Matt is the full-time Director of Education for Kelby Media Group and a Tampa-based landscape and outdoor photographer. He’s lead instructor on the Lightroom seminar tour and author of several best-selling Photoshop books. Along with being featured on national television, Matt also hosts the worlds top Lightroom blog, LightroomKillerTips.com.
Hey everyone. First off, a big thanks to all of you that came out to my Lightroom seminar in LA yesterday. I had a blast. Great crowd, great vibe and we had a really good time.
I’m actually still in LA and really excited to be appearing on the Home and Family show today. I actually appeared on the show a little over a year ago (hence the photo above) and was asked back since I was in town teaching Lightroom. It’s a show on the Hallmark channel hosted by Mark Steines and Cristina Ferrare. It turns out that Mark is a photographer (a great photographer at that – you can see his portfolio here) and uses Lightroom. He asked if I’d come on the show to talk photography and about KelbyOne, so that’s where I’m heading this morning. We’re going to do a segment on 3 of the most common ways to improve your photos. It was a really amazing experience last time, so I’m psyched to get to do it again. We record the segments today, and they’ll air tomorrow so make sure you check out the details below for more info.
Here’s the details:
Channel: Hallmark (check your local cable listing)
The episode will air Friday, March 7 on the Hallmark Channel at 10/9c for cable
For satellite: 7am west coast, 10am east coast.
Wish me luck! You know how I get in front of a camera
Good morning LA! (and everyone else) I’m in Los Angeles today for my Lightroom seminar. I’m still kinda on east coast time so I was awake pretty early and decided to go out and shoot. The photo below is from a somewhat popular spot to photograph from. After searching around, I noticed the 4th street bridge seems like a nice overlook. You get a good amount of the city in the shot as well as the lights from the 110 freeway as a foreground (yep, I said “the” 110 – it’s an LA thing ).
As you can expect, there were indeed some great clouds in the sky but they were in the exact opposite direction I was shooting in, which is pretty typical for me. I usually either get all or nothing
Camera: Canon 5D Mark III
Lens: Canon 16-35mm
Filter: Tiffen 2-stop ND
Shutter: 30 sec.
Before you ask: Okay, two quick things before you ask. 1) I purposely didn’t correct the perspective issues (well, only a little) in the image. I’m not an architectural photographer and they don’t bother me. 2) I wrote a blog post the other week about why Graduated Neutral Density filters are dead to me. However, I used a regular ND filter for this photo, which is still very much part of my gear. At least until camera manufacturers start putting ND filters in to the camera, which I have to believe/hope is coming in the (not soon enough) future
Have a good one!
If you’ve never been to PhotoWhoa.com, you need to check out their site. It’s a photography blog/store with lots of great stories along with lots of great deals on photography stuff. Well, a while back, they asked if I could do an interview and sent over some really thoughtful questions about landscape photography. Questions that really made me think about my photography, like:
How did you get your start in photography? How would you describe your work?
When did you become confident of your abilities? Were you ever unsure of your skills?
Anyway, here’s the link to the full interview if you want to check it out. It’s probably a 5-10 minute read if you have some time this weekend.
Also, while I have you here, I just wanted to let you know that I’ll be roaming around WPPI early next week. I’m teaching a Masterclass on Tuesday from 11:30-1:30 called Photoshop Compositing Secrets. After that, I’m jumping on a plane to head to LA for my Lightroom seminar on Wednesday. So if you’re at WPPI, I hope you can come by to check out my class (here’s the link: just search on my name or on Tuesday, March 4th to get to it). And if you’re in LA, there’s still time to grab a ticket to see my Lightroom seminar.
Have a good one!