Monthly Archives July 2022

It’s back again this year, and it’s three full days, multiple training tracks, all online, featuring your favorite Photoshop World instructors and the Photoshop World experience, complete with an opening keynote, Midnight Madness, the attendee party, the Guru Awards — the whole nine yards as we aim to make it as close to the in-person event as possible, which means it’s going to be awesome!

First, check out the official trailer below:

Just like always, you can watch any session in any of the tracks, and we archive the entire conference for a full year so you can catch any sessions you missed or re-watch any sessions you want to see again.

Check out this amazing lineup of instructors:

For more information or to reserve your spot now using the early-bird discount, click this link right here, and we’ll see you at the conference.

Now, it’s onto our Photo Tip Friday

(it’s actually five really quick tips) from our dear friend Rick Sammon:

Have a great weekend, everybody! :)

-Scott

Over Process Your Photos & Sell, Sell, Sell! w/Scott Kelby & Serge Ramelli | The Grid Ep. 523

This week on The Grid, Scott Kelby is joined by travel photographer Serge Ramelli to discuss processing and selling your photos! Tune in to see what advice Serge has to share.

New KelbyOne Course: Everyday Sports Photography with Your iPhone with Rob Foldy

Capture life’s most active moments with your iPhone! Join sports photographer, Rob Foldy, at Safety Harbor Park to unlock hidden features and make the most of your iPhone for photographing sports and action. In this class Rob explains key settings, features, options, lenses, and shooting modes on your iPhone to help you create dynamic photographs of your friends, family, athletes, and regular people just having fun on the move.

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Photo by Tom DiPace

Editor’s Note: Rob’s latest KelbyOne course, Everyday Sports Photography with Your iPhone, gets you close to the action with your camera phone. This guest post from 2014 covers a lot of photography basics that, in combination with the lessons in his class, will have you well on your way to some amazing images!


Hello everyone, my name is Rob Foldy and I am a sports photographer. I am extremely humbled that Brad and Scott would ask me write this post for you all and I am excited to share with you some of the things I have learned thus far in my career and how I have been able to put them into practice. I like how Scott tends to break things down in his writings into “bite size pieces,” so I’m going to attempt to do the same. Most of the things I’m about to share apply to sports photography, but I think most of these tips and tricks can be used in almost all types of photography.

I tend to be long winded and go on lots of tangents, so I’m attempting to really reign myself in and only focus on one topic for this post: making a different photo than the other photographers.

This is important for all styles of photography, but especially true in sports where often times there are many photographers trying to take pictures of the same things. What will make your photos stand out? What will make a client want yours instead of theirs? What will make yours the best?

I’ve read lots of books and articles, watched lots of videos, and talked to lots of photographers whose work I admire in an attempt to try and make my photos better. Here are a few tips that have really stuck with me, and things I try to remember every time I go out:


Get Your Camera In A Different Place

It’s the first tip, in the first chapter, in the first book I read, Joe McNally’s The Moment It Clicks, when I decided to get serious about my photography. Like Joe said, chances are, the picture you’re thinking about has already been made, so how do you make it different? One way is to get your camera somewhere else. This may mean getting a perspective from above, lying on the ground, through a tree, with a remote camera, a longer lens, shorter lens, etc. Like I mentioned earlier, at most sporting events there are at least 5 photographers (if not 200) standing in the same place trying to make a picture. How do you make a different picture? It’s often simple: go somewhere else.


Getting Down: The Low-Angle

This one is from Peter Read Miller on Sports Photography. It’s so basic, yet so few people do it: LAY DOWN. You may get dirty, so what? Go home, throw your clothes in the laundry and take a shower! You probably already smell from working the event anyway. Now, this isn’t something you usually want for portraits, but getting a lower angle makes your subjects appear bigger and gives them a “larger than life” quality. Additionally, it cleans up your backgrounds and makes your photos look more dynamic than the photographer standing or kneeling next to you. (Side note: a higher perspective will also get very clean backgrounds, and nice light can make for interesting shadows. But, be careful that your photos still look professional from those angles, as it’s very easy to have them start looking like fan photos taken from the bleachers).

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It’s #TravelTuesday and I, Dave Williams, am here as always! Today i write from Luxembourg where I’m transiting through (and shooting a waterfall) but on this trip I’ve been testing the limits of the new Platypod eXtreme and I’m keen to share my findings.

The latest member of the family of tripod alternatives has really impressed me. The term ’tripod alternative’ is the first thing I want to mention – the Platypod has a use, it has a time and a place, and so does the trusty tripod. Platypod is not in competition with tripods, but is there to fill a gap and solve a problem we have as photographers. Sometimes that problem is due to space and weight limitations, sometimes it’s about beating the ’tripod police’, and sometimes it’s nothing other than exploring our creativity. Whichever item on the list we fall into for any particular shoot, Platypod has never let me down.

I tried to break the eXtreme (along with the Platyball Ergo) and failed. The strength considerations put into the design really goes a long way to reassuring me in trusting the Platypod with my expensive gear in more precarious positions, including this: –

These angles are crazy! The variable position of the spiked feet on the eXtreme make things like this possible. I’ll continue to try and find new ways to use the Platypod and occasionally you’ll see my antics over on their blog.

The delivery from the Kickstarter is all under control and it’s now time to go grab your eXtreme from Platypod. I use mine all the time and it’s so compact that it has a permanent place in my camera bag. The kit itself is so versatile that I love finding new ways to use it.

On behalf of the photographic community, I thank Dr. T for finding a gap to slot this contraption into and making creativity really fun in the field. As Scott says, everyone has a Platypod, you should too.

Much love

Dave

How about these awesome locations for photo walks that just went live last week:

El-Gamaleya, Egypt (link)

Golra Railway Station, Islamabad, Pakistan (link)

The Martin & Frances Lehnis Railroad Museum, Brownwood, Texas, USA (link)

Nabua – Camarines Sur, Philippines (link)

NYC Skyline/ Empty Sky Memorial At Liberty State Park, New York, USA (link)

El Retorno, Madrid, Spain (link)

Coney Island, New York, USA (link)

Stamford, CT, USA (link)

Braunschweig, Germany (link)

City of Oxford, England (link)

Alexandria, Egypt (link)

New photo walks in great cities around the world are coming online every day – click this link to go to the official Worldwide Photo Walk website and see if there’s a walk in a city near you (if not, maybe you should start one). :)

Above: The group shot from the local walk I led in Paris one year. This year I’m leading one in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Have a great Monday, everybody!

-Scott

…as part of my 13th Annual World Wide Photo Walk on Saturday, August 13th.

If you’d like to join my Edinburgh walk, click here (it’s limited to just 50 people). If you’re not near Edinburgh, but you’d still like to be a part of the Worldwide Photo Walk, head to this link and find out if there’s a walk near you. If there’s not one near you, maybe you should lead one (click here to lead a walk).

Hope you can join me in Edinburgh, or for a walk in some other great city. It’s going to be (wait for it….wait for it)… epic! :)

Have a great weekend, everybody!

-Scott

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