There may be a global pandemic, but my creative cup runneth over and thanks to a little ingenuity and technology I was able to create new work everyday. How? Well, take a look at the photo below.
This photo was shot on an old CRTV, which was hooked up to an Apple TV, which was AirPlaying a Zoom call via my iPad Pro.
Not only was this project been a fun, technical challenge, but it also allowed me to experiment further with today’s technology, and i’m honored to share my knowledge with you.
Now many of you might be thinking “What’s so special about photographing someone on an old CRTV?” Well, nothing! However, I took this idea and and ran with it, with a little help from my friends.
Without further adieu I present an unedited video of a fully remote photo shoot.
Think you need to be within 50 miles of each other? Not true! Kelby One instructor and good friend, Frank Doorhof and I did an identical shoot from over 6000 miles away! Here is Frank’s recap on his blog.
#TravelTuesday with Davehas come round again, and this week I’m in Norway. More specifically, I’m in Troms, just at the gateway to the Lofoten Islands and within reach of many of the most beautiful places in northern Norway. Note that I said “within reach” rather than “within easy reach.” That’s because things that are so close can actually take a long time to get to because of the requirement to circumnavigate mountains and fjords.
Within reach yesterday was the North Cape—the northernmost point on continental Europe. It’s so far north of where I was that if I’d continued and doubled the distance I covered in the car yesterday, I would reach the North Pole. Fun fact: the first person to travel to the North Cape for tourism did so in 1664, which is before the great fire of London and over 100 years before the Declaration of Independence. That’s not the point, though. The point is that it was really hard to get there! There was snow, ice, slush, mountain passes, twists, and turns, and getting there safely at the start of the winter meant not taking my eye off the ball for a second—100% focus was required. That got me thinking—it’s 100% focus that we need in the pursuit of our photographic career, too.
The creative world is a dynamic one, just like those mountain passes. When I drove north to reach the cape the road conditions were completely different from how they turned out to be on the drive back south. Similarly, if I stop taking note of changes in the photography industry, both technically and creatively, I’ll miss a beat and things will have changed without me. It’s crucial to keep up to date, and part of this is practice and training.
Ask Scott or any other photography rockstar and they’ll tell you the exact same thing as me—keep practicing and keep learning. Don’t take your eye off the ball. Continuous learning results in us being at the top of our game, and skipping opportunities to practice and learn leaves a noticeable hole in our skillset. This puts a very serious spin on what is otherwise an escape from reality or a means of expression, so to that I’ll repeat something I was told by Glyn Dewis a few years ago: – Take what you do seriously, but don’t take yourself seriously. It means we should give ourselves a break, not put pressure on ourselves, but give the task at hand our attention in order to achieve our aim as best as possible, be that for ourselves or our clients.
Practice and education—the keywords in that last paragraph. These are things we need to take responsibility for and continuously review. Without wishing to plug KelbyOne here, I must say that for both of these things it’s a fantastic resource and community. Everything we need is right there in one place. But on top of that, there are so many ways we can practice and educate ourselves to make sure we are on top form all the time. I can’t stress how important it is. Just like keeping up with the changes on the mountain pass, we need to keep up with changes in style, technique, tools, tech, and all that comes with our photography passion.
So, having taken a selfie pointing at the top of Europe, I now prepare for the rest of my Norwegian adventure, secure in the knowledge that I have imparted a wisdom nugget that you should all take very, very seriously. Just don’t take yourself too seriously ;)
WeCould Possibly See Some New Photoshop & Lightroom Features Released Tomorrow
Hey, it’s possible, because tomorrow morning is the opening keynote for Adobe’s MAX conference, and historically they’ve announced new Lightroom and Photoshop updates during the keynote. So, since this is historically the case, Rob Sylvan will be doing a post on any new Lightroom features over on my other blog — LightroomKillerTips.com tomorrow just in case they do release any new Lightroom features (hey, it could happen, right?)
Catch My “Maybe There Will Be New Lightroom & Photoshop Features” Webcast tomorrow
At 11:00 am tomorrow ET, I’m doing a Webcast for KelbyOne members just in case Adobe does indeed announce new features. If they do, I’ll be showing them, if, ya know, they are announced. So, stop by tomorrow to see if history is on our side, and then if you’re a KelbyOne member, drop in and see what, if anything, is up.
The Grid: iPhone 12 & What It Means for DSLR & Mirrorless – Episode 447
The latest iPhones have been announced, so Scott Kelby and Erik Kuna are here to share their take on how they affect the greater camera market of DSLRs and Mirrorless Cameras. Join them for a great discussion of what it could mean for you!
New KelbyOne Class: Creative Portraits at Home with Gilmar Smith
In this class Gilmar shares her favorite tips and tricks for making small spaces look their best, demonstrates how she uses colored lights for making the ordinary look extraordinary, puts her family to work in front of the camera in a series of fun photo shoots in different rooms, and then walks through her post processing workflow to bring her concepts to life. You’ll learn how to conduct a creative portrait shoot without even setting foot outside your door, and while making the most of the gear and space that you have.
I’m stuck…what the hell am I going to shoot?…I need some way to be inspired but I don’t know how. Do you ever ask yourself these questions? Do you find yourself needing ways to figure out what to shoot? Yep, I’ve been there before as well and I’m here to tell ya there are plenty of ways out there to jump start your inspiration and I’m here to share a few that have helped me find my mojo.
If you’ve been around me long enough then you have most likely have heard me mention the photography scavenger hunt. What is the photography scavenger hunt you might ask? it is an online event that started by my friend Chrysta Rae way back in the infant days of Google+ (R.I.P.) and grew to become somewhat of an anomaly as far as internet photography communities go as it is entirely inclusive for all that participate and the people involved truly care about each other and their growth both personally and artistically.