Monday
Aug
2012
20

I Guess It Went Better Than I Had Expected….

by Scott Kelby  |  36 Comments

…especially being rusty (regular season football has been over for nearly eight months), and for making some stupid mistakes (coming up in a moment), so you can totally understand why I did a BIG happy dance when I saw one of my shots from Friday’s Bucs vs. Titans NFL Football game (above) on the front page of SportsIllustrated.com’s NFL home page.

That came after two of my shots had been on Zumapress.com’s Sports “Pictures of the Day” (shown below).

(Above: I’m not certain, but that just may be a “hold.” Wink).

Mistakes were made
I’ve shot in Raymond James Stadium a number of times before, so I knew in advance what settings to use for a night game (which this was), so as soon as I took my camera out of the bag, I set up my camera with those settings. [Aperture Priority mode, f/2.8, and my ISO at 1,600 which is enough to get me the 1/1000 of a second shutter speed I need to freeze the action and have sharp non-blurry shots).

So, I attached my lens and set out to shoot and about 1/3 of the way through the first quarter, I zoomed in tight on one of the images and it was blurry. I started looking at other shots and a lot were blurry. I was freaking out until it finally hit me that I had added a 1.4 tele-extender to my 400mm f/2.8 lens, and when you do that you automatically lose 1-stop of light, so it changed my f/stop to f/4 (agggghh!!!!) and so my shutter speed fell to 1/640 of a second and I had blurry shots. No need to tell me all the things and features I could have used to avoid this — it won’t happen again.

I didn’t test my 2nd body…
And sure enough, there was a problem with the dial on top and when I had to quickly switch to my 2nd body to get the touchdown catch happening right in front of me, instead of firing in High-Speed Continuous mode (burst mode) it took just one single shot……and stopped. Sure enough, he caught it. I was (for once) in the perfect position, with the ideal angle, and just one single “click” before the ball even got near him. I was really cranked. It took me 10 minutes to figure out the dial on top was sticking. Totally, my mistake (but I did have a back-up body if all were lost back in the photographer’s work room).

Luckily, I recovered
After that very rusty (and frustrating first quarter) I was able to shake the rust off a bit and focus back on the action instead of messing with my equipment, but at the end of the day, I still felt like it was my first game of the season (which it was), which is why I was so doubly-psyched to see that shot on SI.com and making Zuma’s “Photographs of the Day” especially since this was my first assignment for them.

(Above: that’s me and my buddy Donn Jones, Team Photographer for the Tennessee Titans. They give him a green vest so he’s an easier target for the defensive line. Kidding, it’s to designate that he’s with the team and he has access to areas, like the Titan’s bench, that the rest of us “khaki-vesters” can’t. Photo by George Walker).

And then, where was this….
There was also an issue with my new Apple MacBookPro with the Retina Display (unreleated to the display itself), but I’m hoping to write about that separately tomorrow), that caused a mini-nightmare, but that’s what Tuesday’s are for, right. :-)

Bring on the Patriots!
This Friday the New England Patriots are coming to play the Bucs at home and I’m excited because:

(a) It’ll be my first-time shooting the Pats, and…

(b) I’ll get another chance to shake some more of the rust off before the regular season begins in two weeks, and I know I won’t make those same mistakes again.

I am still struggling with my post-processing workflow (tagging, editing, adding metadata and uploading at the speed I would like to), but that’s yet another story. Can’t wait for Friday’s game now, but first I’m off to Sacramento to teach my Photoshop for Photographers seminar on Wednesday.

Here’s wishing you a “Big Happy Dance” Monday! :)

 

Monday
Aug
2012
20

It’s You. It’s Me. In Sacramento, this Wednesday!

by Scott Kelby  |  2 Comments

I’m going to have more than 300 photographers at my “Photoshop for Photographers” seminar on Wednesday in Sacramento, but if you haven’t signed up yet, I’ll save a seat for you. I’ve only had the opportunity to teach in Sacramento one time, back in 2008 so I’m really excited to be back, and I hope you’ll come out and join me (here’s the link).

>> It’s only $99 for the full day, or just $79 if you’re a NAPP member).

The video below tells you all about the tour and what you’ll learn. Also, if you’re closer to Denver, I’ll be there the following week, so I hope to see you at one of these two cities really soon!

 

Friday
Aug
2012
17

My NFL Football Shooting Season Starts Tonight!

by Scott Kelby  |  23 Comments

That’s right baby, NFL Football Season is here, and I’ve been assigned to cover the Tampa Bay Buccaneers home games for Zuma Press, and I am psyched!

I’ve got a season credential to shoot all 10 home games, starting with tonight’s pre-season against the Tennessee Titans, and then next week the Bucs play at home again against the Patriots, and the first Regular Season home game is against the Carolina Panthers.

I’m really looking forward to working with Zuma Press this year (they featured a couple of my shots last year for their “Sports Photo of the Day”), but I’m still very grateful to Kathy Miller and the great folks at Southcreek Global Media (which closed last year) for the opportunities and support they gave me, which led to me getting me in front of the folks at Zuma.

I’ll have more to share next week, but for now it’s time to get geared up for my first game of the season (Brad, pack up the 400mm f/2.8! Whooo hooo! :-)

P.S. There’s a “This Weekend Only” deal today, so make sure you scroll down to the next post! 

 

Friday
Aug
2012
17

Special “This Weekend Only Deal” on Blurb Photo Books: 25% Off!!!

by Scott Kelby  |  7 Comments

Get 25% off your next Blurb book!
This is a sweet deal from Blurb.com (makers of awesome photo books, and I wish this deal had been available earlier — I’ve printed five or six books in a row through Blurb.com since it’s now integrated directly into Lightroom 4, and the quality has been really great!!!!
Here’s how Blurb describes it, but don’t let the fact that it sounds a bit like “Marketeze” throw you off — their stuff is fantastic! Highly recommended!
“Blurb enables anyone – whether first-time book makers or experienced pros – to design, publish, promote, and sell beautiful printed books and ebooks. You can use Lightroom 4 (see the new Book module), Adobe InDesign®, or Blurb’s free book making tools.
And if you make a book by Sunday at Midnight ET, you can save 25%. Just use the code BECREATIVE. Visit Blurb.com and get started today.”
Special Checkout Code: BECREATIVE
Get it while it’s hot (well, get in on it this weekend, anyway!). Thanks to Blurb.com for making this deal available to the readers of my blog. We always dig a great deal!
Cheers,
-Scott
Friday
Aug
2012
17

The 2012 Worldwide Photo Walk T-Shirts Are Here!

by Scott Kelby  |  4 Comments

Once again, we’ve got some really cool t-shirts for walkers and leaders this year (one of the shirt designs are seen here), and once again (with the gracious help of Rob Jones of Towner Jones Photography), we’re using this to give back as 100% of the profits from t-shirt sales go directly to the Springs of Hope Orphanage in Kenya. 

Last year (with Rob’s help and generosity) we raised over $10,000 to feed and cloth the children), and this year we’re hoping, with your help, to hit $15,000 (which they could really, really use and we can really, really do)!

There are a number of different colors and styles, including mens and ladies cuts, so I hope you’ll pick one up right now and show your support for the walk, and more importantly for the Springs of Hope Orphanage. :)

Here’s a link to order yours today

NOTE to Walk Leaders: The link for Walk Leader’s special “Leader” t-shirts is on your Leader Dashboard. At least, that’s where it was last year.

Thursday
Aug
2012
16

It’s Free Stuff Thursday!

by Brad Moore  |  34 Comments

One Light, Two Light with Joe McNally in Miami
Want to see the magical unicorn of lighting himself, live in Miami? Join Joe McNally this Monday, August 20 for five hours to see how to make the most out of one and two lights and get amazing results! Here are just a few of the things attendees are saying about this seminar:

“Joe was funny, entertaining and full of amazing insights and information. I would highly recommend his seminar to anyone!”

“I wish Joe could have had another day of training with us. I learned a lot about my speed light. I learned way more than I thought I would. I just wanted to keep it going.”

“Joe gives a lot of “why” behind the “what”. His explanations are brilliant, honest, and effective.”

You can sign up at KelbyTraining.com, and leave a comment for your chance to win a free ticket! I’ll pick a winner tomorrow.

Photoshop World
We’re just three weeks away from Photoshop World Vegas at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino! Join us September 5-7 for an exciting, fun-filled, potentially life-changing event. Have you seen The Hangover? Yeah, it probably won’t get that crazy, but we still have a good time and learn a lot about Photoshop and photography!

If you register in the next week, leave a comment for your chance to get a free pass to a pre-conference workshop (that still has availability)!

Photoshop CS6 for Photographers Seminars
Scott Kelby is bringing the Photoshop CS6 for Photographers Tour to Sacramento next Wednesday, August 22, then heading to Denver a week later on August 29! Join Scott for a full day of all the essentials photographers need to know to make the most of the latest version of Photoshop. But, don’t worry if you’re not completely up to date… You’ll be able to follow along just fine if you have Photoshop CS4 or later.

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

Win an Epson Stylus Photo R3000 from Kelby Training!
That right, Epson and Kelby Training have teamed up to give away a Stylus Photo R3000 printer to one lucky winner! All you have to do is go to KelbyTraining.com/epson and enter your information for a chance to win. Simple as that!

If you’re a Kelby Training subscriber, make sure you check out The Art of the Black & White Print, which features the R3000. And check out this review of the printer from RC Concepcion:

Last Week’s Winners
1-Month Kelby Training Subscription
- Gbeliera

Kelby Training Live Seminar Tickets
- Susan Koppel
- Rachael May
- Shawn Highfill

Photoshop World Pro Pass Upgrade
- Linsey

We’ll be in touch soon with details on your prizes. Congratulations!

 

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