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The Learning Light with Scott Kelby

Scott Kelby demonstrates how the Learning Light works, utilizing different lighting styles and set ups. He will discuss diffused vs. hard Lighting, how to use lighting patterns and Gobos, how to set up for split lighting, as well as broad and short lighting styles.



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Create a cool fashion shoot on a budget! Join Scott Kelby as he shows you how you can pull together a high-end looking fashion shoot on a low-end budget. Scott takes you step-by-step through the process of building a set, re-creating window light with a single speed light, shooting a variety of looks, and all the while sharing money saving tips and tricks that you can put to use on your next shoot. Throughout the class you’ll learn resources for acquiring sets and clothing, how to prepare before the shoot, what gear you’ll need, how to set the lighting, and so much more. Scott wraps up the class with a look at his streamlined post processing workflow. You don’t need a large budget if you can be resourceful, clever, and creative.

The Personal Side of Dave Clayton with Kalebra

Dave Clayton has been fascinated with good design since he was a child, but there is much more to Dave than just being a graphic designer. In this in-depth interview with Kalebra Kelby, Dave opens up about his personal side in a way we’ve never seen before. In this interview you’ll hear Dave share stories about how his family, friends, and mentors have opened him up to the opportunities and experiences that have made him who he is today. Plus, you’ll love hearing the story of how he met his wife.


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Sit down with Kalebra Kelby and meet Melanie Kern-Favilla! You may recognize her as the winner of our second Gallery at KelbyOne contest with her beautiful floral work. And now she is sharing her wide-array of knowledge with you! In this in-depth interview, Melanie opens up about her job as a train engineer for the Long Island Railroad, her husband and two dogs, and of course, her passion for photography. Would you ever guess that her fascination with thunderstorms would lead her to where she is today? She loves everything nature and her perseverance to always keep going and improve her creative side is motivating and inspiring. We are so excited for you to get to know her and welcome her to the KelbyOne family!

Hidden Feature to Auto-Match Colors Like A Boss!

INTRO

Apart from lights, shadows, and perspective, one of the most challenging tasks in making a great composite is matching colors of the subject with the new background. Although there are a bazillion ways of accomplishing that in Photoshop, today we are going to explore an underutilized feature, hidden inside a “double click,” that will allow you to automatically match colors absolutely non-destructively.

More often than not, this feature produces perfect results. However, sometimes, you might need to perform a little bit of manual adjustment, and even then, this acts as an incredible starting point. In today’s example, we have intentionally chosen a challenging set of images which would require an additional adjustment.

So without any further ado, let’s get started!

Here are the images we’re combining in this tutorial, before the processing begins. These images are from Adobe Stock, and here are links to download the woman and the background if you’d like to follow along.
And here is the final product of where we will end up at the end of this tutorial.

Before We Begin:

Use your favorite techniques to cut out the subject and place it on a new background. For this image, I have used the “Select and Mask” feature to create a primary mask. Since masking hair, in this case, was extremely difficult, manually painting some strands of hair on top made more sense.

Basic Mask
Painted Hair

I have also used “Perspective Warp” to lower the horizon line of the background to match with the position of the subject.

Original Background
Modified Background

Step 1: Create a Curves Adjustment Layer

Once you have the subject placed on a new background as separate layers (as shown in the image attached), select the topmost “Subject” layer and click on the Adjustment Layer icon in the layers panel, and choose Curves.

Step 2: Create a Clipping Mask

Whatever changes we make in the Curves properties, it will affect the entire image, including the background. We want to limit the effects of Curve only to the “Subject” layer. To do that, create a clipping mask by clicking on the “Clipping mask button” in the Curves properties.

Step 3: Match Colors with Eye-droppers!

We have always used eye droppers in Curves to set the black, white, and gray points, but did you know you could customize them too? Yes! And that’s what we are going to use today.

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There are stories of people doing various photographic experiments in heavily photographed locations worldwide, including Oliver Curtis who famously shot landmarks in the opposite direction. This week, I’d like to discuss methods of shooting places that are already heavily photographed, which is a common issue for me as a travel photographer.

So, I’m Dave Williams and happy #TravelTuesday to you all! Let’s get on!

This is Hamnøy, in the Lofoten Islands of northern Norway. This scene is “internet famous” now as a result of more accessible tourism to the area and the trending nature of big Instagrammers’ shots going worldwide. As is common with such images, there’s one shot, one view, one composition, shot in a variety of styles because there’s literally one vantage point. To shoot this scene depicting the small fishing town flanked by water and snuggled among imposing mountains, you have one option and one option only—walk up the road bridge, which connects Hamnøy with Sakrisøy.

To get a different view here means to get up and change position entirely. Seeing the same view time and again, as cool as it may be, is only gong to take you so far. It’s a cool souvenir shot and there are options to shoot it slightly differently, but rather explore and get a new view altogether, like this: –

Getting up close and personal with one of the buildings, using it here as a frame, I was still able to shoot the quaint wooden houses and their stilts, along with those mountains and the water, giving the same location a different look completely.

This shift to a different subject in the same location or to a different angle of the same location means your image is less “common.” The one thing that relates here the most is something I’ve said many times before and it’s this: –

When you stop, bring your camera up to eye level, and fire a shot, it’s a snapshot. It’s a souvenir shot serving as a reminder that you were there. The week-thought-out, well-composed, and deliberate shots, using a different angle, a different perspective, and a different exposure are the shots that stand out of common places.

The Eiffel Tower—the go-to example—has been shot so many times it’s unreal. Taking shots from a different place, at a different angle, with a different focus are the stand-out shots.

You can also focus in on detail to capture somewhat of a forced perspective to show the subject but not in its entirety, like something of an enigmatic composition, which can be made part of a larger story. Again, Instagram has kind of forced this position on us as photographers, but it’s not all as bad as it seems. For example, when shooting such well-known locations try cropping in tight on an element which makes it—such as the girders of the Eiffel Tower, the tiles on St. Peter’s Basilica, or the lava rocks at Jökulsárlón. Create a new way of seeing things that have been seen time and time again, and show people the way you see.

Much love
Dave

If it’s been more than six months since you’ve updated your portfolio (like it has been for me), then let’s make this “Update Your Portfolio Weekend” and give our port the refresh you’ve been meaning to give it for month (and then on Monday, I’m hoping you’ll post links to your updated portfolio site so I can check them out).

Now, if you’re reading this thinking, “Well, I’m out, I don’t even have a portfolio” then you’re in luck, because chances are you subscribe to some Adobe subscription plan, and if you do, that means you get access to “Adobe Portfolio” for free, which is an amazing awesome, and easy, templatized site for getting your portfolio up and running in about an hour.

Best of all, it’s free.

Well, Adobe Portfolio (found at myportfolio.com) is a part of your Adobe subscription plan but you know what I mean — you don’t have to pay extra for it — the Web hosting is already included in your plan, too, so there are no extra costs at all. It’s free with your Adobe Creative Cloud subscription).

If you want some step-by-step help on how to set up your Adobe Portfolio for the first time, I did a full class on it, and I take you through the process (it’s super-simple), and you’ll have a portfolio up and running fast.

So that’s our weekend assignment.

I’ll be updating my port, too, and we’ll all meet back here on Monday to share links. Deal? Deal.

Have a great weekend everybody, and here’s to freshened-up ports!

-Scott

P.S. This is also a great weekend to make your Photoshop World Conference plans, so you can join us in Orlando May 31st – June 2nd, 2019 in Orlando, Flordia. Details, tickets and travel info/hotel discounts at photoshopworld.com

Insiders Look to Capturing Timeless Landscapes with Ramtin Kazemi

Join Ramtin Kazemi in the heart of the Canadian Rocky Mountains to learn how to create timeless landscape photographs! In this class Rammy teaches you his approach to scouting locations, camera settings, gear, composition, and the importance of getting into the right location for a truly unique perspective. The weather doesn’t always cooperate with your plans, so you need to be flexible and ready to roll with the conditions. Rammy wraps up the class with an in-depth post processing session that takes his photos to the next level.



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Learn advanced techniques for processing your landscape photos with Ramtin Kazemi! In this class you’ll discover Ramtin’s workflow, from start to finish, for taking a raw photo from scratch through to being ready to print or share online. Ramtin takes you step-by-step through his techniques for creating vertical panoramas, color adjustments, luminosity masks, selective contrast adjustments, adding atmosphere, and so much more!

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