Posts By Brad Moore

Your Dream Travel Photography Places with Scott Kelby and Erik Kuna

What places are on your photography bucket list? Join Scott and Erik as they share their favorite places they would recommend everyone visit and photograph, as well as the places that are on their lists that they would LOVE to photograph!

New KelbyOne Class: Hands On With The Sony a7R IV

Heads up Sony shooters! Join Larry Becker as he gets you up to speed with everything you need to know to start using the new Sony a7R IV to its full potential. After starting with some quick tips to get you going, Larry takes a deep dive into the settings and functions you can change, such as drive mode, focus mode, focus area, and much more. From there you’ll learn about key video functions and settings, followed by a rapid fire round of features that power users will want to know. Larry wraps up the class with a look at the Sony a9 II, and why it is such a powerhouse sports camera.

Zaria Love, location in Brooklyn, NY (Photo by Eugene Mertz)

My Journey: My Disability Become My Invincibility

On June 5th 2018 I became a different person mentally, spiritually, and physically.  In other words, I was triggered, exhausted, and just plain defeated. All of these feelings came from being diagnose with Multiple Sclerosis (MS).

MS is an autoimmune disease that affects an individual’s brain (nervous system) and spine. Being struck with this kind of news lead me into a dark and depressing universe. The first thought that came to mind was “How are you still going to be a photographer and cope with this disease?” Many thoughts popped up with a mixture of confusion.

Before I was diagnosed with MS, photography became my passion, love, and sanity. Photography all started with a trip with my best friend to New York in 2014. Just being able to see New York in its true essence was an eye opener in terms of my creativity. New York became my canvas and the paint brush was my phone camera. Another canvas was Washington DC. Being around the area allowed me to work with other photographers/models and grow as a creative.

Patrick J. Pierre, location in Washington, DC (Photo by Zaria Love)

By August 2018, my disability took a heavy toll on me and the treatment I was on was ineffective. I came to a point where I refused to complete crazy tasks in my condition. Luckily, this all changed when I was scrolling down Instagram; it was like a light blub moment. I figured that I can continue with photography. My new journey started at that moment.

The first photo shoot I accomplished after being diagnosed with MS was when my siblings had to help in regards to my balance while shooting. To paint a better picture, my sister was assisting me by holding my legs and my brother was standing behind me holding my upper body. To the average bystander we all looked silly but it was very much worth it. After that shoot, I knew photography was here to stay evermore.

Wasilat, location in Maryland (Photo by Zaria Love)

Early 2019, I took a leap of faith and moved to Los Angeles, California. The move was to continue my growth in photography and to start a new chapter. Being able to work with other creative individuals on the west coast brought a whole new perspective.

For example, I was able to execute a photo shoot on Will Rogers State Beach. At first, I was very nervous but once both of us were comfortable everything began to flow and go accordingly. My walker was deep in the sand and the currents were pretty high but the photos depicted strength.

Additionally, I find it truly fascinating on how others are still willing to work with me given my condition. It’s a beautiful feeling. Although MS is my disability it did not stop me from living my life and pursuing the love and passion I have for photography.

Kudzanai, location Will Rogers State Beach, CA. (Photo by Zaria Love)

Special Thanks: I would love give a special thanks to Eugene Mertz, who is a great photographer, for inspiring me to get into photography. And a special thanks to Polly Irungu for her support and creating an amazing database for Black Women Photographers.

You can see more of Zaria’s work and keep up with her on Instagram.

Milky Way Photography: Stacking & Tracking with Erik Kuna

Take your milky way photography to the next level! Join Erik Kuna in his follow up class to Demystifying Milky Way Landscape Photography, as he takes a deep dive into the practices, techniques, hardware, and software of tracking and stacking.

Tracking and stacking is all about increasing the signal and reducing the noise, and in this class you’ll learn the fundamentals of each technique, gain tips for putting them intro practice, and learn about the hardware and software used to get the job done. Be sure to watch Erik’s first class if you are new to milky way photography before moving to the next level with this one. 

In Case You Missed It: Post Processing Milky Way Landscape Photography

In this class Erik Kuna shares his Lightroom Classic and Photoshop techniques, tips, and tricks for bringing your Milky Way photos to life. Erik demonstrates each step in the process with examples taken during the first class.

You’ll learn how to nail white balance, correct distortion, adjust tonal values, add presence and color, make localized adjustments, reduce noise, composite multiple exposures together, and so much more. Erik reinforces the techniques with a start to finish workflow to bring it all home.

Photo by Anna Kuperberg

Big Secrets of Composition 

Have you ever been thrown off by composition? Or more exactly, been challenged by use of the same composition that you’ve used in dozens (if not 1000s) of images? Another way of putting it is, how can you avoid plagiarizing yourself and come up with fresh images?

If so, you’re not alone: how to compose images came up recently in a survey as the number one challenge our community had.

Friends Jumping Off Sand Dune, Moro Bay, CA

And there’s a reason for it: there are two big false beliefs I’ve found that cut right across learning composition. See if you’ve encountered either or both.

  1. There’s no way to teach composition since there are no rules or guides, it is something you just have to feel. I’m not going to name, names here, to protect the guilty, but I’ve heard if often, how one has to just develop this sense of what makes for good composition.
  2. On the other side of this pendulum lives the school of the rules of composition: The rule of thirds being the leading law cited by this camp. It’s almost as though the photo-police will issue you a citation for any violations – ooh, your subject is right in the center, how could you?
Fausto in Window, Sierra Madre, Mexico

As with most things in life, it turns out the answer lies somewhere in the middle. What I have found to be true is, yes, there are no rules, but there are guides that you can follow and from these are able to develop your visual vocabulary.

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The Grid: Photography Website Critiques

Looking for ways to improve your photography website portfolio? Join Scott Kelby and Erik Kuna above on The Grid to see their critiques of photographers who asked for feedback on their sites!

New KelbyOne Class: The Complete Guide to Lightroom Classic & CC with Serge Ramelli

Get ready to master the entire Lightroom ecosystem! Join Serge Ramelli as he takes you through all of the features of Lightroom CC and Lightroom Classic.

Serge begins the class with a look at the cloud based version of Lightroom, often referred to as Lightroom CC, and then transitions to a thorough exploration of Lightroom Classic. After getting oriented to the interface and tools, Serge dives deep with a series of start to finish projects using both versions of Lightroom.

Over the course of 80 individual lessons, Serge will teach you his entire workflow and explore all of the features you need to know to become a Lightroom master!

Newborn Baby Photography

I am so happy, thrilled actually, to be on the blog this week! Thank you for having me.

I am Tracy Sweeney, child/family photographer and owner of Elan Studio in Bristol, Rhode Island. I want to share with you my approach to newborn photography, specifically how I style newborns using various textures to craft natural, sweet, and emotional images. I will teach you how to create multiple images within the same set to maintain efficiency while crafting creative images guaranteed to impress your clients and fans.

I do this specifically through my ONE SET, MANY IMAGES approach. This begins with preparing one full set.


FULL BODY/FULL SET

Position baby comfortably in full set. Layer natural textures, soft fabrics to create interest and contrast. Wrap or swaddle baby to keep limbs close to body. Use extra swaddling blankets underneath layers to help position baby, lift head, support arms/legs etc. so that baby is comfortable and his/her body rests peacefully.


SLIGHT PROFILE

Using the same set/position, photograph baby from a side angle, focusing on a slight downward profile image. Keep eye closest to you in focus and shoot with a large aperture to soften features.


HANDS

Use a Macro lens to focus on baby’s bitty features.


LIPS/NOSE

Continue to focus on additional features within the pose. Consider alternative angles and closeups.

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