Wednesday
Aug
2012
08

It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Drew Gardner!

by Brad Moore  |  11 Comments

A couple of different ways of looking at the Olympics

My partner Lucinda Marland and I were chatting a couple of years ago about the London 2012 Olympic Games and how we could get involved. We came up with a plan to shoot environmental portraits of Britain’s oldest Olympic Gold medalists, we felt that today’s youth obsessed society either overlooked or had forgotten about their achievements.

We spent the next two years reaching out to the Gold medalists and we managed to shoot all 14 of them (they had a combined age of over a thousand years). It culminated in an exhibition overlooking the London 2012 Olympic stadiums earlier this year. In fact if you are in London at the moment a selection of them are on display in the John Lewis store, Oxford street.

With my new found interest in the Olympics my eye caught the furore regarding Joe Klamar’s Team USA photographs.

I really can be quite unsympathetic when I see bad photography.

Particularly when it is by a ‘Pro’ working for a major and world renowned organisation.

When I first became aware of the furore surrounding these shots, I really was pretty astounded by what I saw, and despite all the excuses from his photo editor the pictures are, apart from a couple of exceptions, pretty rotten.

Nothing can really put into words what is wrong with them, lighting, execution, concept.

They are, in my opinion less than optimum…..

As I’m sure Joe Klamar (whom I have never met, nor do I have any connection with) would readily admit to, over a beer perhaps.

If you are expecting me to join in giving Joe Klamar a verbal lashing, which in my mind has been similar to the stoning scene in ‘The Life of Brian’ where all the women are wearing fake beards, well think again.

I have committed similar photo crimes to Joe and so very much worse too.

Let me explain.

The photos are generally indefensible until you read his account of the assignment.

‘I was under the impression that I was going to be photographing athletes on a stage or during press conference where I would take their headshots for our archives [and] I really had no idea that there would be a possibility for setting up a studio’.

I have seen some pretty strong comments from all comers.

But I would ask any of them to consider this.

What would you have done?

It’s all very well winning ‘blah, blah’ photo of the month with some unforced photo of something you like to shoot and had some kind of control or input in.

With the possibility of planning too.

Joe was sent on the equivalent of a photo suicide mission.

Without wishing to play the blame game, one could look elsewhere.

What brief was he given?

Most of my photo apocolypses have been set up by either poor briefing (ie not telling the photographer what they were getting into) or when I have not listened to the brief properly.

I have no idea which it was but these are scenarios which are possibilities.

The comment which cropped up often was ‘I could have done better with my iPhone, and in the right conditions I dare say we all could.

And there is the rub, in the right conditions.

Consider the excellent American baseball team photos by Nick Laham, shot on an iPhone in the restroom, seemingly against the odds but there was some form of preparation, note the KinoFlo’s (I LOVE them!), and I’m prepared to wager he was not fighting with every other news organisation to get the shot either.

The difference between an amateur and a pro is that as a pro you HAVE to take a photo as someone is paying you.

You don’t have the luxury of an amateur  of choosing when to pick the camera up or indeed what you shoot.

Imagine it was you who was sent to shoot this super high profile assignment unprepared, not knowing what the possibilities were, and having all the wrong gear.

On the AFP blog, Joe tells how he arrived with 2 bodies, 3 lenses and one flash unit……….oh dear.

After the wave of nausea had swept over you and, providing you were still standing, you would have to come up with some sort of plan, and quickly.

You might have done better than he did or you may have cracked under the pressure and done even worse.

He shot something which was not his finest moment, though I do actually like the shot of the guy with the dreads.

There is a native American saying which we could all do well to pay heed to ’Never judge a man until you have walked a mile in his shoes.’

You can see more of Drew’s work at Drew.it, keep up with him on his blog, and follow him on Twitter.

Tuesday
Aug
2012
07

Corey Barker’s Olympic Logo Recreation

by RC Concepcion  |  18 Comments

Hey everyone, RC here. Just wanted to share something that one of our Photoshop Guys did recently that I thought was just too cool!

Hands down Corey Barker is one of the most talented #Photoshop artists out there. With all of the Olympics fever coming around, Corey wanted to see if he could re-create the entire olympics logo, right inside of Photoshop. He took a timelapse of it, and I think its a wonderful 2 and a half minutes of watching the guy work. Thanks for the inspiration, Corey!

Monday
Aug
2012
06

New Online Class From Joe McNally Just Posted

by Scott Kelby  |  6 Comments

If you’re a Kelby Training Online subscriber, you’ve gotta check out Joe McNally’s new class. Here’s the description:

Join Joe on the set with professional dancers as he teaches you how to respond to the grace and elegance of the dancers with an equally graceful light. This class is all about matching a light to a move, where you start out with the set as an empty box that you fill with your creativity and imagination. As the dancers work through different moves Joe shows you how to light them with both studio strobes and speedlights to achieve a variety of looks, all the while sharing the tips, techniques, and tricks he’s learned over his impressive 30-year career.

Joe wrote about the class in his own words, and if you’ve got a quick minute, it’s worth the read (here’s the link). Then go watch the class  (we add a new class every week)

If you’re not a subscriber to our online training, here are all the details. 

 

Friday
Aug
2012
03

Why Built-in Video Editing is Such a Big Deal for Photographers in Photoshop CS6

by Scott Kelby  |  23 Comments

http://youtu.be/cdV3DQ2mnnE

No one was more surprised than I was that the new video editing features in the regular version of Photoshop CS6 would wind up being so important to photographers. Check out the short clip above where I explain why this is such a big deal.

Have a great weekend everybody, and we’ll see you here on Monday. Cheers!

-Scott

Thursday
Aug
2012
02

Why We Love Photoshop World

by RC Concepcion  |  8 Comments

THIS JUST IN:
Hey everyone, RC here. Today August 2, 2012 at 2PM EDT (in about 90 min), #Photoshop instructors +Matt Kloskowski +Corey Barker +Pete Collins and I are getting together with some lunch to just talk about all of the other reasons we love Photoshop world outside of #Photoshop and #Photography . Obviously there is a ton of training out there to be had, but you would be amazed as to how so many other things at the conference totally make it one of my favorite places to be.

If you want to watch as we tape this, you can watch at http://kelbytv.com/onair – you can even leave comments or questions.. be happy to answer any.

Thursday
Aug
2012
02

It’s Free Stuff Thursday!

by Brad Moore  |  140 Comments

Photoshop World Early Bird Ends TOMORROW!
That’s right, tomorrow is the last day to register for Photoshop World Vegas and save $100! While you’re registering, go ahead and book your room at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino so you can stay where the instructors stay. Just think… You could be playing the slots right beside Moose Peterson or enjoy an elevator ride with Dave Black!

Seriously though, don’t wait and end up spending more money. Register now!

Kelby Training Live
In just a couple of weeks on August 14, RC Concepcion is bringing the Photoshop CS6 for Photographers Tour to Charlotte, NC! Head over to KelbyTraining.com for all the details and to register. Leave a comment for your chance to win a free ticket!

KelbyTraining.com
There’s no one who knows how to manipulate light like Joe McNally, and he’s back with his latest Kelby Training class, Light, Shadow and Motion! Join Joe as he captures dancers in dramatic fashion utilizing his 30 years of experience to tailor the light for each frame.

Want to check Kelby Training out for free? Leave a comment for your chance to win a free one month subscription!

The Grid
Yesterday on The Grid, RC Concepcion and Matt Kloskowski were joined via Skype by Jeremy Cowart to discuss How Inspiration Can Fail You As A Photographer. Throughout the hour, RC, Matt, and Jeremy discussed working through creative ruts and making images regardless of whether you’re inspired to or not. If you’re a creative person who can’t always find the inspiration and motivation to keep producing work, this is an episode you don’t want to miss! Keep an eye out for it to be posted sometime today.

Vincent Versace Workshop in Cuba
Join Vincent Versace and Fatima NeJame in Cuba November 10-18 to explore and photograph Havana, Viñales National Park, and other beautiful historic locations. Get the full itinerary and register at Workshop.org.

Leave a comment for your chance to win a free copy of Vincent’s upcoming book From Oz to Kansas and a signed 11×14 print of the cover!

Last Week’s Winners
Photoshop World Pass
- Ken Campbell

Photoshop CS6 for Photographers Seminars
- Tom Peterson
- Jerry

Captured by Moose Peterson
- Donald Townsend

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