Friday
Nov
2012
09

“This Weekend Only Deal” on AluminArte Metal Prints from Image Wizards!

by Scott Kelby  |  1 Comments

These are the prints on metal (aluminum) from ImageWizards (I’ve talked about their prints quite a bit before—here’s the link). Even though I’ve seen other prints on metal, I’ve never seen metal prints like theirs (don’t confuse these with printing on metallic paper—this isn’t printing on paper at all—your image is printed on Aluminum [they call it AluminArte]. The detail is insane!!!).

Since the detail is insane, we asked them for some insane deals. Here they are:

Today through Sunday, November 11, ImageWizards is offering a couple of special deals:

20% off any size up to 24×36 for either Framed To Edge or Float Mount prints, plus FREE shipping*

OR

20% off anything over 24×36 for Framed to Edge prints

Just go to ImageWizards.net and enter the promo code SKB20FS in the Comments box during checkout to get your discount!

Limit of 4 AluminArte metal prints per client

*Standard UPS ground in the contiguous US on final productions in New Corrugated packaging only

Thursday
Nov
2012
08

It’s Free Stuff Thursday!

by Brad Moore  |  74 Comments

Photoshop for Digital Photographers in Washington DC
On November 15, Scott Kelby will be bringing his Photoshop for Digital Photographers seminar to the nation’s capital, Washington DC! Check out the video above for all the details, and head over to KelbyTraining.com to register now.

Leave a comment for your chance to win a free ticket!

Kelby Training Sales
Don’t forget, you can still get 15% off all books and DVDs at the Kelby Training Store! All you have to do is use the promo code 15KTB for books or 15KTD for DVDs when you check out. And if you’re buying a book/DVD bundle, either code will work.

Plus, our apps are still on sale! For a limited time, you can grab Kelby Training Apps for 50% off. That’s a full class from one of your favorite instructors for just $4.99!

Leave a comment for your chance to win a free book and DVD.

Help-Portrait
We’re just a month away from this year’s Help-Portrait event! On December 8, all around the world there will be groups of people gathering to give those in need the gift of a photograph. Head over to Help-Portrait.com for more info on how you can be part of this movement.

The Grid with Pete & Brad
With Scott, Matt, and RC all out of town yesterday, Pete Collins and myself took over on The Grid! We talked about our experiences in photography, and shared tips on being an assistant and working with other photographers, plus told what we’re thankful for. You can check out this special “C-List” episode right here ;-)

That’s it for today. Have a great Thursday!
Wednesday
Nov
2012
07

It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Seth Resnick!

by Brad Moore  |  33 Comments


Photo by Nancy Leigh

Thanks to Scott and Brad for the opportunity to be guest blogger. Once given the platform to blog, my issue became what I should blog about because I wear many hats. I am co-founder of D65  and we conduct Lightroom workflow workshops around the US and have a new book on Lightroom 4 called D’65’s Lightroom Workbook, Workflow, Not Workslow in Lightroom 4.  Additionally, I am a partner in Digital Photo Destinations with John Paul Caponigro and we conduct workshops in exotic locations like Antarctica, Iceland, Chile and any location presenting amazing photo opportunities. Of course I am a photographer as well and could easily write about being a cryophiliac “love of Ice.” My passion is color but my muse is ice, hence “cryophiliac”.

After contemplating all the possibilities I decided to blog about one of my anal habits. KEYWORDING and for continuity decided to write about Keywording in Lightroom.

KEYWORDING IN THE LIBRARY MODULE
I have been called the King of Keywording. The best way of using any DAM (Data Asset Management) software is to take advantage of the application’s ability to find specific images. Proper keywording is not only advantageous, but essentially the only way of finding specific images in a very large collection. It is one thing to scroll through a few hundred images to find the one you want. It is an entirely different matter to scroll through 50,000 images to find the image you want. With proper keywording one can find any image in a click.

THE KEYWORD LIST PANEL
A keyword tag or “keyword” is metadata that categorizes and describes the key elements of a photo. According to one study, it may take more than 400 keywords to accurately describe an image without actually looking at the thumbnail. Building a Keyword Hierarchy can be a tedious and painful task, but it is essential to digital asset management.

Keywords help in identifying and searching for images in a catalog. Keyword tags are stored either in the image files or in XMP sidecar files or in Lightroom Catalog. The XMP can be read by any application that supports XMP metadata.

Keywording Images
To keyword your images, think globally first and then go for local. Think of keywording the same way you would classify an animal. A Spider Monkey would first be a Mammal then an Ape, then a monkey and finally a spider monkey. For example, to classify Palm Beach Gardens (where I live), you would… Continue reading

Tuesday
Nov
2012
06

More Images Honored From My Worldwide Photo Walk

by Scott Kelby  |  21 Comments

Yesterday I announced the Grand Prize Winner and the 10 finalists, but today I’m going to share my personal favorites in a bunch of different categories. Although these didn’t make the final cut, all of these were in the running at one point or another, and I felt they were so great that they deserved some recognition as well.

I think these images, and the one’s you saw yesterday, are actually even better than they first appear because:

  • The photographers weren’t able to choose the location (it was chosen for them).
  • Or the time of day (also chosen for them).
  • They had to shoot in whatever lighting conditions at that time
  • They couldn’t go back later (or earlier) to shoot in better light.
  • They were only able to shoot for two hours.

Compare that to most any other photo competition, where the photographers can choose any photo from your photo library, or any photo taken in the past year, etc., but in this case, the photographers hands were really tied. Yet they came away with images that are totally inspiring and very creative. Two hours. That’s it. And look what they came up with! To me, that makes these images all the more amazing.

Popular Themes for Photo Walkers This Year
Also interesting to note:  We had a LOT of these particular types of photos:

  • Shots of Leaves
  • Kids jumping or doing flips
  • Macro shots
  • Dogs
  • Reflections in puddles
  • Kids
  • Kids on bikes
  • Shots of other photo walkers taking shots
  • Fire Escape Stairs
  • People kissing
  • Church Interiors
  • Chairs
  • Motion (slow shutter speed)
  • Bridges
  • Birds
  • Church Exteriors
  • Sunsets
  • Graffiti

You and I could both make the case that any of these shots could have been one of the top 10 finalists or even the Grand Prize winner which is what made the final picks so incredibly hard once again this year, but at the end of the day, I had to make a decision, and I did, but it’s harder than it looks. Thanks to everybody who supported my decisions this year. You all have been incredibly gracious and it is much appreciated.

The images that follow are my other favorites (known this year as my Honorable Mentions) that didn’t make their way into a prize category, but are nonetheless deserving of recognition:

 

Best Use of Shadows and Form
Photo By: Dioger Rodriguez (Richmond, VA USA)

Best Landscape with a Tilted Horizon Line
Photo By: Ayman Fouad Khamis (Al Mandarah Bahri, Alexandria Egypt)

Best Abandoned Town Shot 
Photo By: David Mullin (Sacramento, California USA) 

Best Shot of a Guy Who Doesn’t Look Like He Wanted His Picture Taken
Photo By: Luis Vigil (Oviedo, Spain)

Best Shot of Fungi
Photo By: Matthew Vanecek (Huntsville, Alabama USA)

Best Shot of a kid hearing what must be his very favorite song
Photo By: Gary Jackson (Over The Rhine, Ohio USA)

Best Shot of Fire Containment Tools
Photo By: Steve Blough (Rockville, Maryland USA)

Best Shot From My Local Walk in Paris
Photo By: Said Boudhane (Paris, France)

Best Architectural Shot
Photo By: Dave Yuriar (Los Angeles, CA USA)

Best Shot of Rain
Photo By: David Fox (Buffalo, NY)

Best Shot of  Lonely Sandals
Photo By: Vicente Ruelos Jr. (Cebu City, Central Visayas Philippines)

Best Shot of Fire Escapes 
Photo By: Marianne Fletcher (Cincinnati, OH USA)

Best Shot That Makes Something Common Look Interesting
Photo By: Stephen Stalcup (Santa Cruz, California USA)

Best Shot With an Intentionally Blown Out Look
Photo By: Robert Rath (Adelaide, SA Australia)

Best Shot of Dancers
Photo By: Jan Feliciano (Auckland, New Zealand)

Best Use of Atmosphere
Photo By: Jeremy Sandel (Baliuag, Bulacan Philippines)

Best Landscape Shot
Photo By: Rob Habisreitinger (New Orleans, Louisanna USA)

Best Thoughtful Composition
Photo By: Stephen Jones (Alton, Illinois USA)

Best Detail Shot of Hands With Really Nice Post Processing
Photo By: John Ruth (Kansas City, Missouri USA)

Best Shot of a Concerned-Looking Squirrel (or it could be an apprehensive chipmunk)
Photo By: Anton Moisey (Cape Town, South Africa)

Best Modern Architecture
Photo By: Alejandro Bañuls Blat (Valencia, Spain)

 

Best Church Interior in HDR
Photo By: Gary Ward (St. Ives, United Kingdom)

Best Expression in Natural Light
Photo By: Vesna Djurica (Belgrade, Central Serbia)

Best Little Cottage in the Woods
Photo By: Nitish Bhardwaj (London, Ontario Canada)

Best Shot Through a Window
Photo By: Miles Smith (Charlotte, North Carolina USA)

Best Really Sharp Shot of Chicken
Photo By: Nilesh Bhange (Indore, MP India)

Best Shot of Where I’m Not Sure What I’m Looking At
Photo By: Joerg Piechotka (Mainz, RP Germany)

Best Use of a Tint Effect on an Interesting Photo
Photo By: Francis Armand Aguja (Naga City, Bicol Philippines)

Best Car Shot
Photo By: Madeleine Punde (Calgary, Alberta Canada)

Best Non-Typical Shot of Leaves
Photo By: Jason Down (Waterloo, Ontario Canada)

Best Shot of a Headless Woman
Photo By: Danuta Witkowska (Legionowo, Mazowieckie Poland)

Best Shot of a Sweet little Girl
Photo By: Sara Saper (El-Darb El-Ahmar, Cairo Egypt)

Best Shot Where the Sun is the Subject (or the Sun is a prop)
Photo By: Ahmed Hamdy (El-Gamaleya, Cairo Egypt)

Best Use of Shadows in a Portrait
Photo By: Spring Reilly (Port Perry, ON Canada)

Best Simple Composition
Photo By: Alvin Reyes (Neuilly-sur-Seine, France)

Best Shot of Something That Looks Look it Would Hurt
Photo By: Jordan Hooper (Vernon, British Columbia Canada)

Best Shot That Could Use a Lens Correction But It’s Still A Great Shot
Photo By: Shoukat Ibrahim (Lahore, Punjab Pakistan)

Best Outdoor Flash at Sunset Shot
Photo By:  Subodh Shetty (Sharjah, United Arab Emirates)

Best Close Up Shot of a Tailless Amphibian 
Photo By: Peter Lapin (Christmas, Florida USA)

Best Shot of Levitation
Photo By: Alexandra Tsatsou (Patras, Greece)

Best Shot of a Product That’s Not a Product Shot
Photo By: Cristina Delgado (Córdoba, AL Spain)

Best Shot of That Would Have Been a Finalist if Not For That Stuff on the Far Left
Photo By: Laurie Bruce (Oakville, Ontario Canada)

Best use of Intersecting Lines
Photo By: Rodney Boles (Durham, North Carolina USA)

Best Shot From Above
Photo By: Vincent Montefrio (Singapore, Singapore)

Best Use of Scale For Emphasis
Photo By: Mauricio Reyes (Las Vegas, NV USA)

Best Shot Where the Shadow Reveals More Of The Subject
Photo By: Adam Zacharek (Szczecin, Poland)

Best Shot Taken After Closing Time
Photo By: Marc Forget (Ottawa, Ontario Canada)

Best Shot of Someone Taking a Shot
Photo By: Carlos Limão (Guarda, Portugal)

Best Retro Shot
Photo By: Will Anderson (Farmington, North Carolina USA)

My sincere congratulations to every one who entered the contest (it does take guts), and especially to all these fantastic photographers whose work I really felt deserved some extra recognition. Cheers. :)

Monday
Nov
2012
05

Announcing The Winners from my 5th Annual “Worldwide Photo Walk”

by Scott Kelby  |  93 Comments

Picking just 10 finalists and one grand prize winner from more than 1,100 images is a tougher job than it sounds. Remember, each of the shots that I’m looking at have already been chosen as the “best shot” from each local walk around the world (that pick is made by each walk local walk leader). So, all I’m looking at is good shot after good shot — the cream of the crop — so at the end of the day what it really comes down to is which ones are my favorites — which ones would I hang on my own walls.

What makes it even tougher is that the scenes and subjects taken by walk photographers are so varied — there’s everything from landscapes to seascapes, cityscapes to children, architecture to still life and about everything in-between. But I’m not complaining — it’s really been fascinating and fun looking through so many amazing images from every corner of the globe. It’s a job I take seriously, but at the same time, it really is a treat.

I was up all night and at it again yesterday morning just narrowing the field down again and again and again. I finally got it down to 84 images I really, really liked but then I had to go over those again and again until I could finally get down to just these 11 images. Whew!!!!

I’m Posting Honorable Mentions Tomorrow
On Tuesday I’ll be posting some of the images that made up that first round of 84 — shots that didn’t win a prize, but were so good that I thought they should get a special mention nevertheless. Tomorrow I’ll also post a link to the “People Choice” page where you can vote for your favorite image to win the “People Choice Award.” 

OK, I won’t keep you waiting any longer; let’s get to the winners and we’ll talk in a few moments.

Here are the 10 finalists (in no particular order):

By Klienne Eco (Binmaley, ILocos Philippines Photo Walk)
This shot caught my attention right away — not just because of the fantastic colors and the bright burst of yellow setting sun — it’s the story that this image just hints of. It has a real cinematic look, almost like you’re looking at a set from the movie “Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome” and just want to know where this is, what that bus is all about (if it’s a bus at all), and was this taken after the “gas wars.” Very compelling. Note: To really appreciate this image, you have to click on it and see the larger version.

 

By Pranab Banerjee (Logan, Utah USA Photo Walk)
This has such an illustrated look, and I love that. The colors are wonderful, especially against that black background, but I think the thing that puts this image over the top is the post processing. Really nicely done. Not too much — it’s just right.

By Eds Euqui (Doha Ad Dawhah, Qatar Photo Walk)
I love the juxtaposition of old and new and it first look I figured it was Hong Kong, but then I didn’t recognize the buildings and the more I looked at it, the more I liked it (look at the buildings on the far right of the frame, you get a hint that it’s not in Asia). Great colors and composition, too!

By Mohammadmehdi Azarnoush (Isfahan, Esfahan, Iran Photo Walk)
What a wonderful, overhead view of a market. I love the colors, the post processing, the angle, and it just makes we want to be down there shopping myself. Very well done and clever framing as well. Nicely done.

By Allilie Carcasona (Butuan City, Caraga, Phillipines Photo Walk)
I love long exposure shots; make ‘em black and white and I love ‘em even more, and the starkness and simplicity of this shot really stood out to me. It’s moody, great composition and use of leading lines and just a very well put-together shot.

By Ken Bair (Elkhart, Indiana USA Photo Walk)
I klove how this froze a moment in time that seems so matter-of-fact at first glance, but there’s a lot more going on here that you see at first glance. First, look at the colors (or lack there of). The white walls, the bright bare florescent lights the white floor, and most everything else is black. It’s almost a monochrome shot but for these little things of color — the blue coverup, the washed out image on the TV; the barber’s jeans, the wooden stool. It all makes for an interesting shot in the midst of something very ordinary. I dig it.

By Ben Freer (Winchester, United Kingdom Photo Walk)
I kept coming back to this image. The shallow depth of field is wonderful and the expressions on the people’s faces on the left versus the right is just very compelling. I really want to know what’s going on here, and I love the atmosphere and snow (rain?) that has pulled them all together under this archway. It’s simple, yet powerful. Very nice.

By Everts Aliredjo (Paramaribo, Par’bo Suriname Photo Walk)
What a wonderful portrait — just a straight up great face, great expression, great composition and appropriate post processing. The whole image just works and makes you feel you know a little about the subject, whose eyes have a real peace about them and kindness. Nice job!

By Mhellan Narciso (Kawit, Calabarzon, Phillipines Photo Walk)
There is a joy to this image that makes you smile right away, but once you get past the wonderful smiles of the children, you realize, this is a really well-composed shot with great color, energy, and post processing. I also love the way the pole cut diagonally right across the image. Very clever composition .

 

By Johan Conradson (Oslo, Oslo Norway Photo Walk)
Two things really make this image for me: The movement (courtesy of the slow shutter speed) and the way the colors work so beautifully together. I love the way the bottom of the photo just kind of blurs into nothingness — is she on the street, in a mall, on concrete, in a snow drift — it begs more questions than it answers and I love it.

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AND THE GRAND PRIZE WINNING IMAGE IS:

By Lars Anshelm (Lunde, Skane Lan Sverige [Sweden] Photo Walk)
This is my all-around favorite, and Grand Prize winner, because I simply fell in love with it. I could point to how the texture, color. lighting and composition are just absolutely spot on, but what I love is that I want to know more about this image. I want to see what’s behind that door, and what’s in the backpack on the ground, and who the woman is (she’s a total mystery obscured by the umbrella) and what she’d doing there in the first place.The shot is moody and interesting, and I love the way the backpack on her shoulder stands out among all the muted colors. I could make a great case for any of these finalists to have been the Grand Prize Winner, but for some reason I just kept coming back to this one. Also, the post-processing is just right. I love, love, love this shot and wish I had taken it. My congratulations to Lars for capturing this gem.

Thanks Everybody!!
A special thanks to all our sponsors for their gracious support and prizes; to our Walk Leaders who did such an outstanding job once again of giving of their time and talents to make their local walks happen, and to the wonderful photographers from around the world who created such inspiring, creative, and beautiful work.

NOTE: Don’t forget: Although this phase is over, we still have the People’s Choice Award to pick, and a special competition for your Walk Leaders and tomorrow I’m posting a series of other images that, while they didn’t win a prize, are so good that I felt that needed special recognition. So check back tomorrow to see some other amazing shots from my Fifth Annual World Wide Photo Walk.

Have a great weekend everybody, and congrats to this years winners! 

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