As a live music photographer, I love to keep up with other photographers’ work to stay inspired. I could easily put together a list of people who have helped and inspired me along the way (like Alan Hess, Adam Elmakias, David Bergman, Todd Owyoung, and so on), but today I’ll share with you some photographers’ work you may not already be familiar with.


Michelle Grace Hunder

Based in Australia, Michelle’s portfolio features amazing live images that evoke a full range of emotion, as well as incredibly striking artist portraits from the studio and on-location.

Website | Instagram | Twitter


Greg Noire

The words that come to mind when looking at Greg’s work are “clean color,” because his combination of composition and use of color are just that. I also love that his portfolio scrolls through a progression of color. His black and white work is fantastic, as is his portrait work.

Website | Instagram | Twitter


Ashley Osborn

If you follow live music, you should already know Ashley. But if you don’t, now you do. Billie. Selena. Olivia. These are just a few of the artists she’s worked with recently, and that’s not even her tour/live work. Add Twenty One Pilots, Blink 182, Lizzo, Taylor Swift, and a ton of others to the list once you get to that body of work. Ashley has long been one of my favorites, and now she can be one of yours!

Website | Instagram | Twitter


Andy Barron

I first discovered Andy through his work with Switchfoot, and he’s since gone on to tour with a number of other artists. He’s currently working with Chris Stapleton, and was even nominated for Favorite Tour Photographer in the iHeart Radio Music Awards! Always an inspiration, always creating beautiful work.

Website | Instagram | Twitter


Anna Lee

Whether on tour photographing her artists’ sets, documenting their lives off stage, or in the studio making portraits, Anna Lee is always making great images! If you’re at a show and spot a photographer with blue hair, there’s a good chance it could be her.

Website | Instagram | Twitter

It’s #TravelTuesday and I, Dave Williams, am here as always. This week I write from California on my first trip to the USA since the ’thing’ happened, and it’s great to be here!

When I arrived I joined friends and was treated to a tour of the Big Sur area along Highway 1. The whole experience was a reminder of where my passion for travel photography comes from.

After a failed relationship and finding myself alone about 12 years ago, thats when i decided to find out who I actually am and get out to see the world that I’d always wanted to see. I started small, taking short flights to nearby European cities that I deemed worthy of exploration. These trips triggered something inside me and I suddenly realised who I was.

The same sensation comes over me when I explore, even after racking up more air miles than I can count and visiting a quarter of all the countries in the world.

The power that’s unlocked in our minds as inquisitive photographers has remarkable qualities. Exploring new places and finding the angles and compositions that show our vision and develop our skills is so rewarding. There’s something about seeing and shooting an unfamiliar location that we don’t get when we shoot a place we’ve visited before. It’s good for our mind and our creativity, and now the world is truly opening again for travel I can’t wait to explore more. Give it a go and see what happens to your photography as a result. Fine new places, and show them the way you see them.

Much love

Dave

I’ve been shooting a lot of portraits for a project I’ve been working on, and I have to say, I’m just super impressed with how well and consistently it works. I’ve never had more in-focus portraits than I’m getting now.

Every shot is right on the money – sharp, clear, and I don’t have to do the “Focus and recompose” dance like I do (or shall I say, “did”) with my DSLR. Now I just compose my portrait the way I want it, press my shutter button halfway down, and it automatically locks right on my subject’s eye (I can see a little green focus rectangle lock right onto their eye, as seen below, without any input from me whatsoever), and I take the shot.

So, shooting portraits has gotten easier, and I’m getting every photo in focus. I am super digging this!

Here’s how to turn this feature on (well, on a Canon R6 anyway):

STEP ONE: Go to the menu on the back of your camera, tap on AF (Auto Focus), and in section number 1, for AF method (tracking), choose AF and the face icon, like you see above. So now it’s set to recognize faces, but this feature has been in cameras for like 10 years now, so go on to the next step.

STEP TWO: Tap on the next menu item down, ‘Subject to detect’, and from the list (which includes People, Animals, and None), choose People.

STEP THREE: Tap on the next menu item down, “Eye detection,” and choose “Enable” from the menu. Now you’re set – the camera will handle the portrait focusing so you can focus on composition and interacting with your subject.

If you’re not using eye autofocus yet, give it a try this week, and I think you’ll be amazed at the results. When it comes to portraits, this is a game-changer!

This is the type of stuff we’re teaching at next month’s “Photography Gear Conference.” It’s all about getting the most from your camera, lenses, and accessories. It’s not designed to sell you stuff (we’re not selling anything); it’s designed to help you learn all this stuff, so you stop worrying about the settings and the gear and focus on the stuff that really matters. We have tracks for Nikon, Sony, and Canon users. Here’s the link for tickets and more info.

Here’s wishing you a flippin’ fantastic week! :)

-Scott

If you’re looking for a way to take your understanding of photography and how your camera works, this weekend, give this 100% free course a watch. It’s called “Beginner’s Start Here.” It’s not real long, but I worked really hard to make it super useful, and the feedback I’ve gotten on it is fantastic. First, watch the short trailer below:

To watch this course, just sign up for the free level KelbyOne membership (no credit card required), and you want this course in its entirety (along with some other cool free courses from me and the gang).

Here’s the link to watch it for free.

Hope you find that super helpful, and here’s wishing you a kick-butt weekend!

-Scott

Backyard Birds with Scott Kelby, Erik Kuna & Rick Sammon | The Grid Ep. 511

This week on The Grid, Scott Kelby and Erik Kuna are joined by one of the show’s favorite guests, Rick Sammon! Rick shares all about photographing backyard birds, and as always, has plenty of wisdom and fantastic tips for getting great photos in any situation.

New KelbyOne Course: 10 Exercises to Spark Your Photographic Creativity with Dave DeBaeremaeker

Break out of a creative rut with a series of exercises to boost your creativity! Join Dave DeBaeremaeker as he shares, demonstrates, and illustrates 10 exercises to that will help you master your gear, gather ideas, and learn the benefits of limiting your choices. By the end of the class you’ll be able to put these exercises into practice toward expanding your own creative efforts!

Editor’s Note: This is a post from the archives that I thought was very worth re-sharing. I’ve been a fan of Erik’s for many years and was honored when he agreed to put this post together. The advice here is still as applicable today as it was when it was originally posted, so enjoy!

I believe there’s opportunity for everyone to have commercial success as a photographer in today’s market. This as long as they have a unique and honest perspective.

Hi!

I’m excited to be writing for Scott Kelby and the Guest blog Wednesday!

I’m also excited about the current state of photography!

Really excited!

Daily I get questions through e-mail and social media. They span a wide range but the BIG question I get asked, among practical advice on gear, computers and offers of coffee and beer is: “How do I MAKE it as a photographer?”

How do I break into advertising photography and how do you get the jobs that you do?

To be honest, I asked myself the same question for years as I attempted to break into the world of advertising.

If you are at a point where you have absorbed tons of photographic knowledge through school or online learning, know photo is your passion and you want to make this your career, it’s not unusual to ask yourself…

Now what?

How does one get hired to do this thing you are so crazy passionate about??

There’s a lot of writing in social media and the blogosphere about how hard and competitive it is to succeed as a full-time photographer. So I thought I’d use this time to share some optimism and give a different perspective about the things that excite me about the opportunities in photography today.

What I believe is this; there are opportunities for everyone to have commercial success as a photographer in today’s market.

This as long as they have a unique and honest perspective.

Before I get into this, I want to give you a brief background on what I do and share some signature images of mine that represents who I am as a photographer.

In short I’m a Norwegian photographer who, since 1995, been residing in the US.

I got started in photography by being curious…

There were a few friends that had cameras and I joined them in a darkroom course while in the National Defense in Norway.

At the time I skied a lot and started taking pictures of my friends floating through powder and flying off cliffs. Out of these adventures on the ski slopes came my first published pictures and marked the start of me as a photographer.

Later, at 22, when faced with the crossroads of, “What do I do with my life?” decided to study photography. Through great advice and some random encounters I ended up in San Francisco at the Academy of Art University where I studied photography for 4 years, earning a BFA.

From there, I was a camera assistant for almost 3 years before venturing out on my own, starting my photography business.

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