Monthly Archives April 2020

Intermediate Lighting Setups with Profoto with Scott Kelby

Take your location lighting skills to the next level! Join Scott Kelby in an iconic theater for an intermediate level class on lighting setups. With a talented ballerina as the model, Scott takes you through the process of telling a story with photographs. From the cramped dressing room, through the cluttered hallway, to the beautiful stage, Scott shares his process for working through the challenges each location presents.

You’ll start the class with a brief look at the gear, but then it is on to one shoot after the other, with six unique shoots in all. Throughout each one you’ll learn about the lighting settings, the process of positioning lights, the importance of camera angles, how to make the best of what the location presents, how to work with your subject, and so much more!

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.

For those of you who have stuck with me through four parts of our five-part series, the final payoff is on Monday, live — in another of our free online Webinars (these are the ones that would normally be just for KelbyOne members only, but we’re making these open to everybody because we’re all still stuck inside, and we need stuff like this to focus on other stuff, fun creative stuff, so we get a break from all the bad news.

Make sure you did the things we talked about in Part 1, 2, 3, and 4, and then come ready to have it all come together on Monday as we connect all the dots and help move your photography to the next level. Here are the details:

Who: You and me
What: A free online Webinar about your photography
Where: At this link
When: Today at 11:00 AM ET
Why: Because we’re all in this together, and this is something that can help us all move forward, focusing on something else, and be ready to make great images when this awful virus is behind us

I hope you can join me; but in the meantime, go back and check out parts 1, 2, 3, and 4 (I put the links earlier in this post) so you’re ready for Monday. It’s going to be fun, and eyeopening, and we’re also going to give everybody that comes full access to one of our online courses that will help keep you learning after the Webinar. All it’s all, it’s all free (no credit cards, no sales pitch, etc.), so come join us on Monday.

Here’s wishing you a safe, indoor weekend, and we’ll catch you next week. :)

-Scott

MAKING MY FIRST MUSIC VIDEO 

I met Lyrah (Kathleen Warner) on twitter. Honestly I forgot when exactly. She thought my videos were cool and I liked her music. She asked if I’d be down to direct a video. I’m not sure if she knew I hadn’t made one before, but I said yes. My skills directing product and brand videos could translate right? Plus I have friends that have made music videos and I occasionally volunteered for WDMV which connected me with plenty of talented directors I could ask for advice. Plus there’s always YouTube right?

We had our first official meeting about this video on November 9th 2019. The single and video dropped last week on March 18th 2020. Hella great response so far. It made it to COLORSXSTUDIOS Song of the Day, was featured in the Nightcap Apple Music playlist and the best part – friends and strangers have told us so many nice things. Also as of writing this, zero dislikes on YouTube. Now that I’ve said it though someone will probably just dislike it out of spite. Oh well.


The Approach

We started with a meetup in NYC to talk about the project and outlined the details on Dropbox Paper. We started with her overall aesthetic, vibe of the song, and narrative in the lyrics. Over the next couple of weeks we added moodboards, references, and outlined a storyboard based on the lyrics. Also iMessage. Hella ideas and references exchanged back and forth. I was a lil afraid but just went for it and asked lots of questions and showed her things I found interesting. This helped us narrow things down for the video and get on the same page. Even though we never worked with each other before this we understood how to project manage the hell out of this because of our respective professional experience. Then we settled on a date in LA for the shoot and worked backwards from there.


Pre-Production

I have to mention a lot of music videos don’t operate on this long of a timeline. I heard if Gucci Mane has a song Wednesday night he wants a video for then the video will be done and out Saturday night. This was a completely indie production between me and the artist Lyrah so we made up our own process and rules. Also we both worked our respective jobs while making this project happen.

In hindsight our storyboard was very ambitious. We had two different worlds, choreography, freestyles, scenes with extras, performance scenes, and several locations we wanted to shoot in. Also styling, props, make-up, art direction for everything. All in one day. I’d like to think I was optimistic and planning well but perhaps there was more naivety and a big ass cup of Dunning-Kruger effect.

Animatic

Since Lyrah already had the song recorded I found references from movies and other music videos that generally fit the storyboard and put it together. This served as our template for making the video.

Choreography

My brother’s name is Green – yes we are named after colors. I enlisted his help in making the choreography for after the chorus. He’s hella dope, just check out his Instagram or Tik-Tok. He can move. He filmed himself doing all 3 parts and then cut it together and did hella masking to plan out the blocking. What a pro.

Crew 

The crew would be myself, my brother and my friend Carl. Green worked with and for a lot of YouTubers in LA so he knew how to operate on set. My friend Carl also came on as DP and gaffer. I met him partying in Hong Kong during study abroad almost 10 years ago. I don’t know why but I remember he had a bowtie and suspenders on. He’s the only one that actually went to film school and that made a huge difference on set. My friend John also showed up to take BTS pics and hang. He’s the one to thank for the beautiful non-iPhone images you get to look at while reading this.

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