Posts By Brad Moore

How To Bring Your Still Images To Life Using Plotaverse with Trey Ratcliff
Join Trey Ratcliff as he teaches you how to add animation to your still photographs with Plotaverse. These dynamic images exist somewhere between a still photo and a movie and are just mesmerizing to watch. Throughout the class Trey teaches you the ins and outs of using the software, inspires you with mind blowing examples, and walks through ideas of where and how to use Plotaverse to get the most impact in your portfolio. This class is perfect for any photographer looking to start using Plotaverse or wants to add dynamic impact to their portfolio.

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Join Trey Ratcliff as he teaches you how to get the most out of Aurora HDR 2018. Well known for his distinctive HDR style, Trey has been working with Aurora’s developers for several years, and knows the program inside and out. In this class, designed for beginners and beyond, you’ll become familiar with what’s possible in Aurora HDR as Trey processes photos that demonstrate its awesome capabilities for almost any situation. From processing a single raw photo to bracketed exposures, you’ll discover the power and simplicity for making beautiful images that match your own artistic style. Are you interested in Aurora HDR 2018? Follow this link for your free trial and purchase of Aurora HDR 2018.

Indian Summer was officially over. Snow was in the forecast and 3 to 5 inches were expected in the Philadelphia area with game time temperatures hovering around 30 degrees. The 118th meeting of Army vs Navy @ Lincoln Financial Field would be vastly different this year.

Inclement weather has never been an issue for me. I’ve been a skier since the age of two and have developed my own rules of engagement with mother nature. On top of the list, “There’s no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing.” Okay, a little trite, but true for the most part. The North East has four distinct seasons and this includes winter. It’s a great time of year. Bundle up and wear good quality clothing.

Staying warm & dry is imperative to capturing a few good frames. It’s hard to focus on imagery, when you’re too busy dealing with the elements.

That being said, I’m not sure electronic devices share my enthusiasm… Most camera bodies seem to be labeled as water sealed, weatherproof, or water resistant these days. I’ve never been exactly sure what this means or how far I should push my luck. Safe to say, I don’t want to find out! Let’s just say, they are not waterproof. Protect your valuable assets by any means possible.

For as long as I can remember, I’ve enjoyed sports. Everything from baseball to skiing was on the calendar. If I wasn’t actively participating, I was photographing the action from the sidelines. It all started with a Nikon FM and has since transitioned to Canon, Sony, iPhone 7 Plus and more recently a Holga plastic camera ($39) to get back to basics! You might say, I’m camera agnostic these days and simply use whatever works for the given situation.

I believe sports photography has two layers… action & art. On the surface, you’re looking to capture a moment in time to tell a story. Ideally, it’s the key play of a game or a pivotal moment. Many photographers will be bumping elbows at center court of a tennis match and thus have the same perspective as one another. Similar images often result with split nano second differences due to motor drive speeds.

The photojournalist will usually freeze the moment with a high shutter speed. When working in a news capacity, this is often expected. They’re capturing the essence of the game and that particular moment. It makes for good print (or internet use).

However, the photographer’s artistic interpretation is often what separates imagery. The creative goggles come out and new ideas enter the frame. A big picture approach or ‘Scene Setter’ image as it’s often called, is one such example. Step away from the action and capture a fan’s perspective. Change the typical presentation and allow your personal interpretation to shine. This may include a different angle. Or, perhaps a panned image. You get the idea; put your own signature or spin on the scene in front of you. Life is too short to look at repetitive sports photos!

Personally, the images I consider to be classics often have strong graphical elements in the composition. As subtle as they may be, everything from color, lines, texture, patterns, shadows & shapes add tremendous value and keep the viewer engaged. The more elements, the better!

I’ll admit, it can sometimes be hard to control graphical elements at a sporting event. You’re working within the confines of the venue and you have to take what you’re dealt. However, be observant. Take notice of backgrounds. Clean with no distractions is ideal. Look for the quality & direction of the light. Is it overhead or creating long shadows?

Also, you may wish to avoid the spray & prey approach when it comes to capturing the action. We’ve all been here. Slow things down. A few quality frames are better than 1,000 average images. The digital era allows us to easily delete unwanted images at no expense. But, it’s time consuming. Be selective and fire away accordingly.

Special thanks to Scott Kelby and Brad Moore for allowing me to guest blog this week. It’s quite an honor and I’m truly grateful for the opportunity. Cheers!

You can see more of Mark’s work at www.MarkACarruthers.com, and follow him on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

A Photographers Guide To Shooting Wedding Videos Like A Pro with Justin Wojtczak
Join Justin Wojtczak as he teaches you how to plan, shoot, and edit wedding video. You’ll learn about what Justin calls “the snapshot video,” which is a short video segment, containing stills, footage, and music, that highlights the key moments from a wedding. This is a great product you can add on to your existing services. Justin goes though his entire workflow, from prep to post, and demonstrates each step in his process. You can even follow along with his post-production workflow with the provided files in either Adobe Premiere or Photoshop. By the end of the class you’ll feel confident in your ability to add this new income stream to your wedding business.

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As a wedding photographer you want your clients to look and feel amazing, and in this class Jerry Ghionis will teach you how to pose the bride, the groom, and the family, while bringing out their strengths and minimizing their weaknesses.

Quite an honor to be back here on Scott’s guest blog!

It’s amazing how time flies… this will be my 10th year as a working photographer in the fashion industry. And although I would love to say that in that time I have figured it all out…. the opposite is true. That trite saying – you never stop learning – it seems it’s true! It’s both exciting and terrifying to always be learning, just seeing whats around the corner as you take the next step.

I’ll do a small recap from the last time I posted on this blog. I grew up with a fine art background and never thought picking up a camera would be part of my journey. Studying painting, I had a good grasp on things like color, tone and light. Those disciplines carried me to get my first job at a graphic design studio, primarily working on imagery and retouching. From there I got my first camera and figured it out.

I get a lot of questions about how I “got in” to the crazy world of fashion. I have always loved fashion in general including all the advertisements and editorials. Then as I began really studying it, I became obsessed. I studied and watched what the leading photographers in the industry were shooting at the time and tried to mimic it, which was a great learning experience in the beginning.

Many of my mentors gave me some great advice when I started. They told me that you will eventually get hired for what you show. If you show portraiture, you’ll get hired for portraiture. If you show weddings, you’ll get hired for weddings… and so on.

From the beginning, I tried to focus all my time on fashion and anything pertaining to it. Enough repetition and hours put into the craft and people will start to recognize what you do. It’s a very congested industry, a lot of photographers battling for the top. You must have something unique, so that when the time comes, your style and viewpoint will be exactly what a client will need for their assignment.

Early on, I met with modeling agencies who gave me a chance and developed a portfolio… I’ve been going non stop since then. Between assignments and campaigns, I create personal work …. no clients or pressures attached. Just a chance to create. This seems to be key.

My parting word of advice for anyone reading this is to never stop. You’ll hit times where bookings might be slow, you are dried up creatively, and maybe wanting to give up all together. The successful ones push through that. They pickup their camera and go create.

You can see more of Trever’s work at TreverHoehne.com, and follow him on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and his blog.

The Personal Side of Rick Sammon
Award-winning photographer Rick Sammon is inspired by the world around him. He aims to have his creative visions come to life through his photography as well to help teach others to do the same. While you may know of his many awards, books, and various other accomplishments, he opens up his personal side, in a way we’ve never seen before, in this in-depth interview with Kalebra Kelby. Hear from Rick about his travels, love of music, his family, and how it’s all shaped the person he is today. Amidst the stories, you’ll be inspired by the words he lives by and learn to view the world in a whole new way. Plus, you won’t want to miss discovering his favorite household chore!

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Composition – What is it? Learn to compose technically and emotionally with renowned photographer Rick Sammon. Take a trip around the world to explore what works and what doesn’t. From leading lines and rules of thirds, to patterns, contrast and viewpoint, you’ll learn the rules before you break them with amazing tips, tricks and techniques for composing photos that tell stories with feeling!

Rick’s Top Tips for Taking Incredible Travel Photos with Rick Sammon
Take a trip with Rick Sammon as he shares the essential tips for creating incredible photos on your travels! Rick has photographed in over 100 countries, and has learned a lot along the way. Rick brings that hard earned wisdom together to teach you everything you need to know to get the shots you envisioned. In this class you’ll learn the importance of respecting your gear, how to always seek the strongest compositions, and fundamental tips for stunning landscape, wildlife, people, low light photography, and more. Rick wraps up the class with a look at the workflow he uses, and all along the way he shares lessons learned from the road.

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Learn how to Shoot Travel Photos Like A Pro with Scott Kelby! All along the way Scott shares his very best tips and techniques for planning, preparing, and getting the most out of your next travel adventure. Come along and watch the entire process of shooting in a variety of locations in this class then meet back up in part 2, Editing Your Travel Photos with Lightroom and Photoshop.

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