OK, we don’t have sports right now, but we can still look at some amazing sports images. Here are 10 of my favorite sports photographers on Instagram, in no particular order, but definitely ones to follow:
Bob Dechiara Boston-based sports photographer. Already misses Brady @robertdechiara
These are some of my favorites, and I’d love to hear some of yours (post links to ’em in the comments, and I’ll check ’em out). :)
Enjoy the amazing pics of these pros, and make sure you stop by tomorrow to wish Dave Williams happy birthday (it was Sunday, but still). :)
P.S. Tomorrow I’m doing another free Webinar open to everybody. This one is to teach Photoshop compositing for beginners for portrait and landscape photographers. I’ll give you the files to download so you can follow right along with me. Here’s the link (for tomorrow at 11:00 AM ET).
In this class you’ll learn the steps Scott takes for completing the compositing of the plate shots, cleaning up distractions from the backgrounds, making tonal value adjustments, completing the silhouette shots, adjusting color, and so much more. Be sure to watch the first class to see how each photo was made on location, then come back and see the final images come to life.
In Case You Missed It: Lighting Portraits on Location
Take your location lighting to the next level with Scott Kelby! In this KelbyOne Community inspired class, Scott gives you more of what you have been asking for, which is demonstrating a variety of lighting setups you can use on location. Whether you are shooting with strobes or speedlights, you’ll be able to learn the camera settings and lighting placement needed to recreate these awesome looks.
Scott starts off the class with a discussion of gear and settings, and then he’s off doing shoot after shoot in a variety of locations with both male and female subjects. By the end of the class you’ll be ready to light your next portrait session in new ways.
The response was awesome — thousands of photographers watched it live, and thousands more have watched the replay since. I’m posting here for you in case you missed it so you can use it as weekend project (or what the heck, a during the week while we’re stuck indoors project). There are lots of things for you to do, so it will take a bit of doing, but when you get through it, you’ll be astonished what you’ll have learned about you, your own photography, and how to start taking the type of images you really want to be making.
Above: Don’t the fact that it looks like I’m about to sneeze in the thumbnail above deter you, it’s a relatively germ-free experience.
Hope you found that helpful, and that it keeps you busy, keeps you from getting bored this weekend, and helps move you forward for when this awful virus is behind us.
P.S.On Tuesday, I’ll be doing another free “open to everybody” webcast, and this one is a “Follow Along Live” webcast on an introduction to Photoshop compositing for landscape and portrait photographers. 11:00 AM ET, Tuesday, at http://kelbyonelive.com/webcast
It’s and honor to be back on Scott’s blog, and if you’re here reading this, I hope you are as big of a fan of Scott as I am. “Thanks” is never enough for someone I have learned so much from.
As we are all hopefully sitting safely and healthy in our homes, it is my hope that we all are taking time to reflect on the people and work that helped us get to where we are today. Scott is certainly on that short list for me. If you take nothing else away from reading this, be kind to people, regardless of who they are.
Here is a throwback to 2009 when I first met Scott and was literally a nobody just trying to take pictures of some sports. The story of how this photo even came to be is great, but that is for some other time.
I have been a sports photographer for almost 15 years (what?!), and I just finished up my first season as a staff photographer for the Tennessee Titans. No job is without its bumps and issues, but this is truly a dream job. I dreamt of working for an NFL franchise since the day I picked up a camera and its crazy to sit here thinking about how wild the journey has been to get here.
This first year took me with our team to the AFC Championship game and was one of the most challenging and most fun seasons I’ve had. And this offseason will certainly go down as one of the most memorable of my life, but that is probably the same for all of us.
I would love to impart some wisdom or share something that will be helpful to everyone who reads this, but my truth is probably not much different from many of you with everything going on in the world right now… I’m afraid of the future, I’m afraid for my job, I have been told to work from home but I’m not sure if I am doing it right, or that I am being as helpful to my coworkers as I would like to be.
I’m a photographer after all, I should be making pictures right? I have made some pictures and have plans for some other things to help, but it’s a strange feeling not being able to leave your house and go create.
The joy I have felt in this strange time is the community of photographers around me. As a whole, sports photographers have a reputation as being a curmudgeon-y group of grumps who are somehow always mad about something.
But the truth I have discovered is that while those people exist, they don’t speak for all of us. There are so many great people who help each other in times of need and want to see each other succeed. No other time have I seen it more than now when most should be grumpier than ever, but they are not. So I salute our industry as a whole, especially in these times of uncertainty.
I don’t have much else to say or add to this week, but if you have some time and have some questions, shoot me a message over on Instagram or email me and I would be happy to catch up with any of you!
#TravelTuesday is still based at home! I’m Dave Williams, here again on ScottKelby.com to bring some motivation and inspiration, and this week, I’ve reached out to see what the photographic community is doing. Specifically, I asked to see people’s “work from home” setups. During these challenging times, creativity is amazing for mindfulness because it gives us a mental release from the physical confines of lockdown. Here in the UK, it’s a government-mandated lockdown, but I realize that a lot of you may be on a self-imposed lockdown instead. Whichever it is, I hope you’re all safe and sound, and keeping yourselves busy and productive until this is all over.
Let’s dive in to take a look at each other’s work-from-home situations, and please feel free to post your own (don’t forget to tag @idavewilliams and @kelbyonepics on Instagram so we can see!).
Here’s Victoria Pavlov’s situation…
Chris White’s setup…
Stephen Brkich working from home…
Tim Wallace’s new setup…
Abe Curland’s B&H setup…
Rosie Kerin’s situation…
Speaking of Terry White…
Now, Stephanie Richer…
My side of the pond, here’s Stewart Chambers’ situation…
Sir Kevin Scott’s setup…
Duncan Ferguson at home…
Deb Uscilka is all about…
Rob Kennedy in Ireland…
Ben and Brigitte have…
Jack Koskowsky is rocking…
Clare Jones is using…
Alan Hess shows his rock-star office…
Christopher Georgia shares this rig…
We all have our own shape and size, and our own needs for our situation. Having seen these setups from around the world, kindly sent in by each of the photographers, I hope you find that just as you have “dream items” missing from your office, so do all of us. We all work hard to produce awesome images from different workspaces, and it’s not all about the kit— it’s about the skill and creativity of who’s using it.
Don’t forget, I’ve made 31 of my RAW files available for you to play with. They’re available for download here.
PROGRAMMING ALERT:Today at 11:00 AM ET I’m doing a free webinar – everyone’s invited, that takes you on a journey about your own photography, and has the power to take your work to the next level. It’s based on a series I’ve been running once a week on my blog, and today’s Webinar is the culmination of that. It’s live; I take your questions on the air, and you’ll totally dig it. Here’s the link to watch the live stream (and comment) on my Facebook page – 11:00 AM ET today.
I get this question a lot, and so I thought I’d share how I think about the two; how they are different, and when to use them. Both of these sliders enhance or bring out detail in the image, but they do it in very different ways. One isn’t really better than the other, because depending on the image, Clarity might look better on one, and Texture might look better on the next. It’s great to have the flexibility of having both, but here’s a look at how using them can affect the overall tone of your image.
When I want to bring out the texture in my image, but I don’t want it to mess with the overall tone too much (or mess with the fine detail areas of the image), I reach for the Texture slider. For example purposes, here I’m cranking up the Texture amount up way higher than I normally would (to +100). In the image you see above, the ‘Before’ photo is on the left, and the ‘After’ photo on the right has the Texture cranked up to +100. You can see that even though I cranked the Texture all the way up, the overall tone of the image is fairly similar. The medium-sized detail has been enhanced throughout the image (a bit hard to see at this size, but very obvious when you see it full size on your own images). That enhanced detail is especially visible on the buildings in front. Everything has more definition and detail, but nothing looks too crazy.
When I want to bring out detail, and I want things like metal, glass or water to really “pop” I grab the Clarity slider. Here’s the Clarity slider cranked up to +100, and you can see how contrasty the image has become. The dark areas are much darker and the brighter midtones are brighter, too. The overall tone and color saturation of the image has changed quite a bit, and that’s because the Clarity slider enhances Midtone contrast (well, it does if you drag it to the right, anyway). The glass on the buildings looks much shinier and it really “pops” but look at the road to its right, and the sky — they’re all pretty dark and a bit grungy. If I increased the Shadow slider by the same amount, you’d swear it was an HDR tone-mapped photo.
The big takeaway here is how much Clarity effects the overall tone of the image (great when you want to get a gritty effect, or make metal, glass and water shinier), while Texture doesn’t tend to mess with the tone nearly as much, but does a great job bringing out detail. Look at them side-by-side just above.
I also find that I don’t need to add as much Texture amount to bring out detail as I would with the Clarity slider. I don’t want to say it’s more powerful — maybe it’s just more sensitive. I also often use the two together by dragging the Texture up, and then adding about 1/2 as much Clarity (so, if I were to drag the Texture amount up to 50, I would only add 25 or so Clarity if even that much). They do work nicely together.
Hope you found that helpful.
I know we mentioned the launch of this class last Thursday here on the blog, but I’m getting such wonderful feedback on this new course (btw: you don’t have to have Profoto lights to get a lot out of the course), that I wanted to share some of the initial feedback. We’re getting comments like:
“This was so good – it answered so many questions for me. Seeing the amount of trial and error that went into this shoot was incredibly helpful.”
“Thanks Scott, one of the best yet.”
“Your real life problem solving approach has a bit of that Joe McNally style.”
“I’m in the midst of it, and I agree that it’s very good. I’m a long-time Profoto user.”
“Awesome Class Scott & Team! It shows how much work goes in to a picture. What would me frighten most, is all the black walls and curtains… Hard to light. Was so trilled to see how you made it work! Cool!”
Here’s a link to the course. If you’re not a KelbyOne Pro member, you can join now with a monthly subscription for $20 and watch this course (and ALL the rest of the incredible classes in our library). Of course, you can cancel anytime (but make sure you watch the class first). :)
Have a great Monday everybody. Stay inside, stay safe, and keep moving forward so when this awful virus is behind us, we’re in a position to really take things to the next level. :)