Hi, gang. I was inspired to do this trick after I saw it used yesterday by B&H Photo in a graphic for a lens they were tweeting about. As soon as I saw it, I thought, “Hey, I’ve been teaching that technique for years” and then I realized, it’s probably been too many years. LOL!! Anyway, here ya go (there’s lot of little mini-tricks within this tutorial — everything from how to get the original drop shadow back, and a reflection effect, and more. In short; there’s more there than just faking a studio lighting look).

Hope you found that helpful.

Can you learn Photoshop in just one hour? 
Yes. How do I know? Because people are ready doing it, and they’re loving it!  I have a brand new course called “Learn Photoshop in One Hour” and it’s one of my highest-rated courses of the year. People are raving about it (even people who already know Photoshop are giving it love). So, if you’ve got an hour, you can learn Photoshop and change your world. Check out the official course trailer below. It’s just 49-seconds.

I hope you’ll check it out this weekend. It can change everything for you. :)

Have a great weekend everybody!

Best,

-Scott

P.S. Did I mention it’s just one hour? That’s really quick ya know. ;-)

Mastering Nikon Wireless Flash with Moose Peterson
Learn how to master the new Nikon wireless flash system with Moose Peterson! Join Moose as he provides the foundation for how this system works, goes though the components involved, demonstrates how to pair the flash with your camera, and then takes you step-by-step through a variety of shooting scenarios, using single and multiple lights, in studio and in the field. Even though the Nikon wireless system is currently only compatible with a select number of Nikon bodies, you can get a glimpse of where this exciting technology is going, and learn how to get the most out of it now.

In Case You Missed It
Learn how to add one more flash to your portrait lighting with Scott Kelby! Building on the foundation you gained in Just One Flash, Scott teaches you the why, when, and how of adding a second flash to your Speedlight setup. Whether you want to create separation between your subject and the background, add a fill light to your subject, or change the look of the background itself, you’ll be amazed at all the great things you can do with a second flash. Be sure to re-watch the Just One Flash class first, then you’ll be ready to take it to the next level with the skills you’ll learn here.

There are many ways to set up a successful photo shoot. Some are obviously more effective than others, depending on what you focus on. The part I really love is the production prior to the shoot itself.

To understand where I’m coming from, you should know that I currently run my own Real Estate Photography business in Southern California. Agents all over southern California use my services for their listings. One of the many things that have helped me with my business being successful is my focus on time management and always being ready for my shoots.

These tips can easily be used for studio photography, family portraits, or other photographic pursuits. In fact, you can use these techniques for pretty much anything you want to do. As I perform a lot of different styles of photography, compositing has become one of many that I just love to do. To make sure I always have the time for this, I ensure that I’ve collected all the info I’ll need to establish the shoot. After that, the process of creating the photo becomes a downright fun experience. Just like it should be!

When I’m collecting that information, it’s important to ask the right questions. I always start with the absolute basics…

“What am I shooting?”

“Will it be a model?”

“Will it be a house, landscape, etc…”

These questions dictate a lot about my set up. From lenses to tripods to how early I show up, these questions ground my process in the reality of the shoot.

In order to keep this discussion short as possible, and straight to the point, let’s say this will be a studio photo shoot for your own portfolio.

Concept
The first thing you’ll need to do is come up with a concept. I often get mine from movies, TV shows, Pinterest, and my personal favorite: 500px. To be honest I have seen some of the best photos I’ve ever come across on this site. If all you get out of this article is 500px, you’ve already found an immense wealth of value here! A couple of great photos from people I follow on 500px.

Compiling this inspiration into a mood board on my private Pinterest allows me to gather my thoughts in one place and start thinking. This also lets me share with everyone that is working on the photo shoot, reducing communication errors. We’ll talk more about this later on.

Budget
After a concept has been established, budgeting quickly becomes our top priority. Understandably, to the starving artist, the budget in question is simply non-existent. That being said, even a budget of $0 is better than having no idea what you’re working with. The most important thing to remember is that you should put money into your portfolio. This will be shown as your best foot forward when you bring in paying clients. Having a portfolio that can persuade paying clients is the primary purpose of a portfolio.

Collaborating
I’ve always tried to find other creatives that are interested in the same things I am. When it comes to photography, it is no different. I’ve found over the years a network of models, makeup artists, and stylists that I utilize if I need help with a photo shoot. They can’t always do it for free but if it’s the right concept they just might be willing to collaborate with you. Sometimes, they’ll do it for free if they can have digital copies for their portfolio. The main takeaway is you can always try and find a group of people to work with on future projects. I’ve found a majority of my resources through workshops, friends of friends, and various outlets of social media. Particularly Facebook.

Distribution
Once I’ve built my team, including a model, makeup artists, and stylists, I make sure to share the Pinterest board I described earlier. It is important that only we can see this board. What this achieves on the shoot is a boost to the communication for what we’re attempting to shoot. If we can improve the understanding of the team, we’ll get done sooner, and be more satisfied with the results.

Scheduling
Truly, nothing is more complicated than getting a team ready to shoot on the same day(s). It’s important to understand some of the people involved will have a day job or other obligations to handle. As a result, these people won’t be as flexible as other members of your team. Keeping this in mind, understand that scheduling will rarely work perfectly! What will set you apart from the rest, is to avoid getting upset when the makeup artist calls in at the last minute to cancel the shoot. Obviously, this pushes back the entire shoot.

As this can happen often when you are collaborating with others, it’s best to know how to handle it like a professional. I haven’t always been as coolheaded as I am these days [read: Screaming at my computer in frustration!], which is why this advice is so pertinent.

So this is why we try and get as much of this production set up early as possible to minimize this kind of setbacks on the day of the shoot.  Understanding that we can’t control all of the setbacks, we should at least take ownership of the setbacks we can control. If you are paying someone to help you out, say a makeup artist, your chances are a little more likely they will not flake on your project. Money is an excellent motivator for your team to stick to their commitments.

What we’ve established here is a pretty solid plan prior to your next shoot. I think it would be irresponsible to go into more depth at this point as there are so many little steps involved in the photography process. Making a photo requires a lot more preparation that people simply don’t take into consideration. This guide is for you to keep your plans simple and reliable.

On your next shoot, remember that a successful shoot revolves around a detailed plan. Creating your vision is pivotal, and you’ll need to clearly explain it to your team in order to make it a reality. I hope that this guide helps you realize your vision. As a fellow photographer, as an artist, and as a professional I am here to answer questions that you may have. You can contact me at jr@maddoxphoto.com I will certainly talk your ear off about anything photography… My advice? Shoot, shoot, shoot, then shoot some more!

You can see more of J.R.’s work at MaddoxPhoto.com, and follow him on Facebook, Instagram, and 500px.

It’s that time of week again here at ScottKelby.com – it’s #HybridDaveTuesdays on #TravelTuesday – and this week, I’m going to answer a question I’ve been frequently asked, and then I’ll break it down a bit more!

Take a look at my posts on Instagram, and you’ll notice a theme: they’re all geotagged with the coordinates, along with a marker pin denoting the country right there at the top of the caption. It look’s a bit like this:-

 

 

The question I’m most often asked is not “How do you do it?” but “How do you remember?”

We live in a world where you can have GPS right there in your D-SLR, but mine doesn’t have that, so I have to have a system for remembering where I take photos, particularly those in the middle of nowhere or of something potentially nondescript in and of itself.

The first and primary thing I tend to do is, when using my D-SLR, I will also take the same photo with my iPhone with my geotagging turned on, thereby marking the shot on a map. It’s so simple, and it’s a really good reminder of what was where when I’ve been away on a trip taking hundreds of photos one after another. There are, of course, things which stand out in my memory, but those things which don’t can be easily tagged on a map right in my pocket.

Here’s an example, starting with the (festive, because it’s nearly Christmas) D-SLR shot:-

 

Of course, we know this is the Rockefeller Center tree, but suppose we didn’t. All we’d need to do is take a shot at the same place on the iPhone (or another brand, whichever, but preferably an iPhone!), and then go into the photo on the phone and swipe up:-

 

Right there, it’s sitting on the map, showing us the exact spot the photo was taken. It’s a GPS solution to tagging photos that we already have right there in our pockets.

My second option is simpler still: once you’ve taken a photo, have a look around and see if there’s a sign you can shoot – a street name, a tourist sign, a shop name, anything that will jog your memory later would be great for getting a praise location for your photo.

 

 

This is a Svalbard reindeer, the smallest reindeer sub-species. He’s looking down my lens from the edge of Longyearbyen on Spitsbergen. The glacial water flowing off into the sea through Adventdalen is pretty familiar, so as a reminder, in this instance, here’s what I did:-

 

Easy, right? Too easy to be telling you about? Well, it’s one of those things – it’s simple when you know what to do, but if you don’t do it, you’ll end up racking your brain trying to remember the name of a place you took a photo, so you’ll thank me when you start doing this!

I hope this was useful. Remember to check in here every week to see what other wisdom I have to impart from the world of travel photography and retouching, and you can reach out if you have any questions or topics for me by searching for me, Hybrid Dave, across social media :)

 

Much love

Dave

That’s Stephen Wallace, and you probably recognize him as the KelbyOne member who was the winner of our contest for a solo show in the Gallery at KelbyOne, but he’s also a rising star, and on Saturday night his star was certainly shining bright!

Right after his interview with Larry Becker, broadcast live and viewed all over the world, I was standing in the theater when a gentleman who was in the audience came up to tell Steve how much he admired his work, and how fascinating his talk was, but he said something that really stood out. He said to Steve that what was most amazing to him was for an incredible of a photographer as Stephen is, he was so humble about it all. It made us all love him, and his work, even more.

It was a magical night
Like the openings for Mark Wegner and Melanie Kern-Favila before him — there is something so special that happens when we all come together to experience beautiful art; to share the process and learn about the person behind it; and to celebrate what is good in this world. It was a wonderful night of learning, laughter, and watching as another star is born. I’ll share some of the images from the evening here, with a few captions, but if you get a chance, watch Stephen’s talk from the gallery (it’s embedded a little farther down this page). There is so much to this artist, to his man, and he has a lot to share. He truly honored the gallery with this images, and his words.

Above: I took this shot at the end of the night, after everybody left, down low with a wide angle lens. Stephen’s images from Myanmar (formerly Burma) looked amazing on the walls.

Above: He talked a lot about why he choses to photograph so often in Southeast Asia. His answers were so insightful.

Above: His use of natural light, and his understanding of how to harness that light, was really intriguing. So simple, but so effective.

Above: I grabbed a few shots before and after the sold out crowd arrived for his opening.

Above: That’s my personal favorite of Steven’s gallery images. It’s like he’s flying.

 

Above: Some scenes from Steve’s opening. 

Above: Matt Kloskowski and his wife Diana dropped by – that’s Matt chatting with Steve before his talk.

Above: I know we talk a lot about Bay Photo Lab’s Xposure printing system, but you should see the reaction of people who visit the gallery. The images look so amazing, and the mounting is so clever. It was one of the first things Stephen looked at when he saw his images for the first time. We feel very fortunate, very blessed to have BayPhoto as our sponsor for the gallery — their printing system helps the images come alive.

Above: This is Steve’s interview from Saturday night with Larry Becker (who was as awesome as always) – it says “The Grid Live” for some reason, but that’s not what the actual video is — it’s Steve’s chat with Larry. I promise you – you’ll love it. You’ll learn a lot. You’ll laugh, too. You’ll be intrigued and engaged, and you’ll just really enjoy it. You’ll see some wonderful images, and meet a fascinating man who has lived a pretty incredible life. I hope you take the time. It’s worth it.

Above: Steve and his wonderful wife Becky. We got to spend a little time with them before and after the gallery opening, and they are just awesome people.

Are you next?
On Thursday, we’ll be announcing the next gallery competition opening dates and how you can submit your images, during a live Webcast we’re doing for KelbyOne members on how to get your work noticed in 2018. It’s just one part of our presentation, but it’s an important one.

I hope you’ll be joining some of these amazingly talented people — photographers who all thought they’d never be the one chosen. If you think you probably won’t win…you’re in good company.

A special thanks
I want to give a special thanks to our in-house team who works so hard to put together this special evening. Thanks to Merideth Duffin, our director, Steve Nicolai who leads our video team and makes sure everything works like a charm; to Juan Alfonso our camera operator and jack-of-all-trades; to Rachel Scott who wore many hats from event photographer to social media maven (her day job) to live chat moderator; to Jean A. Kendra for all her help, for being our cheese and wine expert, and for being so supportive of this idea from the very beginning. Thanks to Larry Becker (he’s just so brilliant); to Pam Suttmiller for always helping every time, and to Erik Kuna, who so loves what we’re doing and why we’re doing it, and helps in every aspect from start to finish.

It all started with Kalebra’s dream
None of this would even be possible if Kalebra hadn’t come up with the idea to take someone from our community and find a way to raise them up; to give them a bigger audience for their work; to get them the recognition they deserve. Thank you for being so awesome, and for having such a heart for others. You are just such a cool person.

My thanks for Steven and Becky for honoring our studio, and being such fun, modest, and just just awesome people. Thanks, Steve for sharing your gift with our members and with the world. It was a night none of us will soon forget.

Here’s to a great week everybody, and to new opportunities. :)

Best,

-Scott

Got a quick and easy Photoshop tutorial, that also works in Lightroom, and it’s how to get rid of those nasty purple, magenta, or green color fringe that appears around the edges of object in your image (this problem is a common lens issue called Chromatic Aberration). Here’s how to fix it quick and easy.

Hope you found that helpful. :)

Tomorrow Night You’re Invited to an “Artist’s Talk” with one incredible photographer: Stephen Wallace
He’s the latest winner to have his own solo show at “The Gallery at KelbyOne” (here’s more info on the gallery). Well, after Stephen’s wine and cheese reception tomorrow night, we’ll be going into our theater for an intimate chat about Stephen’s work, his life as a physician/attorney, and his techniques, and you’re invited. His travel photography is pretty amazing — really that next-level stuff, and you will love getting a chance to see his hear, and hear his story.

Who: Photographer Stephen Wallace and host Larry Becker
What: A chat with the photographer about his images
Where: Here’s the link to watch it live online (it’s free and open to everyone)
When: Tomorrow, Saturday December 9th, 2017 at 8:00 PM ET
Why: To take someone from our KelbyOne community and share their wonderful work with a worldwide audience

NOTE: If you’re a KelbyOne member and would like to join us in person for the free wine/cheese reception tomorrow night at 7PM at our headquarters just outside Tampa, Florida, click here to grab one of the last remaining spots, and then I’ll see you tomorrow night. 

Have a great weekend everybody. :)

Best,

-Scott

P.S. My Lightroom seminar is in Ft. Lauderdale on Monday, and then in Charlotte on Wednesday. Hope you can come out and spend the day with me learning Lightroom. 

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