Blind Photo Critiques with Scott Kelby and Erik Kuna | The Grid Ep 574
This week on The Grid, Scott Kelby and Erik Kuna are back for another exciting episode, tackling viewer submitted photos and giving their advice on how to take them to the next level. Tune in to see what you can apply to your work!
In Case You Missed It – The Grid: Photographer Peter Hurley & Photo Critiques – Episode 155
One of our most popular blind photo critique episodes ever was with guest Peter Hurley! Check out this episode with headshot photographer extraordinaire to see what feedback he gave to the viewer submitted photos. Shabang!!
Editor’s Note: This week we’re taking it all the way back to a post from 2015, one of the most memorable guest posts we’ve ever had on the blog… The dog whisperer herself, Kaylee Greer! This was her introduction to the Kelby world, before any of her KelbyOne classes, Photoshop World classes, Dogtography book, podcast, or NatGeo TV show. And if you don’t already know her, well, buckle up… She’s going to take you on an exciting ride!
Hi! I’m Kaylee. And I’m going to tell you something that will knock your socks right off. Ready?
I love dogs.
And oh my gosh, I wish I could say this in a sort of casual, non-chalant, “Yeah I think dogs are pretty cool, no big deal,” sort of way. But you guys… I mean it. I mean like, in a totally and completely bonafide ‘crazy dog lady’ kind of way.
So, it’s kind of embarrassing when I walk down the street and audibly and uncontrollably squeal with delight over every little wiggling, passing pup I see. My friends actually try and deter me from the path of an oncoming dog as we walk down the sidewalk – for fear that we’ll get stuck in a 25 minute interaction that includes me excessively ogling, squishing and kissing a strange dog with a sometimes slightly terrified owner looking on.
The truth is, I find more beauty, purity and joy inside the iris of a happy dog than I do anywhere else in the world. When all else seems to fail me – I find solace in the smile of a dog. Dogs have this perfect ability to live simply – to live in the moment. And that just fascinates me.
Luckily for me, I was blessed enough to be able to turn my copious amounts of “dog crazy” into passion – and that passion into a profession.
Yup, you heard it here folks – I am a professional dog photographer.
I know, I know. “WHAT?” (accompanied by a cocked head, big eyes and sometimes a giggle at my expense; this is the typical response I get when people first discover my job title.) A professional dog photographer. I’m wildly humbled and grateful to say that I’ve turned that passion into a very busy reality that has me booked almost one full year ahead with both private and commercial shoots. Who would’ve thought that could even be within the scope of reality for someone who only photographs dogs?! Good gravy! Sometimes I have to pinch myself. I wake up every day and smile. I smile because life is so silly and full of wonder. I smile because Im living my real live dream. And that dream is called Dog Breath Photography.
If you told my five-year-old self what my profession would one day turn out to be – I think her head would have actually popped off with joy. If you hang on just a sec, I think I can hear her squeals of delight from all the way back in 1990. Holy banana sandwiches.
So, after being invited to write this guest post on Scott’s blog (but not before I finished the elaborate robot dance of joy that I executed quite fabulously all alone in my studio with my dog looking on judging me harshly), I thought how wonderful it would be to share some of my best tips and tricks. The little golden nuggets of wisdom that I’ve felt blessed to have learned over the past 5 years of my dog photography adventures. While getting great photos of your client’s or your own pets sometimes feels impossible – I can assure you with the utmost conviction – it’s not.
I’ve got some stuff up my sleeve that you just might find helpful – especially when you’ve got Rufus set up for the most perfect shot, arranged meticulously in the gorgeous, golden afternoon light, and he suddenly runs off in the direction of that squirrel for the 45th time. (Let me tell you now, as much as you try to reason with them, dogs just don’t appreciate the nuances of really good light.)
So, let’s dive into some content that will help you get amazing shots of your pets, that will create the illusion that you’re working with a perfectly trained dog every time.
As we all know, your average dog is anything but stagnant. No, he moves. And when I say, “he moves,” I mean like, 65mph moves. Like with more quickness and speed than the fastest, angriest ostrich on the savannah.
And not only does he move – but he drools. He barks. He chases his tail in endless circles. He has the attention span of a gnat.
But most significantly, he speaks an entirely different language than you and I. I know what you’re thinking. Not the easiest subject for a photograph, right? Precisely.(more…)
How Would I Edit Your Photo | The Grid Ep 573
Scott Kelby and Erik Kuna are back with another episode of The Grid! This week they take viewer-submitted images and show how they would edit. Not only do they cover how to improve photos in post, but also show some of the latest features in Lightroom and Photoshop! Tune in to get tips on improving your photography and editing!
New KelbyOne Course: The Art of Black & White Post Processing with Mimo Meidany
See the world in B&W! There’s more to a B&W photograph than just removing the color. Join Mimo Meidany, a long exposure B&W photographer, as he teaches you how to take your B&W photographs to the next level by enhancing foregrounds, dealing with cloudless skies, creating depth, elevating reflections, adding separation between structures, and so much more! Using Lightroom Classic and a little Photoshop, Mimo takes you through a series of B&W edits demonstrating a range of techniques you can start putting into practice today.
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