Monthly Archives May 2019

Happy Friday, everybody.

OK, if the answer to the question posed above is:

(a) It’s been a while

(b) You’re not totally sure you’ve backed it up at all in 2019.

(c) or if you just asked yourself, “Am I supposed to be backing up my Lightroom catalog?” head over to right now for why we need to do it, and a step-by-step on how to do (it’s easy). That way you’re heading into summer knowing that if catalog disaster strikes, you’re backed up.

We interrupt this post for a “Proud Dad” moment

Tomorrow my awesome son Jordan graduates with two degrees from The University of Alabama (#rolltide) and Kalebra, his little sister, and I just could not be prouder or more excited for him. If tomorrow afternoon at some point you hear some distant noise that sounds like a dad cheering his head off, well, that would be me. I’m so proud of my boy!!! :)

Have a great feelin’ backed-up weekend, everybody! 


P.S. Next week I’ll be in Indianapolis on Tuesday and Minneapolis on Thursday with my new full-day seminar, “The Ultimate Photography Crash Course.” Come on out and spend the day with me — we’re going to have a packed house — don’t miss out!

Essentials For A Sports Photography Business with Dave Black

For anyone wanting to get started in sports photography there’s no better brain to pick than the legendary Dave Black. In this class, moderated by Scott Kelby, Dave takes questions from a live audience on a range of sports photography topics. As the questions come in and the answers flow, Dave shares his well earned insights into a range of topics, such as choosing the right gear for the sport you are covering, how to work with a wire service, how to get credentials, what makes a photo publishable, who owns the copyright of your photos, how to get started in the commercial side of sports photography, and more. All along the way Dave shares fascinating stories from his decades of experience covering a wide range of sports.

In Case You Missed It

Take your sports action photography to the next level with lighting! When you control the lighting you will set your work far apart from the rest of the pack. Join veteran sports photographer Dave Black as he takes you through three different action sports scenarios using a different lighting setup in each location. From speedlights to the Elinchrom Quadra and Ranger systems, you’ll learn about all of the gear Dave uses, the camera settings needed to freeze fast action, how to use zone focusing to get tack sharp results, how to work with your subjects to keep everyone safe during the shoot, and so much more!

Some Thoughts From My New Class, “What To Shoot When There Is Nothing To Shoot,” on KelbyOne

I am so excited to have been given the opportunity to present my class What to Shoot When There is Nothing to Shoot on I’ve been around KelbyOne for a long time in a supporting role, and now I’m thankful I can contribute in a bigger way.

Let me tell you a little about my class.

Most classes out there teach you how to shoot, but very few, if any, teach you what to shoot. This class gives you practical shooting ideas that’ll help motivate and inspire you to get out and shoot more often. Face it, even when you swear there is nothing worthy of shooting at the moment, there is always something to shoot.

Case in point: Restaurants. Restaurants provide a treasure-trove of images. Most people don’t see them because they are focused on why they are there, food. I am too most of the time. But next time you are out to eat, take a second to look around and see if there isn’t an image to be had. The following image I got just the other evening.

Here are some other images all taken at a restaurant while waiting for my food.

The class gives multiple examples of places, events and times to shoot, then talks about waking up to new ideas that are right in front of you, such as Shoot Details

Too often we focus on the big picture, basically missing the trees for the forest, or, in the following example, the plateaus for the arch. On any given day at Mesa Arch, in Utah, there will be 20 to 40 photographers fighting for the perfect spot to set up and photograph the first light of the day hitting the bottom of the arch. While doing so, 99% of them will miss other images right in front of them.

By switching from a wide angle to telephoto lens, multiple layers of plateaus make a fairly interesting image. Yes, get the iconic shot, but don’t be so focused on it that you miss everything else around you. 

I’ll leave you with this tip that will force you to look, and look hard for images. Start a Self Assignment. I have several that have been going on for years. Everywhere I go I’m hunting for three things, architectural numbers, architectural patterns and reflections in shop windows. It forces me to look around all the time no matter where I am. I encourage you to find something that interests you and make it a self assignment, then see how it changes how you see things.

Here are a couple of samples of my self assignments:

If you’ve gotten this far, thanks for hearing me out. If you want to see more, check out my new class, What to Shoot When There is Nothing to Shoot, on

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