Little bit off subject with today’s post but I’m sure you’ll appreciate why; allow me to explain…
Those of you who follow me onFacebook and Twitter may have seen a few ‘comments’ over the past few days about the Holiday Inn Hotel, Wokingham and you may have been wondering what it was all in aid of.
Well, as you may also know I’ve spent the last 4 days with Calvin Hollywood [Link] and his assistant Gabor Richter during their time here in the UK and yeah I’ll definitely be doing a write up about what we got up to. As well as the most incredible jaw dropping workshop we had so much fun during the evenings going out for food, bowling and generally just hanging out which is why it’s a real shame to have to report about the poor Customer Service Calvin and Gabor received by the hotel they were staying in; the Holiday Inn, Winnersh, UK (Near Wokingham).
So, as is the norm these days, experiences both good and bad are published online for the world to see and well, this is where we’re at now…
The Full Story
Check out the video below which starts with Calvin explaining the whole story (in English) and be sure to keep an eye on Gabor in the background and watch out for some of the outtakes too…
And there’s more…
Here too are a few words (ok maybe a little more than a few words) that I wrote for Calvin’s English blog [Link] …
Hi Folks, My name’s Glyn Dewis and I’m a Photographer, Retoucher and Workshop Instructor over in the UK, and I helped to co-ordinate Calvin’s recent trip to the UK to deliver his 2 Day Workshop; arranging the Studio location, suitable Models and having made enquiries, recommended a couple of hotels for Calvin, his assistant Gabor Richter and also some of the Workshop attendees to stay in for the duration of their stay.
Out of the recommended hotels, Calvin opted to stay in the Holiday Inn in Winnersh, UK which is just a short drive from the studio so ideal…or at least that’s how it first appeared…
Two rooms (one for Calvin and one for Gabor) were booked online back in May of 2011 but Calvin received no ‘Booking Confirmation’ email and so phoned the hotel direct to see what the situation was. The female receptionist told Calvin that View full post »
Well I’m back at the editing and prepping for the next photo shoot and feeling totally psyched having just spent the most amazing 4 days with Calvin Hollywood and his assistant Gabor Richter.
I’ve learned and laughed so much so I’ll be posting a run down of what we got up to over the past 4 days including a look at Calvin’s Workshop and amongst other things, why I’ve had a change of heart about including plug-ins as part of my editing workflow!
For now though I thought I’d post an image from a recent photo shoot and get your thoughts on how it was put together (deconstruct it) i.e. lighting each of the subjects, the paintings on the walls, the dark bannisters and so on…
I’ll be posting a walk through of the photo shoot at the end of the week, so go on feel free to post your thoughts in the comments section below and who knows…I may be able to russle up a prize for whoever gets it!
Later today I’ll be picking up Calvin Hollywood [Link] from Heathrow Airport ready for what is going to be an incredible weekend with his 2 day Workshop at the Studio [Link] and just hanging out, and yeah to say I’m looking forward to it could possibly be the understatement of the year
I’ll be sure to give you a complete run down of the weekend’s events on the blog in a few days time as well as some other bits ‘n pieces I want to share with you from some recent photo shoots.
For now though, have a great weekend and I’ll catch up with you in a few days time,
>ps…If coming along to Calvin’s Workshop is something you’d love to do, we may be able to squeeze you in so give me a call on my mobile [Link] and let’s see you there!
Folks, if you’re into Photography and you own an iPad you are seriously going to LOVE this…
I was lucky enough to get my copy of Light It before today’s official launch date and having read it from cover to cover I can tell you now…it’s gonna be a hit! Just imagine a magazine that is packed from cover to cover with hints, tips, techniques, videos, reviews and so much more from some of the best photographers and trainers in the World…well that’s exactly what you get withLight It.
Having been designed exclusively for the iPad, Light It is a pleasure to not just read but look at; the design, the layout, it’s incredibly tactile…tap to enlarge a photograph or play a video, the content and so much more…
Now I could quite easily go on and on about how good this new magazine is, and it really is that good, but you can get the BIG picture by watching the video below…
If you’re a Photographer, then now more than ever is the time to own an iPad, because if you don’t, then quite simply…
You’re Missing Out!
Official Press Release:
Scott Kelby Launches New Photography Lighting Magazine Exclusively for the Apple iPad
Light It: The How-To Magazine for Studio Lighting and Off-Camera Flashis the first digital photography lighting magazine made exclusively for the Apple iPad®. It features the industry’s top experts on photography lighting. The free debut issue boasts more than 50 pages of articles, lighting techniques, equipment overviews, and more. The digital-only format allows for stunning photographs, videos, and web links for a whole new reader experience.
Light It is for photographers of all skill-levels who use lighting or want to explore lighting concepts. The debut issue of Light It is being distributed free of charge as part of the Light It app, also free, that serves as the “magazine rack” for all future issues. No subscription is required.
“The future is digital, so there will be a digital version of everything we do going forward. There has to be. The cheese has been moved.” – Scott Kelby
Light It was conceived and designed specifically for the iPad to incorporate crisp, sharp photos and embedded videos and links with the intuitive feel of a print magazine. “Our number-one goal with Light It is to give readers an easy-to-read app that doesn’t get in the way of the learning. If we have to teach people how to read it, we’ve failed,” said Kelby.
The launch of Light It as an iPad-only publication represents a bold new step for Scott’s company, Kelby Media Group, since the company’s origin is deeply rooted in the print publishing business. “I think the future of magazine publishing is digital, and I personally now prefer to read magazines on my iPad, which is something I never thought would happen,” said Kelby. “With iPad publishing, you can try new things, experiment, and even launch new magazines without the massive risk normally associated with print publishing. The future is digital, so there will be a digital version of everything we do going forward. There has to be. The cheese has been moved.”
KelbyTraining.com selected Aquafadas to develop its digital publishing solution for Light It. Aquafadas is the leader in the digital comics market with AveComics, used by French and international publishers to publish comics to digital devices. The company has established partnerships with Quark Inc. and Fnac and sells its products worldwide in key markets, including the U.S., Japan, Germany, and the UK.
“We are very pleased Scott Kelby selected Aquafadas as his digital publishing partner, and very happy that the features of our AVE Publishing Tools are able to meet the exceptional demands of a magazine for creative professionals like Light It,” said Claudia Zimmer, Aquafadas CEO.
For more information on Light It including video, graphics, press kit links and more quotes from Scott Kelby, please visit: KelbyTraining.com/LightIt.
Well there’s now little under 6 weeks to go until the weekend of Scott Kelby’s World Wide Photo Walk; a weekend when thousands of photographers from all across the world get together for what is essentially a record breaking, fun social event where there’s a chance to make friends, win prizes and raise some much needed money for a worthwhile charity.
It’s really exciting to see how fast places are filling up for the walk I’ll be leading over in the City of Oxford, UK where’s there just so much to take in and see. With spaces limited to 50 people for each walk there are a few places left so if you haven’t already then why not register and come join what is going to be a great day! [Link]
I couldn’t resist putting together a short video to give you an idea of the route we’ll be going on which incidentally is just a guide; there’s just so much to see and do in Oxford you may well find yourself being spoilt for choice…
Official 2011 World Wide Photo Walk T-Shirts and more…
Also, if you haven’t already then why not get yourself one of this years Official World Wide Photo Walk T-Shirts [Link] which cost just £16.50 with 100% of the profits from each sale going to the Springs of Hope Orphanage in Kenya helping to raise money to feed and care for young children.
Here’s looking forward to what is destined to be a record breaking world wide event!
*To find out more click here [Link] *You can Register for the Oxford Photo Walk for free using this [Link] *Get an Official 2011 World Wide Photo Walk T Shirt Link