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Great video from amazing photographer Peter Hurley.

Some time ago I had few spare minutes so I’ve decided to check out Scott Kelby‘s newest video over at Kelby Training dedicated to composition … actually crushing it. Everytime I watch any of their videos I want to go out and try it but with this time I couldn’t get away from my laptop! It was so amazing!

Scott has a huge point about composition. Every book you can buy about this topic will start the same – rule of thirds. And leading lines will follow with patterns, frames and all this stuff you name it. But Scott showed a different point of view – any other photographer out there won’t tell you this. I watched the video two times and I’m trying to remember as much as possible.

Really if you have some spare minutes and are interested in photography in general (actually it is 1 hour 30 minutes long so a little bit more minutes) check his video at this link.

Some time ago I watched Moose Peterson‘s class about Landscape Photography over at Kelby Training. He suggested using foreground, middle ground and background to your advantage. One or more objects in every part of an image. Not to put every possible thing to foreground but pick one or few more things that are interesting, important, that tell a story and exclude all other elements that take away from the story. Sounds very simple and for Moose it is, but for me it was quite a trouble.

First of all I found my element in foreground, an old brick wall that creates some boundries or restricted area and gives the image some structure. The middle ground is taken by river Vltava and background is filled with architecture and dominanted by a tower near Charles’s Bridge.

Anyway I think I made something wrong. Maybe wrong location, maybe bad vantage point, maybe bad composition, maybe everything togethere and something more as an extra. Conclussion? I must shoot more to get great images! 🙂 BTW Image was taken with my Canon EOS 450D (Rebel XSi) with my new Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM on tripod.

Another view on Prague

Some time ago I posted an article about who inspires me. It is Jeremy Cowart. His style is killing, his vision is awesome. Another photographer can be Cliff Mautner. I won’t write here anything about his Bio or something like that, you can google it out. Of course, you can check his website or visit some of his boot camps. But Jeremy, Cliff and many other great photographers are on one spot – Kelby Training Online!

It may see as some king of advertisement but I’m not payed for this. Kelby Training is cool website where you can learn from other professional photographers. But it isn’t just about learning. Take a look on some shots and try to redo them in your enviroment. Because you see how they did it, what settings they used, where was the light, how intense was the light, what modifier was used, where was photographer, were was model etc. you have more than plenty info.

But Cliff is absolutely crazy photographer! He strarted out as a photo journalist and now he shoots weddings. I took a look on his first class, essensials of photography and was just blown away! I didn’t think it could get any better, but than I saw his video of shooting beautiful brides and it was even better! And with his third training video …. well you can figure it out!

It changed my hierarchy levels in photography.

  • Succer (can’t shoot but behaves like if he was shooting like Joe McNally)
  • Tourist (classical point-n-shoot guy)
  • Amateur (guy with interest in photography at starting point)
  • Euthusiastic Amateur (he’s getting better and better)
  • Semi-Pro
  • Professional Photographer
  • Scott Kelby
  • Joe McNally
  • Chuck Norris (yeah, he’s everywhere 😀 )
  • Cliff Mautner
  • Jeremy Cowart

Everybody who is starting in anything needs to be inspired. It can be a person, it can be an achievement and it can be a ton of other different things and subjects. I have many “Gurus” in photography, especially in portraits. Here I’d like to stop for a sec and tell you a bit about NAPP and Kelby Training Online.

NAPP stands for National Association of Photoshop Professionals and was founded by Scott Kelby. He is one of the Photoshop Guys and a great photographer. His company, Kelby Media Group, founded another series of webs and smaller independend parts like Kelby Training Online, Kelby Training Live, Photoshop User Tv, D-Town etc.

Kelby Training Online is a cool website where you can pay for membership and you can watch videos with the best photographers. It is a bit how they do that. But it isn’t just about photography, there is a lot of Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Web, Flash, Premiere and a bunch of other software. Basically this is the place to learn stuff about shooting. You can find there photographers like Joe McNally, Moose Peterson, Rick Sammon, Scott Kelby, Jeremy Cowart and more.

All these guys inspire me and they are telling me, throught the videos, how to shoot. When I’m interested in lighting I watch some Joe McNally classes. The Ultimate Guru for me is Jeremy. His portraits is awesome! If he told me, that this show was made next to the public toillets, I wouldn’t believe him and even think he is crazy! But I saw it on the video, I saw what he did and the whole story of taking the image. For me, Jeremy is the guy I should be learning from, his tips are killers!

Adorama TV posted a chat with Jeremy so you can check it out.