Monthly Archives April 2013

It’s a beautiful day here in Chicago today (should hit around 80°) and I hope you’re one of the nearly 600 photographers who’ll be here for my “Shoot Like a Pro” tour. Looking forward to meeting everybody!

Don’t forget the big Sneak Peek coming from Adobe tomorrow for photographers on “The Grid” at 4:00 pm LIVE (here’s the link).

I’ve gotta get over to the Convention Center. Here’s wishing you all a beautiful 80° kinda weather day!).




Check out the short video above (it’s like 90-seconds or so) which explains why Adobe is doing this unprecedented sneak peek, but once you watch that, here are the specifics:

Who: Tom Hogarty from Adobe Systems
When: Wednesday, May 1st at 4:00 PM ET (New York time)
Where: Live on “The Grid” (here’s the link)
Why: This is your chance to get straight answers straight from the source and to see a sneak peek of some stuff I haven’t even seen yet — but I heard about them— and you’re definitely going to want to see ’em! (everybody will be talking about it on Thursday!)

See you on Wednesday!

Happy Friday everybody! Here’s Five Quickies (stop snickering):

That’s an awesome drum solo from Scott Stahley, the drummer in my band “Big Electric Cat,” taped live with a remote camera mounted beside the drums by Scott Diussa last week during our gig at B.B. Kings Bar & Grill in Orlando (during Photoshop World). Scotty is an killer drummer, so if you’ve got a sec, check out his solo right above (thanks to Scott Diussa for shooting and sharing it).

One from yesterday’s bridal shoot
I shot this yesterday for a project I’m working on . It was taken at a small church in downtown Tampa, and it’s lit with just one flash and a small 27″ soft box. 1/80 of a second (I choose a slower shutter speed so you can see more of the available light in the church), and f/4 (I chose a wider aperture than I would in the studio so the background would be out of focus). You’ll see a lot more from this project, soon! :)

New Wacom Cintiq 13HD 13″ Unboxing Video
Our own Pete Collins got his hands on the coolest new, small-sized Cintiq and he had an unboxing video (like only Pete can). You can watch it right above.

In the video above Pete talks about a “Out of the Box” setup and configuring video that gives you a little bit more of a look at the 13HD. If you want to check that out, click on the link here:

If you missed “The Grid” This week with our topic “A Current Look at Social Media for Photographers…”
Well, it’s right above. Lots of great interaction and questions from the live viewers, plus we have a couple of giveaways for folks who are watching the rebroadcast, so I hope you’ll check it out.

I am really enjoying curating “Cool Photography Stuff” (my own Flipboard 2.0 Magazine)
If you have the App “Flipboard 2.0” for the iPad  I invite you to check out my free Flipboard magazine called “Cool Photography Stuff” which I curate by including cool photography stuff I find during my daily research. I put everything in there from news to tutorials to beautiful images from photographers all over the world. Best of all, it’s free (yay!). NOTE: There is now an Android version of Flipboard, but they haven’t released the 2.0 update yet which includes the self-curated magazine feature— I’ve heard rumors it’s coming within the next month.

If you have the Flipboard 2.0 App, launch the App and go up in the search field search and search for the magazine by name (It shows “Skelby” as the person it’s from, but that’s me). I update it about every day (including weekends), and often several times a day. Hope you find it helpful, because it sure is fun (Also, thanks to the 4,500 photographers who have already subscribed and get my magazine in their Flipboard field daily now).

Here’s the direct link:

Now, it’s Pro Hockey Photography Workshop Time!
We kick off our workshop tonight, so you’ll be seeing images from the workshop over on my Facebook, Twitter and G+ feeds (hope you’ll follow me there). Looking forward to seeing everybody tonight, and we’ll see you on the ice!

Cheers everybody, and here’s wishing you your best weekend this year so far! :)

Check Out Adobe’s Keynote from Photoshop World!
If you missed Photoshop World Orlando last week but want to see some of the amazing new technology that Adobe showed off during the opening keynote, check out the video above. They covered the latest in Photoshop Touch, the Creative Cloud, Lightroom 5, Photoshop, and even technology to help remove camera shake blur from photos! Watch the whole thing above or on the Kelby Media Group YouTube channel.

The Latest on
Since I missed Free Stuff Thursday last week, there are two new classes on to tell you about, and they’re both part of the continuing The Art of Photography interview series with Mia McCormick.

First up is The Art of Photography: A Natural World Adventure with Colby Brown! Mia sits down with Colby and discusses how he got started, finding work, making a difference, and setting goals for the future. And the other addition to the series is The Art of Photography: The Specialty of Not Specializing with Rick Sammon! Here, Rick talks about having a plan, setting goals, never giving up, and staying positive.

Leave a comment for your chance to win a free rental of these classes!

Kelby Training Live
Want to spend a day with Scott KelbyMatt KloskowskiRC Concepcion, or Ben Willmore? Check out these seminar tours!

The Shoot Like A Pro Tour with Scott Kelby
Apr 30 - Chicago, IL
May 23 - Seattle, WA (info coming soon)
May 24 - Los Angeles, CA (info coming soon)

Photographic Artistry with Adobe Photoshop with Ben Willmore
May 15 - Columbus, OH
May 21 - Boston, MA

Photoshop CS6 for Photographers with RC Concepcion
May 10 - Salt Lake City, UT
May 17 - Milwaukee, WI

Leave a comment for your chance to win a ticket to one of these events!

Free Webinar with Frank Doorhof
Do you have trouble deciding with photos from a shoot are the best ones, and which ones to keep, delete, or retouch? Join Frank Doorhof at 8:00am ET on Monday, April 29 for a free webinar presented by X-Rite where he’ll cover the selection process, as well as retouching. You can get all the info and register right here.

Moose Peterson Class Rental
– Owen

Kelby Training Live Ticket
– BGidlow

Signed Joe McNally Book Set
– Alan Norfleet

That’s it for today. If you’re one of the winners, we’ll be in touch soon!

Many thanks, Scott - an honor to be able to write here.

I'll be all over the place here (I'm no writer, so my apologies), but I'll try to be quick, sprinkling little nuggets of wisdom you should probably ignore. (Seriously, the only real tip here is SHOOT. Always be shooting.) I've been through highs and lows as a photographer, and have learned a thing or two in the process. Hopefully the below will help one day.

-You can't get better if you don't continuously practice. That's really the big secret. Keep shooting all the damn time.

-You have to love photography. I mean, really love it. Photography as a hobby is much different than photography as a profession.

-Surround yourself with smart, humble, and hard-working people. Try to be the same.

-Also, be nice.

-Respect your crew and keep everyone well fed. You'll be amazed at what can be accomplished after one eats a delicious burrito.

-Try to shoot with film every once in a while, especially if you never have. And not just because it's the cool, hipster thing to do, but because it's truly magic on earth. (Seriously, darkrooms changed my life.) It will also help your photography - constraints, non-immediacy, and knowing each shot is costing you a pretty penny does wonders to your work.

-Appreciate the gift that is being given to you. What an age to be alive. To be able to capture an image before your eyes, forever eternal based on your choosing. Wow.

-Photography is great. It can also be horrible. It has provided lifelong joys and struggles; the brightest of highs and darkest of lows. There's something so beautifully human about this. I can't keep away, and realize this is the life I've chosen. Know if you can handle that.

-Photography is in oversupply. Those who are creative problem solvers and who can adapt are going to win.

-Balance your life. I recently became a father for the first time. My job demands a lot of hours and travel, and it's been a lot of work to balance that and being able to be there for my daughter and wife. Every parent goes through this, and it will always be a struggle, I'm thinking.

-This is a stressful profession. Fun, but stressful. Develop strategies to keep the stress low.

-Enjoy the ride. Photography provides access. I've traveled to many places and met many amazing people, and feel blessed to be in this position. For all the craziness this career provides, few professions provide experiences as unique and great as photography does. If you're one of the lucky few making it, know you are indeed lucky.

-Luck favors the bold and hard working. (My father told me this when I was young. It's always stuck with me, even though sometimes I believe you truly do get just lucky sometimes.)

-Watch films with great cinematography. Get shamed at how bad you are. Get inspired at how great you can become.

-Stare at the stars every once in a while. Imagine all that's been and all that can be. (You're looking at the past in the present. How beautifully strange is that?!)

-I have never taken a truly great photograph. This haunts me. I can't stop until I get a shot I'm happy with. I'm afraid it may never happen. Try to have something that both drives and scares you.

-The key to great photography is not letting anyone see your bad shots.

-I'll get some flack for this, but the equipment does matter. Doesn't mean buying the latest and greatest guarantees great shots, but it means getting the right tool for the right job, and knowing your equipment inside and out. Speaking ofâ¦

-Know your sh*t.  I cannot stress this enough. There is no excuse with the limitless (free) resources available to you. Photography is simple, but it's also mind-numbingly difficult. You don't want to be fumbling around a set - people can smell the fear. Know your equipment, the science, the software, the techniques, the styles, etc. Learn as much as possible and don't stop learning.

-Fear and nerves can ruin a shoot. Each person deals with this in different ways, but overcome any way you can once you're on set.

-Talk to people. I consider myself an introvert, but the world is different when you're in charge and a camera is present. Let those social worries melt away.  Learn to talk to people, to relate to them, to know their trepidations and what makes them unique. Go out and take some street portraits of strangers - it will do wonders to your other work. Relationships, y'all.

-I have found that you have to stop and smell the roses. We live in a fast-paced world, and we ignore the simplest of beauty around us. Stop and smell those roses.  Hang out with your son or daughter at sunset, seeing the golden light hit their face. See the patterns and chaotic randomness of nature. Hear the rain. Turn off your phone. These seem silly, but believe me - they'll help your photography. You'll see light and compositions in new ways if you just stop and see the beauty of the world.

-Get in front of the camera. Let people photograph you for a change. Know what bothers you, what makes you uncomfortable, and use that when you're finally back behind the camera.

-Learn post-processing. It's becoming a must. Shooting for post is very important nowadays, as well. This part of the process can't be ignored.

-Of course, don't shoot with an â˜I'll fix it post' mentality. Jiminy. Get your shot in-camera; shoot for post as a prepared strength, not as a way to polish a turd.

-Out of camera does not equal a retouched photo.

-Everyone is using the same equipment. There is no â˜magic' lens or camera that makes someone better. Although the gear is expensive, we're technically all on a level-playing field. Don't get discouraged by others' gear - get encouraged by their skill.

-I'm still trying to make it. I'm still learning. Still making mistakes. Always will. Take what you can from above. If you have any nuggets of wisdom you'd like to share, write them below in the comments - would love to see them. Also, some obligatory photos I've shot. Shrug:

Jessyel Ty Gonzalez is the Manager of Photography at Crispin Porter + Bogusky, an ad agency in Boulder, Colorado, working as a photographer in the process.  You can see his work here, and also follow him on Twitter.

Chicago, here I come!
I’ll be there this coming Tuesday with my “Shoot Like a Pro Tour” and if you’re anywhere in the Chicagoland area you’re invited to come out and spend the day with me (the short video below explains the tour). There’s already over 450 photographers signed up for the day, so if you want to come, reserve your seat right now (it’s $99 for the full day of training; just $79 if you’re a NAPP member). Here’s the link with more info or to sign up. See you on Tuesday the 30th! 

P.S. My next tour stops are Seattle on May 23rd and Los Angeles on May 24th.

Review of Photoshop World
It was my buddy Mike Olivella’s first time to Photoshop World, and every time I saw Mike he was like a kid at Christmas. Mike sent me an email yesterday with a link to a review he wrote on his BaseLineShots blog with his full review, lots of photos, and stories. Here’s the link if you’ve got a sec.

If you’re into aviation photography, this is for you!
The International Society of Aviation Photography (ISAP) is holding their annual conference next month (May 16-18) in Seattle and I’ve got to tell you, they put one of the best photography conference anywhere! The shooting access they get, and the quality of instructors (Matt Kloskowski is teaching there this year), and the camaraderie between the attendees makes it really a blast (I’ve been to three of their conferences so far, and I’m an ISAP member as well). Can’t recommend their event enough — absolutely a steal at $275 (if you sign-up before the 26th. Afterward it’s still just $300). Here’s the link with more info.

A big thanks to everybody who follows me on Twitter!
Last week I was psyched to hit 100,000 followers on Twitter, and I wanted to thank everybody there for the follows. I answer a LOT of questions there because the answers can be so short and sweet, so if you’re not following over on Twitter, come on over (here’s the link). Many thanks for the follows everybody!

This weekend? It’s Hockey Workshop Time!
Oh yeah! Hockey baby!!! Our professional hockey photography workshop is on again this weekend! Looking forward to hanging with Scott, Mike, and photographers from all over the world. Can’t wait! #kickice!

My Portfolio Update Continues
I’m still working with portfolio consultant Stella Kramer (link) on my portfolio — will be for a while now (by the way, people like Dave Black and Jack Reznicki had nothing but great things to say about Stella when I saw them at Photoshop World  — they had worked with her when she was a magazine photo editor). Tweaked the Sports portfolio some more and I updated my regular portfolio so the background color is white (seen above); then I consolidated Football and Sports into just one category; I consolidated Travel & Landscape into one category (yes, I greatly lowered the number of images in each); and I got rid of the personal category (it lives over on the Sports site). Still lots of work to do, but it’s progressing.

Taping an online class with Peter Read Miller
Late next week (after I get back from my Chicago seminar), I’m spending a day taping an online class for Kelby Training Online with a legend of Sports Photography, long-time Sports Illustrated shooter Peter Read Miller.

I asked Peter to do a very specific class which I think it going to help a lot of shooters out there. He’s going to go sport-by-sport and show exactly “what makes a great sports photo!” For example, if you’re shooting tennis, where should the ball be in the frame (and does it need to be in the frame). If so, what makes the best position; which angles are best, what should your shooting position be, and exactly what are you aiming for during the shoot? (and so on). I took his workshop up in Atlanta and he had some amazing insights into exactly this type of stuff — so much so I thought it would make a brilliant online class, and I can’t wait to hear what he has to share.

I’m pretty much heads down right now on a book project
I know, like always, right? When I write a book I really have to kind of shut everything off and just focus, so if I don’t respond to emails in a timely fashion (or later than usual. LOL!), or I’m about impossible to reach by phone, or if my blog posts go up late for a few weeks (ahem), well, at least you’ll know why.

Thanks everybody, and here’s wishing you a fantastic Tuesday!