The Grid: Landscape Photography Q&A with Rammy Kazemi – Episode 461

On the latest episode of The Grid, Scott Kelby and Erik Kuna are joined by landscape photographer and KelbyOne instructor Rammy Kazemi to answer your questions about landscape photography!

New KelbyOne Course: Enhancing Landscapes with Color Tools in Photoshop

Learn how to bring harmony, color harmony that is, to your landscape photos! Join Ramtin Kazemi in a class entirely dedicated to adjusting, adding, and tweaking the colors in your landscape photos to take them to the next level.

In this class you’ll learn about what color harmony is, how to expertly use the different targeting and adjustment tools in Photoshop, and then work through a series of projects that demonstrate how to employ powerful techniques to a wide range of photographic situations.

A Community You Should Get to Know

Hey everyone! I’m Cidgy Bossuet- a visual artist/ photographer from Boston, Ma. During my spare time I run an Etsy shop called ARTLÔR. My inner love for interior design, homeware/ decor and functional art has led me to create unique handmade pieces to elevate homes, spaces and belongings. 


In celebration of Black History Month, I wanted to take the time to highlight an amazing growing community that I’m a part of. Some of you may have already heard about Black Women Photographers – a global community and online database of Black women and non-binary photographers, founded by Polly Irungu. Black Women Photographers aims to disrupt the notion that it is difficult to discover and commission Black creatives. Dedicated to providing a resource for the industry’s gatekeepers.

I specifically wanted to share that the Black Women Photographers community is currently having a print sale, which I’m also participating in. There are so many beautiful prints to choose from (50+).

Check out some of the photographers/ images from the BWP community below. These prints are available for the month of February via blackwomenphotographers.darkroom.tech!


NTUTU by Taesirat Yusuf

The Photo-project Ntutu is about celebrating the vintage hairstyles of different tribes in Nigeria and showcasing them to the world.

Havanna Fisher, Dancer by Maria J Hackett

2017 portrait of dancer, Havanna Fisher.

Smile Beautiful by Daija Guy

Self portrait of Daija.

Red Promise by J. Pamela Stills

Vow to Stand Tall, Shine Bright, Be Seen

Hair by Daniella Almona

This image is from a larger series ‘Hair’, that highlights the different hair types, colors, and textures of women around Daniella.

Bright Travels by Shameika Ejiasi

Snapped right across the street from the Ben Franklin Bridge in Philadelphia, at a little pub that offered just the right amount of light.

Mirage by Ayesha Kazim

December 2019: Stephanie stands for an experimental, in-studio portrait at NYU Tisch School of the Arts. During Ayesha’s third year of university, her focus and passion for photography shifted towards portraiture as she began to realize that her love for the art form materialized through the relationships she was able to build with her subjects and worlds she was able to create through set design.

Vector by Aisha Bada

Represents strength, courage, power.

Nappturality by Cidgy Bossuet

These images are from a photo series Nappturality, which explores the complex history of African American hair and its legacy for current expressions of identity.

I hope you find a print to add to your print collection, or if you haven’t already started, now is your chance with the BWP community :)


Cidgy Bossuet is a visual artist/ photographer currently based out of Boston, MA. She holds a BFA in photography from Massachusetts College of Arts & Design. Her work evolves from a journey of self-discovery and self-expression. In the process, she often draws her inspiration from life experiences, people, and observations/ the world around her. With her work, she experiments with different modes of photography and digital imaging.

Cidgy’s work has been shown at the Pérez Art Museum Miami, PULSE Contemporary Art Fair (Miami), The Roman Susan Gallery (Chicago), Anacostia Arts Center (Washington D.C.), Upstream Gallery (New York) and the YoungArts Gallery in Miami. Her work has also been published in The Washington Post Magazine, New York Post (Alexa Magazine), seen on Photo Vogue Italia’s “Best Of”, GirlGaze Project, Miami Rail, BostonVoyager Mag: Boston’s Most Inspiring Stories, The H Hub’s “36 of the Best Photographers in Boston” and Art Hive Magazine.

You can see more of Cidgy’s work at CidgyBossuet.com, and keep up with her on Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest.

The title is equal parts question and statement this week for #TravelTuesday and I, Dave Williams, am going to attempt to tackle the title and open some conversations around what inspires us as photographers.

As creative human beings. What is it that inspires that creativity? We can be inspired by many things at various times, perhaps before we’re anywhere near our shutter button. Social media is an almost endless source of inspiration and it often hits us subconsciously, bestowing inspiration upon us without us even realising it or perhaps hitting us in a way that the inspiration locks into our memory only to come back out when we need it later on. Image-centric social media, in particular, can be packed full of amazing ideas and inspiration, ranging from subject matter to locations, and the images we see are often accompanied by detailed instructions about how a particular image was created. In summary, social media is a killer source of inspiration.

When we’re freezing a moment in time, it’s important that we utilise any inspiration we have available to help us explore our limits or creativity. Perhaps we take it from the way the light falls on the subject at a particular time of day, or maybe it’s rooted in something technical, like a lens choice. Maybe the inspiration is more challenging and it’s, in fact, something that’s missing from our scene.

Our love of photography often shines through and encourages us to seek out inspiration—finding it when it’s well hidden. To truly love our photography it helps to be shooting the style or genre of photography that we really engage well with. Put it this way: – if someone really enjoys shooting food but is shooting real estate simply to pay the bills, their inspiration can be lacking. If food photography is our passion, we need to find a way to make that our primary style.

The reason we love our particular style of photography is another great source of inspiration. Perhaps it’s the bold colours, or the complexity of the subjects, or even the romance of the models. Whatever the source of the inspiration is, if we remember why and how it inspires, we know we can actively seek it out to rekindle that inspiration.

Personally, I love to explore the world and shoot in such a way that makes people want to explore as well. I try to find angles and compositions that balance an explanation with an inquisitiveness to make people want to be there in that place. Remembering this when I have my finger on the trigger is crucial to achieving my aim and keeping me inspired whilst simultaneously engaging my audience.

Everyone has a different inspiration and a different reason for being a photographer. Whatever your reason, keep it at the forefront of your mind and don’t allow yourself to forget. At times when creativity may be lacking, seek out the inspiration that is particular to yourself and push forward with it active in your mind. If you need it, don’t forget that we have an amazing community.

Much love
Dave

Mornin’ everybody. Today over on our sister-site, LightroomKillerTips.com, I did a post on a quick and super-easy technique for dealing with a common portrait lighting situation. It’s just two steps — 30-seconds, tops. Here’s the link.

Inspired by an article on DigitalCameraWorld.com called “Why I dumped Lightroom CC and went back to Lightroom Classic,” I wound up going into Photoshop and mocking up what Classic might look like if Adobe simply updated the look and feel with from Lightroom “cloud” (what he refers to as ‘cc’ in the article). Here’s that link.

Lastly, if your Lightroom is running slow, here’s probably why.

Hope you found those helpful, and here’s wishing you a safe, happy, healthy week! Don’t forget to stop back by tomorrow for “Travel Tuesdays with Dave.” :)

-Scott

The Grid: Gear Talk – Episode 460

Photographers love their gear (and gear they have on their wish list), and Scott Kelby and Erik Kuna are here to talk about it! Platypods, lenses, cameras, and more await you in the latest episode of The Grid.

New KelbyOne Course: The Personal Side of Kaylee Greer

You probably know Kaylee Greer as that awesome dog photographer, but there’s so much more to her than that. Join Kalebra Kelby as she sits down with Kaylee for a delightful interview that delves into what Kaylee was doing before photography, her deep love of animals (especially dogs), how she continues to follow her heart to lead her forward in her career, along with being introduced to the supportive family members who are such an important inspiration to her every day.

Photographing My First Super Bowl

When I started freelancing full time in 2013 I had certain goals I wanted to accomplish – certain clients I desperately wanted to work for and events I was hungry to cover – the Super Bowl was one of those, and this year I was able to cover my first one.

Jumping back to 2019, I got a call from the Director of Photography with the NFL asking if I’d be interested in joining their photo team and help cover Texas and a few of the surrounding states for the 2019-2020 NFL season. I quickly said I’d love to and over the next two seasons I covered around 60 games across the country for the league. A few months ago I flew back to Dallas from a game in Philadelphia, and when I landed I had a missed call from my boss and an email with some Super Bowl paperwork. I freaked out on the plane for a minute, texted my wife then responded to the email to make sure my boss didn’t send it to me by mistake.

Fast forward through the end of the season, several zoom calls and Covid-19 tests… on Friday, February 5th, I flew out to Tampa to join our team for the Super Bowl. We had a team meeting on Saturday to go over logistics, shooting positions, important storylines for the game and some general plans for how we were going to attack our coverage.

This season was obviously different than previous years – the NFL instituted an Operational Zone for a limited number of working photographers and videographers which was the front row of the stands in every stadium around the league. No photographer or videographer outside of those working with the teams were allowed on the field the entire season and that was the case for the Super Bowl, aside from my good friend and boss, Ben Liebenberg, who was on the field for the NFL.

With Ben on the field, we had 5 photographers in the Operational Zone, one in each corner and one roaming the sideline, plus a 6th photographer working from an elevated position. We all had ethernet drops at our positions so we could tether our cameras in and send photos directly to our editors in Los Angeles as well as a handful of runners and photo editors onsite in Tampa.

I may be a little biased, but I feel like we produced the most comprehensive coverage of the game out of any newspaper, wire agency or magazine there and am incredibly thankful for the opportunity to be a part of it.

Gear for the big game:

  • Sony a9ii w/ 600mm f4.0 w/ 1.4x teleconverter for an 840mm f5.6 lens
  • Sony a9ii w/ 400mm f2.8
  • Sony a9 w/ 70-200mm f2.8
  • Sony a9 w/ 16-35mm f2.8

You can see more from Cooper at CooperNeill.com, and keep up with him on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.

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