British Photographer Ian Munro will have his own solo show tonight at “The Gallery at KelbyOne” Tonight, at a special wine & cheese reception we’ll be celebrating the photographic work of Ian Munro and you’re invited to be a part of the opening, no matter where you are in the world.
Ian won a competition we hold several times a year for KelbyOnePro members where the winner gets a solo gallery show with images beautifully printed on Vivid Satin by Bay Photo Lab using their unique Xpozer print display system.
We’re live-streaming our interview with Ian tonight, and you’ll get a peek at the gallery, and his witty, wonderfully inspiring work.” It will be a night to remember, and you’ll see it all unfold live.
Who: Photographer Ian Munro and our host Larry Becker (Plus, a bunch of people enjoying wine and cheese). Mmmm. Cheese. What: The Opening reception and interview from Ian’s solo show at “The Gallery at KelbyOne” When: Tonight – Friday, March 16th – the live broadcast with Ian starts at @8pm ET Where: My Facebook Page, or at http://kelbyone.com/gallery-webcast Why: To showcase the amazing work of our KelbyOne members, and share their work with a worldwide audience
The presentation starts at 8 PM ET (Note to International viewers: the US observes Daylight Savings Time so we recently moved our clocks forward 1-hour). Hope you can join us. :)
In Case You Missed It Join Tim Wallace for the conclusion to his series on building a profitable photography business. Continuing on from the previous class, Tim delves deeper into the methods, business practices, and philosophy that has propelled his business to success. The goal of this class is to help prepare you to make well informed business decisions and take your business to the next level. According to Tim, your professionalism is your brand, your personality is your business card, and how you make clients feel is your trademark.
Learning The Emotional Investment In Your Work For Greater Success I’ve never met a passionate creative who didn’t put a part of themselves in the shots they share with the world.
It’s a fortunate curse we put on ourselves, the gift of being able to inject our love into the medium that is photography. And through that medium, we connect the eyes of the world and share something that is normally intangible. It comes to no surprise that it’s rich with emotion, feeling, and a part of us!
When you put money in the mix, things get complicated. I am a photo retoucher by profession and passion. It’s something I love to do, but also do because life has driven me to this position. People started seeing the level of detail I put in my work and naturally, but unexpected at the time, I started getting more attention. Many inquiries later, I found myself glued to my chair racing toward deadlines and things became almost too normal. I no longer did this just for fun, but as a hired artist made to meet deadlines, and deliver consistent quality day in and night out.
As I began to have more eyes on my work and what I was producing, I realized quickly that I had to cut my emotions off from feedback while still being passionate about my work. This is a balance that became something I had to learn quickly, but took years to truly master. I write this post in hopes for other creatives who put their heart in everything to find a balance to when you get critiqued in a professional or social setting. It’s easy to say, “Don’t take it personal!” but you can’t help yourself if you’re the type of person to.
What I learned was that it was okay to be confident about the work I produced, but I had to also be in a mindset to be open-minded to improvement, otherwise it would eat me up. It’s not something I could put into effect just by thinking about, but I had to put it into practice.
People are so different, some out there already come into the field with this mindset and they’re very fortunate. Others like me can never get past that hurdle and end up not making any progress from fear of rejection. But I just want people to know that if I was able to transcend that barricade of being scared of negative feedback, so can you.
I think ultimately what got me over it was realizing that when I was getting feedback, they didn’t hate what I did, but they were in the position of giving me feedback because they liked what I had done, and wanted to see it met to their vision. After all, working for someone else is partly about you, and about them as well.
From a public perspective, I also had to learn that before I took anything to heart, I need to consider the source. On a scale of troll to pro, I had to ask myself who was giving me critique on the web, and what level of work they produced or experience they had. If they had nothing to really back up their opinion, then it wouldn’t be considered as much as someone who could comment from a personal space.
With these two things in mind, I no longer had to compromise and set a balance, and I could still do what I did with all my heart and not take offense to feedback. When I realized that is where growth takes place, I began to seek feedback from the right sources and started growing beyond what I imagined. People who are too proud of their work often won’t consider feedback, and those too scared for feedback will avoid receiving it. Being right in the middle will be where your growth occurs and it will take time to get there. But once you’re there, being a creative becomes a lot less draining emotionally.
Happy Tuesday! For my post this week on Scott Kelby’s Photoshop Insider for #TravelTuesday I’ll share with you a little trick to create a rainbow in Adobe Photoshop.
A real rainbow in a photo is a pretty cool thing to catch. Here’s a little selfie example: –
This was taken in a little valley at the neck leading into the Icelandic Westfjords in 2016. Now, if you look carefully and cast your eye aside from the beautiful English gent you’ll notice that there is actually a rainbow in that shot ;)
We’ll take this as a brief rainbow study and see what we need to try and simulate with our fake Photoshop rainbow. Note that the rainbow is pretty thin, extremely transparent, and not as saturated as we’d perhaps expect. We need to keep these observations in mind with our editing, let’s do it.
First off, crack open that shot. I’m using a moody skied drone shot from Old Harry Rocks, Dorset, England.
Let’s get straight into it and get that rainbow in there. Firstly, let’s create a new Layer with CMD + SHIFT + N (Windows: CTRL + SHFT + N)
Working in this new Layer, hit G to select the Gradient Tool. From the Toolbar up top open the Gradient Picker, click on the Gear icon, and select Special Effects and hit OK.
From the Gradient options, select the rainbow on the right named ‘Russell’s Rainbow.’
Now, change the Gradient Type to a Radial Gradient.
With this Tool, create a rainbow with a realistic arc. I find that a nice wide circle works best. When we do this we’ll see the entire circle, so concentrate on the portion which is in the sky and we’ll deal with the rest shortly.
In the Layers Menu, change the Blend Mode to Screen. Now select the Rainbow Layer with CMD + A (Windows: CTRL + A) and then hit T to use the Transform Tool to resize and reposition the rainbow. Here we need to think about what we figured out earlier – rainbows are thin!
And now bearing in mind the rest of what we learned, we need to desaturate the rainbow and make it more transparent. We can usually achieve this in one go by using the Layer Opacity Slider. I’ve taken mine right down to 25%.
And that leaves us just with the piece of rainbow that’s currently sitting in the sea! Rather than Photoshop in a pot of gold, let’s fade it out. Normally a rainbow won’t go right down to the ground, there’ll be a bit of a gap. Let’s do it that way in our image. Hit G to select the Gradient Tool again, and go back to the gear icon and select Reset Gradients and hit OK. Now check the black and white gradient named Foreground to Background. We will work on a Layer Mask so go ahead and create one from the Rainbow Layer. Now, making sure the Linear Gradient is selected in the Toolbar, make a line from the bottom to the top of the rainbow and note what happens. The most effective line in this case is from just below the horizon to just above it, which causes this to happen: –
As always with our post process it’s hard to decide when we’re finished, but at this point we are in fact done!
You can take this method and apply it to any image it fits, and I would love to see what you do with ti! As always, tag me on Instagram where I’m @capturewithdave so I can see your rainbows!
So my buddy Jim sends me a photo he took with his iPhone of the first Photoshop World Conference brochure ever to let me know the first one was back in 1999 and this is our 19th year of producing the Photoshop World Conference (whoo hoo!). Anyway, the photo he sent was pretty much a mess, and this was something I wanted to keep for posterity.
So, I used Photoshop (and some slick Lens tricks) to bring the brochure back to life and you see the whole process from Start to Finish, and as luck would have it, it’s a perfect segue for me to mention that the annual Photoshop World Conference is indeed less than 90-days away (in Orlando, Florida no less) and you should come. But first, the tutorial:
Thanks for sending me that crappy photo, Jim. 😂
Hey, since we’re all talking about the Photoshop World Conference and all that, check out this quick little trailer about it below:
OK, go sign up right now, while you can still snag at room right there at the Hyatt Regency Orlando (where all the stuff, instructor and yours truly are staying. Here’s the link.
Have a kick butt Monday, everybody! (stop with the eye roll. Monday’s can kick butt!).
P.S.I did a fun interview with the awesome Ross Chevalier (from the Photo/Video Guy Podcast) all about photography and Photoshop education. It’s an audio-only podcast so you can just let it run in the background while you work in Lightroom. Here’s the link if you’ve got a sec.
Just a quick heads up — this tutorial (which is WAY more interesting than it sounds) is for intermediate-level Photoshop users, so if you’re a beginner, this is one you can out for now. It’s how to use Photoshop Lens tools to fix a bad shooting location. The techniques aren’t hard — they’re actually pretty easy — I’m just moving at a speed for intermediates, and I’m not explaining all the detail behind each step (for example, if I can go to Free Transform and flip horizontal) you’d have to know what that means to get a lot out of it. Anyway, give it a look — it’s pretty wild!
Hope that takes you into your weekend in a wild way (seeing what Photoshop can do in situations like this — pretty amazing, right?).
If you’re a Lightroom user… I’ve got an intermediate speed and level tutorial for you over at http://lightroomkillertips.com today – it’s a start to finish project, and if you were OK with the speed and style of the video here, you’ll super dig the one over there. Hope you’ll check it out.