I have a couple of Kelby books since they’re good for recipes for doing stuff in the various Adobe packages. When I saw he was coming to London and doing a day’s seminar and it was about sixty quid, I figured why not wander along. It’s not far to go and there’s decent food and beer in Islington if all else failed.
The title of the seminar didn’t fill me with much hope as it’s remarkably similar so Brian from Family Guy’s great steaming pile of book called “Wish It, Want It, Do It”. I’d also recently downloaded his iPad app “Scott Kelby’s Lighting Recipes“, which, whilst being full of useful recipes, his presentation annoyed me somewhat with little snuffles at the end of sentences. In the event his presentation was relaxed, funny and snuffle-free.
As an aside, this was the first time I’d been inside the fabulous Business Design Centre and there were a fair few photographers shooting things of architectural and abstract interest! Great little building with an interesting history.
The agenda was:
For me, the first three sessions were the best and it seemed to lose its way ending in some really awful compositing: taking a bright, clear shot, scuzzing it up to fit an industrial background, adding a bizarre drop shadow and adding it to a CD cover. It REALLY looked dreadful.
That aside, the techniques for softening the female portrait and making males more “dramatic” were excellent and used forms of layering I’d not seen done before.
The notes I took were:
While in the seminar, I hit up Amazon and bought:
Kelby pushed the Elinchrom BXRi kit quite hard and if you have the space and take enough of these pics, I’m sure they’re very worthwhile. I’ll stay strobist for now; maybe invest in a nice big softbox.
He also pushed Blow-It fans as a cheap, quiet, portable hair fan. Of course, Leibowitz uses three fans to get the turbulence realistic.
And finally, having had Adobe shoved in our faces all day, I booked an Apple Aperture seminar at the Apple store. So there! I’ve use iPhoto as my storage system since the year dot and I’d like to see how to integrate Aperture into my workflow without having to adopt a whole new system. Now I have 8G RAM in my Mac book Pro, this is plausible.
And that’s it. Overall, I’d say it was sixty quid reasonably well spent and has certainly left me fired up to take more pictures. And the burrito for lunch was very good, if pricy. When did a lunch go from a fiver to nearer eight quid?!