Monday
Mar
2015
16

Check Out This “Behind The Scenes” Tour Of the KelbyOne Headquarters

by Scott Kelby  |  7 Comments

https://youtu.be/jJAL4pgA_sk

That video above is a public sneak-peek of a new Webcast created exclusively for KelbyOne members called “Backstage Pass” and it’s produced and hosted by our own Mia McCormick. In this first episode, she takes you on a rollerblade tour of our expanded KelbyOne HQ and she meets up the “Photoshop Guys” along the way, including a stop by my office for a quick chat.

Anyway, since it has this behind-the-scenes tour in it, we thought we’d make just this first one available to the public, and I hope you enjoy Mia’s “rolling review.” ;-)

I’m in Dubai today, and as you might imagine I’m very excited about tonight’s Awards Ceremony and I’ll be posting photos from the event (taken by Brad) over on my Facebook page, so stop by there if you get a chance (btw: Dubai is nine hours ahead and the ceremony is at 7:00 pm, so by 10:00 New York time the awards ceremony will be starting.

Hope you all have a fantabulous Monday!

Best,

-Scott

Friday
Mar
2015
13

I’m Off To Dubai

by Scott Kelby  |  21 Comments

I can’t believe it’s been seven years since I took these shots in Dubai — I was there speaking at an Adobe conference, and I got a chance to spend two extra days just shooting and having fun in this amazing place, along with my brother Jeff and my buddy Jeff Revell.

I was there at the height of Dubai’s construction boom. At the time around 25% of all the construction cranes in the world were in Dubai. The Burj Kalifa was about 80% complete (seen below) and at that point nobody really knew how many stories it would be when completed (Well, somebody knew but they weren’t saying).

I said to my brother and Jeff back then, “I would just love to come back here in five years and see what it all looks like when they’re all done.” Apparently, they’re not done — it’s still growing fast, and it took me a couple of extra years beyond that five to make the trek back, but I’m so excited to be visiting Dubai again — one of the most amazing places I’ve ever seen.

This time I’m not there to teach — I am humbled, honored and so excited to be presented Monday night with the prestigious Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum International Photography Award. And it comes with an added bonus that I finally accomplished something that made my young daughter slightly impressed with me. “A Prince is giving you the award?! Now that’s something Daddy!” Lol! Finally!

The awesome folks at 500px did a really nice write up about it over on their blog (here’s the link), and if you’ve got a sec maybe you could pop-on over there as they’ve got all the details.

I’m so looking forward to this…
…and I’m excited to have my buddy Brad Moore along with me for the trip this time. We’re trying to fit in some shooting time during this short trip, and I’m excited to see the completed Burj Kalifa (the hotel we’re staying at has a direct view of it), and to possibly make the short drive up to Abu Dhabi for a shoot there as well. And of course, the highlight will be the awards ceremony (I had to rent a tux and all), and I hope to have lots of photos to share when I return next week.

Hope you all have a fantastic weekend, and we’ll see you back here on Monday, provided I have enough time to actually put together a post. Hmmmm. Maybe I could write one on the plane. Seems like I’ll be a few hours in the air. ;-)

All my best,

-Scott

Thursday
Mar
2015
12

It’s Free Stuff Thursday!

by Brad Moore  |  29 Comments

A Real Wedding, Live and Uncensored with Cliff Mautner
Get the inside scoop on what it takes to photograph a real wedding with Cliff Mautner! Cliff has shot over 900 weddings, and he knows that each one takes on a life of its own. In this first part of a two-part class Cliff takes you right into the unscripted action as he goes to work photographing a real wedding from the moment he arrives at the venue through shooting family portraits just prior to the ceremony. You’ll learn about all the gear Cliff takes to a wedding and why it earns a place in his bag, you’ll see how Cliff interacts with the bride and groom as he builds a rapport that helps to put the client at ease and keeps the focus on their big day, and you’ll gain the benefit of Cliff’s insights into how he approaches a wedding shoot, what his priorities are, and how he prepares for all the unpredictability that a wedding presents.

In the second part of A Real Wedding, Live and Uncensored, Cliff continues the experience of putting you right by his side as he works to photograph a wedding as it happens. The class begins as the ceremony is about to start and continues to the dancing at the reception. All the way through Cliff brings you into the situation by thinking out loud as he calls on his experience to overcome challenges, adjust settings, change lenses, and adhere to the number one rule: Get the shot!

KelbyOne Live
Want to learn from Scott Kelby or Joel Grimes live in person? Check out these seminar tour dates to see if they’re coming to a city near you!

Shoot Like A Pro: Reloaded with Scott Kelby
Apr 13 – Salt Lake City, UT
Apr 15 – Los Angeles, CA

The Photographers Creative Revolution Tour with Joel Grimes
Mar 25 – Washington, DC
Mar 27 – Minneapolis, MN
Apr 17 – New York, NY
Apr 22 – San Antonio, TX
Apr 24 – Houston, TX

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

Denver Sports Photography Workshop with Peter Read Miller
The Peter Read Miller Sports Photography Workshop is back for its 15th year in a row! It’s happening in Denver, Colorado April 13-19, and he’ll be covering mountain biking, basketball, soccer, baseball, lacrosse, and boxing. Not only that, but he’ll also be showing his secrets for location and studio lighting, including arena lighting, and even using remote cameras. If you’re interested in any of this, having your work critiqued, or trying out gear from Canon and Dynalite, you can find out more info right here.

Leave a comment for your chance to win a free copy of Peter’s book, Peter Read Miller On Sports Photography!

Last Week’s Winner
Down & Dirty Tricks for Designers by Corey Barker
- Bill Guy

If that’s you, we’ll be in touch soon. Have a great Thursday!

Wednesday
Mar
2015
11

It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Brandon Ford!

by Brad Moore  |  4 Comments

Hey Gang! Holy cow am I seriously writing as a guest blogger for Scott Kelby?! I am honestly a little freaked out right now. When I started working for Scott and Kelby Media Group almost 5 years ago, I never would have imagined I would be asked to speak to such an amazing group of readers. Some of the brightest and most talented photographers on the planet have graced these pages and I am truly honored to share my time with you.

Some of you may know that I direct our on-location KelbyOne classes with our amazing line up of instructors. But I also teach classes on KelbyOne showing you how to edit video in Adobe Premiere Pro. As I sit here trying to figure what exactly a videographer can talk about with photographers, one big topic comes to mind; how can you, as photographers, start to become filmmakers? So I came up with these 5 tips:

TOP 5 WAYS TO GET STARTED IN FILMMAKING WITHOUT GOING TO FILM SCHOOL

1) Watch Behind The Scenes On Your Blu-Ray Movies
This is, for me, one of the most underrated and most valuable first ways to learn filmmaking. Most movies will come with some kind of behind the scenes footage on the disc or in download form. By watching these, you will get to see how the film’s set works, hear from the director and cinematographer, see all the fancy gear that’s being used, and you may even learn out how they pulled off an amazing shot in the movie.

I have two tips for you in regards to these BTS videos. First, if you buy the “Special Edition” version of the movie (like the Anniversary Edition, and even the 3D Blu-Ray combo packs), they tend to have much more BTS features than just the normal version of the film. Second, do not skip over watching the film with the commentary turned on, often times that will be the most detailed conversation on the film you will ever hear.

2) Make Short Films… Lots Of Them
Another great way to learn filmmaking is by telling simple short stories. They can be about your dog roaming the neighborhood, or your kids playing at the park, really any short story will work. Now, your first set of films are going to suck. And that’s okay. They are not supposed to look good. But rather it is supposed to help you start thinking like a filmmaker and help you gain valuable experience by making mistakes.

3) Be A PA (Production Assistant) On Someone Else’s Film Set
Not only will you see how things are done during filming and how people work on set, you will gain lots of experience and titles for yourself without spending any money. In fact, you might even get paid to learn by working on their set. Another benefit besides seeing how things work on set is that you will most likely see how things can go wrong on set as well. So you can learn valuable lessons from someone else’s mistakes and that can save you a ton of headaches in the future.

4) Use Your Smartphone Video Option
One of the cheapest, simplest, and most effective ways to practice filmmaking is by using your smartphone. You can practice camera angles, and test how your scenes will look before you actually film with more expensive gear. There is a phrase in photography that goes like this: “The best camera is the one you have on you,” and this applies to video as well.

5) Mute Your Films
This tip can truly be a game changer for people just getting into filmmaking. You need to watch films. Lots of films. From the summer blockbusters, to the less popular independents, to the “lovey dovey” romance films (yes, guys I said it) to comedies. All types of films. But, the one major thing you need to do when watching films for study is turn off the volume.

Yes you read that right. By muting the film, it actually takes you out of the illusion that is the film story, allowing you to really study the scenes in the movie. Pay attention to how shots are used and how scenes are edited together. Look at how often they cut back and forth, and how long they hold on shots. It’s much harder to do this with the volume up because the sound draws you in and you get lost following the story instead of studying the filmmaking process.

Conclusion
So there you go! Those are my 5 tips to help you get started in the world of filmmaking without going to film school. As you can see, you don’t need a fancy degree (although it helps) to learn to tell visual stories. After all, we ALL already do that with still images right? The major difference is instead of concentrating on just the one frame, as a filmmaker we are now concentrating on 24 frames every second.

I want to give a big shout out to Scott Kelby and Brad Moore for asking me to share some of my experience with you all here. I am truly honored and thankful for the opportunity!

You can check out Brandon’s classes on KelbyOne, and follow him on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Tuesday
Mar
2015
10

It’s “I’ve Got Nothing” Tuesday

by Scott Kelby  |  7 Comments

It’s Tuesday — and I’ve got nuthin’. Nuthin’! Well, not exactly nuthin — because here’s a photo of Brad with his beard in full bloom posing in front of a VW Jetta rental car. That’s something, right? It’s something (wait for it…wait for it…) epic!

I’m at Adobe HQ all day today for a bunch of meetings, so I’m looking forward to seeing a lot of friends here, but outside of that, I’ve got nuthin’ and I’m heading to bed, so check back tomorrow for Guest Blog Wednesday, which, no matter who it is and no matter what the topic, it has to be better than “I’ve Got Nuthin’” Tuesday.

Have a good one!

-Scott
He’s got nuthin’

P.S. Thanks to everybody who came out to my Sacramento seminar yesterday. Awesome crowd and a perfect way to wrap up my tour.

Monday
Mar
2015
09

How About a Massive Photo Gear Giveaway (and some other Monday stuff)

by Scott Kelby  |  5 Comments

Hi Gang, and greetings from Sacramento where I’m wrapping up my “Shoot Like a Pro” tour today. Here’s what’s up:

Massive Photo Gear Giveaway
Two awesome photographers, Elia Locardi and Ken Kaminesky, have joined force to form “Dream Photo Tours” and to kick things off they are doing some insane giveaways. Here’s the link to enter for your chance to win (and see a list of all the prizes they’re giving away this week).

I’m off to Dubai next week!
More on the whys coming up soon, but Brad and I are heading there next week, and I need some awesome ideas of where to shoot (It’s been 6+ years since I’ve been there and can’t wait to go back, but I want a plan this time, instead just going around kinda blind, so if you have any ideas, let me know).

It’s “The Lightroom Show,” Episode #4
We’re cranking’ ‘em out every week. It’s 12-packed full minutes of just wall-to-wall Lightroom tips and tutorials. Here’s the link, or you can subscribe for free on iTunes (here’s that link).

OK, I gotta hit the sack! (big day tomorrow!).

All my best,

-Scott

P.S. I’m kicking off my all new tour, “Shoot Like a Pro: Reloaded!” in April in Salt Lake City, and then Los Angeles. Here’s the link with details. Hope I’ll see you there!

 

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