Monthly Archives May 2018

The Complete Guide to Creating Natural-Looking Lifestyle Family Portraits with Elena Blair
Join Elena Blair as she takes you through her shooting workflow while working with a family on location. Meaningful family lifestyle photography is in high demand. Creating photographs based on how you feel is more important than technical skill alone. Elena’s workflow is efficient and effective, but what drives her is the opportunity to create timeless family heirlooms for her clients. In this class Elena shares her process for getting clients ready, scheduling a shoot, selecting the gear she uses, working with her clients on a shoot, and selecting the final images that make up the gallery that is shared with the client. When approached through your creativity, family photography has the potential to be both profitable and fulfilling as an artist.

In Case You Missed It
Learn how to cultivate beautiful memories for your client families! Join Tracy Sweeney as she shares her years of experience as a family photographer to help you prepare for success in this business. Tracy starts off the class with a focus on planning, preparation, and scouting; all of which will help you get the most out of your session while feeling confident and looking professional. From there you’ll witness Tracy at work with two different families in a park and on the beach. Tracy talks through her approach to lighting, to working with the families, the importance of building a relationship with the family members, and how she poses them as a group and one-on-one. After the shooting is done, you’ll head to the studio where Tracy teaches you her post processing workflow from Lightroom through Photoshop to create the final images that go on to become family treasures for years to come.

Hello, hello, HELLO! Happy #TravelTuesday one and all, from right here at the prep for Photoshop World in Orlando, Florida!

Last Wednesday, I had the privilege of being invited to join Scott on The Grid when I visited the KelbyOne offices (a long way away from my hometown of London, UK) for super-secret meetings and super-awesome burgers! It was (technically) my third Grid appearance, but the first where I had actually been on set, and it was flippin’ sweet! So here’s the thing…the topic was all things travel photography. Where to shoot, when to shoot, what to bring, all that lovely stuff. But, the thing is, we had a whole load of awesome questions coming in and not enough time to answer them all! So, here’s what I’ve decided to do today:  I’m going to expand on an answer I provided to one of those great questions, and that question is right under this epic photo!

 

 

“How do you make your photos tell a story?”

 

In my answer, I related to a trip to Paris. You can go to Paris and shoot the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, and the Champs-Elysée, but when you only have those three photos you don’t have a story, you just have those three photos. What makes your trip a story is the things which happen before, during, and after the point at which you stood in front of the Eiffel Tower and shot it. Just like this: –

Before you shoot your all-encompassing story it’s a good idea to know what the story will be. If you want to capture the hustle and bustle of a city or the tranquility of the countryside, those are very different things which are caught in different ways, but both, equally, are stories worth telling and which can be told. Having anything between a rough idea to a storyboard for your story idea will help you when you’re on location so that you know exactly what you want to shoot, how you want to shoot it, and how you want to portray it as an element within your story. It’s this little bit of homework beforehand (which, I think, we in the business call “research”) that helps get you as prepared as you can be to make your story epic!

 

 

Next up, what is it that makes the “story shots” different from those Eiffel Tower shots? Well, it’s the element and feeling of belonging. As I already answered, it’s the things like the restaurant frontage, the car parked out front, the chefs and waiters, the Parisienne taxi, all of these other details which make up a scene when they’re put together, or which could potentially be anywhere. But, again, they paint the picture and tell the story of Paris when they’re put together.

 

 

Think of it like this: Way, way, way back, our ancestors sat around a fire telling stories. The stories were there in place of Facebook, Instagram, TV; they were handed down and told through the generations. They were twisted a little and evolved like a Chinese Whisper, but they essentially stayed the same and their morals certainly sat solidly within the story. The story is essentially timeless. Its narration was integral to our lives and cultures, and that has evolved into reportage or photojournalism, which has become practically synonymous with wedding photography and can and should be translated to travel photography.

 

 

The bottom line is that it’s more about the series of photos than just the one photo. It’s the combination of recognisable landmarks with details, close up crops, people, and things nearby. It’s the things which poke and evoke the other senses and perceptions. One way to practice, if you’re so inclined, is to make a few stories on Instagram Stories or Facebook Stories and ask your friends and followers for feedback.

Let me know how you get on, and show me by finding @capturewithdave on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter.

 

Much love

(come find me at PSW!)

Dave

Today is Memorial Day in the United States, and our offices are closed as we honor and remember those who gave their lives in service to our country.

This post is dedicated each year to the memory of David Leimbach, (shown above; the brother of our dear friend and colleague Jeff Leimbach), who died ten years ago in combat in Afghanistan.

Just a humble word of thanks to the dedicated men and women of our armed services and to all those who came before them who laid down their lives to protect the freedoms we enjoy each day.

Here’s wishing you all a safe, happy and healthy Memorial Day.

All my best,

-Scott

The Print Edition is here!
It’s my biggest update in years, and it has ALL the latest stuff, including all the new Profile features — it’s the latest edition of the world’s bestselling Lightroom book, and you can get it right now at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or pick one up at the Photoshop World Official Bookstore at the conference).

Check out this cool giveaway from Profoto USA
Next Friday (one week from today) Profoto is picking one lucky winner to win $10,000+ of awesome lighting gear, plus you’ll get a two-day workshop with photographer Michael Anthony (that’s his shot above) to learn how to make the most of it.

Look at what they’re giving away (this is an insane list of gear!):

2x Profoto A1 for Canon or Nikon (valued at $1990)
2x Profoto A1 Gel Kits (valued at $198)
1x Profoto A1 Soft Bounce (valued at $149)
1x B1X Location Kit (valued at $4,148)
1x B2 To-Go Kit (valued at $1,995)
1x OCF Softbox 2×3′ (valued at $219)
1x OCF Softbox Octa 2′ (valued at $159)
1x OCF Beauty Dish White (valued at $199)
3x OCF Speedrings (valued at $298)
1x OCF Magnum Reflector (valued at $199)
1x OCF Grid Kit (valued at $99)
1x Profoto Air TTL remote of your choice (valued at $419)

They are choosing a random winner from the entries, so go enter right now, right here: https://t.co/rvEA6a7vLg

Good luck everybody!

With the big Photoshop World Conference just 6-days away…
…we are all psyched/crazy-busy/excited/exhausted but having a ball doing it all. Can’t wait to see everybody next week – it’s going to be an amazing conference (and if you’re wondering…is it too late to go? Nope — you can still come join us — people are still signing up every day). Hit us up at photoshopworld.com for details/info/tickets. OK, here’s some stuff:

Today at 1:00 PM I’m the guest on the Photofocus Podcast with Vanelli
It’s coming out today – the interview with host, Mr. V himself, Vanelli. :)   We’re talking about education (formal vs. informal) and all sorts of stuff. Check http://photofocus.com to check it out, or subscribe to their podcast at 

Getting great feedback from my “Where to shoot in New York Travel Photography Course.” 
Here’s a comment I saw yesterday from Kevin Scott:

“Loving this course! I have NEVER had a desire to go to NYC, but this is making me rethink that. Regardless, I love all the “Photographer’s Guide to…” courses. Even if it is somewhere I don’t have on my travel radar, I always take away nuggets, from post-processing tips/tricks to just seeing some of the shots that I keep in the back of my mind to inspire me in my everyday shooting. Thanks so much, @ScottKelby for doing these!”

If you’re coming to PSW next week, don’t forget your camera!
We’ve got lots of cool sets, models, and fun stuff to shoot. PLUS, if you’re a Canon shooter, Canon will be there doing FREE sensor cleanings right on the spot. Did I mention it’s free for Canon shooter? Yup. It is.

My band will be rockin’ next Thursday night…
…and after our first set at the Photoshop World Party, we’re doing an ‘Instructor Jam Session” where we’ll be inviting some the many KelbyOne instructors that are musicians to come up and jam with us on a song or two. It will be a night to remember.

I’m doing a book signing…or two!
One at the Peachpit Press booth in the official bookstore, and one at the Rocky Nook bookstore. Both of my latest books (The Flash Book and my just-released Lightroom Classic book for Digital Photographers will both be there in stock).

If you’ll be at Photoshop World next week…
Two things you definitely want to do:

(1) Go to the free Orientation class 
If this is your first time at Photoshop World, we have a special crash course just for you. Hosted by Larry Becker, this orientation is designed to make sure you get the most out of your experience. Free and open to all attendees on Wednesday (the day before the full conference kicks off).

(2) Download the App 
We have an awesome conference app (for IOS and Android) that you will find invaluable during the conference. The full schedule is in there; directions; events times and locations, and a whole bunch more. Find it on the App Store for iPhones, or on Google Play for Android.

If you can’t go this year…
Then make sure you tune in Thursday morning at 10:00 AM ET (I’ll put a link here on the blog on Thursday morning and on all our social media) so you can watch the opening keynote LIVE. It’s going to be (wait for it…wait for it…) epic!

Also, Brad will be posting shots from the conference next week, so if you want to see what’s happening, make sure you check back here then.

Gotta run — got a lot of work this weekend to get ready for the conference (and I’ve got practice-up on some of my songs, so I remember the chords, the words, ya know, stuff like that.

Have a great weekend, and I hope I’ll see you in Orlando next week!

Best,

-Scott

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