Category Archives Photo Shoots

I’m way, way overdue for sharing these images from my trip to Morocco (and you thought my post about my Lisbon trip shots was late), but I finally got a chance to get a Spark page put together with them. Thanks for everybody that asked about them, and that has been so patient as well.

I shared the images, story, and behind-the-scenes shots using Adobe Spark Page. Here’s the link. 

Thanks for letting me share these images with you. :)

Have a great weekend everybody (and I have a trailer for you to watch below if you want to learn some cool stuff this weekend).

Best,

-Scott

P.S. If you could learn Photoshop in an hour…would ya? Of course you would – let’s do it this weekend. Check out the official trailer below: 

Well, I was at the Outback Bowl, and I did shoot some football, but that wasn’t my main gig.

I hope you’ll take a moment to check out my images and the full story behind how I wound up shooting at the Outback Bowl, by clicking this link. 

Hey, it’s certainly a different way for me to start off the new year, but it turned out to be a really fun one! Here’s to trying new things in 2018!

Hope you had a Happy New Year, and let’s make 2018 totally kick butt! :)

Best,

-Scott

 

 

…it was not to be. My hope was to do a post today with my photos from my recent trip to Lisbon, Portugal, and Morocco, but it’s 1:29 AM and I realize that while I have all the photos in place, I don’t have the full story together yet, and I don’t want to rush through it, so it will probably have to wait a day or so. Rats.

In the meantime, this happened:

On Thursday, the day after my San Diego Lightroom seminar, I was lucky enough to be able to be literally almost on the runway at the El Centro Naval Air Facility in California, shooting FA/18G EA Growlers, and Apache Attack Helicopters along with some Navy trainer jets, and it was just awesome (as you might expect). I’ll be sharing photos from the day shortly, but when I posted the shot on Twitter you see above (taken with my iPhone 7 Plus), I saw the response you see below my tweet from someone who follows me there. I don’t think they were being snarky or anything at all, but I did respond to them, and I thought I’d expand on what I told them.

I did have pretty amazing access that day, but…
…I was there as part of El Centro NAF’s annual “Photo Call” but the reason I found out about it in the first place is not that “I’m connected” and have some special “in” — it’s just that (like hundreds of other photographers) I’m a member of the International Society of Aviation Photographers (ISAP). 

Each year they arrange special shoots for their members, and ISAP members wind up getting access to shoots that I can’t even begin to imagine how they were able to get permission for…but they do. When they hold their annual convention (I’ve been a speaker twice now — I think next years is in Tucson), the shoots they come up with for members are just off-the-chain, and I guess if you want to talk about someone that is actually “connected” it’s their President, Larry Grace, who is the wizard of getting photographers into places that they normally wouldn’t have access to whatsoever.

If you’re into Aviation Photography and want some opportunities to learn from some seriously amazing shooters; hang out with some really great people, and shoot some incredibly cool aircraft, I urge you to out the ISAP.

Here’s a link to their site for more details.

Hope you found that helpful, and I hope you check them out. Now, outside of ISAP, if I get special access to shoot some cool things, and sometimes I am able to do that, I never take it for granted. I count it as a real blessing and one I’m very thankful for. Here’s wishing you special access to something you’ve always wanted to shoot (and if it’s super cool – give me a shout – you know I love stuff like that). :)

Programming Note: It’s Thanksgiving week here in the US, so no episode of “The Grid” on Wednesday and probably no Thanksgiving post as well, but we kick off our Black Friday/Cyber Monday stuff soon so I’ll let you know about that when we’re close.

Hope you have an awesome Holiday week!

Best,

-Scott

P.S. If you want to be the first to know about our best deals of the year on KelbyOne memberships during the Black Friday/Cyber Monday fest – head over to KelbyOne.com and get on the early notice list. We’ll make sure you get our best deals of the year. 

Yesterday I got the opportunity to fly up to Atlanta to photograph the Falcon’s incredible new stadium with Michael Benford and the wonderful Falcons photo crew (this was the debut regular season home game for the Falcons in their new stadium, and the Falcon whooped the Packers, so it was quite a night!).

The shot you see above, which shows the light streaming into from the retractable roof in the center of the dome, was actually taken with my iPhone using Portrait mode (thanks for the tip, Kalebra). The lens used in the shot you see on the back of my Canon 5D Mark IV was an 8-15mm fisheye lens at 15mm. Such an amazing stadium – can’t wait to share more with you.

I had truly planned to do a post with all the images and stories using Adobe’s Spark Page (the photo storytelling site/app that is absolutely ideal for this type of thing), and oh yes, there are plenty of stories, but by the time I got out of the stadium and got to Terry White’s house (Terry lives in Atlanta, and was kind enough to let me stay in his awesome guest suite), well…it’s no literally 2:48 am as I write this, and I have a flight back home to Tampa in the morning, and blah, blah, blah, it ain’t happening tonight.

Check back later today ’cause it’s entirely possible (Hey, anything’s possible) I have the Spark Page story up with photos, stories, and other stuff. Lots to share so I hope you’ll check back (and I am hitting the sack).

Hope you all have a rockin’ Monday!

Best,

-Scott

P.S. I’m in Denver on Friday with my Lightroom seminar. If you’re out that way, I hope you’ll come spend the day with me. It’s only $99 for the full day, and it’s 100% money-back guarateed if it doesn’t totally rock (dont’ worry — it will totally rock!). 

Mornin’, everybody! Not sure if you’re following me over on my Facebook page, but I’ve been sharing lots of behind-the scenes shots from shoots over there, along with all the lighting set-ups and camera settings.

They’re really popular so far –  if you get a chance, you can check them out over there on Facebook. 

Are you into guitar? Or Van Halen? Or both! :)

Tonight I’m talking guitars and amps (and even a little photography), with guitar god Eric Broadbent (and btw: if you think they’re going to win any points with me by referring to me as “Photography’s Eddie Van Halen” in their graphic above, well, you are absolutely right. LOL!!).

Who: Me and rockin’ guitar player and show host Eric Broadbent
What: Lots of talk about guitars and amps and music and some photography
Where: Follow this link (the podcast is free and open to everybody)
When: 9:00 PM EDT Tonight
Why: Guitars, Music & Photography? Why the heck not! I’m in!  :)

Have a great weekend everybody! Here’s to breaking your high e-string!

Best,

-Scott

Hi everybody and happy Friday. I was taping a segment to a new class I’m doing — a follow-up to my “Just One Flash” called (wait for it…wait for it…) “Just one more flash.”

Anyway, when the taping was over, I wanted to try something a little different portrait wise (well for me anyway), so I did a very simple portrait where the goal was to try and give it a window light look, and I thought I’d share the final image, some behind-the-scenes shots, and talk a little about camera settings and post processing. I’ll do that all in the captions below.

Above: Here’s the final image. 

Above: Here’s an over the shoulder view of my shooting rig. I’m using a Canon 5D Mark III with a 70-200mm f/2.8 lens (my go-to lens for portraits). My camera is tethered into Lightroom CC on my laptop using a 15′ TetherPro USB cable from Tethertools. It’s supported on a Really Right Stuff tripod with a Tethertools Rock Solid Tripod Crossbar; an Aero Table, and the strap that keeps my laptop from sliding around is an “Aero Secure Strap” and you can’t see it in this photo, but my tripod is on a rolling rig that is designed to let you easily roll the whole thing called a Rock Solid Tripod Roller.

Above: Here’s a clean view of the lighting set-up. I used just one Elinchrom ELC 500, and put it close enough to the cloth backdrop that some of the light would spill onto the backdrop. I didn’t want a bunch of light because I wanted kind of a dramatic portrait, but I needed a little spill. You can see from the shot above that my subject is seated way at the back of the softbox (a technique called feathering where your subject is far away from the hotspot in the center of the light).

Above: The softbox I used was an Elinchrom 53″ midi-octa, which is kind of my go-to big octa for portraits (and it’s not too expensive considering how awesome it is. B&H Photo has ’em for $324).

SETTINGS:
I had the power of the Strobe pretty low because it was so close to my subject (less than 18-inches and at times less a foot). My camera was in Manual mode, with my shutter speed at that nice happy 1/125 of a second; my f/stop was f/9; and my ISO at 100 (the cleanest native ISO for my camera). Just one single light, and some simple very repeatable settings for a set-up like this.

Above: I started in Photoshop doing some standard portrait retouching stuff (removing blemishes, some skin work, a little work on the whites of her eyes and her iris – pretty minor stuff overall).

I’m embarrassed to tell you how easy the rest was — I opened MacPhun’s Luminar plug-in; I went to their Presets (I have my own set-up presets you can get from MacPhun), but I actually wound up going with one of their built-in Portrait Presets called Smooth Portrait. I like the glow and the color grading it gave, but once I applied the preset, I backed off the amount to 48% strength. I also pulled back the highlights a bit and increased the amount of edge vignetting. That’s it. Easy peasy. I clicked OK, and that’s what you see at the top of the page as the final image.

Hope you found some of that helpful. :)

Have a great weekend everybody! I’ll be working on my new book all weekend — almost done (a brand new one!).

Best,

-Scott

P.S. Next Friday I’m in Minneapolis with my Lightroom On Tour full-day seminar. Hope you can come join me if you’re up that way. :)

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