Dancers in Flight with Beautiful Light That’s the latest class from Joe McNally on KelbyTraining.com! Join Joe in the studio as he works with small lights and big lights to capture the grace and beauty of dancers in action.
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Kelby Training Live Want to see Scott Kelby, RC Concepcion, Joe McNally, and Matt Kloskowski live and in person? Check out these seminar tour dates coming up this month!
We’re giving away three tickets to these seminars, so leave a comment for your chance to win one!
Photoshop World We’re quickly approaching Photoshop World Vegas, at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino September 5-7! You didn’t hear it from me, but word on the street is that, even though we’re technically past the cutoff date to get special room rates at Mandalay Bay, you can still get the rate if rooms are still available.
And, if you register in the next week, we’ll give one lucky person a free Pro Pass upgrade! This will get you an After Hour Party Ticket, NAPP Backpack, NAPP Badge Holder, T-Shirt, and more. When you register, leave a comment here, and I’ll choose the winner next week.
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Hey gang, Brad here with a quick bit of news. I just got this email from Mpix and wanted to share it with you! Check it out:
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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.
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!
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)
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!