I have read a few of Scott Kelby’s photography books, and constantly reference his Lightroom 4 book when I am editing. He is not only knowledgeable about photography and post-processing, but he is also a great instructor with an easy-going manner. He instills confidence that everyone can become an accomplished photographer.
I have never attended an online webinar, but I happened to be free last night, and I knew Scott Kelby would be instructional, so I tuned in. I was not disappointed.
I have no idea how many people were simultaneously watching, but I can verify that the webinar was viewed literally all over the world. It lasted about an hour, with some pretty stellar prize give-aways, and I learned some great tips that I thought I would quickly share here:
- Prior to the trip, Scott (and several others agreed) likes to do research using 500px. Doing a search for a particular location will yield a variety of pictures that help create a “shot list” in advance.
- For family vacations, Scott travels light. His complete packing list can be found here, but his go-to travel lens is the Tamron 28-300. While it does not produce a perfect picture, the convenience of one lens makes up for it (and some post-processing tips help too). I recently bought the Tamron 18-270 for this same reason.
- Interestingly, Scott pre-sets his camera before leaving home and rarely adjusts the settings. He shoots in aperture priority at the lowest f/stop.
- He mentioned adjusting white balance to create a mood … not always to replicate what is seen.
- Traveling with a tripod can be cumbersome – oftentimes added stability can be maintained using other objects; a gorilla pod is a good alternative.
- Many asked how he managed to get so many pictures without distracting tourists… his answer… patience. If you wait long enough, the opportunity will present itself. Also, getting up early (before 5:30am) is beneficial, and shooting above heads can give the illusion that no one is around.
- He offered some great food shot tips: get close – you don’t need to include the entire plate; everyone knows it is round. Use natural light – either eat al fresco or by a large window; tilt the camera 45 degrees and shoot.
- Storing each day’s shots is a two step process. He uses a 2TB external hard-drive to backup the SD card, and then he uploads to dropbox.
- While Scott gave several post-processing tips, he said the most powerful adjustment is contrast.
Many viewers gave unsolicited recommendations for membership to KelbyOne, a fantastic website offering thousands of videos on a variety of photography subjects taught by well-known professionals. I am sure I will take advantage of this resource soon.
If interested, you can watch this webinar on YouTube… I highly recommend it.
Now… I need to plan some photo safaris around town to practice some of these tips.