Thursday
Jun
2012
14

Connecting with Cuba: A Conversation with Scott Kelby

by Brad Moore  |  17 Comments

Hey gang, Brad Moore here with some great news! If you missed the Connecting with Cuba live webcast with Scott Kelby on Tuesday, it’s now available to watch at your convenience (as you can see, just above this).

It was a great hour+ packed with beautiful photos, of a beautiful country, taken by a beautiful man ;-)

Seriously though, Scott was joined by RC Concepcion, and they had an engaging conversation about Scott’s recent trip to Cuba and what it was like to do street photography there. They also discussed the logistics of traveling to Cuba and interacting with everyone there, among other things.

Give it a watch above and feel free to leave your feedback in the comments section!

Thursday
Jun
2012
14

It’s Free Stuff Thursday!

by Brad Moore  |  104 Comments

Perfect Posing Techniques for Wedding Photographers with Jerry Ghionis
The reviews are in, and the latest class from Jerry Ghionis is a hit! Here’s some of the feedback Perfect Posing Techniques has been getting…

“I can’t count the hours I’ve spent researching posing, and I’ve never seen anyone better!”

“Makes you feel confident in posing regardless of what type of photography you’re doing!”

“This is the way to teach – understandable, applicable, and entertaining”

“I’ve been a Kelby Training member for a few years, and this has to be one of the best courses I’ve seen so far”

Head on over to KelbyTraining.com to see what everyone is raving about.

Kelby Training Live
Cities and dates for Scott Kelby’s new Photoshop CS6 for Photographers tour have been announced! He’s heading to Sacramento, Nashville, Philadelphia, and New York later in July.

Joe McNally is taking his One Light, Two Light tour around Canada at the beginning of July.

And Matt Kloskowski continues his Lightroom 4 Live tour in San Francisco, Boston, and Houston this month.

You can get all the details and register at KelbyTraining.com! And, leave a comment for your chance to win a ticket to the seminar of your choice!

Photoshop World Vegas
Registration for Photoshop World Las Vegas is open!

Registering early will save you $99 on your registration price, and ensure you can reserve a room at Mandalay Bay Hotel so you can stay where the instructors stay.

Plus NAPP members automatically get $100 off!

Leave a comment for your chance to win a full-conference pass to Photoshop World Vegas (does not include airfare, hotel, meals, or gambling money) ;-)

National Association of Photoshop Professionals
If you aren’t already a member of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP), you might not know what you’re missing. Aside from all the amazing discounts you get for $99/year from everyone from B&H to Budget Car Rentals, there are tutorials from The Photoshop Guys on Creating Custom HDR Backdrops, Retouching Tips, Compositing, Moving Lens Flare, and tons more.

Speaking of discounts, you know how Apple just announced those kick-butt new Retina Display MacBook Pros? Without the NAPP discount, they start at $2,199.00. With the NAPP discount, they start at $2,023.00. That’s $176.00 savings (not even counting the free shipping)!

In the words of Moose Peterson, that’s a no-brainer!

Leave a comment for your chance to win a free 1-Year NAPP Membership.

Last Week’s Winners
Matt Kloskowski’s Lightroom 4 Seminar
-  Mdecesere

Jeremy Cowart’s Lifefinder DVD
-  David Kelly

Wednesday
Jun
2012
13

Live Blind Portrait Critiques from Joe McNally on The Grid!

by Brad Moore  |  10 Comments

Want to have Joe McNally personally review your portrait work? Today’s the day — he’s our guest LIVE on “The Grid.”

If you’d like to have your PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY considered for today’s blind critiques by Joe McNally (we’ll show your images but don’t mention your name on the air), just leave us a link to your images AT THIS ADDRESS: http://kelbytv.com/thegrid/critique/  (the deadline is 3:00 pm today).

We’ll pick 20 or so photographer’s work for Joe to review on the show (not based on who posted first — Joe will choose images based on showing variety and images he thinks can help our viewers), and the live show is TODAY at 4:00 pm ET. (Here’s a world time-zone calculator: http://bit.ly/JUuYUj – use New York City as our time zone)

Reminder: Joe will ONLY be reviewing portrait images.

Wednesday
Jun
2012
13

It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Tyler Stableford!

by Brad Moore  |  9 Comments

Filmmaking On The Edge: Tyler Stableford’s New Film “Shattered”

Hi all, I am honored to introduce my short film Shattered, shot on Canon’s new EOS-1D X camera. This has been a true dream project, and today I am excited to share both the film and three behind-the-scenes episodes. Thank you, Scott and Brad, for your interest in the project!

Shattered is a deep journey into the mind of the legendary high-altitude alpinist and writer Steve House. While reading Steve’s award-winning book Beyond The Mountain last year, one of his revelations really struck me. Steve confessed that after he succeeded in climbing his dream route on Nanga Parbat, he returned home bereft, more broken than when he had begun his great quest. I knew immediately there was a short film in this unexpected emptiness.

Shattered is not so much a climbing film as it is a visual poem. As the writer, narrator and star, Steve brought a deep reserve of humility, honesty and courage to the project.

Steve is heralded in the climbing world for his bold and spare approach to climbing. We shot the visuals to match. As such, we went low-fi — no video rigs or monitors, no dollies, no cranes. Every element of our gear list was stripped to the bare essentials with one overarching goal: Connection. Connection to Steve’s soul; connection to the ethereal elements of snow, ice and wind. When I was shooting up high on the ice route, I brought a single camera body and a few lenses. In climbing, as in photography and cinematography, art blooms only when we are unencumbered by our tools.

Shattered premiered at the NAB show in April at the Canon stage and has been playing at film festivals worldwide. I am excited to share it online here:

Additionally, Kate Rolston directed three behind-the-scenes features on the making of Shattered. The first episode reveals Steve’s thoughtful writing process and our storyboarding — essentially the alchemy of joining our hearts to our hands, so when we ventured out to Telluride’s Bridal Veil Falls we knew how we were going to shoot.

The second episode shows the shoot itself: the challenge of working in a cold winter storm; the use of tilt-shift and shallow-focus lenses; and our team’s use of rigging ropes to keep us all safe on the ice route.

The third episode reveals the voiceover and editing process. In keeping with our spare shooting style, we trimmed, edited and trimmed again to include only the essential elements. Gradually, a poetic austerity arose in the film.

We shot Shattered and the behind-the-scenes episodes to help launch Canon’s new EOS-1D X camera. This has been the most memorable promotional project of my career. Colman Murphy and Erika Silverstein at Canon gave us carte blanche to make this film as personal and unique as it could be. It is rare in the commercial world to have such freedom, and I am indebted to them for their trust.

Thank you again, Scott and Brad, for the bandwidth today. And a sincere thank-you to all those who helped contribute to this film.

You can see more of Tyler’s work at TylerStableford.com, keep up with him on his blog, find him on Facebook, and follow him on Twitter.

Tuesday
Jun
2012
12

Join Me Tonight For “Connecting With Cuba”, A Free Online Photography Talk

by Scott Kelby  |  30 Comments

Tonight I’m trying something I’ve never done before — a live online photography talk called “Connecting with Cuba” which is about my recent photo trip to Havana, Cuba (see yesterday’s blog for some shots from my photo book).

It’s free and everyone’s invited to join me live tonight at 6:00 pm ET as I talk about everything from the challenges of shooting in Cuba to my impressions of the Nikon D800 after my first serious shoot with the camera (along with my one major gripe with it).

My friend, photographer RC Concepcion will be interviewing me as part of the presentation, and I’ll be talking about lens selection, travel photography tips, how to get to visit Cuba yourself, the wonderful spirit of the people of Cuba, the music, the food, the images, my Lightroom post processing of the images from the trip and the frustration of being surrounded by such incredible subjects and scenery and not being able to capture it the way you want to (not because of any restrictions other than the limits of my talent). I’ll be taking your questions live on the air as well, so I hope you’ll join the discussion.

Here are the details:

When: Tonight LIVE from 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm ET (world time zone converter)
Where: kelbytv.com/onair/
Cost: Absolutely Free

I hope you can join me for, “Connecting with Cuba” tonight (and I hope you’ll help me spread the word as well). Many thanks and we’ll see you esta noche.

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