Create 3D Effects with 2D Filters AND Dramatic Lighting Effects Using Depth Maps with Corey Barker

Join Corey Barker and take your 3D skills to new depths with depth maps! In this class Corey takes you through a project that starts with multiple 2D images and simple Photoshop filters and uses them to create a cool futuristic 3D scene. In this class you’ll learn how to create 3D objects, bring them into Adobe Dimension, adjust the lighting and positioning, and add finishing touches that take it to the next level. Be sure to check out the second class in this bundle too!

In this second depth map class, Corey takes you through a project that starts with a single 2D photo and transforms it into a dramatically lit 3D scene. Download the starter image and follow along as you learn how to create the depth map, apply it to the photo, adjust the lighting for dramatic effect, add realistic touches, and even add text. Be sure to check out the second class in this bundle too!

In Case You Missed It: Hollywood Effects Bundle

Take your Photoshop creativity to new levels by exploring Hollywood style compositing tricks with Corey Barker! In this class Corey teaches you how to create amazing effects using layers, brushes, masks, selections, and other Photoshop tools while building a movie poster. This project will expose you to a variety of techniques and give you a lot of ideas that you can use in other projects. Corey steps through the project from the base image to the background, and all of the cool atmospheric effects and textures that bind the final image into a masterpiece!

And don’t miss this fun project from Corey that creates a 3D scene from a flat 2D piece of art while exploring a certain part of movie history. Corey provides the original 2D art so you can follow along as he explains and demonstrates each step in the process. By the end of the class you’ll have your own version of the 3D scene and a new set of Photoshop 3D techniques that you can use in your own creative projects.

When I was invited to write on Scott Kelby’s blog I was instantly excited! I have followed Scott Kelby for years and years!

I decided to share about my life and my career. I tried my best to curate it properly, but my life is all over the place. As a result, my write up of my life and career was all over the place. If I were going to be authentic, I needed to write that way. Hang in there with me!

My name is Audrey Woulard, and I have been a full time professional photographer for the last 17 years. I would have never thought that I would be in the position I am today. I was not the girl who grew up loving photography. I was not the girl who always had a camera in her hand. I was not the girl who felt even remotely artistic or creative. Truth be told, I still do not feel creative. I feel like an anomaly within the industry of photography for so many reasons.

So you know how I mentioned that I would have never imagined that I would be in the position I am today? There were so many reasons why. I quit my very good corporate job to be a stay at home mom (SAHM).  Let me add that I had a very good corporate job in my early twenties. So I gave up the growth that I could have achieved because being home with my kids meant the world to me.

After I quit, money was tight, so I didn’t have the luxury of buying all the latest equipment. I mean, at the time I didn’t even know I liked photography! So I was at home with a small child, and two babies that were a year apart. My husband came home with a super cheap digital camera that he bought from his sister for $50. He literally said, “maybe this will keep you busy.” My sister in law won that camera at work. This camera came with a disk that contained Adobe Photodeluxe. From there, my love for photography was born!

I would use that cheap Fuji digital camera, and the most remedial version of Adobe’s editing software and I was honing my craft! I would practice and practice every single day. Those babies of mine back then are now all adults in college! I figured out ways to manipulate light to create images with inferior equipment. I was creating images that many just weren’t creating. When I say I was practicing, I was practicing! I printed so many of those images! What is funny is that I have prints of my practice images, whereas photographers today, have images saved on hard drives or their phones to remember when they practiced.

I have to stress that the only reason I still have those prints today is due to my mother. She saved every single image of her grandchildren that I shared. My father would buy the biggest and best printer out there! When I sent my mother digital images, my father would print them. This is the only reason why I still have those images.

I would share my work in online message groups and receive praise. Well, not all of it was praise, but I think my consistency with what I felt was my photographic voice resonated with those who viewed my work. Now let me be honest here, my work back then was beyond awful! They need a new word for awful when I look at my early work. I am also very proud of it because it is part of who I am, and I just can’t run away from it. I don’t want to.

There are always those friends and family members who tell you that you should go into business. For some strange reason, I decided to listen to them! I was in love with what I was doing, and it gave me a creative outlet. I was going to be a baby/family photographer. The one thing I told myself was that I was not going to go and play with other children, and not be paid handsomely for it. I also wanted to be known for my work, and my work only. I didn’t want it to be about me, and who I was.

Truth be told, there weren’t a lot of black women photographers out there, and I wasn’t sure if that would make someone decide that they didn’t want to hire me. However, I knew they would love my work and me once they met me. So I kept what I looked like under wraps by not placing a headshot on my website. This was done for those who weren’t referred by someone who personally knew me.

Because I wanted to be paid well, I decided to create relationships with high-end businesses within the city of Chicago. I did this so that I could ensure I could charge handsomely for being away from my boys. If I were going to be away from them after I decided to be a SAHM, I wanted to have something financially that would benefit them. Well, it worked, and it worked almost too well! People loved me, and loved the way I approached the photography process. More importantly, they loved the pictures. Clients weren’t able to predict the final outcome. My business BOOMED! No one cared what I looked like. Everything seemed to be going great!

Remember those Internet message boards I spoke about? Well, I kept sharing my work there too. I confidently went against the photography norm. Let me be honest here, I hate rules! So I kept trying to find reasons to break them. I guess this is why I was the child who gave my parents and teachers a hard time! I stuck to my guns and created a large photographer following. I know in 2019 we live in a land full of influencers, but in 2005/6, that was not my goal. I consider myself an ambivert. An ambivert is a person whose personality has a balance of extrovert and introvert features.

I am very extroverted when need be, but I also crave my space like an introvert. When things are smooth sailing, I am quite introverted. When I need to shake things up, I am the biggest extrovert you’ve ever seen. I am not afraid to speak to large crowds. I am an advocate for myself, and I am not afraid of confrontation. I am not afraid of anything really. However, I like to keep to myself! It’s such a conflicting personality. However to the masses, I believe it is a very confusing personality.

So with this large photographers following I built, most just knew of my work. They knew little about me. I never talked about myself really due to my ambivert personality. At the time, I didn’t have the luxury of social media to create my own narrative. I would meet photographers in person, and they would say they assumed I was a 6ft blonde woman!

I was catapulted on the biggest stages within the industry with platform presentations at Imaging, and WPPI. My rooms were overflowing with people! One year at WPPI they put me in a small room and the Fire Marshall came by and shut my class down. The next year (2009), they placed me in their biggest room. It was FULL!

All the while, I didn’t see anyone who looked like me on stage. When I say I didn’t see anyone, there was absolutely no one. It was me. Just me. I was the representation, but I also was too young and too busy with my home life to understand what that responsibility meant at the time. I was in my twenties, and creating history. The only thing I could think about was getting back home to my babies. My biggest goal at the time was to satisfy my urge as a woman to have my own, and to make sure my family didn’t miss me. That was it. That was my goal. My goal was work/life balance.

Going back to WPPI. I had my lab print out about 12 huge enlargements that sat on easels. They were in the front of the room.

I stood on that stage in front of almost 700 people and proudly said I shoot JPEG. The sound of the GASPS was deafening! The audience didn’t look like me, so I felt a bit isolated. Nothing was familiar to me. I still stayed true to who I was. I invited people to come to the front of the room and inspect my prints.

Let me say this… Now, I shoot RAW! However, my point is that I was true to who I was at the time. I got beat up really, really bad. I wasn’t beat up because of my work. My work was good. I was beat up because I proudly said how I did things very differently. I said that as a person that people felt was someone they looked up to. I didn’t follow the status quo of photography.

It isn’t easy to stick out from the crowd. It is much easier to go with the flow. It also isn’t easy sticking out photographically when the average photographer doesn’t look like you. There were absolutely no black female photography speakers when I was speaking on major platforms. I was the only one.

After those platform presentations at WPPI I bowed out of the public scene a bit. I would speak at Imaging every other year, but outside of my personal workshops, I did nothing. I refused everything. I wouldn’t respond to conferences who would ask me to speak. I simply felt it wasn’t worth it the heartache I felt I would endure. I was taking so many hits from the peanut gallery that it just wasn’t worth messing with my mental health.

During that time, when it came to photography education, I kept to myself and did my own thing. I still conducted my own personal workshops. I conducted those with absolutely no sponsors of any kind. There were years when I had workshops once a month. Each one sold out. I also took my workshops international. I have had two sold out workshops in London. I’ve had one workshop in Amsterdam, and I have had three workshops in Australia! I have been very blessed to have people from all over the world want to learn from me.

Now things are going GREAT! My business has continued to grow by leaps and bounds! I’ve had not only one, but TWO brick and mortar studios in Chicago. My most recent one was in the very trendy West Loop. I still tried to keep it all a bit low key.

At this point, I struggled with being proud of my accomplishments, and worrying if others felt I deserved them. It was like I was the most confident, yet insecure person out there!

After taking a break from the BIG public scene of the photography industry, I jumped back in. My break was about 5-6 years. I came back in and thankfully didn’t miss a beat.

During my break, I nurtured my soul. I understood why I was doing what I was doing. I photograph people because I like getting to know others. Speaking to huge crowds, yet making zero connections, is something that I struggle with. Getting to know people keeps me going. Because of that natural part of my personality, I kept my early client base.

I nurtured those babies and young kids that I started with. They all grew up into tweens and teens. I rebranded my business (that is a story in itself!) and became a tween/teen photographer. My photography business continued to flourish, but on a new level! I was tapping into a market no other photographer was. Again, I was stepping out on faith, and doing something that was against the norm. As an industry, we think babies, families, seniors, and weddings. That’s kind of the portrait timeline. Then you have headshots, and commercial work.

In 2014 I found a new genre. I grew with my family and my business! I was now a popular tween photographer!

So I stepped back onto the speaker scene full time in 2015. I was ready to talk about how I was dominating this new genre of tweens! At 7:00 in the morning, my room was back at 700 capacities at Imaging USA.

I seriously did not expect that! I remember staying up ALL night stressing!!!

After that presentation, my presence grew with photography vendors. Of course I kept conducting my photography workshops, but I became one of the first black female photographers that was an ambassador for a major camera brand. This wasn’t the goal but hopefully it opens the door to others that look like me.

What is the takeaway from this ramble?

Follow your heart, not the status quo. Do this regardless of who you are. Follow what you want to do. Do not create what you think will bring you likes. People are attracted to consistency; consistency in all areas! It’s not going to be easy, so do not go into it thinking it will be. You will ruffle some feathers doing so.

For me, I was consistent with my work, and I was consistent with what I spoke about. Although it is easier if everyone loved me! It felt better if I did things where I loved myself. It is hard when the things that I convey to the masses are misunderstood. However, I was placed in this particular position for a reason, and I am going to navigate it with honesty and integrity.

I am a mom with a camera. I create work that speaks to my soul. I also speak words from my soul. I have had so many great things happen for me that more importantly opened doors for others. I also have had a lot of bad things and heart break in regards to being recognized for my work. You have to find a way to just keep going.

Follow your heart. I know I did. As uncomfortable as it may be, you never know what can happen.

Many today would never view me as an underdog. When I began, that is what I was. Sometimes I look at my accomplishments and think that no one would even think that I am an underdog. I often think that if I voiced a grievance online, it would be viewed as arrogant. However, when you complete a goal, you must create new goals. Guess what? Even today as I am writing this, I am being turned down from a goal. I am now an underdog to that particular goal.

As much as it may hurt, or discourage me, I am going to keep pushing on. Hopefully I have another opportunity to share the addendum to this story!

The moral of this story is, regardless of who you are, please keep pushing! The creative industry is complex, and very rewarding at times. Just like capturing a picture!

You can see more of Audrey’s children photography at ALWPhotography.com, more of her tween/teen photography at KATCTeens.com, and find resources for photographers at AWWorkshops.com.

You can keep up with Audrey on Instagram, Facebook, and Vimeo.

#TravelTuesday with Dave is here again! Mostly because it’s Tuesday….

I have recently switched things up a little (after what I’m going to label as occasional passive-aggressive pressure from Mr Kelby) and I just thought I’d offer an explanation. I was using the handle @capturewithdave but made the switch to @idavewilliams. Let me tell you why.

Every week I interrupt proceedings on ScottKelby.com to give you something inspirational from the world of Photography, Photoshop, Travel or Life, and this week is no exception.

Firstly, I’ll point out that I’m losing some link-backs here and there because of this in that there are lots of blogs and what-not out there with my name shown as @capturewithdave so it was hard for me to actually make this move (and if anyone operating any of these blogs wants to retroactively switch my handle, I’m ok with that!) because of losing those links, but I reckon the pros outweigh the cons. Here’s why: –

It’s important that we have a uniform approach wherever possible on social media, which means having the same handle with the same identifiable profile photo (more on that shortly) because we need to be sure that people recognise us when switching from one place to another. When they see us in the Twitter ecosystem for example, they should be able to easily recognise and find us in the Facebook ecosystem. I hope you appreciate my use of the term ‘ecosystem’ there, and of course it applies across all platforms and to our blog/website. Bottom line – it should have our name in it! Along with this we must also be clear about what it is that we do. If we’re a wedding photographer, we must make it clear in the profile that we’re a wedding photographer. Ultimately, we’re looking to get attention so we can sell ourselves as photographers, and often this is right where it all starts and the traction can build.

My ‘set selfie’
My ‘hold on, this might be important’
whats wrong with my other profile picture?’

So, the profile photo. Again, Scott put a little pressure. Apparently I looked a little moody in my last one so last time I was over at the KelbyOne studios I was cornered and told I was getting a new shot done. I complied, offering little resistance in the Florida heat after a day recording on set, and was looking straight down the barrel of Scotts lens. It took a while – I’m not used to having my photo taken – I’m a role model, not a fashion icon, after all. We went through the usual – you know, shabang and all that – and following a little bit of me fooling around we ended up with a shot that made me kinda look like I know what I’m talking about and that, at the end of the day, is what we need for a profile photo. We need to convey the message to our prospective clients that we are the one they need to hire and a profile photo for a photographer is actually kind-of a big deal. Think about it, is a photographer with a poor profile shot likely to get hired? No, because how can a good photographer possibly have a bad headshot?! 

So, take a minute and assess your tag and your headshot. Please.

Much love

Dave

Images Copyright Scott Kelby 2k19 ;)

By the way… I wrote a book all about the Northern Lights. It’s called ‘The Complete Aurora Guide for Travellers and Photographers’ and it’s out now. If you’re heading to the cold, dark north, this is the book that will help you find and shoot the Aurora, complete with Eskimo stories and everything :)

We had one heck of a great discussion on last Wednesday’s live episode of “The Grid.” It started with a discussion about whether or not taking a photo of someone else’s art (in our discussion, a sculpture in downtown Chicago), make it suddenly “your art” or is it just a picture of someone else’s art?

Photographer and photography app wizard Troy Plota joined us (he was awesome), and we went down into the rabbit hole in a big way, and it was such a great episode I wanted to share it with you here today.

Today’s the Deadline for Entering The Worldwide Photo Walk Contest

If you participated in the Worldwide Photo Walk, today is the deadline to enter your best image taken during the official walk into the photo contest. Make sure you head over to the site; upload your image, and your local leader will be announcing the winner for your walk very soon.

One week from today I’m doing my new full-day seminar in Richmond

…and this Thursday I’m in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, so come on out and spend the day with me. We already have hundreds of photographers signed up, so don’t be the only one to miss out. Also, coming to Atlanta next month. Looking forward to seeing everybody. Tickets and info here.

Behind-the-scenes shot from my workshop in Guilin, China.

Thanks for checking out my China pics!

Thanks so much to everybody who checked out my images here on Friday from my workshop trip to China with Rick Sammon. Thanks for all the very kind comments — it really was an incredible experience, and I was tickled to get to share it with you. If you didn’t have a chance to check them out, here’s the link if you’ve got a sec.

Also, if you’re a KelbyOne Pro member, I did a members-only Webcast about the trip, including lots of tips about shooting in rural locales like this. Here’s the link if you want give it a look – we got lots of great comments.

That’s it for this Monday. Don’t forget to check out today’s tip over at LightroomKillerTips.com (and tomorrow I have my another “Lightroom in 60-seconds” video tip over there). Hope you can check ’em out.

Here’s wishing you awesome, fun-filled, great weather week!

-Scott

Mornin’, gang, and happy Friday! I finally got some of my favorite shots together from my recent workshop trip to rural China, and I shared the final images, with lots of behind-the-scenes shots and videos, and the stories behind it all.

Here’s the link if you’ve got a minute. I hope you can give them a look.

TIP: At the end of the post, I shared how I set up my three Custom Modes on my camera. Most cameras these days have the ability to set up your own custom modes, and man do they make your life easier! Hope you find those helpful.

Heads up: if you participated in the Worldwide Photo Walk last week, Monday is the deadline to enter the photo contest

The contest prizes this year are pretty amazing (including a Canon EOS RP Mirrorless Camera with a 24-105mm lens, and the Adobe Creative Suite, and a B&H Gift Card, a whole bunch more!). Even the finalist prizes are crazy good, so make sure you enter your best shot from the walk. Hey, ya never know, right?

Here’s wishing you all a great Friday, a rockin’ weekend (#rolltide), and hopefully you’ll stop back by on Monday to see what’s going on. :)

-Scott

P.S. I shared a technique today over at LightroomKillerTips.com on how to edit in Lightroom Classic on your laptop when you’re traveling, and then how to merge all that you did; the images, sorting, editing — the works, with your main computer back home. Here’s the link if that sounds like something that might interest you.

Post-Processing Milky Way Landscape Photography with Erik Kuna

Join Erik Kuna for the post processing companion to his previous class, Demystifying Milky Way Landscape Photography! In this class Erik shares his Lightroom Classic and Photoshop techniques, tips, and tricks for bringing your Milky Way photos to life. Erik demonstrates each step in the process with examples taken during the first class. You’ll learn how to nail white balance, correct distortion, adjust tonal values, add presence and color, make localized adjustments, reduce noise, composite multiple exposures together, and so much more. Erik reinforces the techniques with a start to finish workflow to bring it all home.



In Case You Missed It: Demystifying Photo Pills

Learn how to get the most out of PhotoPills when planning your next outdoor photography adventure! Join Erik Kuna as he explains exactly what this app can do, why photographers should care about using an app like PhotoPills, and how best utilize all of the features and functions within the app.

In this class you’ll learn the basic terminology needed to use the planner, how to use the app to plan a photo shoot based around the position of the sun, the moon, or the milky way, how to discover when the next eclipse will occur at a given location, how to perform useful calculations, and so much more! Erik even breaks down all the steps he used in planning for a variety of different photographic scenarios. By the end of the class you’ll have a whole new appreciation for the ability to plan around celestial events using PhotoPills.

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