Posts By Brad Moore

Blind Photo Critiques with Scott Kelby & Erik Kuna | The Grid Ep. 516

Join Scott Kelby and Erik Kuna for blind photo critiques on the latest episode of The Grid! Critiques include sports, landscape, portraits, and more! Watch above to find out what advice they share that you can apply to your photography.

New KelbyOne Course: Getting Up To Speed Fast with ON1 Effects Plugin with Scott Kelby

Take your finishing moves to the next level with On1 Effects! Join Scott Kelby as he shows you exactly how he uses Effects in his workflow. Whether you start in Photoshop or Lightroom Classic, you’ll learn how to take your photo into the plugin. Within Effects you’ll get up to speed on using presets, combining presets, customizing filters, working with layers, applying masks, making selective edits, and then bring the finished copy back again. By the end of the class you’ll be able to incorporate this cool plugin into your own workflow.

The Front Bottoms perform at Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, TN, USA on June 10, 2017.

Day 3 of Bonnaroo began for me around 1:00pm when I arrived on site with the rest of the team. My first set of the day was back at What Stage with The Front Bottoms. I arrived early to scope things out, thankfully, because the thrust that was there the day before was gone. This meant that the entire stage front was free rein for photographers rather than some of them being relegated to one side of the thrust.

The Front Bottoms perform at Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, TN, USA on June 10, 2017.

You can stake out your spot if you want, but the reality is that everyone will be moving around during the allotted photoraphy time. And if you want to be respected by everyone else in the pit, you also show respect by making sure everyone is able to get what they need rather than hogging a spot the entire time.

The Front Bottoms perform at Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, TN, USA on June 10, 2017.

My next scheduled set was a few hours later, so I went back to the production trailer and did a quick edit before grabbing lunch and heading out to take lifestyle/ambience photos.

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

Before leaving the production trailer, my assistant grabbed a few cans of Red Bull so we could give them to attendees who were willing to pose for photos for us.

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

I went up in the ferris wheel to take photos, but didn’t really get what I was hoping for. When I came down, there were a couple of people taking selfies in front of the ferris wheel, so I asked if they would let me take some photos as well. While I was photographing them, this other friend of theirs came along and asked if I wanted him to lift one of them in the air. “Sure, why not?!” was obviously my response, which resulted in the photo above!

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AI Demo from ON1 with Scott Kelby & Dan Harlacher | The Grid Ep. 515

Want to make your editing life easier with the latest in AI tech? Check out the latest episode of The Grid with Scott Kelby, where he’s joined by Dan Harlacher of ON1 Software to share the latest advances in their software suite!

New KelbyOne Course: Making Logos In Photoshop with Dave Clayton

If you have Photoshop you can make a logo! Join Dave Clayton for a fun introduction to creating logos in the Swiss Army knife of programs, Photoshop. You’ll learn how to use type, custom shapes, combine shapes, put type on a path, create mockups, export your finished logos, and a whole lot more. Dave packs expert tips and tricks into each lesson and eases even a beginner into the tools and process of creating a logo from scratch.

Angelique Kidjo is interviewed by Sal Masekela at Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, TN, USA on June 9, 2017.
Angelique Kidjo is interviewed by Sal Masekela at Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, TN, USA on June 9, 2017.

We arrived on site for day two of Bonnaroo around 1:00pm, and I started with an interview with singer/songwriter and activist Angelique Kidjo and Red Bull’s Sal Masekela. When photographing interviews like this, my goal is to capture images that show both the production involved in case the client has a need for it, as well as just photos of the interviewer/interviewee. Depending on the space I have to move around, I’ll use some mix of the 24-70mm f/2.8 and 70-200mm f/2.8 lenses.

From there, I went back to the Red Bull trailer to do a quick edit and check in with my editor before heading out for my first performance of the day at What Stage (the main stage).

Since this was the first day of performances on the main stage, I arrived at the early to make sure I familiarized myself with the entry points and introduce myself to security. The stage had a thrust in the middle (, and I found out that most of the photographers would be stationed on one side of it. I made my way to the opposite side, because who wants to get the same photos everyone else is getting?

Francis & The Lights performs at Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, TN, USA on June 9, 2017.

Francis & The Lights, of which Francis Farewell Starlite is the sole member, took the stage with a highly energized set. As the first act of the day on this stage, he really woke up the crowd with his performance. I mostly relied on the 11-24 mm f/4 as my wide lens for his set.

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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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