Posts By Brad Moore

Blind Photo Critiques on The Grid

Check out the latest episode of The Grid, where Scott Kelby and Erik Kuna do another round of Blind Photo Critiques!

New KelbyOne Class: Photoshop Layers for Beginners with Terry White

Learn how to get started with layers in Photoshop with Terry White! Layers are one of the most important and most used features in all of Photoshop, so if you really want to get good at Photoshop, you need to understand layers.

Join Terry as he provides a solid foundation for understanding what layers are, how to create them, and how to make the most of all the features they provide. In this class you’ll learn about the different kinds of layers, how to make new layers, how to work with multiple layers, how to mask a layer, how to keep those layers organized in all of your future projects, and so much more. 

The Grid: AI Powered Plug-ins for Lightroom and Photoshop

Check out the latest episode of The Grid, where Scott Kelby and Erik Kuna are joined by Greg Rostami of Topaz Labs to discuss the latest technology in AI-powered plug-ins for Lightroom and Photoshop!

New KelbyOne Class: Mastering The New Camera RAW Environment

Get up to speed with the new Camera Raw interface! Join Scott Kelby as he gets you fully oriented on the completely refreshed interface in Adobe Camera Raw. Scott starts off with a look back at Camera Raw’s origins to provide some context for this new look, then methodically moves through all the important aspects that you need to know to work more efficiently than ever before.

This is not a class on complete editing with Camera Raw, but Scott does provide some examples for how things work (and refers you to other classes to learn more) in this new environment. By the end of the class you’ll understand where to find all of your favorite tools, feel comfortable with the new interface, and ready to get to work.

7 Tips for Photographers

Hi there, I’m Polly. I’m a journalist, photographer, and a bunch of other labels.

This past month, I soft launched Black Women Photographers, a global community and database of Black women and non-binary photographers on July 7th, my 26th birthday. Before the launch, I kickstarted everything off with a COVID-19 relief fund — #BWPReliefFund — to help those in the community who have been hit hard by the pandemic. 

I’ve learned quite a bit in a short period of time. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m literally just getting started in my career, however, I want to share seven things I’ve learned along the way.


Tip 1: Remove The Word ‘Aspiring’ From Your Bio

Please, I’m begging you. Are you a photographer or not? If you are, say that. You only have a few seconds to grab someone’s attention. Do you really want to waste it with filler words?


Tip 2: Do It On Your Own Terms

What do I mean by that? I’ve quickly learned that some of my favorite photographers, creative directors, writers, you name it… they all have one thing in common: they do it on their own terms.

You would think it would be easy enough, since there is no blueprint for this, but it is not. With social media being a highlight reel, it creates a false perception that your favorite creative people have it all under control. Spoiler alert: we do not. We are tweeting and Instagramming through it, too.

However, I’ve quickly learned that the more I listened to my inner voice, the more wins I’ve had. I’m doing this on my own terms. Most importantly, I’m having fun with it.


Tip 3: Remove Those Boxes

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Fine Art Color Photography Master Class with Serge Ramelli

Following on the heels of his master class in B&W fine art photography, Serge Ramelli is back with an even bigger class on fine art color photography.

Join Serge as he takes you through his workflow for capturing and preparing photos to be included in four of his color fine art photo books. You’ll not only get a behind the scenes look at his workflow, but also a virtual world tour as he break down his processing of photos from Venice, Los Angeles, New York, and Paris. As Serge steps through his post processing workflow using Lightroom Classic, Photoshop, and Aurora HDR, he shares the decisions he made at the time of capture, his approach to basic processing, HDR merging, panorama stitching, noise reduction, and of course, making that color pop.

In Case You Missed It… The Art of Black and White Photography

Ready for a master class in fine art B&W photography? Join Serge Ramelli as he takes you through his workflow for capturing and preparing photos to be included in fine art photo books. The beginning of the class takes a very detailed look at some of his favorite photos from his book on Paris. From there, Serge moves on to a behind the scenes look at some of his top photos from New York.

As Serge steps through his post processing workflow using Lightroom Classic, Photoshop, and Aurora HDR, he shares the decisions he made at the time of capture, his approach to basic processing, HDR merging, panorama stitching, noise reduction, and of course, black and white conversions. Be sure to download the practice photos to follow along!

Pandemic Possibilities – Macro Adventure: Homebound with a Flower or Two

Everything as we knew it has changed. We lost spring and summer due to Covid-19, maybe most of 2020… And, for many, not just time. We’ve all experienced a whirl of contradictions in a blur that warps time, making it move fast and slow simultaneously. We’ve had a chance to focus on our work while staying as healthy as we can in mind, body, and spirit.

As photographers (business owners and enthusiasts alike), we possess a heightened awareness of the impact on our work. Weddings, events, and adventure travel have been postponed. Many photographers have reinvented, refined, or caught up on the administrative side of things. It has also been an ideal time to explore… to deepen our skills; to enrich our understanding of ourselves, to slow down, to build new pathways of connecting with others, and to learn new ways of “visioning,” shooting, processing, and sharing our photographic art.

So, is it possible to escape from reality without leaving home? I believe it is. I have completely overhauled my business of leading in-person garden workshops and have harnessed the power of the internet to reach people who were never able to travel to a workshop. Everything about my business revolves around my Facebook group, Phlorography – Artistic Floral Photography.

We have weekly themes which keep things fresh and, with everyone homebound now, I’ve been leading classes online in artistic floral photography, consisting of techniques which can be applied to a wide range of subjects. In this blog, I’m going to share some ideas that are fun and accessible to just about everyone from the comfort of your home and/or yard. Let’s head outside and enter the world of artistic macro floral photography.

CHANGE IT UP WITH A SINGLE SUBJECT 

Variables: Lenses, vantage point, Lensbaby Omni filters, post-processing, high and low key imagery.

Since it’s not easy getting to any gardens now, I purchased a bunch of yellow tulips with beautiful red patterns on the petals at the local grocery store. For this exercise, I selected a single tulip and set about to achieve a variety of “looks.”

I used five different lenses (Canon 100mm macro, Canon 180mm macro, Lensbaby Sol 45 and Lensbaby Sweet 50 with macro filters and converters) on my Canon 5D MarkIV.  I restricted my space to my driveway, using the natural environment as my background. In addition to the tulip and vase, I used a Manfrotto Lumie Play (3 light LED) held in place by a Wimberly Plamp II which was attached to a small stand. In lieu of a diffuser, I positioned my subject in the shade, although in doing so had to be very mindful of distracting elements and bright light in the background. All shots outdoors were handheld, however, a tripod is advisable if needed for support.

Canon 180mm Macro Lens

I’m starting with the Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro USM Lens. I love this lens for the way it renders backgrounds when shot fairly wide. Be forewarned though that it is hefty and makes handholding a challenge. It also struggles when focusing in dim light or on hard to distinguish edges.

100mm, 1/400s, f/4.5, ISO 100

Canon 100mm Macro Lens

The most noticeable difference between the 100mm and the 180mm in this scenario, was the wider angle bringing in too much background.  Since I didn’t want the driveway & other distractions visible, I compensated by moving closer to my subject. This exercise wasn’t intended to be an analytical side by side comparison of the optics; just to produce a myriad of looks and styles.

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How to Automate Photoshop with Terry White

Learn how to speed up your Photoshop workflow through automation! Join Terry White as he shares some of his favorite tips and techniques for dealing with those repetitive tasks we all face. No matter how you use Photoshop, there are a number ways you could incorporate automation techniques to work more quickly and efficiently.

In this class you’ll learn how to leverage Creative Cloud Libraries, Generator to save out assets, Actions for all kinds of cases, droplets, PDF presentations, and more. Stop clicking those same buttons over and over again and automate!

In Case You Missed It… Photoshop For Business: Pro Techniques

Think differently about your business! Join Mark Heaps as shares tips and tricks for efficiency in Photoshop, while at the same time teaching you how to set yourself and your collaborators up for success. This class has two parts, and in the first half Mark demonstrates a number of Photoshop techniques to help you work smarter.

In the second half he delves into more strategic concerns designed to help you grow your business, help you define who your customers are, learn key phrases and terms, and so much more. By the end of the class you’ll have a strong foundation for working as a great collaborator whether you are part of a team or an independent freelancer.

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