Posts By Brad Moore

20 Quick & Practical Photoshop Tricks with Unmesh Dinda

Learn how to work faster and more efficiently in Photoshop with Unmesh Dinda! In this class you’ll learn how to match colors, correct perspective while cropping, add drama to skies, make your colors pop, leverage automatic functions in Photoshop, fix motion blur, discover hidden tools and settings, save your looks as presets, and so much more. You’ll be amazed at all of things you’ll be able to add to your workflow to make your Photoshop life so much easier.

In Case You Missed It: Jaw-Dropping, Heart-Stopping, Eye-Popping Photoshop Effects

Join Unmesh Dinda and take your Photoshop skills to the next level! This class is jam-packed with tricks and techniques that will make your jaw drop. You’ll learn how to retouch any surface without damaging texture, how to selectively apply blur for dramatic effect, how to scale a photo without damaging the main subject, how to automate actions to work faster, how to gain unlimited filters through the Gradient Map, and so much more. Unmesh has a great knack for making complicated techniques simple and approachable, and he even provides files for you to download and practice with as you learn. By this end of the class these lessons will serve as a go-to reference to come back to anytime you need a refresher.

Photographer Mat Hayward wearing oversized red glasses and a red feather boa
Mat Hayward will be teaching at Photoshop World Las Vegas, taking place August 21-23, so register now to come see him in person!

When my family and I were searching for the perfect puppy, my wife thought we were buying him for our children and as a household companion. Little did she know that I had a hidden agenda. I was on the hunt for the perfect stock model. While she was worried about temperament and overall health, my only requirement was that he be photogenic. Hold your judgment; Hudson is by far my best-selling model earning me thousands of dollars, and his modeling fee is just one piece of popcorn.

Hudson the Golden Retriever, emerging from a pile of leaves to steal your heart.
Hudson the Golden Retriever, emerging from a pile of leaves to steal your heart.

It’s not just my dog. No one in my life is safe from my camera. My wife, my kids, friends, cousins and co-workers, really anyone who happens to be in my line of site. A few years ago my dad broke his leg on a walk. He was rushed to the hospital and as I drove to see him I was worried about the poor guy. All that worry disappeared when I entered his room. The first thing I saw was floor to ceiling windows…the light was beautiful! I thanked my dad for the great stock photo op and started shooting away. It doesn’t matter what the situation is, I’ve always got stock on the brain.

Broken leg in cast with patient in hospital bed

Stock photography has been an effective way for me to supplement my income as a professional photographer. For the past 10 years I have been focused on shooting celebrity-based entertainment events in the Pacific Northwest and around the world. I love this work as it presents so many unique challenges and diverse opportunities leaving me rarely bored. Every week is different whether it be in a photo pit for a concert, on a red carpet for a film premiere or festival, snapping portraits of various movie stars, musicians or whomever. 

Jason Momoa kissing his reflection
Jason Momoa
Lady Gaga in a white dress at the Academy Awards
Lady Gaga
Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters performing on stage
Dave Grohl
Russell Wilson getting slimed
Russell Wilson

When I find myself with a bit of down time I shoot stock. Not only does it allow me to push myself creatively and try different styles and techniques, but more importantly I enjoy the constant revenue stream it creates for me.

Watch Mat behind the scenes during an Adobe Stock photo shoot!

My stock portfolio is generating income 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. I love waking up to sales notifications. I made money in my sleep! Here is a crazy fact about my portfolio. I have earned more money on this image of jellybeans than any celebrity image I have ever taken. I know what you must be thinking…well yeah, this jellybean shot is incredible! Right?…….

Bright, colorful jellybeans in red, green, pink, blue, yellow and orange colors.
Bright, colorful jellybeans in red, green, pink, blue, yellow and orange colors.

In my commercial stock portfolio, I have found the greatest success with general lifestyle imagery featuring real people, like my family and friends doing real things in real situations. It’s easy to upload and keyword images and videos for Adobe Stock, and the content is usually online within a day or two. My day-time career is to be an Evangelist for Adobe Stock, so of course I’m biased towards our service. But I was already submitting to Fotolia before it was acquired by Adobe, and you could say I’ve been walking the walk a lot longer than talking the talk. Anyone can create a contributor account and submit to Adobe Stock simply by signing in with an Adobe ID on the Contributor Portal.

Woman smiling on NYC street
Couple at home reading book

What should you shoot you ask? Let me answer that question with another question. What do you love to shoot? There is a huge market for authentic and diverse stock content. Whatever you are passionate about is where you should start. Shooting stock has become a part of who I am and is top of mind whenever I have my camera in hand. If you haven’t already given it a shot (pun intended) I highly recommend you do so. Good luck!

Woman with blue hair and red glasses wearing black and white striped shirt, standing in front of yellow background, holding pink and yellow balloons with confetti falling around her

You can see more of Mat Hayward’s work at MatHaywardPhoto.com, and keep up with him on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

Introduction to Digital Painting in Adobe Photoshop with Victoria Pavlov

Learn how to get started as a digital painter in Photoshop with Victoria Pavlov! Whether you’ve painted before or are just getting started, this class will give you the foundation you need to add digital painting to your skillset. Victoria guides you through setting up your workspace for painting, organizing your brushes and brush presets, and introduces you to Creative Cloud libraries before diving into the art of painting itself. There are lessons on starting a digital painting from scratch, digital painting for photographers, and tips and techniques for making your paintings more visually interesting and engaging. By the end of the class you’ll be much more comfortable in your digital photography workflow. 

In Case You Missed It: Painting Portraits in Corel Painter

Turn your photographs into beautiful paintings! Join Heather the Painter as she introduces you to Corel Painter, and shares her tips and workflow to show you how to easily create custom paintings from your photos. Using a Wacom tablet for greater control and a natural brush stroke, Heather starts with an orientation to Painter, how to customize brushes, and how to configure your Wacom tablet for optimal settings. From there she expertly steps you through her workflow as she transforms a portrait photograph into a stunning painting. Whether you are painting for yourself or your clients, you’ll have a great foundation for getting the most out of Corel Painter.

Rick and Susan Sammon with their new book, Oregon Coast Photo Road Trip – How to Eat, Stay, Play And Shoot Like A Pro

Hey Scott! Thank you for having us here on your awesome blog. It’s always an honor. And thanks Brad Moore for putting this all together! You Rock, too – especially with your rock and roll photographs.

In this post Susan and I will share some of the photo tips (many more in the book) from our most recent book: Oregon Coast Photo Road Trip – How to eat, stay, play and shoot like a pro.

As the title implies, it more than just a photo book. It’s travel guide to one of the most beautiful places in the United States, if not on the planet.

We’ll start with a few of Rick’s tips, for digital SLR and mirrorless shooters (he uses a Canon 5D Mark IV and Canon EOS R), followed by Susan’s tips for smart phone (she uses an iPhone) photographers. We’ll add the locations, too!

Here we go!

From Rick:

Horse Silhouette at Sunset on Bandon Beach
Location: Bandon Beach

Silhouettes Are Sweet

Silhouettes are fun and creative to shoot, because they have a sense of mystery and wonder. To prevent overexposed highlights, which is easy to do at sunset and sunrise, set your exposure compensation to -1 . . .  for starters.

Mother Seal and Pup at Strawberry Hill
Location: Strawberry Hill

Pack A Telephoto Lens

In addition to offering breathtaking scenic opportunities, which you’ll capture with your wide-angle lens (I recommend a 16-35mm lens), the Oregon Coast also offers wonderful wildlife photo opportunities. For close-ups of the animals, you’ll need a telephoto lens. This photograph of a mother seal and pup was taken with my Canon 100-400mm lens, which is my favorite wildlife photography lens. You’ll need that 400mm focal length because in many cases, you can’t get close to the animals.

Sea Stars on Mussel-Covered Rock at Strawberry Hill
Location: Strawberry Hill

When You Think You Are Close, Get Closer

I used my Canon 15mm fish-eye lens to capture all the sea stars on this huge, mussel-covered rock. The image has impact for two main reasons: interesting and colorful subjects and because I was photographing very close, maybe about two feet from rock. The concept of getting closer does not always work, because “negative space” can be nice, too. But give it a try and see if your image looks more dramatic with a closer perspective.

Devil's Punchbowl
Location: Devil’s Punchbowl

Explore HDR

High Dynamic Range photography is needed to capture the entire brightness range of a scene with very high contrast. Basically, you take a series of pictures at different exposures at, over and under the recommended exposure setting, and then use an HDR program to merge the images together into one dramatically exposed image.

Long Exposure Black and White Photo with Silky Water at Coquille River Lighthouse
Location: Coquille River Lighthouse

Slow It Down

For creative seascape photographs with silky-looking water, you need two essential accessories: a neutral density filter (ND filter) or set of ND filters, and a sturdy tripod.

ND filters reduce the amount of light entering your camera, allowing you to use slow shutter speeds – from ¼ of a second to several seconds or even minutes – even on bright days.  You need a sturdy tripod to steady your camera during long exposures.

Variable ND filters let you “dial in” the light-reducing effect, usually from 8 to 10 f/stops. Fixed ND filters come in different grads, 3, 6, 10 and 20 f/stops. I use only fixed ND filters. Why? Because variable ND filters can produce a dark band or circle in the image when using a wide-angle lens. Sure, a set of fixed ND filters is more expensive than a variable ND filter, but the quality and results are worth it.

And Now From Susan:

Before and After: Adding Lens Flare to Yaquina Head Lighthouse.
Location: Yaquina Head Lighthouse

Spice It Up with Lens Flare

Here is a before-and-after pair of images that illustrates how apps can enhance a scene. Here I used the LensFlare app to transform a shot with flat lighting and color into a dramatic black-and-white image with cool blue light beams radiating from the light.

Wave Crashing into Spouting Horn, near Thor’s Well in Yachats
Location: Spouting Horn, near Thor’s Well in Yachats

Make Beautiful Black and White Images

Converting color photos to black-and-white images can make them look more dramatic. The app Dramatic Black & White gives you lots of options including regular Black & White, Dramatic Black & White and Infrared. The day I took this photo of Spouting Horn, near Thor’s Well in Yachats, it was very sunny and everything was evenly lit. I selected one of the Dramatic Black & White presets to increase contrast and make the splashing water look more powerful against the rocks.

Horse Running on Bandon Beach
Location: Bandon Beach

Add Clouds

Sometimes a clear and cloudless blue sky is not the best background for a beach scene. To break up the uniform color and make your image more compelling, try adding a cloud effect found in the app Distressed FX. I use this app to add texture and to boost color using the Original Overlays pack. After you purchase the app, you can buy more options. Wonderful clouds are found in The Heavens pack, such as the Waving cloud effect I added to my Bandon Beach image. In this case, I was going for a realistic look.

Coquille Lighthouse in Bandon
Location: Coquille Lighthouse in Bandon

Touch Up with Textures

Nothing transforms a photo like adding texture. Make your photos look more artistic by using photo apps to add color and texture . . . just like a painter! The app Brushstroke is very easy to use. Select a photo and then test the presets in different brush stroke categories including oil, washed and natural. Keep clicking until you see something you like. I chose a Simple style brushstroke for this photo of the Coquille Lighthouse in Bandon.

Seal Rock Recreating Site
Location: Seal Rock Recreating Site

Reflect

I have two tips that have to do with reflections. One: Compose your pictures with the reflections in the foreground Two: Reflect on the beauty of the Oregon Coast, and how lucky we are to have such a beautiful and accessible natural area to explore and photograph.

Well my friends, we hope you can make it to the Oregon Coast someday. We are happy to be your virtual guides via the pages in the book. 

Learn more from Rick Sammon on KelbyOne! The dude has more than dozen classes, including his latest: Uncovering the Magic of the Rain Forest.

You can see more of Rick’s work at RickSammon.com, and keep up with him on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.

Mastering Metadata in Lightroom Classic with Terry White

Learn how to become a master of metadata in Lightroom Classic! Join Terry White as he takes a deep dive into all of the ways you can add, edit, and utilize information about your photographs in your workflow. Metadata is simply information about your photos, and can include information applied during capture by your camera as well as information you add within Lightroom Classic. In this class Terry teaches you how to create and apply metadata templates, how to manually enter IPTC information, the value of keywording, how name people using facial recognition, how to apply location information, and how to manage that metadata during export. The more information you apply to your photographs, the better able you’ll be to organize and find them over time.



In Case You Missed It: How to Get More Attention on Social Media Using Adobe Spark

Join Terry White to learn how to leverage the tools in Adobe Spark to gain more attention to your social media efforts! Adobe Spark is a free social media content creation platform from Adobe that consists of three parts: Spark Post, Spark Video, and Spark Page. Spark Post is for creating single graphic posts with text, Spark Video makes it easy to combine stills, motion, text, and audio into easy to share videos, and Spark Page is a fantastic tool for telling any story in a single scrolling web page. All three are accessible from any web browser or an iOS device. In this class Terry takes you through each Spark component, step-by-step, to show you how to create dynamic and engaging content.

The founders of Kompactfaen

Finding Your Foothold In A Saturated Industry Is A Problem Us Photographers And Videographers Face

Wedding photography and videography can be a little tricky – it’s easy to produce repeated works or get too caught up in following trends that currently work. Sometimes we wonder if we’re able to break through the cycle and create something new that has never been seen in the wedding photography and videography industry. At times, the industry is seemingly stagnant. At times, everyone struggles to find their foothold in this saturated industry. It is a problem we all face and constantly talk about.

Over the last year, Kompactfaen has been more than a business to us. It is a garden where ideas have grown and flourished. We’re blessed to have reached out to people from all over the world, from home in Singapore, to the USA. From being awarded with New York Rangefinder’s 30 Rising Star in 2018, to giving our two cents worth on a panel during the WPPI Conference this year, it made us stop in our tracks a little and start figuring out what it was that made Kompactfaen stand out.

We started thinking about our processes, our mindsets, and how works from Kompactfaen were created and showcased. How our brand of “Delving Deeper” was created. Through that, we found some keys to staying creative in this industry. We found some answers to the questions of, “How do I differentiate myself,” and, “How do I find my style?” It was eye opening for us, so we hope that these steps provide some direction to our fellow friends.

Relationships in a wedding matter a lot to us, and little moments like this touch us the most.

Understand What Matters To You

Every business needs an objective, it needs an aim.

Wedding photography and videography involve documenting an extremely intimate part of life, of humanity. It may be something many of us overlook as we naturally focus on things like composition and lighting. However, being involved in such a personal part of a marriage requires some form of concern and love for the people you’re photographing and filming. Figuring out what aspect of this moment means the most to you and focus on it as a start.

The idea of mixing up pop colours and wedding potraits appealed to us, so we decided to try it out.

New Is Never Popular

Karl Lagerfield once said, “Trendy is the last stage of being tacky.” It’s easy for trends to die. Even though trends are a good indicator of quality and it garners attention, it is never stable and you should never garner business directions based on trends.

On the contrary, things that are new will never be popular. People tend to reject things that are foreign, things that they are not used to. It’s always hard work challenging habits and norms. Drawing references from the diffusion of innovation, we see that the rate of adoption for new ideas and technology always follows a curve – the peak is never during the early stages. Meaning, setting a new trend or introducing a new style can never garner the most likes or become most sought after immediately. With this understanding, coming up with new ideas/concepts/imageries is no longer about garnering the approval for most people but to solidifying your concepts and work instead. When people seem to disapprove what you’ve created, there are lesser ill feelings but more objectivity. This helps greatly in evaluating your own works in the most balanced way possible.

We often bring gowns overseas, place ourselves in front of the camera and just shoot.

Do Impractical Stuff And Unnecessary Creations

Creativity is like muscle. It weakens with lesser usage and strengthens with consistent exercise. With every paid shoot comes expectations and criterions of others to be met. However, shoots of your own are your safe spaces to experiment and to create. Sometimes, too many restrictions and expectations cause us to recreate, whether intentional or not. When a shoot has no particular purpose tagged to it, that’s when you become daring and you are able to inject your ideas into a piece of work. It’s okay even if it doesn’t turn out to look good. We all start from and get to somewhere. This requires lot of time and effort that doesn’t seem to reap anything in the short run, but trust us that you’ll see results of this practice in the long run.

Connections are a priority in all that we do.

Pleasing Clients Is Important, But Know When To Take A Step Back To Your “Self”

To round the article up, our very last point speaks about respect for yourself, your peers, and the clients you serve. With hard work and sincerity, you have a solid foundation to stand on. In face of unreasonable requests, unfavorable comments and undesirable situations, you’ll be able to take pride in your work as you’re subconsciously certain of the amount of time and effort you’ve spent. You respect your own hard work, and that’s what you respect, both compliments and complaints. And you learn to deal with bad situations or comments respectfully and with stride.

Even though service is important, caring about your clients is also important. You stop focusing solely on pleasing people when you’re creating, but learn to create collaborative work – something that your clients love and something that you love – through deliberate communication and cooperation.

The soul of a good piece of work cannot lie.

Ultimately, the soul of a good piece of work cannot lie. 

Your style will be the core of your business – how you execute, how you care, how you communicate, and how you look. It is not something that is obvious at first glance, but it takes time for clients to explore and understand. That’s when you start speaking to people and are able to form your own identity to differentiate yourself.

You can see more of Kompactfaen’s work at Kompactfaen.com, and keep up with them on Instagram, Vimeo, and Facebook.

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