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The Grid: Topaz AI with Greg Rostami – Episode 451

This week, Scott Kelby and Erik Kuna are joined by special guest Greg Rostami of Topaz Labs to discuss some of the exciting AI (artificial intelligence) features coming down the pipes for Topaz’s software and plug-ins!

Mastering Black and White Photography in Lightroom with Serge Ramelli

Take your B&W photo processing using Lightroom Classic to the next level with Serge Ramelli! In this class Serge goes through 9 color to B&W processing projects designed to teach you a variety of tips and techniques for mastering black & white photography. By the end of the class you’ll know Serge’s complete workflow for making fine art black & white photographs that can be applied to landscape and portrait images.

Mickey with Dr. John West and his image at the Mount Miguel open House

My name is Mickey Strand, I am a US Navy Combat Photographer Veteran. I served for 24 years, retiring in San Diego in 2009. I am a professional photographer, involved in many projects, the number is dependent on my ADD. 

Currently, I am photographing members of America’s Greatest Generation, The Veterans of World War II. Collecting stories, memories, and images for future generations from these heroes who signed the dotted line on a check that could have included their life if called upon.

Navy Chief Photographers Mate, Joe Renteria turned 103 years old in July and is still photographing the world today. Joe was a Navy PHC and retired after 20 years.

The project started as a suggestion from a mentor that I should work on my studio portrait lighting by shooting one portrait a month. He suggested I find a subject I was interested in, that it would grant “buy-in” of the work, find something or someone you want to photograph and you’ll work harder on it. This self-assignment started two portrait projects, the Veterans Portrait Series taking on the bulk of my attention.

I was inspired by other Veteran photographers who were shooting Veterans, collecting their images telling these stories, but saying “I want to shoot Veterans”, is like saying you want to learn about photography. I narrowed it down with a concentration on America’s Greatest Generation.

Corporal Seki “Don” served in the US Army with the 442nd Regimental Combat Team (RCT).

The Grid: Getting Access And Why It’s So Important – Episode 450

If you really want to take your photography to the next level, getting access is the key to success. Join Scott Kelby and Erik Kuna as they discuss their experiences with finding ways to get into that behind-the-scenes space at events and other opportunities. Whether it’s getting into the locker room at a sporting event, inside a special location when no one is there, or as close up as possible to a rocket launch, getting access is one sure-fire way to set your photography apart from the crowd.

New KelbyOne Course: Hands-On with the Canon EOS R6 – Everything You Need to Know to Get Great Shots

Get up to speed on the Canon EOS R6 with Erik Kuna! If you’ve purchased the R6 or are just curious about what it has to offer, then this is the class for you. Join Erik as he shares his experience with using the R6, discusses what type of photographer will benefit the most from this new model.

From there, Erik takes you on a deep dive exploration of the buttons, dials, and menus to help you get the most out of this Swiss army knife of cameras.

Working Your Way Through a Cinematic Photoshoot

Cinematic lighting is something that’s the holy grail of photography. (Well, at least it is for me.) When I talk about a cinematic shot, I think about a shot that uses multiple lights to create drama and depth to an image or subject. I struggled in balancing all of the factors of photography when I first started shooting, so I’m hoping that walking you through this process will help your workflow when you get out there to shoot.

To make this happen, you have to conceptualize your light before you shoot. This means thinking about your scene and environment. You’ll need to determine:

  1. The number of subjects in your scene. If you have more than one subject, then you’ll want to examine each item as a basic shape. 
  2. Any reflective sources or surfaces that could be used. If you
  3. The number of lights you’ll need to get the effect that you want to achieve.

In conceptualizing the lights, we have to think about lighting in layers.

Remember that light is additive; meaning that if your lights overlap then you’ll get more power where they overlap. You’ll want to keep this in mind when choosing where your lights will be placed and how many you need. For this shoot, I wanted each light to have a purpose and not cross over with other lights.


The Grid: With PS’s New Power: When Does Photo Become Illustration? – Episode 449

Photoshop has been updated with all sorts of new features, including Neural Filters that allow you to greatly change and control your subjects’ facial expressions, age, and more. With this new power at our fingertips, at what point does photography drift into the world of illustration? Join Scott Kelby and Erik Kuna for Episode 449 of The Grid for their thoughts on this!

New KelbyOne Course: Blend Like A Pro In Photoshop with Glyn Dewis

Take your Photoshop blending game to the next level! Join Glyn Dewis as he takes you step-by-step through his favorite techniques for blending layers, creating cool lighting effects, using textures, matching colors, and so much more. The sky’s the limit, and once you get a solid foundation in blending you’ll be able to experiment with new techniques on your own!

Editor’s Note: This interview was conducted by KelbyOne instructor Mark Heaps. Thanks for making this happen, Mark!

How did you get started?
In the mid 80’s, Steve took a photography class at a local community college, and I (Karen) took a photography class in high school. So with really no experience, just enough to be dangerous, we decided as couple, in our 50’s, that we would like to do photography as a hobby to spend time together.

We started out doing senior pictures, two weddings, and engagement pictures for friends and quickly realized that type of photography wasn’t inspiring us. We wanted to do something different but didn’t’ t know what that was. While looking at artists on the internet we discovered Brooke Shaden and instantly we felt like, “this is what we want to do.”

After researching her work, we discovered it used a lot of Photoshop. So, we contacted Precision Camera, our local photography store, to find out about taking Photoshop classes and we were connected with Mark Heaps, a KelbyOne instructor, and the journey began.

Your work is filled with these amazing characters. Are these professional models?
We do not use professional models. All our images are of people that live in and around our community. We will see someone in the grocery store, at a restaurant, or just through friends and ask them if they would like to be in one of our images. I would say 99% of the time, these total strangers, say yes…if you ask them.

You seem to have these deep intimate moments with strangers, can you tell us just one story about that?
When we are planning a project with someone new, we meet with them to talk about their life and events that have impacted them that could be used for a photo.