Photo by Robby Klein

It’s and honor to be back on Scott’s blog, and if you’re here reading this, I hope you are as big of a fan of Scott as I am. “Thanks” is never enough for someone I have learned so much from. 

NASHVILLE, TN – JUNE 10, 2019 – Cameron Wake #91 of Tennessee Titans portrait during Media Day at Saint Thomas Sports Park in Nashville, TN. Photo By Donald Page/Tennessee Titans

As we are all hopefully sitting safely and healthy in our homes, it is my hope that we all are taking time to reflect on the people and work that helped us get to where we are today. Scott is certainly on that short list for me. If you take nothing else away from reading this, be kind to people, regardless of who they are.

Here is a throwback to 2009 when I first met Scott and was literally a nobody just trying to take pictures of some sports. The story of how this photo even came to be is great, but that is for some other time.

Photo by Matt Lange

I have been a sports photographer for almost 15 years (what?!), and I just finished up my first season as a staff photographer for the Tennessee Titans. No job is without its bumps and issues, but this is truly a dream job. I dreamt of working for an NFL franchise since the day I picked up a camera and its crazy to sit here thinking about how wild the journey has been to get here.

BALTIMORE, MD – JANUARY 11, 2020 – Linebacker Wesley Woodyard #59 of the Tennessee Titans before the AFC Divisional Playoff Game between the Tennessee Titans and the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, MD. Photo By Donald Page/Tennessee Titans
NASHVILLE, TN – AUGUST 25, 2019 – Offensive lineman Austin Pasztor #68 of the Tennessee Titans during team introductions in the smoke before the preseason home game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, TN. Photo By Donald Page/Tennessee Titans
CHICAGO, IL – AUGUST 29, 2019 – Guard Aaron Stinnie #61 of the Tennessee Titans in the locker room during the preseason game between the Chicago Bears and the Tennessee Titans at Soldier Field in Chicago, IL. Photo By Donald Page/Tennessee Titans
CLEVELAND, OH – SEPTEMBER 08, 2019 – Outside linebacker Cameron Wake #91 of the Tennessee Titans 100th career sack for a safety during the Tennessee Titans game against the Cleveland Browns at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, OH. Photo By Donald Page/Tennessee Titans
NASHVILLE, TN – SEPTEMBER 15, 2019 – Linebacker Jayon Brown #55 of the Tennessee Titans tapping his hands before the game between the Tennessee Titans and the Indianapolis Colts at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, TN. Photo By Donald Page/Tennessee Titans

This first year took me with our team to the AFC Championship game and was one of the most challenging and most fun seasons I’ve had. And this offseason will certainly go down as one of the most memorable of my life, but that is probably the same for all of us.

DENVER, CO – OCTOBER 13, 2019 – Stiff arm from Wide receiver Corey Davis #84 of the Tennessee Titans during the game between the Tennessee Titans and the Denver Broncos on Empower Field at Mile High Stadium in Denver, CO. Photo By Donald Page/Tennessee Titans
NASHVILLE, TN – OCTOBER 20, 2019 – Tennessee Titans group huddle before the game between the Tennessee Titans and the Los Angeles Chargers at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, TN. Photo By Donald Page/Tennessee Titans
NASHVILLE, TN – NOVEMBER 24, 2019 – Running back Derrick Henry #22 of the Tennessee Titans stiff arm during the game between the Tennessee Titans and the Jacksonville Jaguars at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, TN. Photo By Donald Page/Tennessee Titans
NASHVILLE, TN – OCTOBER 27, 2019 – Running back Derrick Henry #22 of the Tennessee Titans stiff arm during the game between the Tennessee Titans and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, TN. Photo By Donald Page/Tennessee Titans
NASHVILLE, TN – NOVEMBER 10, 2019 – Defensive back Joshua Kalu #46 of the Tennessee Titans with the game ball celebrates the win in the locker room after the game between the Tennessee Titans and the Kansas City Chiefs at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, TN. Photo By Donald Page/Tennessee Titans

I would love to impart some wisdom or share something that will be helpful to everyone who reads this, but my truth is probably not much different from many of you with everything going on in the world right now… I’m afraid of the future, I’m afraid for my job, I have been told to work from home but I’m not sure if I am doing it right, or that I am being as helpful to my coworkers as I would like to be.

I’m a photographer after all, I should be making pictures right? I have made some pictures and have plans for some other things to help, but it’s a strange feeling not being able to leave your house and go create.

NASHVILLE, TN – NOVEMBER 24, 2019 – Linebacker Daren Bates #53 of the Tennessee Titans recovers a fumble during the game between the Tennessee Titans and the Jacksonville Jaguars at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, TN. Photo By Donald Page/Tennessee Titans
NASHVILLE, TN – NOVEMBER 24, 2019 – Linebacker Wesley Woodyard #59 of the Tennessee Titans during the game between the Tennessee Titans and the Jacksonville Jaguars at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, TN. Photo By Donald Page/Tennessee Titans
NASHVILLE, TN – DECEMBER 15, 2019 – Safety Kenny Vaccaro #24 of the Tennessee Titans during the game between the Tennessee Titans and the Houston Texans at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, TN. Photo By Donald Page/Tennessee Titans
FOXBOROUGH, MA – JANUARY 04, 2020 – Captains Quarterback Marcus Mariota #8 of the Tennessee Titans, Linebacker Wesley Woodyard #59 of the Tennessee Titans, Center Ben Jones #60 of the Tennessee Titans, Defensive tackle Jurrell Casey #99 of the Tennessee Titans and Safety Kevin Byard #31 of the Tennessee Titans during the coin toss before the wildcard playoff game between the Tennessee Titans and the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA. Photo By Donald Page/Tennessee Titans
BALTIMORE, MD – JANUARY 11, 2020 – Wide receiver Kalif Raymond #14 of the Tennessee Titans during the National Anthem before the AFC Divisional Playoff Game between the Tennessee Titans and the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, MD. Photo By Donald Page/Tennessee Titans

The joy I have felt in this strange time is the community of photographers around me. As a whole, sports photographers have a reputation as being a curmudgeon-y group of grumps who are somehow always mad about something.

But the truth I have discovered is that while those people exist, they don’t speak for all of us. There are so many great people who help each other in times of need and want to see each other succeed. No other time have I seen it more than now when most should be grumpier than ever, but they are not. So I salute our industry as a whole, especially in these times of uncertainty.

BALTIMORE, MD – JANUARY 11, 2020 – Running back Derrick Henry #22 of the Tennessee Titans during the AFC Divisional Playoff Game between the Tennessee Titans and the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, MD. Photo By Donald Page/Tennessee Titans
KANSAS CITY, MO – JANUARY 19, 2020 – Wide receiver A.J. Brown #11 of the Tennessee Titans during the AFC Championship game between the Tennessee Titans and the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, MO. Photo By Donald Page/Tennessee Titans

I don’t have much else to say or add to this week, but if you have some time and have some questions, shoot me a message over on Instagram or email me and I would be happy to catch up with any of you!

INDIANAPOLIS, IN – DECEMBER 01, 2019 – Head coach Mike Vrabel and the Tennessee Titans celebrate after the game between the Tennessee Titans and the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN. Photo By Donald Page/Tennessee Titans

All the Best and stay safe and healthy!

You can see more of Donald’s work at DonaldPage.com, and keep up with him on Instagram and Twitter.

#TravelTuesday is still based at home! I’m Dave Williams, here again on ScottKelby.com to bring some motivation and inspiration, and this week, I’ve reached out to see what the photographic community is doing. Specifically, I asked to see people’s “work from home” setups. During these challenging times, creativity is amazing for mindfulness because it gives us a mental release from the physical confines of lockdown. Here in the UK, it’s a government-mandated lockdown, but I realize that a lot of you may be on a self-imposed lockdown instead. Whichever it is, I hope you’re all safe and sound, and keeping yourselves busy and productive until this is all over.

Let’s dive in to take a look at each other’s work-from-home situations, and please feel free to post your own (don’t forget to tag @idavewilliams and @kelbyonepics on Instagram so we can see!).

Here’s Victoria Pavlov’s situation…

This is my office/studio. In here, I work on my digital art, recording tutorials and streaming live.

Chris White’s setup…

It’s a very simple setup with 15” MacBook Pro and Magic Mouse. If I could add one item it would definitely be a Wacom tablet.

Stephen Brkich working from home…

I am working on some bird Images from a walk in a local park last Sunday. A few friends from our local Photo Club and I just had to get out of the house and do something. Yes, we social distanced. My dream item would be a better printer. I have the Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-1000.

Tim Wallace’s new setup…

Still using my cheese grater and NEC Spectraview monitors, wouldn’t be without them. Every camera I’ve ever shot on and still do, and a decent amount of desk space. Being creative needs the right space and this is what works for me. Light when I want it to be, flick the blinds and it’s dark, or anywhere in between, and all the lamps can have their Kelvin colour temperature adjusted for what I’m doing. My wife and I designed the white wall unit, and we had that built bespoke for the use and the space. I wouldn’t add anything if I’m honest. It’s a recent refurb and the timing was an epic good choice given the current situation. I hate clutter, and yes, I’m neat but that’s because I have CDO, which is like OCD but the letters are better organised. I’m a creative, which means OCD comes with the territory as do the highs and lows we all get. A good space is a good investment.

Abe Curland’s B&H setup…

I have a Dell XPS. A Dell monitor and a BenQ monitor. I have a Brother laser printer, Samsung T5 2TB, 5TB G-drive, and 3 TB Seagate. My dream item? Not sure. Maybe a RAID system. Or a comfortable chair!

Rosie Kerin’s situation…

Terry White has some excellent training videos, though it’s a bit too tech for me. I’ll get a tech geek to help. Perhaps adding some lighting and another mic. Unfortunately, we are on lockdown so I cannot go out to chat with the experts. I brought another screen and set it up about two weeks ago. It’s a second-hand screen. I guess I”d like a brand new one someday. However, the computer came first.

Speaking of Terry White…

You can find out all about this set up here.

Now, Stephanie Richer…

My workspace is my digital darkroom, as well as a place to escape. The only limit is my imagination. I have my PC and my Wacom tablet. There are also some other items I keep there for sentimental value. From left to right: an empty Celebrations candy tin I use to hold odds and ends, left at my house by Cathy Baitson; my “St. Whitney Houston” candle given to me by my wedding photography partner, Ryan Martin (private joke involving the song “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” when they play it at weddings we shoot); a statuette of a wee nun, Sr. Bokehlaureate, holding a camera; an ever-present coffee mug from the WWII Museum in one of my favorite cities, New Orleans, and in honor of my Dad who lived through three invasions during that war; a birthday plant from my beloved husband that I have managed to keep alive, so far; and a postcard from another photographer and travel partner, Tammy Lee. Even the pen on the pad has significance—I always use a Pilot G-2 blue ink pen, because it was the pen that passed numerous tests when I was trying to decide which to use when I took the California bar examination back in the day (and as a lawyer, I always had signatures on legal documents in blue ink, so as to be able to distinguish original documents from copies). My dream item for this setup would have to be a full list of scheduled weddings and portrait sessions so I can work! And right now, I am working to make that happen as soon as this COVID cr*p ends!

My side of the pond, here’s Stewart Chambers’ situation…

First point: I’m very much an amateur photographer so this setup is more to facilitate home working than photography workflow. Desk – usual IKEA job Chair – out of shot but probably one of the most important things – new mesh seated one from a local supplier (support local!) rated for 8hrs+ office work. Mac Mini – new gen one running an SSD for O/S and two attached Lacie SSD for storage. Usual Apple wireless keyboard and mouse Monitor – LG 27UL650 27″ 4K UHD IPS LED Calibration – Xrite i1 Display Pro. Wacom Intuos (in drawer) for when I do dabble with Lightroom. Logitech speakers and webcam Blue Snowball mic (aiming to build up some kit for better quality video conferencing and YouTube broadcast). Brother colour printer (chosen for bulk rather than print quality as my wife is a trainee teacher so we print a lot of resources). Canon Selphy portable printer for those times when you want to get a print done for the kids’ album or for friends to take away. Dream item – currently a Magewell 32040 USB Capture HDMI Plus to connect the Fuji Xt3 up and finish the basic OBS setup. Although a Mac Pro would be the real dream item but unlikely budget would ever allow that as an amateur.

Sir Kevin Scott’s setup…

What am I’m rocking? Mostly my FT job lately, but headshots and updates to my wedding portfolio. Dream items: new MacBook Pro 16″ and a Wacom Cintiq tablet.

Duncan Ferguson at home…

HP ProBook that I got from my old job, HP hi-def monitor, fancy new camera, got myself a Canon M50 with 18-150mm lens. Tarted up my workspace with a leather pad to save the desk and popped one of my camping lights behind the screen to save my eyes. Got a hefty speaker behind there too. Ideally, want to ditch the laptop and go full iPad Pro!

Deb Uscilka is all about…

At my previous job, I taught online classes from home, so I required an extensive setup to facilitate the sessions. Fast forward to my current position at TJX (parent company to TKMaxx, TJMaxx, Marshalls, HomeGoods, and more) as an Instructional Designer/Learning Architect. Up until three weeks ago, I worked in the office every day. Along comes a global virus, and here I am back at home. Fortunately, a renovation wrapped up recently, so I could reassemble my studio/office and hit the ground running.
 
As a photographer and gadget-lover, I already had some tech gear to help facilitate my switching to a home office. I love Logitech devices, so you’ll see quite a few here. I have a dual-monitor setup at my desk at work, but I just got a new Dell 4k monitor; thank goodness! One issue that I have is I have run out of room for my Wacom 5 Touch on my desk. And I really need a docking station, but I’m finding it hard to find one that is USB-C and supports dual USB-C monitors, as I may get another monitor later.

Rob Kennedy in Ireland…

Can you spot all the KelbyOne going on here? Rob says: Okay…I was going to tidy up first but I thought “feck it..life’s too short.” 🤣 I even left the JD Presentation box that fell off the edge of the top shelf!! Please don’t judge me too harshly…I’ve always been Mr.Messy. Okay…2019 27.5″ iMac 5K Retina screen, 3.7GHz 6 Core i5. 40Gb RAM with Radeon Pro 580X 8GB Video Card. 2Tb Fusion Drive. This is the one thing I had to compromise on. I just could not afford to pay Apple’s crazy price for SSD HDD’s so went for the Fusion Drive. Upgraded the memory myself from the base 8gb.
Other stuff on my desk – Wacom Intuous Pro Medium 2017 model I think. Could NOT function properly without it.
Multiple portable external drives, a couple are SSD, which I use for editing files before transferring to one of the slower drives for archiving. My dream item right now would be some kind of Raid Drive system that I could add drives to when needed. Actually, looked at them at last years Photography show, but just don’t have the budget for a decent one yet :-)

Ben and Brigitte have…

Brigitte and I are running a 2013 iMac which apart from the RAM (than can be upgraded after purchase) was maxed out when I bought it…which is why we’re still able to run a 2013 iMac.

Our main monitor is the iMac display, which isn’t as great as later models but it still does what we need it to. The secondary monitor is a BenQ and comes in handy as a place to keep either app panels, such as Premier Pro timelines, Photoshop toolbars etc., or it’s great to keep a web browser open so we can follow along with Kelby One classes.

The iPad Pro was bought to take editing away from the desktop and take advantage of the Apple Pencil. There are a bunch of great mobile editing apps out there, such as Affinity Photo, ProCreate, or Adobe Photoshop. All of which have their pros and cons. The main con is the learning curve that comes with learning new software when all you want to do is get on with editing. My day job is pretty intense so when I get home all I want to do is either chill out or create something. Time for learning new software is pretty minimal (unless there’s a global pandemic going on).

My tablet is the Huion H610 Pro. I use a Wacom at work but I can’t quite justify the price tag of a Wacom especially when there are brands such as Huion who make such great alternatives for a fraction of the price. Also, I say ‘my’ tablet because as much as I try, Brigitte still won’t give tablets the chance they deserve.

My dream piece of non-Photographic or video related kit would have to be a new Mac Book Pro. Whilst the 2013 iMac has done us well, it’s nearly 7 years old and is starting to show it’s age. I’m used to 4/5k displays and TVs now so whilst the 2013 display isn’t bad, my eyes notice the difference when looking at details. I do a lot of video work too and want to do more for myself so the better CPUs and GPUs would be a huge bonus. It also can’t do a few bits that I would like it to, such as sidecar with my iPad Pro, I can’t take it anywhere (even downstairs to the sofa would be nice), and I would LOVE to be able to shoot tethered, which unless I drag a 27″ iMac around, ain’t gonna happen!

Jack Koskowsky is rocking…

So my at-home setup consists of 2 iMacs. My primary production system is a 2017 model. It has 40 GB of RAM, a 1 TB internal drive and 2 Western Digital external drives. One of the two externals is used for my photo library. The other is used for a backup. The backup is partitioned as a 3 TB & 1 TB. I use Carbon Copy Cloner to back up the photo library. I use Apple’s Time Machine to back up the internal. The second iMac is a 2010 model with a 1 TB internal drive and 8 GB of RAM. This is my former production machine. Today, I primarily use it for watching training videos. It’s great to have a KelbyOne class on that machine while I work through a class on my production system. The two dream items to add to them would be a Wacom tablet and a disk array. I’m comfortable with my present back-up solution but feel the disk array would provide me additional reliability. PS: I also use Backblaze to do regular backups of my photo library to the cloud.

Clare Jones is using…

My sports photography has stopped so I’ve decided to use my time to do a few things. Every day I am posting a photo starting with the last game I shot before the lockdown. Saints played Worcester, which just happened to be my 400th game as Saints’ tog. If you check @redhatphoto on Twitter you’ll see what I mean. The second thing I am doing is really understanding Photoshop by practicing doing things – I’m a Lightroom user who only occasionally ventures into Photoshop. The screen on the right is my first go at really working with layers. And lastly, I am learning about creating photo books because I want to create one for this season. My dream item for my study is a mounted photo of Saints winning something in 2020 taken by me. Because that would be I’m back in harness and Saints have more silverware.

Alan Hess shows his rock-star office…

Home office…or as I like to call it, my office. Main computers are a 2018 MacBook Pro with the apple keyboard. The external monitor is an old apple LED Thunderbolt Display 27”. Wacom intros pro medium. Logitech webcam. Blue Yeti microphone. (Looks like it is just flowing in there, but is attached to an arm that swings out of the way.) An OWC thunderbolt 3 dock. On the right-hand side is an older Mac mini and Apple cinema display 23″.
That machine is for backups and runs Netflix, Hulu, iTunes, etc., basically the noise generating machine while I work. Epson scanner, all the books I wrote or edited, Jerry Garcia bobblehead from Dave Clayton, mints, memory cards, storage under the desk for cables, camera cleaning stuff, etc. Really need a new monitor. Everything else works great and very happy working here.

Christopher Georgia shares this rig…

We all have our own shape and size, and our own needs for our situation. Having seen these setups from around the world, kindly sent in by each of the photographers, I hope you find that just as you have “dream items” missing from your office, so do all of us. We all work hard to produce awesome images from different workspaces, and it’s not all about the kit— it’s about the skill and creativity of who’s using it.

Don’t forget, I’ve made 31 of my RAW files available for you to play with. They’re available for download here.

Much love
Dave

PROGRAMMING ALERT: Today at 11:00 AM ET I’m doing a free webinar – everyone’s invited, that takes you on a journey about your own photography, and has the power to take your work to the next level. It’s based on a series I’ve been running once a week on my blog, and today’s Webinar is the culmination of that. It’s live; I take your questions on the air, and you’ll totally dig it. Here’s the link to watch the live stream (and comment) on my Facebook page – 11:00 AM ET today.

I get this question a lot, and so I thought I’d share how I think about the two; how they are different, and when to use them. Both of these sliders enhance or bring out detail in the image, but they do it in very different ways. One isn’t really better than the other, because depending on the image, Clarity might look better on one, and Texture might look better on the next. It’s great to have the flexibility of having both, but here’s a look at how using them can affect the overall tone of your image.

Original shot on the left. +100 Texture on the right. Not a big tonal change.

TEXTURE SLIDER

When I want to bring out the texture in my image, but I don’t want it to mess with the overall tone too much (or mess with the fine detail areas of the image), I reach for the Texture slider. For example purposes, here I’m cranking up the Texture amount up way higher than I normally would (to +100). In the image you see above, the ‘Before’ photo is on the left, and the ‘After’ photo on the right has the Texture cranked up to +100. You can see that even though I cranked the Texture all the way up, the overall tone of the image is fairly similar. The medium-sized detail has been enhanced throughout the image (a bit hard to see at this size, but very obvious when you see it full size on your own images). That enhanced detail is especially visible on the buildings in front. Everything has more definition and detail, but nothing looks too crazy.

Original on the left: +100 Clarity on the right. Relativity big tonal change.

CLARITY SLIDER

When I want to bring out detail, and I want things like metal, glass or water to really “pop” I grab the Clarity slider. Here’s the Clarity slider cranked up to +100, and you can see how contrasty the image has become. The dark areas are much darker and the brighter midtones are brighter, too. The overall tone and color saturation of the image has changed quite a bit, and that’s because the Clarity slider enhances Midtone contrast (well, it does if you drag it to the right, anyway). The glass on the buildings looks much shinier and it really “pops” but look at the road to its right, and the sky — they’re all pretty dark and a bit grungy. If I increased the Shadow slider by the same amount, you’d swear it was an HDR tone-mapped photo.

+100 texture on the left. +100 Clarity on the right.
Original Image (zoomed in).
+100 Texture
+100 Clarity

The Takeaway

The big takeaway here is how much Clarity effects the overall tone of the image (great when you want to get a gritty effect, or make metal, glass and water shinier), while Texture doesn’t tend to mess with the tone nearly as much, but does a great job bringing out detail. Look at them side-by-side just above.

I also find that I don’t need to add as much Texture amount to bring out detail as I would with the Clarity slider. I don’t want to say it’s more powerful — maybe it’s just more sensitive. I also often use the two together by dragging the Texture up, and then adding about 1/2 as much Clarity (so, if I were to drag the Texture amount up to 50, I would only add 25 or so Clarity if even that much). They do work nicely together.

Hope you found that helpful.

I know we mentioned the launch of this class last Thursday here on the blog, but I’m getting such wonderful feedback on this new course (btw: you don’t have to have Profoto lights to get a lot out of the course), that I wanted to share some of the initial feedback. We’re getting comments like:

“This was so good – it answered so many questions for me. Seeing the amount of trial and error that went into this shoot was incredibly helpful.” 

“Thanks Scott, one of the best yet.”

“Your real life problem solving approach has a bit of that Joe McNally style.”

“I’m in the midst of it, and I agree that it’s very good. I’m a long-time Profoto user.”

“Awesome Class Scott & Team! It shows how much work goes in to a picture. What would me frighten most, is all the black walls and curtains… Hard to light. Was so trilled to see how you made it work! Cool!”

Here’s a link to the course. If you’re not a KelbyOne Pro member, you can join now with a monthly subscription for $20 and watch this course (and ALL the rest of the incredible classes in our library). Of course, you can cancel anytime (but make sure you watch the class first). :)

Have a great Monday everybody. Stay inside, stay safe, and keep moving forward so when this awful virus is behind us, we’re in a position to really take things to the next level. :)

-Scott

Intermediate Lighting Setups with Profoto with Scott Kelby

Take your location lighting skills to the next level! Join Scott Kelby in an iconic theater for an intermediate level class on lighting setups. With a talented ballerina as the model, Scott takes you through the process of telling a story with photographs. From the cramped dressing room, through the cluttered hallway, to the beautiful stage, Scott shares his process for working through the challenges each location presents.

You’ll start the class with a brief look at the gear, but then it is on to one shoot after the other, with six unique shoots in all. Throughout each one you’ll learn about the lighting settings, the process of positioning lights, the importance of camera angles, how to make the best of what the location presents, how to work with your subject, and so much more!

In Case You Missed It: Lighting Portraits On Location

Take your location lighting to the next level with Scott Kelby! In this KelbyOne Community inspired class, Scott gives you more of what you have been asking for, which is demonstrating a variety of lighting setups you can use on location. Whether you are shooting with strobes or speedlights, you’ll be able to learn the camera settings and lighting placement needed to recreate these awesome looks.

Scott starts off the class with a discussion of gear and settings, and then he’s off doing shoot after shoot in a variety of locations with both male and female subjects. By the end of the class you’ll be ready to light your next portrait session in new ways.

For those of you who have stuck with me through four parts of our five-part series, the final payoff is on Monday, live — in another of our free online Webinars (these are the ones that would normally be just for KelbyOne members only, but we’re making these open to everybody because we’re all still stuck inside, and we need stuff like this to focus on other stuff, fun creative stuff, so we get a break from all the bad news.

Make sure you did the things we talked about in Part 1, 2, 3, and 4, and then come ready to have it all come together on Monday as we connect all the dots and help move your photography to the next level. Here are the details:

Who: You and me
What: A free online Webinar about your photography
Where: At this link
When: Today at 11:00 AM ET
Why: Because we’re all in this together, and this is something that can help us all move forward, focusing on something else, and be ready to make great images when this awful virus is behind us

I hope you can join me; but in the meantime, go back and check out parts 1, 2, 3, and 4 (I put the links earlier in this post) so you’re ready for Monday. It’s going to be fun, and eyeopening, and we’re also going to give everybody that comes full access to one of our online courses that will help keep you learning after the Webinar. All it’s all, it’s all free (no credit cards, no sales pitch, etc.), so come join us on Monday.

Here’s wishing you a safe, indoor weekend, and we’ll catch you next week. :)

-Scott

MAKING MY FIRST MUSIC VIDEO 

I met Lyrah (Kathleen Warner) on twitter. Honestly I forgot when exactly. She thought my videos were cool and I liked her music. She asked if I’d be down to direct a video. I’m not sure if she knew I hadn’t made one before, but I said yes. My skills directing product and brand videos could translate right? Plus I have friends that have made music videos and I occasionally volunteered for WDMV which connected me with plenty of talented directors I could ask for advice. Plus there’s always YouTube right?

We had our first official meeting about this video on November 9th 2019. The single and video dropped last week on March 18th 2020. Hella great response so far. It made it to COLORSXSTUDIOS Song of the Day, was featured in the Nightcap Apple Music playlist and the best part – friends and strangers have told us so many nice things. Also as of writing this, zero dislikes on YouTube. Now that I’ve said it though someone will probably just dislike it out of spite. Oh well.


The Approach

We started with a meetup in NYC to talk about the project and outlined the details on Dropbox Paper. We started with her overall aesthetic, vibe of the song, and narrative in the lyrics. Over the next couple of weeks we added moodboards, references, and outlined a storyboard based on the lyrics. Also iMessage. Hella ideas and references exchanged back and forth. I was a lil afraid but just went for it and asked lots of questions and showed her things I found interesting. This helped us narrow things down for the video and get on the same page. Even though we never worked with each other before this we understood how to project manage the hell out of this because of our respective professional experience. Then we settled on a date in LA for the shoot and worked backwards from there.


Pre-Production

I have to mention a lot of music videos don’t operate on this long of a timeline. I heard if Gucci Mane has a song Wednesday night he wants a video for then the video will be done and out Saturday night. This was a completely indie production between me and the artist Lyrah so we made up our own process and rules. Also we both worked our respective jobs while making this project happen.

In hindsight our storyboard was very ambitious. We had two different worlds, choreography, freestyles, scenes with extras, performance scenes, and several locations we wanted to shoot in. Also styling, props, make-up, art direction for everything. All in one day. I’d like to think I was optimistic and planning well but perhaps there was more naivety and a big ass cup of Dunning-Kruger effect.

Animatic

Since Lyrah already had the song recorded I found references from movies and other music videos that generally fit the storyboard and put it together. This served as our template for making the video.

Choreography

My brother’s name is Green – yes we are named after colors. I enlisted his help in making the choreography for after the chorus. He’s hella dope, just check out his Instagram or Tik-Tok. He can move. He filmed himself doing all 3 parts and then cut it together and did hella masking to plan out the blocking. What a pro.

Crew 

The crew would be myself, my brother and my friend Carl. Green worked with and for a lot of YouTubers in LA so he knew how to operate on set. My friend Carl also came on as DP and gaffer. I met him partying in Hong Kong during study abroad almost 10 years ago. I don’t know why but I remember he had a bowtie and suspenders on. He’s the only one that actually went to film school and that made a huge difference on set. My friend John also showed up to take BTS pics and hang. He’s the one to thank for the beautiful non-iPhone images you get to look at while reading this.

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