Posts By Brad Moore

New KelbyOne Course: Uncovering the Magic of the Golden Hours with Rick Sammon

Learn how to capture your best photographs during the best time of day! Join Rick Sammon as he uncovers the magic of photography during the golden hours. In this class Rick shares tips for shooting before, during, and after sunrise and sunset, as well as his post processing techniques for making photos look their best. You’ll learn how to make the most of that warm golden glow, those long dramatic shadows, and the cool blue time that comes before sunrise and after sunset.

In Case You Missed It: Uncovering The Magic of Utah’s National and State Parks with Rick Sammon

Join Rick Sammon for a mini-course on landscape photography while uncovering the magic of Utah’s state and national parks. Rick takes you on a road trip that starts in Salt Lake City, Utah and ends in Las Vegas, Nevada, while showing you an array of amazing places to photograph along the way. You’ll be introduced to places like Bryce Canyon, Goblin Valley State Park, Zion National Park, Arches National Park, Dead Horse Point State Park, and so many more! At each scenic location Rick shares his tips, tricks, techniques to help you get the most out of your gear, your photography, and your time. With Rick, you’re sure to have a ton of fun and by the end of the class you’ll be ready to plan your next trip to photograph all that Utah has to offer.

Spectators enjoy Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, TN, USA on June 8, 2017.

Editor’s Note: This is part of a series on photographing music festivals. Be sure to also check out Part 1: Gear for Photographing Music Festivals, and Part 2: Camera Setup and Post-Workflow for Music Festivals

Bonnaroo Day 1

We began our first day the same way we wound up beginning all but the last day, with a team breakfast at Cracker Barrel (we went to Waffle House on the last day). These breakfasts gave us a chance to just hang in a relaxed environment and talk with one another, whether it was about life, photography in general, or specific things about the festival. Plus we were able to load up with fuel to face the rest of the long day ahead of us. After breakfast each day, we had a little time to gather ourselves and our gear before we loaded into vehicles to head to the festival.

The Ferris Wheel at Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, TN, USA on June 8, 2017.

My Bonnaroo Experience

Now, let me preface all of this by saying one thing… I know that my Bonnaroo experience was not that of people who were just there in attendance, nor was it that of photographers who may have been there covering it for a publication or media outlet, nor was it that of the people who were shooting for the festival. So, if you’re looking at any of this in hopes of finding out what Bonnaroo is like from any perspective other than covering it for Red Bull, this will only be somewhat insightful. The passes I had allowed me to do some things and go some places others weren’t able to go, but I was also not able to do some things or go certain places others were able to go. With that said, here’s how my first day at Bonnaroo went!

Upon arrival each day, we parked in whatever lot it was we were designated to park in somewhere behind What Stage (aka the main stage), then walked to the Red Bull production trailer. Inside the trailer was a flurry of activity that included everyone from us photographers and our assistants to editors, producers, and a bevy of other people whose roles I’m still not 100% sure of, but I know they were more important than me. I’ll just suffice it to say that there was a lot of people doing a lot of work alongside each other in a relatively small space, but we all had a lot of fun together throughout the event.

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Travel Photography Tips From Prague & Some Amazing AI w/ Scott Kelby & Erik Kuna | The Grid Ep. 514

On this week’s episode of The Grid, Scott is back from Prague with lots of amazing photos and stories to share! He also has plenty of helpful tips and tricks you can take with you on your next trip. Plus, he and Erik are joined by Dan Harlacher from ON1 Software to show their latest in AI!

New KelbyOne Course: Lightroom Tips & Tricks You Never Knew with Terry White

Both Adobe Lightroom and Lightroom Classic are pretty straightforward, but there are several little known features and tips and tricks that most users will never find on their own. In this class, Terry White does a rapid-fire session fitting as many tips on both versions in an hour as he can. If you’re a Lightroom or Lightroom Classic user you don’t want to miss this one!

Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, TN, USA on June 10, 2017.

Editor’s Note: This is the second part of a two-part series. If you missed it, check out the first one, Gear For Photographing Music Festivals.

As creatives, we want to focus on creating, right? But if we don’t have the technical side of things set up properly, it can hinder our ability to create on a larger level. Like, if I spend more time than absolutely necessary downloading my images and manually adding metadata every single time, it’s going to take longer for me to get back out to all of the amazing things happening that I want to photograph.

Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, TN, USA on June 10, 2017.

So, by taking the time to set ourselves up for success BEFORE we arrive to a job, we are able to focus on actually creating and doing a better job at it. Here are the steps I took to do just that ahead of photographing Bonnaroo.


Camera Setup

First, I made sure the dates and times were synced up exactly between the two camera bodies. This is vital when you’re covering an event with more than one camera body, as well as when you’re working with other photographers. If things aren’t synced up correctly, it can cause your editor and others huge headaches trying to keep everything straight and in order.

Matoma performs at Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, TN, USA on June 10, 2017.

After that, I got all my settings dialed into one body, then copied those settings onto a CF card, put that card into the other camera, and loaded the settings onto that body. Then I entered in my copyright and artist info into the metadata of each body. I also used the Canon EOS Utility to input “1” or “2” into the Instructions IPTC info on each camera. More on this in a bit.

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3 Pieces of Photography Gear You Can’t Live Without with Erik Kuna & Guests | The Grid Ep. 513

Ahead of the upcoming KelbyOne Photography Gear Conference, Erik Kuna is joined by special guests Mary Bel, Karen Hutton, and Gabriel Biderman to discuss three pieces of photography gear you can’t live without!

New KelbyOne Course: Planning & Scouting Your Landscape Photography Adventure with Ramtin Kazemi

Plan your next photography Adventure! Join Ramtin Kazemi as he teaches you all the essential steps for planning and executing a successful landscape photography expedition. Rammy shares the gear he uses, his process for pre-scouting the location, how to scout on location, how to find the best compositions after you arrive on site, the settings he uses to capture the images, and how to post process the final results in Lightroom Classic and Photoshop.

Photo by Jordan Dunn

With music festival season already beginning, I thought I would share this post from my blog a few years ago, when I got the call to photograph Bonnaroo for the first time. In preparation for the event, I researched and asked other photographers what to expect. Here’s the gear I ended up bringing, why I chose it, and how I used it. If a festival is in your near future, I hope this helps!

CAMERA GEAR OVERVIEW

Here’s a breakdown of the gear I used at the festival:

Attendees enjoy Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, TN, USA on June 10, 2017.

I wanted to make sure I captured the best, highest quality images I could, so I got a couple of the blazing fast 1DX Mark II bodies from Canon. These, coupled with the “lens trinity,” set me up for success in the photo pits while photographing sets and around the festival grounds capturing lifestyle images. I used the 24-70mm f/2.8 a little here and there, but for the most part I stuck to the 70-200mm f/2.8 and 11-24mm f/4.

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