Christmas (or has just been saving up for a D600 or D800). The D600 kits have instant savings of $700 and come with all sorts of goodies (by the way, I have that Oben tripod it comes with and it rocks!). 

Here’s the direct links:

D600 (link)
D600 (with accessories for shooting DSLR video) link

D800 (link) [body only, but with lots of accessories)
D800E (link)

Looks like they expire tomorrow. Happy shopping everybody!

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