Daily Archives August 4, 2009

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So I’m in the middle of shooting the third in my new series of classes for Kelby Training Online called “Light It; Shoot It; Retouch It!” (I shot the image you see above during the class), and I go to Twitter while I’m on the set, and write, “Hey, I’m taping this class right now. Anybody got any suggestions?”

By the way, my “Light It; Shoot It; Retouch It” series is a new idea where I start with an empty studio, we (Brad and I) put together the whole lighting rig from scratch, explaining everything,  (I mean everything) as we go, then we do the shoot live (and you see everything explained there, too), and then finally once I get the shots I’m looking for, I take the images first over to Lightroom for editing, then to Photoshop for the final retouch You see the whole thing, every step, from start to finish.

Anyway, I did get some great suggestions and because of some of the ideas I got right then and there on Twitter, I was able to address something I hadn’t planned on (which was great). One of the request I got that day was to talk about how we do the make-up for shooting under studio lighting. Well, I was lucky enough to have our favorite local make-up artist there as part of the shoot, the wonderful Shelly Giard, and I was able to get her to do a cameo in the class where she explains her technique, and even shows part of it. It was awesome and it was straight from those suggestions off Twitter (you can follow me on Twitter by clicking right here).

I learned a while back how incredibly helpful it is to have a make-up artist involved for important shoots, and when you’ve found a good one—they are worth their weight in gold (and Shelly certainly is that—-we use her pretty much exclusively for all our Kelby Training classes, including Joe McNally’s classes). I’ve been also fortunate to work with some great Make-Up Artists up the Detroit area for some of my book projects including Lynn Golovich, Tammy Pore, and Renata Stojcevskia, (a fantastic MUA!).

Anyway, I thought you guys would like to know that your ideas make a big difference, and being able to get that type of instant feedback from Twitter makes everything I do that much more timely, and I wind up covering things I often hadn’t thought of.

The Daily News

Joe Killed in San Francisco!
In re-reading that headline, it really doesn’t sound like it good thing, but it actually was (you guys know what I meant, right?). Seriously though—the feedback we’ve gotten from Joe McNally’s standing-room only (700+ photographers) one-day off-camera flash tour in San Francisco last week is just off the charts—-he just absolutely killed! I read some of the emails attendees are sending us, just to tell us what an amazing day they had, and they’re just over the top about Joe and what they learned. Thanks Joe! Ya done us proud, son! (More tour dates to be announced very soon!).

Shoot on the Slidelines with Scott & Mike Update
First, thanks to everybody who has already entered the “Shoot on the Sidelines with Scott and Mike” sports shooting contest. In the first day alone we had hundreds of people register on the flickr group, and many had already started uploading photos. We had a couple of questions I thought I’d address real quickly: (1) It doesn’t matter where you live—you can enter. (2) It doesn’t matter which brand of camera body you have; we’ll order you a lens that works with it. (3) The contest is only open to amateur photographers—not full-time working professional photographers. (4) The thing I used to hang those sports photos behind my desk are little photo ledges (for lack of a better term), from IKEA called “Klang” and they run about $14 each for a three foot length. Then I use those big paper-clip-like clamps to hold them up there. That’s it. Good luck everybody!

Corey’s bringing the Down & Dirty Tour to Indy
Our own in-house Photoshop Wizard, Corey Barker, is taking our incredibly popular “Photoshop CS4 Down & Dirty Tricks” one-day seminar to Indianapolis, Indiana next week, on Monday, August 10th, at the Indiana Convention Center. If you haven’t seen Corey live, this is your chance (seating is limited, so if you’re thinking of going—-I’d sign up now). Here’s the link with all the details.

Very Cool Stop-Motion Video Shot with a DSLR
One of my esteemed Guest Bloggers, Andrew Kornylak, has done an incredibly cool video where he put the same stop-motion photography technique he showed here on the blog to use in a commercial shoot for his client. Once you see this video (comprised of around 550 still images), you’re going to want to (a) go back and re-read his Guest Blog post, and then (b) Shoot one of these yourself immediately! Here’s the link to the video. Thanks Andrew for sharing this!!!

I’m Really Excited About Tomorrow’s Guest Blogger….
….because I’ve been following his work for quite a while now, and his photography and post-processing just work so well together, and I’m psyched to have him here on the blog….it’s Pennsylvania-based portrait photographer Bill Simone.

Bill is able to very cleverly blend some HDR, some slick moves in Photoshop, along with some really great photography to create some very captivating images.  Best of all; he’s great about sharing his techniques, which is exactly what he’ll be doing here on the blog tomorrow so absolutely don’t miss it!!!! (In the meantime, check out Bill’s portfolio right here).

Get Your Way-Cool Photoshop World Count-Down Clock
Friend of the blog and FOV (Friend of Vanelli), Terry Reinert did something very cool; he designed a Photoshop World Countdown Clock that you can add to your Web site (which is cool by itself. Well, it is for me, anyway), but beyond that, he did something even more cool. On this site (where he posts the free code for the banner), I saw that he wrote:

No cost to you at all. If you feel the need to contribute money for using the counter, please make a donation to the Springs of Hope Kenya Orphanage that Scott Kelby raises money for. Read posts about the orphanage on Scott’s blog HERE.

Terry, that just made my day! :)

NOTE: If you guys want to help us spread the word about the upcoming Photoshop World Conference & Expo, go to Terry’s site and grab the free code (here’s the link).

That’s it for this Tuesday
I’ll be here reading Bill’s Guest Blog in the morning. Hope you will, too!

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