…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. 

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Scott is the President of KelbyOne, an online educational community for Photographers, Photoshop and Lightroom users. He's editor and publisher of Photoshop User Magazine, Conference Technical Chair for the Photoshop World Conference, and the author of a string of bestselling Photoshop, Lightroom, and photography books.

2 Comments

  1. Scott is correct in that the next symposium for the International Society for Aviation Photography (ISAP) will be held on March 15-17 2018 in Tucson AZ. Details are on our website and updates will be posted. You will need to be a member to attend and it’s a great time to meet other aviation photographers, to lean, share and network.

    Learn more about the International Society for Aviation Photography (ISAP) from our members we have been featured in our online magazine ISnAP. Their words and images will give you an insight into ISAP and being a member. https://issuu.com/isaporg/docs/isap-meet_the_members

  2. If you go to Tucson, check out the Pima Air and Space Museum with or without a camera (or iPhone). They have some great aircraft on display.

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