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PROGRAMMING NOTE: The Landscape Photography Conference starts tomorrow (it kicks off today, a day early, with a pre-conference orientation and then I’m doing a workshop at 11:00 am called “What makes a great landscape photo” for folks who are new to landscape photography. It’s not too late — you can still sign up and be with us from the start tomorrow. Details and tickets at KelbyOneLive.com – it’s a record-breaking crowd for us; hope you can make it!

This is the book I’ve been waiting for, but it’s not just me – so many people have been waiting for this one. It is from the awesomeness that is Kaylee Greer, the world’s most incredible dog photographer (and the result of what would happen if a magical unicorn and the leprechaun at the end of the rainbow had a baby), for the first time ever shares her proven techniques in a book all about getting the best dog photos ever!

I can’t believe it’s nearly here. Pre-order it right now, either direct from the book’s publisher, or from Barnes & Noble, or from Amazon, and be prepared to create images of dogs that a huge step above the rest. You will thank me!

Next Wednesday I’m Doing a ‘Book Chat’ for my New Book

I’m super psyched that this all new print version of my original classic (it’s literally the #1 bestselling book on digital photography of all time), arrived last week in Rocky Nook’s warehouse, and it’s on it’s way to book stores everywhere now. Next Wednesday at 7:00 PM ET (mark your calendar now) you’re invited to join me for a thrilling (probably not) book chat that is in the same vein as my other wonderful (stupid) book chats. I’ll share some tips from the book, I’ll answer questions about the book, about me, about life, and other time-wasting grifts that will enthrall, entrail, and enlighten (I’m not certain it will do any of those).

Plus, there will be deals. Oh yes, there will be deal.

During my awesome (lame) book chat, my publisher will be offering an insane deal on my book (and maybe a book bundle as well), and the price will probably be so low, that it will cause a horrible rift between me and my publisher, one that will probably land us in court, so take advantage of the deal that night, because the book will probably be placed under some injunction by the judge who is probably on the take to my publisher anyway. Don’t let that effect you, though — get it while it’s hot (meaning stolen, of course, but that’s for a crooked judge to decide).

If you can’t wait until next Wednesday (and I know you can’t because you’re so impetuous), you can pick it up from my publisher or Amazon or Barnes & Noble right now.

That’s it for today folks. Hope you have an absolutely fantastic week, and high five to for writing the best book on dog photography ever!

-Scott

I’m very excited to be the guest tomorrow on Terry White’s “Photography Master Class” live stream, and I’m doing a presentation called “Photo Recipes” where I share a final image, and then show how to make a similar shot, with behind-the-scenes photos and camera setting and such.

It’s free and open to everybody – we’re live from 10:55 AM to 11:55 AM ET, and you can watch it right here on the blog below (and if you miss the live stream, and can watch the archive here as well). :)

Hope you can make it (or rewatch it above if you missed the live stream).

We already have over 1,000 attendees for next week’s Landscape Photography Conference

It’s not too late to join us — it starts with a pre-conference session I’m teaching on “What makes a great landscape photo” and we also have a first-timer orientation class from Larry Becker to help you make the most of the virtual conference. Here’s the link to get your ticket — don’t miss out.

Have a great weekend everybody, and thanks to Terry for having me on his awesome show (which airs each week at this same time. Always great info).

Stay safe and sane, and we’ll catch you back here next week (well, at least that’s what I’m hoping). :)

-Scott

Newborn Baby Photography

I am so happy, thrilled actually, to be on the blog this week! Thank you for having me.

I am Tracy Sweeney, child/family photographer and owner of Elan Studio in Bristol, Rhode Island. I want to share with you my approach to newborn photography, specifically how I style newborns using various textures to craft natural, sweet, and emotional images. I will teach you how to create multiple images within the same set to maintain efficiency while crafting creative images guaranteed to impress your clients and fans.

I do this specifically through my ONE SET, MANY IMAGES approach. This begins with preparing one full set.


FULL BODY/FULL SET

Position baby comfortably in full set. Layer natural textures, soft fabrics to create interest and contrast. Wrap or swaddle baby to keep limbs close to body. Use extra swaddling blankets underneath layers to help position baby, lift head, support arms/legs etc. so that baby is comfortable and his/her body rests peacefully.


SLIGHT PROFILE

Using the same set/position, photograph baby from a side angle, focusing on a slight downward profile image. Keep eye closest to you in focus and shoot with a large aperture to soften features.


HANDS

Use a Macro lens to focus on baby’s bitty features.


LIPS/NOSE

Continue to focus on additional features within the pose. Consider alternative angles and closeups.

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I write this from the departure lounge of London Gatwick Airport – quite apt for #TravelTuesday with me, Dave Williams, on ScottKelby.com today and every Tuesday. I am a little apprehensive, though, because there’s a chance I may not be allowed entry to the country I’m flying to today. Keep an eye on my Instagram story or Facebook page to see where it is and whether I made it in!

(Clue: – the Aurora can shine bright!)

Today I want to talk to you all about luck. Luck is something a lot of us need during times like these. To keep our photography business or hobby going with strength during a global pandemic is just one of many problems we’re faced with right now. For me, it’s the cancellation after cancellation of trips, trade shows, and missions, causing a distinct lack of opportunity and content to shoot and write about. The thing is, it’s all too easy to take a back seat and go with the flow when we get beaten down as we’ve been. Perhaps models and clients are less available to you, or maybe locations to shoot are closed or limited. Whatever the problem is, it’s down to us to get lucky and find a solution.

The thing about luck is that it goes hand in hand with opportunity. When we’re presented an opportunity, we’re said to be lucky, and we should take it. So, is luck the opportunity? Do we wait to have an opportunity and, in turn, wait to be lucky?

No. The answer is no.

Luck can be described perfectly: Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity. We are in control of our own luck. To a great extent, we control our destiny, our fate. If now is a time when you feel like you need a little luck, be prepared to take whatever opportunity you find or whatever opportunity you can create.

Two weeks ago, I lost the opportunity to go to Greece (and the money invested in that trip). Similarly, last week I lost the opportunity to go to Hungary. Iceland has also been lost, and Canada. For a travel photographer and writer, this is a huge blow, but it’s down to me and me alone to prepare, to create another opportunity, and to make myself lucky. It’s down to the luck that I created that I’m sitting and writing this post today from the wiped-clean, dishevelled, disgusting green seat of Gatwick airport’s departure lounge, waiting anxiously for my gate number to appear on the screen amongst only a handful of flights.

For me, I need to travel. It’s a necessity of the job that I d, although there are “workarounds” I can take to travel closer to home. More than that, it’s in my spirit. I am simply not me without travel. I need to be me, and this is how I need to do it. I’ve created my own luck exactly as I described – I prepared and made an opportunity. I’m being entirely complicit with all immigration requirements, hence the number of cancellations I’ve faced. But against the odds and in spite of the circumstances – I’m lucky.

Whatever it is you do, and whether it’s related to photography or just to your everyday life, remember that you are in control of your luck.

Put in the hard work, take some leaps of faith, be positive, and improve your odds. I promise, it will all work out in the end.

If you need help or advice from myself, any of the other KelbyOne instructors, or like-minded friends, there’s plenty of us out there willing to push you in the right direction. A great community accessible to all is the Friends Of The Grid Facebook Group, or the KelbyOne Member Community to start with.

Now go get lucky!

Much love

Dave

I put together a collection of 10 of my photo stories from 10 different trips over the past few years. I hope it helps you find some places to visit next year when, God willing, can we start to enjoy travel and travel photography again.

TO ROME, WITH LOVE
MIDNIGHT IN PARIS
TOKYO RED
My Page
My Page
The Faroe Islands
Marvelous Marrakech
NORWAY’S LOFOTEN ISLANDS
ENCHANTING CHINA
A Walk in Italy

Thanks for checking those out, and I hope you found something to pencil in on your calendar for next year. :)

A Week and a day or so until the The Landscape Photography Conference

If you haven’t signed up yet, don’t miss out. Here’s the link for more details and tickets. It’s going to be an amazing learning and inspirational event.

Here’s wishing you a great week, great health, and some great images, too!

-Scott

I’m here with a quick “Photo Tip Friday” (we post these every Friday on our Facebook page) and this is a cool little tip that uses the Dehaze filter in the opposite way we’d normally use it. Check it out (below):

Not bad, right? Hey, the class I was referring to at the end of that was my new online Photoshop course on Mastering the all new Camera Raw working environment. Here’s the link if you want to check it out (and the official trailer is below):

Totally kick-butt “Photo Tip Friday” from Serge Ramelli On How To Get Your Work Noticed

Check this out – it’s less than one minute long and I promise you will LOVE it! An incredible amount of priceless info in under 60-seconds. Here it is:

I wasn’t kidding, right? You’re hearing the real deal. If you want to learn how to make the type of image Serge is talking about in that tip, watch Serge’s Fine Art Photographer Master Class online at KelbyOne. Incredible stuff! Here’s that link. (I put the official course trailer below):

OK, if that stuff doesn’t get you feeling like grabbing your camera (or at the very least, grabbing your mouse or pen/tablet), then…well… (not sure what goes next here, so let’s move on). OK, lots to watch and learn this weekend – let’s make the most of it. :)

Hope to see you back here in Monday. Have a wonderful weekend; stay safe, look out for each other, be kind to everybody, and here’s wishing you good health. :)

-Scott

P.S. We’re only 11 days from the start of ‘The Landscape Conference.” It’s going to be awesome, and you don’t want to miss it. Details and tickets at this link. Go, go, go! :)

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