How Will AI Change Photography? with Scott Kelby, Erik Kuna & Yotam Gil | The Grid EP. 537

Artificial Intelligence can be a very divisive topic with lots of interesting thoughts, opinions, and insights into the future. As it continues advancing, will it eliminate the need for photographers and photography altogether? Or will it empower and assist us to accomplish things that we couldn’t have imagined just a few years ago? Join Scott Kelby, Erik Kuna, and their guest Yotam Gil of Imagen as they tackle this topic head on!

New KelbyOne Course: So You Just Got Your Camera, Now Let’s Make Some Landscapes! with Dave Black

Perhaps you have just acquired your first camera, or maybe you’ve never photographed Landscapes before and want to know how to begin making Landscapes, or what are those “Rule of Thirds” anyway?

Wherever you are on your photography journey this class is perfect for you and anyone wanting to learn how to begin making beautiful landscape pictures for your Instagram, prints for your home or you just love to be outside enjoying nature with your camera.

We will explore and learn what makes a visually pleasing Landscape. We will learn about Exposure and Autofocus settings. We will learn how to compose the scene and the Rule of Thirds. We will explore gear, accessories, and much more for your landscape photography journey. So come join me and Let’s Make Some Landscapes.

Editor’s Note: We’re just a day away from December, so I wanted to bring back this fantastic 2019 post from Gilmar Smith about creating more exciting holiday cards. Enjoy!

Holiday Cards Don’t Have To Be Boring…

For the last few years, I have made a goal of mine to create the most amazing memories with my kids, both in real life and photography-wise. Of course, it is a mission of mine to make our Holiday Card an epic one every year. Who wants to receive another boring Holiday card anyways?

Our Holiday Cards and my Bad Santa series were personal projects I started doing for fun, and they turned out to be the greatest marketing tool for my business during the Holiday Season. 

This year, I started booking Holiday Cards sessions even before Halloween. 

As the song says, Holiday is the most wonderful time of the year, and it is also the perfect time for you as a photographer to make money. 

Mostly everybody I know sends Holiday Cards to their family and friends. A big part of that group prefers to send family pictures instead of store-bought Holiday Cards. 

I am sure you usually receive pretty much the same version of a Holiday card from different families. Matching outfits, fake smiles, all of them in front of a Christmas Tree. But not all Holiday Cards have to be like that! 

What I look to capture on Holiday Card sessions is a little bit of everyone’s personality in one image. For me to be able to do that, I make sure to collect as much information as possible from my client’s family. Some of my clients have already a concept picked by the time they book the sessions, and some others need a little help choosing a theme. That’s when the info I collect from them comes handy. I go ahead and customize inspiration boards for them and even draw a few sketches. 

Then my job is to escalate their concept to the epic level!

Having shot multiple clients’ Holiday Cards through the years, I can also say it’s a very competitive time between family and friends, but the fun kind. Once you send out your first fun Holiday Card, there’s no going back. They will be expected every year.

This family recreates a rock album cover every year for their Holiday Card… Can you guess which one is this?

This family wanted a portrait of the chaos that goes behind doors… I can relate!

Kitchen portraits are always fun!

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I’m not talking about your data connection! It’s #TravelTuesday and I, Dave Williams, am here as always with something from the world of photography! This week, it’s your network!

Networking is huge. I cannot stress how huge. We can interchange a couple of words here: – clan, community, group… they all end up the same – network! As photographers it’s incredibly important to build a network and be in a network. Facebook is a great place for this with the sheer volume of people active on the network (there’s that word again) and the ease of being involved in a Facebook Group. I have one where I share a lot of 360º photos and experiences, and there are plenty out there that cater to almost any audience or hobby. A new one on the scene is the Platypod Users Group, for example. They can be very niche or very vague, but they’re all a community.

The advantage of having or being involved in a community is the constant education and inspiration that comes from others, and that we can contribute to, as well as the abundance of potential clients that we can market to. Education and inspiration are things I’ve talked about a lot before and they continue to be important. We should always be looking to grow and develop, to make ourselves stand out from the crowd, and we’re killing two birds with one stone if we network in the process. The age old saying, “it’s not what you know, it’s who you know” is something well worth bearing in mind. Having a network of friends and colleagues within the creative industry will solve so many problems and afford mutual growth. Think about it. We’re one big team!

In other news, I’m getting closer to my crazy adventure spending 80 days in the Arctic this winter. I’m documenting the journey on YouTube and while we’re talking about community, I’d love you to get involved and let me know what you think of my videos. Please do let me know what you want me to talk about and what you want to see.

We’re all on the same side – competition in photography and creativity works differently to many other industries. We can achieve more by working together than by seeing one another as competitors.

Much love
Dave

For Cyber Monday, we go to our partners and ask them to give just a crazy low price on something, but only for 1-hour, and sometimes these deals are so incredible it crashes their servers. Today is that day! , Starting at 10:00 am ET and running until 5:00 pm at the top of every hour we’re doing another LIVE Screamin’ Deal Webcast where you’ve got to watch to get the Discount code. They’re short, right at the top of the hour, we give you the deal and the code, and you’re off and saving! :)

Here are the details:

Who: Join host Larry Becker LIVE from our studios
What: Unbelievable Cyber Monday deals that only last 1 hour
Where: Here’s the link
When: Today, starting at 10:00 am and at the top of every hour until 5 pm ET.
Why: Cause we always do something cool on Cyber Monday!

Next up: Killer Deals On Our Online Conference replays

You know about our fantastic KelbyOne Online Conferences, on everything from Landscape photography, Lightroom, Photoshop, travel photography, making money from your photography, and even iPhone photography – well, we have some incredible deals for you to watch any (or all) of our conferences replays on demand for an entire year. The best instructors, our most popular topics, now at the lowest price of the years.

Lastly, check out this Cyber Monday deal on a KelbyOne Pro Membership

Today, Cyber Monday is your last chance to get our absolute best price of the year on KelbyOne Pro annual membership, and 2023 is going to be an amazing year of training! (check out that video above for more about KelbyOne and why you should join today).

Here’s the link to save BIG! (Save $90)

Happy shopping, everybody. It’s going to be an incredible year of learning. :)

-Scott

If you’ve always thought of becoming a part of the KelbyOne Online Educational Community, this is the best time ever; thanks to our Black Friday/Cyber Monday deal –  we’re offering our best price of the year. Just $149 for a full year of our ProPlan, with full access to everything (including over 900+ full-length training courses with thousands and thousands of lessons, plus a subscription to Photoshop User magazine).

PLUS (cool feature coming up), when you purchase a KelbyOne Pro Annual Membership at this special cyber sale price, you will renew at this rate for as long as you remain a KelbyOne Pro Annual member. Your membership price doesn’t go up at the end of a year. Pretty sweet, right?

Here’s the link – it makes a perfect gift, too (giving the gift of education for an entire year).

Have a fun Black Friday shopping day today, everybody. :)

-Scott

Blind Photo Critiques with Scott Kelby and Erik Kuna | The Grid EP. 536

What are you thankful for? Maybe it’s having your photos critiqued on this week’s Blind Photo Critiques with Scott Kelby and Erik Kuna! Tune in to see what they have to say about this week’s viewer submitted photos and what you can apply to improve your own work.

New KelbyOne Course – Portrait Photography: Adding Special Effects in Studio with Frank Doorhof

This magician shares all his secrets! Join Frank Doorhof in studio as he shares a series of tips, tricks, and techniques for adding special effects in your portrait photography. You’ll learn how to add magic to your photos using small accessories, gels, projectors, masks, special lenses, fabrics, and so much more. Come be inspired to take your portrait sessions to new levels and have a lot more fun.

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